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House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday made Donald Trump the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice, formally charging him with inciting an insurrection just a week after a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol. The vote in the Democratic-controlled House was 232-197 following a deadly assault… Read

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Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced

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Black activists are coming out strongly against a growing narrative among conservatives that equates the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol with last summer's Black Lives Matter protests of racial injustice. Republican lawmakers defending President Donald Trump made the comparison again Wednesday while building their case against impeachment and accused… Read

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Gov't eyes punishment for refusal to comply with COVID-19 measures

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's administration is readying legislation to punish those refusing to comply with government-mandated COVID-19 measures, as Japan on Friday marked one year since the first case of coronavirus infection was confirmed in the country. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare held a meeting the same day… Read

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Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19

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Hiroshima Prefecture said on Friday it will carry out large-scale polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing to curb the spread of coronavirus, a rarity in a nation that lags far behind many other countries in the number of tests conducted. The prefecture aims to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 people in… Read

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WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins

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A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. The 10-member team sent to Wuhan by the World Health Organization was… Read

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Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference

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Japan's expanded state of emergency went into effect Thursday as the government seeks to stop a surge of new coronavirus infections, though with the restrictions not binding many people appeared to be ignoring the requests to avoid nonessential travel. People were still commuting on crowded trains and buses in Osaka,… Read

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Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege

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Any members of the U.S. Congress who helped a crowd of President Donald Trump's supporters storm the Capitol should face criminal prosecution, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday. The unprecedented Jan 6 attack on the seat of Congress left five dead and led the House to impeach… Read

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Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan

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The idea of Japan introducing a universal basic income, recently floated by one of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's economic advisers, has caught the eye at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is stirring worries about job security and social inequality. In the past, some opposition parties have pledged to study… Read

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Democrats prepare 'incitement of insurrection' charge against Trump

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Impeachment pressure mounting, the House worked swiftly Monday to try to oust President Donald Trump from office, pushing the vice president and Cabinet to act first in an extraordinary effort to remove Trump in the final days of his presidency. Trump faces a single charge -- “incitement of insurrection” -… Read

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Suga announces new measures to stem virus surge, including penalties, review of medical system

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Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to seven more prefectures Wednesday, affecting more than half the population amid a surge in infections across the country. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga also said Japan will suspend fast-track entry exceptions for business visitors or others with residency permits, fully banning foreign visitors… Read

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