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Kan Yen?

almost 5 years ago

Japan’s new finance minister Naoto Kan has said it would be “nice” to see a weaker yen in order to aid the recovery of the Japanese economy, during a press conference.


Suicide Bomb

almost 5 years ago

A suicide bomb in Russia’s Degestan has killed five “hero” police officers after they prevented the bomber from ramming an explosive-filled SUV into police headquarters.


Whaling War

almost 5 years ago

Conflict between hardline animal rights groups and whalers in the Antarctic has reached crisis point after a Japanese whaling ship tore the bow off a protest vessel yesterday.


Fish Feat

almost 5 years ago

Fossilised footprints dating back 395m years have shed new light on the “evolutionary milestone” of the transition of aquatic fish into terrestrial animals.


Early Election Returns

almost 5 years ago

With unemployment hovering around 10%, it looks likely the Democrats could lose a substantial number of seats in the 2010 midterms. In fact, the economic climate already seems to have claimed its first casualties, with two longtime Democratic senators announcing yesterday that they would not seek ...

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For Those Brave Souls Not Yet Weary

almost 5 years ago

For those of you who have not yet grown tired of hearing me talk - and trust me, at this point even I'm getting a bit sick of the sound of my own voice, thankfully I'm back from the holidays and family members that were beginning to parrot my most well-worn statements on the phone that would never ...