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28 min ago Japan’s trade minister resigns amid scandal, a blow to Prime Minister Abe

TOKYO — Japan’s new trade and industry minister, Yuko Obuchi, submitted her resignation on Monday morning after allegations that her political support groups had misused money, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his efforts to help women climb the political ladder.

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3 hours ago China’s crackdown slows Tibetan refugee crossings to freedom in India

DHARMSALA, India — Kunga Dolma waited years to escape the repressive life of her remote Tibetan village, and one day in July it was time.

The soft-spoken 24-year-old paid a smuggler about $800 to guide her over the Himalayas to what she hoped would be freedom and a better life. Her lace-up shoes were torn to shreds in the snowy passage. But if she was cold, she doesn’t remember. She was too terrified of being caught and beaten by Chinese security forces on the border.

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3 hours ago Denmark tries a soft-handed approach to returned Islamist fighters

AARHUS, Denmark — The rush of morning shoppers parted to make way for Talha, a lanky 21-year-old in desert camouflage and a long, religious beard. He strode through the local mall with a fighter’s gait picked up on the battlefields of Syria. Streams of young Muslim men greeted him like a returning king.

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Today China crackdown slows Tibet refugee crossings to freedom in India

DHARMSALA, India — Kunga Dolma waited years to escape the repressive life of her remote Tibetan village, and finally one day in July it was time.

The soft-spoken 24-year-old paid a smuggler about $800 to guide her over the Himalayas to what she hoped would be freedom and a better life. Her lace-up shoes were torn to shreds in the snowy passage. But if she was cold, she doesn’t remember. She was too terrified she would be caught and beaten by Chinese security forces on the border.

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Yesterday Boko Haram suspected in deadly attacks after Nigeria cease-fire to free schoolgirls

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Boko Haram militants are suspected to have killed dozens of people in five attacks on Nigerian villages after a government-announced cease-fire to enable 200 abducted girls to be freed, security sources and witnesses said Saturday.

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Yesterday Protesters, police clash again in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok neighborhood

HONG KONG — Police once again clashed with street occupiers early Sunday in Mong Kok, a Hong Kong neighborhood that has become the flash point of the city’s ongoing protests.

It was a relatively calm night Saturday until just after midnight, when hundreds of police engaged in what appeared to be another effort to either clear streets of young protesters or at least take back some territory they had recently claimed.

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Yesterday Appointment of Iraq’s new interior minister opens door to militia and Iranian influence

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament voted Saturday to put an affiliate of an Iranian-backed paramilitary group in charge of a key security ministry, a move that could strike a serious blow to efforts to unite Sunnis and Shiites to wrest back their country from Islamist extremists.

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Yesterday India pushes bank accounts for the poor in bid to share benefits of economic growth

PRANGARH, India — Raj Kumar Sharma, a milk-seller with just one cow, used to think bank accounts were “only for important people.” That changed after he heard a pitchman in the village lane beating a drum and touting an easy new way to sign up for an account.

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Yesterday Japan’s farmers face an existential crisis: Reform or die out

YABU, Japan — When tending to her rice paddies in this remote, mountainous part of Japan became too arduous, Sakae Tanigaki brought in some young guys to help out.

Now, a bunch of 70-somethings do most of the work on the terraced hillside. That means the 85-year-old Tanigaki can stick to the flat fields.

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Yesterday Japan’s farmers face an existential crisis: Reform or die

YABU, Japan — When tending to her rice paddies in this remote, mountainous part of Japan became too arduous, Sakae Tanigaki brought in some young guys to help out.

Now, a bunch of 70-somethings do most of the work on the terraced hillside. That means the 85-year-old Tanigaki can stick to the flat fields.

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Yesterday WorldViews: ‘Pudding Man’ who left Israel for Germany reveals his identity

BERLIN — Pudding Man is unmasked! He is none other than 25-year-old mobile app designer Naor Narkis. And if you don’t know who pudding man is, you clearly don’t live in Israel or Germany. Narkis — whose revealed his name for the first time to The Washington Post — sparked an uproar over the past three weeks after taking to the Internet to share his decision to leave behind the high cost of Tel Aviv and follow a host of young Israelis emigrating to cheap and shabby-chic Berlin. Despite the shadow of the Holocaust here, he encouraged more of his countrymen to do the same — anonymously mounting a Facebook page on Sept. 29 titled Olim Le Berlin. Even the name itself — playing on a Hebrew word commonly used to encourage immigration to Israel — stirred passions.

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Yesterday India pushes bank accounts for the poor in bid to share benefits of economic growth

PRANGARH, INDIA — Raj Kumar Sharma, a milk-seller with just one cow, used to think bank accounts were “only for important people.” That changed on a recent day, after he heard a pitchman in the village lane beating a drum and touting an easy new way to sign up for an account.

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Oct 17, 2014 In expansive Pakistan, Christians struggle to find space for cemeteries

In this tiny village where most homes don’t have windows and meals are cooked over fire pits, Christians are used to feeling like second-class citizens.

Christians say they earn less than $2 a day working in the sugarcane fields. They must shop at the sparsely stocked Christian-run rice and vegetable store. They are not allowed to draw water from wells tapped for Muslim neighbors. Now, in what many consider to be a final indignity, they and other Pakistani Christians are struggling to bury their dead.

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Oct 17, 2014 Russia’s Putin, Ukraine’s Poroshenko end summit with no breakthrough on conflict

MOSCOW — A high-stakes meeting between the leaders of Ukraine and Russia ended Friday with little progress in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, highlighting the increasingly intractable struggle there between government forces and Russian-backed rebels.

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Oct 17, 2014 Boko Haram, Nigeria agree to cease-fire, officials say; fate of schoolgirls uncertain

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria’s government and Boko Haram extremists have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, officials said Friday, a move that could end five years of insurgency that has killed thousands and has left hundreds of thousands in Africa’s most populous nation homeless.

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Oct 17, 2014 WorldViews: Six months after abducting Nigerian schoolgirls, Boko Haram reportedly wants to free the

On Friday, the Nigerian military reportedly agreed to a truce with the militant group Boko Haram. According to the announcement, more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted this year will be freed. According to CNN, the details of the release are expected to be negotiated next week.

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Oct 17, 2014 WorldViews: MAP: What is the Annapurna Circuit and why is it so popular among trekkers?

This week, at least 32 people have been killed, and dozens are missing, after a devastating blizzard hit a popular trekking route and nearby areas in Nepal. The route, known as the Annapurna Circuit, is one of the oldest trekking trails in the Himalayas and has been open to foreigners since 1977.

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Oct 17, 2014 Russia's Putin, Ukraine's Poroshenko end summit with no breakthrough on conflict

MOSCOW — A high-stakes meeting between the leaders of Ukraine and Russia ended Friday with little progress in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, highlighting the increasingly intractable struggle there between government forces and Russian-backed rebels.

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Oct 17, 2014 WorldViews: Six months after abducting Nigerian schoolgirls, Boko Haram reportedly wants to free the

On Friday, the Nigerian military reportedly agreed to a truce with the militant group Boko Haram. According to the announcement, more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted this year will be freed. According to CNN, the details of the release are expected to be negotiated next week.

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Oct 17, 2014 WorldViews: ‘Pudding Man’ who left Israel for Germany reveals his identity

BERLIN — Pudding Man is unmasked! He is none other than 25-year-old mobile app designer Naor Narkis.

And if you don’t know who pudding man is, you clearly don’t live in Israel or Germany.

Narkis — whose revealed his name for the first time to The Washington Post — sparked an uproar over the past three weeks after taking to the Internet to share his decision to leave behind the high cost of Tel Aviv and follow a host of young Israelis emigrating to cheap and shabby-chic Berlin. Despite the shadow of the Holocaust here, he encouraged more of his countrymen to do the same — anonymously mounting a Facebook page on Sept. 29 titled Olim Le Berlin. Even the name itself — playing on a Hebrew word commonly used to encourage immigration to Israel — stirred passions.

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Oct 17, 2014 Hong Kong police clear pro-democracy camp at key intersection

HONG KONG — Police cleared a pro-democracy camp at a key intersection Friday and later clashed with protesters trying to reclaim the site in confrontations that suggested a government offer for talks has done little to ease tensions.

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Oct 17, 2014 WorldViews: India launches its own Air Quality Index. Can its numbers be trusted?

After years of facing flak from global health experts for not doing enough to tackle worsening air pollution, India now says it will launch its own national air quality index in the next five years.

The index will rank 66 Indian cities and provide associated health risks in a color-coded manner that can be understood by everyone. The move, officials say, could raise public awareness of an issue that many Indians often overlook, but also push them to demand higher quality standards and laws.

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Oct 17, 2014 WorldViews: Calling for Jeeves at 35,000 feet

Dear economy class passengers, here’s two soul-crushing words to consider while your knees take a beating and your elbows jockey for armrest real estate: The Residence.

As in a three-room private apartment in the sky. As in settling back on a sofa covered in the same supple leather used in a Ferrari. How about ringing for your own white-gloved butler trained at London’s Savoy Hotel?

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Oct 17, 2014 WorldViews: World map: Where people feel they live good lives

A new Gallup report explores how people around the world perceive the quality of their lives, as well as what they feel about the politics that govern their societies.

The "Global States of Mind" project draws upon a database of surveys compiled in dozens of countries that asked respondents to evaluate a series of categories, ranging from the state of law and order in their countries to their access to adequate food, shelter and jobs.

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Oct 17, 2014 WorldViews: How a gorgeous mountain pass in Nepal turned into a graveyard

Thousands of foreigners come to Nepal in October with one goal — cross a mountain pass in a grueling three-week adventure in the Himalayas. This week, one of most gorgeous passes in Nepal turned into a graveyard, claiming the lives of 32 trekkers from several countries.

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Oct 17, 2014 WorldViews: Alaska Day or time for annexation? The Russian jokes that just won’t die.

On this Saturday in 1867, Russia officially handed over the territory that would become Alaska to the United States. Nearly a century and a half later, icy relations between Russia and the United States have breathed new life into old jokes that "Russian America" should reunite with the Motherland.

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Oct 17, 2014 New Afghan leaders face culture clash as they form Cabinet

KABUL — Mohammad Mohaqiq thinks he’s owed a lot for throwing his support behind Afghanistan’s U.S.-brokered coalition government. The influential former warlord-turned-politician expects nothing less than a fifth of all Cabinet ministries and governorships for his ethnic group.

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Oct 17, 2014 Hong Kong police clear pro-democracy camp at key intersection

HONG KONG — Police cleared a pro-democracy camp at a key intersection before dawn Friday, a day after Hong Kong’s leader said he is ready to start talks with protesters but rejected in advance any major concessions.

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Oct 17, 2014 Hong Kong police clear pro-democracy camp at key intersection

HONG KONG — Police forcefully cleared a pro-democracy camp at a key intersection before dawn Friday, a day after Hong Kong’s leader said he is ready to start talks with protesters as early as next week, although with no concessions.

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Oct 16, 2014 Hong Kong: Government ready to talk with protesters but rejects key concessions

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s leader said Thursday that he is ready to start talks with pro-
democracy demonstrators as early as next week, even as he ruled out any concessions to the protesters.

Student activists leading the protests — which are a showdown over Beijing’s control of political affairs and freedoms in the former British colony — said they were prepared to talk, but political analysts said Chief Executiv e Leung Chun-ying had effectively offered dialogue with one hand while closing the door to compromise with the other.

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