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Despite lofty hopes, global spending on nukes continues to surge

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Despite lofty hopes, global spending on nukes continues to surge
The alarming development — 2022 was the third year in a row that spending rose — deals a serious blow to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s …
Former LDP kingmaker Mikio Aoki dies at 89
Aoki, known as the “don of the Upper House” for his influence inside and outside the LDP, served as a lawmaker in the chamber between …
Man arrested over daytime robbery in Kawasaki as second suspect remains at large
Two people entered the store located near Kawasaki Station at around 1.pm. on Sunday and smashed its display cases, before being intercepted by the store’s …
Japan extends order to destroy North Korea rocket or debris
The Defense Ministry said the order would remain in place “for the time being,” after Pyongyang said it would conduct a second launch as soon …
Former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi dies at 86
Berlusconi, a billionaire businessman who created Italy’s largest media company before transforming the political landscape, served as prime minister in 1994-1995, 2001-2006 and 2008-2011.
Woman with severe disability offers tips to change outlook on living alone
Yui Yuda, 25, has spinal muscular atrophy, and lives a life in an environment where tiny freedoms are not taken for granted.

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