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NO ENTRY: How Japan’s shockingly low refugee intake is shaped by the paradox of isolation, a demographic time bomb, and the fear of North Korea

Japan has one of the world’s toughest asylum policies. Despite having the third-largest economy, last year the nation accepted only 20 refugees. Strict policies, geography, and history have limited asylum-seekers’ access to Japan, while a general preference for its homogeneous society means citizens have little motivation to push for change. […]
NO ENTRY: How Japan’s shockingly low refugee intake is shaped by the paradox of isolation, a demographic time bomb, and the fear of North Korea
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Scott Pruitt’s staff asked for a bulletproof vehicle and $70,000 in bulletproof furniture for his office — the request was denied

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt’s security detail and travel arrangements cost around $US3 million, according to sources cited by the Associated Press on Friday. Unlike the former EPA chief, Pruitt’s security team has provided around-the-clock protection, even during family trips and sporting events. Pruitt was granted several security upgrades, […]
Scott Pruitt’s staff asked for a bulletproof vehicle and $70,000 in bulletproof furniture for his office  —  the request was denied
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Russia is weirdly obsessed with Sergei Skripal’s dead cat

Russia has some questions about poisoned spy Sergei Skripal’s dead cat. The cat and two guinea pig, have died after Skripal was poisoned with nerve agent in Salisbury, England. Russia’s embassy in London is demanding answers on whether the pets were also poisoned. The statements are part of a broader […]
Russia is weirdly obsessed with Sergei Skripal’s dead cat
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Venezuela could make one move that’ll destroy its oil industry

Output by Venezuela’s state-run oil industry is falling fast. The country has $US9 billion in sovereign bonds due this year. As President Maduro’s government struggles to repay those debts, the decline in oil production could speed up. Repaying sovereign debts could be the beginning of the end of Venezuela’s state-run […]
Venezuela could make one move that’ll destroy its oil industry
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Your Facebook data has probably already been scraped, Mark Zuckerberg says

A Facebook feature allowed people on the internet to look up Facebook users by their phone number or email address and “scrape” data from their public profile. Facebook said that feature was turned off on Wednesday. Facebook users should assume their data has been scraped, Mark Zuckerberg said on a […]
Your Facebook data has probably already been scraped, Mark Zuckerberg says
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Trump signs order to send National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border

The Trump administration is authorizing the deployment of National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Wednesday. Trump raged for several days about a “caravan” of Central American migrants en route through Mexico to the US border. Previous presidents have also deployed the National Guard, […]
Trump signs order to send National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border
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This ‘DroneHunter’ allows authorities take down rogue drones

This is not your average drone. DroneHunter hunts for unauthorised drones and captures them. It’s a fully-autonomous air defence mechanism. Stray drones can be specifically targeted. Or DroneHunter can learn to find rogue drones itself. DroneHunter captures the rogue drones with a net. Forcing it to land on the ground. […]
This ‘DroneHunter’ allows authorities take down rogue drones
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Father of the suspected YouTube shooter reportedly told police his daughter was ‘angry’ with the company, warned that she might travel to its office

The father of Nasim Aghdam, the suspect in the shooting at YouTube’s headquarters, said that she was angry at the video platform. She had been missing for several days before the shooting. Ismail Aghdam said he warned law-enforcement officials that his daughter might travel to the company. Police reportedly made […]
Father of the suspected YouTube shooter reportedly told police his daughter was ‘angry’ with the company, warned that she might travel to its office
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A woman shot 3 people, then killed herself at YouTube headquarters

Three people were shot by a woman at YouTube HQ in San Bruno, California. She attacked the compound, reportedly with a handgun, around lunchtime. Police identified the shooter as 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam, who killed herself. Three people were shot in an armed attack on YouTube’s headquarters on Tuesday. San Bruno […]
A woman shot 3 people, then killed herself at YouTube headquarters
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Trump’s claims were ‘false and utterly absurd’: The wife of fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe says the president’s attacks turned their lives upside down

Jill McCabe, the wife of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, wrote an opinion column calling the allegations that hers and her husband’s work was politically biased “false and utterly absurd.” She argues that her Democratic state senate campaign – a source of consternation for President Donald Trump, who bristled […]
Trump’s claims were ‘false and utterly absurd’: The wife of fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe says the president’s attacks turned their lives upside down
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EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s security detail kicked down the door of a pricey Capitol Hill condo where he rented a room because they thought he was unconscious — he was just taking a nap

In 2017, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt’s protective detail believed he needed emergency assistance at the condo he was living in. After failing to get ahold of Pruitt, the detail broke down the glass-paneled door to gain access. The detail reportedly found him waking up from a nap. The […]
EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s security detail kicked down the door of a pricey Capitol Hill condo where he rented a room because they thought he was unconscious  —  he was just taking a nap
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Facebook employees are in disbelief that a bombshell memo justifying questionable practices to grow at all costs was leaked — and some think spies might be to blame

An explosive memo detailing Facebook’s cutthroat growth mentality was leaked to BuzzFeed and published on Thursday night. But some Facebook employees think the real problem is leakers, according to posts leaked to The Verge. Facebook is reeling after BuzzFeed on Thursday published an explosive memo from the senior Facebook leader […]
Facebook employees are in disbelief that a bombshell memo justifying questionable practices to grow at all costs was leaked  —  and some think spies might be to blame
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‘This is Washington. I’m a big boy’: Recently ousted VA secretary says his removal was fuelled by politics

The former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is talking about his recent ouster from the Trump administration. Shulkin said his removal Wednesday was politically motivated. Despite losing his job, he offered complimentary words for his expected replacement, Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor. The recently fired secretary of veterans affairs, […]
‘This is Washington. I’m a big boy’: Recently ousted VA secretary says his removal was fuelled by politics
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Trump’s impatience could derail the US’s nuclear summit with North Korea

China announced that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a trip to Beijing to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Kim Jong Un reportedly made several comments about the possibility of denuclearizing. But Kim suggested there may be strings attached. Foreign policy experts are lowering expectations for an immediate […]
Trump’s impatience could derail the US’s nuclear summit with North Korea
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Trump on proposed repeal of the second amendment: ‘NO WAY’

“NO WAY,” was US President Donald Trump’s concise rebuttal of Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’call for the repeal of the second amendment in The New York Times. Trump also seemed to campaign off the idea that the second amendment may be repealed if the US did not vote […]
Trump on proposed repeal of the second amendment: ‘NO WAY’
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Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly preparing to testify before US Congress

CNN reports that Mark Zuckerberg, facing increasing pressure to testify on the Facebook data scandal, is now preparing to speak with Congress about the issue. The Facebook CEO has been invited to an April 10 hearing on data privacy. Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to testify before Congress, CNN reported Tuesday, […]
Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly preparing to testify before US Congress
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Former president Jimmy Carter says Trump just made his ‘worst mistake’

Former President Jimmy Carter criticised President Donald Trump’s decision to select former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton as his next national security adviser. Carter called it Trump’s “worst mistake.” He has offered to help with the latest developments on North Korea, and has even offered to travel to […]
Former president Jimmy Carter says Trump just made his ‘worst mistake’
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Fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe unleashes on Trump

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe wrote about his firing in an emotional opinion column in The Washington Post on Friday. “Not in my worst nightmares did I ever dream my FBI career would end this way,” he said. McCabe rejected one of the main reasons for his dismissal from […]
Fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe unleashes on Trump
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The Trump administration just moved to effectively ban bump stocks

The Department of Justice on Friday announced a proposal to ban bump stocks – the devices used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. Bump stocks are devices that can be installed onto semiautomatic rifles, accelerating the gunfire. President Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed the Obama administration for a 2010 ruling […]
The Trump administration just moved to effectively ban bump stocks
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Joe Biden once summed up why people are so terrified of John Bolton

President Donald Trump chose John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, to be his new national security adviser. The news sent tremors through the national security establishment, which is largely critical of Bolton. The former Vice President Joe Biden once said he feared Bolton not because of […]
Joe Biden once summed up why people are so terrified of John Bolton
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6 times the Trump administration actually was tough on Russia

The Trump administration is often criticised for being hesitant to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House has frequently pushed back on that notion. Here’s what the Trump administration has actually done to confront Russian aggression. Despite President Donald Trump’s national-security advisers’ note reminding him “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” Russian […]
6 times the Trump administration actually was tough on Russia
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It’s impossible to know exactly what data Cambridge Analytica scraped from Facebook — but here’s the kind of information apps could access in 2014

We don’t know exactly which information Cambridge Analytica obtained from as many as 50 million Facebook users. But Facebook’s old API, the software tool that gives third-party apps access to user data, provides insight into what would have been possible to obtain before Facebook changed its policies in 2014 to […]
It’s impossible to know exactly what data Cambridge Analytica scraped from Facebook  —  but here’s the kind of information apps could access in 2014
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Trump reportedly ignored his national security advisers when they warned him to ‘NOT CONGRATULATE’ Putin on his election victory

President Donald Trump’s national-security advisers reportedly gave him two sets of instructions on Tuesday: “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election victory, and condemn Russia for the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in the UK. Trump reportedly did not follow either suggestion. The revelation adds […]
Trump reportedly ignored his national security advisers when they warned him to ‘NOT CONGRATULATE’ Putin on his election victory
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Trump was blasted for congratulating Putin on winning ‘sham election’

John McCain criticised President Donald Trump for congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection. “An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections,” the GOP senator said. Russia held presidential elections over the weekend, but there have been reports of ballot-stuffing. Republican […]
Trump was blasted for congratulating Putin on winning ‘sham election’
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‘Who is Secretary of State here?’: Rex Tillerson reportedly locked horns with Jared Kushner over his freewheeling approach to diplomacy

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster reportedly locked horns with White House senior adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Kushner reportedly pursued a freewheeling diplomatic outreach to other world leaders, sometimes pursuing private conversations that sidestepped normal channels of communication. His methods apparently […]
‘Who is Secretary of State here?’: Rex Tillerson reportedly locked horns with Jared Kushner over his freewheeling approach to diplomacy