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Deadly volcanic eruption rocks Japanese ski resort

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/23/18, 10:48 am

A sudden volcanic eruption in central Japan on Tuesday killed at least one soldier and injured 11 other people as they skied on the mountain’s slopes. Mount Kusatsu-Shirane’s eruption spewed volcanic rocks and black ash across the ski slope, sending people fleeing for shelter. Defense officials said eight injured soldiers belonged to a group of 30 undergoing ski training when the volcano erupted. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera identified the dead soldier as Wataru Tatsukawa and said five other soldiers sustained serious injuries.

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Japan sends out false missile alarm

by Paul Butler & Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/17/18, 11:37 am

Japan’s public broadcast system issued a false alert Tuesday morning, warning residents through its internet site and Twitter to take cover from an incoming North Korean missile. The system sent out a correction minutes later. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent a similar false alarm Saturday, but its system wouldn’t allow a correction for nearly 40 minutes, sending residents into a panic. Like in Hawaii, Japanese officials blamed the false warning on an employee error, but the Japanese false alarm seemed far more credible.

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A turning point in modern Middle East geopolitics?

International | One analyst thinks the battle for Syria’s Idlib could mark the end of Western influence in the region
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/12/18, 02:39 pm

SYRIA: Suppose the battle for Idlib turned out to be the turning point in modern Middle East geopolitics, with historians looking back on it as the moment Western powers ceased to have influence in the region and Russia and Iran took over? It’s not far-fetched, according to this analysis.

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