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Tokyo (CNN)Japan’s 85-year-old monarch was born the son of a deity, but he’s retiring as the people’s Emperor. On Tuesday, Emperor Akihito will abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne — the oldest continuoushereditary monarchy in the world — becoming the first Japanese monarch in modern history to do so. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 59, will...
US President Donald Trump tried to get the man appointed to investigate his links to Russia fired, a long-awaited report has revealed. The 448-page redacted document, collated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was finally released on Thursday. Mr Trump’s legal team has described the report as a “total victory”.
North Korea says it has test-fired a new “tactical guided weapon” with a “powerful warhead”, the first such test since talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un ended without agreement. State media gave few details, but analysts say this is unlikely to be a return to the long-range missile tests seen as a threat...
Indonesians have begun voting in one of the world’s largest elections after a bitter campaign in which religion has played a prominent role. The presidential race is a re-match of the 2014 contest, with incumbent Joko Widodo taking on ex-general Prabowo Subianto. Both have made political moves in line with the...
Indians have begun voting in the first phase of a general election that is being seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tens of millions of Indians across 20 states and union territories will cast their votes in 91 constituencies. The seven-phase vote to elect a new lower house...
The UN has condemned an air strike that closed the only functioning airport in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on Monday. Flights at Mitiga International Airport were suspended and passengers were evacuated. No casualties were reported. The UN blamed the air strike on forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, a commander from the...
Parents including two US actresses accused in a college admissions scandal have been warned about broaching the case with their children. A judge told defendants including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin they should take care not to obstruct justice during family discussions. They were among 13 wealthy parents who made their...
A Vietnamese woman accused of killing Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing hurt by potentially deadly means. A Malaysian court sentenced Doan Thi Huong to three years and four months in jail, starting from her arrest in February 2017. She...
MPs will be asked to vote again on Brexit on Friday but only on part of the deal negotiated with the EU. They will vote on the withdrawal agreement on the Irish “backstop”, divorce bill and citizens’ rights. But it will not amount to a third “meaningful vote” on the deal,...
MPs have voted to take control of Commons business in an unprecedented move to try to find a majority for any Brexit option. The government was defeated by 329 votes to 302 on the cross-party amendment, a majority of 27. It means MPs will get a series of votes on Wednesday...

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