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Trump tried to seize control of Robert Mueller probe but counsel Don McGahn balked: report

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

White House Counsel Don McGahn listens during the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2018. | REUTERS

Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the ...

Widows, ace guide to climb Everest to honor Sherpas killed in 2014 avalanche disaster

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Record-holding Sherpa guide Kami Rita checks oxygen cylinders and other supplies needed for climbing Mount Everest, in Kathmandu April 4. Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community, including Rita, are preparing an ascent to raise awareness about the Nepalese mountain guides who make it possible for hundreds of foreign climbers to scale the mountain and survive. | AP

Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal’s ethnic Sherpa community are preparing an ascent to raise awareness ...

U.N.’s Libya envoy warns Tripoli fight could spark ‘widening conflagration’

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) gesture Thursday after taking control of the area of al-Aziziyah, located some 40 km south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following fierce clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar. Libya's unity government issued an arrest warrant for strongman Haftar for allegedly ordering deadly airstrikes against civilian areas. | AFP-JIJI

The U.N.’s Libya envoy warned Thursday of “a widening conflagration” in the North African country, saying international divisions had encouraged strongman Khalifa Haftar to launch...

New York City defends measles vaccination order in court after parents sue

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

A Jewish man and two woman push strollers as they cross a street in a Jewish quarter in Williamsburg Brooklyn in New York City April 9. The origins of the measles outbreak in the United States are not a mystery. Persons infected with the virus brought it to the United States from Israel and Ukraine and passed it on to members of their tight-knit communities, many of whom had not been vaccinated. | AFP-JIJI

New York City’s Department of Health defended its mandatory measles vaccination order in a state court on Thursday after a group of anonymous Brooklyn parents ...

Thousands of Peruvians say goodbye to ex-President Garcia following suicide

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Supporters of the late Peruvian ex-President Alan Garcia waite to pay respects during his wake outside the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party headquarters in Lima Thursday. Garcia, who was president from 1985-90 and again from 2006-11, died in a hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him over the graft investigation. | AFP-JIJI

Thousand of Peruvians said goodbye on Thursday in Lima to ex-president Alan Garcia — who killed himself this week — in the second of three ...

Rapper Kodak Black busted at border in upstate New York with drugs, gun

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

In this frame made from video, Bill Kapri, also known as rapper Kodak Black, covers his face with $100 bills as he walks out of jail after making bail Thursday in Lewiston, New York. Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as the rapper tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls, law enforcement officials said Thursday. | WKBW.COM / VIA AP

Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as the rapper tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls, law ...

Redaction nation: Secrecy reflex seen in blacked-out Mueller report is as old as the U.S. itself

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election | AP

Somewhere in the shadows of federal bureaucracy, there was an issue about the drinking habits of Augusto Pinochet.The National Security Archive, an advocate for open ...

China invites partners to load experiments onto planned probes for 10-year asteroid mission

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

China plans to launch an ambitious asteroid exploration mission and has invited collaborators to put their experiments on the probes, space agency officials said Thursday.The ...

Hayao Miyazaki: Universally acclaimed weaver of unforgettable anime worlds

By Matt Schley
- via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Animated movie director Hayao Miyazaki receives the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival in September 2005. | AP / VIA KYODO

This is the 12th in a series on influential figures in the Heisei Era, which began in 1989 and will end when Emperor Akihito abdicates ...

Pushing cashless society forward

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

The government has made a move toward a cashless society by announcing it will issue new paper money and replace the old bank notes by ...

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