Japan protests South Korean military drills near contested islands

    "From Japan's position on territorial right of Takeshima, we can't accept this case at all and it is extremely regrettable," a ministry statement said. South Korean F-15K fighter jets are among the assets participating in military exercises designed to defend the Dokdo Islands. 'Inappropriate to have war games' The South Korean drills come less than a week after US President Donald Trump said Washington would stop "war games" with Seoul in an effort to ease tensions during nuclear negotiations with North Korea and to save money. "Under the circumstances, that we're negotiating a very comprehensive complete deal, I think it's inappropriate to have war games ... It is something that (North Korea)

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    Extra passage time 'helps' salmon

    Large numbers of salmon are taking advantage of extra passage time from spawning grounds to get out to sea, a study has found. The Environment Agency said sonar checks at the Tees Barrage revealed young fish, known as smolts, were getting through. Since 2015, the gates have been lowered on every tidal cycle giving an extra 1,500 hours passage time a year. Since it opened in 1995, anglers have feared the barrage would hamper fish. Phil Rippon, fisheries technical specialist at the Environment Agency, said: "As well as improving the routes for returning adult fish, we are also looking to improve the downstream migration of these precious fish and maximise the number of smolts reaching the North

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    The modern highwaymen terrifying South Africa

    This is a small South African town in the middle of the day, and what the shocked driver is recording from the relative safety of his own vehicle is a scene being repeated across the nation on an almost daily basis: a cash-in-transit heist. It is an epidemic which has seen millions of rand disappear into the hands of highly organised criminal gangs - a crime spree which some say can be traced back to the police themselves, and that others suggest is being orchestrated by criminals already serving time behind bars. Since the start of the year, there have been more than 150 "cash-in-transit" robberies - equating to more than one a day. It can involve a gang swooping on an armoured vehicle as it drives down the road, shooting out the tyres before using explosives to get the doors open.

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    Qatar’s BeIN Sport Arabic channel slammed for politicizing commentary during World Cup

    LONDON/ST. PETERSBURG: The World Cup is supposed to bring people together - but for one Qatar-owned broadcaster, it has become a game of political point-scoring, critics say.  BeIN Sport, which owns the rights to broadcast the tournament games in the Middle East and North Africa, has been accused of infringing broadcasting standards by “politicizing” coverage of the football tournament. It has led legal experts to claim that FIFA should launch an investigation into why the broadcaster brought politics into play during coverage of World Cup games. Other commentators have also pointed out that - as with the Al Jazeera news channel - BeIN takes a wildly different political stance on its Arabic and

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    'Dancing With the Stars' pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson engaged

    "Dancing With the Stars" pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson announced their engagement Thursday. "I knew the moment I met you, you were the man of my dreams and I wanted to be with you forever," Johnson said in a caption of photos on Instagram showing Chmerkovskiy popping the question.

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    Ellen DeGeneres is heading out on tour -- sort of

    (CNN)Ellen DeGeneres is heading out on the road for the first time in 15 years. But don't run to buy your ticket just yet. The daytime talk-show host will only be hitting three cities this time around. "I'm doing my first standup shows in 15 years," DeGeneres posted on social media. "I'm coming to #Seattle, #SanFrancisco and #SanDiego. Come see me." Her final stop will be at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington where she will film a standup special for Netflix. DeGeneres announced the new special last year on her show. "I'm excited to do it, I'm excited for you to see it," she said at the time. "And now, each one of you, you get to Netflix & chill with me. How about that?"

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    Man surprised to see dad's WW2 return

    A visitor to a museum about World War Two's Battle of the Atlantic got a big surprise when he saw footage of his father's safe return - 75 years after he first tried to watch it. Andy Marchant, from Bedford, first tried to view the film about HMS Wild Goose when he was six, but was deemed too young to go into the cinema. He forgot all about it until he visited Liverpool's Western Approaches, where the film forms part of an exhibition. He said seeing it was "so special". Acting Stoker CP Marchant PO was on board HMS Wild Goose when it returned to Liverpool in March 1944. It had taken part in what became known as the "six-in-one trip", which saw six German U-boats sunk in 1943. Thousands of people