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Japan OKs divisive bill allowing more foreign workers

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Tokyo, Dec 8 (AP) - Japanese lawmakers early Saturday approved government-proposed legislation allowing hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to live and work in a country that has long resisted accepting outsiders.
The contentious legislation passed only months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed the plan despite opposition groups' demand for more thorough debate to address concerns about a drastic change of policy.
It's seen as an unavoidable step as the country's population of...
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IS fights to hang on a year after defeat in Iraq

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Baghdad, Dec 8 (AP) - A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Islamic State group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in eastern Syria, engaging in deadly battles with U.S.-backed forces.
Cornered in the desert near...
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S Korean curling official leaves sport over abuse suspicions

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Seoul, Dec 5 (AP) - A beleaguered South Korean curling official says he and his family will leave the sport for good as the government investigates their alleged abusive treatment of the "Garlic Girls," the country's hugely popular Olympic silver medalists.
Former Korean Curling Federation...
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Mueller recommends no prison for Flynn, citing cooperation

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Washington, Dec 5 (AP)- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser provided so much infor-mation to the special counsel's Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn't do any prison time, according to a court filing Tuesday that describes Michael Flynn's cooperation as...
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Trump wrong about illegal immigration costs

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Washington, Dec 5 (AP) - President Donald Trump is spreading misleading numbers about the cost of illegal immigration.
As he tries to pressure Democrats to fund his long-promised southern border wall, Trump is claiming the coun-try loses $250 billion a year on illegal immigration. But it remained...
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