Her dream to teach English in Japan ended with a lesson for the country

When her father died, the university graduate convinced her mother she could earn enough money working abroad as an English teacher to fund her retirement. The family remortgaged their home, and in 2017, Rathnayake moved to Narita, on the outskirts

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Thousands flee as Indonesia’s Mount Semeru volcano erupts

No casualties have been reported so far, and emergency teams are still assessing the situation on the ground as they gather information about possible victims and displaced people,Budi Santosa, Head of Disaster Management of East Java Province, said on live

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The rescue of Parwana: 9-year-old sold into child marriage in Afghanistan is taken to safety

Carrying only a blanket for warmth, 9-year-old Parwana Malik balances on her mother’s lap beside her siblings, as the family is rescued by an aid group that saves girls from child marriage. “I am really happy,” Parwana said during the

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Taliban decree on women’s rights makes no mention of school or work

The decree, which sets out the rules governing marriage and property for women, states that women should not be forced into marriage and that widows have a share in their husbands property. “A woman is not a property, but a

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Pakistan PM calls mob killing ‘day of shame’ for the country

Khan’s comments come after a Sri Lankan national working in Pakistan’s Punjab province was killed and later burnt by a mob after being accused of committing blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed, according to Osama Mehmood, the spokesperson of Punjab’s police

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The rescue of Parwana: 9-year-old sold into child marriage in Afghanistan is taken to safety

Carrying only a blanket for warmth, 9-year-old Parwana Malik balances on her mother’s lap beside her siblings, as the family is rescued by an aid group that saves girls from child marriage. “I am really happy,” Parwana said during the

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Former Japan PM tells China, ‘a Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency’

Tensions over Chinese-claimed Taiwan have risen as President Xi Jinping seeks to assert his country’s sovereignty claims against the democratically ruled island. Taiwan’s government says it wants peace, but will defend itself if needed. An armed invasion of Taiwan would

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Taiwan scrambles fighters to see off Chinese warplanes as Xi meets top brass

Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

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Japan adds $6.75 billion to military budget in rush to bolster air and sea defenses

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government on Friday approved the outlay as part of a supplementary budget. While such additions to defense spending are common, the 774 billion yen that lawmakers will be asked to approve is the largest amount ever,

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New Zealand politician cycles to hospital in labor, gives birth

“Big news!” the Greens politician posted on her Facebook page a few hours later. “At 3.04am this morning we welcomed the newest member of our family. I genuinely wasn’t planning to cycle in labor, but it did end up happening.”

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