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Nintendo's Pokemon Go has finally launched in Japan, the birthplace of the little virtual monsters. Amid a flurry of social media excitement, Niantic Labs, the software company behind the game, announced it was "finally broadcasting" in Japan. First released in the US, Australia and New Zealand on 6 July and now available in more than 30 countries, the...

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Much of the world is already consumed by Pokemon Go fever, but in Japan, the birthplace of Pokemon, desperate fans are still awaiting their turn. There are rumours the game will launch there soon, alongside a sponsorship deal with McDonald's turning restaurants in to "Pokestops" or "gyms", where players can battle against each other or find new monsters. Until...

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PM Najib Razak's office has said Malaysia will "fully co-operate" with any investigation into state fund 1MDB after the US said it "defrauded" Malaysians. US authorities moved Wednesday to seize more than $1bn (£761m) in assets from the fund set up by Mr Najib. Mr Najib is not named but "Malaysia official 1" is identifiable as someone whose account...

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It's more than five years since the earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan caused a huge leak of radioactive material into the world's oceans. Workers battled to prevent the Fukushima nuclear plant going into complete meltdown and radiation levels rose by a factor of tens of millions. However, a new report by Australian scientists has revealed that...

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Voting has closed in Japan's parliamentary election, with exit polls suggesting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will increase his majority. About half the seats in the upper house of parliament were up for grabs. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is hoping for backing for his economic policies. If he can achieve a two-thirds majority in the upper house, to match...

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A doomed Japanese satellite managed to capture a view of a galaxy cluster 250 million light years away just before it died, scientists have revealed. Launched in February, the Hitomi X-ray satellite began tumbling out of control in March when contact was finally lost. Just before its demise, scientists managed to extract data measuring X-ray activity in the Perseus...

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They're known as the Bishan 10 - and they're possibly Marina Bay's most famous residents. They've starred in a David Attenborough documentary, and their affairs frequently make the local news. Facebook groups are dedicated to them, and academics study them. They're a family of ten smooth-coated otters, and like many celebrities, they exude an aura of mystery,...

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A crater on Mars has been named after one of the villages worst hit by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. At least 215 people were killed in Langtang, a popular trekking site, when the quake triggered an avalanche that submerged the village. The International Astronomical Union has now named a 9.8km (six mile) wide crater on Mars as Langtang....

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More than 1,000 communist party officials have joined celebrations in Shanghai as Disney opens its first theme park in mainland China. Disney's Chief Executive, Bob Iger, has described the project as the "biggest step" the company has ever taken. But there has been criticism in the Chinese media about the price visitors will have to pay. It looks...

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High prices and surging demand have sparked a spate of avocado thefts in New Zealand. Hundreds have been stolen in bulk from orchards, with thieves using rakes to drag fruit straight from the tree before selling them on. The fruits themselves are immature this time of year so consumers buying them will have a "very bad eating experience", an...

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