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Charles Robert Jenkins: At an emotional court martial in Japan in 2004, Jenkins said he deserted to avoid hazardous duty in South Korea and escape combat in Vietnam. Photograph:  Toshiyuki Aizawa/Reuters

A US soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan (...)

Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis aspires to a “Canada-plus-plus-plus” deal. Photograph: PA Wire

When we postpone a chore or leave a tough conversation for another day, it is in the rational hope that we might never have to do it. Sometimes we tur(...)

 Mongolian-born yokozuna  Harumafuji Kohei performs a ring-entering ceremony during the New Year’s sumo dedication event at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo earlier this year. Photograph: Christopher Jue/Reuters

Police have referred former sumo grand champion Harumafuji to prosecutors on suspicion of bodily injury to a junior wrestler, Japanese media reported(...)

According to a 2005 Cornell University study, mothers could expect a deficit in average starting salaries compared to childless women

At a dinner in London not long ago, the chief executive of a very respectable organisation told a story that left her end of the table gobsmacked. It(...)

It’s not often we opt for the back seat in a test drive but in this case it was mandatory. There are two types of buyers for luxury cars: those who dr(...)

Tomio Okamura, the anti-Islam and Eurosceptic leader of the Czech Republic’s Freedom and Direct Democracy party, which came fourth in parliamentary elections in October. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

With its foaming pints of beer, plates of pork and dumpling and walls covered with pictures of old Prague, Stare Casy is a typical Czech pub in the Go(...)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) at a meeting earlier this year wit h European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

The European Union and Japan concluded negotiations on a free trade deal to create the world’s largest open economic area, signalling their rejection(...)

Takashi Miyazaki is opening a fine dining Japanese restaurant in Cork city.

Japanese chef Takashi Miyazaki has signed a lease on the former Fenn’s Quay restaurant in Cork and plans to open Ichigo Ichie there next March. The na(...)

Sterling hit a six-month high on Friday after the UK and the EU reached agreement on the Border post-Brexit, but the currency dipped after traders dig(...)

 Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell   celebrates with team-mate Gareth Steenson (left) after scoring a  try during the Aviva Premiership semi-final against Saracens at Sandy Park.  Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Strip bare the pageantry, the Tomahawk Chop chant, inflatable or foam replicas, drums, the Red Indian nomenclature that extends to the club’s name, th(...)

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