September 6th, 2013
05:01 PM ET

Mont. judge cedes error over rapist sentencing

Saying outrage over his sentencing of a rapist to 30 days in jail could have been avoided "If I'd been more alert or if the state had pointed out" his error, a Montana judge confirmed that a higher court barred him from revisiting the sentence on Friday.

The state Supreme Court ruled earlier that Judge G. Todd Baugh couldn't hold a hearing he had scheduled to reconsider the sentence.

Baugh had planned to reconsider the punishment after outrage over his initial sentence of a teacher who admitted raping a 14-year-old student.

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Japan's population to shrink nearly a third by 2060, government estimate says
Japan's population will continue to drop as the graying nation's aging accelerates and the birthrate stays low.
January 30th, 2012
12:07 AM ET

Japan's population to shrink nearly a third by 2060, government estimate says

Japan's population will shrink by a staggering 30% by 2060, according to a new estimate by the country's government.

The current population will shrink from the current level of 128 million to 86.74 million, as the graying nation's aging accelerates and the birthrate continues to stay low.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's research organization released the data on Monday. The group, called the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, provides a 50-year demographic forecast every five years.

The institute also projects that people age 65 and older will account for 39.9% of the total population in 2060. In 2010, the elderly accounted for 23% of the population.

The country's average life expectancy dipped in 2011 after the March earthquake and tsunami, which killed approximately 19,000 people.

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January 9th, 2012
12:55 AM ET

Japan holds 3 Australian anti-whaling activists who boarded ship

Three Australian activists are being held aboard a Japanese ship Monday after illegally boarding the vessel to protest Japan's annual whale hunt in Antarctic waters.

The three men are not yet under arrest, but are being questioned by Japan's Coast Guard, a spokesman for Japan's Fisheries Agency said Monday, declining to be identified as is customary in Japan.

The Australian attorney-general, Nicola Roxon, said that her government was working to secure the release of the men, but that she believed they could face criminal charges in Japan.

Video footage released by the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd shows the three men, from the environmental group Forest Rescue Australia, approaching the Japanese vessel on a small boat on Sunday.

The video shows their boat pull up next to Japan's Shonan Maru #2, a patrol vessel supporting Japan's whaling mission in the Antarctic waters. A voice from the small boat calls out, "Go, go, go!" as the men slip onto the Japanese ship. In the background, voices in Japanese scream in alarm, saying "They're boarding!"

Sea Shepherd described the three activists - Geoffrey Owen Tuxworth, 47, Simon Peterffy, 44, and Glen Pendlebury, 27 - as "prisoners." The organization said the men boarded the vessel to force Japan's fleet to stop hunting whales.

Japan annually hunts whales despite a worldwide moratorium, utilizing a loophole in the law that allows for killing the mammals for scientific research.

Each year, environmental groups like Sea Shepherd face off with Japan's hunters in a high seas drama that has led to collisions of ships, the detaining of activists and smoke bombs fired back and forth between the groups.

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South Korea says it will hold large land and air drills Thursday
December 22nd, 2010
09:42 AM ET

South Korea says it will hold large land and air drills Thursday

Tensions rippled across the Korean peninsula as South Korea geared up for its largest land and air winter drills on Thursday, maneuvers choreographed in the shadow of its reclusive tough-talking communist neighbor.

The South Korean army said Wednesday that the long-planned drills will be held just 15 miles from its longtime adversary North Korea, whose nuclear aspirations strike worry in Seoul and in capitals across the world.

More than 800 military personnel will take part in the exercise in Pocheon, a media officer from the South Korean army said, and it will include six fighter jets, anti-tank missiles, and involve more than 100 types of weapons.

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August 18th, 2010
07:25 PM ET

In flooded village, fight for survival postpones grief

Reshma Jan, 10, stands near the brick rubble that fell on and killed her mother in Tanab, Pakistan.

Tanab, Pakistan - Reshma Jan remembers the flood as the waters that took away her mother.

It was nighttime, said the 10-year-old, and there was a lot of water and screaming. Reshma's father was trying to carry his ailing wife, as the waters swept away their home, built with mud and brick. It was the bricks, held together by mud, that collapsed on Reshma's mother.

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August 17th, 2010
02:03 PM ET

Pools of mud, tents, unsafe water after Pakistan floods

Our flight to Dera Ismail Khan took only about 45 minutes from Islamabad. The region, heavily affected by the Pakistan offensive against the Taliban last year, is now ravaged by the flood.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gilani, was making a trip to the region, media in tow, to show that his party is in control of this massive disaster affecting millions.

As one of those members of the media, we had to adhere to the prime minister's schedule, which amounted to 15 minutes on the ground at the refugee
camp.

But even in that short time, the landscape told the story of the flood.

Stripped bare, the only color in the refugee camp was the darker shade of mud in the water pooling around the children. A boy hand pumped water from a tube well.

"Is that water clean?" I asked a member of the prime minister's office.

"Probably not," he said.

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