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11:00 AM

Japan's Suga - Will send Japanese officials to North Korea next week

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will send officials to North Korea to hold meetings Oct. 28-29 for an update on the reclusive country's investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago to train spies, Japan's top government spokesman said on Wednesday.

11:00 AM

U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus.

11:00 AM

Filling the space Between

Mobile couples app Between looks to close the gap between couples and bring some fun into relationships.

10:50 AM

New Michelin guide for Kansai, Japan, adds 2-star listings

Restaurants in Kyoto and Osaka awarded the distinctions.

10:30 AM

Factbox - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Factbox on Michael Cheika, who was named head coach of Australia on Wednesday in place of Ewen McKenzie.

10:30 AM

Holy smokes! Hot flavours win Lay’s chip contest

Jalapeno and wasabi whet voters’ appetite in ‘Do Us a Flavor’ contest.

10:29 AM

Cheika, Australia's man for the poisoned chalice

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Michael Cheika, who was appointed Australia coach on Wednesday, is a maverick, forceful and sometimes volatile coach who has never shied away from accepting what others might consider a poisoned chalice.

10:29 AM

Australia squad for tour of Europe

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Wednesday announced the following squad for the upcoming tour of Europe, which includes a match against the Barbarians and tests against Wales, France, Ireland and England:

10:25 AM

Tekmira starts limited manufacturing of therapeutic for Ebola

(Reuters) - Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp has begun limited manufacturing of a therapeutic targeting the Ebola-Guinea virus.

10:25 AM

Chronology: Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

(Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed more than 4,500 people. (Graphics: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/ebola/ index.html)

10:23 AM

Cheika appointed Australia coach in place of McKenzie

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Michael Cheika was appointed the new coach of the Wallabies by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) on Wednesday, four days after Ewen McKenzie dramatically quit the job.

10:20 AM

High chance of cyclone in southern Gulf of Mexico - NHC

A low pressure system located over the southern Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Tuesday.

10:15 AM

Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese prosecutors must decide this week whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power Co executives for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, in a process that could drag the operator of the stricken nuclear plant into criminal court.

10:14 AM

Australian lawmaker asks ICC to probe asylum policy

SYDNEY: An independent Australian lawmaker said Wednesday he had asked the International Criminal Court to investigate Australia's hardline asylum-seeker policies as alleged "crimes against humanity".

10:10 AM

Father of British Islamic State hostage dies - media

(Reuters) - Paul Cantlie, the father of British Islamic State hostage John Cantlie, has died of "complications following pneumonia", his family said, according to several media sources.

10:05 AM

Noble prize winner Malala Yousafzai renews call for education for all

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, renewed her call for world peace and universal education on Tuesday at a ceremony in which she was awarded the Liberty Medal.

10:00 AM

Chewing too much hassle? Japan's got just the thing

Are you worried that you're just not chewing enough to keep your mind and body in tip-top condition? Then never fear: Japan has invented something to help you count your bites.

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