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China defends deployment of naval ship to Japan-claimed islands

China defends deployment of naval ship to Japan-claimed islands

The Chinese vessel, identified as a Jiangkai 2-class frigate, was spotted on Thursday just beyond Japanese waters near the contested islands that are known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, Japan's defence ministry said. It left Thursday afternoon. China and Japan traded accusations on Thursday after a Chinese navy vessel was detected in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea, adding fresh uncertainty as the two sides try to improve bilateral ties.


$55m Victorian Powerball jackpot victor yet to come forward

$55m Victorian Powerball jackpot victor yet to come forward

Cash 5 prizes expire one year from the drawing date. Lottery officials say when the victor realized he had a $1 million ticket, he checked the numbers at least nine times. The unregistered purchaser picked all six winning numbers. Players must match all five numbers drawn and the Powerball number to win the jackpot .


Nadal feeling good despite preparation worries

Nadal feeling good despite preparation worries

World number one Rafa Nadal embarks on a new era without his coach and uncle in the players' box at the Australian Open but the Spaniard said he would always welcome advice from his lifelong mentor with open arms. Four Australians, led by fallen hope Bernard Tomic, will attempt to join the 17 other locals in the men's and women's main draws. Nadal is also returning from a lingering right knee problem and five-time finalist Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori have already withdrawn.


Abandoned dog walks 20 miles twice to get back to family

Abandoned dog walks 20 miles twice to get back to family

A dog in Oklahoma who was given up for adoption missed her owners so much that she trekked almost 20 miles to try and locate them. Cathleen missed her family so much that she walked back to her hometown looking for them. Seminole Animal Shelter Treasurer Marta Mattingly said the organization had reached out to them and would post on Facebook if the family agreed. On Friday, the shelter announced that Cathleen now has a new home in Texas.


Brief: Closures for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Brief: Closures for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

He would have turned 89 years old this year. "With more than ten congregations coming together to worship as one, choirs joining each other in song, people of different denominations sitting side by side, and each faith leader participating, it's a lovely way to honor Dr.