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Review: Mel Gibson Returns with ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Gibson’s first directorial effort in a decade, Hacksaw Ridge, is rated R for “intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images,” warns the MPAA. And the film certainly earns every bit of that rating, which seems odd for a film about a pacifist.

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Japanese PM Lambasts Obama for Murder of Citizen by U.S. Marine

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed “profound resentment” and noted that he has “firmly lodged a protest” as he made the unusual move of publicly lecturing President Barack Obama for the murder of an Okinawa resident by a former U.S. Marine.

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World View: Iran, Syria and Russia Ridicule Saudi Arabia’s Army

Contents: Turkey will keep Syria border closed as Aleppo refugees mass; Europe sends mixed messages to Turkey about new flood of Syrian refugees; Syria, Iran and Russia ridicule Saudi Arabia’s army; Turkey confiscates parrots and parakeets on Syria border; North Korea launches long-range missile, violating Security Council resolution

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China Wants Japan, US Out of Okinawa

On the day after Christmas, three Chinese boats, one modified to carry four cannons, entered Japan’s territorial waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands in the southern portion of the East China Sea. The move, a dangerous escalation, is the first time the People’s Republic of China sent an armed vessel into an area that Tokyo claims as its own.