Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike in downtown talks with two mothers and their children on a Toei Oedo subway train with decorations by Thomas and his friends on Tuesday. Photo: KYODO

Tokyo subway offers space for children

A Tokyo subway decorated with characters from the popular children's animation “Thomas and his friends” was shown in the media at

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The Diet approves legislation on Wednesday prohibiting parents and other guardians from physically punishing children following recent fatal cases of abuse conducted on behalf of the discipline. Photo: KYODO

Japan revises law to prohibit parents from physically punishing children

The Diet promulgated on Wednesday a law that bans parents and other guardians from physically punishing children after several cases

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Awamiya, a mostly Shiite city in Saudi Arabia, where Qureiris' brother allegedly launched an improvised bomb at a police station. Photo: Fayez Nureldine / AFP / Getty Images

Saudi teenager may be sentenced to execution for participating in protests as a child

A young Saudi, arrested when he was 13 years old, could be executed for participating in Shiite-led protests as a child,

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Advanced glycation end products are found at high levels in highly processed foods as well as in cooked meats. Photo: Monkey Business Images / Resources Rex

Fastfood may be boosting food allergies, experts say

A fastfood diet may be one of the factors that cause increased food allergies, researchers have suggested. Experts say

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