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'Frozen' Set for Broadway in 2018

It took cinemas by storm and now the smash-hit Disney animation "Frozen" is heading to Broadway, the entertainment giant said Tuesday, confirming months of fevered speculation.

The musical adaptation will open outside New York in August 2017 and then hit Broadway in spring 2018.

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Tokyo Stocks Drop to Lowest since 2014 on Global Recession Fears

Tokyo stocks dropped again Wednesday to their lowest level since late 2014, as fears of a global recession hammered investor confidence ahead of testimony by the head of the U.S. central bank.

The plunge came the day after the benchmark Nikkei index posted a 5.4-percent drop, its steepest one-day decline in percentage terms since June 2013.

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Japan Camera Makers Battle Smartphone Onslaught

Highschooler Nao Noguchi is a perfect illustration of why Japanese camera sales have plunged the past few years -- she uses her smartphone for everything and cannot understand why anyone would bother with a separate device for photos.

"It is easy to take your smartphone out of your pocket if you want to take a picture of someone or something. And you can send the pictures to friends quickly" on social media, said the 17-year-old on a day trip to Tokyo's historic Asakusa district with her friend Rina.

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Trump: Celebrity Billionaire, Next U.S. President?

Donald Trump is a billionaire real estate tycoon with bravado to spare, a former reality television star who says winning is everything.

The unlikely Republican presidential frontrunner now can claim his first victory in the political arena after notching up a win in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday -- to the horror of the political establishment.

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S. Korea Beefs up Border Propaganda Broadcasts to North

South Korea's military said Wednesday it had stepped up border propaganda broadcasts targeting North Korean soldiers in protest at Pyongyang's widely-condemned rocket launch.

The army since last month has blasted across the heavily-fortified border a mix of news, propaganda messages and K-pop music using giant banks of loudspeakers, in response to Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test on January 6.

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Thai Cops Bust High Quality Fake Passport Gang

Thai police have broken up a major fake passport ring led by an Iranian known as "The Doctor" which sent thousands of passports to Middle Eastern customers trying to enter Europe, officers said Wednesday. 

The kingdom has long been a hub for a forged document industry serving human traffickers and other criminals.

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Taiwan Developer Grilled over Collapse of Quake Building

Taiwan prosecutors were Wednesday questioning the developer of an apartment complex that collapsed during an earthquake as prosecutors detailed flaws in construction of the building where nearly 100 people remain trapped.

Prosecutors in the southern city of Tainan have launched an investigation into Saturday's disaster after photos showed cans and foam had been used to fill parts of the complex's concrete framework.

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Officials: Four Feared Dead in Myanmar Military Plane Crash

At least four Myanmar military personnel were feared dead after a small air force propeller plane crashed shortly after take off in the capital Naypyidaw Wednesday, official sources said.

The Beechcraft passenger plane, which was carrying five crew members and believed to be on a routine patrol, went down in agricultural land near the airport.

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New Probe Rejects Claim Missing Mexican Students Incinerated

A second independent forensic investigation rejected on Tuesday the Mexican government's conclusion that 43 students who went missing in 2014 were incinerated at a garbage dump.

The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team said there was "no consistency between the physical evidence" and the testimony of drug gang suspects who claimed that the students were killed and burned at the site.

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Strong 6.3-magnitude Quake Shakes Chile

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted central Chile on Tuesday, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to property, the US Geological Survey reported.

The quake struck at 7:33 pm (0033 GMT Wednesday) 326 kilometers (203 miles) north-northwest of Santiago, according to USGS. It had a depth of 31.5 kilometers.

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