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The Mount Ontake eruption

The weekend eruption of Mount Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, is a reminder of how violent Japan can be when it comes to volcanoes.

China's sentencing of a critic

lham Tohti, a moderate Uighur scholar who advocated for the rights of Muslim Uighurs, was sentenced to life in prison last week. Chinese leaders don't seem to realize that such severity will only deepen the resentment of separatists.