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Japan's state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad. The seven-car maglev train -- short for "magnetic levitation" -- hit a top speed of 603 kilometres per hour, and managed nearly 11 seconds at over 600kph, operator Central Japan Railway said. The new record came less than a week after the company recorded a top speed of 590 kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581 kph.
SEOUL (AP) — First it was the ferry sinking, which a year later still haunts Park Geun-hye's presidency: Seoul saw violent clashes over the weekend as enraged demonstrators accused Park of ignoring the alleged corruption and incompetence that cost South Korea 304 lives, mostly school kids.