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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities moved in Thursday and forced protesters in kayaks from a river in Portland, Oregon, where the demonstrators were trying to stop a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving dry dock and joining an Arctic oil drilling operation.
Japanese inflation remained tepid in June while household spending suffered a surprise drop, official data showed Friday, likely reinforcing the market's belief that the country's central bank will ease monetary policy again. Core inflation, excluding volatile fresh food prices, was up 0.1 percent year-on-year, the internal affairs ministry said, well short of the Bank of Japan's 2.0 percent target. A separate report from the internal affairs ministry showed household spending fell 2.0 percent in June against market expectations that family spending would keep increasing after a rise of 4.8 percent in May.