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Jan 28, 2013

Nakajima takes part in A's fan day

Big league newcomer Hiroyuki Nakajima received a warm welcome Sunday at the Oakland Athletics’ fan day. Nakajima expressed delight with his new surroundings, where he was greeted by enthusiastic fans. “All the fans were cheering and calling me Hiro,” the always-smiling Nakajima said through ...

Jan 28, 2013

Bureaucrat, wife take suicide leap

The Consumer Affairs Agency’s No. 3 official and his wife apparently committed suicide Sunday, jumping from their condominium in Tokyo, police said. Fumihiko Jinguji, the 52-year-old director general of the agency, and his wife, Kumiko, 53, were found bleeding in the condo premises. They ...

Jan 28, 2013

Tourist hurt in Egyptian car crash

An Egyptian driver was killed and a Japanese man was seriously injured Sunday after their car overturned on a road linking the cities of Aswan and Abu Simbel in southern Egypt, according to local police. The car, with three other Japanese tourists, overturned after ...

Jan 28, 2013

Aso counters criticism of weak yen

Finance Minister Taro Aso countered Monday the rising voices of criticism from the international community over the weakening yen. “Petty complaints about the depreciation of the yen by ¥10 or ¥15 at the most is wrong and illogical,” Aso, also deputy prime minister, said ...

Jan 28, 2013

Abe-Obama meet to be Feb. 21 or 22

Japan and the United States are closer to agreeing to hold a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama on Feb. 21 or 22, Tokyo sources said Monday. Abe, who took office in December and has expressed a strong intention to ...

Low turnout may invalidate Bulgarian nuclear referendum

Jan 28, 2013

Low turnout may invalidate Bulgarian nuclear referendum

A vote on whether to build a second nuclear power plant in Bulgaria, the EU member’s first referendum since the end of communism in 1989, looked set to fail Sunday because of insufficient turnout. Final exit poll counts showed that between 20.5 and 21.8 ...

Jan 28, 2013

French-led troops surround fabled Timbuktu

French-led troops surrounded Mali’s fabled desert city of Timbuktu on Monday after seizing its airport in a lightning advance against Islamists who have been driven from key northern strongholds. French paratroopers swooped in to block any fleeing Islamists while ground troops coming from the ...

North's missiles tied to Musharraf blunder

Jan 28, 2013

North's missiles tied to Musharraf blunder

A retired Pakistani nuclear scientist has claimed that former Pakistani leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s 1999 military adventurism in the Kargil region of divided Kashmir failed in part because the North Korea-aided, nuclear-capable Ghauri missiles he wanted to deploy then had a faulty guidance system. ...

Jan 28, 2013

Pacific Alliance shows growing clout

Spain’s bid to join the Pacific Alliance illustrates the growing clout of the trade association between Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, a new rival to the South American trading bloc Mercosur. In an interview with Santiago daily La Tercera, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy ...

Jan 28, 2013

China blogger gets surprise police visit

Two months after exposing a scandal involving sex tapes, blackmail and lucrative government contracts that got 11 officials fired, blogger Zhu Ruifeng received a surprise visit from Chinese security officials Sunday night. “They are standing outside my door right now, knocking and even kicking ...

Jan 28, 2013

Dollar gets top-heavy under ¥91

The dollar was top-heavy to trade below ¥91 in late Tokyo trading Monday, after briefly rising above the threshold in overseas trading Friday on the back of growing expectations for further monetary easing by the Bank of Japan. The dollar stood at ¥90.70-71 at ...

Jan 28, 2013

Pentagon to boost cybersecurity force

The Pentagon has approved a major expansion of its cybersecurity force over the next several years, more than quadrupling its size to bolster the nation’s ability to defend critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries, according to U.S. officials. The ...

Jan 28, 2013

Federal probe of Stuxnet leak targets officials

Federal investigators looking into disclosures of classified information about a cyber-operation that targeted Iran’s nuclear program have increased pressure on current and former senior government officials who are suspected of involvement, according to people familiar with the investigation. Prosecutors are pursuing “everybody — at ...