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Anti-Osprey rally in Tokyo draws thousands

Jan 28, 2013

Anti-Osprey rally in Tokyo draws thousands

Representatives from Okinawa held a rally in central Tokyo Sunday opposing the deployment of the U.S. Marine Corps’ controversial MV-22 Osprey aircraft to the island prefecture. The rally, held in Hibiya Park, brought together more than 4,000 people, including representatives from all 41 of ...

Feminists split over first lady

Jan 28, 2013

Feminists split over first lady

by Lonnae O'neal Parker

In the opening moments of her second turn at history, as Michelle Obama waved at celebrants along Pennsylvania Avenue, Americans clamored to see the first lady, who remains one of the most popular public figures in the country. In the most recent poll, 73 ...

Jan 28, 2013

Chinese head home on vacation

The world’s largest annual migration began Saturday in China with tens of thousands in the capital boarding trains to journey home for next month’s Lunar New Year celebrations. Passengers will log 220 million train rides during the 40-day travel season, the Ministry of Railways ...

Jan 28, 2013

Nissan to sell commercial vehicle business in China to Dongfeng

Nissan Motor Co. said it will transfer its medium and heavy commercial vehicle business to its Chinese partner, Dongfeng Motor Group Co., to concentrate on passenger and light commercial vehicles. Nissan did not disclose the sale price in the Saturday disclosure. The medium and ...

Jan 28, 2013

Support for Abe Cabinet hits 66%

The support rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet has risen to 66.7 percent, up from 62.0 percent in the previous poll in December after the Liberal Democratic Party returned to power, an opinion poll by Kyodo News said Sunday. In the nationwide telephone ...

After nation's first black president, who's next?

Jan 28, 2013

After nation's first black president, who's next?

by Vanessa Williams

President Barack Obama’s historic election in 2008 and his re-election last year proved decisively that race is no longer an insurmountable hurdle to high political office in the U.S. But the current pool of possible candidates suggests that the next black president will not ...

GOP pragmatists in decline

Jan 28, 2013

GOP pragmatists in decline

The trio of Southern gentlemen came to the Senate together in 2003, the leading edge of a renegade Republican class set on shaking up the chamber’s staid ways and aggressively promoting the Bush administration’s conservative agenda. Ten years later, Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, ...

Jan 28, 2013

Gamera-Shmyrko outlasts Fukushi to win Osaka Women's Marathon

Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko won the Osaka Women’s Marathon on Sunday, improving on her runnerup finish last year with a come-from-behind victory over Japan’s Kayoko Fukushi. The 29-year-old Ukrainian scored a personal-best time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 58 seconds, cutting the tape 23 seconds ahead ...

The first family: ordinary yet extraordinary

Jan 28, 2013

The first family: ordinary yet extraordinary

by Krissah Thompson

As President Barack Obama took the stage to deliver his acceptance speech on the night of his re-election, his younger daughter nudged his arm. He bent down to listen to 11-year-old Sasha. “Behind you,” she mouthed. The president nodded and promptly turned to wave ...

Jan 28, 2013

Floods, tornadoes hit Queensland

Two people were missing and the body of a third was recovered from raging floodwaters as severe storms pounded northeastern Australia on Sunday, forcing more than 1,000 to flee their homes. Army aircraft were deployed to help the emergency effort in northern Queensland state ...

Jan 28, 2013

Beijing show shines light on strained ties

A light showin Beijing directed by lighting designer Motoko Ishii kicked off optimistic discussions at the Japanese Embassy on Saturday. Admiring the computer-generated images were about 200 guests involved in Japan-China relations. Many expressed hope that cultural exchanges will help mend ties between Japan ...

Jan 28, 2013

Syrian airstrike kills eight children

A regime warplane killed 16 people — half of them children — in a strike on the city of Manbij in the northern province of Aleppo on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The strike came as the watchdog reported seven people ...

Jan 28, 2013

Ukraine hit with $7 billion gas bill

Russian giant Gazprom has slapped Ukraine’s state gas firm Naftogaz with an unexpected $7 billion bill for gas it had not bought last year, a source in the Ukrainian firm said Saturday. Media reports said the amount claimed by Russia’s state natural gas supplier ...

Jan 28, 2013

Hackers down site to avenge Swartz

Hacker group Anonymous said it disabled the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s website Saturday in revenge for the death of Internet freedom advocate Aaron Swartz, and vowed to release government data. The website of the commission, an independent agency of the U.S. Justice Department involved in ...

Jan 28, 2013

Event at hotel offends Buddhists

Two hotel managers have been arrested in Sri Lanka for organizing a “nirvana-style” dinner with “Buddha Bar” music that hurt the religious feelings of locals, police said Sunday. The executives from a deluxe beach hotel at Beruwala, outside of the capital, were remanded in ...

Jan 28, 2013

Postmasters to back LDP in summer poll

The national postmasters association has decided to endorse the Liberal Democratic Party in this summer’s Upper House election, eight years after deserting it over the postal privatization initiative championed by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, sources said. The association, known as Zentoku, is a ...

Jan 28, 2013

Slagter wins Tour Down Under

Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter from Blanco Pro Cycling won the season-opening Tour Down Under on Sunday, securing his first title as a professional. Slagter stayed out of trouble in the final 90-km stage through the streets of Adelaide to win the general classification in 18 ...