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Obama urges deal to avoid 'sequester'

Feb 07, 2013

Obama urges deal to avoid 'sequester'

President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Congress to head off deep, automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1 and replace them, at least for a few months, with a new debt-reduction package that includes fresh tax ...

Abe presses ahead on collective self-defense

Feb 07, 2013

Abe presses ahead on collective self-defense

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Japanese corporate executives doing business with China as well as diplomats stationed in Japan and neighboring countries are probably breathing a sigh of relief now that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dialed down his hawkish stance from the campaign trail in December and has ...

Hezbollah behind bus bombing: Bulgaria

Feb 07, 2013

Hezbollah behind bus bombing: Bulgaria

Bulgaria blamed Hezbollah on Tuesday for a July 2012 bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists, leading to renewed calls on the European Union to declare the Lebanese movement a terrorist organization. “What we can make as a justified conclusion is that the two ...

Put pants on 'David' replica, locals urge

Feb 07, 2013

Put pants on 'David' replica, locals urge

A replica of Michelangelo's Renaissance sculpture "David" that was erected suddenly last summer in a town in Shimane is unnerving residents, with some calling for the naked masterpiece to be given underpants.

U.K. lawmakers OK gay marriage

Feb 07, 2013

U.K. lawmakers OK gay marriage

British lawmakers voted in favor of controversial legislation allowing gay marriage Tuesday despite fierce opposition from members of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party. The move puts Britain on track to join the 10 countries that allow same-sex couples to marry, but Cameron had ...

Dell unveils $24.4 billion private equity buyout

Feb 07, 2013

Dell unveils $24.4 billion private equity buyout

Dell unveiled plans to go private Tuesday in a $24.4 billion deal that would give founder Michael Dell a chance to reshape the former leading PC maker away from the spotlight of Wall Street. “I believe this transaction will open an exciting new chapter ...

Leak fuels row over U.S. targeted killings

Feb 07, 2013

Leak fuels row over U.S. targeted killings

President Barack Obama’s plan to install his counterterrorism adviser as head of the CIA has opened the administration to new scrutiny over the targeted-killing policies it has fought to keep hidden from the public, as well as the existence of a previously secret drone ...

ANC supporter awarded for role in struggle

| Feb 07, 2013

ANC supporter awarded for role in struggle

The government of South Africa has awarded the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo to Toshio Akiniwa, the president of the Japan Asia Africa Latin America Solidarity Committee (JAALA), for his unconditional support for the African National Congress (ANC) during the apartheid era. ...

Feb 07, 2013

Tsunami advisories issued for Japan Pacific coast

The Meteorological Agency on Wednesday issued tsunami advisories to Japan’s Pacific coastal area from Hokkaido to Kyushu and Okinawa Prefecture following a magnitude 8.0 earthquake that shook the Solomon Islands earlier in the day. The agency said that a wave of 10 centimeters hit ...

Hotel Mexico's pop aims at the heart

Feb 07, 2013

Hotel Mexico's pop aims at the heart

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It’s tough to figure out where to take your band when you get some buzz in the media right out the gate. After getting noticed for its fuzzed-out pop jams from highly regarded online music outlets such as Pitchfork, Noisey and Gorilla vs. Bear, ...

Tadasu Takamine's not so 'Cool Japan'

Feb 07, 2013

Tadasu Takamine's not so 'Cool Japan'

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In May 2011, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry promoted the idea of “Cool Japan,” presenting Japanese culture as a product amid the confusing circumstances after the Great East Japan Earthquake. As Japan continues to suffer a declining population and weak economy, it ...

ZZZ's hone skills abroad and have some chance encounters

Feb 07, 2013

ZZZ's hone skills abroad and have some chance encounters

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The highlight of 2012 for experimental postpunk trio ZZZ’s was meeting Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore in Miami. It turns out the feeling was mutual. American record label Matador Records posted their artists’ and employees’ favorite things from the past 12 months online recently ...

Is this the art of noise?

Feb 07, 2013

Is this the art of noise?

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If art is something that you want to feel comfortable with in your home, then Haroon Mirza is probably not your man. As the winner of the 2012 Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, British-born, ethnic-Pakistani artist Mirza is being introduced to Tokyo’s art connoisseurs with ...

Infectious artwork that spreads ideas

Feb 07, 2013

Infectious artwork that spreads ideas

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“On Mosquitoes Human and Other Animals” is the work of artist Beatriz Inglessis in collaboration with three other people: philosopher Suzanne McCullagh, education specialist Renee Jackson and gallery curator Shai Ohayon. The latest show at The Container gallery in Nakameguro, it’s the result of ...