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Feb 24, 2013

Ex-vice mayor held over census scam

A former vice mayor of Higashiura in Aichi Prefecture has been arrested for allegedly padding the population data of the town, which is aiming to upgrade its administrative status to that of a city, prefectural police said. Hideo Ogisu, 63, denied violating the statistics ...

Feb 24, 2013

Anti-Osprey group set to disband

Saying it has “served a certain mission,” the organizing committee of a major rally against the deployment last year of MV-22 Ospreys to a U.S. air base in Okinawa announced Friday it will disband. Comprising representatives of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly and other municipal ...

Feb 24, 2013

Yamagata golf putter gifted to president

Washington KYODO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented President Barack Obama with a golf putter made by a Japanese manufacturer during their meeting Friday at the White House, a government official said. In 1957, Abe’s grandfather, the late Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, and then-U.S. President ...

Feb 24, 2013

Tokyo, Manila reaffirm defense ties

Tokyo and Manila have reaffirmed that they will bolster defense cooperation in response to the recent bellicose actions and rhetoric of Beijing, which is seeking to expand its maritime interests in the East China and the South China seas. The agreement came in vice ...

Feb 24, 2013

Muamba awaits League Cup honor

Former Bolton star Fabrice Muamba will present the League Cup to the winning captain in Sunday’s final between Bradford City and Swansea City at Wembley. Muamba will be the sponsor’s guest of honor and will also watch the match from the Royal Box as ...

Struggling Sendai fires Pierce

Feb 24, 2013

Struggling Sendai fires Pierce

by Ed Odeven

After getting swept by the visiting Saitama Broncos on Friday, the Sendai 89ers on Saturday announced head coach Bob Pierce has been relieved of his duties. The 89ers are 13-21, including 5-11 at home. They are in eighth place in the 11-team Eastern Conference. ...

Feb 24, 2013

Takanashi grabs silver at worlds

Overall ski jumping World Cup champion Sara Takanashi fell just short in her bid for gold at the FIS World Nordic Ski Championships on Friday, taking a silver medal behind American rival Sarah Hendrickson. The 16-year-old Takanashi, coming off four consecutive World Cup wins, ...

Pistorius freed on bail

Feb 24, 2013

Pistorius freed on bail

South African Paralympic icon and Olympian Oscar Pistorius was freed on bail Friday, pending a high-profile trial for shooting dead his girlfriend. Pretoria magistrate Desmond Nair ruled the “Blade Runner” was not a flight risk and did not pose a danger to society after ...

Jakarta opens transgender care home

Feb 24, 2013

Jakarta opens transgender care home

A dozen elderly women are gathered inside the pink house, set on a narrow dirt road in a dusty Jakarta suburb. Together they sew, bake and chat. At first sight they look like a group of benevolent grandmothers, but the sunken cheeks and deep ...

Britain braces for influx of Eastern Europeans

Feb 24, 2013

Britain braces for influx of Eastern Europeans

Coils of Polish sausages glisten on shop counters and vodka bottles line the shelves. In this corner of the English countryside, much of the chatter is in Latvian or Lithuanian. Welcome to Boston, the most Eastern European town in Britain. Census data show that ...

Feb 24, 2013

U.S. federally funded research to be freely available

The White House moved Friday to make nearly all federally funded research freely available to the public, the latest advance in a long-running battle over access to research that exploded into view last month after the suicide of free-information activist Aaron Swartz. In a ...

Feb 24, 2013

Opposition bolts from Friends of Syria talks

Syria’s opposition National Coalition said it was pulling out of several international meetings to protest the “international silence” despite the slaughter of civilians in the conflict. The announcement came after the coalition had said it would form a government to run “liberated areas” of ...

Sect forced women into orgies, discouraged washing

Feb 24, 2013

Sect forced women into orgies, discouraged washing

A sect named Defenders of Christ that was broken up in Mexico last month forced women to participate in orgies, discouraged baths and made people eat raw animal organs, the wife of a cult leader said Tuesday. Mexican immigration authorities raided the sex-driven sect’s ...

Indian court drags feet in '08 rape case

Feb 24, 2013

Indian court drags feet in '08 rape case

The mother of a British teenager who was raped and left to die on a Goa beach five years ago has blasted India’s “rubbish” legal system over the stalled trial into her daughter’s death. Scarlett Keeling was only 15 years old when her bruised ...