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36 articles published/printed


Karzai embarks on a high-stakes quest for Afghan sovereignty

Mar 18, 2013

Karzai embarks on a high-stakes quest for Afghan sovereignty

As Afghanistan’s second presidential election loomed in early 2009, President Hamid Karzai described his once-genial relationship with the U.S. as a “gentle wrestling match” that he hoped to win. Exactly four years later, another Afghan election is nearing, and his match with Washington has ...

Chiba Gov. Morita cruises to second term

Mar 18, 2013

Chiba Gov. Morita cruises to second term

Chiba Gov. Kensaku Morita was virtually certain to clinch a second four-year term Sunday after defeating two independents, projections indicate. Morita, 63, also ran as an independent but was supported by local elements of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, coalition partner New Komeito and ...

Mar 18, 2013

North vows pre-emptive strike if U.S. goes nuclear

The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, said Sunday that if the United States “ignites a nuclear war,” North Korea will “exercise the right to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors,” adding that Japan ...

'Gerihatricks'

Mar 18, 2013

'Gerihatricks'

by Tom Wilkinson

The puck was skittering around center ice when Bill Oliver gathered it in with his stick, weaved his way through traffic into the offensive zone, skated free of a closing defenseman and wristed a shot into the corner of the net. Oliver is 72 ...

Swiss tourist gang-raped in India

Mar 18, 2013

Swiss tourist gang-raped in India

A Swiss woman who was on a bicycle tour with her husband along central India’s tourist trail was gang-raped by seven men, police said Saturday, again highlighting the issue of poor safety for females in the country. The incident served as a reminder that ...

Hairstylist revives coiffs of antiquity

Mar 18, 2013

Hairstylist revives coiffs of antiquity

By day, Janet Stephens cuts and colors at a hair salon. By night, she is an amateur archaeologist, meticulously re-creating hairstyles dating back to the times of Roman antiquity. Stephens, 54, who has worked as a hairdresser for more than two decades, re-creates dos ...

Mar 18, 2013

Environment Ministry website hacked to download virus

The Environment Ministry said Sunday that part of its website has come under cyberattack and that people who tried to access it may have contracted a computer virus after being redirected. The ministry said it discovered Friday that a section of its website that ...

Manila makes global gambling foray

Mar 18, 2013

Manila makes global gambling foray

by Cecil Morella

The Philippines makes its biggest bet this weekend in a high-stakes bid to join the world’s elite gaming destinations, with the launch of a $1.2 billion casino on Manila Bay. Solaire Manila Resorts is the first of four enormous entertainment venues slated to rise ...

China adds Lou to economic team

Mar 18, 2013

China adds Lou to economic team

China filled out Premier Li Keqiang’s economic team over the weekend, installing sovereign-wealth fund chief Lou Jiwei as finance minister while retaining Zhou Xiaochuan as central bank governor. Gao Hucheng, 61, will be commerce minister after the National People’s Congress approved his appointment in ...

Irish GM spud resists blight but not mistrust

Mar 18, 2013

Irish GM spud resists blight but not mistrust

Ewen Mullins is the face of modern Ireland. Young, cosmopolitan and highly educated, he is a plant scientist whose work on a genetically modified potato looks to the future. But Mullins also must think back to one of Ireland’s darkest chapters, the Great Famine ...

Much-maligned Pakistani government makes history

Mar 18, 2013

Much-maligned Pakistani government makes history

Pakistan’s government has become the first in the country’s history to complete a full term in office, but key achievements have been overshadowed by mismanagement, economic decline and worsening security. When the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won the 2008 elections on a wave of ...

Toyonoshima upsets yokozuna Harumafuji

Mar 18, 2013

Toyonoshima upsets yokozuna Harumafuji

Yokozuna Harumafuji crashed and burned to a third defeat at the hands of Toyonoshima as the second week of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament kicked off Sunday. His rival Hakuho, meanwhile, was an indomitable force, stopping local boy Ikioi in his tracks to widen ...