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Autopsy shows Berezovsky died from hanging

Mar 26, 2013

Autopsy shows Berezovsky died from hanging

A postmortem carried out on the body of Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky on Monday found the cause of death to be “consistent with hanging,” British police said. The 67-year-old exile was found dead at his mansion in Ascot, west of London, ...

Mar 26, 2013

New study highlights tsunami risk to California

More than a quarter of a million Californians live in coastal areas that could be hit by devastating floods from a major tsunami in the quake-prone U.S. state, a new study says. The U.S. Geological Survey study, published to mark Tsunami Awareness Week, says ...

Curse or cash cow: Japan ready for casinos?

| Mar 26, 2013

Curse or cash cow: Japan ready for casinos?

by Eric Johnston

Lawmakers are seriously considering legalizing casinos so Japanese can roll the dice without having to travel to gambling houses in the United States, East and Southeast Asia. Backed by the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling bloc and smaller forces, including Nippon Ishin no Kai ...

EU ban on discarding fish faces questions

Mar 26, 2013

EU ban on discarding fish faces questions

The sight of valuable fish being thrown back into the sea, mostly to die, has been a public relations nightmare for the fishing industry and driven calls by celebrity chefs and environmentalists for a ban on the practice. European fishing boats have long discarded ...

Fishing vessel carried inland by tsunami to be dismantled

Mar 26, 2013

Fishing vessel carried inland by tsunami to be dismantled

A 330-ton fishing vessel carried hundreds of meters inland by the March 11, 2011, tsunami will probably be dismantled instead of preserved as a memorial to the tragedy, the city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, said Monday. According to Kesennuma Mayor Shigeru Sugawara, Katsuyuki Yanai, ...

TPP or no, aging farm sector needs true reform

Mar 26, 2013

TPP or no, aging farm sector needs true reform

Structural reform of the rapidly declining farm industry should begin immediately no matter whether Japan joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade regime, pundits say. Japan’s farming population stands out even amid its rapidly graying demographics. The average age of its farmers was 65.9 in 2011. ...

China makes peanuts new 'gold' in Senegal

Mar 26, 2013

China makes peanuts new 'gold' in Senegal

High walls protect a Chinese peanut warehouse in central Senegal, where the product is becoming the new “gold” for farmers bypassing local traders to sell to Asia at inflated prices. Beneath an asphalt road leading into the village of Dinguiraye in the West African ...

Court nullifies sumo association's dismissal of Sokokurai

Mar 26, 2013

Court nullifies sumo association's dismissal of Sokokurai

The Tokyo District Court said Monday that the Japan Sumo Association’s dismissal of former makuuchi division wrestler Sokokurai in 2011 was invalid because its match-fixing allegations left room for doubt. The Chinese-born former maegashira, whose real name is Enhetubuxin, had demanded to be reinstated ...

New legislators rouse Italian politics

Mar 26, 2013

New legislators rouse Italian politics

Mr. Smith went to Washington. Carlo Sibilia has come to Rome. The 27-year-old elevator salesman, who has no experience in political office, arrived in the Italian capital this month with 162 other freshman legislators from the Five Star Movement, a Web-based force whose success ...

Rare piano to return to Yokohama's Chinatown

Mar 26, 2013

Rare piano to return to Yokohama's Chinatown

by Kaori Watahiki

A rare piano produced in Yokohama’s Chinatown about 100 years ago is about to return home as a donation to Yokohama Yamate Chinese School. The piano, donated by a 65-year-old woman in Aichi Prefecture, was made by Zhou Xiaosheng, who came to Japan in ...

President flees as Central African rebels take capital

Mar 26, 2013

President flees as Central African rebels take capital

Rebels in the Central African Republic seized control of the capital, Bangui, as the president fled on Sunday, but they promised to respect a January peace deal that provides for elections within three years. Looters and armed gangs roamed the streets of the city ...

Mar 26, 2013

Marubeni, Korea Electric seal deal

Marubeni Corp. said it and partner Korea Electric Power Corp. have won a contract to build and operate a 1,200-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Vietnam. The plant, to be built in Nghi Son, Thanh Hoa Province, an industrial area in central Vietnam, will sell ...