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Apr 29, 2013

U.S. wary of warning Iran on cyber-attacks

by Ellen Nakashima

The United States, concerned that Iran is behind a string of cyber-attacks against U.S. banking sites, has considered delivering a formal warning through diplomatic channels, but has not pursued the idea out of fears that doing so could escalate hostilities, according to American officials. ...

Apr 29, 2013

GOP shifts budget focus from cuts to tax reform

With another fight over the national debt brewing this summer, congressional Republicans are de-emphasizing their demand for politically painful cuts to retirement programs and focusing on a more popular prize: a thorough rewrite of the U.S. tax code. Reining in spending on Social Security ...

World's fastest land animal in race to survive

Apr 29, 2013

World's fastest land animal in race to survive

The cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, survived mass extinction during the last ice age 10,000 years ago. But it has taken just the last few decades for man to place the hunter on the endangered species list, with experts warning it could disappear ...

Apr 29, 2013

$34 billion to rebuild Christchurch

The rebuilding of Christchurch, New Zealand’s third-largest city, which suffered a major earthquake in February 2011, will cost a total of 40 billion New Zealand dollars ($33.9 billion), an increase of 33 percent from a December estimate, Prime Minister John Key said Sunday. “This ...

Apr 29, 2013

Saiki holds on for Fujisankei victory

Overnight leader Miki Saiki held on to capture her second JLPGA title in a row with a three-shot victory at the Fujisankei Ladies Classic on Sunday. Teeing off with a one-stroke lead, the 28-year-old Saiki pulled away with six birdies and one bogey in ...

Apr 29, 2013

Tokyo's Vucicevic out for four weeks

FC Tokyo midfielder Nemanja Vucicevic will be out of action for four weeks due to a knee injury, the J. League first division club said Saturday. The 33-year-old Serbian damaged ligaments in his right knee after coming off the bench midway through the second ...

Apr 29, 2013

Fenomeno gets better of Gold Ship

Fenomeno finally came of age as the second choice sunk favorite Gold Ship to win the spring Tenno-sho for his first Grade 1 title on Sunday. The 4-year-old Fenomeno, who narrowly missed out on glory last year as runnerup in both the Japanese Derby ...

Apr 29, 2013

Australia eyes changes to labor law

Australia plans to toughen laws allowing overseas workers to plug short-term labor needs and skills shortages as some employers are exploiting the system, Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor said. “There is no reason why we wouldn’t be looking to properly protect the efficacy and integrity ...

Apr 29, 2013

Matsuyama wins Tsuruya Open

Hideki Matsuyama overcame a two-stroke deficit on Sunday to win the Tsuruya Open in only his second event as a professional on the JGTO Tour. The 21-year-old, who became the third amateur in history to win on the tour when he captured the 2011 ...

Apr 29, 2013

Body of avalanche victim found

A day after an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mount Shirouma in Nagano Prefecture, the body of a missing woman was found Sunday, police said. The body of Noriko Yamaguchi, 56, from Gifu Prefecture, was found near the site of the avalanche, ...

Apr 29, 2013

Sudan rebels widen Kordofan offensive

Sudanese rebels said they attacked five areas in North and South Kordofan states on Saturday, widening an antigovernment offensive in one of their most audacious acts in years. “This is a significant shift in the war in Sudan,” said Abdel Wahid Mohammed al-Nur, who ...

Apr 29, 2013

Russia blamed in clinic fire deaths

A fire that killed 36 patients at a dilapidated wooden psychiatric facility has exposed Russia’s failure to move on from the old Soviet system of punitive psychiatry used against political dissidents. Two staffers and 36 patients — apparently too sedated or disorientated to escape ...

Apr 29, 2013

Mozambique losing fight to save elephants

Mozambique’s elephant population risks being obliterated within a decade unless tight antipoaching measures are introduced, conservationists have warned. The alarming scale of the poaching problem has become increasingly apparent, with an aerial survey of the north of the country in 2011 tallying 2,667 elephant ...

Humboldt penguins face extinction in Chile

Apr 29, 2013

Humboldt penguins face extinction in Chile

Several dozen Humboldt penguins sun themselves along the coast of an islet in central Chile where the majestic birds coming to nest once numbered in the thousands. Humboldt penguins — which nest only in parts of Chile and Peru — over the years have ...

Apr 29, 2013

Kurd forces in Iraq deploy to new areas

Kurdish forces have deployed to new areas of a disputed province in north Iraq in what a top officer said Saturday was an attempt to move into oil fields, and the death toll from five days of unrest rose to at least 215 people. ...

Apr 29, 2013

Bomb blast in Pakistan kills six

A bomb attack targeting an election candidate’s office in northwest Pakistan on Sunday killed at least six people and wounded 22, police said, the latest violence ahead of polls next month. The improvised explosive device exploded outside the office of an independent candidate in ...

Apr 29, 2013

Beirut bans famed film shot in Israel

Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri said Saturday the Lebanese authorities have banned his award-winning film “The Attack” from cinemas in his home country because it was partly shot in Tel Aviv using Israeli actors. “I regret to inform you that the Interior Minister of Lebanon, ...