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Einstein's relativity theory holds up in deep cosmos

Apr 27, 2013

Einstein's relativity theory holds up in deep cosmos

Some 7,000 light-years away, Einstein’s theory of general relativity has stood up to its most intense test yet, scientists said Thursday. The project involved observing a massive, fast-spinning star called a pulsar and its companion white dwarf — a smaller but very dense star ...

U.S. examines possible use of sarin by Syria

Apr 27, 2013

U.S. examines possible use of sarin by Syria

Much as it struggled to understand the weapons capabilities of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq over the years, the United States is now bedeviled by a growing body of evidence that suggests Syrians have been exposed to chemical weapons at least twice. Far from clear, however, ...

Apr 27, 2013

Censorship requests are rising

Google on Thursday released data showing that requests by governments to censor content have hit new heights, with Brazil and the United States leading the way. Google received 2,285 government requests to remove content from it properties, including YouTube and search pages, in the ...

Al-Maliki warns of return to sectarian war after 179 Iraqis die

Apr 27, 2013

Al-Maliki warns of return to sectarian war after 179 Iraqis die

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned Thursday of a return to “sectarian civil war” as 179 people were killed over three days and gunmen were given 48 hours to vacate a town they seized. In remarks broadcast on state television, al-Maliki called for people “to ...

Apr 27, 2013

Tohoku loses 10% of small businesses

The number of small- and medium-sized businesses in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, the three hit hardest by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, decreased 10.6 percent in 2012 from 2009, the government said Friday. By prefecture, Iwate suffered a decline of 9.1 ...

| Apr 27, 2013

Carping on carp

by Thomas Dillon

Whenever you find someone tossing bits of bread into a pond, you have to assume this: Something’s fishy. “Fish?” the guys snorts. “These aren’t fish. They’re carp. Meaning they’re a lot closer to cows. Fat, stupid cows.” The water below him froths with the ...

Apr 27, 2013

Jupiter water traced to comet

Enigmatic traces of water in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter came from a comet that crashed into the planet in 1994, the European Space Agency says. Astronomers have been debating the water for 15 years after telltale molecules were spotted by an infrared telescope. ...

Apr 27, 2013

Yahoo Japan to introduce rare one-year leave system

Yahoo Japan Corp. President Manabu Miyasaka said the company will take the rare move of allowing employees to take one-year sabbaticals by the end of fiscal 2014. The unpaid leave, unusual in work-obsessed Japan, is aimed at creating a flexible working environment to lure ...

Tepco chief Shimokobe asked to delay his exit

Apr 27, 2013

Tepco chief Shimokobe asked to delay his exit

The government has asked Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Kazuhiko Shimokobe to stay in his post beyond his scheduled exit in June so he can continue rebuilding the utility, trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday. The 65-year-old lawyer assumed the chairmanship last June and ...

Nakao named new ADB president

Apr 27, 2013

Nakao named new ADB president

Takehiko Nakao, former vice finance minister for international affairs, was named new president of the Asian Development Bank, the organization said Friday. The nation’s former top financial diplomat was the sole candidate and will formally take over ADB on Sunday, the Manila-based institution said. ...

Apr 27, 2013

Filipino political ambush kills 12

Twelve people were killed in an ambush on a Philippine mayor, officials said Friday, in the deadliest of a string of violent incidents that have marred the campaign for May elections. Gunmen opened fire on a truck carrying Mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan and his supporters ...

| Apr 27, 2013

Telemann institute to hold 38 classical concerts

The Telemann Institute Japan, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will host 38 concerts, most of them free of charge, from Saturday through June 17 in five cities in Hyogo, Kyoto, and Osaka prefectures. Pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel and Georg Philipp Telemann ...

Apr 27, 2013

Bombers 'planned Times Square hit'

The Tsarnaev brothers, accused of staging the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, planned to detonate more explosives in New York’s Times Square as they were being hunted by police, New York City officials said Thursday. New York police chief Ray Kelly said the pair ...

Apr 27, 2013

Chinese ships make fresh foray into Japanese waters

Three Chinese government ships entered Japanese territorial waters Friday, the coast guard said, days after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to expel any Chinese landing on disputed islands in the East China Sea. The maritime surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile zone off the Senkaku ...