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43 articles published/printed


Transport packed as Golden Week U-turn begins

May 06, 2013

Transport packed as Golden Week U-turn begins

Holidaymakers crammed bullet trains, flights and highways bound for Tokyo and other cities Sunday as the Golden Week holidays began to wrap up. Heavy congestion was expected on expressways Sunday evening, the Japan Road Traffic Information Center warned. A 50-km bottleneck was expected on ...

Philippines' Roman Catholic Church's influence wanes

May 06, 2013

Philippines' Roman Catholic Church's influence wanes

In cathedrals around the Philippines, huge black-and-red banners are asking the faithful to choose between “Team Life” and “Team Death,” with priests warning the nation’s soul is at stake. The signs are part of efforts by the Catholic church to assert influence in the ...

Syrian conflict risks ancient heritage

May 06, 2013

Syrian conflict risks ancient heritage

A Shiite king ruled northern Syria more than a millennium ago from behind the towering walls of the citadel in Aleppo. In later centuries, Arab armies repelled medieval crusaders from the hilltop fortress, Mongol invaders damaged it and Ottomans used it as military barracks. ...

Remembering the awe that is Gettysburg

May 06, 2013

Remembering the awe that is Gettysburg

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It was the biggest battle of the war, unequaled in scale and violence by anything seen before or since in North America. Two immense armies collided in the fields and orchards and woods around Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1863, and fought for three ...

Argentine junta casts shadow over new Dutch queen

May 06, 2013

Argentine junta casts shadow over new Dutch queen

Dutch Queen Maxima has reached the zenith of her popularity both in the Netherlands and in her native Argentina after ascending the throne with her husband, King Willem-Alexander, last week, but calls remain for her to come clean on her father’s murky role in ...

Nintendo taps smartphone apps for console boost

May 06, 2013

Nintendo taps smartphone apps for console boost

Nintendo Co. is trying to modify its game consoles so customers can use smartphone applications on them as it searches for a way to return to profitability, company sources said. The game console and software maker has offered professional-use conversion software to application developers ...

Orthodox Christians observe Easter

May 06, 2013

Orthodox Christians observe Easter

Throngs of Orthodox Christians filled Jerusalem’s ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher and surrounding streets Saturday for the “Holy Fire” ceremony on the eve of Orthodox Easter. In an annual rite dating back to the fourth century symbolizing the resurrection of Christ, believers hold ...

Meiner Ho O shocks field in NHK Mile Cup

May 06, 2013

Meiner Ho O shocks field in NHK Mile Cup

Newly crowned NHK Mile Cup champion Meiner Ho O could throw his hat into the ring for the upcoming Japanese Derby after the colt became the top 3-year-old miler in the country on Sunday. Meiner Ho O came out of nowhere to capture his ...

Yokomine finishes strong to claim Cyber Agent Ladies title

May 06, 2013

Yokomine finishes strong to claim Cyber Agent Ladies title

Sakura Yokomine turned a two-shot deficit into a two-shot victory to collect her first tour title since 2011 at the Cyber Agent Ladies on Sunday. Yokomine, who set a tour record Saturday by making the cut in 92 consecutive JLPGA events, made three birdies ...

Legends Matsui, Nagashima feted

May 06, 2013

Legends Matsui, Nagashima feted

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Hideki Matsui was back in Japan for the first time since announcing his retirement in late December and back on the field where he hit home run after home run for the Yomiuri Giants in front of packed houses from 1993-2002. He stood alone ...