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May 31, 2013

U.S. soldier to admit Afghan massacre to avoid execution

Seattle AP A U.S. Army staff sergeant charged with killing 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first ...

May 31, 2013

Nikkei sheds over 700 points to end below 14,000

The Nikkei average ended below 14,000 for the first time in four weeks Thursday, weighed down by massive selling spurred by a downturn on Wall Street and the yen’s appreciation. The Nikkei lost a whopping 737.43 points, or 5.15 percent, at 13,589.03, its first ...

'Kiseki (I Wish)'

May 31, 2013

'Kiseki (I Wish)'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) On May 27, Arrow Films of the U.K. is releasing a DVD and Blu-ray of Hirokazu Koreeda’s offbeat family drama “Kiseki (I Wish).” Two brothers who have been separated by their parents’ divorce conspire to bring ...

'Here Comes the Boom' (Japan title: Tokon Sensei)

May 31, 2013

'Here Comes the Boom' (Japan title: Tokon Sensei)

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Frank Coraci Language: English Motivation is priceless, as demonstrated by this enjoyable if heavily predictable tale of a high school biology teacher (Kevin James) who decides to become a martial-arts fighter on the side in order to raise funds and prevent the cash-strapped ...

'Glorious 39' (Japan title: Hitler Code 39)

May 31, 2013

'Glorious 39' (Japan title: Hitler Code 39)

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Olivier Assayas Language: English “Glorious 39″ boasts an excellent cast (Bill Nighy, Eddie Redmayne, David Tennant, Romola Garai and Christopher Lee) put to poor use in a plodding tale of prewar 1939 pro-Nazi intrigue in an aristocratic British family. While the film has ...

'Maniac'

May 31, 2013

'Maniac'

by Kaori Shoji

Elijah Wood, best known for his work in the “Lord of the Rings” series and for having been around since babyhood, is perhaps looking to branch out as an actor. That would explain “Maniac,” a remake of the 1980 slasher movie recognized among horror ...

May 31, 2013

Ando eager to compete again

Former world champion Miki Ando said Thursday she wants to return to competition next season as she prepares to take part in her first exhibition ice show in nine months in Tokyo this weekend. “I want to compete as a skater,” Ando said at ...

May 31, 2013

Dollar retreats below ¥101 level

The dollar slumped below ¥101 in Tokyo trading Thursday as stocks fell sharply. At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥100.83-84, down from ¥101.69-73 at the same time Wednesday. The euro was at $1.2960-2965, up from $1.2862-2863, and at ¥130.71-73, down from ¥130.80-82. The ...

May 31, 2013

Monju restart effectively banned

The Nuclear Regulation Authority ordered Thursday that all efforts to restart the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor be shelved until its operator improves its safety management. The operator, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, was found last year to have failed to conduct inspections at appropriate ...

May 31, 2013

Slain boy's mom takes case to U.N.

An Australian whose 15-year-old son was killed by police who shot him five times but were cleared of wrongdoing took her case to the U.N. on Thursday, saying they “didn’t even ask him his name.” Tyler Cassidy was armed with knives, intoxicated and in ...

May 31, 2013

Pencil removed from man's head

A young man lived for many years with a pencil lodged inside his head, said German surgeons who detected the object with a CT scan and safely removed it. The patient, a 24-year-old man from Afghanistan, had complained of impaired vision in his right ...

May 31, 2013

Southampton legend Davies dies

Southampton great Ron Davies, twice the leading scorer in the old First Division, has died on the eve of his 71st birthday, the club website announced on Wednesday. Davies, who played 29 times for Wales, scoring nine goals, was renowned for his heading ability ...

May 31, 2013

Newsweek up for sale, again

IAC Chairman Barry Diller said Wednesday that longtime news magazine Newsweek, which ended its print publication last year in favor of digital, was back on the auction block. “Yeah, we’d like to,” Diller said during a conference interview when asked whether IAC was trying ...

May 31, 2013

Cubs' Fujikawa done for season

Chicago Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa saw his first big league season end prematurely on Wednesday, when the team announced he will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. “This is the first major injury of my career,” said the 32-year-old, who signed as ...

May 31, 2013

Pain drugs linked to heart attacks

High doses of some commonly used pain drugs such as ibuprofen can increase heart attacks, strokes and related deaths by about a third, a study warned on Thursday. The drugs, known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are widely used to manage pain caused by ...

May 31, 2013

Taiwan to open new cyberwar unit

Taiwan is preparing to launch a fourth cyberwar unit, a local newspaper reported, in response to what it claims is a growing security threat from Chinese hackers. The new unit is scheduled to open July 1 and will work to counter cyber-attacks on government ...

May 31, 2013

Guangdong to end teacher HIV tests

The Chinese province of Guangdong is likely to abolish mandatory HIV tests for teachers, state media said, making it the first mainland region to eliminate a measure long branded as discriminatory. HIV carriers are excluded from public servant jobs, including teaching and policing, in ...

May 31, 2013

Swiss strike U.S. tax evasion deal

Switzerland accepted Wednesday a U.S.-proposed settlement to a dispute over its banks’ alleged complicity in tax evasion by Americans, sparking anger among nationalists for whom the Alpine nation’s banking secrecy is non-negotiable. The details of the deal remain under wraps due to a confidentiality ...

May 31, 2013

NPA panel urges more policewomen

The nation’s police forces should be less male-dominated and have more females in their ranks, an expert panel under the National Police Agency proposed Thursday. Female officers accounted for only 6.8 percent of the nation’s police as of April 2012, with the agency planning ...

May 31, 2013

Rocker Yoshimura dead at 46

by Alisa Yamasaki

Hideki Yoshimura, vocalist and guitarist of noise-punk band Bloodthirsty Butchers has died of acute heart failure at age 46, it was announced Thursday. Yoshimura passed away May 27 and his family held a private funeral service, according to the band’s official website. Record label ...