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May 30, 2013

Sega, BBC plan interactive center

Fusing natural history content produced by BBC Earth and Sega Corp.’s advanced technology, BBC Worldwide Ltd. and the video game company said Wednesday they will open an interactive entertainment facility called Orbi on Aug. 19 in Yokohama. Similar facilities in other parts of the ...

May 30, 2013

U.K. soldier killing suspect quizzed

Police have begun questioning one of the prime suspects in the brutal murder of a British soldier in London, six days after the Islamist attack, following his release from hospital. Michael Adebowale, 22, was formally taken into police custody Tuesday as the family of ...

May 30, 2013

France reports coronavirus death

France’s first victim of a SARS-like virus, which the 65-year-old man is thought to have contracted in Dubai, has died, health officials said Tuesday. “The first patient is dead,” said a spokesman with the Directorate General for Health, referring to the man who was ...

May 30, 2013

Osunaarashi makes sumo history

The Japan Sumo Association elevated Osunaarashi to the juryo ranks on Wednesday, making the Egyptian the first sekitori from Africa. “To be the only one makes me happy,” said the 21-year-old Otake stable wrestler, whose real name is Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan. Shaalan was introduced ...

May 29, 2013

Exhaustion felled noted Japanese climber, her Sherpa says

Mountaineer Chizuko Kono died of exhaustion last week while climbing in the Himalayas, while a Spanish climber was killed by an avalanche on the same mountain, Kono’s Sherpa and Nepalese officials said Tuesday. Dawa Sherpa, who was with the 66-year-old Kono until her death, ...

May 29, 2013

Princess Mako describes life at British university as 'fruitful'

Princess Mako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, said Monday that studying at the University of Edinburgh was “very fruitful.” The 21-year-old princess, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, told reporters on wrapping up her studies at the university, ...

May 29, 2013

Accused Kenyan deputy president to visit Japan for aid meet

Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, facing charges of crimes against humanity, will come to Japan this week for the big international conference on development in Africa, government and other sources said. Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta have been accused by the International Criminal Court ...

May 29, 2013

Japan and India are 'natural' partners, Singh says in Tokyo

by Reiji Yoshida

Japan is a “natural and indispensable” partner for India in the economic, defense and technology fields, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Tuesday in Tokyo while also urging Japan Inc. to increase investment in his country. “India needs Japanese technologies and investments. In turn, ...

Storm chasers ride the winds undaunted by danger

May 29, 2013

Storm chasers ride the winds undaunted by danger

by Carol Morello

Officials expect that the killer tornado that leveled parts of Moore, Oklahoma, last week will turn out to be the most destructive in American history, but none of that damage, it appears, will be to the storm-chasing business. Hundreds of amateur storm chasers live ...

Britain examines why two gang members turned to jihad

May 29, 2013

Britain examines why two gang members turned to jihad

by Jamie Doward

Clutching a placard protesting at a “Crusade against Muslims,” Adebolajo was a striking figure. Dressed in immaculate white robes, the young man’s imposing physical presence made him stand out from the other protesters. It was 2007 and Adebolajo was protesting outside Paddington Green police ...

Sony lab offers a peek into the future

May 29, 2013

Sony lab offers a peek into the future

by Kazuaki Nagata

A miniature rotor craft controlled through a head-mounted display and Lego blocks manipulated with a PlayStation controller: These were just a couple of examples of new ideas and creativity on display last week at a two-day open house held by Sony Computer Science Laboratories ...

Hoashi, Hawks whip Giants

May 29, 2013

Hoashi, Hawks whip Giants

by Jason Coskrey

Kazuyuki Hoashi essentially replaced Toshiya Sugiuchi last season when he joined the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Sugiuchi left to suit up for the Yomiuri Giants. After a frustrating first season in Fukuoka, Hoashi turned in his best performance in a Hawks uniform on Tuesday ...

Fears dog China's rising middle class

May 29, 2013

Fears dog China's rising middle class

With two cars, foreign holidays and a cook for their apartment, one Beijing family epitomizes the new middle class created by China’s decades of rapid economic growth — and its resulting worries. Li Na, 42, a caterer at the capital’s zoo, and her husband, ...