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34 articles published/printed


Egyptians split on choice of leader

Jul 08, 2013

Egyptians split on choice of leader

The coalition that toppled Egypt's Islamist government starts to crack as a dispute over the interim prime minister reveals sharp disagreements on how strongly religion should influence politics.

Rites held to honor A-bombed Chinese prisoners

Jul 08, 2013

Rites held to honor A-bombed Chinese prisoners

A memorial ceremony to commemorate Chinese who were imprisoned in Nagasaki Prefecture on spying charges during the war and who later died during the U.S. atomic bombing in August 1945 was held Sunday at Nagasaki’s Peace Park. At the ceremony, a new monument bearing ...

Abe accuses Chinese of 'using force'

Jul 08, 2013

Abe accuses Chinese of 'using force'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday criticized China for what he termed its bid to “change the status quo by force” in terms of its relations with Japan and other Asian nations. Such an approach is “wrong,” Abe said on a television program, referring ...

Soldier's flag finds way back to son 68 years later

Jul 08, 2013

Soldier's flag finds way back to son 68 years later

A Japanese flag belonging to a Japanese soldier who died in the Battle of Okinawa was returned to his family Saturday, 68 years after his death. The surprise return was coordinated by the U.S. soldier who took the flag home, a Japanese woman living ...

Race takes backseat at Zimmerman trial

Jul 08, 2013

Race takes backseat at Zimmerman trial

by Manuel Roig-Franzia

Thousands streamed into Fort Mellon Park, hard against the south shore of Lake Monroe, on that night in March 2012. An unarmed African-American teenager in a “hoodie” sweatshirt had been killed the month before in this central Florida city, but the agitated crowd felt ...

Giffords tries gentler touch on guns

Jul 08, 2013

Giffords tries gentler touch on guns

by Philip Rucker

It was day two of Gabrielle Giffords’ whirlwind nationwide tour to revive the push for tougher gun laws. The former congresswoman’s husband, Mark Kelly, woke up early, placed his black case of firearms into the car trunk and raced across a vast stretch of ...

Bhutan banking on 'white gold' hydropower

Jul 08, 2013

Bhutan banking on 'white gold' hydropower

Home to meditating monks and Himalayan nomads, the sleepy kingdom of Bhutan has set its sights on becoming an unlikely energy powerhouse thanks to its abundant winding rivers. Hydropower plants have already harnessed the country’s water flows to light up nearly every Bhutanese home, ...

'Winning' noises from slot machines spur gamblers

| Jul 08, 2013

'Winning' noises from slot machines spur gamblers

Whether you’re in Las Vegas or the small-town casino down the street, slot machines sound more or less the same: jangly music, the whir of spinning reels, accompanied by loud beeps and chimes. A recent study shows that some of those noises can easily ...

Jul 08, 2013

Step toward equality under the law

The U.S. Supreme Court walked a fine line in ruling that same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits. It washed its hands of the most polarizing point.

The <em>aidoru</em> industry seeks big bucks in numbers

| Jul 08, 2013

The aidoru industry seeks big bucks in numbers

by Kaori Shoji

They say that Japan is suffering from a major shōshika (少子化, plummeting birth rate) syndrome, but a cursory glance at the entertainment industry reveals a singular fact: The young people of this country are well and thriving, and huddled together in mass aidoru gurūpu ...

Pitchers Darvish, Iwakuma selected for All-Star Game

Jul 08, 2013

Pitchers Darvish, Iwakuma selected for All-Star Game

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and fellow right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners were both named to the American League All-Star team on Saturday. Darvish, 26, was selected for the second year in a row, while the 32-year-old Iwakuma earned a spot for ...

Kisenosato gets off to strong start in Nagoya

Jul 08, 2013

Kisenosato gets off to strong start in Nagoya

Kisenosato got off to a perfect start in his quest for promotion to yokozuna with a routine win over Takekaze on Sunday, the opening day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Kisenosato, who is bidding to become the first Japanese-born yokozuna since Takanohana retired ...

Giants lefty Sugiuchi rattles BayStars

Jul 08, 2013

Giants lefty Sugiuchi rattles BayStars

Lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi won a pitching duel against veteran right-hander Daisuke Miura as the Yomiuri Giants beat the Yokohama BayStars 2-0 on Sunday afternoon. Leadoff hitter Daisuke Nakai hit a two-run homer off Miura with two outs in the fourth inning at Tokyo Dome. ...