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Snowden wants asylum in Russia — for now

Jul 14, 2013

Snowden wants asylum in Russia — for now

U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said Friday he wanted to claim asylum in Russia until he can travel on to Latin America, where several countries have offered him refuge. In his first encounter with the outside world since becoming stranded at Moscow’s Sheremet- yevo ...

Another Dreamliner ignites; one turns back

Jul 14, 2013

Another Dreamliner ignites; one turns back

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught fire at London Heathrow on Friday while a “technical issue” forced a second to return to a different British airport, sending stocks in the aviation giant plummeting. The fire on the parked Ethiopian Airlines plane forced Heathrow, the world’s ...

Kennedy tapped as next U.S. ambassador

Jul 14, 2013

Kennedy tapped as next U.S. ambassador

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy, will become ambassador to Japan, sources close to the bilateral relationship said. Kennedy, an attorney and strong backer of President Barack Obama, will be taking up the post as Washington grapples with contentious ...

Train crash kills six near Paris

Jul 14, 2013

Train crash kills six near Paris

A high-speed train derailed and hit a station platform just south of Paris on Friday, killing at least six people and injuring many more in France’s worst rail accident in 25 years. French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said human error was not cause. Nearly ...

Reactor restarts haunt Fukushima race

Jul 14, 2013

Reactor restarts haunt Fukushima race

Masako Mori is concerned about her party’s pledge to restart nuclear reactors in Japan. Mori is facing a bruising battle as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s candidate for the Fukushima prefectural district in the July 21 House of Councilors election. The prefecture is home ...

Jul 14, 2013

More people studying Japanese

The number of students learning Japanese worldwide rose 9 percent inn 2012 from 2009, indicating an underlying interest in a country that some call listless.

Jul 14, 2013

Iodine tablets no prevention

To require local governments to keep enough potassium iodide pills on hand in the event of another nuclear disaster could give people a false sense of security.

Gender bending in Japan

Jul 14, 2013

Gender bending in Japan

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Do our genitals define us? Increasingly, they do not. Is sexuality more complicated than male/female? Increasingly, it is. Or maybe not increasingly: Maybe the only thing that’s changed over the ages is how much of our true selves society lets us show. The Bible, ...

Hot weather's cold comfort for eels

Jul 14, 2013

Hot weather's cold comfort for eels

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In March this year, I spent a week in Taiwan as a guest of the Taiwan Fisheries Agency. My hosts had laid on a relentless daily schedule that took in a complete circuit of the island nation, visiting nearly all the major commercial fishing ...

Marinos outclass league-leading Ardija

Jul 14, 2013

Marinos outclass league-leading Ardija

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Yokohama F. Marinos clipped J.League leaders Omiya Ardija’s wings and moved firmly into the chasing pack with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. First-half goals from Marquinhos and Manabu Saito did the damage before Tomoki Imai pulled one back in the final minute at ...

Slugger Jones carries Eagles past Lions

Jul 14, 2013

Slugger Jones carries Eagles past Lions

Veteran Andruw Jones drove in two runs to propel the Pacific League-leading Rakuten Eagles to a 3-1 victory over the Seibu Lions on Saturday afternoon. Jones, who has 434 career big-league homers, hit his 17th in Japan to lead off the fourth inning against ...

Promotion bid vanishes for struggling Kisenosato

Jul 14, 2013

Promotion bid vanishes for struggling Kisenosato

Kisenosato suffered a third and fatal loss at the hands of Goeido in his yokozuna bid, leaving the Naruto ozeki a discouraged wreck as the first week of action wrapped up at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. With everything on the line, ...

Sharapova, coach decide to part ways

Jul 14, 2013

Sharapova, coach decide to part ways

Maria Sharapova split with her coach Thomas Hogstedt on Friday, two weeks after she crashed out in the second round at Wimbledon. Hogstedt, 49, had worked with the former world No. 1 since 2010 and helped her complete a career Grand Slam with victory ...

Jul 14, 2013

Wenger keeps mum on Suarez bid

Manager Arsene Wenger refused to be drawn Friday on whether Arsenal would match Liverpool’s reported asking price for striker Luis Suarez, after a £30 million bid was said to have been rejected. The Gunners boss declined to say if Arsenal was willing to stump ...