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Asian tuk-tuks filling niche in Paris

Aug 31, 2013

Asian tuk-tuks filling niche in Paris

The humble tuk-tuk, a fixture of Asian cities from Bangkok to Bangalore, is rapidly becoming a common sight in the touristy parts of Paris — and the bane of traffic police. The three-wheeled auto rickshaws, as well as human-powered pedicabs, first appeared in the ...

Aug 31, 2013

Microsoft, Google unite on lawsuit against gag orders

Microsoft on Friday said that a battle to shed light on secret U.S. government requests for Internet user data will play out in court after failed peace talks. Microsoft and Google filed suits in federal court in June, arguing they have a right to ...

Aug 31, 2013

Russia plans missile system in 2017

Russia’s Defense Ministry in 2017 plans to deploy a sophisticated new air missile defense system that can hit targets in space, a senior ministry source told Russian news agencies Friday. “The promising S-500 air defense missile system is at the development stage. It’s planned ...

With vote, U.K. sheds image as U.S. lapdog

| Aug 31, 2013

With vote, U.K. sheds image as U.S. lapdog

Lap dogs no more! After the British Parliament’s decision to reject taking part in any U.S.-led strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, that victory cry rang out Friday from many quarters of the nation. For those who smarted at the memory ...

Aug 31, 2013

Crash paralyzes South Korea rail line

A collision between a bullet train and a local passenger train Saturday paralyzed a key South Korean rail artery, transport officials said, but there were no serious injuries. The high-speed train was rammed onto its side by the local train as it was traveling ...

Events held to promote '20 Games

Aug 31, 2013

Events held to promote '20 Games

A swimming and running race and a walking event to view venues related to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics were held Saturday to promote Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Games ahead of the crucial vote Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires. About 200 people ...

Aug 31, 2013

Obama in bind over Syria

by Stephen Collinson

To hear him tell it, no one is more tired of war than Barack Obama — yet the U.S. president is warning that combat fatigue must not get in the way of any new U.S. military adventure in the Middle East. Ironies abound as ...

Aug 31, 2013

Panda gives birth at Madrid zoo

A giant panda that is already a mother of twins gave birth again Friday in a Madrid zoo, welcoming the tiny new arrival with licks, zoo officials said. The mother panda, Hua Zui Ba, delivered the cub at the Zoo Aquarium de Madrid after ...

'Red-Dead' plan by Jordan, Israel worries experts

Aug 31, 2013

'Red-Dead' plan by Jordan, Israel worries experts

A plan to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea could save it from total evaporation and bring desalinated water to thirsty neighbors Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians. But environmentalists warn that the “Red-Dead” project could have dire consequences, altering the unique ...

Aug 31, 2013

Website reports major construction at rocket test site

Fresh satellite imagery shows North Korea has embarked on a major new construction program at the facility where it launched a long-range rocket in December, a U.S. research institute said. The construction includes what could be a possible new launchpad for testing mobile ballistic ...

Irish poet, 'Beowulf' translator Seamus Heaney dies

Aug 31, 2013

Irish poet, 'Beowulf' translator Seamus Heaney dies

Seamus Heaney, the Irish poet whose verse captured the transcendent power, darkness and humanity of his conflicted homeland, died Friday at a hospital in Dublin. He was 74. In accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, Heaney acknowledged another Irish Nobel laureate, William ...

Disaster drill held to prepare for Nankai quake

Aug 31, 2013

Disaster drill held to prepare for Nankai quake

A disaster drill for the anticipated major earthquake in central to western Japan was held Saturday with about 4,200 people taking part at numerous locations. Self-Defense Forces planes and helicopters were used to simulate transporting injured people from airports in the region to cities ...

Venice gondola death spurs Grand Canal revamp

Aug 31, 2013

Venice gondola death spurs Grand Canal revamp

Venice has teemed with boats for centuries, but a tragic gondola death has stirred anger on the canals and could change the face of the floating city’s most famous waterway. The tourist’s funeral was held Friday in Germany accompanied by a delegation of gondoliers, ...

Aug 31, 2013

14% funds boost eyed to sway Okinawa

The Cabinet Office is seeking ¥340.8 billion in the fiscal 2014 budget to promote economic development in Okinawa Prefecture, hoping it will help persuade the prefecture’s leaders to sign off on the plan to move the U.S. Futenma air base to a less populated ...

Otters surprise as sea grass saviors

Aug 31, 2013

Otters surprise as sea grass saviors

Otters can help rejuvenate sea grasses, a vulnerable natural resource that protects coastlines and provides habitats for fish, according to new research. Scientists examined how the sea grasses in one area of California rebounded when otters returned to the area, and found that the ...

Aug 31, 2013

U.S. justice to officiate gay wedding

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg was to officiate at a gay wedding Saturday after voting in favor of same-sex marriage during landmark rulings in June, a spokesman said Friday. A Supreme Court spokeswoman said Ginsburg was to preside over the wedding of Kennedy ...