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Aug 31, 2013

Middle Eastern nations' support for military strikes notably muted

Middle Eastern nations that desperately want to rid the region of Syrian President Bashar Assad have been notably muted as the United States pushes forward with plans for military action against the Syrian government. Despite throwing their own weight behind efforts to oust Assad ...

Aug 31, 2013

Study reverses memory loss in older mice

U.S. researchers have identified a new protein in the brain that triggers age-related memory loss, a finding that may someday lead to new treatments to reverse it. Using live lab mice and eight human brains that were donated for science, the team led by ...

Aug 31, 2013

White House targets gun loopholes

The White House has announced it will close two gun sales loopholes by requiring background checks for gun purchases by corporations and trusts and banning almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities. One measure would close a loophole under which felons, ...

Aug 31, 2013

Secret documents detail U.S. war in cyberspace

by Barton Gellman

The Obama administration's cyber operations sometimes involve what one leaked budget document calls "field operations" abroad, commonly with the help of CIA operatives or clandestine military forces, "to physically place hardware implants or software modifications."

Aug 31, 2013

Japan judoka struggle at worlds

Masashi Nishiyama made an early exit in the men’s 90-kg division and Japan failed to make the medals podium for the second day in succession Friday at the World Judo Championships. Nishiyama was sent to an ippon defeat in the second round against Islam ...

One Direction's new movie is a sign of the times

Aug 30, 2013

One Direction's new movie is a sign of the times

by Paul Morley

Those of us discreetly looking forward to a theatrically released film featuring One Direction were perhaps hoping for something more captivating and ingenious than a glorified electronic press kit. We wanted something that didn’t represent the depthless, scandal-mongering, narrow-minded, pleasure-seeking spirit of the times; ...

Aug 30, 2013

Requests for Japan's fiscal 2014 budget top ¥100 trillion

Fiscal 2014 initial budget requests topped ¥100 trillion ($1.0 trillion) for the second straight year, government officials said Friday, signaling Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will face a rocky road in trying to consolidate the nation’s finances. The general-account budget requests from all ministries and ...