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2013: A space conundrum

Sep 16, 2013

2013: A space conundrum

by Joel Achenbach

Long ago, in a dreamier era, space stations were imagined as portals to the heavens. In the 1968 movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the huge structure twirled in orbit, aesthetically sublime, a relaxing way station for astronauts heading to the moon. It featured a ...

Philippine troops move to end rebel standoff

Sep 16, 2013

Philippine troops move to end rebel standoff

Philippine troops closed in on Muslim rebel positions Sunday and cut off escape routes to end a weeklong standoff that has left more than 60 people dead in the southern city of Zamboanga, officials said. Sporadic clashes continued as soldiers moved to clear Moro ...

Iraq, Libya loom over quest to rid nation of chemical arms

Sep 16, 2013

Iraq, Libya loom over quest to rid nation of chemical arms

by Joby Warrick

When Moammar Gadhafi renounced chemical weapons in 2003, the Libyan dictator surprised skeptics by moving quickly to eliminate his country’s toxic arsenal. He signed international treaties, built a disposal facility and allowed inspectors to oversee the destruction of tons of mustard gas. But Gadhafi’s ...

Iraqi Kurd nature reserve looks to shed violent past

Sep 16, 2013

Iraqi Kurd nature reserve looks to shed violent past

Near Iraq’s northernmost point, close to Turkey and Iran, a national park of snow-capped peaks and forested valleys is drawing tourists and researchers keen to explore a hardly touched land. But this region of outstanding natural beauty has also been scarred by war, and ...

Mount Fuji habitats threatened by foreign flora

Sep 16, 2013

Mount Fuji habitats threatened by foreign flora

by Ryoichi Numata

Alien plants believed to have been unwittingly transported by tourists to Mount Fuji are threatening to destroy or damage the ecosystem of the nation’s newest World Heritage site and even its landscape, researchers say. In a recent study of plants along the Fuji Subaru ...

Sep 16, 2013

Keep tuition exemption

The government should increase taxes on wealthy families rather than exclude their children from the high school tuition exemption and support system.

Nadeshiko — adorable till they die

| Sep 16, 2013

Nadeshiko — adorable till they die

by Kaori Shoji

“France for food, Japan for wives.” That was basically the conclusion made by French journalist/novelist Pierre Loti, who dropped by our shores in 1885 and wrote a book about his stay called “Madame Chrysantheme.” Loti hadn’t exactly caught the Japan bug — he was ...

NBL gets ready to begin inaugural season

Sep 16, 2013

NBL gets ready to begin inaugural season

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With the National Basketball League getting under way in a couple of weeks’ time, league officials, coaches and players expressed their excitement at a news conference in Tokyo on Sunday evening. “We’re finally opening our NBL at the end of this month,” league president ...

Hakuho makes winning start at autumn basho

Sep 16, 2013

Hakuho makes winning start at autumn basho

Hakuho kick-started his campaign for a 27th career title with a routine win over Takayasu on Sunday, the opening day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Seeking a fourth consecutive Emperor’s Cup after a 13-2 showing in July in Nagoya, the Mongolian yokozuna was ...