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58 articles published/printed


'Grandma export' exposes Germany's struggle with care

Sep 25, 2013

'Grandma export' exposes Germany's struggle with care

by Naomi Kresge

Sonja Miskulin has forgotten her beloved cat, Pooki. She can’t remember whether she has grandchildren and has no memory of her nine-hour journey one recent Sunday to forever leave behind her home in Germany. Suffering from dementia, the wheelchair-bound former translator celebrated her 94th ...

TPP, Hague treaty, Senkakus to top agenda for Kennedy

Sep 25, 2013

TPP, Hague treaty, Senkakus to top agenda for Kennedy

by Eric Johnston

At her Senate hearing last week, Caroline Kennedy, tipped to be the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, faced numerous questions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, tensions over the Senkaku Islands, and what she would do about nearly 400 cases of American children allegedly abducted ...

Abe, Harper to delve into free trade, energy, defense

Sep 25, 2013

Abe, Harper to delve into free trade, energy, defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper were expected to confirm cooperation in free trade, defense and energy during talks to be held later Tuesday in Ottawa. Abe and Harper were to focus on trade liberalization within bilateral and multilateral frameworks, ...

Lamborghini eyes first SUV since '90s

Sep 25, 2013

Lamborghini eyes first SUV since '90s

by Anna Mukai

Lamborghini expects the concept Urus vehicle, its first SUV since the Rambo Lambo of the 1990s, to get cleared for production, the supercar-maker’s chief executive officer said. “We’re working on it and it will come, which will be good for the brand,” Stephan Winkelmann ...

Japan's gaming market a world apart

Sep 25, 2013

Japan's gaming market a world apart

by Kyoko Hasegawa

The latest version of the blockbuster video game “Grand Theft Auto” may have stoked a worldwide buying frenzy, but the ultraviolent offering is likely to be a minnow in Japan’s vast gaming market. Shoot-em-up video games from abroad often struggle to gain traction here, ...

More boars mean more damage in Fukushima

Sep 25, 2013

More boars mean more damage in Fukushima

Wild boars are taking a toll on agriculture in Fukushima Prefecture as farmers struggle to bounce back from the planting bans imposed after the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant in March 2011. The boars are multiplying and entering areas they previously ...

Pussy Riot member on hunger strike

Sep 25, 2013

Pussy Riot member on hunger strike

by Kathy Lally

In the Soviet era, female political prisoners who were sent to labor in Russia’s Mordovia region described their privations in tiny words written on cigarette papers, which took months to reach the world. Today, an inmate can hand a real letter to a husband, ...

Al-Shabab nimbler under new leader

| Sep 25, 2013

Al-Shabab nimbler under new leader

by Franz Wild and Sarah Mcgregor

The attack that killed 69 people in a Kenyan shopping mall over the weekend was the first regional operation undertaken by the new leadership of Somalia’s al-Shabab militants following a bloody power struggle. After months of pressure from African troops against the al-Qaida-linked group ...

Sep 25, 2013

China free trade zone 'to allow banned websites'

In a rare exception to strict Internet controls, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Tuesday that China’s first free trade zone will allow access to Facebook, Twitter and other websites that are currently banned nationwide. The Shanghai free trade zone, approved in August to boost ...

Sep 25, 2013

'To infinity and beyond!'

Earlier this month, scientists confirmed that the Voyager 1 probe, launched nearly four decades ago, has left our Solar System and has reached interstellar space.

Lions rally past Eagles

Sep 25, 2013

Lions rally past Eagles

Shogo Akiyama and Takeya Nakamura hit back-to-back RBI singles as the Seibu Lions came from two runs down to beat rookie right-hander Takahiro Norimoto and the Pacific League-leading Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4-3 on Tuesday night. Facing a 2-0 deficit in the eighth, Seibu ...

Sep 25, 2013

Goeido stuns Hakuho

Goeido raised the roof with a major upset Tuesday, sending yokozuna Hakuho to his first defeat on the 10th day of action at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. The usually sharp Hakuho never got into motion in the day’s penultimate bout and found himself ...

| Sep 25, 2013

Moneyball evolves as A's keep winning

by Dave Wiggins

So, you’ve seen the flick “Moneyball” and now you think you understand how the traditionally low-budget Oakland A’s still managed to capture the American League West title again this season. That film starring Brad Pitt as A’s general manager Billy Beane taught you all ...