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Congress' Rahul Gandhi blasts Singh on decree plan

Sep 29, 2013

Congress' Rahul Gandhi blasts Singh on decree plan

Ruling Congress party scion Rahul Gandhi’s blistering rejection of a government decree to protect convicted lawmakers has made it uncertain whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can continue in office, opposition and media said Saturday. Gandhi, the No. 2 in the Congress hierarchy, turned on ...

| Sep 29, 2013

Good morning Miss Kita-Senju, konbanwa Japan

by Matthew Chozick

Perhaps there comes a day in many a man’s life when he squints and says to himself something like this: 「まずいなぁ、もう少し度の強いメガネがあったら良かった。この距離だと、あの方が女装している北野武さんなのか、ミス・インターナショナルなのか、分からないや」(“Mazui nā, mō sukoshi do no tsuyoi megane ga attara yokatta. Kono kyori da to, ano kata ga jyosō shiteiru Kitano Takeshi-san nanoka, Misu ...

Trial free trade zone kicks off in Shanghai

Sep 29, 2013

Trial free trade zone kicks off in Shanghai

China launched a free trade zone in the commercial hub of Shanghai on Sunday, state media reported, with the project seen as a testing ground for much-needed reforms in the world’s second-largest economy. The zone, which covers 29 sq. km, “started operating Sunday,” the ...

Italy in new crisis as center-right ministers quit

Sep 29, 2013

Italy in new crisis as center-right ministers quit

Center-right ministers Saturday resigned from Italy’s fragile coalition government, unleashing a fresh political crisis after what Prime Minister Enrico Letta called a “crazy act” of encouragement by their leader, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi. All five ministers of the People of Freedom (PDL) party took ...

Abe's overture to Wall Street lost in translation

Sep 29, 2013

Abe's overture to Wall Street lost in translation

by William Pesek

Something was definitely lost in translation when Shinzo Abe spoke in New York on Thursday. First, Japan’s self-described reformist prime minister raised the specter of Gordon Gekko, the greed-is-good villain of Oliver Stone’s 1987 film “Wall Street.” Speaking at the New York Stock Exchange ...

Sep 29, 2013

Britain to recruit cyberwarriors

Britain is to set up a dedicated military unit to counter cyberattacks, Defense Secretary Philip Hammond announced Sunday as he issued a call for tech-savvy new recruits. The Ministry of Defense is looking to recruit hundreds of computer experts to help defend Britain’s national ...

Sep 29, 2013

New Jersey gets gay marriage order

A judge has ordered New Jersey to allow gay marriage, saying a ban goes against a historic Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that such marriages should be authorized as of Oct. 21, writing that “same-sex couples must ...

Harumafuji no match for Hakuho in finale

Sep 29, 2013

Harumafuji no match for Hakuho in finale

A day after wrapping up his 27th career championship, Hakuho put an exclamation mark on his fourth consecutive title with a convincing win over rival yokozuna Harumafuji on the final day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Hakuho, whose left eye was ...

Sep 29, 2013

Nishikori relaxed ahead of Japan Open defense

Kei Nishikori insists he’s never felt so free of pressure as the world No. 12 hopes to become the first back-to-back Japan Open champion since Pete Sampras in 1993-94. Last year, Nishikori became the first player from the host country to win the Japan ...

Sep 29, 2013

Ogawa returning to Swallows: sources

Junji Ogawa is set to stay on as manager of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows next season, club sources said Sunday. “I think he will accept the offer (to stay),” a source said of Ogawa, who was on a one-year contract for this season, his ...

Sep 29, 2013

Marines' Yabuta plans to retire

Chiba Lotte Marines right-hander Yasuhiko Yabuta, who had a stint in the major leagues with the Kansas City Royals, will retire at the end of this season, the club said Sunday. The 40-year-old Yabuta has been hampered with a right shoulder problem and has ...