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Hope surfaces as bankrupt Detroit eyes rebirth

Oct 14, 2013

Hope surfaces as bankrupt Detroit eyes rebirth

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The hollow hulk of Detroit’s once-majestic train station draws a steady stream of tourists to see how far the mighty Motor City has fallen. The Beaux Arts building was the tallest railway station in the world when it was built in 1913, and its ...

Thousands mass for antinuclear rally in Tokyo

Oct 14, 2013

Thousands mass for antinuclear rally in Tokyo

Tens of thousands of people rallied against nuclear power Sunday in what appeared to be the largest demonstration since Japan’s last active reactor went offline for maintenance on Sept. 15. Demonstrators marched in front of government agencies in Tokyo chanting such slogans as “We ...

Medal of Honor seen as vindication for war hero

Oct 14, 2013

Medal of Honor seen as vindication for war hero

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Four years after he survived a brutal firefight in a remote Afghanistan valley that claimed the lives of five Americans, retired U.S. Army Capt. William Swenson will be hailed as a hero at the White House on Tuesday. Swenson, 34, is credited with risking ...

Chinese prison bars U.S. doctor from dissident

Oct 14, 2013

Chinese prison bars U.S. doctor from dissident

Moved by the plight and failing health of a Chinese dissident imprisoned for a few lines of poetry, a retired American doctor traveled from her quiet life in suburban Washington to the gates of his eastern China prison on Saturday and asked she be ...

Chinese firms face long journey to global conquest

Oct 14, 2013

Chinese firms face long journey to global conquest

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In the global contest for business Chinese brands struggle to rival big Western and Japanese names, but some are now looking to reinvent their identities to overcome image and political hurdles. The world’s second-largest economy does not have a single one of the world’s ...

Senate opens talks on end to shutdown

Oct 14, 2013

Senate opens talks on end to shutdown

Senate leaders began negotiations Saturday aimed at reopening federal agencies and avoiding a government default after every other effort to end Congress’ impasse crumbled in the previous 48 hours. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took over the talks, which ...

Oct 14, 2013

The unraveler of colonialism

he life of Vietnamese Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, perhaps one of finest military strategists of the 20th century, is a reminder of how the spirit of independence can balance raw power.

Oct 14, 2013

The freedom of belief and religion

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Freedom of belief or religion is considered in democratic countries to be a fundamental human right and is enshrined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Freedom of religion includes the right to change religion or not to have any religion. ...

Venice's $7.3 billion flood barrier undergoes first test

Oct 14, 2013

Venice's $7.3 billion flood barrier undergoes first test

Flood-prone Venice on Saturday carried out the first test of its €5.4 billion ($7.3 billion) barrier system known as “Moses,” designed to protect the Renaissance city from rising sea levels. The ambitious engineering project involves installing 78 mobile barriers divided into four sections at ...

Real-life hobbit village planned for Swedish isle

Oct 14, 2013

Real-life hobbit village planned for Swedish isle

A real hobbit village will soon nestle in the lush forests of a Swedish island, a whimsical project billed as the first of its kind — but behind the fantasy gimmick lies a genuine interest for sustainable development. The hobbits, small characters with hairy ...

Meisho Mambo wins Shuka-sho

Oct 14, 2013

Meisho Mambo wins Shuka-sho

Japanese Oaks champion Meisho Mambo won the Shuka-sho to snatch two of the three jewels in the filly’s triple crown on Sunday. Third choice Meisho Mambo held off second pick Smart Layer by a length and a quarter for her second Grade 1 victory ...

Ando tops field in domestic return

Oct 14, 2013

Ando tops field in domestic return

Former two-time world champion Miki Ando, who is aiming to appear at next year’s Sochi Olympics after giving birth to a baby girl in April, got off to a shining start by leading in the women’s short program at a regional competition on Sunday. ...

Carp sweep Tigers, advance to face Giants

Oct 14, 2013

Carp sweep Tigers, advance to face Giants

Bryan Bullington won a pitching duel against Randy Messenger and Brad Eldred had the big hit and made a stellar catch in left field as the Hiroshima Carp advanced to the final stage of the Central League’s Climax Series with a 7-4 win over ...