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Oct 31, 2013

Leak gives Tokyo police black eye

Three years after someone leaked documents on its counterterrorism investigations onto the Internet, Tokyo police have reached a dead end in their efforts to find the culprit while some Muslim residents who served as informants continue to live in fear with their identities exposed. ...

Oct 31, 2013

Politician-backed UK press watchdog charter gets royal seal

A cross-party charter on the regulation of Britain’s pugnacious newspapers that was agreed upon in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal was given royal approval on Wednesday despite a last-minute legal challenge by the industry. Newspapers had asked judges for an urgent injunction to ...

'Autograph-seekers' throw bucket of feces into Taiwan pop star's van

Oct 31, 2013

'Autograph-seekers' throw bucket of feces into Taiwan pop star's van

Taiwanese pop star Jam Hsiao said he’s outraged by an alleged attack in which two apparent autograph-seekers threw a bucket of fecal matter into his van. The 26-year-old singer told reporters Tuesday that two motorcyclists approached his van asking for autographs before the attack. ...

Archaeologists find booty from pirate Blackbeard’s ship

Oct 31, 2013

Archaeologists find booty from pirate Blackbeard’s ship

Five large cannons from a sunken ship captained by the legendary pirate Blackbeard have been recovered by U.S. archaeologists, authorities said Wednesday. They were raised from the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, sunk off the coast of North Carolina, on Monday, state officials ...

Little boy sits in pope's chair, steals show

Oct 31, 2013

Little boy sits in pope's chair, steals show

Pope Francis was delivering a homily but a little boy stole the show. Francis was speaking in St. Peter’s Square about the important role grandparents play when a little boy walked up behind him and confidently climbed up and sat down on the pontiff’s ...

Uehara fans final batter as Red Sox win World Series

Oct 31, 2013

Uehara fans final batter as Red Sox win World Series

When the Boston Red Sox needed to close out the World Series, they turned to Koji Uehara. The 38-year-old right-hander pitched a perfect ninth inning to finish off a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 on Wednesday night and secure ...

Congo army captures last rebel stronghold

Oct 31, 2013

Congo army captures last rebel stronghold

Congolese troops on Wednesday captured Bunagana, the main M23 rebel base near the eastern border with Uganda, driving the M23 rebels from their last stronghold, a government spokesman said. “Bunagana is completely under our control. We had been fighting since the early morning,” said ...

Federal Reserve keeps stimulus intact on shaky U.S. economic recovery

Oct 31, 2013

Federal Reserve keeps stimulus intact on shaky U.S. economic recovery

The U.S. Federal Reserve will keep its massive economic stimulus program intact, officials said Wednesday, amid concerns that the recovery remains fragile. Their statement about the economy hardly changed from September and gave little direction as to when the central bank believes it can ...

Oct 31, 2013

Ex-PM Koizumi studied idea of nationalizing Senkakus

The government under former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi studied the idea of putting the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea under state control, before three were nationalized in September last year, Yoshihiko Noda, another former prime minister, said Wednesday. “During the time of ...

Oct 31, 2013

Ex-senior U.S. diplomat urges restraint over Yasukuni visit by Abe

A former top U.S. diplomat on East Asia indicated Wednesday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should exercise restraint over a possible visit to the controversial war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, saying it could severely damage Japan’s relations with its Asian neighbors. The remarks by ...