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Japan meets Kyoto goal via credit buys

Nov 18, 2013

Japan meets Kyoto goal via credit buys

Japan says it has fulfilled its 1997 Kyoto Protocol obligations thanks to a plunge in greenhouse gas emissions during the global financial crisis and carbon credits bought overseas.

Spacecraft set to uncover past, future of galaxy

Nov 18, 2013

Spacecraft set to uncover past, future of galaxy

by Robin Mckie

European scientists are preparing to launch a probe that will transform our understanding of the galaxy. The spacecraft, called Gaia, will carry the world’s biggest, most accurate camera, which it will use to pinpoint more than a billion stars with unprecedented precision and create ...

Sochi security raises fears over rights

Nov 18, 2013

Sochi security raises fears over rights

by Vladimir Isachenkov

The organizers of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi have introduced some of the most extensive identity checks and sweeping security measures ever seen at an international sports event, raising concerns that they are stifling dissent and violating privacy under the pretext of fulfilling ...

China-born contestant running in Malian poll

Nov 18, 2013

China-born contestant running in Malian poll

Unassuming and affable, election candidate Astan Coulibaly would be unremarkable on the campaign trail in Mali, except that as a Chinese she has been hailed as an embodiment of racial harmony in the fractured West African nation. The 54-year-old, born Yu Hong Wei in ...

De Blasio shatters racial taboo

Nov 18, 2013

De Blasio shatters racial taboo

by Jesse Washington

Another milestone is passing in America’s racial journey: The next mayor of New York City is a white man with a black wife. Even in a nation with a biracial president, where interracial marriage is more accepted than ever, Bill de Blasio’s marriage to ...

Despite crisis, Ford supporters stay loyal

Nov 18, 2013

Despite crisis, Ford supporters stay loyal

by Charmaine Noronha

When Rob Ford was elected mayor of Toronto in 2010, his bluster and checkered past were widely known. A plurality of voters backed him anyway, eager to shake things up at a City Hall they viewed as elitist and wasteful. Those voters — many ...

California school to keep 'Arabs,' may change mascot

Nov 18, 2013

California school to keep 'Arabs,' may change mascot

School officials in Southern California say a high school’s “Arabs” nickname is here to stay, but its divisive costumed mascot may undergo a face-lift. The Coachella Valley Unified School District held a special meeting Friday night to address the recent dispute over the Coachella ...

NASA's Maven to explore Mars' atmosphere

Nov 18, 2013

NASA's Maven to explore Mars' atmosphere

NASA hopes its newest Mars spacecraft will live up to its know-it-all name. The robotic explorer, called Maven, is due to blast off Monday on a 10-month journey to the red planet. It will orbit Mars and study the atmosphere to try to understand ...

U.K.'s Roma 'excluded, ignored, neglected'

Nov 18, 2013

U.K.'s Roma 'excluded, ignored, neglected'

by Mark Townsend

The headquarters of Britain’s biggest Roma charity is a large building beside a major thoroughfare in east London, yet its official address is a P.O. box. The fear of reprisal against Britain’s Roma community, even in London’s most multicultural borough, remains real. Hours after ...

Abe discusses aid, security in Laos

Nov 18, 2013

Abe discusses aid, security in Laos

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong agreed Sunday during their summit to seek the launch of a security dialogue framework. “I would like to come to a mutual understanding (with Laos on various issues) through dialogue between our foreign and ...

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Nov 18, 2013

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he is not about to apologize for ripping up prairie land to plant corn. Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, ...

Da Vinci dream realized by Pole

Nov 18, 2013

Da Vinci dream realized by Pole

With elegant black and tan keys, it looks like a baby grand piano, but when pressed they release the voluptuous tones of a cello. The painter of the Mona Lisa, Italian Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, also dreamed up the viola organista in the ...

Brazil beats Japan to clinch World Grand Champions Cup

Nov 18, 2013

Brazil beats Japan to clinch World Grand Champions Cup

Olympic champion and World No. 1 Brazil won the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup on Sunday by defeating Japan 3-0 (29-27, 25-14, 25-18) at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Brazil became the first team to win the title twice. It also won in 2005. Japan took ...

Hakuho, Harumafuji charge on in Fukuoka

Nov 18, 2013

Hakuho, Harumafuji charge on in Fukuoka

Hakuho and Harumafuji kept up their torrid pace in two electrically charged bouts to jump-start the second week of action at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. The two yokozuna remained in a share of the lead at 8-0, while only No. 5 ...

Star jockey Take wins 100th Grade 1 title

Nov 18, 2013

Star jockey Take wins 100th Grade 1 title

Yutaka Take added another chapter to his phenomenal riding career, winning an unprecedented 100th career Grade 1 title aboard Tosen Ra in the Mile Championship on Sunday. Take’s mount went off as the second choice in a maximum field of 18, breaking through traffic ...

JEF blow chance to seal playoff spot

Nov 18, 2013

JEF blow chance to seal playoff spot

by Gus Fielding

JEF United Chiba squandered the chance to reach the playoffs for promotion to the J. League first division with one game of the regular season to spare on Sunday after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Tochigi. A win would ...

Hannaryz pile more misery on Evessa

Nov 18, 2013

Hannaryz pile more misery on Evessa

by Ed Odeven

The Osaka Evessa’s roller-coaster season has had two extremes: a long winning streak and a long losing streak. First-year Osaka head coach Shunsuke Todo’s team suffered its sixth straight defeat on Sunday, losing 82-72 to the host Kyoto Hannaryz. Former Evessa star David Palmer ...

Japan holds own with Dutch

Nov 18, 2013

Japan holds own with Dutch

Japan fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against the Netherlands on Saturday in a friendly between two World Cup qualifiers. Veteran Rafael van der Vaart scored a goal and set up another to give the Netherlands an early lead. ...

Shiffrin shines at World Cup slalom opener in Finland

Nov 18, 2013

Shiffrin shines at World Cup slalom opener in Finland

Mikaela Shiffrin sent an unmistakable message leading up to the Sochi Olympics. The 18-year-old American easily won the World Cup slalom opener Saturday, beating reigning Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany by more than a second. “I’m really happy with how the day went, ...

Chan soars with record score; Hanyu makes GP Final

Nov 18, 2013

Chan soars with record score; Hanyu makes GP Final

World champion Patrick Chan gave a performance which he believes can win him gold at the Sochi Olympics as American Ashley Wagner successfully defended her women’s title at the Trophee Bompard Grand Prix on Saturday. Chan won a fourth Paris gold in spectacular style ...

Rangers shut out Canadiens

Nov 18, 2013

Rangers shut out Canadiens

Cam Talbot grew up as a fan of Montreal Canadiens goaltending star Patrick Roy. And in his first game at the Bell Centre, the 26-year-old played a lot like Roy as he made 22 saves to earn his NHL shutout in the New York ...

USC shocksNo. 5 Stanford

Nov 18, 2013

USC shocksNo. 5 Stanford

The Coliseum stands emptied in waves that flowed onto the field after Stanford’s final fumble. Thousands of Southern California fans enveloped the Trojans to celebrate an improbable win secured by an interim coach, an inconsistent kicker and a thin defense that wouldn’t break. USC’s ...