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U.S. drone strike kills senior Haqqani leader in Pakistan

Nov 22, 2013

U.S. drone strike kills senior Haqqani leader in Pakistan

A U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan killed six people, including a senior leader of the ruthless Haqqani network, officials said, in only the second such strike outside the country’s lawless tribal districts. The missile attack hit a religious seminary that militants and security ...

Obama pays tribute to John F. Kennedy legacy

Nov 22, 2013

Obama pays tribute to John F. Kennedy legacy

President Barack Obama laid a wreath at John F. Kennedy’s gravesite as a nation remembers the terrible day in Dallas a half-century ago Friday when he was assassinated. Obama also recognized a group of distinguished Americans — including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey — ...

Volcano rises from sea to form new islet

Nov 22, 2013

Volcano rises from sea to form new islet

by Magdalena Osumi

A smoking cone emerged Wednesday from the Pacific during a volcanic eruption, forming a new islet about 1,000 km south of Tokyo in the Ogasawara chain, and the government hopes its arrival will be an avenue to extending Japan’s ocean territory. The islet was ...

Dud shell used to adorn alcove for over 20 years

Nov 22, 2013

Dud shell used to adorn alcove for over 20 years

A 57-year-old man from Furano, Hokkaido, forced a neighborhood evacuation Wednesday after telling municipal officials he had a dud munition ready for disposal after using it as an alcove decoration for over 20 years. About 20 households in the town of Shintomi were evacuated ...

Fuel-cell cars make splash at auto shows

Nov 22, 2013

Fuel-cell cars make splash at auto shows

Cars that run on hydrogen and emit only water vapor are emerging to challenge electric vehicles as the world’s transportation of the future. At auto shows on two continents Wednesday, three automakers unveiled hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to be delivered to the general public as ...

Priests take up pen to stop suicides

Nov 22, 2013

Priests take up pen to stop suicides

by Takeshi Nishide

To help turn the tide against suicide, a volunteer group of Buddhist priests, both men and women, writes letters to distraught people to help keep them from taking their own lives. People considering suicide “write to us because they want to live,” said Yusen ...

Mizuho chief tells Diet bank will clean up act

Nov 22, 2013

Mizuho chief tells Diet bank will clean up act

Mizuho Bank President Yasuhiro Sato said Thursday at the Diet that the lender will call on more outside experts to improve its legal compliance since its established practice of lending to gangsters came to light. Sato offered unsworn testimony before the House of Councilors ...

Nov 22, 2013

Obama's official visit to Japan eyed in April

The Japanese and U.S. governments are set to arrange an official trip by U.S. President Barack Obama to Japan in April, people familiar with bilateral relations said Wednesday. During the trip, Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will reaffirm their commitment to strengthening the ...

Demand booming for artisanal rice

| Nov 22, 2013

Demand booming for artisanal rice

by Makiko Itoh

Rice farmers in Japan are under siege. Heavily protected on various levels by the central government for decades, they’ve seen the market for their precious crop eroded by cheaper imported rice, and the administration of Shinzo Abe is proposing ending production-rationing and subsidies. It ...

Puerto Rico's glowing lagoon goes nearly dark

Nov 22, 2013

Puerto Rico's glowing lagoon goes nearly dark

A glowing lagoon off Puerto Rico’s northeast coast has gone nearly dark, and biologists are trying to find out why. Theories range from an increase in construction runoff to inclement weather to people clearing mangroves to allow larger boats into the area. “We have ...

New Ai Weiwei film details the art of persecution

Nov 22, 2013

New Ai Weiwei film details the art of persecution

by Giovanni Fazio

Timing, as they say, is everything, and for aspiring filmmaker Alison Klayman, that meant being in Beijing filming China’s most well-known contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, at precisely the moment the Chinese government decided to throw him in jail. It was certainly an illuminating moment, ...

'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry'

Nov 22, 2013

'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry'

by Kaori Shoji

Ai Weiwei is a controversial troublemaker in his homeland of China, but his reputation abroad is that of a brilliant dissident artist. His latest protest against the government was a gesture: Unable to leave the country, Ai sent an empty chair to the Stockholm ...

Who says you're lonely just because you're alone?

Nov 22, 2013

Who says you're lonely just because you're alone?

by Kaori Shoji

When “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” was published in 1999, some schools in the United States banned it from their libraries and reading lists for its depictions of graphic sexual scenes, drugs, homosexuality and teen pregnancy — the usual suspects. Of course, this ...

'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

Nov 22, 2013

'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

by Kaori Shoji

It’s not often you run into a film that makes you feel 16 years old again — and kinda good about it. An ode to the awkward years (or to the people who went through them) when each day was a nerve-racking ordeal involving ...

'Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya)'

Nov 22, 2013

'Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya)'

by Mark Schilling

Isao Takahata has long been overshadowed by longtime colleague and Studio Ghibli cofounder Hayao Miyazaki. The younger man (Takahata is 78, Miyazaki 72) has had more and bigger hits, including his latest, the World War II-themed “Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises),” while Takahata’s last ...

'Can't Stand Losing You'

Nov 22, 2013

'Can't Stand Losing You'

by Giovanni Fazio

So you want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star, then listen now to what I say / Just get an electric guitar, then take some time and learn how to play / And with your hair swung right and your pants too tight ...

'Almanya: Willkommen in Deutschland'

Nov 22, 2013

'Almanya: Willkommen in Deutschland'

by Giovanni Fazio

This warm family dramedy looks at the story of one Turkish family that emigrated to Germany as guest workers in the 1960s. Patriarch Huseyin (Vedat Erincin) is at a ripe old age, and he announces that he’s bought a house back in his hometown ...

Hakuho, Harumafuji on collision course

Nov 22, 2013

Hakuho, Harumafuji on collision course

Let the real fireworks begin. Undefeated yokozuna pair Hakuho and Harumafuji remained on trajectory for an explosive finale Thursday, while ozeki Kisenosato won the first battle of wrestlers two off the pace with a wrecking-ball act of Chiyotairyu to keep himself in the hunt ...

Heat win big against Magic

Nov 22, 2013

Heat win big against Magic

LeBron James warned the Orlando Magic to stop double-teaming him and ignoring James Jones. They didn’t listen. Jones scored 14 of his 17 points in a third quarter that turned a close game into a blowout, James led Miami with 21 points, and the ...

Crosby tops Ovechkin in Pens victory

Nov 22, 2013

Crosby tops Ovechkin in Pens victory

Even Sidney Crosby acknowledged his goal — and the lickety-split series of passes that led up to it — was “fun” and “one of the nicer ones.” Crosby delivered that highlight-reel goal and an assist to get the better of a quiet Alex Ovechkin ...