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Nov 29, 2013

Court voids Okayama poll result

The Hiroshima High Court rules that the outcome of the July Upper House election in Okayama Prefecture should be invalidated due to an unconstitutional disparity in the value of votes between constituencies.

IAEA says NKorea images suggest reactor restart

Nov 29, 2013

IAEA says NKorea images suggest reactor restart

Activities observed at North Korea’s Yongbyon site indicate an effort to restart a reactor that could provide it with weapons-grade plutonium, the U.N. atomic agency said Thursday. “The Agency continues to monitor developments at the Yongbyon site, mainly through satellite imagery,” International Atomic Energy ...

U.S. offers to destroy Syrian chemical arms at sea

Nov 29, 2013

U.S. offers to destroy Syrian chemical arms at sea

The Obama administration is offering to destroy some of Syria’s deadliest chemical weapons in international waters aboard a nearly 213-meter U.S. government-owned ship, U.S. officials told AP. The plan, still subject to final approval, would involve destroying the weapons, likely aboard the MV Cape ...

Line censoring messages in China

Nov 29, 2013

Line censoring messages in China

by Tomoko Otake

In another example of the dilemmas facing Internet companies operating in China, Japan-based instant messaging app provider Line Corp. has been censoring chats among users there, blocking the transmission of politically sensitive words and phrases. Line, which announced Monday that the number of people ...

Highway rest areas get retail-centric makeover

Nov 29, 2013

Highway rest areas get retail-centric makeover

by Asako Takaguchi

Operators of expressway rest areas are refurbishing their sites in often unusual and creative ways to draw customers and increase their earnings. One operator, East Nippon Expressway Co., redesigned a rest area off the Kanetsu Expressway based on “The Little Prince,” a novella by ...

American held for seven months in Dubai for online parody

Nov 29, 2013

American held for seven months in Dubai for online parody

An American who works in the United Arab Emirates has been held in a maximum security prison for months after posting a parody video about youth culture in Dubai, a rights group and family attorney said Wednesday. Shezanne Cassim, 29, of Woodbury, Minnesota, was ...

Yingluck wins confidence vote in Thailand

Nov 29, 2013

Yingluck wins confidence vote in Thailand

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra easily survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote Thursday as protesters kept up their fight to topple her government by besieging major ministries. The demonstrations are the biggest since mass rallies three years ago that descended into the kingdom’s worst civil ...

Nov 29, 2013

Court voids election in western Japan on vote disparity

The Hiroshima High Court ruled Thursday that the outcome of the July Upper House election in Okayama Prefecture should be invalidated due to an unconstitutional disparity in the weight of votes. The decision by the court’s Okayama branch is the first among 14 similar ...

Nov 29, 2013

Kishida to make Japan's case on air defense dispute in Germany

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit Germany to speak at a security conference in Munich from late January, government sources said Wednesday, a move aimed at airing Japan’s concern over China’s establishment of an air defense zone over parts of the East China ...

Italian parliament expels defiant Berlusconi

Nov 29, 2013

Italian parliament expels defiant Berlusconi

Italy’s parliament on Wednesday expelled Silvio Berlusconi over a tax fraud conviction in a humiliating vote that will not be the last act of the billionaire tycoon’s tumultuous career as he vowed to “fight on.” The three-time former prime minister told thousands of supporters ...

Nov 29, 2013

The Ukraine tug of war

Russian President Vladimir Putin has won an important foreign policy victory with the decision by Ukraine to suspend talks on an association agreement with the European Union.

'Captain Phillips'

Nov 29, 2013

'Captain Phillips'

by Giovanni Fazio

You’re probably familiar with the news story that forms the basis of Hollywood’s latest torn-from-the-headlines thriller, “Captain Phillips”: A merchant marine ship is boarded by Somali pirates, the captain is taken hostage, and the U.S. Navy attempts a rescue with a crack-shot team of ...

Yamashita and Maeda reunite for slacker dramedy

Nov 29, 2013

Yamashita and Maeda reunite for slacker dramedy

by Mark Schilling

Nobuhiro Yamashita has used a variety of sources for his films since his 1999 feature debut “Donten Seikatasu (Hazy Life),” including his own experiences as a struggling indie director. But the inspiration for his latest, “Moratorium Tamako (Tamako in Moratorium),” is out of the ...

'Moratorium Tamako (Tamako in Moratorium)'

Nov 29, 2013

'Moratorium Tamako (Tamako in Moratorium)'

by Mark Schilling

Japanese college students may be the nation’s leisure class, known more for their partying and playing than studying, but their seemingly carefree minds are often clouded by worries about a post-graduation job. Even serious students — yes, they do exist — have to sweat ...

'Liv & Ingmar'

Nov 29, 2013

'Liv & Ingmar'

by Kaori Shoji

Like Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, some actresses can get too close to their directors and go up in flames. This was certainly the case with Liv Ullmann (she was born in Tokyo, by the way), who met Ingmar Bergman in ...

'The Call'

Nov 29, 2013

'The Call'

by Kaori Shoji

Halle Berry has one of the sharpest, most distinctive haircuts in Hollywood, but in her latest, “The Call,” she has no-nonsense, low-maintenance do that serves her character Jordan Turner well. Jordan is a 911 operator whose job requires dealing with dire emergencies around the ...

'The Sessions'

Nov 29, 2013

'The Sessions'

by Giovanni Fazio

It’s become kind of a cliche, famous actors playing the physically or mentally handicapped as a kind of sure-fire Oscar bait. Yet you’ve got to give it up for John Hawkes in “The Sessions”: He plays Mark O’Brien, a man paralyzed from the neck ...

Nov 29, 2013

Warren, Fukuoka rout Shiga, improve to 8-7

by Ed Odeven

Led by Reggie Warren’s 4-for-4 effort from 3-point range, the Rizing Fukuoka knocked down 10 of 19 long-range shots on Thursday night against the Shiga Lakestars. The Rizing coasted to a 96-75 home victory in the bj-league series opener before an announced crowd of ...

Hot shooting sinks Spurs

Nov 29, 2013

Hot shooting sinks Spurs

The shots weren’t falling early for Kevin Durant and never fell for Russell Westbrook, so it was Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb who carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to their most impressive win of the season. Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, ...

Repentant Braun ends silence over doping ban

Nov 29, 2013

Repentant Braun ends silence over doping ban

Ryan Braun ended his silence Wednesday, speaking to the media for the first time since accepting a season-ending, 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s anti-drug agreement. Braun was taking part in a holiday food drive at Miller Park and said he was “deeply ...

Vonn unsure about Sochi chances

Nov 29, 2013

Vonn unsure about Sochi chances

Lindsey Vonn remains unsure just what effect her latest knee injury will have on her Sochi Olympic hopes. Asked in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday whether she can put the kind of pressure on the knee she will need to train and ...

Lightning spoil Lecavalier's return to Tampa

Nov 29, 2013

Lightning spoil Lecavalier's return to Tampa

Vincent Lecavalier got everything but the desired result in his return to Tampa Bay. Victor Hedman had two goals and an assist to help the Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Wednesday night, spoiling Lecavalier’s homecoming. Lecavalier, who played 14 years for the ...

Nov 29, 2013

Ardija's Ogura plans to quit: sources

Tsutomu Ogura will step down as manager of J.League first-division club Omiya Ardija at the end of this season, soccer sources said Thursday. Omiya won eight and drew two of their first 10 games of the season en route to a J.League record-breaking run ...