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China withholds visas for NYT, Bloomberg reporters

Dec 10, 2013

China withholds visas for NYT, Bloomberg reporters

Chinese authorities have been withholding residence visas for reporters working for The New York Times and Bloomberg in apparent retaliation for the agencies’ investigative stories on wealth accumulated by leaders’ families. If authorities do not soon start approving renewals for visas due to expire ...

Mandela was urged to refuse Nobel peace prize 20 years ago

Dec 10, 2013

Mandela was urged to refuse Nobel peace prize 20 years ago

Two decades ago in Oslo, Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s last apartheid president, F.W. de Klerk, stood side by side and accepted the Nobel peace prize, a moment that epitomized the reconciliation of enemies. But that powerful gesture of forgiveness on Dec. 10, 1993, ...

Your Party splinters as Eda bolts

Dec 10, 2013

Your Party splinters as Eda bolts

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Lower House lawmaker Kenji Eda on Monday deserted Your Party, which he helped form four years ago, and took more than a third of the opposition group’s ranks with him to launch a new party. The breakup of Your Party underscored the worsening turmoil ...

Ukraine throngs now demand systemic change

Dec 10, 2013

Ukraine throngs now demand systemic change

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians filled the streets of Kiev on Sunday — no longer focused solely on a trade agreement with the European Union, but now also looking to recast their country’s frayed and corrupt political system. The demonstrators represent disparate strains in ...

Amazon tries 'selling' Cyber Monday

Dec 10, 2013

Amazon tries 'selling' Cyber Monday

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Leave it to the country’s online retail giant to create Japan’s version of America’s latest Christmas shopping spree. Amazon Japan on Monday launched a Cyber Monday campaign to boost holiday shopping, hoping the tradition takes root in Japan and creates a bonanza comparable with ...

How news of the attack on Pearl Harbor broke on AP in 1941

Dec 10, 2013

How news of the attack on Pearl Harbor broke on AP in 1941

On Dec. 7, 1941, Eugene Burns, AP’s bureau chief in Honolulu, couldn’t get out the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor because the military had taken control of all communications lines. In Washington, AP editor William Peacock got word of the attack ...

Altered blood cells destroy cancer

Dec 10, 2013

Altered blood cells destroy cancer

In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients’ blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer. A few patients with one type of leukemia ...

Can JAL deliver the iced goods for Japan Post?

Dec 10, 2013

Can JAL deliver the iced goods for Japan Post?

Japan Post has begun delivering refrigerated parcels overseas through an exclusive deal with Japan Airlines, but the future of the tie-up remains murky due to JAL’s limited cargo services and intensifying competition with rival delivery firms. Japan Post Co., the postal service arm of ...

Ultracompacts zip into the future

| Dec 10, 2013

Ultracompacts zip into the future

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In the near future, the nation’s traffic scene may be characterized by the widespread use of ultracompact cars. According to the government and automakers, this will mean lower carbon dioxide emissions, less congestion in the cities, greater mobility for the elderly and a renewed ...

North Korea admits Kim's powerful uncle was purged

Dec 10, 2013

North Korea admits Kim's powerful uncle was purged

North Korea on Monday acknowledged the purge of leader Kim Jong Un’s influential uncle for alleged corruption, drug use, gambling and a long list of other “anti-state” acts, apparently ending the career of the country’s second most powerful official. The young North Korean leader ...

Crown Princess Masako turns 50, vows to stay on the mend

Dec 10, 2013

Crown Princess Masako turns 50, vows to stay on the mend

In a written statement issued for her 50th birthday Monday, Crown Princess Masako pledged to continue efforts to overcome a stress-induced illness that she has been dealing with for 10 years. “I have tried to complete my public and private duties as much as ...

Dec 10, 2013

GDP cut to just 1.1% growth for 3rd quarter

The economy expanded at a slower pace than initially estimated in the third quarter, sparking concern that “Abenomics” is failing to help the nascent recovery gain momentum, the government said Monday. The downgrade means the world’s third-biggest economy grew at an annualized rate of ...

Dec 10, 2013

A 20th-century hero and icon

Nelson Mandela's life was a testimony to the need to put aside the anger and desire for vengeance to which one may feel rightfully entitled and to embrace the very best in humanity, regardless of race.

Otaku culture gets under the skin

Dec 10, 2013

Otaku culture gets under the skin

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Tattoos in Japan have long moved on from the kind often romanticized by the West — that imagery of flamboyant yakuza that so many seem reluctant to relinquish. But a brief glance at the policies of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto reveals a nation still ...

Ticked off by a red-meat allergy?

Dec 10, 2013

Ticked off by a red-meat allergy?

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Almost every time he eats a steak, Mack Halsey develops hives on his arms and legs. Burgers are no better. About two to four hours after a meal, his skin starts to itch and break out in hives. For a long time, Halsey, who ...

Managers Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to Hall of Fame

Dec 10, 2013

Managers Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to Hall of Fame

Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox spent decades trying to beat each other, no holds barred. On this day, however, they were a mutual admiration society. And why not? They were going to the Hall of Fame together. With a combined eight ...

Giants unveil master base stealer Kataoka

Dec 10, 2013

Giants unveil master base stealer Kataoka

Yasuyuki Kataoka, who has joined the Yomiuri Giants in a free-agent deal from the Seibu Lions, said Monday he hopes to steal enough bases to put the two-time defending Central League champions in contention for a Japan Series champion in 2014. “If I can ...

Eagles plow through Lions

Dec 10, 2013

Eagles plow through Lions

Once LeSean McCoy put his head down and ran straight ahead instead of juking and jiving, no one could stop him. McCoy ran for a franchise-best 217 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame two TD returns by ...

Heat take revenge on Pistons, prepare to face Pacers

Dec 10, 2013

Heat take revenge on Pistons, prepare to face Pacers

LeBron James and Miami breezed through one big rematch. Now the Heat can prepare for another. James had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Miami routed Detroit 110-95 on Sunday, avenging a home loss to the Pistons less than a week ago. ...

Grubauer passes test as Capitals thrash Rangers

Dec 10, 2013

Grubauer passes test as Capitals thrash Rangers

The Washington Capitals reveled in what they accomplished Sunday night. The New York Rangers seethed at what they didn’t. Steve Oleksy, Jason Chimera and Mikhail Grabovski scored second-period goals in the Capitals’ 4-1 win over the Rangers. “We felt them deflate a little bit,” ...

Owens medal sold for record price at auction

Dec 10, 2013

Owens medal sold for record price at auction

An Olympic gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record $1.4 million in an online auction. SCP Auctions said Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle paid $1,466,574, the highest price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia. The ...

Johnson uses late surge to claim win over Tiger

Dec 10, 2013

Johnson uses late surge to claim win over Tiger

The storybook ending at Sherwood had every element a golf fan could want — Tiger Woods with a commanding lead before a record crowd, clutch shots that kept getting better with every hole and a finish no one saw coming. Zach Johnson never looked ...

Kim marks 2013 debut with victory in Zagreb

Dec 10, 2013

Kim marks 2013 debut with victory in Zagreb

Olympic champion Kim Yu-na overcame a fall to clinch victory at the Golden Spin on Saturday as the South Korean skater made her season debut following an injury lay-off with an impressive triumph. The 23-year-old world champion had been off the ice since picking ...