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South Africa holds state funeral for Nelson Mandela

Dec 16, 2013

South Africa holds state funeral for Nelson Mandela

Songs, speeches and the boom of artillery rang across Nelson Mandela’s home village during his funeral Sunday as a tribal chief draped in animal skin declared: “A great tree has fallen.” South Africa was saying goodbye for the last time to the man who ...

Church of the Nativity undergoing needed repairs

Dec 16, 2013

Church of the Nativity undergoing needed repairs

As visitors descend upon Bethlehem this holiday season, they will notice a different look for the Church of the Nativity, located at the traditional site of Jesus’ birth. Wrapped in scaffolding, the basilica is undergoing a much-needed face-lift after 600 years. Experts say water ...

How widows broke the glass ceiling

Dec 16, 2013

How widows broke the glass ceiling

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For Champagne to become the tipple it is today — popped at weddings, quaffed in casinos and smashed against ships — a few men had to die: young ones married to clever women. Without the widows of Champagne, mankind’s most seductive fizz might well ...

Swiss secure data for world

Dec 16, 2013

Swiss secure data for world

It looks like the ideal location for a James Bond thriller: a massive underground bunker in a secret location in the Swiss Alps, used for keeping data safe from snooping eyes. Housed in one of Switzerland’s numerous deserted Cold War-era army barracks, the Deltalis ...

Fukushima loses first high school to meltdowns

| Dec 16, 2013

Fukushima loses first high school to meltdowns

A private high school in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, will close for good at the end of March because the nuclear disaster has decimated enrollment, school officials said. Shoei High School, founded in 1957, will be the first in the prefecture to close its doors ...

Singapore foreign labor riot forces rethink

Dec 16, 2013

Singapore foreign labor riot forces rethink

A riot by South Asian laborers has forced Singapore to take a fresh look at how it deals with the presence of nearly a million low-paid foreign workers in the wealthy city-state. An estimated 400 workers went on the rampage on Dec. 8 in ...

Anti-apartheid movement recalls struggle

Dec 16, 2013

Anti-apartheid movement recalls struggle

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Key figures in the British anti-apartheid movement have spoken of their sadness at the death of Nelson Mandela, whom they described as a reluctant poster boy of a campaign that ended up focusing the world’s attention on the horrors of apartheid South Africa. As ...

Aquino gets honorary degree

| Dec 16, 2013

Aquino gets honorary degree

Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III was awarded an honorary doctorate in law by Tokyo-based Sophia University on Friday, for his significant achievements in the promotion of good governance and peace in the Philippines, which have contributed to the remarkable economic development of the ...

China manages soft landing on moon

Dec 16, 2013

China manages soft landing on moon

China completed the first soft landing on the moon’s surface in 37 years Saturday, becoming only the third country to pull off the feat. State television showed scientists in white and pale blue coats applauding, shaking hands and congratulating each other after the craft, ...

Dec 16, 2013

Ishiba's ominous words

Statements by LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba underscore the danger that the new state secrets law could pose to Japanese democracy.

December: A last tango with soba

| Dec 16, 2013

December: A last tango with soba

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Some men go out to buy that flaming red sportscar. Others embark on a messy but absorbing divorce process. Then there is of course, nirvana: the gorufujō (ゴルフ場, golf course). But in Japan, when men hit a certain age they have another option to ...

Kwansei Gakuin reaches Rice Bowl

Dec 16, 2013

Kwansei Gakuin reaches Rice Bowl

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Quarterback Kei Saito threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Takato Kido and Junya Miwa kicked three field goals, leading the Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters to a 23-9 triumph over the Nihon University Phoenix on Sunday at Koshien Stadium in the 68th Koshien Bowl. ...

Winston awarded Heisman Trophy

Dec 16, 2013

Winston awarded Heisman Trophy

Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy. The Florida State quarterback became the second straight freshman to win the Heisman on Saturday night, earning college football’s most prestigious individual award with a performance so spectacular and dominant that ...

Blackwell out at struggling Gunma

Dec 16, 2013

Blackwell out at struggling Gunma

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The Gunma Crane Thunders opened the season with three victories in their first 19 games. Saturday’s 93-78 loss to the Shinshu Brave Warriors was the final straw for head coach Ryan Blackwell. It cost him his job, bj-league sources told The Japan Times. Blackwell ...

Moore rides Asia Express to victory on turf debut

Dec 16, 2013

Moore rides Asia Express to victory on turf debut

Jockey Ryan Moore captured his second Grade 1 title of the fall as Asia Express won its turf debut in the Asahihai Futurity Stakes on Sunday. Asia Express had made his first two starts on dirt, but the Henny Hughes son made a seamless ...

Blazers rain down 3-pointers in rout of 76ers

Dec 16, 2013

Blazers rain down 3-pointers in rout of 76ers

The Portland Trail Blazers nearly shot their way into the NBA record book. LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 16 rebounds, Nicolas Batum added 17 points and the Trail Blazers set a franchise record for 3-pointers with 21 in their 139-105 victory over the ...

Navy makes it 12 straight over Army

Dec 16, 2013

Navy makes it 12 straight over Army

Walking off the muddy field after another disheartening loss to Navy, embattled Army coach Rich Ellerson probably wondered if he would get another chance to beat his school’s biggest rival. The Black Knights offered little resistance Saturday in a 34-7 defeat, their 12th straight ...

Rested Heat beat Cavaliers

Dec 16, 2013

Rested Heat beat Cavaliers

LeBron James and the Miami Heat benefited from their three-day break, beginning a five-game homestand with a hard-fought win over a pesky opponent. James scored 25 points against his former team, leading the energized Heat to a 114-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on ...

49ers confident cornerback is heading in Wright direction

Dec 16, 2013

49ers confident cornerback is heading in Wright direction

Eric Wright raised his arms to the sky, his right hand clutching the ball, then danced off the field collecting hugs and hand slaps from his San Francisco teammates. The veteran cornerback finally was back in his play-making element. Wright and the 49ers had ...

Tortorella inspires Canucks

Dec 16, 2013

Tortorella inspires Canucks

Known for his fiery demeanor during previous NHL stops, John Tortorella’s anger has been on simmer since he took over as coach of the Vancouver Canucks. It finally boiled over Saturday night and helped spur his team to victory. Tortorella lit into the Canucks ...