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Egypt to try Morsi for 2011 prison break, killings

Dec 22, 2013

Egypt to try Morsi for 2011 prison break, killings

Deposed President Mohammed Morsi and 132 others, including Hamas jihadist militants, will stand trial for a prison break and the murder of officers during Egypt’s 2011 uprising, the prosecution said Saturday. Almost 70 of the defendants are members of the Palestinian and Lebanese militant ...

Thailand's main opposition party to boycott general election

Dec 22, 2013

Thailand's main opposition party to boycott general election

Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party said Saturday that it would boycott February’s general election, deepening a weeks-long political crisis over protesters’ efforts to oust the government and force political reforms. The party’s leader, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, announced the boycott after a meeting ...

A confused future for our baby boomers

| Dec 22, 2013

A confused future for our baby boomers

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No generation in the history of mankind is more reviled than that of the baby boomers, who grew up during the age of mass media. Raised on TV and glossy magazines, they connected to a world their parents knew almost nothing about, and with ...

Outcry forces down foie gras reforms

Dec 22, 2013

Outcry forces down foie gras reforms

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Long accused of torture by animal-rights activists, French foie gras producers are admitting they may have gone too far and vowing changes to how ducks and geese are reared, and their livers fattened. They are also promising a new spirit of openness and transparency ...

Dec 22, 2013

Students neglect physical exercise

A government survey conducted from April to July this year of more than 2 million children finds that Japanese students are doing less physical exercise than ever. The results could signal a looming health crisis.

Dec 22, 2013

Japan hits top in use of apps

Japan may have become the world's top country for generating mobile app revenue, but this brave new world poses dangers to unwary customers.

Hot times in the realm of Mount Aso

Dec 22, 2013

Hot times in the realm of Mount Aso

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I used to think that only Mount Fuji was massive enough to have its own weather patterns, but 1,592-meter Mount Aso in Kyushu proved me wrong. The clear skies and perfect late-September temperatures we were reveling in at the base of the hill dissipated ...

Protecting nature to protect ourselves

| Dec 22, 2013

Protecting nature to protect ourselves

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This month’s column takes an intrepid look at efforts to expand protected areas in Japan and worldwide, areas that are essential to conserve biological diversity and mitigate natural disasters. “Intrepid” because ecosystems are the backbone of food and water security, and with national security ...

For the love of haiku

Dec 22, 2013

For the love of haiku

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“Haiku,” edited by haiku practitioner David Cobb, and “Haiku Love,” edited by Japanese language scholar Alan Cummings, are both fun books. Originally published by the British Museum, they are sumptuously illustrated with nihonga (Japanese-style painting) and ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) from the museum’s collections, each ...

Coin Locker Babies

| Dec 22, 2013

Coin Locker Babies

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Ryu Murakami is known for the sex-drugs-and-violence style of his fiction and “Coin Locker Babies” has it all. Coin Locker Babies. Ryu Murakami, PUSHIKIN PRESS Published in 1980 Murakami’s dystopian novel has been described as a cyberpunk coming-of-age tale, and it’s easy to see ...

Buddhaland Brookyln

Dec 22, 2013

Buddhaland Brookyln

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Buddhaland Brookyln. Richard C. Morais, SCRIBNER “Buddhaland Brooklyn” traces a Buddhist priest’s journey from the tranquil mountains of Japan to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, where he’s tasked with overseeing his sect’s first temple. In a similar vein to Mick of “Crocodile Dundee” ...

Major coaching changes defined 2013

| Dec 22, 2013

Major coaching changes defined 2013

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Taking a (recent) trip down memory lane. . . . It’s no big surprise that 2013 has been another year of big twists and turns in the bj-league, which one can never accuse of being totally predictable, especially within the coaching ranks. The year’s ...

Youkilis to join Rakuten

Dec 22, 2013

Youkilis to join Rakuten

Kevin Youkilis is leaving the major leagues after an injury-plagued season and heading to Japan. The three-time All-Star has agreed to a one-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. “They made it very apparent right from the start they were quite interested in ...

FIBA warns JBA about problems

Dec 22, 2013

FIBA warns JBA about problems

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FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann has advised the Japan Basketball Association to resolve issues that exist inside the nation’s basketball circles or face greater problems in the future, according to Japanese media reports. Baumann asked JBA executives during a Tuesday meeting in Tokyo to ...

Svindal wins super-G

Dec 22, 2013

Svindal wins super-G

Aksel Lund Svindal increased his overall World Cup lead by winning the Val Gardena super-G for the third time on Friday, while many of his rivals skied off course or crashed in difficult conditions. Svindal clocked 1 minute, 35.82 seconds in a flawless run ...

Liverpool gives Suarez new deal

Dec 22, 2013

Liverpool gives Suarez new deal

Only four months after publicly pleading to leave the club in the hope of joining Premier League rival Arsenal, Luis Suarez has completed a remarkable U-turn and signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool. The 26-year-old complained in August that Liverpool had broken an ...

Cromartie hungry to bring baseball back to Montreal

Dec 22, 2013

Cromartie hungry to bring baseball back to Montreal

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Warren Cromartie’s energy can be infectious. When the former Montreal Expos and Yomiuri Giants star gets going on a topic, his voice rises, his words drip with conviction and even over the phone, you can imagine him flashing that familiar, toothy, megawatt smile. The ...