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U.N. warns South Sudan over alleged crimes against humanity

Dec 25, 2013

U.N. warns South Sudan over alleged crimes against humanity

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has warned warring factions in South Sudan that reports of crimes against humanity will be investigated, as eyewitnesses spoke of a wave of brutal ethnic killings. Ban asked the Security Council to nearly double the size of the U.N. ...

Cabinet OKs record budget for 2014

Dec 25, 2013

Cabinet OKs record budget for 2014

The Cabinet approves a record ¥95.88 trillion general account budget for fiscal 2014 as the Abe administration seeks simultaneously to conquer decades of deflation and restore the nation’s precarious fiscal health.

Dec 25, 2013

Abe defends S. Sudan ammo supply

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan’s provision of ammunition to U.N. peacekeeping forces in South Sudan is part of his administration’s “proactive” contribution to world peace.

SDF duty put on hold; unit starts aiding refugees

Dec 25, 2013

SDF duty put on hold; unit starts aiding refugees

Self-Defense Forces members participating in U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan have suspended their infrastructure building work and have started instead to provide support for displaced people seeking refuge from violence at U.N. facilities in the capital, Juba. Col. Kenichi Igawa of the Ground ...

AK-47 inventor Kalashnikov dead at 94

Dec 25, 2013

AK-47 inventor Kalashnikov dead at 94

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the former Red Army sergeant behind one of the world’s most omnipresent weapons — the AK-47 and its variants and copies, used by national armies, terrorists, drug gangs, bank robbers, revolutionaries and jihadists — died Dec. 23 at a hospital in Izhevsk, ...

Finnish Santa wants to go universal

Dec 25, 2013

Finnish Santa wants to go universal

As a brand, Santa Claus has one major flaw: He is only really valuable for a few weeks at the end of each year. In Finland, they are trying to do something about that. Petri Paarnio, director of Santa Claus Licensing, the firm that ...

Defense spending hike covers pay: ministry

Dec 25, 2013

Defense spending hike covers pay: ministry

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The Abe administration’s draft budget adopted Tuesday includes ¥4.88 trillion in defense spending in fiscal 2014, a 2.8 percent increase from this year. But the Finance Ministry said most of this year’s increase is a result of the termination of special temporary salary cuts ...

Mossad unwittingly trained Mandela: Israeli archive letter

Dec 25, 2013

Mossad unwittingly trained Mandela: Israeli archive letter

Israel’s state archives have published a 50-year-old letter from the Mossad spy agency claiming it unknowingly offered paramilitary training to a young Nelson Mandela, along with documents illustrating the Jewish state’s sympathy for the anti-apartheid struggle in the 1960s. The release of the documents ...

Suzuki to sell Hustler minicar from January

Dec 25, 2013

Suzuki to sell Hustler minicar from January

Suzuki Motor Corp. said Tuesday its new Hustler minivehicle, which combines the characteristics of a car and a sport utility vehicle, will go on sale Jan. 8. The gasoline-powered minicar gets up to 29.2 km per liter, Suzuki said. The sticker price will range ...

Assembly OKs Inose's resignation

Dec 25, 2013

Assembly OKs Inose's resignation

The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Tuesday approved Gov. Naoki Inose’s resignation. Inose, elected Dec. 16, 2012, is stepping down after just 372 days, the shortest period in office in the capital’s history, after coming under intense criticism for taking ¥50 million from scandal-tainted hospital ...

U.K. pardons computer pioneer Alan Turing, convicted over sexuality

Dec 25, 2013

U.K. pardons computer pioneer Alan Turing, convicted over sexuality

Alan Turing’s code-breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think. But he was gay, and 1950s Britain punished the mathematician’s ...

Heart problems rise over holidays

Dec 25, 2013

Heart problems rise over holidays

Not to dampen any holiday spirits, but studies show heart troubles rise this time of year. The phenomenon is not confined to the West; recent research in China found the same thing. The increase includes fatal and nonfatal heart attacks and a less serious ...

Impact of bigger public works budget unclear

Dec 25, 2013

Impact of bigger public works budget unclear

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s fiscal 2014 draft budget has sparked debate over whether he has significantly increased the public works budget in a major policy shift from his predecessor administrations led by the Democratic Party of Japan. Under the fiscal 2014 draft budget adopted ...

Ramen workshops teach hopefuls tricks of trade

Dec 25, 2013

Ramen workshops teach hopefuls tricks of trade

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A company in Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture, has organized a series of workshops for aspiring chefs interested in opening ramen restaurants to teach them how to make noodles, manage their businesses and even design interiors. Many of the participants are former company employees who lack ...

Regime's 'barrel bombs' bring death, terror to Syrian city

Dec 25, 2013

Regime's 'barrel bombs' bring death, terror to Syrian city

The Syrian regime continued its aerial bombardment in the north for the ninth straight day Monday, decimating buildings across the already war-ravaged city of Aleppo. Some activists say the province’s death toll has grown by more than 300 in a matter of days. The ...

Massacre, rapes, executions carried out in South Sudan: witnesses

Dec 25, 2013

Massacre, rapes, executions carried out in South Sudan: witnesses

South Sudanese soldiers have carried out a string of ethnic killings, including a massacre, house-to-house killings and rapes, following an outbreak of fighting more than a week ago, eyewitnesses say. Two witnesses alleged they were arrested by government soldiers along with an estimated 250 ...

Dec 25, 2013

The Emperor's call for peace

Emperor Akihito on Monday celebrated his 80th birthday, becoming the second emperor to have passed this milestone while on the throne, following his father, Emperor Showa.

Dec 25, 2013

New quake scenario for Tokyo

A government disaster-prevention council predicts that an earthquake of magnitude-7.3 quake below south-central Tokyo on a windy, winter evening would destroy an estimated 610,000 buildings and kill as many as 23,000 people. Such a quake is given a 70 percent chance of occurring within ...

Dec 25, 2013

Nelson Mandela: peace at last

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The Catholic Church consecrates saints with less pomp than was lavished on former South African leader Nelson Mandela during a week-long media orgy. Mandela was no saint; he was just the right man at the right time.

Santa Claus has many faces, races

Dec 25, 2013

Santa Claus has many faces, races

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In Atlanta, Georgia, children of many races share their Christmas wish lists with a black Santa Claus. In Houston, Texas, Santa dons a red zoot suit and dances to jazz as he hands out gifts in Mexican-American neighborhoods. In Indian Country, Native American Santas ...

Dec 25, 2013

Japanese indie bands to watch out for in 2014

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While the Oricon charts tend to look more or less the same (perhaps a little worse) year in year out, the indie scene remains a haven of small delights, with new discoveries constantly cropping up to brighten your day. Here are five discoveries from ...

49ers battle past Falcons in Candlestick finale

Dec 25, 2013

49ers battle past Falcons in Candlestick finale

On a night they cheered “The Catch” and many San Francisco greats of old, the current 49ers looked ready to move that success right into the future at a flashy new stadium. In one emphatic finish, NaVorro Bowman, Colin Kaepernick and the Niners sealed ...

Nowitzki's 31 propels Mavs

Dec 25, 2013

Nowitzki's 31 propels Mavs

Dirk Nowitzki scoffed at the notion that he’s playing as well now as he did when he led the Dallas Mavericks to a title in 2011. He will, however, concede that at age 35 he’s having a pretty good season. Nowitzki scored 31 points, ...

Federer at crossroads as Serena closes in on history

Dec 25, 2013

Federer at crossroads as Serena closes in on history

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray open the 2014 season in Abu Dhabi on Thursday with Roger Federer hoping his absence isn’t an indicator of more misery ahead. World No. 1 Nadal provided the comeback story of 2013, winning 10 titles, including a ...

Knicks get win over Magic, lose Melo to injury

Dec 25, 2013

Knicks get win over Magic, lose Melo to injury

The New York Knicks have been looking for any kind of continuity they can find as injuries and losses have continued to pile up this season. The injury bug isn’t done biting them just yet, but they remained healthy just long enough Monday night ...

Sabres win on odd goal in OT

Dec 25, 2013

Sabres win on odd goal in OT

Mike Smith’s unwitting mistake gave the short-handed Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night. With 3:47 gone in overtime, Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk took a shot that hit Martin Hanzal and became lodged in the back of Smith’s ...