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U.S. Army seeks bigger Pacific role

Dec 31, 2013

U.S. Army seeks bigger Pacific role

by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Approaching from the Hawaii coast, the mosquito-shaped helicopter buzzed around the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie twice before swooping toward the landing pad. The U.S. Navy crew on the deck crouched, the helmeted faces betraying more than routine concern as the aircraft, flown by ...

Volgograd hit by second suicide bomb, sending toll past 30

Dec 31, 2013

Volgograd hit by second suicide bomb, sending toll past 30

A suicide bomber killed 14 people aboard an electric bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd during the Monday morning rush hour, and authorities believe it was the work of the same group that set off a bomb at the railway station a ...

Feeling U.S. snub, Saudis find new ties

Dec 31, 2013

Feeling U.S. snub, Saudis find new ties

Increasingly vocal in its frustration over U.S. policies in the Mideast, Saudi Arabia is strengthening ties elsewhere, seeking out an alignment that will bolster its position after it was pushed to the sidelines this year. It may find a solution in France, whose president, ...

Nikkei ends sizzling '13 at six-year high

Dec 31, 2013

Nikkei ends sizzling '13 at six-year high

The Nikkei stock index on Monday climbed to a fresh six-year high to close out the last trading day of 2013. The index soared 57 percent for the year to score its biggest annual gain since 1972, powered by aggressive fiscal and radical monetary ...

Simple tests fill health-check gaps

| Dec 31, 2013

Simple tests fill health-check gaps

by Mami Maruko

Although health checkups are often mandatory for corporate or institutional employees, some segments of society, including housewives and the self-employed, may not have this option. In a country where cancer is rife but screening rates are hovering between 20 and 30 percent, according to ...

No debate on state-run war memorial idea

Dec 31, 2013

No debate on state-run war memorial idea

Debates on a new state-run war memorial center proposed by some ruling bloc and opposition lawmakers are unlikely to get very far in the foreseeable future because caution remains strong in the Liberal Democratic Party-led government. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s surprise visit to war-related ...

Dec 31, 2013

Too young for motherhood

Motherhood in childhood has become a huge global problem. Every year in developing countries, 7.3 million girls — or 20,000 per day — below the age of 18 give birth in developing countries. Two million of these mothers are below the age of 15.

Give kids a chance to solve their own problems

Dec 31, 2013

Give kids a chance to solve their own problems

A new moniker, “snowplow parents,” refers to those who not only hover like helicopter parents but also plow ahead to pre-emptively eliminate any obstacles from their child’s path. These are the folks who would like to hand-select their young child’s classmates, or who bribe ...

Doctors taking Schumacher's condition 'hour by hour'

Dec 31, 2013

Doctors taking Schumacher's condition 'hour by hour'

Doctors treating Michael Schumacher refused Monday to predict an outcome for the former Formula One driver, saying they were taking his very critical head injury “hour by hour” following a skiing accident. Chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen told reporters the seven-time racing champion is still ...

Sharapova returns with convincing win in Brisbane

Dec 31, 2013

Sharapova returns with convincing win in Brisbane

Every point mattered for Maria Sharapova in her competitive comeback from injury, even in a first-round match in the season-opening tournament. Sharapova beat 74th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-0 Monday, ripping forehand winners and nullifying her rival’s biggest weapon with consistently aggressive service ...

Stars seeking strong starts

Dec 31, 2013

Stars seeking strong starts

After pulling out of the Brisbane International with injuries in recent seasons, Maria Sharapova is aiming to use the season-opening tournament this time as a springboard for her comeback and to see how her new support crew works in competition. Sharapova has only played ...

Curry comes through late in victory

Dec 31, 2013

Curry comes through late in victory

Stephen Curry somehow misplaced his shooting touch coming out of the locker room at halftime. He located it just in time to save the Warriors. Curry scored 29 points and made a clutch jumper with 13.5 seconds left as the Golden State opened a ...

Dec 31, 2013

FC Tokyo announces new manager

FC Tokyo named Massimo Ficcadenti as their new manager on Monday. Details of the 46-year-old Italian’s contract were not released by the club, which lost to Sanfrecce Hiroshima on penalties in the Emperor’s Cup semifinals on Sunday. Tokyo finished eighth in the J. League ...

Dec 31, 2013

MLB warns Eagles over Tanaka fee

Major League Baseball has sent the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and their ace Masahiro Tanaka a warning to strictly observe an agreement prohibiting Japanese clubs from receiving any value other than the fee under the new posting system, informed sources told Kyodo News on ...

F1 great Schumacher in critical condition after skiing accident

Dec 31, 2013

F1 great Schumacher in critical condition after skiing accident

Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday, doctors said. The Grenoble University Hospital Center said the retired driver arrived at the clinic in a coma and underwent ...