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Antarctic rescue mission ends safely

Jan 03, 2014

Antarctic rescue mission ends safely

Australian authorities expressed relief Friday after 52 passengers were safely rescued by helicopter from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctic ice, saying the dramatic mission had been difficult and complex.

Taiwan welcomes Japanese woman as 8 millionth visitor

Jan 03, 2014

Taiwan welcomes Japanese woman as 8 millionth visitor

Taiwan on Thursday welcomed a Japanese woman as the island’s 8 millionth visitor for 2013, showering her with gifts. Aya Omote, a 32-year-old newlywed from Niigata Prefecture, said she was surprised to learn of the news upon her arrival at Taoyuan International Airport on ...

Colorado lights up recreational pot industry

Jan 03, 2014

Colorado lights up recreational pot industry

The first recreational marijuana industry in the U.S. opened in Colorado, kicking off an experiment that will be watched closely around the world. Activists hope to prove that legalization is a better alternative than the costly American-led war on drugs.

Former Israeli leader Sharon in critical condition

Jan 03, 2014

Former Israeli leader Sharon in critical condition

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, was in critical condition Thursday, clinging to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors said. Dr. Zeev Rotstein, director of Tel Hashomer hospital, said Sharon’s ...

North's Kim hails removal of 'filth' uncle

Jan 03, 2014

North's Kim hails removal of 'filth' uncle

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for unity in a New Year’s message Wednesday and hailed the execution of his once-powerful uncle as a resolute act to remove “factionalist filth.” Kim’s comments, which included a call for improved ties with Seoul but also ...

Jan 03, 2014

Gusty head winds in 2014

2014 promises to be a year of gusty head winds for world leaders. In Japan, the pre-eminent question is whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will continue to rein in his most conservative instincts and focus on economic issues.

<I>Kemari</I>: a whole old ball game

Jan 03, 2014

Kemari: a whole old ball game

by Jun Hongo

The year of FIFA World Cup is upon us, with Brazil getting ready to host, and Japan scheduled to go head-to-head against Cote d’Ivoire, Greece and Colombia in June for a spot in the final 16. If six months is too long to wait, ...

Get kids in shape for New Year's

Jan 03, 2014

Get kids in shape for New Year's

by Magdalena Osumi

It’s never too early to get potential Olympic stars into shape, so why not take your children to Kodomo-no-shiro (National Children’s Castle) in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, which will be hosting various events for a kids’ mini Olympic Games. From Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, ...

'Seventh Code'

Jan 03, 2014

'Seventh Code'

by Mark Schilling

One of the more baffling and maddening aspects of the pop music scene here for a lot of foreign observers, especially those who write about it for the English-language media, is the long-continuing and now overwhelming popularity of girl idol groups, whether or not ...

Jan 03, 2014

Big Bulls open 2014 by dominating Magic

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls ushered in the new year with a thorough throttling of the host Shimane Susanoo Magic, winning 86-71 on Thursday afternoon. Iwate took a 27-10 advantage into the second quarter and held a comfortable lead during the remainder of the game, ...

Maple Leafs defeat Red Wings in snowy Winter Classic

Jan 03, 2014

Maple Leafs defeat Red Wings in snowy Winter Classic

A lot of winter. Very little classic hockey. Light snow swirled down in the Big House, making it tough to push the puck through piles of the white stuff on a sheet of ice where football is usually played. Teeth-chattering temperatures and a brisk ...

Sharapova to face Serena

Jan 03, 2014

Sharapova to face Serena

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are set to renew their long and not-so-friendly rivalry after advancing to a semifinal match at the Brisbane International, a key warmup tournament for the Australian Open. The pair played back-to-back quarterfinals on center court Thursday, with third-seeded Sharapova ...

Marinos capture Emperor's Cup

Jan 03, 2014

Marinos capture Emperor's Cup

Yokohama F. Marinos got payback for their heartbreaking defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J. League title race with a 2-0 victory in the last Emperor’s Cup final at the existing National Stadium on Wednesday. First-half goals from Manabu Saito and Yuji Nakazawa in ...

Spartans edge past Cardinal

Jan 03, 2014

Spartans edge past Cardinal

When Kyler Elsworth soared over the pile to deliver the final hit of Michigan State’s season, the storybook ending came with a moral. After so many years outside the spotlight, the Spartans are in nobody’s shadow anymore. And for the first time in 26 ...