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57 articles published/printed


Jan 06, 2014

Hagel makes case for mending fences

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urges Japan to make nice with its neighbors following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s upsetting visit to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine.

Wave of bombings kill 20 in Baghdad

Jan 06, 2014

Wave of bombings kill 20 in Baghdad

A new wave of bombings hit Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 20 people, officials said, the latest assault by militants who have been fighting Iraqi security forces and allied tribes in country’s west. The deadliest attack took place in Baghdad’s Shiite northern Shaab ...

Sushi boss wins Tsukiji tuna auction at giant discount

Jan 06, 2014

Sushi boss wins Tsukiji tuna auction at giant discount

Sushi chain operator Kiyoshi Kimura netted a real bargain Sunday, taking home a 230-kg bluefin tuna for a mere ¥7.36 million, a fraction of the price he paid last year during the year’s first auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. The auction ...

American icebreaker headed for Antarctica to aid trapped ships

Jan 06, 2014

American icebreaker headed for Antarctica to aid trapped ships

The U.S. icebreaker Polar Star was dispatched Sunday to assist an icebound Russian research ship and a Chinese icebreaker that itself became trapped during a rescue bid off eastern Antarctica. The U.S. Coast Guard ship accepted an Australian request to go to the aid ...

Abe urges companies to raise wages

Jan 06, 2014

Abe urges companies to raise wages

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Saturday urged corporate managers to accept demands for higher pay in the coming “shunto” spring wage negotiations with their labor unions. “We need to create a good cycle in which improved corporate earnings get reflected in wages, lead to consumption ...

Games could be a curse or compliment

Jan 06, 2014

Games could be a curse or compliment

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After a journey of joy across nine time zones and into space, the Olympic torch relay is approaching something the Winter Games’ organizers and Russia’s leaders didn’t plan for: a city in mourning. The Russian city of Volgograd will bury its dead this week ...

Germany grapples with rush of immigrants from Bulgaria, Romania

Jan 06, 2014

Germany grapples with rush of immigrants from Bulgaria, Romania

Germany, Europe’s top economy, is grappling with how to handle immigration from poor EU members Romania and Bulgaria now that their citizens can seek work anywhere within the bloc. Restrictions that barred residents from the European Union’s two poorest states looking for jobs in ...

GMO labeling battle grows across U.S.

Jan 06, 2014

GMO labeling battle grows across U.S.

A GMO labeling battle is rumbling in the United States, with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products pitted against big companies. Although some giants such as General Mills have recently taken timid steps toward being more upfront with consumers, ...

The outbreak of the Great War: 100 years on

Jan 06, 2014

The outbreak of the Great War: 100 years on

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On New Year’s Day 1914, a respected weekly literary publication carried a long article penned by an author referred to only as A Rifleman. Entitled “Letters on War” and published in The New Age, an influential radical magazine in Britain, the three-page piece argued ...

Jan 06, 2014

Rising tides and drowning citizens

What does it portend for democratic government when half of the polled respondents in 35 of 39 countries say their economic system favors the wealthy and that the gap between rich and poor is intensifying?

Impress your hosts with <I>osechi</I> meanings

| Jan 06, 2014

Impress your hosts with osechi meanings

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Shōgatsu (正月, New Year) is the time when most Japanese carry out certain religious rituals, though many of them may not realize what they do has religious significance. The ancient Japanese believed that toshigami-sama (年神様, year god) visited them in the shōgatsu period and ...

French comedian faces ban for 'quenelle' salute

Jan 06, 2014

French comedian faces ban for 'quenelle' salute

A gesture popularized by a French comic — one hand pointing downward, the other touching the shoulder — has caught on like a dance move. But many see it as hateful and anti-Semitic. Now France’s top security official wants to ban him from the ...

Kim dazzles at South Korean national championships

Jan 06, 2014

Kim dazzles at South Korean national championships

Reigning Olympic champion Kim Yu-na came within a whisker of her own world-record mark with a captivating performance to win South Korea’s national championships on Sunday. The 23-year-old Kim, who plans to retire after the Sochi Olympics next month, scored 147.26 points in the ...

Portuguese great Eusebio dies at 71

Jan 06, 2014

Portuguese great Eusebio dies at 71

Eusebio, the Portuguese soccer star who was born into poverty in Africa but became an international sporting icon and was voted one of the 10 best players of all time, has died aged 71, his longtime club Benfica said. He died Sunday, the club ...

Hewitt upsets Federer to win Brisbane title

Jan 06, 2014

Hewitt upsets Federer to win Brisbane title

With the Fanatics in bright yellow and raucously chanting for Lleyton Hewitt to stay on top of Roger Federer, the Brisbane International final had the surreal feel of a journey back in time. It wouldn’t have seemed out of context a decade ago, when ...

Evergreen Yamamoto aiming to become oldest winning pitcher

Jan 06, 2014

Evergreen Yamamoto aiming to become oldest winning pitcher

Japan’s oldest active player, Chunichi Dragons lefty Masahiro Yamamoto, said Sunday that he expects to improve this year and become the oldest winning pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball history. Speaking at an event in Nagoya, the Chunichi Dragons pitcher, who turned 48 last August, ...

Luck rallies Colts to epic win

Jan 06, 2014

Luck rallies Colts to epic win

Chuck Pagano couldn’t believe his eyes. Andrew Luck couldn’t believe his ears. Colts fans couldn’t believe the scoreboard, and the Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t believe their incredibly bad luck. It seemed unfathomable. On a day Luck appeared to be pressing and, at times, as ...

Quick returns;Kings halt skid

Jan 06, 2014

Quick returns;Kings halt skid

Just a few minutes into his first game back from a serious groin strain, Jonathan Quick had to do the splits to make a save. Los Angeles’ star goalie survived those perilous gymnastics with no problem, and he eventually backstopped the Kings to a ...

Durant pumps in 48 as Thunder roar

Jan 06, 2014

Durant pumps in 48 as Thunder roar

Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and the Minnesota Timberwolves were ganging up on Kevin Durant, and a rare three-game losing streak for the Oklahoma City Thunder was just over the horizon. Durant’s sidekick was on the bench in street clothes, leaving him on an island ...

Munchak out as coach of Titans after three seasons

Jan 06, 2014

Munchak out as coach of Titans after three seasons

Tennessee GM Ruston Webster thinks Mike Munchak helped the franchise that drafted him back in 1982 through a challenging time through three seasons as head coach. Unfortunately for Munchak, loyalty to the NFL team with which he spent 31 seasons just wasn’t enough anymore. ...