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54 articles published/printed


China mom homeless after 17-year hunt for son

Jan 20, 2014

China mom homeless after 17-year hunt for son

The 17-year hunt for her kidnapped son cost Ye Jinxiu her marriage, home and family. And when she found her boy, now a grown man and stranger, he wanted nothing to do with her. Now 59, homeless and alone again, Ye roams the streets ...

Nigerian pidgin use ruffles purists' feathers

Jan 20, 2014

Nigerian pidgin use ruffles purists' feathers

The chatter is fast-paced and the laughter infectious in the studios of the Lagos radio station Wazobia FM. Programs at the station are broadcast only in pidgin — the English-based patois that is fast becoming Nigeria’s lingua franca. In a country of 170 million, ...

Pyramid, Versailles and now Sky City

Jan 20, 2014

Pyramid, Versailles and now Sky City

A Chinese multimillionaire who built himself an Egyptian pyramid and a replica of Versailles vows to construct the world’s tallest building in just six months — despite authorities preventing work due to safety concerns. Zhang Yue is worth an estimated 1.1 billion yuan ($180 ...

First jellyfish aircraft simple yet efficient

Jan 20, 2014

First jellyfish aircraft simple yet efficient

Inspired by nature and by the aviation pioneers of the early 20th century, scientists in the United States have built the world’s first jellyfish aircraft. The tiny, ultralight lab machine, weighing just 2.1 grams, is the first man-made flying object to hover and move ...

Want a one-way ticket to the red planet?

Jan 20, 2014

Want a one-way ticket to the red planet?

by Josh Davis

Since its announcement in May 2012, the Mars One project hasn’t had an easy ride. Critics have questioned all aspects, from the technical feasibility to its funding model. But recent developments from the project seem to be bringing the goal of starting a human ...

Jan 20, 2014

Trouble for U.S.-India relations

The speed with which last month's arrest an Indian diplomat on charges of perjury and visa fraud escalated to become a full-blown diplomatic crisis reveals the weakness of ties between the U.S. and India.

Jan 20, 2014

Criminal envoy or rogue state?

by Ramesh Thakur

If Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade's alleged offenses in New York City were criminally outside the norm, Washington should have worked with India to file charges in the U.S. or in India. If Delhi proved noncooperative, Khobragade could have been expelled persona non grata.

Marketers succeed by generating <I>hitto</I> products

| Jan 20, 2014

Marketers succeed by generating hitto products

by Mark Schreiber

Japanese consumers and marketers alike certainly love their ヒット商品 (hitto shōhin, hit products). To understand how this term came about, we need to look back to the decade following World War II. When living standards gradually began to improve from the early 1950s, Japanese ...

Jan 20, 2014

Team-teaching rules can lead to confusing situations

by Teru Clavel

At present, Japanese labor law restricts foreign native English-speaking teachers, referred to as ALTs (assistant language teachers) from team-teaching with Japanese classroom teachers. Students get the short end of the stick, as team teaching is considered a highly effective foreign-language teaching methodology. Legally, according ...

Ivanovic knocks out Serena

Jan 20, 2014

Ivanovic knocks out Serena

Serena Williams’ long winning streak came to an end in a stunning fourth-round defeat to Ana Ivanovic at the Australian Open on Sunday. Ivanovic hadn’t won a set in her four previous matches against Williams, who had been a hot favorite to win a ...

Kisenosato’s promotion bid suffers devastating blow

Jan 20, 2014

Kisenosato’s promotion bid suffers devastating blow

Kisenosato’s slim hopes of promotion to yokozuna were all but shattered Sunday as komusubi Tochiozan sentenced the ozeki to his third defeat of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Sole leader Hakuho, meanwhile, took another step toward his 28th career Emperor’s Cup, seeing off ...

Fernandez claims second straight European title

Jan 20, 2014

Fernandez claims second straight European title

Spain’s Javier Fernandez boosted his Olympic medal hopes as he defended his men’s crown at the European Championships in Budapest on Saturday as Russia faced a dilemma over who to choose for their men’s team at the Sochi Games. The 22-year-old from Madrid landed ...

Pavelski lights up Lightning

Jan 20, 2014

Pavelski lights up Lightning

Martin St. Louis tied a Tampa Bay scoring record, it just wasn’t enough to lift the Lightning to a win. Just two minutes into the second period, St. Louis had matched the club mark with four goals on the game. The Lightning had the ...

George energizes high-flying Pacers

Jan 20, 2014

George energizes high-flying Pacers

Paul George put an emphatic 360-degree twist on the Pacers’ latest blowout. Lob City’s stars just watched in amazement. George scored 36 points, the last two on a reverse windmill dunk that brought fans to their feet and the Clippers to their knees in ...

49ers, Seahawks set for showdown

Jan 20, 2014

49ers, Seahawks set for showdown

From the first kickoff back in September, the 49ers and Seahawks seemed destined to meet for the NFC title. Time to get it on. With the conference’s most physical, relentless defenses, adept at forcing turnovers and making opponents think twice about, well, just about ...