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Assad expects to run again, rejects power deal, mocks opposition

Jan 21, 2014

Assad expects to run again, rejects power deal, mocks opposition

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said there is a “significant” chance he will seek a new term and ruled out sharing power with the opposition seeking his ouster, in an exclusive interview before the Geneva II peace talks. Speaking on Sunday at his presidential palace ...

China begins naval drills in South China Sea

Jan 21, 2014

China begins naval drills in South China Sea

Chinese naval vessels including an island landing ship began drills Monday in the South China Sea, where China and several other nations are locked in territorial disputes. Two destroyers and China’s largest amphibious landing craft started the exercises after sailing from the naval base ...

Thai protesters lay siege to provincial offices

Jan 21, 2014

Thai protesters lay siege to provincial offices

Antigovernment protesters in Thailand besieged government offices in a dozen southern provinces on Monday as part of their campaign to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from power, officials said. The move follows weeks of mass rallies in Bangkok that have sparked several bouts of ...

Town enjoys splash before deluge

Jan 21, 2014

Town enjoys splash before deluge

Residents of the Gunma Prefecture town of Naganohara on Monday gathered to participate in an annual hot-spring water splashing festival at Kawara-yu Onsen. Monday’s festival was the last to be held here because the resort has to prepare to move out before it is ...

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

Jan 21, 2014

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Friday revealed the details of a global precipitation observatory that will be put into orbit next month. The Global Precipitation Measurement core observatory was jointly developed by JAXA and NASA. Unlike conventional satellites, the 4-ton, 6.5-meter-high facility ...

Temperatures hit season low on 'daikan' plunge

Jan 21, 2014

Temperatures hit season low on 'daikan' plunge

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As Japan marked the coldest day on the calendar Monday, the mercury fell to its lowest point this winter in many places across the archipelago, the Meteorological Agency said. The frigid weather is likely to remain later this week, and the agency predicts temperatures ...

Chinese court sentences 'gyoza' poisoner to life

Jan 21, 2014

Chinese court sentences 'gyoza' poisoner to life

A 39-year-old Chinese man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for lacing frozen “gyoza” dumplings with poison, causing 14 people in Japan and China to fall ill six years ago and triggering concerns over the safety of food imported from the fast-growing country. ...

Crumbling Sochi hides behind Olympic facade

Jan 21, 2014

Crumbling Sochi hides behind Olympic facade

A shining new $635 million highway on the outskirts of Sochi stands next to a crumbling apartment block with a red “SOS!” banner on its roof. The residents of 5a Akatsy St. have lived for years with no running water or sewage system. Construction ...

Jan 21, 2014

Putin avoids criticizing Abe in interview with Chinese TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a recent interview with state-run China Central Television, stopped short of criticizing Japan over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit last month to Tokyo’s war-related Yasukuni Shrine — a trip that infuriated Beijing and Seoul. Alluding to Abe’s visit to ...

Eight candidates vie to lead strife-torn Central African Republic

Jan 21, 2014

Eight candidates vie to lead strife-torn Central African Republic

Eight candidates will run for interim president of the Central African Republic, the parliament said Sunday, amid reports of a fresh outbreak of deadly sectarian violence in the country’s northwest. The transitional parliament will vote Monday on a new interim leader tasked with restoring ...

Jan 21, 2014

Okinawan voters send a message

The incumbent mayor of Nago, Okinawa, has won re-election on a platform that includes opposition to a government plan to relocate the functions of a U.S. Marine air base to the Henoko district of the city.

Jan 21, 2014

Cheaper yen demands caution

The yen's decline under the watch of the Abe administration has contributed to the popularity of his economic policy, but a furthering weakening would have disadvantages.

Uemura added to Sochi squad

Jan 21, 2014

Uemura added to Sochi squad

Aiko Uemura was named to Japan’s Winter Olympics team for the fifth time on Monday, when the Ski Association of Japan added more athletes to the squad it is sending to Sochi next month. The 34-year-old Uemura was one of four women moguls skiers ...

Young fuels Lakers' comeback win

Jan 21, 2014

Young fuels Lakers' comeback win

Nick Young says the Los Angeles Lakers have woken up since airing some grievances at a team meeting last week. Young returned from suspension to score 29 points, Pau Gasol had 22 and the Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 112-106 on Sunday, just their ...

'Mr. Basketball' back on court in new role

Jan 21, 2014

'Mr. Basketball' back on court in new role

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Putting his honorable nickname behind him, Kenichi Sako is beginning a new adventure, though it may not proceed as smoothly as it did when he was a player. Sako, who was known as “Mr. Basketball” during his glorious career as a player in Japan, ...

Hakuho remains in dominant form

Jan 21, 2014

Hakuho remains in dominant form

While yokozuna Hakuho continues to cruise, ozeki Kisenosato had salt rubbed in his wounds on Monday, when he suffered an embarrassing fourth loss on the ninth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after his promotion bid to yokozuna effectively ended, ...

Nadal too much for Nishikori

Jan 21, 2014

Nadal too much for Nishikori

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal fought off a spirited challenge from Kei Nishikori to march through to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Monday. The Spaniard won 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in 3 hours, 17 minutes and will play Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov ...