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France on trial in Rwanda genocide case

Feb 05, 2014

France on trial in Rwanda genocide case

by Jamey Keaten

Through a groundbreaking trial, France is at last coming to terms with its much-criticized response to Rwanda’s genocide. Pascal Simbikangwa, a Rwandan former intelligence chief, is to appear Tuesday in a Paris court for an expected seven-week trial to face charges of complicity in ...

Flood-hit Britons fear worse to come

Feb 05, 2014

Flood-hit Britons fear worse to come

by Jill Lawless

As children climb into boats to get to school and scores of hoses pump floodwaters from fields day and night, one corner of southwest England is trying to reclaim its land. Other Britons are watching them and wondering how much and for how long ...

Chef lures new crowdfunding chief

Feb 05, 2014

Chef lures new crowdfunding chief

Osamu Ito, a former Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co. banker, is setting up a crowdfunding company that will raise money online to invest in startups, including a Michelin-starred chef’s “bento” business. Ito, who left the brokerage Monday to become chief executive officer of Tokyo-based ...

'Empire of the Sun' prison camp erased from memory

Feb 05, 2014

'Empire of the Sun' prison camp erased from memory

by Bill Savadove

No public memorial marks the former Shanghai internment camp that was made famous by J.G. Ballard’s novel “Empire of the Sun,” where more than 1,800 foreigners were held by Japanese forces during World War II. Ballard’s fictionalized version of his experiences in the Lunghwa ...

U.S. plans to require cars to communicate

Feb 05, 2014

U.S. plans to require cars to communicate

A car might see a deadly crash coming even if its driver doesn’t, the U.S. government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they are plunging toward peril. The action, whose implementation ...

Fukushima village's young stay away

Feb 05, 2014

Fukushima village's young stay away

Two years have passed since Yuko Endo, mayor of the village of Kawauchi, made a widely publicized plea calling on residents to return home after being forced to evacuate because of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. While some residents have returned, there have been few ...

South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1 million

Feb 05, 2014

South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1 million

Nelson Mandela’s estate, worth roughly $4.1 million, will be shared between his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the movement that fought white rule and now governs South Africa, the will’s executors said Monday. Mandela’s third ...

Feb 05, 2014

A divide is deepening in Ukraine

As the country threatens to erupt in civil war, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych returned from a four-day sick leave that he'd taken on the heels of the resignation of Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov.

Feb 05, 2014

South Korea's Japanese mirror

by Danny Leipziger

Japan and South Korea have similar social and economic problems. The difference is that South Korea may still have time to ameliorate some trends and avoid a quagmire of permanent low growth and long-term decline.

Glasgow's Chvrches score a hit with debvt albvm

Feb 05, 2014

Glasgow's Chvrches score a hit with debvt albvm

by Shaun Curran

Scratch beneath the surface just a little and Chvrches’ electro-pop becomes something of real substance. The Glasgow trio’s songs, which recall that genre’s golden era in the 1980s reimagined through meticulously modern production, initially appear throwaway in the truest sense but later reveal themselves ...

First female conductor at NNTT performs 'Madama Butterfly'

Feb 05, 2014

First female conductor at NNTT performs 'Madama Butterfly'

by Chiho Iuchi

Japanese audiences, especially women, may have mixed feelings about Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly.” However, they may become intrigued when they learn that a new production, which tells the story of a geisha abandoned by her U.S. Navy officer husband, is being staged under ...

Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

Feb 05, 2014

Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

by Mike Sunda

“Black is the new black” always seems like a safe motto when it comes to picking clothes, but in an electronic-music world that is constantly churning out micro-genre ephemera, some would argue that black has gone out of fashion. Witch house might have been ...

Hanyu, Machida begin preparations in Sochi

Feb 05, 2014

Hanyu, Machida begin preparations in Sochi

National and Grand Prix Final men’s champion Yuzuru Hanyu and teammate Tatsuki Machida got in their first practice on Tuesday ahead of the Sochi Games. Hanyu, who traveled to Russia from Canada, where he trains, did not attempt any quadruple jumps at the practice ...

Jones happy for chance to compete at Winter Olympics

Feb 05, 2014

Jones happy for chance to compete at Winter Olympics

Lolo Jones is telling the story about how she became a bobsledder, her words becoming difficult to decipher as she tries to keep herself from crying. So she wraps the tale up quickly, her eyes welling with tears. She shouts the four words: “They ...

Champion Seahawks looking toward future

Feb 05, 2014

Champion Seahawks looking toward future

Less than 12 hours after winning the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll already was talking about getting started on next season. “The first meeting that we’ll have will be tomorrow. . . . Our guys would be surprised if we didn’t,” Carroll ...

Japan ski jumpers arrive in Sochi with high hopes

Feb 05, 2014

Japan ski jumpers arrive in Sochi with high hopes

Sara Takanashi pledged to pull out all the stops to become the first woman to win a Winter Olympic ski jumping gold medal after arriving in Sochi in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Women’s ski jumping will make its Olympic debut here and ...

Wings post combined shutout

Feb 05, 2014

Wings post combined shutout

Two goalies combined on a Detroit Red Wings shutout for the first time since the 2001-02 season, when they went on to hoist the Stanley Cup. “Maybe it’s a good omen,” Jimmy Howard said after finishing off a shutout that Jonas Gustavsson started in ...

Jeter bats outside, fields position for first time since last year

Feb 05, 2014

Jeter bats outside, fields position for first time since last year

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has taken on-field batting practice for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short by injuries. Jeter hit with authority to all fields during a five-round, 39-swing session Monday at the Yankees’ minor league complex. Jeter ...

Feb 05, 2014

Sochi slopestyle course questioned after crash

The slopestyle course that drew complaints from some riders ahead of the Sochi Olympics is set to be modified after Norwegian medal hope Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone in practice Monday and is out of the Winter Games. The 26-year-old Horgmo landed heavily on ...

Wade, James propel Heat

Feb 05, 2014

Wade, James propel Heat

Outfought for a late rebound by Dwyane Wade, a grinning LeBron James chided his teammate as they ran upcourt. With the game in hand, the Miami Heat could worry about individual stats. Wade and James had handsome numbers in Monday’s 102-96 victory over the ...

Various miscues doom Broncos at Super Bowl

Feb 05, 2014

Various miscues doom Broncos at Super Bowl

The seeds of Denver’s stunning Super Bowl self-destruction were planted during last Wednesday’s practice when coach John Fox decided to turn down the speakers that simulate crowd noise because “it’s not an away game.” A silent snap count would have been so much better ...