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China puts U.S. businessman on trial for mob crimes

Feb 11, 2014

China puts U.S. businessman on trial for mob crimes

An American businessman stood trial in China on Monday for allegedly heading a violent mob that kidnapped rivals and operated illegal casinos, charges he’s said he was tortured into confessing. Authorities in southern China have accused Vincent Wu of gang crimes, but Wu’s family ...

Two killed as boulder derails popular train in French Alps

Feb 11, 2014

Two killed as boulder derails popular train in French Alps

Two women were killed when a massive falling boulder hit a passing train in the French Alps on Saturday, leaving one of its carriages dangling precariously off a steep, snow-covered embankment. Eight people were injured in the accident, which took place as the train ...

China, Taiwan diplomats in highest-level talks thus far

Feb 11, 2014

China, Taiwan diplomats in highest-level talks thus far

Taiwan and China are holding their highest-level talks since splitting amid a civil war 65 years ago, hoping to further boost contacts and ease lingering tensions, even as political developments on the self-governing island swing away from Beijing’s goal of eventual unification. Tuesday’s discussions ...

U.S. eases immigration rules for refugees

Feb 11, 2014

U.S. eases immigration rules for refugees

The Obama administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to or stay in the United States and who gave “limited” support to terrorists or terrorist groups. The change is one of President Barack Obama’s first ...

Asian disputes boon for arms firms

Feb 11, 2014

Asian disputes boon for arms firms

Asia’s top aerospace and defense show opens Tuesday in Singapore, with major global arms makers seeking to cash in on rising military spending in China and elsewhere as territorial disputes escalate in the region. A wide range of air and maritime systems will be ...

North Korea again rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy

Feb 11, 2014

North Korea again rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy

North Korea has canceled for a second time its invitation to a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American’s possible release, the State Department said Monday. The cancellation comes only days after detained American missionary Kenneth Bae told a ...

Feb 11, 2014

Nuclear power remains an issue

Apparently Tokyoites want their new governor, Yoichi Masuzoe, to give full play to his experience as head of a social welfare ministry in improving the well-being of Tokyo residents.

Feb 11, 2014

Obstacles to green energy expansion

The review of the feed-in tariff system should not be perfunctory. The government should make serious efforts to remove obstacles to the expansion of renewable energy sources.

Feb 11, 2014

Mutual fears of China, Japan

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China and Japan are perceiving more and more threats from each other, and their overactive responses are causing strong sense of insecurity for the region. The vicious circle is driving an escalating arms race.

Missouri All-American says he is gay

Feb 11, 2014

Missouri All-American says he is gay

Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports that were published Sunday, Sam said he came out to all his ...

Canada's Hamelin wins gold in 1,500 short track

Feb 11, 2014

Canada's Hamelin wins gold in 1,500 short track

Charles Hamelin of Canada skated clear of the chaos that makes short track so unpredictable, winning the 1,500 meters on Monday for his third different Olympic title. At 29, Hamelin was the oldest skater in the first final of the short track competition. The ...

Feb 11, 2014

Paul returns as Clippers put Sixers to the sword

The Clippers expected they’d be better once Chris Paul returned to the lineup. They just probably couldn’t have imagined how much. Blake Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists Sunday night as Los Angeles stormed out to a 31-point lead in the ...

Takahashi admits knee is not 100 percent

Feb 11, 2014

Takahashi admits knee is not 100 percent

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Daisuke Takahashi revealed at a news conference on Monday that he has still not completely recovered from the training injury he suffered in November. “My right knee is not 100 percent,” Takahashi said in a session at the Main Press Center here. “I have ...

Hoefl-Riesch defends super-combined title

Feb 11, 2014

Hoefl-Riesch defends super-combined title

Maria Hoefl-Riesch won her second straight Olympic super-combined title Monday, with downhill leader Julia Mancuso settling for bronze. Hoefl-Riesch was fifth fastest in the opening downhill leg, but her superior slalom skills gave her the gold at the finish. She is, after all, the ...

Veteran jumper Kasai finishes eighth as Stoch leaps to gold

Feb 11, 2014

Veteran jumper Kasai finishes eighth as Stoch leaps to gold

Japan’s men struggled to make an impact in the normal hill individual ski jumping event on Sunday, with 41-year-old veteran Noriaki Kasai’s eighth-place finish the best the country could muster at the Sochi Games. Kasai, competing in his seventh Winter Olympics, came to Sochi ...