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Kerry visits largest mosque in Southeast Asia

Feb 17, 2014

Kerry visits largest mosque in Southeast Asia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Southeast Asia’s largest mosque during his visit to Indonesia Sunday, paying tribute to Islam in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. After removing his shoes outside the Istiqlal mosque in the heart of Jakarta, Kerry took a ...

Snowstorm heads north after leaving 15 dead, hundreds stranded

Feb 17, 2014

Snowstorm heads north after leaving 15 dead, hundreds stranded

The Meteorological Agency on Sunday urged the public to remain vigilant as a low-pressure system that dumped record snowfall on eastern Japan moved up the northeast coastline. Heavy snow has caused at least 15 deaths since Friday in seven prefectures: Gunma, Saitama, Yamanashi, Nagano, ...

Rare Lake Superior ice sculptures lure tourists

Feb 17, 2014

Rare Lake Superior ice sculptures lure tourists

From the bridge of the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, northern Lake Huron looks like a vast, snow-covered field dotted with ice slabs as big as boulders — a battleground for the icebreaker’s 58-member crew during one of the roughest winters in memory. It has ...

Animal rescuers unite blind cows despite red tape

Feb 17, 2014

Animal rescuers unite blind cows despite red tape

Two blind, aging cows were 650 km apart, distressed and facing a dark future. What happened next is a love story starring not cows but rescuers, who worked across international borders for nearly a month to bring the bovines together. It started when Sweety, ...

TPP talks hung up on farm produce, autos

Feb 17, 2014

TPP talks hung up on farm produce, autos

by Kakumi Kobayashi

Japan and the United States failed to make progress on resolving their Trans-Pacific Partnership differences in ministerial talks Saturday as the thorny farm produce and auto trade issues kept the trade pact in limbo. Both will “continue to work” on narrowing the gaps ahead ...

Web pioneers try to transform TV

Feb 17, 2014

Web pioneers try to transform TV

by Dominic Rushe

Netflix had a chance of breaking the Internet over the weekend in America. The hugely popular movie streaming company released the second season of the award-winning drama “House of Cards” on Friday, just as winter storms turned large swaths of America into a nation ...

| Feb 17, 2014

An endangered liberal voice

What has become of the Liberal Democratic Party's "liberalism" since the Abe administration took the nation's helm? A lone survivor of that tradition weighs in on the future of "Abenomics" and Japan itself.

Feb 17, 2014

Now Kaieda must deliver

The head of the Democratic Party of Japan says the party will fiercely confront the Abe administration, which he called a "raging horse," to push politics aimed at protecting people's lives and jobs.

Feb 17, 2014

In the spirits of growth

Suntory Holdings Ltd.'s deal to buy Beam Inc. of the U.S. is the latest indication that heretofore risk-averse Japanese firms are becoming more aggressive in expanding overseas operations through mergers and acquisitions.

Playing the Japanese name game

| Feb 17, 2014

Playing the Japanese name game

by Mark Schreiber

Once, when telephoning the international PR office of a major electronics manufacturer, I got lucky. Without my even asking, the young woman who picked up the phone volunteered her name, saying 私は青木と申します (Watashi wa Aoki to mōshimasu, My name is Aoki). Actually it sounded ...

Canada's Chan dignified in defeat

| Feb 17, 2014

Canada's Chan dignified in defeat

by Jack Gallagher

Canada’s Patrick Chan held a press conference on Saturday, the day after settling for the silver medal behind Yuzuru Hanyu. The three-time defending world champion is handling the disappointment remarkably well. “I am lucky I have people and my girlfriend to talk to,” he ...

Jansrud maintains Norwegian mastery in men's super-G

Feb 17, 2014

Jansrud maintains Norwegian mastery in men's super-G

Kjetil Jansrud won the fourth straight Olympic super-G gold medal for Norway on Sunday, topping an early run by Bode Miller and then watching a late charge from Andrew Weibrecht fall just short. Jansrud finished the choppy course in 1 minute, 18.14 seconds to ...

Samkova dominates in women's snowboardcross

Feb 17, 2014

Samkova dominates in women's snowboardcross

Eva Samkova slapped a camera atop her helmet before the women’s Olympic snowboardcross finals on Sunday, hoping to give TV viewers a better grasp of her sport’s unique mix of speed and chaos. Samkova provided the speed. It’s the chaos that was missing — ...

Team effort gives SeaHorses win over Sunrockers

Feb 17, 2014

Team effort gives SeaHorses win over Sunrockers

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Aisin SeaHorses took advantage of their deep roster and had five players scoring in double digits in a 84-74 win over the Hitachi Sunrockers at Ota City Gymnasium on Sunday. The SeaHorses, a Western Conference club, swept a two-game series against Hitachi and ...

Home favorite Tretiakov beats Dukurs for skeleton gold

Feb 17, 2014

Home favorite Tretiakov beats Dukurs for skeleton gold

One year after a giant meteor streaked across Russia’s sky, Alexander Tretiakov flashed by. Accelerating down his home track lined from top to bottom with flag-waving, chanting countrymen, Tretiakov won the Olympic gold medal in men’s skeleton on Saturday night, pulling away from the ...

Brodka beats stars by hair

Feb 17, 2014

Brodka beats stars by hair

One of the closest races in Olympic speedskating history came down to a final lunge of the skate — then a few more agonizing seconds to figure out who won. Zbigniew Brodka knocked off all the favorites in the 1,500 meters Saturday, capturing Poland’s ...

Feb 17, 2014

Wall leaps over mascot to secure dunk crown

John Wall soared over his mascot, and the East stomped on the West in the slam dunk contest. Wall’s sensational slam finished off a clean sweep for the Washington star, Paul George and Terrence Ross in the contest’s new battle format, helping the Eastern ...

Tanaka goes through first official workout with Yankees

Feb 17, 2014

Tanaka goes through first official workout with Yankees

As dozens of cameras recorded his every move and perhaps 150 media watched on a cool and breezy morning, Masahiro Tanaka slowly jogged four laps on the warning track around a back field following his first official workout with the New York Yankees. The ...

Oshie lifts U.S. to win over Russia

Feb 17, 2014

Oshie lifts U.S. to win over Russia

T.J. Oshie brainstormed while he skated to center ice, desperately trying to come up with one last move to end an epic shootout. He had already taken five shots at Sergei Bobrovsky, and the Russians were still even. Yet Oshie was chosen for the ...