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Drug boss was 'Public Enemy No. 1'

Feb 24, 2014

Drug boss was 'Public Enemy No. 1'

Joaquin Guzman’s legend grew after the drug cartel kingpin broke out of a Mexican maximum-security prison in a laundry cart 13 years ago. While on the run, the 168-cm-tall mafia boss, known as “El Chapo,” built a criminal empire that now stretches along Mexico’s ...

Driver in Nagoya rents car, runs over 13 people

Feb 24, 2014

Driver in Nagoya rents car, runs over 13 people

A man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder after intentionally steering his car onto a sidewalk and hitting 13 pedestrians near Nagoya Station, the police said. “I tried to kill people with the car,” Ryota Onogi, 30, was quoted as telling investigators ...

Shambolic Venezuela's biggest threat? Itself.

Feb 24, 2014

Shambolic Venezuela's biggest threat? Itself.

by Rory Carroll

Late President Hugo Chavez used to call it “la revolucion bonita” (the pretty revolution), but the world looked at Venezuela last week and saw only ugliness. Protesters gunned down in the streets, barricades in flames, chaos. One of the dead was a 22-year-old beauty ...

Release returns Tymoshenko to spotlight

Feb 24, 2014

Release returns Tymoshenko to spotlight

The release of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from a prison hospital in Kharkiv, where she had been held on trumped-up charges for 30 months, came more quickly than anticipated. The 53-year-old bitter political rival of President Victor Yanukovych emerged from prison Saturday ...

JR East train derails near Kawasaki

Feb 24, 2014

JR East train derails near Kawasaki

An out-of-service train derailed early Sunday on the Keihin Tohoku Line near JR Kawasaki Station after hitting a maintenance car, slightly injuring the motorman and conductor. East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) said the 43-year-old driver of the maintenance car evaded injury by jumping ...

'Cloud matching' inspiring startups

| Feb 24, 2014

'Cloud matching' inspiring startups

Cloud matching, the practice of matching buyers and sellers from a large pool of people, organizations and companies, is a field entrepreneurs are seeking out as a new business opportunity. Voyagin Pte., based in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, is one such company. It sells domestic ...

Bogus game apps new woe for Nintendo

Feb 24, 2014

Bogus game apps new woe for Nintendo

Nintendo Co. isn’t offering Super Mario games on smartphones. Other people are. A game called “Super Mario” has been available to download on Baidu Inc.’s 91 Wireless online application store in China and was available on Samsung Electronics Co.’s online China app store by ...

Computers 'to top humans by 2029'

Feb 24, 2014

Computers 'to top humans by 2029'

by Nadia Khomani

Computers will be cleverer than humans by 2029, according to Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. The entrepreneur and futurist has predicted that in 15 years, computers will be more intelligent than we are and will be able to understand what we say, learn ...

Feb 24, 2014

Preparing for heavy snowfalls

Recent heavy snowfalls from the Kanto-Koshin region to Hokkaido show the vulnerability of areas in Japan that up to now have experienced little damage from snowstorms.

Feb 24, 2014

Plans don't make the grade

by Takamitsu Sawa

Don't count on the education ministry's plan to hire more foreign teachers and students to have much effect on its goal of getting at least 10 Japanese universities to place among the world's top 100.

Feb 24, 2014

An equal vote is a priority

Talks between the ruling and opposition parties on rectifying vote-value disparity, which remains so wide among Lower House constituencies as to undermine the principle of equality under the Constitution, have made little headway.

Feb 24, 2014

Nara books spot in Rio Open final

Kurumi Nara reached her first final on the WTA tour on Saturday, when she defeated Italy’s Nastassja Burnett in the semifinals of the Rio Open. The 22-year-old Nara, who is the fifth seed in the $250,000 event, defeated Burnett 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. The Italian ...

Tokyo edges Yokohama, earns series split

Feb 24, 2014

Tokyo edges Yokohama, earns series split

by Ed Odeven

The one-two punch of Yuji Ide and Ricky Woods guided the Tokyo Cinq Reves to a 74-71 victory over the host Yokohama B-Corsairs on Sunday. Tokyo (10-24) earned a series split, getting a game-high 26 points from Ide, including 6-for-9 from 3-point range, and ...

Japanese speedskaters miss medal as Dutch beat all comers

Feb 24, 2014

Japanese speedskaters miss medal as Dutch beat all comers

Japan missed out on a medal in women’s speedskating team pursuit on Saturday at the Sochi Olympics. Japan, which won the silver medal four years ago at the Vancouver Games, was defeated by host Russia in the bronze-medal race, while the Netherlands won gold, ...

Matt captures gold in slalom

Feb 24, 2014

Matt captures gold in slalom

An Austrian was the heavy favorite to capture the men’s slalom on Saturday. Just not this Austrian. Mario Matt was a surprise winner as he became the oldest Alpine champion in Olympic history, edging pre-race favorite and teammate Marcel Hirscher. Leading after the first ...

Chumba, Tsegaye prevail in Tokyo

Feb 24, 2014

Chumba, Tsegaye prevail in Tokyo

Dickson Chumba won the men’s race at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday in a meet record of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 42 seconds as Kenyan and Ethiopian runners dominated the event. The 27-year-old Kenyan was followed home by Tadese Tola of Ethiopia at 2:05:57 ...

Walker's poise pays off for Bobcats

Feb 24, 2014

Walker's poise pays off for Bobcats

The Charlotte Bobcats have relied heavily on Al Jefferson to put them in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. On Saturday night, they proved they could win without their veteran center having a big night. “It shows that we have other guys ...

Finland routs U.S. to claim hockey bronze

Feb 24, 2014

Finland routs U.S. to claim hockey bronze

Teemu Selanne led his team around the ice, with a bronze medal draped around his neck, after he finished off his sixth Olympics with a sweet victory. If the Finnish Flash is retiring and hanging up his skates after the NHL season, he picked ...