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EU takes aim at Russia economy as Kiev plans Crimea pullout

Mar 21, 2014

EU takes aim at Russia economy as Kiev plans Crimea pullout

European leaders prepared on Thursday to debate biting economic sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea as Ukraine tore up key ties with the Kremlin and drew up plans to evacuate its nationals from the rebel peninsula. The European Union is under intense ...

Seven theories on MH370's disappearance

Mar 21, 2014

Seven theories on MH370's disappearance

Countless theories have surfaced about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 nearly two weeks ago. Some are plausible, some are downright absurd. There is, unfortunately, no clear answer as the families of the 239 passengers and crew members — and the rest of ...

Hitachi develops robots to probe Fukushima No. 1 plant

Mar 21, 2014

Hitachi develops robots to probe Fukushima No. 1 plant

Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd. say they have developed robots to detect cooling water leakage points and the condition of nuclear fuel at the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. One robot can move through narrow pipes by changing shape and another ...

How alike are Crimea and Kosovo?

Mar 21, 2014

How alike are Crimea and Kosovo?

Vladimir Putin’s key argument justifying Crimea’s secession from Ukraine and annexation by Russia following Sunday’s referendum is the West’s acceptance of Kosovo’s declaration of statehood in 2008. With the strong support of the United States, the ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo seceded from Serbia despite Serbia’s ...

Mar 21, 2014

U.S. fines Marubeni over Indonesia bribery scheme

Trading company Marubeni Corp. has agreed to pay an $88 million fine after admitting bribing Indonesian government officials to secure a lucrative power project, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. A Justice Department statement said Marubeni and employees from consortium partner Alstom had bribed ...

Mar 21, 2014

Recent stimulus setting up debt crisis for China

by William Pesek

The idea that China acted in economically rational ways that merit U.S. study and replication, as suggested by two Chinese economists, is just too much. Asia's biggest economy is merely delaying a debt crisis that will be much bigger and more spectacular than it ...

Mar 21, 2014

Putin's Crimean prize

Even if Russia does not send its military into any other parts of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin retains the threat of future action, if only "reluctantly," and will be able to keep Ukraine, and the rest of central Europe, on the defensive.

Our guide to family <em>hanami</em> hot spots

| Mar 21, 2014

Our guide to family hanami hot spots

by Jason Jenkins

The transition from winter to summer is just beginning, and that means something magical is about to arrive: cherry-blossom season. As winter loosens its grip, delicate pastel petals push their way out of gnarled sakura-tree branches — an early indicator of the warmth that ...

Lego builds the year's first true blockbuster

Mar 21, 2014

Lego builds the year's first true blockbuster

by Jun Hongo

Film director Phil Lord has fond childhood memories of days spent playing with Lego’s colorful plastic blocks. He says he would simply dump what he had on the floor and create a huge mess. “I never remember picking them up,” he says. He also ...

When fictional bands move from screen to stage

Mar 21, 2014

When fictional bands move from screen to stage

by Giovanni Fazio

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” is undoubtedly one of the best films you’ll see this or any year — passionate, joyous and heartbreakingly sad — but it’s also remarkable for being one of those rare music films where a fictional on-screen band goes on to ...

'The Broken Circle Breakdown'

Mar 21, 2014

'The Broken Circle Breakdown'

by Kaori Shoji

Love is supposed to crush you and marriage is the fast track to long-time despair. Such dark truisms are flung about in “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” a Belgian film whose spirit is so 20th-century Americana it may as well be draped in the Stars ...

All aboard Chiba Prefecture's Lab Train

Mar 21, 2014

All aboard Chiba Prefecture's Lab Train

by Magdalena Osumi

The easternmost point of the Kanto region in Chiba Prefecture offers panoramic views of the coastline with rugged towering cliffs that resemble those of Dover — one of England’s most recognizable landmarks. It’s a place that many visit to watch Japan’s first winter sunrise. ...

Puig leads Dodgers to win in Australia

Mar 21, 2014

Puig leads Dodgers to win in Australia

Yasiel Puig broke out of a spring-long batting slump to hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning Thursday and lead the Los Angeles Dodgers a 4-2 win over Team Australia in an exhibition game at the revamped Sydney Cricket ...

Murray splits with coach Lendl after two years

Mar 21, 2014

Murray splits with coach Lendl after two years

Following a fruitful two-year relationship, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has parted ways with coach Ivan Lendl — the man who turned him from a four-time Grand Slam runnerup into a two-time major champion. Murray and Lendl announced their decision on the British player’s blog ...

Knicks start with win

Mar 21, 2014

Knicks start with win

Long after Phil Jackson acknowledged the cheering fans with a thumbs-up and then a wave, there was one more standing ovation inside Madison Square Garden. This one went to the Knicks, a far cry from the way they were treated at home earlier this ...

Mar 21, 2014

Arsenal's Miyaichi to miss remainder of season

English Premier League club Arsenal revealed Thursday that Japan forward Ryo Miyaichi will be out of action for the remainder of this season. According to the club, it will be impossible for the 21-year-old Miyaichi to return to duty this season due to a ...

Kakuryu topples yokozuna

Mar 21, 2014

Kakuryu topples yokozuna

Ozeki Kakuryu took one giant leap forward in his quest for yokozuna promotion on Thursday, sending yokozuna Harumafuji to his first defeat at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who is seeking his 29th career title, took over as the sole leader as he ...

Kotooshu calls time on career

Mar 21, 2014

Kotooshu calls time on career

Kotooshu, the first European wrestler to ever win an Emperor’s Cup and achieve sumo’s second highest rank of ozeki, retired Thursday. The Bulgarian rikishi, whose real name is Karoyan Ando, submitted his retirement papers to the Japan Sumo Association the same day. He said ...