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Haneda expansion a travel game-changer

Mar 29, 2014

Haneda expansion a travel game-changer

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To counter cutthroat competition from hub airports elsewhere in Asia, Haneda airport will expand its international flight capacity Sunday when it takes the wraps off a more spacious terminal. The expansion is a serious move by Haneda, situated as it is in the heart ...

Mudslide kin warned death toll will spike

Mar 29, 2014

Mudslide kin warned death toll will spike

Rescuers searching for 90 people still missing five days after a massive mudslide in Washington state braced the public Thursday for an impending steep rise in the death toll even as they deflected criticism of the early disaster response. At least 25 people are ...

Britain readies to usher in same-sex weddings

Mar 29, 2014

Britain readies to usher in same-sex weddings

Peter McGraith and David Cabreza were to marry in London a stroke after midnight Friday, marking the culmination of a campaign to end a distinction many British gay couples say made them feel like second-class citizens. Saturday will be the first day gay couples ...

Experts warn over Nigerian 'Viagra' drinks

Mar 29, 2014

Experts warn over Nigerian 'Viagra' drinks

Nike Ajibade and three of her colleagues sit on a Lagos sidewalk with small plastic bottles of liquids tucked inside weather-beaten plastic buckets. The hidden bottles of so-called Viagra drinks sell for about $2 and are much sought after for their supposed aphrodisiac qualities. ...

New CO₂ capture tech to aid climate

Mar 29, 2014

New CO₂ capture tech to aid climate

A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China’s greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N. report shows. Using the technology, power plants ...

Costs, uncertainty hamper Ebola vaccine

Mar 29, 2014

Costs, uncertainty hamper Ebola vaccine

Almost 40 years after the Ebola virus was identified in humans by scientists in a microbiology laboratory in Belgium, pharmaceutical researchers have yet to develop an effective drug or vaccine to fight it. Part of the problem is that the deadly virus is rare ...

India, 10 other nations now free of polio

Mar 29, 2014

India, 10 other nations now free of polio

The World Health Organization on Thursday officially certified India and 10 other Asian countries free of polio, a milestone lauded as a “momentous victory” over an ancient scourge. The Southeast Asian region, which includes India but excludes Afghanistan and Pakistan, was certified by a ...

Hakamada fends off prosecutors

Mar 29, 2014

Hakamada fends off prosecutors

The Tokyo High Court on Friday rejected an appeal by Shizuoka prosecutors seeking to overturn a district court’s decision to release Iwao Hakamada, who until Thursday had been the world’s longest-serving death row prisoner. The Shizuoka District Court had also decided to suspend Hakamada’s ...

ANA boosts 787 in $16.6 billion Boeing shopping spree

| Mar 29, 2014

ANA boosts 787 in $16.6 billion Boeing shopping spree

ANA Holdings Inc. gave Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner a vote of confidence by ordering 14 more of the jets as part of a $16.6 billion shopping spree a year after regulators grounded the composite aircraft. ANA’s 70-plane purchase Thursday tilted toward Boeing, with the ...

Toyota to launch next Camry remake in April

Mar 29, 2014

Toyota to launch next Camry remake in April

Toyota Motor Corp., whose Camry sedan has been the top-selling U.S. car for the past 12 years, will roll out a refreshed model next month as Ford Motor Co. and domestic rivals gain on the perennial leader. Toyota will show an updated Camry at ...

Residents of Nagoya get disaster info maps

| Mar 29, 2014

Residents of Nagoya get disaster info maps

Officials in Nagoya are distributing seismic and tsunami hazard maps based on the damage the city is projected to take from an earthquake in the Nankai Trough. The maps, which were distributed starting March 17, outline two scenarios. One is based on the largest ...

U.N. Security Council members condemn North Korea missile launch

Mar 29, 2014

U.N. Security Council members condemn North Korea missile launch

Members of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday condemned North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launch as a violation of U.N. resolutions and will continue discussions on an “appropriate response,” the council president said. The remarks were made by Luxembourg’s U.N. Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, president ...

Ukraine's Tymoshenko to run for president

Mar 29, 2014

Ukraine's Tymoshenko to run for president

Yulia Tymoshenko, one of Ukraine’s most polarizing political figures, announced Thursday that she will run in the country’s May 25 presidential election. A former prime minister who was released from prison last month following the overthrow of her longtime rival, President Viktor Yanukovych, Tymoshenko ...

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Mar 29, 2014

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used. Turkey’s technology minister, Fikri Isik, said the national telecommunications authority was imposing the block ...

Mar 29, 2014

Japan's jobless rate drops to 3.6%, lowest since July 2007

The unemployment rate improved to 3.6 percent in February from 3.7 percent the previous month, government data showed Friday, indicating that the expansion in corporate profits has prompted companies to hire more workers on the back of the nascent economic recovery. The figure is ...

U.N. General Assembly votes 'yes' on Ukraine unity

Mar 29, 2014

U.N. General Assembly votes 'yes' on Ukraine unity

In a surprisingly strong rebuke of Moscow, the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday affirmed Ukraine’s territorial integrity and deemed the referendum that led to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula illegal. The vote on the Ukraine-sponsored resolution in the 193-member world body was 100 ...

Mar 29, 2014

Online babysitter dangers

Parents must take precautions when vetting potential babysitters, including insisting on recommendations and other verifiable evidence of suitable childcare qualifications.

Frontale edge Grampus on Okubo goal

Mar 29, 2014

Frontale edge Grampus on Okubo goal

Nagoya Grampus spurned the chance to go top of the J.League — for 24 hours at least — as Akira Nishino’s men crashed to their first defeat since the opening day of the season with a 1-0 reverse at Kawasaki Frontale on Friday night. ...

Forlan feels United's Kagawa misused during tough season

Mar 29, 2014

Forlan feels United's Kagawa misused during tough season

Cerezo Osaka’s Diego Forlan believes Shinji Kagawa is not at fault for his disappointing season at Manchester United, with the 2010 World Cup MVP and top scorer attributing the Japan international’s struggles to circumstances beyond his control at Old Trafford. Forlan, a former United ...

Source: Tigers set to pay Cabrera $292 million

Mar 29, 2014

Source: Tigers set to pay Cabrera $292 million

The Detroit Tigers are doubling down on Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. The team has agreed to pay Cabrera a baseball-record $292 million over the next 10 years, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person, who said the contract is ...

Dayton beats Stanford to reach first Elite Eight since '84

Mar 29, 2014

Dayton beats Stanford to reach first Elite Eight since '84

Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers were pressing and passing, shooting and scoring. The waves never seemed to stop coming, with 10, 11 and then 12 players giving them quality minutes. An exhausted and foul-plagued Stanford simply couldn’t keep up. The ...

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

Mar 29, 2014

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

Between points, Serena Williams stood motionless behind the baseline with her back to the net, as if trying to match — or mimic — the methodical ritual of her opponent, Maria Sharapova. They took turns waiting on each other, the pace of play plodding, ...

Oshie notches hat trick as Blues wallop Wild

Mar 29, 2014

Oshie notches hat trick as Blues wallop Wild

St. Louis Blues center T.J. Oshie knew exactly what to do with the puck that completed his first three-goal game in the NHL. That souvenir now belongs to his 10-day old daughter, Lyla Grace, who was born on March 17. “It’s definitely going to ...