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North ready to discuss abductions again

Apr 01, 2014

North ready to discuss abductions again

North Korea has become open to discussing the abduction issue with Japan again and the two countries agreed Monday in Beijing to carry on with governmental talks. During the first formal negotiations in more than a year, Japan appears to have demanded North Korea ...

Japan's antarctic whale hunts not scientific: ICJ

Apr 01, 2014

Japan's antarctic whale hunts not scientific: ICJ

The U.N.’s top court on Monday ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, saying in a landmark ruling that the program was a commercial activity disguised as science. The judgment by the International Court of Justice in The Hague is binding, final ...

War memorials as varied as public's views

| Apr 01, 2014

War memorials as varied as public's views

by Eric Johnston

The controversial Yasukuni Shrine, a source of perennial tension between Japan and its East Asian neighbors, and the Peace Parks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are well-known in and out of Japan as the country’s representative war memorials, drawing millions of visitors each year. But ...

Liberia confirms first Ebola cases; Senegal closes Guinea border

Apr 01, 2014

Liberia confirms first Ebola cases; Senegal closes Guinea border

Liberia has confirmed two cases of the deadly Ebola virus that is suspected to have killed at least 78 people in neighboring Guinea, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO said in a statement released Sunday the cases were among seven samples tested ...

MH370 not the work of terrorists, U.S. says

Apr 01, 2014

MH370 not the work of terrorists, U.S. says

Senior U.S. lawmakers on Sunday said that investigators have found no evidence thus far pointing to terrorism in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 three weeks ago, and that it is critical to find the plane to understand what happened on board. House ...

Court rules in favor of three Minamata sufferers

Apr 01, 2014

Court rules in favor of three Minamata sufferers

The Kumamoto District Court on Monday ordered the state, the Kumamoto Prefectural Government and Chisso Corp. to pay damages to three of eight unrecognized Minamata disease sufferers who sued them. In ruling on the ¥212 million damages suit, the court ordered the payment of ...

North open to talks on abductees: Ihara

Apr 01, 2014

North open to talks on abductees: Ihara

North Korea appears open to restarting discussions on the abduction issue, a senior Japanese official said after two days of talks with North Korean officials in Beijing. They “did not appear to reject discussions” on the issue, Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asian ...

Climate change threatens human security: U.N. report

Apr 01, 2014

Climate change threatens human security: U.N. report

Climate change can indirectly increase the likelihood of violent conflict by exacerbating risk factors such as poverty and economic shocks, a U.N. scientific body warned Monday. After six days of talks through Sunday in Yokohama, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a ...

Apr 01, 2014

The wrong target for Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is in a difficult situation. Corruption in Turkey is endemic, but the government's response to allegations of corruption has been to condemn the leakers rather than go after those said to be enriching themselves.

Djokovic puts away rival Nadal to win Sony Open crown

Apr 01, 2014

Djokovic puts away rival Nadal to win Sony Open crown

Novak Djokovic stretched like a rubber band to hit a backhand. He sprinted into the other corner and scooped out forehands as if he was wielding a shovel. He ran forward to slice a ball off his shoetops. And he flicked a difficult half-volley ...

Apr 01, 2014

Ex-United striker Cole dismisses Moyes' excuse

Former Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole isn’t buying the explanation that David Moyes’ squad is “aging” as the reason for its disastrous campaign. United is in seventh place with six matches left to play this season, 17 points off the pace of ...

Crosby leads Penguins to win over Blackhawks

Apr 01, 2014

Crosby leads Penguins to win over Blackhawks

The reeling Chicago Blackhawks took another hard hit. The Pittsburgh Penguins appear to be coming together at just the right time. Sidney Crosby scored two goals in the final five minutes, helping the Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the injury-riddled Blackhawks on Sunday ...

Padres beat Dodgers in U.S. curtain raiser

Apr 01, 2014

Padres beat Dodgers in U.S. curtain raiser

For one day at least, the moderate-payroll San Diego Padres are in first place in the NL West, ahead of the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers. Seth Smith hit a towering drive for a tying homer leading off the eighth and Chris Denorfia singled home ...

Nets inch closer to playoff berth

Apr 01, 2014

Nets inch closer to playoff berth

They have gone from disappointment to dominant, a team that was booed on its home floor and now rarely loses there. And pretty soon, the Brooklyn Nets will also be a playoff team. Pierce scored 22 points after another sensational start, and the Nets ...

Apr 01, 2014

Cubs' Fujikawa to start season on disabled list

The Chicago Cubs placed right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa on the disabled list as they set their Opening Day 25-man roster on Sunday. Fujikawa, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last June, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21. ...