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Pakistan police bust gang of suspected sectarian killers

Apr 20, 2014

Pakistan police bust gang of suspected sectarian killers

Pakistani police said Saturday they have arrested six men suspected of carrying out a series of high-profile sectarian killings in the eastern city of Lahore as part of the militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The arrests were a rare success for the police in the country’s ...

Can a solo career help a mascot stand out?

| Apr 20, 2014

Can a solo career help a mascot stand out?

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Several weeks ago Fuji TV’s morning news show sent a reporter to the Gunma Prefecture “antenna shop” located across the street from the Kabukiza theater in Tokyo’s Ginza district. The store, which sells products made in Gunma, pays ¥64 million a year in rent ...

Diet ranks vow to defy ICJ ruling

Apr 20, 2014

Diet ranks vow to defy ICJ ruling

National Lawmakers on Wednesday demanded the government redesign its “research” whaling program to circumvent an international court ruling that described the program as a commercial hunt dressed up as science. The 40-strong fisheries committee, made up of a cross-section of members of the lower ...

U.S. militias await next call to arms

| Apr 20, 2014

U.S. militias await next call to arms

Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada ...

U.S. carmakers plot Russia assault

Apr 20, 2014

U.S. carmakers plot Russia assault

Never mind the Ukraine crisis and U.S. sanctions against Russia: American automakers say the Russian market is their next big frontier. Russia is simply too large and too important for carmakers to ignore, experts said last week. “The Russian market is going to be ...

| Apr 20, 2014

Team Abe's alternate-reality Kool-Aid

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Japan’s relations with China and South Korea are in tatters, there has been no progress on dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, strains with Washington persist, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks are at an impasse, whaling got harpooned and hopes for a deal ...

Apr 20, 2014

Kids wasting too much time online

A Cabinet Office survey finds that the amount of time that Japanese youngsters spend on the Internet with mobile or smartphones has increased 50 percent from a 2010 survey.

Cannabis: the healing of the nation

Apr 20, 2014

Cannabis: the healing of the nation

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Every summer in Hokkaido and northern Honshu, platoons of police and public servants scour the countryside for cannabis. For a nation well-known for its strict drug laws, the plants are remarkably easy to find. In an average year, patrols discover between 1 million and ...

Koza: the carbonized city

Apr 20, 2014

Koza: the carbonized city

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My first glimpse of Koza was a burned out car on a monochrome print I picked up at a recycle shop in Naha. I would see the image again when I visited the history section of the Okinawa City Hall, where there was a ...

Uchikawa slugs two HRs to propel Hawks past Marines

Apr 20, 2014

Uchikawa slugs two HRs to propel Hawks past Marines

Pacific League batting leader Seiichi Uchikawa homered twice and Kenichi Nakata pitched one-run ball over eight solid innings as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks defeated the Chiba Lotte Marines 6-1 on Saturday afternoon. Uchikawa had a two-run blast to left off Yuki Karakawa (0-3) in ...

Nakama set to retire

Apr 20, 2014

Nakama set to retire

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Never a superstar, but always a hard-working, team-first player, shooting guard Jumpei Nakama has enjoyed popularity and the respect of his peers since the bj-league’s inception in 2005. He’s been a fan favorite throughout the country as the league has grown nonstop for nearly ...

Vissel edge Antlers

Apr 20, 2014

Vissel edge Antlers

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Vissel Kobe went top of the J. League for at least 24 hours after an incident-packed 3-2 win over Kashima Antlers on Saturday. Both sides went into the game at Kashima Stadium knowing that a win would be enough to claim first place with ...

Ferrer pulls off upset of Nadal

Apr 20, 2014

Ferrer pulls off upset of Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s mastery of the Monte Carlo clay courts seems to be over. The top-ranked Spaniard hopes his confidence isn’t gone, too. Nadal lost to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday, his earliest ...

Datsyuk goal seals Game 1

Apr 20, 2014

Datsyuk goal seals Game 1

The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. It vanished with a flick of Pavel Datsyuk’s wrist. Just like that, on Datsyuk’s goal with 3:01 left, the Detroit Red Wings got the upper hand with a 1-0 win in ...