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52 articles published/printed


New AWACS unit launched in Naha

Apr 21, 2014

New AWACS unit launched in Naha

A new E-2C early warning patrol plane unit was launched Sunday at an Air Self-Defense Force base in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, to bolster surveillance amid repeated intrusions by Chinese vessels into Japanese territorial waters. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told ASDF members at a ceremony ...

Damascus refugees face starvation

Apr 21, 2014

Damascus refugees face starvation

by Martin Chulov

The desperate residents of a besieged district of Damascus were expected to run out of food on Sunday, leaving 18,000 people facing starvation and leading relief agencies to declare the crisis “unprecedented in living memory.” Food packages had not been delivered to the Yarmouk ...

Cured Costa Rican seen as celebrity

Apr 21, 2014

Cured Costa Rican seen as celebrity

On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. “Stand up,” Mora recalled the image of the pope ...

Highest of stakes on Everest's slopes

Apr 21, 2014

Highest of stakes on Everest's slopes

The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from high on Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear. But they couldn’t get there quickly enough. No one ...

Apr 21, 2014

Exports that defy reason

Why would a country that suffered disastrous accidents at a nuclear power plant three years ago choose to push the export of its nuclear power technology around the world? Yet, the Abe administration sees this as a pillar of its economic strategy.

Apr 21, 2014

Nuclear disarmament challenge

A conference in Hiroshima highlights the divide between nations that advocate the outright elimination of nuclear weapons and those, like Japan, that hope for a gradual phaseout because they rely on a deterrent "nuclear umbrella" for their own security.

Apr 21, 2014

India's status quo is riskier

by Ramesh Thakur

The political party that proudly led India into independence has been reduced to a self-serving coterie of sycophants, courtiers and court jesters. Is the status quo more risky than the "Modi alternative" in the current election?

Apr 21, 2014

Double tragedy of long-term unemployment

by Robert J. Samuelson

To be among America's long-term unemployed — workers who have been jobless at least six months — is especially demoralizing for midcareer professionals and managers in their 40s and up because, from the perspective of potential employers, not hiring these workers can make sense.

Fifteen-year-old Katsu claims historic victory

Apr 21, 2014

Fifteen-year-old Katsu claims historic victory

Teenage amateur Minami Katsu, at 15 years and 293 days, became the youngest-ever winner on the Japan LPGA Tour when she captured the Vantelin Ladies Open on Sunday. Katsu, who started the day one shot back in a four-way tie for second, made five ...

Otani survives scrapes as Fighters beat Eagles

Apr 21, 2014

Otani survives scrapes as Fighters beat Eagles

Shohei Otani (2-0) pitched out of a series of scrapes on Sunday to work into the seventh inning and earn the victory in the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ 4-2 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Otani, a .385 hitter in 39 at-bats as ...

Hamilton wins third straight race in Shanghai

Apr 21, 2014

Hamilton wins third straight race in Shanghai

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix. Mercedes showed again that it’s in a different class from its rivals, with Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg taking ...

Isla Bonita captures first jewel of Triple Crown

Apr 21, 2014

Isla Bonita captures first jewel of Triple Crown

Second favorite Isla Bonita won the 74th running of the Satsuki-sho on Sunday at Nakayama Racecourse. Isla Bonita, with Masayoshi Ebina holding the reins, covered the 2,000 meters over turf in 1 minute, 59.6 seconds to capture its first GI race and beat favorite ...

Federer, Wawrinka set all-Swiss final in Monte Carlo

Apr 21, 2014

Federer, Wawrinka set all-Swiss final in Monte Carlo

Roger Federer will try to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time and Stanislas Wawrinka his first Masters title anywhere when they meet in an all-Swiss final on Sunday. Federer ousted defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday, after Wawrinka had ...

Warriors win playoff opener

Apr 21, 2014

Warriors win playoff opener

The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team. Stephen Curry glanced at the clock and realized there was ...

Toronto's Buehrle raises record to 4-0

Apr 21, 2014

Toronto's Buehrle raises record to 4-0

Mark Buehrle has a simple explanation for his unbeaten record. “The slower you throw the better off you are,” he said after pitching the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Buehrle (4-0) pitched shutout ball into the ...

Apr 21, 2014

Blue Jackets even series

Matt Calvert’s first career playoff goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a badly needed boost. His second ended 4,493 days of futility for a franchise that is quickly morphing from laughingstock to something considerably more potent. Calvert banged his own rebound past Marc-Andre Fleury ...

Wie wins in Hawaii for first victory in four years

Apr 21, 2014

Wie wins in Hawaii for first victory in four years

Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and win the LPGA Lotte Championship. The 24-year-old American finished at 14-under 274 after coming into the final round trailing third-round leader Angela Stanford by four shots ...