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May 31, 2014

Pyongyang abduction post eyed

Japan could station diplomats and police in North Korea following Pyongyang's vow to reinvestigate the whereabouts of Japanese abductees.

Media eyes trend-setting Sony's loss of momentum

| May 31, 2014

Media eyes trend-setting Sony's loss of momentum

by Mark Schreiber

Let’s travel back 62 years. On the evening of Dec. 4, 1952, after NHK radio signed off its regular AM programming, an announcer proclaimed: “Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo and NHK now commence a joint experimental stereo broadcast.” In principle, stereophonic sound reproduction requires separation of ...

China indicts eight suspects in Beijing vehicular attack

May 31, 2014

China indicts eight suspects in Beijing vehicular attack

Prosecutors in far western China have indicted eight people over an attack on the edge of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last October in which a car plowed into a crowd and caught fire, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday. The government of the ...

Thai forces fan out to stifle unrest in capital

May 31, 2014

Thai forces fan out to stifle unrest in capital

Thai police and soldiers flooded downtown Bangkok on Saturday to pre-empt further protests against a May 22 coup after the army chief said a return to democracy would take more than a year. In a televised address late on Friday, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said ...

May 31, 2014

Japan reports latest incursion by Chinese ships around Senkakus

Two Chinese coast guard ships steamed through Japanese waters off the Senkaku Islands on Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned China over its increasing regional assertiveness. The Japan Coast Guard said the vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one ...

A spring hike in the American Southwest

May 31, 2014

A spring hike in the American Southwest

by Giovanna Dell'Oreto

“Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!” I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. With not a soul in sight among ...

Modern cat tale echoes former feline fiction

May 31, 2014

Modern cat tale echoes former feline fiction

by Paul Mccarthy

That the Japanese are great cat-lovers should come as no surprise: a taste for the elegant, the mysterious and the quirky leads in a feline direction, after all. There are paintings of cats from the classical period of the imperial court and prints from ...

Safarova ousts 2008 French Open champ Ivanovic

May 31, 2014

Safarova ousts 2008 French Open champ Ivanovic

Former French Open title holder Ana Ivanovic was knocked out of the third round at Roland Garros as 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova got past fifth seed Petra Kvitova. The 11th-seeded Ivanovic, a former top-ranked player, was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Czech Lucie Safarova on ...