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China militants show new daring

May 03, 2014

China militants show new daring

A bombing in western China that killed three people and wounded 79 on Wednesday has raised concerns about the apparent sophistication and daring of the attack, which possibly was timed to coincide with a visit to the heavily Muslim region by President Xi Jinping. ...

Toyota gives California push with hydrogen fuel stations

May 03, 2014

Toyota gives California push with hydrogen fuel stations

Toyota Motor Corp. is funding a startup led by General Motors Co.’s former marketing chief to accelerate the opening of hydrogen fuel stations in California for zero-emission cars. Toyota is backing FirstElement Fuel, led by Joel Ewanick, with an investment of at least $7.2 ...

Soviet echoes in Red Square rally

May 03, 2014

Soviet echoes in Red Square rally

Russia staged a huge May Day parade on Moscow’s Red Square for the first time since the Soviet era on Thursday, with workers holding banners proclaiming support for President Vladimir Putin after the seizure of territory from Ukraine. Thousands of trade unionists marched with ...

N. Korea replaces unofficial No. 2 man

May 03, 2014

N. Korea replaces unofficial No. 2 man

The second-in-command in the North Korean hierarchy after Kim Jong Un has been replaced as head of the army’s political department, the official Korean Central News Agency said Friday, signaling a major leadership change. In a report on May Day celebrations in Pyongyang, KCNA ...

Lawyer gives Article 9 some coffee shop buzz

May 03, 2014

Lawyer gives Article 9 some coffee shop buzz

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One morning in late April dozens of mothers, some with children, gathered at an Italian restaurant in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, hoping not only to dine, but also to learn what kind of future might await their children if the Constitution is amended. During the ...

Japan a key battleground for BBC's expansion in Asia

May 03, 2014

Japan a key battleground for BBC's expansion in Asia

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Judging from the activity on the floor at February’s BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool, England, television is most definitely not dead. Over 700 buyers and distributors descended on the BT Convention Centre to investigate what was new (“The Game,” “The Musketeers”) and what was ...

Malaysia releases missing plane report, reveals confusion

May 03, 2014

Malaysia releases missing plane report, reveals confusion

Malaysia on Thursday released its most comprehensive account yet of what happened to missing Flight MH370, in a preliminary report that detailed the route the plane probably took as it veered off course and revealed the confusion that followed. It showed four hours elapsed ...

White House seeks privacy balance in a 'Big Data' world

May 03, 2014

White House seeks privacy balance in a 'Big Data' world

The White House on Thursday suggested updates to laws and other measures to enhance privacy and prevent discrimination based on the data trail left by consumers on their phones and computers that companies and researchers collect and analyze. Both privacy advocates and tech groups ...

May 03, 2014

Protecting the peace Constitution

As a majority of polled Japanese oppose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to overturn the government's traditional interpretation of a constitutional principle that has enabled Japan to enjoy nearly 70 years of peace and prosperity, he should focus on improving ties with Japan's closest ...

May 03, 2014

Ending Asia's zero-sum games

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Perhaps if Asia's leaders viewed East Asia's rapid economic transformation, geopolitical dynamics and historical animosities like a recenlty arrived space alien, they would see what they need to do to halt the dangerous trends.

May 03, 2014

Can Russia fix its mess in Ukraine?

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Russian President Vladimir Putin can neither resolve the crisis in east Ukraine nor admit his powerlessness to end what he started. Kiev needs to find a way to negotiate with the local elite and law enforcers, providing convincing guarantees of safety.

May 03, 2014

Rethinking Japan's whaling

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Although many Japanese seem indifferent to the question of whether they can get whale meat, pro and con reactions in and out of Japan will affect those who still live by whale hunting on a local scale.

May 03, 2014

Third Obama disappointment seems imminent

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In the trivial case of the Sino-Japanese dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu isles, there was no cause for President Barack Obama's recent warning to China that the U.S. considers the islands as falling under protection of its Security Treaty signed with Japan in the aftermath ...

Watanabe takes early lead in Cyber Agent Ladies

May 03, 2014

Watanabe takes early lead in Cyber Agent Ladies

Ayaka Watanabe shot a 5-under-par 67 to take the lead after the first round of the Cyber Agent Ladies on Friday. The 20-year-old, who scored her first career victory in dramatic fashion at the Axa Ladies in March, drained six birdies through 14 holes ...

Durant, OKC force Game 7

May 03, 2014

Durant, OKC force Game 7

Kevin Durant insisted the Thunder facing elimination was all the motivation he needed. Thanks to the NBA’s best scorer, the Thunder remain alive and can finish off the Memphis Grizzlies back in Oklahoma City. Durant scored 36 points to break out of a slump, ...

Habs' Subban scores winning goal in 20T

May 03, 2014

Habs' Subban scores winning goal in 20T

Twice the Montreal Canadiens took the lead in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the rival Bruins. Twice they allowed Boston to tie it. Heading into the locker room after a lackluster third period cost them a chance at a regulation victory, ...

Puig ignites Dodgers in twinbill sweep over Twins

May 03, 2014

Puig ignites Dodgers in twinbill sweep over Twins

After Yasiel Puig carried the Dodgers early, it was little-known Scott Van Slyke and Drew Butera who came up big at the end of a long day. Van Slyke and Butera homered in the 12th inning and Los Angeles held on to beat the ...

Senna remembered on 20th anniversary of his death

May 03, 2014

Senna remembered on 20th anniversary of his death

Thousands of fans joined Formula One drivers past and present on Thursday in marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna at the Italian circuit where the triple champion crashed 20 years ago. They thronged the track to observe a minute’s silence ...