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Suspect flip-flops on email threats

May 21, 2014

Suspect flip-flops on email threats

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A computer expert on trial for sending violent threats from other people’s hacked computers has admitted he’s guilty, calling himself “a psychopath” in a surprise confession, his lawyer says, potentially ending a case that had earlier seen police arrest the wrong suspects.

May 21, 2014

Asia meth demand soars; Japan top market

Asia’s robust economy and strong demand for drugs drove global production and trafficking of methamphetamine to record levels last year, with Japan one of the most lucrative markets, the United Nations says.

China, Russia pledge to build ties as Putin visits

May 21, 2014

China, Russia pledge to build ties as Putin visits

Chinese President Xi Jinping and visiting Russian leader Vladimir Putin pledged Tuesday to build ties between the two U.N. Security Council members, who both face international criticism and territorial disputes. Putin is visiting China for the first time since Xi took office last year ...

TPP ministers fail to set timeline for striking deal

May 21, 2014

TPP ministers fail to set timeline for striking deal

Ministers from the 12 countries trying to hammer out the Trans-Pacific Partnership fell short of setting a clear timeline for ending the negotiations as they wrapped up a two-day meeting Tuesday in Singapore, although they stressed that progress was made on tariff issues. “We ...

Kiev's election plans falter in east

May 21, 2014

Kiev's election plans falter in east

From a cramped office in residential Donetsk, election officials Sunday frantically worked to prepare for next Sunday’s Ukraine presidential poll, despite what they described as intimidation and threats from pro-Russian separatists. By Monday morning, their resolve broken, they had shut down their office. “We’re ...

Peace-loving Sweden now major weapons exporter

May 21, 2014

Peace-loving Sweden now major weapons exporter

Alongside a global reputation for peacemaking and generous foreign aid, Sweden has become a major world supplier of weapons. It can count a number of regimes criticized for human rights abuses among its customers. Ranked the third largest arms exporter per capita after Israel ...

Amid 'witch hunt,' S. Korea crew adrift

May 21, 2014

Amid 'witch hunt,' S. Korea crew adrift

Tried and convicted by an angry public before their case has even come to court, South Korea’s legal system appears to be failing 15 surviving crew members of the Sewol ferry, which sank last month, killing hundreds of children. Lawyers are unclear how they ...

Study to ask: Do mobile phones hurt teen brains?

May 21, 2014

Study to ask: Do mobile phones hurt teen brains?

British researchers are launching the largest study yet to investigate whether using mobile phones and other wireless gadgets might affect children’s brain development. The Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones project will focus on cognitive functions such as memory and attention, which continue ...

China slams U.S. charges over hacking, data theft

May 21, 2014

China slams U.S. charges over hacking, data theft

The United States on Monday charged five Chinese military officers and accused them of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets, ratcheting up tensions between the two world powers over cyberespionage. China immediately denied the charges, saying in a ...

May 21, 2014

China bashing doesn't help

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China is getting bashed by a perfect storm of its own counterproductive public relations, its actions and reactions, and what China perceives as the harmonized public diplomacy strategy of its detractors. That's not good for peace in the South China Sea.

May 21, 2014

Shrinking current account surplus

Japan's current account surplus for fiscal 2013 falls sharply from the peak reached just six years ago, indicating that the old export-driven model of economic growth may be over.

May 21, 2014

Reconsider Japan's space program

As budget pressures become more competitive, it will be up to Japan's experts and taxpayers to consider what approach will best serve the nation's needs for space exploration — not bureaucrats and politicians.

May 21, 2014

Narendra Modi: India's Shinzo Abe

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Just as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's return to power in late 2012 reflected Japan's determination to reinvent itself as a more competitive and confident country, Narendra Modi's election victory reflects Indians' desire for a dynamic, assertive leader to help revitalize their country's economy and ...

Why not add a little booze?

| May 21, 2014

Why not add a little booze?

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Mirin is a staple of Japanese kitchens, yet few people know what it actually is. Although these days it’s thought of solely as a cooking ingredient, mirin was originally regarded as an expensive, high-class beverage. It was the tipple of choice of wealthy ladies, ...

Macklemore apologizes for offensive costume

May 21, 2014

Macklemore apologizes for offensive costume

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Rapper Macklemore posted an apology on his website late Monday, saying he didn’t mean to mock Jewish people by wearing a costume that some say was anti-Semitic during a show in Seattle last week. Macklemore wrote that he randomly chose the pieces of the ...

May 21, 2014

Manchester City reveals plan to invest in Yokohama F. Marinos

Manchester City’s holding company, City Football Group (CFG), will become a minority shareholder in Yokohama F. Marinos in the first significant foreign investment in a J.League club, officials said Tuesday. Nissan Motor Co., the main shareholder, said in a statement the partnership has been ...

Duncan leads Spurs in rout

May 21, 2014

Duncan leads Spurs in rout

The San Antonio Spurs were planning to attack the lane whether Oklahoma City big man Serge Ibaka was playing or not. The fact that the Thunder’s athletic defender was absent only made things easier for them. Tim Duncan scored 27 points and San Antonio ...

Man United hires Van Gaal; Barca tabs Luis Enrique

May 21, 2014

Man United hires Van Gaal; Barca tabs Luis Enrique

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was hired as Manchester United manager on Monday, tasked with repairing the damage from David Moyes’ disappointing 10 months in charge and reviving the fortunes of one of the world’s biggest clubs. The 62-year-old Dutchman has signed a three-year ...

Tiger confident of return, but uncertain of date

May 21, 2014

Tiger confident of return, but uncertain of date

Tiger Woods still doesn’t know when he’ll return. For a while, he didn’t know whether he would return at all. Woods said Monday his back injury became so debilitating this year it caused him to doubt his ability to play golf again. “Forget about ...

Hakuho raises record to 10-0

May 21, 2014

Hakuho raises record to 10-0

Yokozuna Hakuho extended his perfect run at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament to 10 wins on Tuesday, the tournament’s 10th day. Hakuho remained one win ahead of ozeki Kisenosato and No. 5 maegashira Ikioi at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan. On a day with few surprises, ...

Frazier homers in 15th inning to carry Reds past Nationals

May 21, 2014

Frazier homers in 15th inning to carry Reds past Nationals

The Cincinnati Reds twice extended Monday night’s extra-inning affair against the Washington Nationals with their gloves. Todd Frazier finally won it for them with his bat. Frazier’s two-run homer in the 15th inning lifted the Reds over the Nationals 4-3. Brandon Phillips singled off ...

Rangers take 2-0 series lead

May 21, 2014

Rangers take 2-0 series lead

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Martin St. Louis scored in the second period and the New York Rangers earned a 3-1 victory over the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens on Monday. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 2-0 heading back to New ...