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Chinese jets, SDF flirt with 'Top Gun' scenario near Senkakus

May 26, 2014

Chinese jets, SDF flirt with 'Top Gun' scenario near Senkakus

Chinese fighter jets flew within a few dozen meters of Japanese military planes over the East China Sea, officials in Tokyo said Sunday, prompting Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to accuse Beijing of going “over the top” in its approach to disputed territory. The Chinese ...

Ukraine's candy king in bid for presidency

May 26, 2014

Ukraine's candy king in bid for presidency

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He has chocolate factories galore, is a self-made billionaire and has been both Cabinet minister and occasional revolutionary. Now Ukrainian oligarch Petro Poroshenko is the favorite to become president in a make-or-break election, pledging to find a diplomatic way out of the country’s crisis ...

Citizen scientists to operate probe

May 26, 2014

Citizen scientists to operate probe

A group of citizen scientists can take over a 36-year-old decommissioned robotic space probe that will fly by the Earth in August, NASA says. Launched in 1978, the International Sun/Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft studied how the stream of charged particles flowing from the sun, ...

Soccer's crown jewel can't hide Brazil tensions

May 26, 2014

Soccer's crown jewel can't hide Brazil tensions

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Brazil, by both area and population, is the fifth-largest nation on Earth. Its economy is perhaps the sixth- or seventh-largest and will soon surpass those of France and Britain. Yet this great state has barely registered its presence globally. In the complex flux of ...

Decisive battle looms for Syrian rebels in Aleppo

May 26, 2014

Decisive battle looms for Syrian rebels in Aleppo

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High spring in Syria’s largest city and the final battle has arrived. From his vantage point on a front line in Aleppo’s northeast, Abu Bilal, a rebel commander, had spent the past month staring at a ridge line about a kilometer away that marked ...

Tense Ukraine votes in face of rebel threats

May 26, 2014

Tense Ukraine votes in face of rebel threats

Ukraine was voting Sunday in a presidential election seen as the most important in the country’s history as it battles a deadly pro-Russian insurrection in the east. Thirty-six million people are registered to vote, but separatist rebels have threatened to block polling “by force ...

May 26, 2014

China and Russia strike a deal

The $400 billion deal that China signed with Russia for natural gas has caused Western handwringing as expected, but a broader view suggests that Beijing has other interests that may outweigh this partnership.

May 26, 2014

Funding higher education

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The percentage of Japanese high school graduates entering university is not growing as fast as one would expect. It is well below the average ratio for the 34 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Learning Japanese by singing along

| May 26, 2014

Learning Japanese by singing along

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Several years before I was taught to read and sing the traditional song 「さくら、さくら」(“Sakura, sakura“) in introductory Japanese class, I recall driving my father’s 1963 Ford Galaxie and humming along to the melody of Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki Song,” broadcast over WFAY AM radio in ...

Federer moves into second round at French Open

May 26, 2014

Federer moves into second round at French Open

With his twin daughters watching from the stands, Roger Federer moved into the second round of the French Open after a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Lukas Lacko on Sunday. Federer has played in only two clay-court tournaments this season. He reached the final ...

Japan wraps up training camp in Kagoshima

May 26, 2014

Japan wraps up training camp in Kagoshima

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Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Sunday urged the whole country to get behind the team at the World Cup finals in Brazil as the Blue Samurai wrapped up their training camp in Kagoshima on Sunday. Speaking in front of over 7,000 fans at a ...

Hakuho beats rival Harumafuji to collect 29th title

May 26, 2014

Hakuho beats rival Harumafuji to collect 29th title

Hakuho won his 29th career Emperor’s Cup when he dispensed with yokozuna rival Harumafuji in the finale of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Hakuho captured his first title in two meets with a 14-1 mark and moved to within two titles of ...

Kings slip by Blackhawks

May 26, 2014

Kings slip by Blackhawks

Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson are among the few Los Angeles Kings who don’t have a Stanley Cup ring from two years ago. Jeff Carter is grateful the youngsters are carrying him along on their own Cup chase after their line came up with ...

Heat storm back to beat Pacers, take 2-1 lead

May 26, 2014

Heat storm back to beat Pacers, take 2-1 lead

Down by 15 early, the Miami Heat could have hit the panic button. Instead, they found a way to move within two wins of another trip to the NBA Finals. LeBron James scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Heat shook off ...