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Sunni militants capture northern Iraqi town

Jun 17, 2014

Sunni militants capture northern Iraqi town

Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq’s Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to insurgents in the country’s north. The town of Tal Afar, ...

100 days after MH370, Malaysia vows to keep searching

Jun 17, 2014

100 days after MH370, Malaysia vows to keep searching

Malaysia’s government pledged Monday it “will not rest” until missing Flight MH370 is found, but relatives said on the 100th day since the plane’s disappearance that they wanted answers, not more promises. The Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and ...

Japanese companies debut at international defense fair

Jun 17, 2014

Japanese companies debut at international defense fair

Twelve companies became the first from Japan to participate in an international defense exhibition Monday by exhibiting their wares at the five-day Eurosatory defense fair in Paris. Their participation is expected to help Japan cash in on the easing in April of its long-standing ...

Bonito biz returns to Kesennuma

Jun 17, 2014

Bonito biz returns to Kesennuma

Kesennuma unloaded around 26 tons of “katsuo” (bonito) in its first catch of the season Monday in Miyagi Prefecture, bringing hustle and bustle back to a fishing port that was nearly wiped off the map by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Kesenuma has ...

Market salivates over GPIF plans

Jun 17, 2014

Market salivates over GPIF plans

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The government is readying to unfetter its huge public pension fund, freeing managers to dump low-yield sovereign bonds and go in search of higher, but riskier returns, in a move that could see cash flood global markets. The nation’s pension program, into which almost ...

Two dead, five injured in latest Xinjiang knife attack

Jun 17, 2014

Two dead, five injured in latest Xinjiang knife attack

Three knife-wielding assailants rushed into a chess hall in western China, in a deadly clash that drew armed security forces, state television reported on Monday, as the country grapples with a wave of unrest in the region. The attack is the latest in a ...

Jun 17, 2014

Isles defense drives vehicle tie-up with U.S.

The Defense Ministry is thinking of engaging in joint development of amphibious vehicles with the United States so the Ground Self-Defense Force can bolster its defense of remote islands, informed sources said. The ministry hopes to participate in the U.S. Department of Defense’s work ...

Jun 17, 2014

Work-hour 'reform' ripe for abuse

The Abe administration is pushing to exempt certain kinds of workers from labor standards as part of his economic growth strategy without soliciting the views of labor organizations concerned about the fate of overtime pay.

Venice Biennale lays down the past

Jun 17, 2014

Venice Biennale lays down the past

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The Venice Architecture Biennale, first staged in 1980 and recurring every two years, has grown to become the world’s largest and most influential gathering of architectural thought leaders. The event has come to be seen as providing a global snapshot of contemporary practice and ...

Kagawa laments poor personal performance

Jun 17, 2014

Kagawa laments poor personal performance

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Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa admitted he had trouble sleeping on Saturday night and he was his own biggest critic after a sub-par performance in Japan’s 2-1 defeat to Cote d’Ivoire in their opening game of the World Cup finals. “I lost a battle ...

Schumacher leaves French hospital, out of coma

Jun 17, 2014

Schumacher leaves French hospital, out of coma

Formula One great Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left a French hospital where he had been receiving treatment since a skiing accident in December, his manager said Monday. Schumacher left the hospital in Grenoble “to continue his long phase ...

Spurs beat Heat in Game 5 to claim NBA title

Jun 17, 2014

Spurs beat Heat in Game 5 to claim NBA title

From their low moment in the NBA Finals, back to the top of the league. The San Antonio Spurs turned the rematch with the Miami Heat into no match at all. The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday ...

Illness forces Dice-K to leave after one inning

Jun 17, 2014

Illness forces Dice-K to leave after one inning

New York Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka started against the San Diego Padres on Sunday but left in the first inning after falling ill with an upset stomach. Matsuzaka, who was suffering from bouts of nausea before the game, walked two batters but got Chase ...

Messi has strong finish to help lift Argentina

Jun 17, 2014

Messi has strong finish to help lift Argentina

It took Lionel Messi just over an hour in Argentina’s World Cup opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina to show why so many fans consider him the best in the world. After a frustrating first half, the Argentina captain scored in trademark style in the 65th minute ...

Switzerland comes from behind to beat Ecuador

Jun 17, 2014

Switzerland comes from behind to beat Ecuador

A goal deep in stoppage-time by Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ecuador in their Group E opener at the World Cup on Sunday. A low-quality match looked destined to end in a draw until substitute Seferovic fired home the winner ...