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| Jun 30, 2014

Nikkei draws a lift from buybacks

Tokyo stocks logged modest gains Monday, aided by buybacks on solid performances by Asian bourses. The Nikkei 225 average ended up 67.10 points at 15,162.10. On Friday, the key market gauge surrendered 213.49 points. The Topix climbed 9.41 points to close at 1,262.56 after ...

Output rises 0.8% in tax hike rebound

Jun 30, 2014

Output rises 0.8% in tax hike rebound

Industrial output recovered slightly in May from an earlier decline sparked by April’s sales tax hike, stabilizing as factories produced more machinery, vehicles and electronic devices, government data showed Monday. Factory output in the world’s third-largest economy climbed 0.8 percent in May from a ...

Japan, U.S. resume bilateral TPP talks before Ottawa meeting

Jun 30, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume bilateral TPP talks before Ottawa meeting

Talks with the United States aimed at narrowing remaining differences over a Pacific free trade pact resumed Monday in Tokyo. Officials from all 12 negotiating members are gathering in Canada later this week. The two biggest economies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership framework will discuss ...

Jun 30, 2014

World Bank's Kim optimistic about Abe's 'third arrow'

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has voiced optimism about Japan’s revamped growth strategy, the “third arrow” in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s three-pillar economic policy package called “Abenomics.” Abe’s commitment to tackling “rock hard regulations” related to employment, agriculture and health care is a ...

Jun 30, 2014

1.5 million join Communist Party

China’s ruling Communist Party, already the largest in the world, gained 1.56 million members last year, according to figures released Monday. The party had 86.7 million members at the end of 2013, its organization department said in a statement — more than the entire ...

Jun 30, 2014

North ousts chief of ties with South

A North Korean official handling ties with South Korea appears to have been removed, mainly due to health problems, a Seoul daily reported Monday. Kim Yang Gon, director of the United Front Department, has left his job, Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a source who ...

Jun 30, 2014

30 migrants die on Italy-bound boat

The Italian Navy said some 30 people have died inside a packed smugglers’ boat making its way to Italy. RAI state radio said the navy’s Grecale frigate rescued nearly 600 people from the fishing boat in the Canal of Sicily late Sunday. A navy ...

After riots, Le Pen seeks end to dual nationality

Jun 30, 2014

After riots, Le Pen seeks end to dual nationality

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Sunday that dual nationality should be revoked following riots after Algeria’s last World Cup match, which she claimed showed the “failure” of French immigration policy. Celebrations after Algeria’s historic qualification for the second round of the football ...

U.S. voters rarely boot lawmakers

Jun 30, 2014

U.S. voters rarely boot lawmakers

The U.S. Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the ultraconservative tea party movement is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are nervous about the upcoming November elections, right? No. Mostly they are not. People ...

Female arm-wrestlers fight hand in hand, tongue in cheek

Jun 30, 2014

Female arm-wrestlers fight hand in hand, tongue in cheek

Signature bottle of bourbon in one hand, “Amy Smackhouse” uses the other to slam down her opponent’s arm, her latest victory in a Washington women’s arm-wrestling tournament. The light-hearted event aims to raise money for charity, but there is a competitive edge of sorts. ...

Israel endorses Kurdish state, citing chaos in Iraq

Jun 30, 2014

Israel endorses Kurdish state, citing chaos in Iraq

Seizing on the mayhem in Iraq, Israel’s prime minister on Sunday called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region. He also said Israel would have to maintain a long-term military presence in ...

Jun 30, 2014

Pakistan girl dies after suitor sets her on fire

A teenage girl died in Pakistan after being doused in gasoline and set alight by a man who wanted to marry her but whose proposal had been rejected, police said Sunday. It was the second brutal killing in Pakistan’s Punjab province within days, following ...

World Cup exposes divide

Jun 30, 2014

World Cup exposes divide

A survey published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and not from Brazil’s poor. This is striking in ...

Ortiz helps Red Sox top Yankees

Jun 30, 2014

Ortiz helps Red Sox top Yankees

Playing in prime time on national television against an AL East rival, the big names in the middle of Boston’s lineup delivered. David Ortiz hit his 450th homer, a colossal three-run drive, and Dustin Pedroia had three RBIs during his second consecutive three-hit game ...