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Israeli troops uncover Gaza tunnels as death toll reaches 325

Jul 20, 2014

Israeli troops uncover Gaza tunnels as death toll reaches 325

Israeli troops uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and battled Gaza militants on the second day of an open-ended ground operation Saturday as the Palestinian death toll climbed to 325 and diplomats scrambled to revive cease-fire efforts. The Israeli military said it had ...

MH17 disaster wipes out entire Malaysian family of six

Jul 20, 2014

MH17 disaster wipes out entire Malaysian family of six

An entire family of six that had been returning home after three years living abroad was among the 44 Malaysians killed in the Flight MH17 disaster, media reports said Saturday. Tambi Jiee, 49, and his wife, Ariza Ghazalee, 46, perished along with their four ...

1 in 5 of Gaza dead are children

Jul 20, 2014

1 in 5 of Gaza dead are children

Sobbing and shaking, Ismail Abu Musallam leaned against the wall of a hospital Friday, waiting for three of his children to be prepared for burial. They were killed as they slept when an Israeli tank shell hit their home, burying 11-year-old Ahmed, 14-year-old Walaa ...

Narita airport to open first capsule hotel

Jul 20, 2014

Narita airport to open first capsule hotel

A capsule hotel catering to those who take early morning flights is scheduled to open Sunday in a parking garage adjacent to Narita International Airport’s Terminal 2. The hotel, called nine hours, offers overnight stays starting from ¥3,900 in sleeping pods about a meter ...

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

Jul 20, 2014

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

The Obama administration is reopening the U.S. Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation ...

Jul 20, 2014

Ingrained ideas on gender roles

A recent poll of men and women 20 to 40 years old by a Japanese research institute finds that a surprising 40 percent of the respondents believe husbands should work full time while wives stay at home — despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push ...

Jul 20, 2014

A better goal for Japan's economy

The chief economist for the OECD, Rintaro Tamaki, observes that the aim of Japanese economic policy is still mainly about strengthening growth, while European policy focuses on reducing inequality. Apparently you can't have both.

Rediscovering lost Tokyo

Jul 20, 2014

Rediscovering lost Tokyo

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People who have lived in the capital for more than a few years generally claim to know Tokyo pretty well. We discover a forgotten side to the city that suggests they may not know it quite as well as they think.

Umami: the taste we love but can't describe

Jul 20, 2014

Umami: the taste we love but can't describe

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The word “umami” is, in many ways, literally a mouthful. First coined in 1909 by Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda, the term translates roughly as “deliciousness.” With its satisfying, round consonants and open vowel sounds, the word approaches onomatopoeia — a phonetic approximation of the ...

Reds resume winning ways as J. League returns from break

Jul 20, 2014

Reds resume winning ways as J. League returns from break

Urawa Reds scraped a 1-0 win over visiting Albirex Niigata as top-flight action in the J. League resumed in full on Saturday after a two-month break for the World Cup finals in Brazil. Topping the table heading into the summer recess, Reds were the ...

Otani fireballs lead PL past CL in All-Star Game 2

Jul 20, 2014

Otani fireballs lead PL past CL in All-Star Game 2

Shohei Otani ratcheted up the radar gun from the mound and earned the victory on Saturday as the Pacific League All-Stars beat their Central League counterparts 12-6 to earn a split of this summer’s All-Star Series. Otani, of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, got ...

New sports center symbol of Haiti's recovery

| Jul 20, 2014

New sports center symbol of Haiti's recovery

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Haiti’s recovery from the 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation is a slow, difficult process. But part of that recovery involves sports and Olympic-related opportunities. And the IOC has made a commitment to work with Haitian leaders and the international community to help ...

Upstart Osunaarashi stumbles in Nagoya

Jul 20, 2014

Upstart Osunaarashi stumbles in Nagoya

High-flying maegashira Osunaarashi was brought to earth by sekiwake Goeido on Saturday, suffering his third defeat at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Yokozuna Hakuho, who is seeking his 30th career championship, had the easiest of victories to run his record to 7-0 after seven ...

Jul 20, 2014

Mourinho aims barb at Arsenal

Jose Mourinho has taunted Arsenal by claiming he needed just 20 minutes to persuade Cesc Fabregas to join Chelsea because the former Gunners midfielder didn’t want to return to his old club. Mourinho signed Fabregas from Barcelona for £27 million ($46 million) earlier in ...

Darvish ends Texas' slide

Jul 20, 2014

Darvish ends Texas' slide

Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish came to the rescue to help snap his team’s eight-game losing streak, matching his season high with 12 strikeouts en route to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Darvish (9-5) allowed one run and ...

Gatlin cruises in 200

Jul 20, 2014

Gatlin cruises in 200

American sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie set the fastest times this year in the 200 and 100 meters respectively at the Herculis meet on Friday. Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion in the 100, came out of the bend with the lead and pulled ...