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First Ebola victim in Sierra Leone's capital on the run

Jul 26, 2014

First Ebola victim in Sierra Leone's capital on the run

Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident of the capital to contract Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease. Radio stations in Freetown, a city of around ...

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

Jul 26, 2014

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

The following is a rough translation of the text of Supreme Court’s July 18 ruling that found permanent residents ineligible for welfare payments. [FACTS DETERMINED BY THE FUKUOKA HIGH COURT] The old Public Assistance Law (abolished in 1950) stated, in Article 1: “This law ...

Gaza morgue duty growing more onerous

| Jul 26, 2014

Gaza morgue duty growing more onerous

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In the morgue at a small Gaza Strip hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work table. With swift, steady movements, ...

Jul 26, 2014

As humans multiply, bugs decline and conflict spikes

As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 percent, researchers said Thursday. Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small across the planet may ...

U.S. Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

Jul 26, 2014

U.S. Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

A U.S. science advisory report says the Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to America’s nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. That means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storms, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly ...

A very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

| Jul 26, 2014

A very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

Nearly 300 passengers are killed when their plane is shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine. Airlines suspend flights to Israel’s largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm in Taiwan, and yet another disappears in West Africa. Aviation has ...

Islamic State crushes, coerces opposition

Jul 26, 2014

Islamic State crushes, coerces opposition

Using its own version of soft and hard power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado. While conventional states try to win hearts and minds abroad before ...

15 die as U.N. school in Gaza gets caught in cross-fire

Jul 26, 2014

15 die as U.N. school in Gaza gets caught in cross-fire

A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children’s clothing scattered in the courtyard. Palestinian officials blamed Israel ...

Jul 26, 2014

Plug leaks in privacy protection law

The massive theft of customer data from education service provider Benesse Corp. underscores the value of such data for marketing purposes, and the need to close legal loopholes that allow private information to proliferate so easily.

Jul 26, 2014

MH17: condemn but learn

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It is not acceptable to respond to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, and to similar incidents, through the lens of either a friend or a foe. We need credible and prompt international investigations.

Designs on Japan's student potential

Jul 26, 2014

Designs on Japan's student potential

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Shining a light on Japan's student talent pool is Gakuten, a new event from the group responsible for the Design Festa biannual international art fair. There's only one requirement of Gakuten participants — that they be enrolled in an educational institution.

New games to keep you occupied in the summer

| Jul 26, 2014

New games to keep you occupied in the summer

These warriors rule What would you get if you crossed Nintendo’s “Legend of Zelda” with Koei Tecmo’s “Dynasty Warriors”? “Hyrule Warriors” is a hack-and-slash Zelda spin-off by Koei Tecmo’s in-house game studios Omega Force and Team Ninja, both of which are famous for their ...

Jul 26, 2014

Hannover acquires midfielder Kiyotake

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has been acquired by German first-division side Hannover, the Bundesliga club announced Friday. Kiyotake, who represented Japan at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, had been playing for relegated Nuremberg since leaving Cerezo Osaka in the summer of 2012. His ...

Saltalamacchia lifts Marlins to win over Braves

Jul 26, 2014

Saltalamacchia lifts Marlins to win over Braves

Jarrod Saltalamacchia knows most teams don’t get many chances to beat Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 3-2 ...

Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

Jul 26, 2014

Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

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World Cup referee Yuichi Nishimura has shrugged off the controversy that surrounded his decision to award Brazil a penalty in the tournament’s opening game, but admitted that being a referee is no easy task. Nishimura made global headlines for all the wrong reasons following ...

Nibali pedals toward title

Jul 26, 2014

Nibali pedals toward title

Just as his team had hoped, Vincenzo Nibali demonstrated he’s the “boss” of the Tour de France. Just don’t compare him to the last rider to regularly bear that sobriquet at cycling’s greatest race, Lance Armstrong. In a tour de force on Thursday, Nibali ...

Miyazato, Yokomine beat Swedes in opener

Jul 26, 2014

Miyazato, Yokomine beat Swedes in opener

Ai Miyazato and countrywoman Sakura Yokomine led Japan to the top of their pool with a win and tie over Sweden on the opening day of the inaugural International Crown on Thursday. Japan leads Pool B with three points. South Korea and Australia have ...

Title up for grabs after Hakuho handed loss

Jul 26, 2014

Title up for grabs after Hakuho handed loss

Yokozuna Hakuho suffered a stunning defeat on Friday to fall back into a three-way tie for the lead with an 11-2 record at the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho had won his last three bouts against Kisenosato (9-4) and entered with a 35-10 ...

Lin calls time on 'Linsanity '

Jul 26, 2014

Lin calls time on 'Linsanity '

Two years ago, Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA with his explosive play for the New York Knicks but he has no desire to recreate “Linsanity” in his new career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead, the 25-year-old point guard is looking forward to ...

NFL suspends Rice for two games

Jul 26, 2014

NFL suspends Rice for two games

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence. Rice will miss the season opener against the AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on ...

Aoki's walk-off single ends 14-inning game

Jul 26, 2014

Aoki's walk-off single ends 14-inning game

After four hours, 23 minutes and a dozen pitchers combining to throw 397 pitches, Norichika Aoki gave the Kansas City Royals a win. Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Royals to a 2-1 victory over Cleveland after Indians ...