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Beijing court hears gay 'conversion' case

Aug 02, 2014

Beijing court hears gay 'conversion' case

A Beijing court Thursday heard a landmark case on “gay conversion” treatment, while outside the courtroom an activist in a nurse’s uniform knelt over a patient, wielding a giant needle. “Homosexuality doesn’t need to be cured!” chanted supporters. “Haidian Court, oppose conversion therapy!” Homosexuality ...

In China, Sino-Japanese War still stings 120 years later

Aug 02, 2014

In China, Sino-Japanese War still stings 120 years later

When China and Japan first went to war 120 years ago this Friday, Beijing suffered a “national humiliation” that resonates to this day as tensions between the Asian rivals intensify again. Unlike most defeated nations, China marks the anniversaries of its losses with fervor, ...

Sharp sales edge up 1.9% in first quarter

Aug 02, 2014

Sharp sales edge up 1.9% in first quarter

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Sharp Corp. said Friday that sales and operating profit in the first quarter rose from the same period a year ago, thanks to continued streamlining and steady sales of LCD-related products that contributed toward its recovery. But due to special costs, including ¥14.3 billion ...

Benesse cancels earnings forecast

Aug 02, 2014

Benesse cancels earnings forecast

Benesse Holdings Inc. has withdrawn its earnings forecast for the year because it can’t determine how the theft of its customer data will impact its correspondence education subsidiary. The company said Thursday it booked ¥26 billion as a special loss for the April-June quarter ...

Skymark fears doom over Airbus A380 cancellation penalty

Aug 02, 2014

Skymark fears doom over Airbus A380 cancellation penalty

Skymark Airlines Inc., Japan’s third-largest carrier, said it’s at risk of going out of business should it have to pay Airbus Group NV a penalty after the planned purchase of six A380 superjumbos fell through. There is “material uncertainty” over whether the company will ...

Powerful Taiwan gas explosions kill 24, injure 271

Aug 02, 2014

Powerful Taiwan gas explosions kill 24, injure 271

At least 24 people were killed and 271 others injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan’s second-largest city overnight, hurling concrete through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday. The series of explosions about midnight Thursday and ...

Aug 02, 2014

Setting a living wage

The ¥16 hike in Japan's average minimum hourly wage to ¥780, which an advisory panel has recommended to the labor minister, fails to offset the rising costs of living and hardly strengthens the safety net for the growing ranks of irregular workers.

Aug 02, 2014

Deadly geopolitical games

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The destabilization of Ukraine, Syria and Libya is a result of the geopolitical games that big powers continue to play when they target specific regimes. This destabilization in turn contributes to the rise of dangerous extremists and terrorists.

Aug 02, 2014

Tiny progress in interrogations

The National Police Agency says its investigators electronically recorded the entire interrogation process in nearly 1 percent of the cases set for lay judge trials in fiscal 2013. For critics of past investigative abuses that led to the filing of false charges, this is ...

Aug 02, 2014

Christian Arabs forced to flee

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There were still about 60,000 Christians in Mosul when the U.S. and its sidekicks invaded Iraq 11 years ago. Only two months after the arrival of ISIS extremists, there are none. How did these and other Christian Arabs lose their place in the Arab ...

Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

Aug 02, 2014

Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones (HGH) so that he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien thought the drug would improve his fastball. The three 18-year-olds from suburban ...

Ravens running back Rice says actions 'totally inexcusable'

Aug 02, 2014

Ravens running back Rice says actions 'totally inexcusable'

Ray Rice stepped to the microphone, took a deep breath and spoke for 17 minutes about what he called “the biggest mistake of his life.” His arrest for domestic violence against his then-fiancee last February is something Rice figures will haunt him long after ...

Tiger steady in first round

Aug 02, 2014

Tiger steady in first round

Tiger Woods made six birdies to account for his mistakes and opened with a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday, still four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, who shot 64 on a perfect day for scoring at Firestone. Woods opened with ...

Aug 02, 2014

JFA looking into changing schedule

The Japan Football Association said Thursday it hopes to drastically revise the J. League and Emperor’s Cup schedule in an effort to strengthen the national team after Japan crashed out in the first round at the World Cup finals in Brazil. JFA technical director ...

Nishikori outlasts Lacko, faces Gasquet in quarters

Aug 02, 2014

Nishikori outlasts Lacko, faces Gasquet in quarters

Kei Nishikori battled through a second challenging three-set test Thursday to reach the Citi Open quarterfinals where he’ll face an opponent he has never beaten, Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Nishikori, the fourth seed, outlasted Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in the third round while ...

Tigers land ace hurler Price

Aug 02, 2014

Tigers land ace hurler Price

When David Price was finally traded, it was to an unexpected bidder. The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal Thursday. The Rays received left-hander Drew Smyly and minor league ...

Johnson taking leave of absence from golf

Aug 02, 2014

Johnson taking leave of absence from golf

Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for “personal challenges,” a swift end to his season that will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup. In a statement Thursday from ...

Amos beats Rudisha to gold at Commonwealth Games

Aug 02, 2014

Amos beats Rudisha to gold at Commonwealth Games

Nijel Amos of Botswana turned the tables on Olympic champion David Rudisha to win the 800-meter gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on a cool, rainy Thursday night at Hampden Park. Amos, who finished second to Rudisha at the 2012 London Games, cut outside ...

Manziel taking lumps in first camp

Aug 02, 2014

Manziel taking lumps in first camp

Johnny Manziel has quickly learned his college days — on the field anyway — are over. Less than a week into his first NFL training camp with the Browns, Manziel is going through the typical growing pains of any rookie quarterback. He’s doing all ...