Major offensive under way in Iraq to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Mar 2, 2015

Major offensive under way in Iraq to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadist positions in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group’s main strongholds. “Security forces are advancing on three main fronts towards Tikrit, Ad-Dawr ...

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Japan coach Aguirre fired over match-fixing

Japan manager Javier Aguirre was sacked by the Japan Football Association on Feb. 3 for his alleged involvement in a developing match-fixing scandal in Spain, with President Kuniya Daini saying that the timing was now or never ahead of the fast-approaching World Cup qualifiers.

Poetry by Fukushima residents to be released on CD

Mar 2, 2015

Poetry by Fukushima residents to be released on CD

An album of poetry composed by people affected by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster will be released March 11, the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the crisis. Veteran actress Sayuri Yoshinaga, 69, who has made reciting atomic bomb poetry ...

Hong Kong lawmakers arrested over pro-democracy protests

Mar 2, 2015

Hong Kong lawmakers arrested over pro-democracy protests

Hong Kong prodemocracy lawmakers were arrested and then released Monday over their involvement in mass protests for free elections, the latest step in a widespread investigation that has been accused of seeking to intimidate activists. Police have vowed to investigate the “principal instigators” of ...

Completion of Joban Expressway stirs Tohoku reconstruction hopes

Mar 2, 2015

Completion of Joban Expressway stirs Tohoku reconstruction hopes

The last section of the Joban Expressway finally opened to traffic Sunday after delays caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost four years ago. The 300.4-km-long highway, which runs along the Pacific coast, now links the Tokyo metropolitan area with Tohoku and is expected ...

Indonesia's Jokowi may visit Japan soon

Mar 2, 2015

Indonesia's Jokowi may visit Japan soon

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, may visit Japan as part of a trip that will also take him to Singapore and China, senior Indonesian officials and a diplomatic source said over the weekend. No final decision has been made, but it ...

Boston bombing jury faces one major question: another death?

Mar 2, 2015

Boston bombing jury faces one major question: another death?

From the moment U.S. prosecutors stand up on Wednesday and begin their case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, their minds and those of their defense counterparts will be focused on just one thing: The death penalty. Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing ...