Chadian president vows to 'wipe out' Boko Haram

Mar 5, 2015

Chadian president vows to 'wipe out' Boko Haram

Chadian President Idriss Deby on Wednesday vowed to “wipe out” Boko Haram and called on the group’s chief, Abubakar Shekau, to give himself up, warning that he knew where the militant leader was hiding out. “It is in Abubakar Shekau’s interest to surrender, we ...

Same-sex rulings stop all marriages in parts of Alabama

Mar 5, 2015

Same-sex rulings stop all marriages in parts of Alabama

The state of gay marriage in Alabama was thrown into confusion Wednesday as judges struggled to decide whether to follow the state high court’s ruling banning same-sex weddings or a federal judge’s order to issue licenses to gays and lesbians. The Alabama Supreme Court ...

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants at sea; 10 perish

Mar 5, 2015

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants at sea; 10 perish

In dramatic sea rescues north of Libya, a flotilla of ships saved more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday. Rescue vessels, including from Italy’s coast guard and navy, and three cargo ships saved ...

Over 30 feared dead in east Ukraine mine blast

Mar 5, 2015

Over 30 feared dead in east Ukraine mine blast

At least 17 miners were killed and 16 more were missing and feared dead in eastern Ukraine after a blast on Wednesday at an accident-prone coal mine in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. The early morning blast, believed to be caused by a buildup ...

Mar 5, 2015

Growth in Japan uneven, tied to population size: poll

Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s focus on revitalizing regional economies, growth remains uneven across Japan — with the pace of recovery slow the past year in municipalities with smaller populations, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday. Nearly 80 percent of local leaders who responded ...

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Mar 4, 2015

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Pitching in his first real game in Japan since the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to the mound where he made his name on Wednesday. At 34, Matsuzaka is a far cry from the schoolboy who rose to ...

Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut

Mar 4, 2015

Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut

World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion San Francisco Giants 9-4 Tuesday. Bumgarner gave up four ...

Laos prime minister begins Japan trip

Mar 4, 2015

Laos prime minister begins Japan trip

The prime minister of Laos, Thongsing Thammavong, arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday for a four-day official visit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Japan and expand political and economic ties between the two countries. Thongsing plans to hold an audience with ...