Islamic State builds an 'air force' out of truck bombs

| May 30, 2015

Islamic State builds an 'air force' out of truck bombs

The Islamic State group’s monstrous truck bombs — easy to make, hard to stop and capable of destroying a city block — are reshaping the battlefield. The jihadis used about 30 explosives-rigged vehicles in the Iraqi city of Ramadi this month, blasting their way ...

Giants Sharp, Toshiba face dire prospects

| May 25, 2015

Giants Sharp, Toshiba face dire prospects

by Tomoyuki Tachikawa

Several electronics makers have regained profitability largely thanks to restructuring measures and the weakening of the yen, but Sharp Corp. and Toshiba Corp. are unlikely to catch up with their domestic rivals soon. Struggling Sharp’s latest rehabilitation plan got a cold reception from the ...

Boston bomber: an American dream gone awry

| May 16, 2015

Boston bomber: an American dream gone awry

AFP-JIJI Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death on Friday, appeared to be on course for a normal American life before he launched his attack on crowds watching a marathon. Calling himself Jahar, he appeared to be an undisciplined but well-adjusted university ...

| May 15, 2015

Asia eyes Japan defense option

by May Masangkay

Since Japan has taken a major step toward defending other countries, nations in Southeast Asia are paying attention to the move as a potential way to rein in China’s recent muscle-flexing. However, there are limits to what Japan’s troops can do in Asia, experts ...