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Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

by Edan Corkill

Long-term Japan resident, writer and critic Donald Richie, who through dozens of books and articles published from the late 1940s until the last decade helped introduce Japanese film and culture to the world, passed away in Tokyo on Tuesday, according to his long-term editor, Leza Lowitz. He was 88. Richie, ...

Aug 15, 2013

Nigeria troops kill senior militant

Nigeria’s military said Wednesday it had killed the second-in-command of the Islamist group Boko Haram while repelling an insurgent attack earlier this month. A military statement said there had been a bounty of 25 million naira ($156,000) on the head of Momodu Bama, who ...

Aug 15, 2013

China in a pickle over migration

Tracking the flows of China’s 263 million migrant workers is a huge challenge, but officials have found the answer in packs of pickled root vegetables. Zhacai, made from parts of a mustard plant variety, is a cheap and popular dish among Chinese migrant workers. ...

Jul 18, 2013

In-laws castrate man for Druze marriage

The irate family of a Lebanese Druze woman who married a Sunni man attacked her new husband by cutting off his penis and pulling out his teeth, local media reported Wednesday. Mass circulation An Nahar said Rabih, 39, and Roudaina, 20, met on Facebook ...

Jul 18, 2013

U.K. exports arms to rights violators

Britain has issued export licenses worth £12 billion ($18 billion) for the sale of military equipment to states deemed potential rights violators, including Syria, Iran and China, lawmakers said Wednesday. A report by a group of parliamentary committees said that 3,000 licences for arms ...