In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hunger

As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious corn wrapped in a brightly colored cloth and balanced on her head. Because of drought in Malawi and across southern Africa the grain has doubled in price in the space of a year, and now ...

Social media wrap-up: The day Taco Bell returned to Japan

Apr 22, 2015

Social media wrap-up: The day Taco Bell returned to Japan

After Taco Bell's brief presence in Japan in the 1980s, the U.S.-based chain exited the market (with the exception of outlets on U.S. military bases). To the delight of fans of fast-food Tex Mex, it was announced in February 2015 that Taco Bell would ...

Obama: No nation gets 'free pass' on climate change

Sep 24, 2014

Obama: No nation gets 'free pass' on climate change

In a forceful appeal for international cooperation on limiting carbon pollution, President Barack Obama warned starkly on Tuesday that the globe’s climate is changing faster than efforts to address it. “Nobody gets a pass,” he declared. “We have to raise our collective ambition.” Speaking ...

Oct 10, 2013

Kenyans walk free after brutal rape

Kenyans are demanding justice after three men accused of brutally gang-raping a school girl and dumping her body in a pit latrine were ordered to cut grass as punishment. The 16-year-old girl was reportedly attacked, beaten and then raped by six men as she ...

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 ...

Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

Feb 20, 2013

Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

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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, ...

Kyoto-style items make waves in Tokyo

| Nov 30, 2012

Kyoto-style items make waves in Tokyo

Kyoto-based Japanese fan maker Maisendo opened its new Tokyo shop, Sakira Maisendo, at Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs last April, featuring selected Japanese products from Kyoto and other areas of western Japan. “Sakira” means “future” in the Kyoto dialect and the new shop offers stylish, innovative ...