May 3, 2014

Test problems here and abroad

Recent news that two of the most popular English-language proficiency tests in Japan, TOEIC and TOEFL, can no longer be accepted for obtaining visas to Britain may have come as a shock to students, parents and test administrators.

U.S. sub records stunning images of WWII shipwrecks

Apr 23, 2014

U.S. sub records stunning images of WWII shipwrecks

An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster’s 70th anniversary. Bourne, Massachusetts-based Hydroid ...

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

Apr 15, 2014

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

by William Hollingworth

Aging throws up many challenges, but the problems can often be compounded if you choose to spend your final years thousands of miles away from your home country. This is the situation faced by a growing number of Japanese — often women who have ...

Feb 18, 2014

Man arrested in murder of British family in French Alps

French police on Tuesday arrested a 48-year-old man as part of their investigation into the 2012 murders of a British-Iraqi family and a cyclist in the Alps, the local prosecutor said. Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud said the man, from the Haute-Savoie region, was placed ...

NATO combat dog 'in Afghan Taliban custody'

Feb 7, 2014

NATO combat dog 'in Afghan Taliban custody'

The Taliban said Friday they have captured a military dog belonging to NATO forces in Afghanistan, releasing a video of the canine in a high-tech harness. Insurgent spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said Friday that the dog was captured during a battle about a month ago ...

Feb 7, 2014

U.K. deploys marines after worst floods in 250 years

Britain deployed Royal Marines on Thursday to help with devastating floods after what officials said was likely the worst winter rainfall in 250 years. Around 40 marines were helping reinforce flood defenses near Taunton in Somerset, southwest England, parts of which have been under ...

Feb 7, 2014

U.K. hospitals to report female genital damage

British hospitals will be required for the first time to record patients who have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM), the government announced Thursday. The Department of Health estimates that 66,000 women in England and Wales are living with the consequences of FGM, ...

Feb 4, 2014

British envoy warns against Asia instability

British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens has warned against moves that damage stability in Asia, apparently concerned about tensions between Japan and neighboring nations such as China. The British government “would be worried by actions which heightened regional instability,” Hitchens said in a conference ...