Dec 16, 2014

'Yasukuni' director says 2007 film timelier than ever

With Angelina Jolie’s film “Unbroken” about Japan’s brutal treatment of prisoners during World War II being released this month, Chinese filmmaker Li Ying figures his 2007 anti-militarist documentary “Yasukuni” has only gained in relevance. The film, which had its British premiere last week, focuses ...

Miss South Africa crowned Miss World before billion viewers

Dec 15, 2014

Miss South Africa crowned Miss World before billion viewers

Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant’s final in London on Sunday, with an estimated billion viewers watching on television around the globe. Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was the runner-up and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came ...

Thousands protest at U.S. Embassy in London over Ferguson case

Nov 27, 2014

Thousands protest at U.S. Embassy in London over Ferguson case

Thousands protested in London on Wednesday in sympathy with demonstrations across the U.S. over the killing of a black teenager by a white police officer. The decision not to prosecute the officer for shooting dead unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked anger ...

Students protest education costs in London

Nov 20, 2014

Students protest education costs in London

Police and protesters clashed as several thousand students took to the streets of central London on Wednesday to rally against tuition fees, education cuts and student debt. Riot police tried to push back protesters who stormed the Conservative Party headquarters and tore down metal ...

Final poppy planted to remember British Great War dead

Nov 12, 2014

Final poppy planted to remember British Great War dead

A teenage army cadet on Tuesday planted the last of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, representing every U.K. forces World War I fatality, as Britain marked Armistice Day. A century on from the start of the 1914-1918 Great War, people around ...

Oct 30, 2014

Masuzoe tours London's former Olympic venues

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe has visited facilities in London which the city used to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. At the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Tuesday, Masuzoe inspected East Village, which housed athletes and is now a housing complex. He also ...

Push for NFL team in London grows

Oct 23, 2014

Push for NFL team in London grows

The British government wants an NFL team based in London. George Osborne, the British treasury chief, told the Evening Standard newspaper on Wednesday that the government will do whatever it can “to make this happen.” The NFL has been playing regular-season games at Wembley ...

Oct 23, 2014

WHO: Ebola responsible for 4,877 deaths

Ebola is now believed to have killed 4,877 people globally and the spread of the lethal virus remains “persistent and widespread” in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. In a new update, WHO also said there have been 9,936 probable, suspected and ...

Oct 17, 2014

Art show on Fukushima food safety causes stir

by William Hollingworth

A controversial performance artist whose work explores the safety of food from Fukushima Prefecture is attracting media interest at one of London’s most prestigious contemporary art shows. New York-based Ei Arakawa is offering free soup to visitors at the Frieze Art Fair made from ...

Tokyo stays fourth in global city ranking

Oct 9, 2014

Tokyo stays fourth in global city ranking

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo remained fourth out of 40 major cities in an annual global city ranking released Thursday, trailing London, New York and Paris. The latest Global Power City Index, compiled annually by the Institute for Urban Strategies at the Mori Memorial Foundation since 2008, assesses ...