U.S. sees Russian hand in envoy's bugged call

Feb 7, 2014

U.S. sees Russian hand in envoy's bugged call

Two senior American diplomats, thinking their conversation about the Ukraine was secure and private, were caught disparaging the European Union in a phone call that was apparently bugged, and U.S. officials say they strongly suspect Russia of leaking the conversation. The suspicions were aired ...

Vatican under global scrutiny after U.N. sex abuse report

Feb 6, 2014

Vatican under global scrutiny after U.N. sex abuse report

The U.N.’s damning report on the Vatican’s handling of child sex abuse cases has turned up the pressure on the church to convince a skeptical international community it has adopted a zero-tolerance approach. “The Vatican has taken some steps forward, but they have been ...

Feb 3, 2014

JR Hokkaido plans record safety investment in FY 2014

Scandal-hit Hokkaido Railway Co. plans to spend ¥25 billion to improve the safety of its railway services in fiscal 2014, which starts in April, up about 30 percent from fiscal 2013, sources said. The amount is the largest since JR Hokkaido was established in ...

U.S. nuclear scandal blamed on stress, fear

Jan 31, 2014

U.S. nuclear scandal blamed on stress, fear

Top U.S. Air Force officials have blamed a persistent culture of “undue stress and fear” for leading 92 out of 550 members of the military’s nuclear missile corps to cheat on a monthly proficiency test, feeling pressured to get perfect scores in order to ...

Netanyahu son's love life sparks uproar

| Jan 30, 2014

Netanyahu son's love life sparks uproar

The love life of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son is setting off sparks in Israeli politics. News that 23-year-old Yair Netanyahu is dating a statuesque non-Jewish Norwegian university student was not only a juicy item for the gossip pages. It also unleashed an uproar ...

Turkey initiates new mass purge of police and judiciary

Jan 23, 2014

Turkey initiates new mass purge of police and judiciary

Turkey launched a new mass purge of the police and judiciary on Wednesday, as parliament debated controversial legal reforms that have heightened the crisis engulfing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Around 470 police were sacked or reassigned in the capital Ankara, and another dozen ...

Autopsy reveals 'unnatural' death of Indian minister's wife

Jan 19, 2014

Autopsy reveals 'unnatural' death of Indian minister's wife

The wife of Indian Junior Foreign Minister Shashi Tharoor — found dead in a luxury hotel after accusing her husband of being unfaithful — suffered an “unnatural, sudden death,” a doctor who performed an autopsy on her body said Saturday. “More tests” are needed ...

Footage depicts fate of S.F. plane crash victim left to die

Jan 16, 2014

Footage depicts fate of S.F. plane crash victim left to die

Video from a firefighter’s helmet camera following the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco reveals that rescuers were aware there was someone on the ground outside the plane, before she was fatally run over by a fire truck. On Tuesday ...

Novartis drug's data-tampering reflects unchecked collusion

| Jan 13, 2014

Novartis drug's data-tampering reflects unchecked collusion

by Tomoko Otake

Last week, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors against Novartis Pharma K.K., the Japanese subsidiary of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, alleging the firm made exaggerated advertising claims for its blockbuster blood pressure drug Diovan. The ministry alleges the ...

U.S. withdraws diplomat in tit-for-tat case with India

Jan 11, 2014

U.S. withdraws diplomat in tit-for-tat case with India

The United States said it was withdrawing a diplomat from India in hopes it would end a bitter dispute that started with the arrest and strip search of an Indian diplomat in New York. Washington’s announcement Friday that it was complying with a demand ...