Dec 16, 2014

Rogen defends lampooning of Kim in movie

Actor-director Seth Rogen defended the choice to parody North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in raunchy comedy “The Interview,” the movie that sparked a real-life threat from the country and has been suspected as the possible cause of a damaging cyber attack on Sony Pictures ...

Sales of macadamaias soar in South Korea after 'nut rage'

Dec 15, 2014

Sales of macadamaias soar in South Korea after 'nut rage'

South Korean online retailers say demand for macadamia nuts has skyrocketed after a Korean Air Lines executive delayed a plane over an incident now dubbed “nut rage.” Auction, a South Korean unit of eBay, said Monday that sales of macadamias surged nearly 1,200 percent ...

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

Dec 13, 2014

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terrorism detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved. Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to last ...

Chrysler expands air bag recall by about 179,000 vehicles

Dec 13, 2014

Chrysler expands air bag recall by about 179,000 vehicles

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force. The latest expansion covers the Ram pickup from the 2003 to 2005 model years, as well ...

U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

Dec 11, 2014

U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

This week’s revelations about the CIA’s harsh treatment of terrorism suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks have been met with a collective shrug in most parts of the Middle East, where they merely reinforced a long-held view of American brutality — ...

South Korean wealthy no longer above law

Dec 11, 2014

South Korean wealthy no longer above law

The uproar that forced a Korean Air Lines executive to resign after delaying a flight because she was unhappy with the way nuts were served points to growing intolerance of corporate bad behavior in a country dominated by family conglomerates. Public frustration has long ...

Dec 9, 2014

Sankei admits own reporting shortcomings in covering Asahi scandal

The conservative daily Sankei Shimbun admitted Tuesday that its article published Saturday on the chaos in top management at the rival Asahi Shimbun following its misreporting scandals actually involved reportage shortcomings of its own. On its Tuesday morning issue, the Sankei carried a retraction ...

Rolling Stone backs off campus gang rape story

Dec 6, 2014

Rolling Stone backs off campus gang rape story

Rolling Stone is casting doubt on the account it published of a young woman who says she was gang-raped at a fraternity party at the University of Virginia, a widely discussed article that put a spotlight on the issue of sexual assault on college ...