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Syria claims it has received advanced Russian missiles

May 31, 2013

Syria claims it has received advanced Russian missiles

Syria has received its first shipment of long-range S-300 air defense missiles from Russia, President Bashar al-Assad was quoted as saying Thursday, raising the specter of further Israeli intervention in the two-year conflict. "Syria has received the first shipment of Russian antiaircraft S-300 rockets," he ...

Abductee's son said among defectors

May 31, 2013

Abductee's son said among defectors

The son of a Japanese woman abducted by North Korea in the 1970s was among the group of nine defectors recently sent from Laos back to the reclusive country, a South Korean newspaper reports.

Widow in farmer suicide sues Tepco

/ May 31, 2013

Widow in farmer suicide sues Tepco

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A Filipino woman whose Japanese husband committed suicide after his dairy farming business was decimated by the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster is suing Tokyo Electric Power Co. for about ¥126 million. "Had there not been that nuclear disaster, he would still be alive," Vanessa ...

Africa fair spices up TICAD venue

May 31, 2013

Africa fair spices up TICAD venue

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Garments and baskets woven in bright colors, spicy cuisine and energetic music played on traditional instruments are livening up the vast Pacifico Yokohama convention center in Yokohama. As a side event to the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, African Fair 2013 started Thursday ...

Japan stumbles in loss to Bulgaria

May 31, 2013

Japan stumbles in loss to Bulgaria

Japan lost back-to-back games for the first time under Alberto Zaccheroni as the Asian champion was beaten 2-0 by Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifying tuneup on Thursday evening.

'Stoker'

/ May 31, 2013

'Stoker'

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Meet the Stoker family: wealthy, well-bred and seemingly isolated from the world. Mom Evie (Nicole Kidman) seems to have nothing more to do than weave elegantly around the house with a drink in her hand, looking fabulous. Dad Richard (Dermot Mulroney) is an architect ...

Association formed to pitch 'Lolita fashion' to the world

May 31, 2013

Association formed to pitch 'Lolita fashion' to the world

Aiming to spread Japan's "Lolita fashion" to the world, the Omula Fashion Design College in the city of Fukuoka has established the Japan Lolita Association. The aim is to stimulate interest in the famous fashion subculture through various events, including tea parties. About 30 lovers of ...

'Oblivion'

/ May 31, 2013

'Oblivion'

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I have seen the future and it looks like about half a dozen other sci-fi films poured into a cauldron and left to smelt. Influences are one thing, but "Oblivion" is a bit of a Frankenstein's monster, its plot composed almost entirely of ...

May 31, 2013

Boston suspect's slain friend unarmed

A Chechen man who was fatally shot by an FBI agent a week ago during an interview about one of the Boston bombing suspects was unarmed, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. An air of mystery has surrounded the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, since ...

Photographer still focused on Africa, 30 years on

May 31, 2013

Photographer still focused on Africa, 30 years on

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Tomoaki Nakano, a Japanese freelance photographer based in Nairobi, has been taking photos of Africa for more than three decades and says he won't stop anytime soon. Over the past 30 years, the 54-year-old has visited 46 of the continent's 54 countries and hopes to ...

/ May 31, 2013

Suntory Beverage seeks ¥476 billion in top 2013 IPO

Suntory Holdings Ltd. is poised to raise as much as ¥476 billion by listing shares of its nonalcoholic beverage business in what would be Japan's largest initial public offering this year. The company has set a tentative IPO price of ¥3,800 per share for the ...