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May 31, 2014

Pyongyang abduction post eyed

Japan could station diplomats and police in North Korea following Pyongyang's vow to reinvestigate the whereabouts of Japanese abductees.

Thai forces fan out to stifle unrest in capital

/ May 31, 2014

Thai forces fan out to stifle unrest in capital

Thai police and soldiers flooded downtown Bangkok on Saturday to pre-empt further protests against a May 22 coup after the army chief said a return to democracy would take more than a year. In a televised address late on Friday, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said the ...

A spring hike in the American Southwest

May 31, 2014

A spring hike in the American Southwest

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"Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!" I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. With not a soul in sight among the ...

Modern cat tale echoes former feline fiction

/ May 31, 2014

Modern cat tale echoes former feline fiction

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That the Japanese are great cat-lovers should come as no surprise: a taste for the elegant, the mysterious and the quirky leads in a feline direction, after all. There are paintings of cats from the classical period of the imperial court and prints from ...

Safarova ousts 2008 French Open champ Ivanovic

/ May 31, 2014

Safarova ousts 2008 French Open champ Ivanovic

Former French Open title holder Ana Ivanovic was knocked out of the third round at Roland Garros as 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova got past fifth seed Petra Kvitova. The 11th-seeded Ivanovic, a former top-ranked player, was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Czech Lucie Safarova on the ...

Attack on Titan Colossal Edition 1

/ May 31, 2014

Attack on Titan Colossal Edition 1

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Kodansha Comics' new "Colossal Edition" of Hajime Isayama's "Attack on Titan" manga certainly lives up to its name. Weighing over 2 kg and containing around 1,000 pages, this beast of a book — which contains the first five volumes of the manga — is ...

Tales of the Ghost Sword

/ May 31, 2014

Tales of the Ghost Sword

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There are so many ghost tales floating around Japan that it's somewhat surprising there's any space left over in bookstores here for actual accounts of the living. In "Tales of the Ghost Sword," horror novelist Hideyuki Kikuchi presents nine bloodcurdling historical stories that depict ...