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How dogs became man's best friend — twice over

World / Science & Health Jun 3, 2016

How dogs became man's best friend — twice over

Ancient humans made dogs their best friend not once but twice, by domesticating two separate populations of wolves far apart in Europe and Asia. Scientists on Thursday said present-day genomes reveal a deep internal split between dogs from opposite ends of the Eurasian continent. At one ...

Study reveals harm to fish from tiny bit of plastic pollution

World / Science & Health Jun 3, 2016

Study reveals harm to fish from tiny bit of plastic pollution

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time the devastating physiological and behavioral effects on fish exposed to the tiny bits of plastic pollution clogging the world's oceans. Lab experiments with European perch larvae showed exposure to microplastic particles at levels present in seas inhibited hatching ...

Peru to vote on returning a Fujimori to presidential palace

World / Politics Jun 3, 2016

Peru to vote on returning a Fujimori to presidential palace

Less than a decade after Peru imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori, voters will decide on Sunday whether to put his 41-year-old daughter back in the presidential palace, where she once served as his first lady. Keiko Fujimori has a slight lead over her rival, Pedro ...

Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence

Business / Tech Jun 3, 2016

Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant "neural laces" in their brains to keep up, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of tech leaders this week. While Musk's description of ...

National / Politics Jun 3, 2016

Abe, visiting Cuban Veep agree to boost economic, other ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez agreed Thursday to strengthen economic and other relations between Japan and Cuba, Japanese officials said. In a meeting at his office, Abe said Tokyo wants to further enhance ties with Havana based on ...

Two dead, thousands evacuated in France flood emergency

World Jun 3, 2016

Two dead, thousands evacuated in France flood emergency

Torrential rain forced thousands of people from their homes south of Paris while the River Seine surged to its highest level for over 30 years in the French capital, shutting down the famed Louvre and Orsay museums and a metro line. In Evry-Gregy-sur-Yerre, south of ...

Mitsume's long days on the road pay off

Music Jun 3, 2016

Mitsume's long days on the road pay off

by Patrick St. Michel

Over the past decade, a go-to method for older rock bands to drum up excitement for a tour is the promise of playing a classic album in its entirety. It's a win-win proposition: Fans get to feel nostalgic while the artists themselves can coast ...

Japan's Kagawa, Yoshida notch braces in rout of Bulgaria

Soccer Jun 3, 2016

Japan's Kagawa, Yoshida notch braces in rout of Bulgaria

Japan erupted for four first-half goals including a brace by Shinji Kagawa to slaughter Bulgaria 7-2 in the Kirin Cup on Friday. Japan’s other Shinji, Okazaki of Leicester City, needed only four minutes to open the scoring and move within one of 50 goals for ...

Bosnia-Herzegovina edges Denmark on penalties in Kirin Cup

Soccer Jun 3, 2016

Bosnia-Herzegovina edges Denmark on penalties in Kirin Cup

Ten-man Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Denmark 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in 90 minutes in a Kirin Cup match on Friday. Captain Haris Medunjanin converted the winning penalty for Bosnia, which was driven by a Milan Duric double and will play the Japan-Bulgaria winner on ...

Japan misses out on spot in Rio

More Sports / Volleyball Jun 3, 2016

Japan misses out on spot in Rio

Poland became the first team to secure one of the Rio 2016 men's volleyball places on offer at the Olympic qualification tournament in Tokyo on Thursday, while an Iran win and a Japan loss saw the home team wave goodbye to Brazil. Japan's disappointing run ...

Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi becomes tourism ambassador for Egypt

Sumo Jun 3, 2016

Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi becomes tourism ambassador for Egypt

Egypt's Osunaarashi, the first sumo wrestler from Africa to turn pro in Japan, became a tourism ambassador for his native country on Thursday, in a campaign to encourage Japanese to visit a destination avoided by many travelers following political upheaval. "I want to contribute in ...