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Pope's comments on modern marriage raise storm of criticism

World / Social Issues Jun 17, 2016

Pope's comments on modern marriage raise storm of criticism

Pope Francis has said the "great majority" of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are invalid because couples do not fully realize it is a lifetime commitment, drawing sharp criticism from Church conservatives. The pope, who has come under fire before for making spontaneous comments about ...

National Jun 17, 2016

Kishida 'concerned' about China's moves around Japan waters

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday expressed concern about "escalating" moves by Chinese navy ships following repeated entries into or near Japanese territorial waters in the past week. On Thursday, the Defense Ministry said a Chinese navy ship sailed into an area near Kitadaito Island ...

Disney faces PR crisis, risk of legal action after gator attack

World Jun 17, 2016

Disney faces PR crisis, risk of legal action after gator attack

June was supposed to have been a triumphant month for Walt Disney Co. theme parks, with the flashy opening of a long-planned resort in Shanghai and a new Florida attraction based on its wildly popular animated movie "Frozen." Instead, the company is facing a public ...

Editorials Jun 17, 2016

The horror in Orlando

Despite some efforts by Democratic lawmakers, if the past is any precedent the massacre in Florida will have no effect on U.S. gun control laws.

Norberto, Hirata help Dragons edge Fighters

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jun 17, 2016

Norberto, Hirata help Dragons edge Fighters

Jordan Norberto blanked the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters over 7⅔ innings and Ryosuke Hirata hit a decisive RBI double as the Chunichi Dragons claimed a 1-0 win to snap their four-game skid on Friday in interleague action. Norberto (4-1), who fanned eight while allowing five ...

Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

Soccer / J. League Jun 17, 2016

Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

With the J. League first-stage title firmly in their sights, Kawasaki Frontale's players were in a relaxed mood on Friday as they prepared for Saturday's trip to rock-bottom Avispa Fukuoka. Victory for Kawasaki, the league leader, in the second-to-last round of matches, coupled with a ...

Underdog Japan ready to renew Scotland rivalry

More Sports / Rugby Jun 17, 2016

Underdog Japan ready to renew Scotland rivalry

Japan looks to avenge its only loss at last year's Rugby World Cup on Saturday when it takes on Scotland at Toyota Stadium. But it is a much-changed Japan side that takes on the men in blue. Japan's 23-man match-day squad contains just 12 players who ...

INAC confirms Seattle move for Kawasumi

Soccer Jun 17, 2016

INAC confirms Seattle move for Kawasumi

Nahomi Kawasumi, who played a pivotal role in helping Nadeshiko Japan win the 2011 Women's World Cup, will join U.S. National Women's Soccer League club the Seattle Reign, INAC Kobe Leonessa confirmed Friday. The 30-year-old striker, who also helped Nadeshiko win the 2012 London Olympic ...