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National / Politics Nov 18, 2015

Abe to attend U.N. climate summit Nov. 30 in Paris

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit France and Luxembourg from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, attending a U.N. climate summit in Paris, the government said Wednesday. Abe will join the first day of the Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 U.N. climate talks in Paris, Chief ...

Oxford chooses emoji as word of the year

National Nov 18, 2015

Oxford chooses emoji as word of the year

by Kazuaki Nagata

Reflecting the increased use of emoticons as a communication method, Oxford Dictionaries has chosen one particular emoji as its word of the year for the first time. The emoji, officially called the "Face with Tears of Joy," depicts a half-crying, half-smiling expression. It beat out ...

OECD to end public financing of coal-fired power generation

National Nov 18, 2015

OECD to end public financing of coal-fired power generation

Japan and other members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will end public financing of coal-fired power generation in principle from 2017 to help rein in global warming, Japanese officials said Wednesday. A working group of the OECD has agreed in Paris to ...

Business / Economy Nov 18, 2015

Bank of Japan is done boosting stimulus: experts

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, who unleashed unprecedented monetary stimulus in 2013 and doubled down on it last year, is done expanding his efforts, according to an increasing number of economists. Forty-four percent of respondents in a Nov. 13 to 17 Bloomberg poll do ...

Permanent A-bomb exhibit opens at U.N. office in Vienna

National / History Nov 18, 2015

Permanent A-bomb exhibit opens at U.N. office in Vienna

With this year marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the U.N. Office in Vienna has put on permanent display objects and photos related to the horror of nuclear weapons to push for their elimination. Similar permanent exhibits have ...

World Nov 18, 2015

Air France flights from U.S. to Paris diverted after threats: FAA

Two Air France flights en route to Paris from the United States were diverted on Tuesday following anonymous threats, and passengers and crew were safely removed, the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration said. An Airbus A-380 that departed from Los Angeles landed in Salt ...

U.N. says Ban won't visit North Korea on upcoming trip

Asia Pacific Nov 18, 2015

U.N. says Ban won't visit North Korea on upcoming trip

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's upcoming schedule does not include a trip to North Korea, according to an itinerary released by his spokesman after Chinese media reported that Ban would visit the North on Monday. A statement released to Reuters said Ban will be in ...

Activist hackers battle Islamic State in cyberspace

World Nov 18, 2015

Activist hackers battle Islamic State in cyberspace

Islamic State sympathizers using social media to spread propaganda and recruit fighters are drawing an increasing amount of return fire from activists who have been knocking some sites offline and infiltrating others. The loose hacking collective Anonymous is the latest to draw attention to such ...

Satirical mag Charlie Hebdo raises glasses to party-goers

World Nov 18, 2015

Satirical mag Charlie Hebdo raises glasses to party-goers

France's Charlie Hebdo journal, the target of lethal attacks by Islamist militants last January, defended party-goers over gun-toters in a new edition following last Friday's terrorist attacks in the French capital. The satirical weekly, which hit world headlines when gunmen killed 12 people during an ...

Editorials Nov 18, 2015

Court battle over Henoko

The court battle the central government has launched against the Okinawa Prefectural government over the project to relocate Air Station Futenma could further complicate the standoff.

Commentary / Japan Nov 18, 2015

Okinawa's base conundrum

by Shannon Tiezzi

The Okinawa base issue goes beyond the tangible impact of the U.S. military bases. More than anything, it's the attitude of the Japanese central government toward the issue that irks Okinawans.

'The Rewrite' stars Hugh Grant as himself

Film / Reviews Nov 18, 2015

'The Rewrite' stars Hugh Grant as himself

by Kaori Shoji

You know when you get that "getting old" feeling — it's when the film stars you once used to love and revere in sizzling love stories and action-packed melodramas of the late 20th century now appear in stories about aging parents, layoffs, sickness, bankruptcy, ...

The nostalgic legacy of Cannon Films

Film Nov 18, 2015

The nostalgic legacy of Cannon Films

by Giovanni Fazio

Cannon Films was an era-defining studio in the 1980s run by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who were like a monstrous cross-breed of Roger Corman and the Weinstein brothers. After succeeding in Israel in the '60s, the pair moved to LA, with ...

Hakuho tops Kisenosato

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 18, 2015

Hakuho tops Kisenosato

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho recovered from an early scare to defeat ozeki Kisenosato on Wednesday to remain unbeaten as the sole leader heading down the stretch at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, in the hunt for a record-extending 36th career championship in his comeback from ...