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 ...

Kin say freed American journalists have left Bahrain

World Feb 17, 2016

Kin say freed American journalists have left Bahrain

An American journalist and her camera crew who were arrested in Bahrain and accused of participating in an illegal gathering have left the country after being released on Tuesday, their families said in a statement. Bahrain had said security forces arrested four U.S. citizens on ...

World Jan 7, 2016

Truck bomb kills dozens at Libyan police training center

At least 65 people were killed on Thursday when one of Libya's worst truck bombs in years exploded at a police training center in the town of Zliten, local officials and hospital sources said. No group immediately claimed the attack, but the bombing was one ...

Editorials Jan 19, 2015

Building peace in the Arab world

Four years after the Arab Spring of hoped-for democratization, Japan needs to extend steady support for efforts to build peace in the Arab world and tolerance of diversified views and opinions.

Landmark Tunisian presidential election seen heading for runoff

World / Politics Nov 24, 2014

Landmark Tunisian presidential election seen heading for runoff

Tunisians have voted to pick their first directly elected president, with the two major parties expecting a run-off as the final step in the North African state's transition to full democracy following a 2011 revolution that ousted longtime ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Official results ...

The Middle East crack-up

Commentary / World Aug 29, 2014

The Middle East crack-up

by Shlomo Avineri

The horror stories emerging from northern Iraq, as well as the continuing slaughter in Syria's civil war, point to the unraveling of the state system established after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire almost 100 years ago.

Cairo court bans group that helped topple Mubarak

World / Politics Apr 28, 2014

Cairo court bans group that helped topple Mubarak

An Egyptian court on Monday banned a prodemocracy movement that helped ignite the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, judicial sources and the website of the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper said. The court was ruling on a private lawsuit brought by a lawyer accusing ...