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26 Jan
U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals on Monday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 9-seeded David Ferrer of Spain. Hundreds of Japanese fans, many waving flags and some in traditional costumes, cheered Nishikori on from the stands at Rod Laver Arena. The fifth-seeded…
26 Jan
The Diet on Monday convened in the shadow of the ongoing hostage crisis in the Middle East. The killing of one Japanese hostage by Islamic State and the unknown fate of a second hostage is expected to push national security to the forefront for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The ruling…
26 Jan
Malaysia Airlines officials were struggling Monday to restore the embattled carrier's website after it was hacked by a group proclaiming support for the Islamic State group. The airline's site was changed, at first displaying a message saying "404 - Plane Not Found" and that it was "Hacked by Cyber Caliphate,"…
26 Jan
President Barack Obama on Monday took in a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels, becoming the first American leader to be honored as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities. The crowd erupted in cheers as Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama,…
26 Jan
Japan's trade deficit swelled to a record 12.781 billion yen in 2014, official data showed Monday, weighed down by post-Fukushima disaster energy bills. The shortfall was up 11.4% from the 2013 deficit and the worst since records began in 1979, according to the finance ministry. In December alone, however, the…
26 Jan
Two children were killed after the car they were riding in with their mother was hit by a train at a railway crossing in Aomori City. The accident occurred around 1:30 pm on Sunday, police said. TBS reported that as the car was crossing over the tracks, it was hit…
26 Jan
Emperor Akihito reads a statement to formally open the ordinary Diet session in the upper house in Tokyo on Monday.
26 Jan
Police in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 20-year-old man over a hit-and-run incident that left two pedestrians injured. According to police, the suspect, identified as Kyoji Sugiyama, was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident at 11:50 p.m. Saturday. NTV reported that Sugiyama was…
26 Jan
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe Sunday, beating out contestants from 87 other countries. Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha were the runners-up during Sunday's competition. Vega said the contests leading to Miss Universe were the first she'd participated in and will be her last,…
26 Jan
Dark comedy "Birdman" boosted its Oscars hopes Sunday after landing the top prize at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, a barometer of likely success at the all-important Academy Awards. The film about a washed up superhero movie star attempting to revive his career on Broadway took the SAG equivalent…
26 Jan
The Islamic State group said Sunday it executed one of two Japanese hostages it has been holding, in an apparent beheading branded "outrageous and unforgivable" by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The claim comes a day after the release of a video announcing the murder of security contractor Haruna Yukawa…
26 Jan
In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 200 kilometers to the south in Adamawa state, slitting throats…
26 Jan
U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Sunday to ramp up pressure on Russia after a rocket barrage blamed on Kremlin-backed Ukrainian rebels killed 30 and threatened to open new front in the war. Saturday's assault on Mariupol -- the main city standing between separatist territory near the Russian border and the…
26 Jan
Protesters holding placards chant "Save Kenji" during a rally in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Sunday. Around 200 people took part in the rally in support of Kenji Goto, the remaining Japanese captive held by Islamic State militants.
26 Jan
When heated to the max and inhaled deeply, e-cigarettes produce the toxic chemical formaldehyde, which could make the devices up to 15 times more cancerous than regular cigarettes, U.S. researchers say. E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat up a liquid containing nicotine and artificial flavoring. The vapor is inhaled,…
26 Jan
26 Jan
The environment ministry says that Japanese cypress and cedar pollen levels predicted for spring this year are expected to be twice as high as they were in 2014 The ministry said pollen is expected to begin emission into the air at around the same time as most years -- in…
26 Jan
When I think of a winter veggie, the first thing that comes to mind is daikon, or Japanese white radish. It is available throughout the year, but it gets extra mild and sweet during the cold winter season. Radish root comes in different shapes, color and sizes, but the most…
26 Jan
Actress Angelina Jolie, the special envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appealed Sunday for urgent funding to assist more than three million displaced Iraqis and Syrians living in dire conditions in northern Iraq. Visiting Iraq for the fifth time, Jolie said that the slow pace of funding this…
26 Jan
Hakuho returned to his corner for a third time to grab another fistful of salt, his face a picture of concentration, his eyes narrowed and focused as a packed Ryougoku Sumo Hall bristled with anticipation. He turned, tossed the granules high into the air and made his way back toward…
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