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Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited

TOKYO (AP) ― The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results.Haruko Obokata said in a statement Friday that she was leaving the Riken Center for Development...

Updated : 2014.12.19 21:34

Xi in Macau as China cracks down on gambling

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Macau as Beijing puts pressure on the gambling hub to diversify away from casinos as part of an anticorruption drive and pro-democracy protesters prepare to march for free elections.Xi’s two-day visit marks the 15th anniversary of the handover of Ma...

Updated : 2014.12.19 21:33

EU presses Russia, urges investment

BRUSSELS (AFP) ― European Union leaders urged Vladimir Putin to make a “radical change” in his stance on Ukraine Thursday as they boosted sanctions against Crimea despite fears of economic blowback from Russia’s spiraling financial crisis.The leaders at a summit in Brussels also called...

Updated : 2014.12.19 21:33

U.S. lawmaker calls for 'comfort women' apology for regional stability

U.S. congressman Mike Honda said Friday that peace and prosperity can only take root in Asia if Japan apologizes for its wartime sexual enslavement of South Korean and other Asian women.   Rep. Honda (D-CA), who is of Japanese descent, is known for speaking out against Japan's coercion ...

Updated : 2014.12.19 15:42

White House: N. Korea is different from Cuba

The United States has no intention of seeking the kind of diplomatic engagement it pursued with Cuba in dealing with North Korea because Pyongyang has nuclear and missile programs, the White House said Thursday.   "Our concerns with the regime in North Korea are different than the conce...

Updated : 2014.12.19 09:33

White House calls cyber-attack on Sony 'serious national security matter'

The White House said Thursday it is taking the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures as a "serious national security matter" amid deepening suspicions North Korea was behind the hack that scared the moviemaker into canceling the planned release of a comedy film.   White House press secretary Jo...

Updated : 2014.12.19 09:32

U.S., Cuba agree to revive diplomatic ties

WASHINGTON ― The United States and Cuba moved to end five decades of Cold War hostility Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a surprise breakthrough that would also ease a crippling U.S. ...

Updated : 2014.12.18 21:27

Sony cancels film release as U.S. links hacking to N.K.

NEW YORK (AP) ― Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation’s largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview.” The ...

Updated : 2014.12.18 21:24

Palestine sets deadline for Israel pullout

UNITED NATIONS (AP) ― Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands capture...

Updated : 2014.12.18 21:13

Kurdish Iraqi forces launch major operation in Sinjar

BAGHDAD (AP) ― Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the Syrian border.Peshmerga forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, moved into the town,...

Updated : 2014.12.18 21:13

53 years on, time right for U.S., Cuba

MEXICO CITY (AP) ― After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments.The breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations came with the re...

Updated : 2014.12.18 21:12

Greek vote enters second round

ATHENS (AFP) ― Greece’s high-stakes presidential election went into a second round Wednesday after parliament failed to pick a head of state in a first ballot, fueling concerns about the future of fiscal reforms.The coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed to muster ...

Updated : 2014.12.18 21:12

Ukraine, rebels agree to resume peace talks

KIEV (AFP) ― Ukraine’s pro-European leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels agreed Wednesday to hold long-delayed peace talks that were backed by Russia in the heat of its devastating currency crisis.Sunday’s meeting in the Belarussian capital Minsk was announced hours after German Chancellor...

Updated : 2014.12.18 21:12

Survey finds teens trending toward e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) ― More teens are trying out e-cigarettes than the real thing, according to the government’s annual drug use survey.Researchers were surprised at how many eighth, 10th and 12th grader...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:47

Global life expectancy rises: study

PARIS (AFP) ― People around the world lived on average to a ripe old age of 71.5 in 2013, up from 65.3 in 1990, a study said Thursday, noting the gains came despite big increases in liver cancer and chronic kidney deaths.Global life expectancy rose by 5.8 years in men and 6.6 years in wom...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:45