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(Photo News) Strong quake strikes central Japan

People view the damage on Sunday after a strong earthquake hit Hakuba, Nagano prefecture, central Japan, the night before, destroying more than half a dozen homes in the ski resort town and injuring a...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:42

[Newsmaker] Immigration row kicks off presidential race

WASHINGTON ― When President Barack Obama unveiled his immigration plan and Republican rivals howled their disapproval, the drama signaled not just a clash of political positions: it kicked off the 2...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:31

Facebook ‘newspaper’ spells trouble for media

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Facebook’s move to fulfill its ambition to be the personal “newspaper” for its billion-plus members is likely to mean more woes for the ailing news media.The huge social network has become a key source of news for many users, as part of a dramatic shift in how people...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:27

2 dead as quake hits China’s Sichuan

BEIJING (AFP) ― A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck China’s southwestern province of Sichuan on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, with Chinese state media reporting two people were killed and 60 others injured.The tremor shook buildings sending panicked residents scurrying for cov...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:15

37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan quake

TOKYO (AP) ― Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous central Japan area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.At least 37 homes were destroyed in two villages, and 39 people were injured across the regio...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:15

Iran, world powers seek elusive deal

VIENNA (AFP) ― Iran and world powers face an uphill struggle Sunday to break the deadlock in their high-stakes nuclear negotiations and secure a historic deal on the eve of a deadline.“We’re workin...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:15

IS kills at least 23 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi

BAGHDAD (AFP) ― The Islamic State jihadist group killed at least 23 tribesmen during a major attack in the Ramadi area, a tribal leader and a police officer said on Saturday.Parts of Anbar capital Ramadi have been outside government control since January, but IS struck on Friday with hour...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:15

Somalia’s al-Shabab kills 28 non-Muslims in Kenya

NAIROBI (AP) ― One gunman shot from the right, one from the left, each killing the non-Muslims lying in a line on the ground, growing closer and closer to Douglas Ochwodho, who was in the middle. And then the shooting stopped. Apparently each gunman thought the other shot Ochwodho. He lay...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:15

Space station rarity: 2 women on crew

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) ― For the 21st-century spacewoman, gender is a subject often best ignored. After years of training for their first space mission, the last thing Samantha Cristoforetti an...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:04

Carbs more harmful than saturated fats

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Long-derided saturated fats ― associated with an array of health problems such as heart disease ― caught a break Friday when research revealed their intake could be doubled or even nearly tripled without driving up their level in a person’s blood.Carbohydrates, meanw...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:04

European space plane set for February launch: Arianespace

PARIS (AFP) ― Europe’s first-ever “space plane” will be launched on Feb. 11 next year, rocket firm Arianespace said Friday after a three-month delay to fine-tune the mission flight plan.The unmanned, car-sized vessel will be sent into low orbit by Europe’s Vega light rocket, on a 100-...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:04

Philippine transsexual murder highlights struggle for rights

MANILA (AFP) ― The murder of a Filipina transgender woman, allegedly by a U.S. Marine, has stoked nationalist outrage in the Philippines but activists say the spotlight should also be shone on “hate...

Updated : 2014.11.23 20:53

London’s bankers battle to be lord of the ring

LONDON (AFP) ― Gasping for breath and bleeding from a thick lip, Nick “Suicide” Seto exits the ring. But the pain of defeat will be forgotten tomorrow when he returns to work at a London bank.“I love winning, so it hurts, but I hope the people enjoyed the show,” the 34-year-old said, ...

Updated : 2014.11.23 20:51

Game on for Ukraine’s video games-makers despite conflict

KIEV (AFP) ― With empty pizza boxes and coffee cups littering the desks of bearded young programmers, Frogwares looks like any other successful video games company, even though this is not California, but Kiev.The firm’s latest game, “Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments,” featuring...

Updated : 2014.11.23 20:51

War-ravaged Syrian industrial zone hopes for new life

ALEPPO (AFP) ― Once touted to become the biggest industrial zone in the Middle East, Sheikh Najjar near the ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo is now simply hoping for a second chance.Most of its building...

Updated : 2014.11.23 20:50