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31 Jan
Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam with a hard-fought win over bitter rival Maria Sharapova on Saturday, consolidating her place among the game's legends. The 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) triumph means the American world number one overtakes 18-time major champions Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert…
31 Jan
Australia won its first Asian Cup title by beating South Korea 2-1 after extra time Saturday in the final at Sydney's Olympic Stadium. Substitute James Troisi tapped home the winner after Kim Jin-hyeon could only parry striker Tomi Juric's low cross just before the midway point of extra time to…
31 Jan
Five men and women, aged 16 to 21, were killed early Saturday when the car they were traveling in crashed into a bridge column in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture. According to police, the accident occurred at around 2:40 a.m. on National Route 11. TBS reported that the car was completely wrecked…
31 Jan
The government has announced plans to create a special agency to oversee the foreign trainee program which has come in for criticism for exploiting foreign workers. According to the government, the agency -- which will have legal authority -- will re-evaluate the purpose of the Technical Intern Training Program to…
31 Jan
Japan's deputy foreign minister said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked," local media reported Saturday. Yasuhide Nakayama, who is leading Tokyo's emergency response team in Amman, told reporters in the Jordanian capital late Friday that there had…
31 Jan
Shingo Kunieda of Japan holds the trophy after winning beating Stephane Houdet of France in the men's wheelchair singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday.
31 Jan
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Friday he would officially declare Feb 2 "Chris Kyle Day" in the state, in honor of the late Navy Seal sharpshooter portrayed in the film "American Sniper." The movie, starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle who was killed by a disgruntled U.S. veteran on a…
31 Jan
After having used the Internet profusely for propaganda and recruitment, jihadist organisations have realised that investigators are gleaning crucial information online and are increasingly concealing their web presence, experts say. Apart from recent orders given to fighters to limit their exposure, erase the footprint of their online activity and avoid…
31 Jan
NTT Docomo, a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, announced today that it will begin offering "docomo Hikari," a superfast optical-fiber broadband service, combined with "docomo Hikari Pack" bundled discounts with mobile subscribers. The launch date is targeted at March 1. The optical-fiber service, which includes Internet access, will…
31 Jan
A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, in the deadliest act of anti-Shiite violence in two years. The attack compounds Pakistan's security challenge to contain a surge in militancy following last…
31 Jan
The lower house of the Diet on Friday approved a 3.12 trillion yen extra budget for the current fiscal year to fund stimulus spending and help pull the economy out of recession. The extra budget for the stimulus, unveiled last month, includes funding for steps such as helping Japan's lagging…
31 Jan
Search engine Google has agreed to better inform users about how it handles their personal information after an investigation by Britain's data protection regulator found its privacy policy was too vague. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said in a statement on Friday that it required Google to sign a "formal…
31 Jan
Chad sent a warplane dropping bombs and ground troops to drive Islamic extremists from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. Thursday's bombing marked the first such action by foreign troops on Nigerian soil to fight the militants of Boko…
31 Jan
The National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday that the number of flu patients nationwide has topped 2 million for the third consecutive week. Last week, the institute issued a flu epidemic alert for all 47 prefectures in Japan. In the week to Jan 25, the prefectures with the highest…
31 Jan
A Japanese woman who was helping a Fuji TV crew covering the Japanese hostage situation was killed in a traffic accident near the Turkey-Syria border on Thursday. According to the network, the woman, Kazumi Takatani, lived in Turkey and worked as a film coordinator. Fuji said a taxi, which was…
31 Jan
Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people. The Sunni Islamists have often battled Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias further south and west, but attacks in and around…
31 Jan
Japan's two biggest airlines on Friday projected smooth full-year earnings, with All Nippon Airways (ANA) placing a $2.2 billion order for Boeing and Airbus planes, while rival Japan Airlines (JAL) raised its full-year profit forecast. ANA said its April-December net profit soared 57.2% to 52.36 billion yen from a year…
31 Jan
Police in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested seven 17-year-old youths over the attack on five other youngsters who had been riding bikes and listening to music last October. The assailants violently punched and kicked the boys, and then stole two of the bicycles before fleeing the scene, TV Asahi reported.…
31 Jan
Actress and self-confessed great fan of the Japanese anime series "Evangelion," Natsuki Kato, left and astronaut Naoko Yamazaki pose at an event in Tokyo on Friday to announce a project to send the Spear of Longinus to the moon by Hakuto, a Google Lunar XPRIZE team from Japan. Hakuto is…
31 Jan
Being raised bicultural, having a Japanese mother and an American father, it was always great fun to visit relatives on both sides, in both countries. My mother being a wonderful cook, she would often be asked to cook something Japanese for my father’s relatives when we would visit various states…
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