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Strapped U.N. health agency doles out cash for first-class flights, five-star hotels for top brass

The Japan Times - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:58
The World Health Organization routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel — far more than what it doles out to fight some of ...

Gutsy Celtics rally for stunning win over Cavs

The Japan Times - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:50
Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real. Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, ...

Kyoto University gets billed for using Bob Dylan lyrics in speech

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:49
During a commencement ceremony for students of Kyoto University, president Juichi Yamagiwa delivered a speech that dealt with the song "Blown' in the Wind" by folk artist and Nobel laureate Bob Dylan. (rocketnews24.com)

Chicks of slain stork to be raised at facility

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:47
Four stork chicks whose mother was shot dead by a hunter in Shimane Prefecture will be raised at a specialist breeding facility, a local education board said Sunday. (Japan Today)

Osaka taxi driver suspected in theft of Suumo promotional balloons

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:46
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested a male taxi driver suspected in the theft of balloons featuring the mascot of real estate firm Suumo, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

SoftBank-Saudi high-tech Vision Fund raises $93 bil

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:44
Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank said, with Saudi partners, it has raised nearly $100 billion in pledges to launch a major global fund for long-term, high-tech investments. (Japan Today)

Gatlin wins 100 meters at Golden Grand Prix in Japan

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:43
Justin Gatlin clocked 10.28 seconds to win the 100 meters at a Golden Grand Prix event on Sunday. (Japan Today)

5 injured in assault with knife and baseball bat

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:37
Five men in their 40s to 70s suffered injuries, being assaulted with a baseball bat or a cooking knife in the city of Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, eastern Japan, on Sunday, local police said. (Jiji)

'Katsuo Festival' held in Kochi

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:32
An annual event to taste the regional fish specialty of katsuo, or bonito, was held in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday. (NHK)

Air Force Col. Cunningham to lead 18th Wing in Okinawa

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:15
Air Force Col. Case Cunningham has been selected to replace Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish as commander of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.

North Korea says ready to deploy, mass produce new missile

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:50
North Korea says it's ready to deploy and start mass-producing a new medium-range missile capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there following a test launch it claims confirmed the missile's combat readiness and is an "answer" to President Donald Trump's policies.

Coast Guard rescues 2 kayakers off Alaska's southern coast

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:23
The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued two kayakers who were near an island off the coast of southern Alaska and became separated as the weather deteriorated.

B-58 pilots honored at Grissom Air Museum ceremony

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:08
The Convair B-58 Hustler was the first United States Air Force bomber to fly at supersonic speeds, setting numerous records. Its mission was to perform retaliatory atomic strikes against Russia if provoked.

A military cemetery whose African American history is hidden in plain sight

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:59
Of the 11,500 veterans and family members buried in Philadelphia National, many were African American soldiers, for the most part interred in segregated sections of the cemetery. At least 350 were U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) who fought in the Civil War and trained at Camp William Penn in Cheltenham, the first such facility for black enlistees in the Union Army.

Penguins fire on all cylinders in Game 5

The Japan Times - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:57
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it “getting to our game.” It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a ...

An ancient crossroads in Syria stands as a window into Islamic State terrorism

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:49
Her name was Fatima Fakri Fathallah. How her case came before hard-core Sunni Islamist judges is not clear. Nor is it evident how she became to be accused of adultery. But there is no mystery about the verdict: guilty as charged. The penalty: death by stoning.

Along Texas-Mexico border, Trump’s wall faces barrier of public opposition

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:32
President Donald Trump has vowed to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall to keep criminals from entering the U.S. and to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling. His original budget request included a down payment to begin construction of the wall and money for 20 lawyers to fight border property owners who oppose giving up their land.

'It shouldn't be this hard to get help': Army vet sought mental health care before murder-suicide

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:15
Just days before Joshua Stiles fatally shot his wife and took his own life, the 30-year-old Army veteran from Alabama sought mental health treatment, only to be turned away.

A surprise attack by the Taliban kills 25 Afghan police and spotlights security failures

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:10
Taliban militants launched surprise attacks against multiple police checkpoints in southern Afghanistan and killed at least 25 officers, officials said Sunday.

House committee chairman says he’ll talk to fired FBI Director Comey Monday

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 19:58
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said he’ll talk to former FBI Director James Comey on Monday and is pursuing any records of President Donald Trump’s meetings with Comey, who was fired by the president.