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Japan postpones launch of new, cheaper rocket

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Spectators gather to watch an Epsilon rocket, seen in the background, before its launch at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki town, Kagoshima, western Japan Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. The first Epsilon Launch Vehicle, a new type of solid-fuel rocket, is scheduled to launch later Tuesday carrying a space telescope designed to observe the planets. AP

Japan on Tuesday canceled the launch of a new rocket it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of putting satellites into space, saying it suffered a problem 19 seconds before it was supposed to blast off.

Posted: August 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Despite tension, NKorea lets in tourists, athletes

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Despite North Korea’s warnings that the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula is so high it cannot guarantee the safety of foreign residents, it literally trotted out athletes from around the world on Sunday for a marathon through the streets of its capital — suggesting its concerns of an imminent military crisis might not be as dire as its official pronouncements proclaim.

Posted: April 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

NKorean nuclear test may be intelligence windfall

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un   AP FILE PHOTO

North Korea’s latest underground test shows it is making big strides toward becoming a true nuclear power. But the test may also reveal key clues the secretive nation might have hoped to hide about how close, or how far away, it is from fielding a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States or its allies.

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Jets roar as US, Japan, Australia drill in Pacific

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An Australian fighter jet is readied for a training mission at the Cope North military exercises at Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. island of Guam, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into Western Pacific skies Thursday in the combat phase of exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats. The Cope North exercises—which could soon swell in participants—are aimed at preparing the air forces of the U.S., Japan and Australia to fight together if a military crisis erupts. AP Photo/Eric Talmadge

Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into western Pacific skies Thursday in the combat phase of annual exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Japan sees new Chinese actions near disputed isles

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A Japan Coast Guard's patrol boat, third from the top, and a Taiwanese patrol boat, 4th from the top, discharge water each other near disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. AP FILE PHOTO

Chinese ships entered waters near a group of disputed islands for the first time in three weeks Thursday, prompting a strong protest from Japan, which says China’s air force has also sharply increased its operations in the area.

Posted: October 25th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Japan to buy disputed islands, angering China

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In this  Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, the survey ship Koyo Maru, left, chartered by Tokyo city officials, sails around Minamikojima, foreground, Kitakojima, middle right, and Uotsuri, background, the tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. AP FILE PHOTO

Japan’s government said Monday it has decided to purchase several disputed islands, prompting China to angrily warn of “serious consequences” if it proceeds with the plan.

Posted: September 11th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

What to watch for in North Korea rocket launch

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The five-day window for North Korea’s rocket launch opened Thursday, meaning lift-off could come any morning between now and Monday, weather and technology permitting. The U.S. and others have condemned the launch as a test of missile technology. North Korea claims it is merely seeking to put a satellite in orbit. Experts say it is probably a mix of both, since the technologies are nearly identical. Here are some things to watch for once the countdown begins.

Posted: April 12th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Is North Korea serious about its race to space?

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According to North Korea’s official version of things, commemorated on postage stamps and re-enacted in mass performances, the country’s first venture into space was 14 years ago, when the “Bright Shining Star 1″ satellite roared into orbit and began broadcasting marching music praising Kim Il Sung.

Posted: April 12th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Killer typhoon brings more misery to Japan

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‘AFTER THE STORM. A man walks on driftwood piled up on a bridge after a powerful typhoon in Kiho, Mie Prefecture, central Japan, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. Typhoon Talas, which was believed to be the worst to hit Japan since 2004, lashed coastal areas with destructive winds and record-setting rains over the weekend before moving offshore into the Sea of Japan. AP Photo/Kyodo News

Tokyo — Japan braced for more heavy rain and floods Monday as the death toll from the worst typhoon to hit the country in seven years climbed to 34. Rescuers searched for 55 others who remained missing, and tens of thousands of families struggled without power or telephone service. Typhoon Talas, which was later downgraded [...]

Posted: September 6th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Killer typhoon brings more misery to Japan

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Rescuers and search parties scoured central Japan on Monday as the death toll from the worst typhoon to hit the country in seven years climbed to 26, adding more misery to a nation still reeling from its catastrophic tsunami six months ago.

Posted: September 5th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

No quick fix seen at Japan’s nuclear plant

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by Eric Talmadge and Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press FUKUSHIMA—Officials raced Monday to restore electricity to Japan’s leaking nuclear plant, but getting the power flowing will hardly be the end of their battle: With its mangled machinery and partly melted reactor cores, bringing the complex under control is a monstrous job. Restoring the power to all [...]

Posted: March 22nd, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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