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  • Japan says looking at all possible ways to free hostages held by Islamic State group

    Japan said Thursday it was considering all possible ways to gain the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group, as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate. The Islamic State group, in a video message seen Tuesday, said it...
  • Izakaya Mita brings binchotan and more to Bucktown

    Izakaya Mita brings binchotan and more to Bucktown
    Izakaya Mita brings the true spirit of Japanese izakayas to a Bucktown storefront. Mini-review: Izakaya Mita 1960 N. Damen Ave. 773-799-8677 Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start The jury is out on whether Jay Cutler is going to get his act...
  • POPE WATCH: Approaching storm may cut short Pope Francis' visit to typhoon-hit Philippine city

    Pope Francis is visiting the Philippine city devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, on a two-country Asia tour that also took him to Sri Lanka. Here are some glimpses of his trip as it unfolds: ___ WEATHER PROBLEMS The pope may cut short his visit to...
  • Novel explores Afghanistan's gender-bending tradition

    Novel explores Afghanistan's gender-bending tradition
    To Western eyes, the contradiction is mind-boggling. In Afghanistan, a society in which women's lives were so constricted under the Taliban that they couldn't even walk unescorted down the street, some young girls enjoyed unprecedented freedom by posing...
  • Why are gas prices falling? Think China, not Saudi Arabia.

    Why are gas prices falling? Think China, not Saudi Arabia.
    Falling oil prices are a plot by Saudi Arabia to destroy the United States' emerging oil and gas industry and "probably a plot against West Texas, specifically." That's how University of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee described the views of the...
  • DAVOS WATCH: Lots to talk about: Deflation, oil prices, snowmen, Swiss franc, global warming

    The World Economic Forum kicks off in the Swiss ski resort of Davos with the goal of "improving the state of the world." In practice, it's a massive networking event that brings together 2,500 heads of state, business leaders, philanthropists and artists....
  • Deadly attacks on journalists in Afghanistan rise, threatening free press

    When Afghan journalist Hussain Sirat's car disappeared in late December, he assumed it was simply theft, until a man called to say that he had the vehicle, and a gun with which he planned to kill him. In the weeks since then, Sirat, an editor at...
  • US nuclear cleanup specialist goes from Hanford to Fukushima

    TOKYO Working in Japan and with his family still living in Richland, Wash., Matthew McCormick has one of the longest commutes in the world. "I don't make it very often, only when family calls or the lawn needs to be mowed, that kind of stuff," he joked....
  • In China, the California name and connection are golden

     In China, the California name and connection are golden
    Thousands of Beijingers wake up every day in Yosemite. Hordes more have moved to Palm Springs, not to mention Orange County and Silver Lake. They shop at UCLA and go to Hollywood for a bite to eat. All without leaving the Chinese capital. When I first...
  • Rights report details threats to journalists in Afghanistan

    Afraid of losing his radio show, Aqel Mohammad Waqar refused to tell anyone about the threatening calls and messages he received for his unvarnished reports on the conflict in Afghanistan. The 19-year-old had only been with Spinghar Radio in his...
  • Japan weighs ransom in Islamic State threat to kill hostages

    The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages within 72 hours, demanding a $200 million ransom in a video posted online Tuesday that showed a knife-brandishing masked militant standing over the two kneeling captives. Prime Minister...