<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/18/japan-whale-hunt-set-to-begin_n_5172226.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Japan Whale Hunt Set To Begin With Smaller Catch Target</a>

Japan Whale Hunt Set To Begin With Smaller Catch Target

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will target fewer whales when the Pacific hunt begins next week and will limit next season’s Antarctic whaling to observation.

The decisions came after the International Court of Justice ordered Japan last month to suspend Antarctic whaling. The court said the program was commercial, not scientific as Japan had contended. Japan’s whaling program in the northern Pacific was not challenged in the ruling.

Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Friday that the Pacific catch target was being slashed to about 210 from the current 380.

The annual spring hunt along Japan’s northern coast is …read more

Source: World News


<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/18/rescued-vice-principal-found-hanged_n_5172217.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Rescued Vice Principal Found Hanged After Korea Ferry Disaster</a>

Rescued Vice Principal Found Hanged After Korea Ferry Disaster

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree.

The news of the death came Friday as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of people still missing from the ferry and feared dead. The passengers included 325 second-year students from Danwon High School heading to a southern island on a four-day trip. A police officer says the vice principal, identified only by his surname Kang, was found dead on the island of Jindo where rescued passengers have taken shelter. The …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/18/toblerone-hijack_n_5171762.html?utm_hp_ref=sports&ir=Sports class="colorbox">Passenger Used Toblerone Chocolate Bar 'Like A Sword' In Bizarre Hijack Attempt, Court Hears</a>

Passenger Used Toblerone Chocolate Bar 'Like A Sword' In Bizarre Hijack Attempt, Court Hears

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard.

Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday.
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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/18/yankees-triple-play-random-infield_n_5171256.html?utm_hp_ref=sports&ir=Sports class="colorbox">Who's On First? This Triple Play Shows How Random The Yankees' Infield Has Gotten (VIDEO)</a>

Who's On First? This Triple Play Shows How Random The Yankees' Infield Has Gotten (VIDEO)

Derek Jeter remains the face of the New York Yankees during his final season in pinstripes. Unfortunately for fans who long for the glory days of the “Core Four,” Jeter can sometimes seem like the only familiar face in pinstripes in 2014 due to injury, suspension and free-agent departure.

With Jeter in his usual position of shortstop on Thursday at Tropicana Field, an unlikely group of Yankees infielders turned the unlikeliest play in baseball against the Tampa Bay Rays. Third baseman Yangervis Solarte, second baseman Brian Roberts and first baseman Scott Sizemore turned an …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/18/minimum-wage-hawaii-delay_n_5171549.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Minimum Wage Hike Has Hawaii Lawmakers At Odds</a>

Minimum Wage Hike Has Hawaii Lawmakers At Odds

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii House members put forward a new minimum wage plan Thursday that would allow most employers in the state to take a longer time to increase wages.

In the new proposal presented to a conference committee of Senate and House members, employers with fewer than 100 employees — most employers in the state — would not have to pay $10 an hour until 2019, phasing in the increase over five years. “It’s a step backward,” said Democratic Sen. Clayton Hee, chairman of the Senate contingent of the conference committee.

The Senate had wanted to increase …read more

Source: Business


The Battle of Identities and Presidential Elections in the Arab Region

Presidential elections the Arab region are not an occasion to celebrate the joy of democracy and public participation in bringing about change, except exceptionally as in Egypt now. Instead, most elections are an occasion to be terrified of a conflagration in a given country. In most cases, the groups supporting the incumbent president remaining in power, often for decades, threaten that instability is the only other alternative. Algeria is a case in point, despite President Abdulaziz Boutaflika’s old age and chronic health issues. In Syria, the presidential election is a one-horse race, as the only real candidate is current President …read more

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A winning program in Cornelius Meister’s debut with National Symphony Orchestra

By Robert Battey

The National Symphony Orchestra offers a winning program this week with the debut of a talented guest conductor, a world-class pianist in a sizzling rendition of the Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 and a (sometimes too) lively rendition of the Mozart No. 40 — one of the great symphonies in the canon.

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/17/south-korean-ferry-officer_n_5171035.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">South Korean Ferry Capsized With Third Officer At Helm, Investigator Reports</a>

South Korean Ferry Capsized With Third Officer At Helm, Investigator Reports

SEOUL, April 18 (Reuters) – The third officer was at the helm of a South Korean ferry when it capsized on Wednesday with 475 people on board, an investigating prosecutor told a news conference on Friday, and the captain may not even have been on the bridge at the time.

“He may have been off the bridge … and the person at the helm at the time was the third officer,” the investigator said.
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