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Reporter's Notebook: What Globetrotting With Obama Is Really Like
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Suffocating heat, 60 pounds of gear and an all-out 300-yard sprint in a suit. It’s just another day at the office for television producers, camera crews and journalists traveling inside the security bubble with the American president on his week-long trip...
Scenes From A Foreign Trip
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES OBAMA WARNS RUSSIA (AGAIN): In Japan today President Obama warned more U.S. sanctions on Russia are “teed up and ready to go,” signaling that if Russia does not reverse course in eastern Ukraine it will face additional consequences “in days...
Obama Greets Japan's Emperor, but No Bow This Time
TOKYO – As President Obama’s motorcade rumbled onto the Imperial Palace grounds today for a state visit, the U.S.-Japan bond was evident on the bumper of his U.S.-made limousine. The black Cadillac, shipped in from the United States by Secret Service, donned blue plates with...
Japan Marks 2-Year Anniversary of Triple Disaster
A moment of silence in Japan marked the second anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people and triggered the country's worst nuclear disaster. At a memorial ceremony in Tokyo today, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko joined victims in attendance, bowing
Cat's Collar Yields Clues in Search for Hacker
The ongoing search for an anonymous hacker who has threatened Japanese schools and cities online took an unexpected twist today after police found a digital memory card containing email riddles from the person, attached to a cat’s collar. Investigators first learned of the feline’s whereabouts...
Japanese Ministers Visit Controversial Shrine, Inflaming South Korea
Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial shrine honoring the war dead on the 67th anniversary marking the end of World War II, inflaming South Korea at a time of escalating tensions between the two countries. The visits by National Public Safety Commission Jin Matsubara...
Japan Stands Still to Mark Earthquake, Tsunami a Year Later
A moment of silence today marked one year since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami battered Japan’s northeast coast, and triggered the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Sirens blared across Japan at 2:46 p.m. as the nation stood still, the moment disaster struck. The magnitude-9.0 ...
The Global Note: Anthony Shadid, R.I.P…U.S. Police Chief To Bahrain…Ahmadinejad & U.S. Friends…Jeremy Lin In China
ANTHONY SHADID 1968-2012: “NO ONE TO REPLACE HIM” A tragedy for those who knew him – a huge loss for those who read his work and learned from him. From his own NYTimes: Anthony Shadid, a gifted foreign correspondent whose graceful dispatches for The New...
The Global Note: Gadhafi’s Final Day…The Fall of Sirte…Greece’s Meltdown…Thailand’s Crisis
LIBYA: BREAKING… -GADHAFI CAPTURED — AND KILLED…We’re monitoring a blizzard of reports about what exactly happened to Moammar Gadhafi. The leaders of the new regime say he has died — many accounts suggesting he was wounded and then died of those wounds. BBC reporter Gabriel...
Japan Nuclear Crisis: Workers Fail to Stabilize Plant; U.S. Water Pumps Might Be the Answer
Japanese Hope New Power Line Will Restore Electricity to Nuclear Plant's Cooling System