Posts Tagged East Asia

Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

This Oct. 12, 2008 file photo shows a U.S. U2 reconnaissance plane taking off at the U.S. airbase in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea. The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and helped avert the world’s nuclear annihilation a half century ago. Defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft nicknamed the Dragon Lady out of the sky. The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 planes that can soar to an altitude of 70,000 feet, collect intelligence on North Korea and Russia and rapidly send the data to U.S. commanders, a crucial capability with an unpredictable Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang and an emboldened Vladimir Putin in Moscow. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war.

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Yamanaka defends WBC bantamweight title with TKO

Japanese champion Shinsuke Yamanaka, left, hits his left on the face of Belgian challenger Stephane Jamoye in the seventh round in their WBC bantamweight boxing title bout in Osaka, western Japan, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Yamanaka defended his title with a technical knockout in the ninth round. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Shinsuke Yamanaka of Japan successfully defended his WBC bantamweight crown for the sixth time with a technical knockout of Stephane Jamoye of Belgium on Wednesday.

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Luxury automakers scramble to woo young Chinese

A cleaner folds a cloth wipe near a Rolls-Royce Wraith displayed at the China Auto show in Beijing, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Luxury automakers, like their mass-market counterparts, are looking to China to drive future growth and are investing heavily to gain or expand a foothold in its market. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

BEIJING (AP) — At age 32, Jason Jia already is the kind of customer luxury automakers are seeking as competition grows in China’s lucrative but crowded market.

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Fight Schedule

At Osaka, Japan, Shinsuke Yamanaka vs. Stephane Jamoye, 12, for Yamanaka’s WBC bantamweight title; Kiko Martinez vs. Hozumi Hasegawa, 12, for Martinez’s IBF junior featherweight title.

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Ferrari’s Alonso: ‘We’re still in the fight’

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates after finishing the third place at the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

SHANGHAI (AP) — Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso said his struggling team is “still in the fight” after he finally got on the podium for the first time this season, finishing third at the Chinese Grand Prix.

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