Ronaldo hat trick leads Real Madrid to Club World Cup title

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick on Sunday as European champion Real Madrid claimed its second Club World Cup title by beating Japanese side Kashima Antlers 4-2 after extra time. "This has been an unbelievable year for me and for the ... ( read original story ...)

Japan culling 210,000 birds amid spreading avian flu

Tokyo: Japan has begun slaughtering about 210,000 farm birds in northern Hokkaido to contain another outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, an official said Sunday. It is the fifth mass cull this winter in Japan with hundreds of officials ... ( read original story ...)

Breakthrough in Japan, Russia islands row eludes PM Abe, Putin

The islands in the Western Pacific, called the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kuriles in Russia ... "The issue won’t be solved if each of us just make their own case," Abe said at a news conference with Putin. "We need to make efforts ... ( read original story ...)