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1,000 ex-temp workers who became homeless seek support in Tokyo
TOKYO - More than 1,000 people have registered at a government support center in Tokyo to seek help after losing temp jobs and becoming homeless, the center said Monday.
Tokyo Challenge Net, launched last April, said 282 of those registered have since found places to live, with 159 moving into apartments after receiving no-interest loans from the center and 123 finding live-in jobs.
U.S. space shuttle Discovery lifts off successfully
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery lifted off Sunday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center and successfully entered its planned orbit following a delay due to a fuel leak, NASA said.
The Discovery, which ascended into the sky after its 7:43 p.m. launch, is scheduled to dock at the International Space Station on Tuesday.
Camui rocket undergoes flight test in Hokkaido
SAPPORO - The small rocket system Camui underwent a flight experiment Monday in the town of Taiki, Hokkaido, as part of joint research by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Hokkaido University for an ejector rocket engine.
The institutes tried the condition of flight at a speed of Mach 0.4 and with the temperature of the device marking some 3,000 C, putting an air intake in the 25-kilogram, 3.4-meter-long rocket.
Cancer virus gene researcher Hanafusa dies at 79
OSAKA - Hidesaburo Hanafusa, known for his research on the genetics of cancer viruses, died of liver failure Sunday at an Osaka hospital, his family said. He was 79.
Hanafusa in 1982 became the first Japanese to receive the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, a renowned U.S. award for medical research achievements.
4 S. Korean tourists killed, 3 injured in bombing incident in Yemen
CAIRO - Four members of a South Korean tour group were killed and three others were injured in a bomb explosion in Yemen on Sunday, South Korea's foreign ministry and Yemeni security officials said Monday.
The bomb blast also killed the local guide for the South Korean group.
Pakistan reinstates sacked chief justice, other judges
ISLAMABAD - Bowing to pressure from the opposition, the government of Pakistani President Asif Zardari on Monday reinstated the chief justice and other members of the judiciary former President Pervez Musharraf sacked in November 2007.
''I hereby announce the reinstatement of all the sacked judges,'' Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani said in a televised address to the nation.
Death sentence sought for man for murder-robbery of 2 in Tokyo
HACHIOJI, Japan - Prosecutors on Monday demanded the death sentence for a man and life in prison for another man charged with killing two siblings in a murder-robbery case last year in Akiruno, western Tokyo.
At a trial held at the Tokyo District Court's Hachioji branch, the prosecutors demanded death for Kazuo Okikura, 61, a former employee of the Akiruno city government, and life in prison for Yoriaki Imaruoka, 65, who runs a civil engineering business.
Indonesia kicks off 3-week campaign for April 9 general election
JAKARTA - Indonesia began a three-week campaign Monday for the April 9 parliamentary elections, with residual tension in the once-rebellious province of Aceh.
More than 12,000 candidates are vying for 560 seats in the House of Representatives as well as legislative seats at the provincial, municipal and regency levels, the General Election Commission said.