Mihara shocks field, captures Four Continents title

Feb 18, 2017

Mihara shocks field, captures Four Continents title

Mai Mihara came from fourth place in the women’s short program to win the Four Continents Championships on Saturday. The 17-year-old Mihara, making her debut in the competition, topped the free skate and claimed victory with a total of 200.85 points at Gangneung Ice ...

Ikee breaks own women's 50-meter freestyle national record

Feb 18, 2017

Ikee breaks own women's 50-meter freestyle national record

Sixteen-year-old Rikako Ikee rewrote her national record en route to victory in the women’s 50-meter freestyle at the Konami Open on Saturday. Ikee clocked 24.48 seconds at Tatsumi International Swimming Center in Tokyo, shaving 0.19 second off her previous mark. Ikee also won the ...

Ghosts continue to haunt Japan's Battleship Island

Feb 18, 2017

Ghosts continue to haunt Japan's Battleship Island

The haunting silhouette of Hashima Island, known in English as Battleship Island, rises up from the sea, an abandoned testament to what was once the most densely populated city on Earth. Thousands of men, women and children lived and worked on the island just ...

Feb 18, 2017

Climate change adds to pressures on endangered penguins

Climate change and overfishing have left already endangered young penguins in Africa confused about where to find food, and they are dying in high numbers as a result, researchers said earlier this month. The report in the journal Current Biology describes a dire predicament ...

T-shirt designer hopes to cash in on North Korean assassination

Feb 18, 2017

T-shirt designer hopes to cash in on North Korean assassination

A U.S.-based designer said he hoped to cash in on the assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother by selling T-shirts emblazoned with “LOL” in the style worn by his alleged assassin. The designer said “human rights abuses” by North Korea’s leaders outweighed any ...

In Europe, Pence says U.S. will hold Russia accountable

Feb 18, 2017

In Europe, Pence says U.S. will hold Russia accountable

Vice President Mike Pence vowed Saturday that the United States will “hold Russia accountable” even as President Donald Trump searches for new common ground with Moscow at the start of his presidency. Pence, in an address to the Munich Security Conference, also offered assurances ...

China to suspend all imports of coal from North Korea

Feb 18, 2017

China to suspend all imports of coal from North Korea

China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea starting unday, the country’s commerce ministry said in a notice posted on its website on Saturday, as part of its efforts to implement United Nations sanctions against the country. The Ministry of Commerce said ...