Jun 25, 2016

China-led development bank approves first loans

A new Chinese-led development bank has approved its first loans and expects to suffer no impact from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the bank’s president said Saturday at its first annual meeting. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, launched in January with 57 ...

Imperial Palace tour now available without prior reservation

Jun 25, 2016

Imperial Palace tour now available without prior reservation

The Imperial Household Agency on Saturday introduced a same-day registration system for guided tours of parts of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo so some visitors can gain entry without prior reservations. The measure was taken in line with the government’s strategy to boost ...

Jun 25, 2016

Chinese team to join Kontinental Hockey League

The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League has confirmed that it will add a Chinese club next season as it competes against the NHL in Asian markets. The move means the 2022 Winter Olympic host city of Beijing now has a team in what is widely ...

Russian President Putin meets with Chinese leaders

Jun 25, 2016

Russian President Putin meets with Chinese leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday emphasized economic ties with China and praised what he called Russia’s “all-embracing and strategic partnership” with its neighbor, during a visit to Beijing that takes place against the background of a drop in trade and lingering mistrust. Putin ...

All Blacks whip Wales in third test

Jun 25, 2016

All Blacks whip Wales in third test

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett scored two tries and 26 points as New Zealand crushed Wales 46-6 in the third rugby test on Saturday to sweep the three-match series 3-0. Rookie center George Moala had a try disallowed but immediately scored another which showcased the best ...

Jun 25, 2016

Lawyer seeks plea deal for Manziel

A text message accidentally sent to The Associated Press shows that Johnny Manziel’s lawyer is seeking a plea deal in his domestic violence case, but has doubts about the quarterback’s ability to stay clean. The text message is from defense attorney Bob Hinton. It ...

Jun 25, 2016

WADA halts testing at Rio laboratory

Just weeks before the Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, the city’s accredited anti-doping laboratory has been stopped from conducting tests. The World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday it has suspended the lab’s accreditation due to “non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories.” It ...

Jun 25, 2016

Kirkely hired to replace Kuriyama

Ulrik Kirkely of Denmark has been chosen to lead the Japan women’s national handball team with a contract extending through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Japan Handball Association announced Friday. Kirkely, 44, succeeds Masamichi Kuriyama, whose tenure ended in March after Japan failed to ...