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We need to talk about sex, robot experts say

World / Science & Health Jul 5, 2017

We need to talk about sex, robot experts say

Move over blow-up dolls, the sex robots are here. Artificial intelligence is making its way into the global sex market, bringing with it a revolution in robotic "sex tech" designed to offer sexual gratification with a near-human touch. In a report on the growing market in ...

World Jul 5, 2017

Russia may deploy military in Syrian buffer zones within weeks

Russia may deploy its military to police the borders of planned de-escalation zones in Syria within two to three weeks after finalizing an agreement with Turkey and Iran, Russian negotiator Alexander Lavrentyev said on Tuesday. Moscow hopes to sign the final documents with Ankara and ...

Gross-out gags make 'Gintama' a miss

Film / Reviews Jul 5, 2017

Gross-out gags make 'Gintama' a miss

by Mark Schilling

Some actors have a knack for picking good material. And some, like Shun Oguri, drift from stinker to stinker: "Museum," "Terra Formars," "Galaxy Turnpike," "Lupin the Third." Still considered a box-office force despite this dismal track record, Oguri stars in "Gintama," the live-action adaptation of ...

Sugano shines as Giants shut out Carp again

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jul 5, 2017

Sugano shines as Giants shut out Carp again

The Yomiuri Giants blanked the first-place Hiroshima Carp for the second straight night, this time with ace Tomoyuki Sugano throwing six scoreless innings in a 5-0 win Wednesday. Pitching on four days' rest for the first time since September 2015, Sugano (8-4) picked up his ...

Yamanaka not focused on matching Gushiken's record

More Sports / Boxing Jul 5, 2017

Yamanaka not focused on matching Gushiken's record

WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka insists attempting to match a 37-year-old Japanese record will not affect his performance when he fights Mexican challenger Luis Nery next month. Yamanaka, 34, will be aiming to tie former WBA light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken's record of 13 consecutive ...

Haraguchi says Brighton move still up in air

Soccer Jul 5, 2017

Haraguchi says Brighton move still up in air

Japan striker Genki Haraguchi says his rumored transfer to newly promoted English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion from Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin is still up in the air. Speaking to reporters at Tokyo's Haneda airport before leaving for Germany to join up with ...

Iwakuma comeback delayed by sore shoulder

Baseball / MLB Jul 5, 2017

Iwakuma comeback delayed by sore shoulder

A sore shoulder will delay the return of right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who went on the disabled list on May 10 with shoulder inflammation, the Seattle Mariners said Tuesday. Iwakuma had two rehab sessions in his recover process, but according to the Mariners website the 36-year-old ...