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Deadly Mexican fuel blast poses president's biggest test yet

World Jan 20, 2019

Deadly Mexican fuel blast poses president's biggest test yet

A pipeline explosion north of Mexico City that killed at least 73 people has confronted President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with the biggest crisis since he took office pledging to crack down on graft and fuel theft. Petroleos Mexicanos said its specialists and local officials ...

Engineering background ties into diplomatic career

People | The Big Questions Jan 20, 2019

Engineering background ties into diplomatic career

by Jane Kitagawa

Name: Khaled Omran Alameri Title: United Arab Emirates Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (since March 2016) URL: http://www.mofa.gov.ae/ DoB: Oct. 1, 1976 Hometown: Al Ain, UAE Years in Japan: 9 United Arab Emirates Ambassador Khaled Omran Alameri readily admits that growing up in the UAE city of Al Ain, often described ...

Japan's big moves at CES 2019

Digital | ON: TECH Jan 20, 2019

Japan's big moves at CES 2019

by Chiho Komoriya

This month CES, the world's largest consumer electronics trade show, took place in Las Vegas, with many Japanese companies showcasing new products. On: Tech looks a few that hope to change the way we monitor and use information.

Bronze gets first place when it comes to affection

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Jan 20, 2019

Bronze gets first place when it comes to affection

This exquisitely marked gray tabby was rescued in May of last year when, as a 2-month-old kitten, she bravely wandered into a garage for shelter. Intelligence shines bright in this girl's gorgeous eyes and it surely played a part in her knowing where to ...

Suspended pairs skating champion John Coughlin dies at 33

Figure Skating Jan 20, 2019

Suspended pairs skating champion John Coughlin dies at 33

John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs champion recently suspended from figure skating, died by suicide in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 33. U.S. Figure Skating released a statement Saturday and cited his sister, Angela Laune. The sister said in a Facebook post that her "wonderful, ...

France ends 28-match unbeaten run for U.S. women

Soccer Jan 20, 2019

France ends 28-match unbeaten run for U.S. women

Kadidiatou Diani scored twice and France ended the U.S. national team's 28-game unbeaten streak with a 3-1 victory Saturday in Le Havre, France. The top-ranked United States had not lost since falling 1-0 to Australia in 2017, The Americans were 25-0-3 over the span. Marie-Antoinette Katoto ...

Rugby World Cup pool games for Brave Blossoms sell out

Rugby Jan 20, 2019

Rugby World Cup pool games for Brave Blossoms sell out

Tickets for all of host nation Japan's Rugby World Cup 2019 pool games have sold out following the start of sales on a first-come, first-served basis, organizers said Saturday. Sales of tickets for all 48 matches began online at 10 a.m. Japan Standard Time, with ...

Sumo 101: Akeni

Sumo Jan 20, 2019

Sumo 101: Akeni

by John Gunning

Sekitori (wrestlers in the top two divisions) have a lot of accouterments. There are kesho-mawashi (ceremonial aprons), kimono, sandals, cushions and items like knee braces and tape that must be transported from the stables to the arena and brought on regional tours. While athletes in team ...

Japan must step up after shaky group stage

Soccer Jan 20, 2019

Japan must step up after shaky group stage

by Dan Orlowitz

No more friendlies. No more minnows. No more excuses. Warmups are over for the Samurai Blue. The four-time Asian champions will begin the final march toward a fifth continental title on Monday when they face Saudi Arabia in the 2019 Asian Cup's Round of 16. Should ...

Hakuho maintains edge with 26th straight victory

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 20, 2019

Hakuho maintains edge with 26th straight victory

Yokozuna Hakuho improved to a perfect 8-0 to maintain a one-win lead as the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament reached its midpoint on Sunday. The sole remaining yokozuna in action, Hakuho has now won 26 straight bouts, excluding his forfeit on Day 4 of July's ...

Gonzaga wins ninth straight

Basketball Jan 20, 2019

Gonzaga wins ninth straight

Rui Hachimura said it felt like Gonzaga was a bit hurried in the first half against struggling Portland before settling down for a more typical Bulldog win. "Before the second half, we talked about passing more and using our teammates. I think the second half ...