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58 articles published


Xinjiang crackdown at the heart of China's 'Belt and Road'

Asia Pacific | FOCUS Apr 28, 2019

Xinjiang crackdown at the heart of China's 'Belt and Road'

Traders travel freely through the bustling Khorgos special economic zone that straddles the Kazakhstan-China border, but signs on the Chinese side bear a blunt warning — no veils or long beards allowed. It's a stark reminder of the severe security policies that China has imposed ...

A family that found a blessing in Wenceslas

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Apr 28, 2019

A family that found a blessing in Wenceslas

The beautiful Wenceslas was first featured in Adopt Me! in November 2017. He'd been rescued from the mountains of Yamaguchi Prefecture along with tens of other dogs. Wen's life has drastically changed since those wild days, and he now lives in Kyoto with the Komatsu ...

Fierement goes the distance to claim spring Tenno-sho

More Sports / Horse Racing Apr 28, 2019

Fierement goes the distance to claim spring Tenno-sho

Race-favorite Fierement claimed the spring Tenno-sho by a neck on Sunday as French jockey Christophe Lemaire picked up his third straight Grade 1 victory in Japan. Fierement crossed the finish line at Kyoto Racecourse in 3 minutes, 15 seconds, edging sixth-favorite Glory Vase. A four-year-old colt ...

Marcos Junior lifts persistent F. Marinos past Antlers

Soccer / J. League Apr 28, 2019

Marcos Junior lifts persistent F. Marinos past Antlers

Brazilian striker Marcos Junior scored the 82nd-minute winner, giving Yokohama F. Marinos a well-earned 2-1 victory over Kashima Antlers in the J. League first division on Sunday. Despite controlling the ball for most of the game, F. Marinos trailed early and were thwarted by stout ...

Kakeru Tanigawa, Asuka Teramoto win Japan all-around titles

More Sports / Gymnastics Apr 28, 2019

Kakeru Tanigawa, Asuka Teramoto win Japan all-around titles

Kakeru Tanigawa and Asuka Teramoto prevailed in their individual all-around finals on Sunday at the national gymnastics championships, which double as a qualifier for this year's worlds in October. Tanigawa defended his title in the men's competition, scoring 170.265 points at Takasaki Arena to finish ...

Sports bodies look to stop abuse by coaches

More Sports Apr 28, 2019

Sports bodies look to stop abuse by coaches

As Japan prepares to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, a number of the country's sports bodies are taking steps to prevent coaches from verbally and physically abusing athletes following a spate of high-profile cases. These measures include guidelines telling coaches to use ...

Yu Darvish fans eight to help Cubs top Diamondbacks

Baseball / MLB Apr 28, 2019

Yu Darvish fans eight to help Cubs top Diamondbacks

Yu Darvish settled down after a shaky start. He got some help from David Bote. Darvish pitched six effective innings and Bote homered twice, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 9-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Anthony Rizzo also connected for the Cubs, who ...

Kei Nishikori falls in semifinals in Barcelona

Tennis Apr 28, 2019

Kei Nishikori falls in semifinals in Barcelona

Kei Nishikori failed in his bid to reach the Barcelona Open final for the first time in four years, falling a step short in a semifinal loss on Saturday. A two-time champion and three-time finalist in Barcelona, world No. 7 Nishikori lost 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 ...