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Japanese government adopts draft bill to create high-tech 'supercities'

Business Jun 7, 2019

Japanese government adopts draft bill to create high-tech 'supercities'

The government on Friday adopted a draft bill to realize its "supercity" initiative to create cities that make use of artificial intelligence, big data and other advanced technologies. In such cities, autonomous driving, cashless payments, goods delivery by drone and novel services using sophisticated technologies ...

World Jun 7, 2019

Warhead to counter North Korean threat has problems

Raytheon Co.'s project to develop a new interceptor warhead for America's ground-based missile defense system is estimated to increase in cost by almost $600 million because of "major design concerns" since the contract was awarded, according to congressional auditors. The company received a $1 billion ...

Stepping down, Theresa May's legacy sunk by Brexit

World / Politics Jun 7, 2019

Stepping down, Theresa May's legacy sunk by Brexit

Theresa May had a mission to fight Britain's "burning injustices" through strong and stable leadership — but her legacy as prime minister will be anything but. The Conservative premier's turbulent time in office was swamped and ultimately sunk by her legacy-defining battle to secure a ...

African Union suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority is established

World Jun 7, 2019

African Union suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority is established

The African Union (AU) suspended Sudan on Thursday, demanding a "civilian-led transitional authority" to resolve an entrenched and bloody crisis. Calls for the AU to take action had mounted after Monday's crackdown on protesters who had camped outside army headquarters in Khartoum. Sudanese authorities admitted dozens ...

Elizabeth Warren rises in 2020 race as policy focus catches fire

World / Politics Jun 7, 2019

Elizabeth Warren rises in 2020 race as policy focus catches fire

Elizabeth Warren has been climbing in the Democratic presidential contest by using a stream of policy blueprints and hours of selfies with voters to chip away at her immediate target: Bernie Sanders. Warren's path to directly challenging front-runner Joe Biden runs through Sanders, her main ...

French leader of long-overlooked D-Day force gets his due

World Jun 7, 2019

French leader of long-overlooked D-Day force gets his due

France honored Thursday the officer who led a small yet symbolic French force that stormed the Normandy beaches alongside Allied forces 75 years ago, a feat long overlooked in the country's standard narrative of its liberation from Nazi Germany. The blue-grey granite sculpture of Capt. ...

Khartoum residents in 'state of terror' after bloody crackdown by military

World Jun 7, 2019

Khartoum residents in 'state of terror' after bloody crackdown by military

Fearful Sudanese hid indoors Thursday as heavily armed paramilitaries roamed the capital following a crackdown on protesters that authorities admitted had left dozens dead and prompted the African Union to suspend Khartoum. Members of the Rapid Support Forces, who rights groups say have their origins ...

Ford to shut Welsh engine plant with loss of 1,700 jobs

Business / Corporate Jun 7, 2019

Ford to shut Welsh engine plant with loss of 1,700 jobs

Ford will shut its engine plant in Wales next year, costing about 1,700 jobs, the U.S. auto giant announced Thursday in a further blow to Britain's embattled car sector struggling with Brexit uncertainty and a global race to meet rising demand for electric vehicles. The ...

Ashleigh Barty, Marketa Vondrousova advance to French Open final

Tennis Jun 7, 2019

Ashleigh Barty, Marketa Vondrousova advance to French Open final

Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova set up a Roland Garros final showdown on Friday, shrugging off a sexism row which had seen their semifinals shifted away from the tournament's showpiece court. Barty reached her first final at the majors, coming back from a set and ...

Sunwolves shake up lineup for match against Stormers

Rugby Jun 7, 2019

Sunwolves shake up lineup for match against Stormers

The Sunwolves head into their final two games of the 2019 Super Rugby season with yet more new players in their squad as they look to finish a disappointing year on a bright note. Flankers Ryota Hasegawa and Masakatsu Nishikawa, along with hooker Takuya Kitade, ...

Ex-Japan captain Makoto Hasebe visits Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

Soccer Jun 7, 2019

Ex-Japan captain Makoto Hasebe visits Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

Soccer player Makoto Hasebe, who serves as Japan's national UNICEF goodwill ambassador, visited a Muslim Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Thursday to call greater attention to the refugees' plight. At a press briefing in Dhaka following his visit, the Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder lamented ...