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Cigarette or electrical fault 'may have caused' Notre Dame fire

World Jun 27, 2019

Cigarette or electrical fault 'may have caused' Notre Dame fire

A cigarette or an electrical fault could have started the devastating fire that ripped through Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral in April, French prosecutors said Wednesday, ruling out any criminal intent. The statement by prosecutors, which also said an investigation was being opened into possible negligence, ...

Venezuela says it foiled 'coup' plot involving U.S., Colombia and Chile

World Jun 27, 2019

Venezuela says it foiled 'coup' plot involving U.S., Colombia and Chile

Venezuela's socialist government said Wednesday it had derailed an attempted coup, claiming the United States, Colombia and Chile colluded in a military plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro and install a general and former defense minister in his place. Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the ...

Bordeaux winemakers cheer heat wave: 'It's magic!'

Business Jun 27, 2019

Bordeaux winemakers cheer heat wave: 'It's magic!'

The heat wave that is roasting parts of Europe is more than welcome in the French region of Bordeaux, where wine producers say a sudden intense burst of sun after a wet spring could produce a superior vintage. "Two of three days of heat wave ...

Helping foreign residents learn Japanese

Editorials Jun 27, 2019

Helping foreign residents learn Japanese

The enactment of a new law that spells out the government's responsibility to ensure adequate Japanese language education for residents from overseas is a step forward. Policy actions and funding to back it up must now follow.

Experience tropical paradise in heart of Osaka

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jun 27, 2019

Experience tropical paradise in heart of Osaka

The summer sunset, natural turf grass and a smorgasbord of Hawaiian barbecue — talk about paradise. The Hyatt Regency Osaka is happy to present its Bayside Barbecue Hawaiian Beer Garden, on offer from July 1 to Sept. 23. Hosted on the hotel's ninth-floor open-air garden ...

Test events for 2020 Games begin in full swing

Olympics Jun 27, 2019

Test events for 2020 Games begin in full swing

The test events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics started in full swing on Thursday as the Pentathlon World Cup Final opened as the games' first official dress rehearsal of the year. The four-day modern pentathlon competition opened at Tokyo's Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, ...

Thomas Bach says IOC ready to talk 2030 bid with Sapporo

Olympics Jun 27, 2019

Thomas Bach says IOC ready to talk 2030 bid with Sapporo

Changes to the Olympic election process announced by the IOC on Wednesday are likely to impact Sapporo's prospective 2030 Winter Games bid. Speaking at a news conference on the final day of the three-day IOC Session, IOC President Thomas Bach said his organization is willing ...

Rookie Rui Hachimura to wear No. 8 for Wizards

Basketball / NBA Jun 27, 2019

Rookie Rui Hachimura to wear No. 8 for Wizards

Rookie Rui Hachimura will wear No. 8 for the Washington Wizards, the NBA team said Wednesday. The Wizards made the announcement on their official Twitter account, posting a photo of the 21-year-old forward wearing a jersey bearing the number along with his name. Written in Japanese, ...