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Africa gathering looks to 'historic' free-trade deal

Business Jul 5, 2019

Africa gathering looks to 'historic' free-trade deal

Ministers from across Africa began work Thursday ahead of a weekend summit to formally launch a free-trade agreement hailed by the continent's 55-nation bloc as "historic." Opening the meeting in the Niger capital Niamey, AU Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat lauded the newly minted African ...

Tutankhamun relic fetches $6 million in London despite Egyptian outcry

Business Jul 5, 2019

Tutankhamun relic fetches $6 million in London despite Egyptian outcry

A 3,000-year-old quartzite head of Egyptian "Boy King" Tutankhamun was auctioned off for $6 million on Thursday in London despite an outcry from Cairo. Christie's auction house sold the 28.5-cm (11-inch) relic for £4,746,250 ($5,970,000, €5,290,000) at one of its most controversial auctions in years. No ...

Sheep shearers flock to world championship in France

Business Jul 5, 2019

Sheep shearers flock to world championship in France

Sheep shearing experts flocked to a small town in the French countryside on Thursday for the opening of the annual world championship, a four-day event held for the first time on French soil. More than 320 competitors from 34 countries as far apart as Norway, ...

Pot giant Canopy ex-CEO already working his magic at tiny Martello

Business Jul 5, 2019

Pot giant Canopy ex-CEO already working his magic at tiny Martello

Shareholders of a tiny Canadian tech firm are cheering the departure of Bruce Linton from pot giant Canopy Growth Corp. Martello Technologies Group Inc. has surged 89 percent since Wednesday morning, when Canopy announced that Linton had been ousted as co-chief executive officer. He later ...

Editorials Jul 5, 2019

Get Japan-South Korea diplomacy back on track

It's time to make more serious efforts to restore Tokyo-Seoul relations, and the first step that must be taken is for South Korea to promptly agree to hold talks with Japan over the wartime labor issue, as called for under the 1965 agreement.

Quiet luxury in lesser-known Kansai

Travel Jul 5, 2019

Quiet luxury in lesser-known Kansai

by Kit Nagamura

The Kansai area — think Kyoto, Osaka and surrounds — has some of the country's best anaba (little-known spots) where you can encounter the rich depths of Japanese culture, minus the crowds. Reserve one of these nine luxuriously uncrowded options to take your travels ...

<I>Leaving Happy Road:</I> The Rise of O.G.

Voices | Fiction Jul 5, 2019

Leaving Happy Road: The Rise of O.G.

by Andreas Neuenkirchen

Chapter 2 The meta-evil Doktor Fluxus had opened an Intrastellar Portal into the Double-negative Zone, causing a worldwide communications breakdown. With humanity on the brink of war and insanity, it was up to Nooncreeper and Lady Opaque to save the day. Due to secrets buried ...

<I>Leaving Happy Road:</I> On a Sunday

Voices | Fiction Jul 5, 2019

Leaving Happy Road: On a Sunday

by Andreas Neuenkirchen

Chapter 1 Franz's sausage roll breakfast at the local Vent de Ludo on Happy Road Oyamadai reminded him of Sundays. Not Japanese Sundays, filled with frantic quests for overcrowded quality time, but German Sundays. It wasn't the sausage. It wasn't even that today actually was ...

Shun Yamaguchi guides Giants past BayStars

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jul 5, 2019

Shun Yamaguchi guides Giants past BayStars

Shun Yamaguchi struck out 12 batters over eight innings, doubled and scored the winning run for the Yomiuri Giants in their 8-4 victory over the Yokohama BayStars on Friday. The right-hander allowed two runs on two hits and three walks to improve to 9-2. With ...