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Tokyo decorated to mark one year to go before Olympic Games

Business Jul 23, 2019

Tokyo decorated to mark one year to go before Olympic Games

Organizers and official partners of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games put up decorations in parts of the city and held events at Haneda airport Tuesday, one day before Japan starts the one-year countdown to the opening of the games. In a project dubbed "Nihonbashi ...

San Juan police fire tear gas to disperse protesters

World / Politics Jul 23, 2019

San Juan police fire tear gas to disperse protesters

Police in San Juan fired tear gas on Monday night to disperse thousands of protesters demanding Puerto Rico's governor resign over offensive chat messages, the latest scandal to hit a bankrupt island struggling to recover from 2017 hurricanes. Police moved in at around 11 p.m. ...

U.K. plans European-led Gulf force after tanker seizure

World Jul 23, 2019

U.K. plans European-led Gulf force after tanker seizure

The U.K. on Monday said it was planning a European-led protection force for shipping in the Gulf after Iranian authorities seized a British-flagged tanker in a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned Iran's actions as "state piracy" while at ...

Britain waits for U.S. cue before Huawei 5G decision

Business / Tech Jul 23, 2019

Britain waits for U.S. cue before Huawei 5G decision

Britain said Monday it was "not yet in a position" to decide what involvement China's Huawei should have in the U.K.'s 5G next-generation telecom network. Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright told parliament that London was still seeking clarity on the implications of U.S. action against the ...

Microsoft joins project on ethical artificial intelligence

Business / Tech Jul 23, 2019

Microsoft joins project on ethical artificial intelligence

Microsoft on Monday announced a $1 billion investment in an OpenAI ethical artificial intelligence project backed by Tesla's Elon Musk and Amazon. The partnership will be devoted to developing advanced AI models on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform while adhering to "shared principles on ethics ...

Halliburton cuts 8% of North American jobs as fracking slackens

Business Jul 23, 2019

Halliburton cuts 8% of North American jobs as fracking slackens

Halliburton Co. is shifting strategy in its largest region to deal with subdued customer spending by trimming 8 percent of its North American workforce and shelving unused frack gear. The world's biggest provider of fracking equipment, including heavy duty rock-blasting pumps and sand-storage silos, declined ...

French sub lost in 1968 with 52 aboard finally found in Mediterranean

World Jul 23, 2019

French sub lost in 1968 with 52 aboard finally found in Mediterranean

A French submarine that vanished in the western Mediterranean in 1968 has been found, officials said Monday, ending a 51-year wait for families of the crew who continue to seek answers to the naval disaster. The diesel-electric Minerve submarine was lost off France's southern coast ...

Editorials Jul 23, 2019

Tehran ups the ante again

With tensions mounting and ample opportunities for miscalculation, every diplomatic channel must be operating and explored.

Capturing Haruki Murakami's 'eccentric atmosphere'

Stage Jul 23, 2019

Capturing Haruki Murakami's 'eccentric atmosphere'

by Yukari Tanaka

"As a university student, I never even imagined that I could be an actor. Because, to me, they only existed on screen," says Yuki Furukawa. Now a well-established actor, Furukawa is largely known for his portrayal of Naoki Irie in "Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo," ...

Chelsea outplays Barcelona in Rakuten Cup opener

Soccer Jul 23, 2019

Chelsea outplays Barcelona in Rakuten Cup opener

by Dan Orlowitz

A confident Chelsea overcame a depleted Barcelona side to win 2-1 on Tuesday in the opening game of the inaugural Rakuten Cup. The friendly at Saitama Stadium was touted as the first-ever meeting between two European clubs in Japan when it was announced in March. ...