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Hong Kong school students form human chain after weekend of protests

Asia Pacific Sep 9, 2019

Hong Kong school students form human chain after weekend of protests

Hundreds of uniformed school students, many wearing masks, formed human chains in districts across Hong Kong on Monday in support of anti-government protesters after another weekend of clashes in the Chinese-ruled city. Metro stations reopened after some were closed Sunday amid sometimes violent confrontations, although ...

No substantial progress achieved at RCEP meeting in Bangkok

Business Sep 9, 2019

No substantial progress achieved at RCEP meeting in Bangkok

Ministers from 16 countries negotiating an Asian free trade pact failed to make significant progress Sunday at a meeting in the Thai capital, according to Japan's representatives. Speaking to reporters after the single day of talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Minister of Economy, ...

Convict-turned-writer Joji Abe dies at 82

National Sep 9, 2019

Convict-turned-writer Joji Abe dies at 82

Ex-convict-turned-writer Joji Abe, known for a bestselling humor-filled novel depicting the lives of inmates, died of pneumonia at his home in Tokyo on Monday, his family said. He was 82. A native of Tokyo, Abe joined a gangster group when he was in junior high ...

Russia says Facebook and Google distributed political ads on election day

Business Sep 9, 2019

Russia says Facebook and Google distributed political ads on election day

Russian state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said tech giants Google and Facebook had allowed political advertising during Sunday's regional elections despite being asked to ban such publicity. "Such actions can be seen as interference in Russia's sovereign affairs and hindering the conduct of democratic elections in ...

Lone yokozuna Kakuryu earns second straight win

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 9, 2019

Lone yokozuna Kakuryu earns second straight win

Yokozuna Kakuryu defended the rank's honor by making quick work of rank-and-filer Hokutofuji at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday en route to his second straight win. Closing out the second day of action at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Kakuryu easily dispatched No. 1 maegashira ...

Sumo 101: Rikishi & social media

Sumo Sep 9, 2019

Sumo 101: Rikishi & social media

by John Gunning

At first glance, sumo can seem intransigently stuck in the past. Training consists mostly of repeating the exact same movements day after day with little regard for modern sports science or recovery, and both clothing and rituals remain unchanged from what they were centuries ago. Dig ...

Yokozuna Hakuho withdraws from Autumn Basho with broken finger

Sumo Sep 9, 2019

Yokozuna Hakuho withdraws from Autumn Basho with broken finger

Yokozuna Hakuho has withdrawn from the ongoing 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a broken finger, his stablemaster said Monday, following a shock opening-day loss to rank-and-filer Hokutofuji. The 34-year-old was aiming to win a record-extending 43rd top-division championship, but suffered a severe blow when ...