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Typhoon Hagibis damaged 163 cultural assets in Japan, agency says

National Oct 26, 2019

Typhoon Hagibis damaged 163 cultural assets in Japan, agency says

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis damaged 163 cultural assets in 22 prefectures, including a Tomioka Silk Mill building designated as a national treasure by the government, a Cultural Affairs Agency survey revealed Saturday. The agency is concerned that the number will rise further as more damage could ...

Farm damage from Typhoon Hagibis tops ¥100 billion

National Oct 26, 2019

Farm damage from Typhoon Hagibis tops ¥100 billion

Damage caused to agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries by Typhoon Hagibis reached ¥102.73 billion as of Friday, the agriculture ministry said. The amount is based on reports from 38 prefectures that were hit by Hagibis, which struck eastern and central Japan on Oct. 12 to ...

Trump's latest Syria strategy — protect the oil — under question

World Oct 26, 2019

Trump's latest Syria strategy — protect the oil — under question

After abruptly pulling out U.S. troops who protected Kurdish fighters, President Donald Trump has identified protecting oil as the new goal in Syria. But experts question if the new strategy is realistic — or even legal. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday that U.S. troops ...

Google refines search to better understand sloppy queries

Business / Tech Oct 26, 2019

Google refines search to better understand sloppy queries

Google on Friday announced its "biggest leap forward" in years in its search algorithm, offering an unusually detailed public explanation of its secret formula. The world's most popular internet search engine said its latest refinement uses machine learning to improve how it handles conversationally phrased ...

Hong Kong court bans publishing police details, including photos

Asia Pacific Oct 26, 2019

Hong Kong court bans publishing police details, including photos

A Hong Kong court has banned people from publishing a wide range of personal details about police officers and their families, including photos, in a bid to halt such actions by pro-democracy protesters. The temporary injunction, uploaded on government websites overnight, was criticized by some ...

U.S. budget deficit nears $1 trillion, highest since 2012

Business Oct 26, 2019

U.S. budget deficit nears $1 trillion, highest since 2012

America's budget deficit soared to nearly $1 trillion in the 2019 fiscal year as government borrowing swelled, the U.S. Treasury announced Friday. The fourth straight year of broadening budget gaps underscored a new tolerance for yawning fiscal imbalances in the current political era. Republican lawmakers' oft-stated ...

England ends All Blacks' reign in Rugby World Cup

Rugby Oct 26, 2019

England ends All Blacks' reign in Rugby World Cup

by Andrew McKirdy

England ended New Zealand's reign as Rugby World Cup champion in the semifinals on Saturday, beating the All Blacks 19-7 to reach the final for the first time since 2007. New Zealand was looking to win the tournament for an unprecedented third straight time this ...

Hanyu sublime in Skate Canada men's short program

Figure Skating Oct 26, 2019

Hanyu sublime in Skate Canada men's short program

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu dominated the men's short program on Friday at Skate Canada, while compatriot Rika Kihira seized the lead in the women's competition. Hanyu, who has yet to add a Skate Canada title to his impressive resume after three runner-up finishes, ...