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Londoners fought back to curtail carnage in bridge attack

World Dec 1, 2019

Londoners fought back to curtail carnage in bridge attack

Even in times of shared, senseless tragedy, an uplifting moment sometimes emerges. On Saturday, shocked and saddened Londoners dealing with the return of terrorism to their streets after a two-year hiatus found solace in the way bystanders fought to subdue the London Bridge attacker, keeping ...

Sellers ask antitrust body to probe Rakuten's free shipping policy

Business Dec 1, 2019

Sellers ask antitrust body to probe Rakuten's free shipping policy

Merchants on Rakuten Inc.'s online shopping mall have requested that the Fair Trade Commission investigate the e-commerce giant's planned free shipping policy, according to sources familiar with the move. Some online stores allege that Rakuten abuses its dominant position to force them to shoulder shipping ...

Germany's new SPD leadership casts doubt over Merkel coalition

World / Politics Dec 1, 2019

Germany's new SPD leadership casts doubt over Merkel coalition

Sharp critics of the coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won a vote for the leadership of Germany's Social Democratic Party on Saturday, raising big questions over the future of the government. The SPD said leftists Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken, who ran on a ...

Princess Aiko turns 18 as she enjoys final year of high school

National Dec 1, 2019

Princess Aiko turns 18 as she enjoys final year of high school

Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, turned 18 on Sunday, enjoying her last year in high school as she prepares to move on for further studies at university starting next spring. The cello-loving princess, currently a third-year student at Gakushuin ...

Kento Momota wins second straight title at national championships

More Sports Dec 1, 2019

Kento Momota wins second straight title at national championships

World No. 1 Kento Momota won his second straight badminton national championship after defeating Kenta Nishimoto in the men's singles final on Sunday. The two-time reigning world champion Momota earned his third national crown, cruising past Nishimoto 21-14, 21-12 at Komazawa Gymnasium in Tokyo in ...

Dressen makes return in style

More Sports / Winter Sports Dec 1, 2019

Dressen makes return in style

In a stunning return from serious injury, Thomas Dressen won a World Cup downhill in his comeback race on Saturday. Dressen returned to action, wearing bib No. 13, exactly one year to the day after he blew out his right knee and dislocated a shoulder ...

Germans end up with France, Portugal in Euro group stage

Soccer Dec 1, 2019

Germans end up with France, Portugal in Euro group stage

After seeing Germany drawn at Euro 2020 with France and Portugal, Oliver Bierhoff was frustrated and fearful about his country's prospects. "Another nightmare," the Germany team general manager said on Saturday. "It is the worst possibility we could catch." The memories are still raw of Germany's ...

Longtime Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka hangs up his boots

Soccer / J. League Dec 1, 2019

Longtime Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka hangs up his boots

Marcus Tulio Tanaka, a critical part of Japan's defense, including a stint at one FIFA World Cup, announced his decision to retire on Sunday. "Today I'm ending a 19-year career," the 38-year-old Tanaka told a Tokyo news conference. "I'm overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude." Tanaka, primarily ...

Harden blasts off for 60 points in 31 minutes

Basketball / NBA Dec 1, 2019

Harden blasts off for 60 points in 31 minutes

James Harden's performance on Saturday night was enough to make even those who see him put up gaudy numbers night after night step back and marvel at his work. Harden scored a season-high 60 points in 31 minutes and the Houston Rockets sent the struggling ...