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Heroism and devastation after deadly New Zealand eruption

Asia Pacific Dec 10, 2019

Heroism and devastation after deadly New Zealand eruption

Tales of heroism, devastation and horrifying injuries emerged Tuesday after New Zealand's smouldering White Island volcano exploded, killing an estimated 13 people and turning what should have been an intrepid day trip into a nightmare. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there were five confirmed fatalities ...

China car market heads for unprecedented second annual drop

Business Dec 10, 2019

China car market heads for unprecedented second annual drop

Car sales in China continued to decline in November, extending a historic slump and all but ensuring a second straight annual drop for the world's biggest auto market. Sales of sedans, sport utility vehicles, minivans and multipurpose vehicles fell 4.2 percent from a year earlier ...

Japanese students call for greater awareness of climate change

National Dec 10, 2019

Japanese students call for greater awareness of climate change

Experts and university students expressed concern about the nation's low environmental consciousness at a recent symposium in Tokyo. Citing Swedish activist Greta Thunberg's campaign efforts to tackle climate change, Tohoku University professor Jusen Asuka warned of a lack of awareness about the issue in Japan. "People ...

Former Fed chief Paul Volcker, inflation slayer, dies at 92

Business Dec 10, 2019

Former Fed chief Paul Volcker, inflation slayer, dies at 92

Paul Volcker, the towering former Federal Reserve chairman who tamed U.S. inflation in the 1980s and decades later inspired tough Wall Street reforms in the wake of the global financial crisis, died Monday at the age of 92, according to his daughter, Janice Zima. Volcker, ...

GM loans Ohio plant buyer $40 million to launch electric truck

Business Dec 10, 2019

GM loans Ohio plant buyer $40 million to launch electric truck

General Motors Co. loaned the buyer of its half-century-old assembly plant in Ohio $40 million to help the cash-strapped startup roll out an electric pickup truck. The transaction to support Lordstown Motors Corp. and its debut model, called Endurance, is essentially a mortgage, Jim Cain, ...

U.S. seals demise of WTO appeals bench, trade officials say

Business Dec 10, 2019

U.S. seals demise of WTO appeals bench, trade officials say

The fate of the World Trade Organization's top court was effectively sealed on Monday after the United States said it would not back a proposal to allow it to continue, trade officials said, although the WTO chief vowed to find a solution. The Trump administration ...

Musashi Suzuki scores as Japan beats China

Soccer Dec 10, 2019

Musashi Suzuki scores as Japan beats China

Musashi Suzuki bagged his first international goal to help lead Japan to a 2-1 win over China in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship on Tuesday. The Consadole Sapporo forward opened the scoring for Hajime Moriyasu's squad of J. League players in the first half, while ...

World No. 1 Kento Momota named BWF Player of the Year

More Sports Dec 10, 2019

World No. 1 Kento Momota named BWF Player of the Year

World No. 1 Kento Momota was named the Male Player of the Year by the Badminton World Federation on Monday at an awards ceremony recognizing 2019's top performers. "I'm very happy and brimming with confidence," said Momota, who won 10 international competitions this season including ...