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Sudan's al-Bashir gets two years' detention for corruption

World Dec 15, 2019

Sudan's al-Bashir gets two years' detention for corruption

Former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was sentenced Saturday to two years' detention in a correctional center for corruption in the first of several cases against the ousted autocrat. The charges stemmed from millions of dollars received from Saudi Arabia by the toppled strongman. In a statement ...

As French transport strike continues, Christmas mayhem feared

World Dec 15, 2019

As French transport strike continues, Christmas mayhem feared

France reeled under a crippling public transport strike for a 10th day Saturday aimed at forcing the government to scrap a pension revamp, as fears grew of travel mayhem during Christmas. Train traffic was severely disrupted with only one out four TGV high speed long-distance ...

Thai opposition plans more protests after thousands join rally

Asia Pacific / Politics Dec 15, 2019

Thai opposition plans more protests after thousands join rally

Thailand's highest-profile opposition party warned of more demonstrations after drawing thousands of people to an anti-government rally Saturday that also protested the prospect of its looming dissolution. The crowd assembled on an elevated walkway in a Bangkok shopping district three days after the Election Commission ...

Will Abe pull snap election to stay in power?

National / Politics Dec 15, 2019

Will Abe pull snap election to stay in power?

After a scandal-dominated extraordinary Diet session closed last Monday, speculation began focusing on when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will use his power to call a snap election to prevent his administration from becoming a lame duck. Abe became Japan's longest-serving prime minister in terms of ...

Editorials Dec 15, 2019

Slow start for new work visa scheme

To streamline and improve the system for inviting people from overseas to work in this country, the technical intern program should either be drastically overhauled or scrapped.

<I>Christmas on Happy Road:</I> Mystery Trains

Voices | Fiction Dec 15, 2019

Christmas on Happy Road: Mystery Trains

by Andreas Neuenkirchen

Chapter 2 Franz called his wife from the Narita Express terminal at Shibuya Station to inform her that he had completely forgotten about his parents coming to visit them over the holidays and that they were already at Narita Airport. Hina took the news unexpectedly ...

Strong Alvark frontcourt overwhelms B-Corsairs

Basketball / B. League Dec 15, 2019

Strong Alvark frontcourt overwhelms B-Corsairs

by Ed Odeven

Veteran poise paid off the Alvark Tokyo on Sunday afternoon. Frontcourt mates Joji Takeuchi and Alex Kirk, pillars of the team's back-to-back title-winning teams, scored 19 and 14 points, respectively, and veteran forward Milan Macvan came off the bench and poured in 17 points as ...

Kento Momota caps stellar year with 11th badminton title

More Sports Dec 15, 2019

Kento Momota caps stellar year with 11th badminton title

World No. 1 Kento Momota fought back from a game down to win his 11th badminton title of the year on Sunday with victory at the BWF World Tour Finals. The peerless Japanese player defeated Indonesia's Anthony Ginting 17-21, 21-17, 21-14 in 87 high-quality minutes ...

National Stadium ready for Olympics

Olympics Dec 15, 2019

National Stadium ready for Olympics

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The newly built National Stadium, which will serve as the main venue for next summer's Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, was unveiled on Sunday. Hundreds of media members, from both domestic and international outlets, toured the inside and outside of the venue, which was completed ...

Naomi Osaka hires experienced Belgian coach Wim Fissette

Tennis Dec 15, 2019

Naomi Osaka hires experienced Belgian coach Wim Fissette

After parting with two coaches over the past year, Naomi Osaka has hired Wim Fissette, an experienced coach who has worked with several top-ranked players, Osaka's management revealed Sunday. The 39-year-old Belgian guided former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters to three Grand Slam titles and ...