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ICC to probe 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

World Dec 21, 2019

ICC to probe 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said Friday she wanted to open a full investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories, sparking a furious reaction from Israel and condemnation from the United States. A Palestinian statement welcomed the move by the ICC following ...

U.S. Space Force created to meet challenges from Russia and China

World Dec 21, 2019

U.S. Space Force created to meet challenges from Russia and China

The United States met a mounting 21st-century strategic challenge from Russia and China on Friday with the creation of a full-fledged U.S. Space Force within the Department of Defense. Acting on an ambition by President Donald Trump that had met resistance at first, the White ...

Out-of-control Australian bush fires worsen

Asia Pacific Dec 21, 2019

Out-of-control Australian bush fires worsen

A scorching heat wave intensified bush fires ravaging parts of Australia on Saturday, and out-of-control blazes surrounding Sydney worsened under "catastrophic" conditions. Australia's eastern coast has been hit by the record-breaking heat wave, which has moved in from the west of the country, exacerbating hundreds ...

Russia and China veto U.N. humanitarian aid for Syrians

World Dec 21, 2019

Russia and China veto U.N. humanitarian aid for Syrians

Russia and China used their vetoes Friday to block a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have extended for a year cross-border humanitarian aid to 4 million Syrians. Humanitarian aid currently flows into Syria through U.N.-designated checkpoints without the formal permission of the regime in ...

'Star Wars' fails to take off in China

Entertainment News Dec 21, 2019

'Star Wars' fails to take off in China

Jedi mind tricks don't work on China. Though "Star Wars" fans from around the world waited in line for days to catch "The Rise of Skywalker," the sci-fi series has struggled to woo filmgoers in the increasingly important Chinese market. Special previews of the long-awaited film ...

Brex extend winning streak to 11 games

Basketball / B. League Dec 21, 2019

Brex extend winning streak to 11 games

by Ed Odeven

The Utsunomiya Brex are firing on all cylinders in pursuit of the B. League title. On Saturday, coach Ryuzo Anzai's squad collected its 11th consecutive victory, beating the visiting San-en NeoPhoenix 89-79 at Brex Arena Utsunomiya. Ryan Rossiter paced the Brex (18-4) with 27 points, nine ...

Amuro Tsuzuki to join World Surf League's Championship Tour

More Sports Dec 21, 2019

Amuro Tsuzuki to join World Surf League's Championship Tour

Amuro Tsuzuki will join pro surfing's top-flight competition, the Championship Tour, next year, World Surf League's Japan office said Saturday. The 18-year-old, World Surf League's women's world junior champion, is the second Japanese to join the elite tour, following men's competitor Kanoa Igarashi. In September, Tsuzuki ...

Vissel Kobe, Kashima Antlers advance to Emperor's Cup final

Soccer Dec 21, 2019

Vissel Kobe, Kashima Antlers advance to Emperor's Cup final

Andres Iniesta scored one goal and helped set up another as Vissel Kobe advanced to the Emperor's Cup final with a 3-1 win over Shimizu S-Pulse on Saturday. The star-studded J. League club will christen the new National Stadium in Tokyo on New Year's Day ...

Surfing legend Kelly Slater doesn't qualify for 2020 Olympics

Olympics Dec 21, 2019

Surfing legend Kelly Slater doesn't qualify for 2020 Olympics

Surfing legend Kelly Slater, seen by many as the greatest of all time, won't be competing at the Tokyo Olympics. The 47-year-old American didn't qualify for a spot on the U.S. squad for the sport's Olympic debut next July, with John John Florence returning from ...