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42 articles published


China woos Taiwan ahead of January poll

Asia Pacific / Politics Dec 28, 2019

China woos Taiwan ahead of January poll

In another attempt by Beijing to show goodwill to Taiwan ahead of elections there on Jan. 11, China's largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday revised a law to simplify investment procedures for Taiwanese companies. China is Taiwan's favorite investment destination. Taiwanese companies have invested more than ...

235,000 Syrians have fled bombing past two weeks, U.N. says

World Dec 28, 2019

235,000 Syrians have fled bombing past two weeks, U.N. says

Civilians on Friday packed a road leading out of a flash point town in northwest Syria, where two weeks of heightened regime and Russian bombardment has displaced 235,000 people. Pick-up trucks carrying mattresses, clothes and house-hold appliances ferried entire families out of southern Idlib province, ...

Editorials Dec 28, 2019

Eliminate casino corruption

The arrest of a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker this early in the creation of a casino industry in Japan shows that much more is needed to prevent gambling-related graft.

Worst case for climate change isn't realistic

Commentary / World Dec 28, 2019

Worst case for climate change isn't realistic

by Noah Smith

In recent years, much of the commentary about climate change has gone from sternly serious to wildly despairing. A new report from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the effects of climate change are accelerating and that the world has barely ...

'Forever Saul Leiter'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Dec 28, 2019

'Forever Saul Leiter'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 9-March 8 After leading the New York fashion photography industry during the 1950s and '60s, Saul Leiter (1923-2013) chose to focus on personal works and closed his commercial photography studio in the 1980s. Though a pioneer of color photography and known for his background in ...

Shun Yamaguchi,  Blue Jays  finalize two-year deal

Baseball / MLB Dec 28, 2019

Shun Yamaguchi, Blue Jays finalize two-year deal

Pitcher Shun Yamaguchi has signed a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, the team said on its official website on Friday. The 32-year-old right-hander was the first-ever player posted to the majors by the Yomiuri Giants when the NPB team made him available for negotiation ...