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New car sales in 2019 fell on natural disasters and tax hike

Business Jan 6, 2020

New car sales in 2019 fell on natural disasters and tax hike

New car sales fell 1.5 percent to 5.2 million units in 2019, the first decline in three years, thanks to sluggish demand following a series of natural disasters and the consumption tax hike. Sales excluding those of minicars dropped 1.9 percent for the second straight ...

Traffic deaths in Japan hit record low in 2019

National Jan 6, 2020

Traffic deaths in Japan hit record low in 2019

The number of deaths in traffic accidents across Japan last year fell to 3,215, the fewest since officials started compiling comparable data in 1948, according to a National Police Agency report. The number fell by 317, or 9.0 percent, from 2019, the NPA said Monday. By ...

U.N. chief intends to visit Hiroshima during Tokyo Olympics

National Jan 6, 2020

U.N. chief intends to visit Hiroshima during Tokyo Olympics

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said he intends to visit Hiroshima in August a few days before attending the closing ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics, instead of the opening ceremony, sources close to the matter said Sunday. The plan reflects Guterres' desire to highlight ...

Overload on train to Kashmir's internet oasis

Business / Economy Jan 6, 2020

Overload on train to Kashmir's internet oasis

Every day the train to Kashmir's remote cyber oasis Banihal is packed as people travel for hours to get online in the disputed region where internet has been cut for five months. The mountain town of fewer than 4,000 people has six internet cafes, which ...

Business / Tech Jan 6, 2020

U.S. restricts exports of AI for analyzing satellite images

U.S. technology companies that build artificial intelligence software for analyzing satellite imagery will face new restrictions on exporting their products to China and elsewhere. The Commerce Department said new export rules take effect Monday that target emerging technology that could give the U.S. a significant ...

Iraq's legislature calls for expulsion of U.S. troops

World Jan 6, 2020

Iraq's legislature calls for expulsion of U.S. troops

Iraq's Parliament called for the expulsion of U.S. forces from the country in reaction to the American drone attack that killed a top Iranian general, raising the prospect of a troop withdrawal that could cripple the battle against the Islamic State group and allow ...

California eyes $4.2 billion climate bond to prepare for disasters

Business Jan 6, 2020

California eyes $4.2 billion climate bond to prepare for disasters

In a state burdened by billions of dollars in wildfire damage, California lawmakers are hoping for an advance loan before the next climate-fueled catastrophe hits. Lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated state Legislature return to work Monday for the second year of a two-year session. Their to-do ...

Wildfires threaten unique critters on Australian 'Galapagos'

Asia Pacific Jan 6, 2020

Wildfires threaten unique critters on Australian 'Galapagos'

It has been described as Australia's Galapagos Islands and has long been a refuge for some of the country's most endangered creatures. But devastating wildfires over recent days have undone decades of careful conservation work on Kangaroo Island and have threatened to wipe out ...

Regime airstrikes kill nine civilians in northwest Syria, monitor says

World Jan 6, 2020

Regime airstrikes kill nine civilians in northwest Syria, monitor says

Syrian regime airstrikes killed nine civilians in the embattled opposition stronghold of Idlib on Sunday, a war monitor said. Jihadi-dominated Idlib has come under mounting bombardment in recent weeks, displacing tens of thousands of people in the northwestern region home to some 3 million. The regime ...

Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's a super dog!

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Jan 6, 2020

Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's a super dog!

This handsome fellow is William and he's all dog! He's been described as a "big, boisterous ball of fun and energy." However, "super" is the word most often used to describe him. William is super-friendly, super-lively and super-affectionate — over all, he's just plain super! ...

Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki win first doubles match

Tennis Jan 6, 2020

Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki win first doubles match

They’re friends, they’re former World No. 1s in singles and on Monday they became doubles partners for the first time as Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki teamed to win a first round match at the ASB Classic. Williams and Wozniacki overwhelmed Japan's Nao Hibino and ...

Organizers unveil art posters for Tokyo Games

Olympics Jan 6, 2020

Organizers unveil art posters for Tokyo Games

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Monday unveiled the official art posters for the games, including designs by manga artists, painters, calligraphers and photographers from Japan and overseas The 20 posters — 12 based on the theme of the Olympics and eight ...

Dallas Cowboys moving on without Jason Garrett as coach

More Sports / Football Jan 6, 2020

Dallas Cowboys moving on without Jason Garrett as coach

Jason Garrett is out as coach of the Dallas Cowboys after missing the playoffs with an underachieving team in a make-or-break season. The Cowboys made it official Sunday. Garrett had the second-longest tenure with the franchise at 9½ seasons behind Tom Landry's 29 years. Garrett took ...

Mario Balotelli again subjected to racist abuse

Soccer Jan 6, 2020

Mario Balotelli again subjected to racist abuse

There was yet another incident of racism in the Italian first division on Sunday as Mario Balotelli was once again the target of racist chants in Brescia's 2-1 defeat at home to Lazio. The match was halted for a few minutes shortly after the half-hour ...

Lakers put on block party in victory against Pistons

Basketball / NBA Jan 6, 2020

Lakers put on block party in victory against Pistons

After Dwight Howard blocked Andre Drummond's shot with a perfect combination of timing and athleticism, he wagged a Mutombo finger at the uproarious Staples Center crowd. The rest of the Lakers took off on a fast break that left them with a double-digit lead over ...

Vikings deal Saints fresh playoff heartbreak

More Sports / Football Jan 6, 2020

Vikings deal Saints fresh playoff heartbreak

After tight end Kyle Rudolph emerged from a purple swarm of celebrating Vikings near the corner of the end zone, he took an opportunity to mock those who doubted quarterback Kirk Cousins' ability to come through in the clutch. "I'm just glad Kirk can't win ...