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U.S. and Iran draw back from brink but new threats show crisis not over

World Jan 9, 2020

U.S. and Iran draw back from brink but new threats show crisis not over

Iran spurned U.S. President Donald Trump's call for a new nuclear pact and a commander threatened more attacks after both sides appeared to back off from intensified conflict following the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and Tehran's retaliatory missile strikes. Concern that the Middle ...

Philippine Catholics swarm Christ icon hoping for miracle

Asia Pacific Jan 9, 2020

Philippine Catholics swarm Christ icon hoping for miracle

Swarms of barefoot believers thronged a revered icon of Jesus Christ on Thursday in Manila for a slow-moving and raucous procession that is considered one of the world's largest shows of Catholic fervor. As the sun rose, hundreds of thousands of faithful were packed along ...

Japan defense chief observes map exercise ahead of MSDF Mideast dispatch

National Jan 9, 2020

Japan defense chief observes map exercise ahead of MSDF Mideast dispatch

Defense Minister Taro Kono observed an exercise conducted by Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel Thursday ahead of their dispatch to the Middle East on an information-gathering mission later this month. Commanding officers — including the captain of the Takanami destroyer, which is scheduled to be sent ...

Most Puerto Ricans remain without power, with many sleeping outdoors

World Jan 9, 2020

Most Puerto Ricans remain without power, with many sleeping outdoors

More than half of Puerto Rico's 3 million people remained without power on Wednesday and thousands slept outdoors after earthquakes toppled homes on the Caribbean island and raised fears more could collapse. Tuesday's quakes, including the most powerful one to strike the U.S. territory in ...

Amazon forest fires rose 30% in 2019

World / Science & Health Jan 9, 2020

Amazon forest fires rose 30% in 2019

The number of fires in the Amazon rainforest grew 30.5 percent in 2019 from the previous year, according to data released by space research agency INPE on Wednesday. According to INPE, the number of fires detected in the Amazon region was 89,178 in 2019, compared ...

Prince Harry and Meghan to 'step back' as senior U.K. royals

World Jan 9, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan to 'step back' as senior U.K. royals

In a stunning declaration, Britain's Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, said they are planning "to step back" as senior members of the royal family and "work to become financially independent." A statement issued by the couple Wednesday evening also said they intend to "balance" ...

Ukraine jetliner crash another challenge for Boeing

Business Jan 9, 2020

Ukraine jetliner crash another challenge for Boeing

by John Biers

The latest tragic plane crash involving another Boeing aircraft adds to the travails facing the company after its 737 Max was grounded nearly a year ago following two deadly crashes. Details were limited Wednesday about the crash of a Ukraine International Airlines plane, a Boeing ...

Paris shops' sales halved as strikes bring chaos to the city

Business / Economy Jan 9, 2020

Paris shops' sales halved as strikes bring chaos to the city

Five weeks into strikes crippling French transport, Emile Sebbag is agonizing over how to keep afloat his two Parisian clothing stores, deserted by shoppers as the backlash against France's pension reform drags on. The start of winter sales on Wednesday — traditionally a big event ...

Old-fashioned No. 9's are back in fashion in Italy

Soccer Jan 9, 2020

Old-fashioned No. 9's are back in fashion in Italy

Forget the false nine. Traditional No. 9's are back in vogue in Serie A. From Romelu Lukaku to Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti — and even the new-look Cristiano Ronaldo — old-fashioned center forwards are grabbing the spotlight as the Italian League approaches its midway ...

Athletes' village features accessibility, scenic views

Olympics Jan 9, 2020

Athletes' village features accessibility, scenic views

Details of the waterfront athletes' village for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games were revealed Thursday, with organizers emphasizing its accessibility and ease of use for para-athletes. Located near the center of scheduled events inside the capital, the 44-hectare village features three sides offering ...

Flyers skate past Capitals

More Sports / Ice Hockey Jan 9, 2020

Flyers skate past Capitals

Travis Konecny, Robert Hagg and Kevin Hayes each scored one goal to lift the host Philadelphia Flyers past the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Wednesday night. After a rough 1-4-1 road trip, the Flyers returned home, where they're now 14-2-4. Philadelphia goaltender Carter Hart allowed two ...

New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

Sumo Jan 9, 2020

New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

by John Gunning

Every sumo tournament contains a myriad of storylines. One of the most fascinating aspects of the sport is the fact that the kachikoshi/makekoshi delineation of winning and losing records determines both the starting positions for the following meet and the lifestyle of the wrestlers. In sports ...

Jazz pounce on short-handed Knicks

Basketball / NBA Jan 9, 2020

Jazz pounce on short-handed Knicks

Emmanuel Mudiay has never lacked confidence, though the former seventh overall draft pick knew he could get better. Mudiay scored a season-high 20 points against his former team and Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 16 rebounds to power the Utah Jazz to a 128-104 ...

Shogo Akiyama wanted to make history by joining Reds

Baseball / MLB Jan 9, 2020

Shogo Akiyama wanted to make history by joining Reds

Shogo Akiyama knew the Cincinnati Reds were the only MLB team that never had a player born in Japan. The chance to break a barrier was part of his impetus to sign. The former Seibu Lions star got a $21 million, three-year deal this week ...