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37 articles published


Q&A: Issues at stake in Libya peace conference in Berlin

World Jan 19, 2020

Q&A: Issues at stake in Libya peace conference in Berlin

Key players meet Sunday in Berlin to build on a fragile cease-fire for Libya and try to tackle foreign interference in a country mired in chaos since its 2011 NATO-backed uprising. Here are key elements behind the insecurity and political anarchy in the oil-rich North ...

Timeline: Libyan chaos since overthrow of Gadhafi in 2011

World Jan 19, 2020

Timeline: Libyan chaos since overthrow of Gadhafi in 2011

Oil-rich Libya has been mired in chaos since the ouster and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, with two rival authorities and a multitude of militias now vying for control. The country's internationally recognized unity government is based in Tripoli while eastern strongman Khalifa ...

Japanese matchmaking firms get high-tech lift from gadgets and AI

Business / Tech Jan 19, 2020

Japanese matchmaking firms get high-tech lift from gadgets and AI

Artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies are starting to play a role in matchmaking as they increasingly wind their way deeper into people's lives. Today's high-tech gadgets are now being used to give people greater knowledge of potential mates, details from hobbies and smoking preferences ...

Meghan: TV actress gives up starring royal role

World Jan 19, 2020

Meghan: TV actress gives up starring royal role

by James Pheby

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was hailed as a breath of fresh air for the royal family when she married Prince Harry, but the fairy tale quickly turned sour. Saturday's announcement from Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace set the seal on her withdrawal from royal ...

British royals: A century of abdication, divorce and death

World Jan 19, 2020

British royals: A century of abdication, divorce and death

The announcement Saturday that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are to give up their titles and stop receiving public funds is only the latest installment in a royal soap opera that has gripped Britain and the world. Love over country The 1936 abdication of Edward ...

Iran accuses AFC of bias over match-hosting ban

Soccer Jan 19, 2020

Iran accuses AFC of bias over match-hosting ban

Iran on Sunday accused Asian soccer's governing body of bias for a proposed ban on it hosting club matches, after a spate of security incidents including the downing of an airliner. "It appears that the decision of your Competitions Committee was influenced by foreign media ...

Kokkai helped European rikishi arrive in sumo world

Sumo | Rikishi Files Jan 19, 2020

Kokkai helped European rikishi arrive in sumo world

by John Gunning

The first rikishi whose place of origin was listed as somewhere outside Japan was Hiraga, who joined professional sumo in 1934. Three decades later, Jesse Kuhaulua became the first wrestler of non-Japanese descent in ōzumō (professional sumo). It took almost another half-century for the first European ...

Three tied for New Year Basho lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 19, 2020

Three tied for New Year Basho lead

Takakeisho and Shodai maintained their share of the lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday following losses by two of the five joint overnight leaders. The pair sit in a three-way tie at 7-1 with No. 17 maegashira Tokushoryu after No. 1 ...

Osaka to face young guns at Australian Open

Tennis Jan 19, 2020

Osaka to face young guns at Australian Open

by Joel Tansey

Asked to select the female player under 25 who is likely to have the best career, American tennis legend Chris Evert hesitates, hums and haws before coming up with her answer. "I'm looking at Naomi Osaka's name right here. I think Naomi," she told reporters ...

Brave Blossoms star Kenki Fukuoka sets sights on Tokyo Olympics

Rugby Jan 19, 2020

Brave Blossoms star Kenki Fukuoka sets sights on Tokyo Olympics

Rugby World Cup star Kenki Fukuoka said Saturday he was relieved to score a try in his final 15s match of the season as he shifts his focus toward this summer's Tokyo Olympics. "I'm happy and relieved," Fukuoka said after his Panasonic Wild Knights defeated ...

German star Lukas Podolski leaving Vissel

Soccer / J. League Jan 19, 2020

German star Lukas Podolski leaving Vissel

Vissel Kobe announced Saturday that former Germany international Lukas Podolski is leaving the J. League first-division club upon the expiration of his contract. The 34-year-old striker joined Kobe in the summer of 2017 on a 2½-year deal with an estimated annual salary of ¥600 million ...