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63 articles published


‘Five Eyes’ intel alliance ties up with Japan on North Korea threat

National Jan 27, 2020

‘Five Eyes’ intel alliance ties up with Japan on North Korea threat

The "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing alliance of English-speaking nations is working with France, Japan and South Korea in an effort to restrain North Korea's provocations, government sources said Sunday. With the expanded framework, the alliance — which comprises Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. and the ...

Fighting rages as Libya force pushes toward key western city

World Jan 27, 2020

Fighting rages as Libya force pushes toward key western city

Officials from Libya's two rival governments said fighting erupted Sunday as the country's east-based forces advanced toward the strategic western city of Misrata, further eroding a crumbling cease-fire agreement brokered earlier this month. The clashes came just hours after the United Nations decried "continued blatant ...

China now world's second-biggest weapons producer, report says

Asia Pacific Jan 27, 2020

China now world's second-biggest weapons producer, report says

The opaque Chinese arms industry has made the Asian nation the world's second-largest producer of munitions, a clear shift from a decade ago when China relied on imports, researchers said in a new report Monday. The report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) ...

Happiness is a new friend with a wagging tail

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Jan 27, 2020

Happiness is a new friend with a wagging tail

Pondi Two, or Hyotan, as he was nicknamed, was rescued from a hoarder and first featured here in Adopt Me! last August. Since then he's been adopted by Tomomi and Soshi Eto of Kawasaki and rechristened Gigi. Their meeting had come about largely because Tomomi ...

Steady Rafael Nadal beats animated Nick Kyrgios at Australian Open

Tennis Jan 27, 2020

Steady Rafael Nadal beats animated Nick Kyrgios at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal left the muttering and the preening, the underarm serving and the 'tweening, to his younger, flashier opponent, Nick Kyrgios. Surely, Nadal was content to collect the win in the latest installment of their rivalry. The No. 1-ranked Nadal kept his thoughts to himself and ...

Kobe Bryant: His legacy in Japan

Basketball / NBA Jan 27, 2020

Kobe Bryant: His legacy in Japan

by Ed Odeven

What does Kobe Bryant mean to Japan's basketball culture? Simply put, he was the most popular player here since Michael Jordan retired for good in 2003. He was the biggest star of the 21st century, and the player whose presence was missed the most at ...

John McEnroe blasts 'homophobic' Margaret Court

Tennis Jan 27, 2020

John McEnroe blasts 'homophobic' Margaret Court

John McEnroe blasted fellow tennis great Margaret Court's "offensive and homophobic" views on Monday as the Australian Open prepared to mark 50 years since her calendar-year Grand Slam. The American said Court, 77, was Tennis Australia's "crazy aunt" and that marking the golden anniversary of ...

Tokushoryu revels in improbable basho triumph

Sumo Jan 27, 2020

Tokushoryu revels in improbable basho triumph

A day after a Cinderella story unfolded at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokushoryu spoke about his improbable victory at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament and the whirlwind of emotions that came with his newfound fame. "This is amazing. What have I done," said the 33-year-old ...

Pro Bowlers remember Kobe Bryant as AFC tops NFC again

More Sports / Football Jan 27, 2020

Pro Bowlers remember Kobe Bryant as AFC tops NFC again

Green Bay linebacker Za'Darius Smith hastily organized an homage to Kobe Bryant minutes before the Pro Bowl. Smith and his NFC teammates learned about Bryant's death while they were in the locker room getting ready for the NFL's all-star game Sunday. Smith suggested the best ...

NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

Basketball / NBA Jan 27, 2020

NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with both his sublime skills and his unquenchable competitive fire. He also earned Los Angeles' eternal adoration during his two decades as the fierce soul of the city's beloved Lakers. Less than four years into his retirement ...

Kobe Bryant's death leaves NBA players, others in shock

Basketball / NBA Jan 27, 2020

Kobe Bryant's death leaves NBA players, others in shock

Kobe Bryant authored some of his most memorable moments at Madison Square Garden and made himself a centerpiece of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry. Bryant was remembered for that and so much more Sunday after the five-time NBA champion, his teenage daughter and seven others were killed ...