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National / Crime & Legal Feb 13, 2020

243 police staff disciplined in Japan in 2019

Police officers and other staff members disciplined in Japan numbered 243 in 2019, down 14 from 2018 for a seventh straight annual drop, National Police Agency data showed Thursday. Those punished for sexual misconduct — such as sexual harassment and secret filming — came to ...

White House claims Huawei equipment has back door for spying

Business / Tech Feb 13, 2020

White House claims Huawei equipment has back door for spying

The Chinese company Huawei can secretly tap into communications through the networking equipment it sells globally, a U.S. official charged as the White House stepped up efforts to persuade allies to ban the gear from next-generation cellular networks. The U.S. national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, ...

Destructive far-right out to shatter German politics

World / Politics Feb 13, 2020

Destructive far-right out to shatter German politics

The city of Erfurt, a quiet, chocolate-box town of around 200,000 inhabitants, is an unlikely epicenter for an earthquake that is shaking German politics to its post-war foundations. Yet last week, the city was the scene of a political scandal that toppled Chancellor Angela Merkel's ...

Battle to succeed Angela Merkel kicks off in Germany's CDU

World / Politics Feb 13, 2020

Battle to succeed Angela Merkel kicks off in Germany's CDU

The search to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor has started to get rolling as the first two contenders register their interest amid growing pressure to accelerate the process to choose a candidate for the next election. Friedrich Merz will run to be leader of Merkel's ...

112-year-old Japanese recognized as world's oldest living man

National Feb 13, 2020

112-year-old Japanese recognized as world's oldest living man

A 112-year-old Japanese who has been recognized as the world's oldest living man cited "laughter" Wednesday as the secret to his longevity. Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907, pumped his fist as he was handed a certificate by a Guinness World Records ...

Turkey and Russia trade accusations as Syria tensions rise

World Feb 13, 2020

Turkey and Russia trade accusations as Syria tensions rise

Turkey's president accused Russia of committing "massacres" in its support of the Syrian government on Wednesday, escalating a war of words as more Turkish reinforcements arrived on the ground. Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to strike Syrian regime forces "everywhere" if its soldiers come under renewed ...

Nets end Raptors' 15-game win streak

Basketball / NBA Feb 13, 2020

Nets end Raptors' 15-game win streak

The Toronto Raptors were hoping to keep rolling right into the All-Star break. Instead, they had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Still, the reigning NBA champions are 40-15 despite losing Kawhi Leonard last summer ...

Jets coach Paul Maurice signs contract extension

More Sports / Ice Hockey Feb 13, 2020

Jets coach Paul Maurice signs contract extension

Paul Maurice, in his 22nd season as an NHL coach, signed a multiyear contract extension on Wednesday to remain with the Winnipeg Jets. The 53-year-old Canadian is in his seventh season guiding the Jets, who are 29-24 with five over-time losses for 63 points, one ...