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78 articles published


Business Feb 14, 2020

Japan not among allies exempted from tighter U.S. investment rules

The United States on Thursday put into effect tougher screening rules on investments from abroad that initially exempt some of its close allies but not Japan. The new regulations boost the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which examines foreign ...

World / Science & Health Feb 14, 2020

DNA study detects mysterious human 'ghost' species

Scientists examining the genomes of West Africans have detected signs that a mysterious extinct human species interbred with our own species tens of thousands of years ago in Africa, the latest evidence of humankind's complicated genetic ancestry. The study indicated that present-day West Africans can ...

China moves on two fronts to ease anger over coronavirus

Asia Pacific | FOCUS Feb 14, 2020

China moves on two fronts to ease anger over coronavirus

China took action on two fronts to gain control of the spiraling coronavirus outbreak gripping the country: reporting a dramatic increase in cases and ousting top officials who failed to check the disease's expansion. First, health authorities revealed Thursday that cases in Hubei province, where ...

Cultural Affairs Agency's move from Tokyo to Kyoto postponed

National Feb 14, 2020

Cultural Affairs Agency's move from Tokyo to Kyoto postponed

The central government and Kyoto authorities Thursday approved a delay in the relocation of the Cultural Affairs Agency from Tokyo to Kyoto from the original schedule of before March 2022. Construction work at the new site in the city is taking longer than expected due ...

This January was hottest since records began in 1880

World / Science & Health Feb 14, 2020

This January was hottest since records began in 1880

Last month was the hottest January on record, surpassing a previous high recorded in 2016, the U.S. climate service said Thursday. Land and ocean surface temperatures surpassed the 20th century January average of 53.6 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) by 2.05 degrees F (1.13 C), ...

Antarctica registers record temperature of 20.75 Celsius

World / Science & Health Feb 14, 2020

Antarctica registers record temperature of 20.75 Celsius

Scientists in Antarctica have recorded a new record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius (69.35 Fahrenheit), breaking the barrier of 20 degrees for the first time on the continent, a researcher said Thursday. Brazilian researcher Carlos Schaefer told AFP the reading at a monitoring station on ...

U.S. brings new charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei

Business / Tech Feb 14, 2020

U.S. brings new charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei

The Justice Department has added new criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei and two of its U.S. subsidiaries, accusing the company in a plot to steal trade secrets from competitors in America, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. The company is also accused of installing surveillance ...

Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama begins transition to majors

Baseball / MLB Feb 14, 2020

Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama begins transition to majors

Shogo Akiyama got into the batter's box and took his first swing with the Cincinnati Reds at spring training. He barely made contact. "I was very embarrassed," Akiyama said through translator Luke Shinoda. "I'm looking forward to tomorrow now." He'll get plenty more chances. Cincinnati signed Akiyama ...

New York museum honors city's rich basketball history

Basketball Feb 14, 2020

New York museum honors city's rich basketball history

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar smiled as he rattled off the names of his former high school teammates and opponents. The Hall of Fame center was intently watching video of one of his New York high school championships when he starred for Power Memorial Academy 55 years ago. ...

Pele dismisses talk of depression, says he's 'doing fine'

Soccer Feb 14, 2020

Pele dismisses talk of depression, says he's 'doing fine'

Pele sought to reassure fans on Thursday that he was doing fine, after his son alluded to depression and said the aging star now barely leaves home. "Thanks for your prayers and your worry. I am doing fine. I will be 80 this year," Pele, ...

Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart steer Celtics past Clippers in 20T

Basketball / NBA Feb 14, 2020

Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart steer Celtics past Clippers in 20T

Jayson Tatum didn't want to smile. But sometimes the moment calls for it. The Celtics were trailing 124-123 in the final minute of overtime in their back-and-forth slugfest with the Clippers and Tatum found himself defended by Landry Shamet and Montrezl Harrell. Tatum hesitated, sidestepped ...