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Mother 'reunited' with dead daughter on South Korean VR show

Business / Tech Feb 15, 2020

Mother 'reunited' with dead daughter on South Korean VR show

A tearful reunion between a mother and her dead daughter via advanced virtual reality for a South Korean television has become an online hit, triggering fierce debate about voyeurism and exploitation. The footage began with the girl — who died of leukemia in 2016 — ...

Rehearsal for Olympic torch relay held in western Tokyo

National Feb 15, 2020

Rehearsal for Olympic torch relay held in western Tokyo

With just over a month until the Olympic flame arrives, organizers of the Tokyo Games held a dress rehearsal Saturday for the Japan leg of the torch relay. Four runners carried unlit Olympic torches for around 200 meters each in Hamura, western Tokyo, on Saturday ...

U.S. and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

World Feb 15, 2020

U.S. and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

The United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end 18 years of war. The peace deal would call for negotiations between Afghans ...

Global defense spending rose 4% in 2019, study says

World Feb 15, 2020

Global defense spending rose 4% in 2019, study says

Global defense spending saw its biggest jump in a decade in 2019, driven by the U.S. and China, a study said Friday, as rivalries and conflicts stoke military investment. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said the 4 percent rise, compared to a year ...

Wild Knights maintain perfect record in Top League

Rugby Feb 15, 2020

Wild Knights maintain perfect record in Top League

A late brace by substitute Taiki Koyama earned the Panasonic Wild Knights their fifth bonus-point win of the season, a 46-27 victory over the Toshiba Brave Lupus on Saturday. The late charge at Kumagaya Sports and Culture Park, enabled by a steady stream of defensive ...

Chiefs pounce on Sunwolves

Rugby Feb 15, 2020

Chiefs pounce on Sunwolves

The Sunwolves suffered their first loss of the Super Rugby season Saturday, losing 43-17 to the Chiefs. In an entertaining game in front of 18,708 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, the rugged, hard work of the Chiefs pack and the mercurial skills of Damian ...

Netflix to air Naomi Osaka documentary series

Tennis Feb 15, 2020

Netflix to air Naomi Osaka documentary series

by Ed Odeven

Two-time Grand Slam singles winner Naomi Osaka will be featured in an upcoming documentary series to air on Netflix, and the project has the backing of one of global sports' most prominent individuals. The Uninterrupted, the media brand founded by NBA superstar LeBron James and ...

UEFA hands Manchester City two-season ban from Champions League

Soccer Feb 15, 2020

UEFA hands Manchester City two-season ban from Champions League

English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned from the Champions League for two seasons by UEFA on Friday for "serious breaches" of spending rules and failing to cooperate with investigators in a seismic ruling against one of world soccer's wealthiest clubs. The Abu Dhabi-owned ...

Japan sets record in team pursuit

More Sports / Winter Sports Feb 15, 2020

Japan sets record in team pursuit

The Japan women's trio, sisters Miho and Nana Takagi and Ayano Sato, won the team pursuit in a world-record time on the opening day of the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships on Friday. The team crossed the finish line at the Utah Olympic ...

Wild fire coach Bruce Boudreau

More Sports / Ice Hockey Feb 15, 2020

Wild fire coach Bruce Boudreau

The Minnesota Wild fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday with the goal of correcting some inconsistencies and making a late-season push for a playoff spot. First-year general manager Bill Guerin said he felt the timing was right to move on from Boudreau and replace him ...