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Virus deals new blow to Cambodian city bound to China

Asia Pacific Feb 21, 2020

Virus deals new blow to Cambodian city bound to China

An influx of Chinese that some Cambodians once resented for bringing noise, dust and chaos to the port of Sihanoukville is the cause of more pain now that it has gone into reverse. The new coronavirus has meant yet another setback for Sihanoukville after the ...

Fires and climate fears rattle Australia's giant coal lobby

Business | FOCUS Feb 21, 2020

Fires and climate fears rattle Australia's giant coal lobby

As bush fires and floods fuel public concerns in Australia about global warming, the country's powerful mining lobby is facing increasing pressure from investors to drop support for new coal mines, according to a dozen interviews with shareholders in global mining companies. Nearly a third ...

Japan and Australia economies already feeling impact from COVID-19

Business Feb 21, 2020

Japan and Australia economies already feeling impact from COVID-19

Asia's biggest economies are already feeling the brunt of new coronavirus COVID-19. Key gauges for manufacturing in Australia and Japan have fallen while early export orders for South Korea show a slump in Chinese demand. The warning signs come as finance chiefs from the Group of ...

South Sudan to form unity government by Saturday deadline

World / Politics Feb 21, 2020

South Sudan to form unity government by Saturday deadline

Oil-rich South Sudan's former rebel leader and its president will form a unity government by Saturday's deadline, they announced on Thursday, quashing fears the deadline would be pushed back again. South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but plunged into a civil war in ...

Reds open season with road victory over Bellmare

Soccer / J. League Feb 21, 2020

Reds open season with road victory over Bellmare

The Urawa Reds, coming off a 14th-place finish last year and without some of their big names, opened the J. League season by beating Shonan Bellmare 3-2 on Friday. Despite missing several big players and with defensive linchpin Tomoaki Makino starting on the bench, the ...

JTTA to assist China amid COVID-19 crisis

More Sports Feb 21, 2020

JTTA to assist China amid COVID-19 crisis

The Japan Table Tennis Association has agreed to take in about 50 members of China's national table tennis team who are unable to return home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, sources said Friday. According to the sources, the JTTA is arranging to bring ...

England coach Eddie Jones apologizes for 'half-Asian' joke

Rugby Feb 21, 2020

England coach Eddie Jones apologizes for 'half-Asian' joke

England coach Eddie Jones apologized to a reporter who he suggested could not tell half-Asians apart in a barbed answer to a question on Thursday. Jones, the son of a Japanese-American mother and an Australian father, was speaking during a news conference at England's training ...

Consadole Sapporo postpone ticket sales over virus fears

Soccer / J. League Feb 21, 2020

Consadole Sapporo postpone ticket sales over virus fears

Consadole Sapporo said Friday they will postpone the general sale of tickets for J. League home games because of concerns over the fast-spreading COVID-19. The move comes after health minister Katsunobu Kato urged caution over holding large-scale events across the country in the wake of ...

High-flyer Misugu Okamoto eyes skateboarding gold

More Sports Feb 21, 2020

High-flyer Misugu Okamoto eyes skateboarding gold

Having won four qualifying tournaments to date, including the world championships in September, the maiden Olympic gold medal in women's park looks well within the grasp of 13-year-old skateboarder Misugu Okamoto. Likely to be Japan's youngest athlete at the Tokyo Games at age 14, Okamoto ...