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Partial truce in Afghanistan boosts hopes for lasting peace

World Feb 22, 2020

Partial truce in Afghanistan boosts hopes for lasting peace

Afghans woke up to a weeklong partial truce Saturday after the Taliban, the U.S. and local forces all agreed to a lull that could be a major turning point in the long conflict. If the so-called "reduction in violence" holds, it will be a major ...

Japan can't run out the clock on coronavirus

Commentary / Japan Feb 22, 2020

Japan can't run out the clock on coronavirus

by Adam Minter

Next month the Olympic torch will arrive in Japan for a four-month relay to launch the opening ceremonies for the Tokyo summer games. But rather than anticipating the sight of Olympic torchbearers, much of Japan is fixated on a different relay: hundreds of masked ...

Queensland Reds crush Sunwolves

Rugby Feb 22, 2020

Queensland Reds crush Sunwolves

The Queensland Reds overwhelmed the visiting Sunwolves at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, winning 64-5. The Sunwolves are 1-2 in this year's Super Rugby competition. Starved of possession, Naoya Okubo's team wilted defensively to allow the young Reds team, whose average age was just over 23, ...

Unbeaten Wild Knights trounce Red Hurricanes

Rugby Feb 22, 2020

Unbeaten Wild Knights trounce Red Hurricanes

The Panasonic Wild Knights maintained their perfect start to the Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday, beating the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes 40-3 at Hanazono Rugby Stadium. On a rainy day, it took the Wild Knights a while to get going after falling behind to ...

Abe siblings shine on first day of Dusseldorf Grand Slam

More Sports / Judo Feb 22, 2020

Abe siblings shine on first day of Dusseldorf Grand Slam

Japan won three gold medals Friday on the opening day of the Dusseldorf Grand Slam, with siblings Uta and Hifumi Abe both topping the podium. Nineteen-year-old sensation Uta claimed the women's 52-kg division gold with victory over French rival Amandine Buchard, while 22-year-old Hifumi won ...