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Virus-hit Diamond Princess exits quarantine in Yokohama

National Mar 26, 2020

Virus-hit Diamond Princess exits quarantine in Yokohama

The Diamond Princess, a cruise ship that captured headlines after an outbreak of COVID-19 among those on board, left a pier in Yokohama port Wednesday after nearly two months of quarantine. The ship is scheduled to be put into service again in mid-May, according to ...

Fake cures, risky rumors: Virus misinformation hits home

World / Science & Health Mar 26, 2020

Fake cures, risky rumors: Virus misinformation hits home

From being duped into taking poisonous "cures" to watching businesses crumble and avoiding life-saving medication, people are suffering devastating real-world impacts of a deluge of online virus misinformation. As the new coronavirus sets scientists scrambling for a solution, rumors and false claims are fueling confusion ...

Asia Pacific Mar 26, 2020

Dutch state must pay damages for colonial killings in Indonesia

The Dutch state must pay compensation to relatives of 11 men executed by colonial troops during Indonesia's independence war in the late 1940s, judges ruled Wednesday. The Hague District Court ordered the state to pay damages ranging from €10,000 ($10,800) to €123 to eight widows ...

Ex-Ukrainian foreign minister detained over businessman's murder

World / Crime & Legal Mar 26, 2020

Ex-Ukrainian foreign minister detained over businessman's murder

A former Ukrainian foreign minister was detained on Wednesday on suspicion of murdering the director of a large advertising group, the interior ministry said. Leonid Kozhara, 57, served as foreign minister under Ukraine's Kremlin-friendly president Viktor Yanukovych, ousted in 2014 after bloody pro-Europe street demonstrations. The ...

World Mar 26, 2020

Boko Haram kills 139 Chadian and Nigerian troops

Boko Haram Islamist militants operating in Africa's Lake Chad region killed 92 Chadian soldiers and 47 Nigerian troops in separate attacks on the same day, dealing a blow to a multinational effort to defeat their 11-year-old insurgency. At least 92 soldiers were killed and 47 ...

Business / Corporate Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus-hit airlines swap passengers for cargo to stay aloft

Unable to fill planes with passengers as the coronavirus destroys travel demand, airlines are instead using their fleets to transport more cargo, including medicines, smartphones and Korean strawberries. The likes of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Korean Air Lines Co. and American Airlines Group Inc. are ...

Spaniards steal water as desertification spreads

World Mar 26, 2020

Spaniards steal water as desertification spreads

by Daniel Bosque

Inside her greenhouse, Emilia Gomez bends down to see how her strawberries are faring following a difficult season with barely any water after her farm's illegal well was shut down. Digging an illegal well to irrigate crops is a widespread practice in Spain as water ...

Japan Display bailout plan gets shareholder approval

Business / Corporate Mar 26, 2020

Japan Display bailout plan gets shareholder approval

Japan Display Inc. shareholders have signed off on a bailout plan involving a capital injection from a private Japanese fund to erase its negative net worth so the company can turn itself around. Under the bailout plan, which was approved Wednesday at an extraordinary shareholders ...

Sponsors ready to keep supporting Tokyo Olympics

Business Mar 26, 2020

Sponsors ready to keep supporting Tokyo Olympics

Companies sponsoring the Tokyo Olympics appear ready to continue supporting the games, but are likely to be burdened with extra work following a decision on the postponement of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as negotiations to extend their sponsorship contracts. "Shouldering additional ...

Coronavirus death toll passes 20,000, with three billion under lockdown

World Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus death toll passes 20,000, with three billion under lockdown

More than three billion people around the world were living under lockdown on Wednesday as governments stepped up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic, which has left more than 20,000 people dead. As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, UN Secretary General ...

Tom Brady over Jameis Winston an easy decision for Buccaneers

Football Mar 26, 2020

Tom Brady over Jameis Winston an easy decision for Buccaneers

The decision to pursue Tom Brady in free agency was a no-brainer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s not to suggest a lot of thinking and planning didn’t go into it. In snaring the six-time Super Bowl winner, who signed a two-year, $50 million contract that’s ...

IOC President Thomas Bach opens door to staging Tokyo Games in spring

Olympics Mar 26, 2020

IOC President Thomas Bach opens door to staging Tokyo Games in spring

The rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics will require sacrifices and compromises by all involved, International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday, before predicting the completion of "a beautiful jigsaw puzzle and wonderful Olympic Games." "Our mission is to organize games and make dreams of ...