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U.S. spies unclear on COVID-19 spread in China, North Korea and Russia

World Mar 31, 2020

U.S. spies unclear on COVID-19 spread in China, North Korea and Russia

As U.S. spy agencies seek to assemble a precise picture of the world's coronavirus outbreaks, they are finding serious gaps in their ability to assess the situation in China, Russia and North Korea, according to five U.S. government sources familiar with the intelligence reporting. The ...

Two-fifths of humanity under lockdown as coronavirus deaths mount

World Mar 31, 2020

Two-fifths of humanity under lockdown as coronavirus deaths mount

Lockdowns aimed at halting the march of the coronavirus pandemic have extended worldwide as the U.S. outbreak continued to accelerate with the death toll there passing 3,000. Despite slivers of hope in stricken Italy, tough measures that have confined two-fifths of the globe's population to ...

Japan advises against travel to 49 more nations, including U.S.

National Mar 31, 2020

Japan advises against travel to 49 more nations, including U.S.

Japan on Tuesday warned citizens to avoid all travel to 49 more countries and regions including the United States, China, South Korea and Taiwan amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Foreign Ministry raised its travel advisory for these areas to Level 3 — the second-highest level ...

Offbeat Mar 31, 2020

U.S. man teaching dog how to drive arrested after high-speed chase

A resident of the western U.S. state of Washington was arrested following a high-speed chase that left officers dumbfounded after they found the man's pit bull behind the wheel. The incident unfolded Sunday afternoon after police received calls about a driver hitting two vehicles in ...

Japanese car production in China down 86% in February

Business / Corporate Mar 31, 2020

Japanese car production in China down 86% in February

Output by major Japanese carmakers in China plunged 86.7 percent in February from a year earlier to 29,911 units due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to data released by the companies. The automakers temporarily closed plants in China due to the spread of the virus ...

WHO to work toward success of Tokyo Olympics, Tedros tells Abe

National Mar 31, 2020

WHO to work toward success of Tokyo Olympics, Tedros tells Abe

The head of the World Health Organization told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday that he wants to make preparations with Japan for the "success" of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Speaking by phone, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed his support for Japan's agreement ...

Global warming wreaks havoc on Japanese edible kelp

National Mar 31, 2020

Global warming wreaks havoc on Japanese edible kelp

In the not too distant future, global warming could deprive Japanese cuisine of an essential element: konbu, or edible kelp. A Hokkaido University research group has warned that 11 principal breeds of natural konbu may cease to exist by the 2090s. That also poses a threat ...

U.S. judge grants early release to Brazilian in FIFA corruption scandal

Soccer Mar 31, 2020

U.S. judge grants early release to Brazilian in FIFA corruption scandal

A federal judge in New York on Monday granted the release from prison, on humanitarian grounds, of an 87-year-old former senior Brazilian soccer official tarnished by the FIFA corruption scandal. Judge Pamela Chen authorized the release of Jose Maria Marin, a former Brazilian Football Confederation ...

Vissel defender Gotoku Sakai tests positive for COVID-19

J. League Mar 31, 2020

Vissel defender Gotoku Sakai tests positive for COVID-19

Former Japan defender Gotoku Sakai has tested positive for COVID-19, his club Vissel Kobe confirmed Monday, making him the first known J. League player to have been infected. According to Vissel, Sakai fell ill late Wednesday night with a fever of 38 degrees Celsius and ...

NBA planning players-only NBA 2K tourney: report

NBA Mar 31, 2020

NBA planning players-only NBA 2K tourney: report

The NBA has plans for a players-only NBA 2K video game tournament to be shown on ESPN, Yahoo Sports reported Monday evening. Per the report, the league hopes to launch the event Friday and involve some big-name players. Each team is expected to have a ...