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Asia Pacific Apr 10, 2020

Taiwan accuses Chinese trolls of fomenting racism spat with WHO

Taiwan accused Chinese internet users of spreading fabricated expressions of remorse in a coordinated effort to paint Taipei as the source of a campaign of racist abuse against the head of the World Health Organization. Chinese internet users are claiming to be Taiwanese and apologizing ...

Crowdfunding aids restaurants crippled by Japan's coronavirus measures

Business Apr 10, 2020

Crowdfunding aids restaurants crippled by Japan's coronavirus measures

Crowdfunding projects are spreading nationwide to help restaurants in crisis cope with drastic declines in business caused by social distancing and other precautions being taken to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Around 80 percent of the nation's eateries saw their February sales drop from a year ...

Europe's beer brewers fear a bitter summer as lockdowns drag on

Business Apr 10, 2020

Europe's beer brewers fear a bitter summer as lockdowns drag on

Shuttered bars, canceled concerts and no sports matches: European beer brewers large and small are bracing for a catastrophic summer as demand dries up during the lockdowns imposed to curtail the coronavirus outbreak. "When it's nice out, that's when you sell beer," said Maxime Costilhes, ...

As Africa looks for clean power, interest in nuclear grows

Business Apr 10, 2020

As Africa looks for clean power, interest in nuclear grows

Faced with power shortfalls, demands for greener energy and drought threats to hydropower, a growing range of African nations are considering a shift to an unexpected power source — nuclear energy. South Africa has the continent's only commercial nuclear power plant. But according to the ...

Japan considers postponing ceremonies for Crown Prince Akishino

National Apr 10, 2020

Japan considers postponing ceremonies for Crown Prince Akishino

The government is considering to postpone this month's Rikkoshi no Rei ceremonies, meant to proclaim Crown Prince Akishino's rise to first in line to the throne, due to the spread of the new coronavirus, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday. The possible delay comes ...

Virus gives embattled Thai premier chance to consolidate power

Asia Pacific / Politics Apr 10, 2020

Virus gives embattled Thai premier chance to consolidate power

Thailand’s coup-chief-turned-premier Prayut Chan-ocha has regained sweeping emergency powers to fight the coronavirus outbreak, pinning his political fate to the response he crafts as discontent grows. This week he confirmed a $58 billion stimulus package to mitigate the economic fallout, after earlier efforts were described ...

National Apr 10, 2020

Japan OKs bill to promote regional culture and tourism

Japan enacted a bill on Friday to offer financial aid for the promotion of regional tourism through the improvement of services at museums and other local cultural facilities. The government will subsidize such facilities' efforts to make their buildings barrier-free, introduce multilingual guides for visitors ...

Komeito eyes special legislation to postpone local elections

National Apr 10, 2020

Komeito eyes special legislation to postpone local elections

Komeito, the coalition partner of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, is considering a bill to allow local elections to be postponed in Tokyo and six prefectures under a state of emergency over the novel coronavirus, it was learned Thursday. At a news conference ...

World faces new 'Great Depression' as coronavirus toll mounts

World Apr 10, 2020

World faces new 'Great Depression' as coronavirus toll mounts

World powers scrambled on Thursday to build a global response to the human tragedy and once-in-a-century economic collapse caused by the coronavirus epidemic, as the worldwide death toll topped 90,000. In a locked-down New York, the U.N. Security Council was to meet on the pandemic ...

Olympic dreams on hold for local volunteers and hosts in Japan

Olympics Apr 10, 2020

Olympic dreams on hold for local volunteers and hosts in Japan

Olympic volunteer Ami Endo has dreamed for years of seeing the games, but despite her crushing disappointment over Tokyo 2020 being postponed, she is determined to be part of next year's edition. It's a "once-in-a-lifetime event," the 19-year-old university student said not long after the ...

FIBA postpones Olympic qualifiers by one year in readjusted schedule

Basketball Apr 10, 2020

FIBA postpones Olympic qualifiers by one year in readjusted schedule

World basketball's governing body has postponed the men's Olympic qualifiers, the European Championship and the Americas Championship by a year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, FIBA said Thursday. FIBA was forced to rearrange their calendar after the Olympics, originally due to take place from July 24 ...

Floyd Mayweather's virtual likeness to face boxing greats

Boxing Apr 10, 2020

Floyd Mayweather's virtual likeness to face boxing greats

Floyd Mayweather went undefeated during his storied career and will now hope to maintain that dominance in simulated bouts after agreeing to put his digital likeness up against other boxing greats, it was announced Thursday. The joint venture between Mayweather, streaming platform fuboTV and virtual ...

Scottish clubs set for crucial vote on ending season

Soccer Apr 10, 2020

Scottish clubs set for crucial vote on ending season

The Scottish soccer season was suspended until at least June 10 on Thursday as clubs prepared to vote on a Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) resolution to end the season immediately in the lower divisions. All matches in Scotland were originally halted on March 13 ...