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Putin has a Syria ‘headache’ and the Kremlin’s blaming Assad

World Apr 28, 2020

Putin has a Syria ‘headache’ and the Kremlin’s blaming Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin is letting his impatience show with Syrian ally Bashar Assad, who isn’t proving as grateful for being kept in power by Russian intervention in his country’s brutal civil war as the Kremlin leader needs him to be. Consumed at home by ...

March restaurant sales log fastest fall in nearly 30 years

Business Apr 28, 2020

March restaurant sales log fastest fall in nearly 30 years

Restaurant sales across Japan plunged 17.3 percent in March from a year earlier, the sharpest drop in nearly 30 years, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to take its toll, an industry body reported. It was the first decline in five months and the pace of ...

WHO chief says pandemic 'far from over,' expressing worry about children

World Apr 28, 2020

WHO chief says pandemic 'far from over,' expressing worry about children

The coronavirus pandemic is "far from over" and is still disrupting normal health services, especially life-saving immunization for children in the poorest countries, the head of the World Health Organization said on Monday. The U.N. agency is concerned about rising numbers of cases and deaths ...

How lockdown could lead to stronger parliaments

Commentary / World Apr 28, 2020

How lockdown could lead to stronger parliaments

by David Howell

Parliamentary democracies need parliaments to function. This is as true of the Westminster institution in London, sometimes described as the mother of parliaments, as it is of the Diet in Tokyo or of any other parliamentary legislatures in states round the world that struggle ...

England's Ellis Genge wants new players' union after COVID-19 pay cuts

Rugby Apr 28, 2020

England's Ellis Genge wants new players' union after COVID-19 pay cuts

England prop Ellis Genge has called for a new, more independent players' union amid dissatisfaction among fellow professionals about how pay cuts as a result of the new coronavirus pandemic have been handled by clubs and rugby authorities. Genge said the Rugby Players' Association (RPA), ...

Injured Kei Nishikori returns to court at virtual Madrid Open

Tennis Apr 28, 2020

Injured Kei Nishikori returns to court at virtual Madrid Open

Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori returned to action Monday while still on the road to recovery from elbow surgery, joining a group of fellow top tennis professionals in contesting the Madrid Open Virtual Pro, a video game version of the clay-court tournament. With the pro ...

Russian speedskating great Viktor Ahn retires due to injuries

Winter Sports Apr 28, 2020

Russian speedskating great Viktor Ahn retires due to injuries

Six-time Olympic gold medalist Viktor Ahn on Monday announced his retirement from short-track speedskating, citing several lingering injuries. The South Korean, who switched allegiance to Russia in 2011 and won three gold medals and a bronze at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, said in a letter ...

Kobe-hosted world para championships postponed to 2022

More Sports Apr 28, 2020

Kobe-hosted world para championships postponed to 2022

The 2021 World Para Athletics Championships, originally scheduled for September next year in Kobe, will be held a year later to accommodate the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, sources said Monday. The world's biggest para sports event after the Paralympics, the championships ...