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U.S. blames brutal attack on Afghan maternity hospital on IS

World / Politics May 15, 2020

U.S. blames brutal attack on Afghan maternity hospital on IS

A U.S. official said Friday that an Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan carried out this week’s horrific attack on a maternity hospital in a majority Shiite Muslim neighborhood in Kabul, killing 24 people including newborns and mothers. Peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the U.S. government ...

U.S. issues alert over coronavirus-linked childhood illness

World / Science & Health May 15, 2020

U.S. issues alert over coronavirus-linked childhood illness

U.S. health authorities issued an alert Thursday over a rare but sometimes deadly autoimmune condition among children that is believed to be linked to COVID-19. The illness, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), was first reported ...

Pelosi and GOP exchange barbs over new economic relief package

World / Politics May 15, 2020

Pelosi and GOP exchange barbs over new economic relief package

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out Thursday at Trump administration officials and congressional Republicans seeking to slow work on a fresh round of coronavirus relief. The White House responded minutes later with a threat that U.S. President Donald Trump would veto the $3 trillion ...

Saudis reel from austerity drive after oil-rich 'magic decade'

Business May 15, 2020

Saudis reel from austerity drive after oil-rich 'magic decade'

Juggling two mortgages and part-time jobs, Saudi academic Abdullah finally came close to building his own home, but the kingdom's coronavirus-triggered austerity drive has dealt a crushing blow to his dreams. Saudi Arabia has announced a tripling of its value added tax from July and ...

Global coronavirus vaccine race heats up, but not without controversy

World May 15, 2020

Global coronavirus vaccine race heats up, but not without controversy

Global tensions simmered over the race for a coronavirus vaccine Thursday, as the United States and China traded jabs, and France slammed pharmaceuticals giant Sanofi for suggesting the U.S. would get any eventual vaccine first. Scientists are working at breakneck speed to develop a vaccine ...

Japan to keep qualified judo team in place for 2021

Judo May 15, 2020

Japan to keep qualified judo team in place for 2021

Judoka already named to Japan's 2020 Olympic team will not have to qualify again for the games that have been postponed until 2021, the All Japan Judo Federation decided Friday. The body's development and executive committees, meeting online in an extraordinary session, rejected calls to ...

Playing now akin to treating players like dogs: Yu Darvish

MLB May 15, 2020

Playing now akin to treating players like dogs: Yu Darvish

Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish on Friday joined a growing chorus of Major League Baseball stars expressing resentment about possibly being asked to work in unsafe conditions while the new coronavirus pandemic rages. "I think it's basically the same as treating MLB players like fighting ...

Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann to take over Red Hurricanes

Rugby May 15, 2020

Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann to take over Red Hurricanes

Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann is leaving the English Premiership club to join Japan Top League side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes, it was announced on Friday. The 49-year-old South African has spent three years with Gloucester, taking them to the final of the European Challenge Cup ...

World Rugby announces postponement of July tests

Rugby May 15, 2020

World Rugby announces postponement of July tests

World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic. The sport’s international governing body issued statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine ...

High-tech devices help NFL teams keep players safe, in shape

Football May 15, 2020

High-tech devices help NFL teams keep players safe, in shape

Darius Leonard works relentlessly at his rural South Carolina home to prepare for another football season. He's also wary of pushing too hard, knowing a minor injury could become a major setback given the dearth of medical experts in his area. So when in doubt, ...

Olympic basketball qualifying for Tokyo Games rescheduled

Basketball May 15, 2020

Olympic basketball qualifying for Tokyo Games rescheduled

The final four men’s basketball spots in the 12-nation field for the Tokyo Olympics will be decided next summer, the sport’s global organizing body said Thursday. It remains unclear, however, if those spots will be earned while an NBA season is happening or if NBA ...

Augsburg coach to miss game after shopping during quarantine

Soccer May 15, 2020

Augsburg coach to miss game after shopping during quarantine

Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich will miss his team’s first game when the German first division resumes Saturday because he broke quarantine rules to buy toiletries. Herrlich apologized Thursday evening and ruled himself out of the game, his first in charge of the club. Bundesliga rules mandate ...

Baseball chief gets another chance at pitching Olympics to MLB

Olympics / MLB May 15, 2020

Baseball chief gets another chance at pitching Olympics to MLB

Baseball. In Japan. At the Olympics. For World Baseball Softball Confederation president Riccardo Fraccari, it seems like such a sure home run that he can’t even imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to be involved. No wonder the refusal of Major League Baseball and its players' association ...