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Legoland Japan set to partially reopen on Saturday

Business May 22, 2020

Legoland Japan set to partially reopen on Saturday

The Legoland Japan Resort will partially reopen on Saturday, its operator said, following a decision by the Aichi Prefectural Government to lift a business closure request aimed at curbing coronavirus infections. The reopening of the theme park in Nagoya was initially set for Friday, but ...

Growth in China's military budget slows to 6.6%

Asia Pacific May 22, 2020

Growth in China's military budget slows to 6.6%

China will increase its military budget by a slower 6.6 percent this year, the government announced Friday at the opening session of its annual National People's Congress. The budget will be set at 1.268 trillion yuan ($178 billion) for the year — the second-biggest in ...

China doesn't understand Canada's judicial system, says Trudeau

World May 22, 2020

China doesn't understand Canada's judicial system, says Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that China doesn’t get that Canada has an independent judicial system and reiterated his charge that Beijing imprisoned two Canadians in retaliation for the arrest of a top Huawei executive. Trudeau said Canada will continue to press Beijing ...

U.S. may rethink decision to exit Open Skies treaty, Trump says

World May 22, 2020

U.S. may rethink decision to exit Open Skies treaty, Trump says

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that Russian violations make it untenable for the U.S. to stay in a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct observation flights over each other's territory, but he hinted it's possible the U.S. will reconsider the decision to ...

Locusts, COVID-19 and flooding pose 'triple threat' in Africa

World May 22, 2020

Locusts, COVID-19 and flooding pose 'triple threat' in Africa

Locusts, COVID-19 and deadly flooding pose a "triple threat” to millions of people across East Africa, officials warned Thursday, while the World Bank announced a $500 million program for countries affected by the historic desert locust swarms. A new and larger generation of the voracious ...

Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law

Asia Pacific May 22, 2020

Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law

China has launched one of its fiercest assaults on Hong Kong's treasured autonomy with its move to impose a security law, pro-democracy campaigners said Friday as they vowed to take to the streets in protest. The proposal for the security law — expected to ban ...

WADA finds no link between therapeutic exemptions, Olympic medals

Olympics May 22, 2020

WADA finds no link between therapeutic exemptions, Olympic medals

There's no meaningful link between an athlete having a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) and winning an Olympic medal, a study unveiled Thursday by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found. U.S. tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams and reigning Olympic and world all-around gymnastics champion Simone ...

Players more confident in comeback for NBA this season

NBA May 22, 2020

Players more confident in comeback for NBA this season

Something is finally clear in the uncertain NBA: Players believe they’re going to play games again this season. The obvious questions — How? Where? When? — remain unanswered. Testing, part of the new normal of this coronavirus era, will be a major component to any ...

Italy's heritage authority approves San Siro demolition

Soccer May 22, 2020

Italy's heritage authority approves San Siro demolition

Italy's heritage authority raised no objections to tearing down Milan's 1920s-era San Siro arena, a document seen by Reuters showed, removing a major obstacle to plans by the city's top-flight soccer clubs to replace it with a new stadium. Serie A clubs AC Milan and ...

JFA approves 115 loans for clubs threatened by pandemic

Soccer May 22, 2020

JFA approves 115 loans for clubs threatened by pandemic

The Japan Football Association has approved loans totaling ¥210 million ($1.9 million) to 115 financially strapped soccer clubs, it announced Thursday. Funds for the first 71 loans, part of a program to keep teams going during the new coronavirus pandemic, have already been transferred after ...

NHLPA board voting on 24-team playoff format: source

Ice Hockey May 22, 2020

NHLPA board voting on 24-team playoff format: source

The NHL Players' Association's executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return to play format, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the vote was ...

Three Reds players break ranks, terminate Rugby Australia contracts

Rugby May 22, 2020

Three Reds players break ranks, terminate Rugby Australia contracts

International lock Izack Rodda and two other Queensland Reds players who were stood down for refusing to take a pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic have terminated their contracts with Rugby Australia. Anthony Picone, agent for all three, on Friday said the Reds had no ...

Japan Karate Federation to redo Olympic qualification in two classes

More Sports May 22, 2020

Japan Karate Federation to redo Olympic qualification in two classes

The Japan Karate Federation's head of development said Thursday he will instruct the governing body to "redo" Olympic qualification for two kumite weight classes following a decision by the sport's international governing body. The World Karate Federation on Wednesday outlined a revised qualification system for ...