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Pandemic used as 'pretext' to crush dissent, U.N. says

World Feb 23, 2021

Pandemic used as 'pretext' to crush dissent, U.N. says

The United Nations on Monday harshly criticized countries that are using the pandemic to justify cracking down on dissent and suppressing criticism. Speaking at the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council's main annual session, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres charged that authorities in a number of ...

U.S. sanctions two Myanmar generals over coup

Asia Pacific Feb 23, 2021

U.S. sanctions two Myanmar generals over coup

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on two members of Myanmar's military junta over the country's Feb. 1 coup. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said the move took aim at Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun and General Maung Maung Kyaw. "The military ...

EU agrees to sanctions on Russia crackdown and Myanmar coup

World Feb 23, 2021

EU agrees to sanctions on Russia crackdown and Myanmar coup

EU foreign ministers on Monday agreed to impose sanctions on Russian officials for the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and to target Myanmar's military over its seizure of power, the bloc's top envoy said. Russia called the move "disappointing" and "unlawful," while the United ...

Nadeshiko Japan to play Olympic game in disaster-hit Miyagi

Soccer Feb 23, 2021

Nadeshiko Japan to play Olympic game in disaster-hit Miyagi

Japan's women's soccer team will play its third and final group-stage match of the postponed Tokyo Olympics at Miyagi Stadium, in the northeastern Japan region hit hard by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters, FIFA confirmed Tuesday. The choice of venue will be an ...

Rugby World Cup teams to get longer rests and bigger squads

Rugby Feb 23, 2021

Rugby World Cup teams to get longer rests and bigger squads

The 2023 Rugby World Cup in France will have increased rest periods for all teams as part of a new player welfare package announced on Monday by the Rugby World Cup Board, the World Rugby executive committee and tournament organizers. As part of the package, ...

Injured Katarina Johnson-Thompson to be fit for Tokyo, says coach

Track & Field Feb 23, 2021

Injured Katarina Johnson-Thompson to be fit for Tokyo, says coach

British Athletics head coach Christian Malcolm is confident heptathlon world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson will be fit for the Tokyo Olympics despite missing next week's European Indoor Championships due to an Achilles tendon injury. Johnson-Thompson, who sustained the injury in training at the end of last ...

Shun Yamaguchi determined to earn major league spot with Giants

MLB Feb 23, 2021

Shun Yamaguchi determined to earn major league spot with Giants

Shun Yamaguchi said Monday he is determined to make his mark in the majors after inking a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. Speaking in an online press conference from spring training in Arizona, the 33-year-old right hander said he was happy the ...