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A man writes on a message board for passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 during a remembrance event in Kuala Lumpur in March 2019.
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 3, 2024
Malaysia mulls resuming search of missing MH370 as 10th anniversary nears
Flight MH370 vanished from radar less than 40 minutes after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, with 239 passengers and crew on board.
Scientists on Wednesday identified what might be the genetic mechanism behind humankind's tailless condition — a mutation in a gene instrumental in embryonic development.
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 3, 2024
People with tails? No, because of this ancient genetic mutation
The absence of a tail may have better balanced the body for orthograde — upright — locomotion and eventually bipedalism, said one scientist.
The Japanese parliament building in Tokyo
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 3, 2024
Opposition again demands 32 Upper House members face ethics panel
Junichi Ishii, LDP parliamentary affairs chief in the Upper House, says the LDP intends to decide in early March on the plan to hold ethics panel hearings.
Hannah Green of Australia celebrates with the trophy after winning the final round of the HSBC Women's World Championship golf tournament in Singapore on Sunday.
MORE SPORTS / Golf
Mar 3, 2024
Australia's Green wins World Championship title with late birdie blitz
Japan's Ayaka Furue, who had led going into the final round, had to settle for a share of eighth spot after a disappointing day.
MORE SPORTS / Golf
Mar 3, 2024
Hataji becomes first Japanese golfer to win New Zealand Open
Hataji's four-under 67 was enough to secure his maiden victory as a professional by one stroke over Australia's Scott Hend.
RB's Yuki Tsunoda drives during the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on Saturday.
MORE SPORTS / Auto Racing
Mar 3, 2024
Yuki Tsunoda's temper flares over team orders in closing laps of Bahrain GP
Tsunoda did not take kindly to being asked to let his teammate by and showed his frustration over the team radio and on the track.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak deliver remarks on the AUKUS security partnership after a trilateral meeting, at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego in March last year.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 3, 2024
AUKUS eyes defense tech collaboration with Japan, report says
Japan’s involvement in the partnership would be limited to specific projects and would exclude nuclear-powered submarines.
A dog receives a vaccination shot for rabies in Tokyo in June 2020.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 3, 2024
Rabies vaccinations for pet dogs in Japan fall to 70%
Lack of recent cases infections and misinformation online regarding inoculations are responsible for the fall in vaccination rates.
Police officers assist a woman in front of a police box in Tokyo.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 3, 2024
Tokyo police mistakenly arrest Filipino man for allegedly overstaying
Police released the Filipino man and offered an apology about an hour after arresting him on Saturday.
A new future initiative aimed at training foreign workers is part of a broader strategy to address pressing labor shortages in Japan.
BUSINESS
Mar 3, 2024
Japan eyes training foreign workers amid labor shortages
The proposed training system will supersede the current foreign technical internship system.
Older people take part in a rhythm game competition at Chiba City Hall on Oct. 17.
JAPAN
Mar 3, 2024
Esports gain traction at welfare facilities in Japan
Esports is being used in part with the aim of preserving cognitive functions in elderly people.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends a Lower House plenary session on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 3, 2024
In bid to save face, Kishida sticks to his guns on budget passage schedule
The PM wants to prevent his administration's popularity from falling further but his handling of a funds scandal is widely perceived as inadequate.
Benson Kipruto of Kenya wins the men's Tokyo Marathon on Saturday.
MORE SPORTS / Athletics
Mar 3, 2024
Kipchoge struggles as Kipruto wins Tokyo Marathon
Ethiopia's Sutume Asefa Kebede won the women's race in 2:15:55, ahead of Kenya's defending champion Rosemary Wanjiru.
Lakers forward LeBron James acknowledges the crowd after scoring his 40,000th career point, during a game against the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles on Saturday.
BASKETBALL / NBA
Mar 3, 2024
LeBron James becomes first player to score 40,000 points
The four-time NBA champion, known as "King James," became the league's scoring king just over a year ago when he passed Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The Japanese financial authorities are considering making it mandatory for companies listed on the top-tier section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange to disclose information on greenhouse gas emissions throughout their supply chains.
BUSINESS
Mar 3, 2024
Japan eyes rules for firms to disclose greenhouse gas emissions data
The Financial Services Agency will set up a panel this month to work out the details of the envisioned policy.
Sean Williams' sled dog team participates in the ceremonial start of the 52nd Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday.
MORE SPORTS
Mar 3, 2024
Alaska's 52nd annual Iditarod sled dog race mushes to starting line
The number of competitors this year, 38, represents one of the smallest fields going back to the first year of the race in 1973.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner speaks with his wife, British singer Geri Halliwell, ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday.
MORE SPORTS / Auto Racing
Mar 3, 2024
Horner seeks to draw line under misconduct probe
"Obviously it’s not been pleasant, the unwanted attention, but the focus is now very much on the cars," Horner said.
An earthquake measuring a shindo 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale that hit southern Chiba Prefecture was among several that have shaken the area in recent days.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 3, 2024
Japan warns of more strong quakes as 'slow slip' phenomena hits Chiba
Three earthquakes measuring a shindo 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale, as well as four measuring a shindo 3, have occurred since Thursday.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen races toward a win in the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday in Sakhir.
MORE SPORTS / Auto Racing
Mar 3, 2024
Verstappen cruises to 'unbelievable' Red Bull one-two in Bahrain
In a statement of emphatic superiority, the 26-year-old Dutchman came home 22.5 seconds clear of teammate Sergio Perez.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 3, 2024
For Democrats pining for an alternative, Biden team has a message: Get over it.
While a new poll shows that 2 in 5 Democrats say the president shouldn't be the nominee, no one who matters to Biden is willing to suggest he step aside.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 3, 2024
How big primary wins are cloaking flaws in Trump re-election bid
The 77-year-old has been hemorrhaging moderate Republicans, who have signaled they'd prefer someone else — anyone else — in the Oval Office.
Migrant workers harvest and package vegetables in a greenhouse in Gasan-myeon, South Korea, in December.
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Mar 3, 2024
South Korea needs foreign workers, but often fails to protect them
Though a shrinking population makes imported labor vital, migrant workers routinely face predatory employers, inhumane conditions and other abuse.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a news conference at the Vatican on Saturday
WORLD / Politics
Mar 3, 2024
Germany caught out by leak of secret Ukraine war talks
The leak was a 38-minute audio recording of German army officers apparently discussing potential Ukrainian strikes on Crimea in a Feb. 19 videoconference.

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