Japan | New emperor Naruhito: A cosmopolitan team player

Japan’s soon-to-be-anointed new emperor is a musician and historian, both mild-mannered and quietly tenacious, a team player and a loyal husband and friend who will bring

Australia | Morrison plays down terror threat at Gallipoli event

Australia’s prime minister played down yesterday any potential link between the arrest of a suspected Islamic State group member in Turkey and a World War I

USA | Ex-Vice President Joe Biden launches 2020 White House bid

Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest yesterday, declaring the “soul of this nation” at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election.

Vladivostok Summit | Putin says North Korea ready to denuclearize – if it gets guarantees

Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit yesterday he is willing to give up his nuclear

Offbeat | Sting City: Las Vegas residency, new album and Juice WRLD

Sin City? More like Sting City. Grammy-winning superstar Sting is heading to Las Vegas to launch a residency next year. Sixteen performances of “Sting: My

This Day in History | 1975 – Labour votes to leave the EEC

A one-day conference held by the Labour Party to debate Britain’s membership of Europe has voted by almost 2-1 to leave the European Economic Community. The

Football | Spain mulls Super Cup in Saudi Arabia; human rights concerns

The Spanish soccer federation is looking into playing its Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, prompting human rights concerns about the showpiece being staged in the Middle

Football | Pogba selected in Premier League team of the season

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is the only player not from Manchester City or Liverpool to be selected in the Premier League’s Team of the Year

World briefs

CHINA Eleven workers were killed and two seriously injured yesterday when an elevator at a construction site in Hebei fell due to snapped cable. The Voice of China

The Buzz | Nora Roberts sues Brazilian author, cites ‘multi-plagiarism’

Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed “multi-plagiarism” on a “rare and scandalous” level. In papers

Harry and Meghan: Newest royal baby could be an American

What would the founding fathers think? Almost 250 years after the United States launched a revolution to rid itself of the British royal family, the

Kapok | The spire hiding the temple

While presiding over a regular meeting of the Cultural Heritage Council last week, Alexis Tam, the secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, grabbed the opportunity of the genuine

Heritage | Conservation in flames

  * Movies: Avengers: Endgame * Books: Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf * Music: LSD  by Labrinth, Sia & Diplo * Travelog: Greece

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is Marvel’s machine in high gear

Satisfaction is a complicated concept in Marvel Land. On the one hand, every morsel of pre-release information is obsessively poured over in feverish anticipation. But by the

Young friends make a bad decision in Gudenkauf novel

Twelve-year-old Cora Landry starts junior high, and she lacks friends and social skills to succeed in the environment of cliques and budding puberty. She eventually makes

Supergroup LSD’s debut both too much and too little

When solo artists combine into supergroups, the results are usually fun, if fleeting. But all too often, they have an Achilles’ heel: Too many cooks in the

News of the World | Notre Dame fire was a warning bell. But will Europe listen?

It’s a thin line where the patina of age on Europe’s countless monuments gives way to the onset of neglect. Like with so many loved ones, all

Travelog | Greece opens shipwreck sites to divers as underwater museums

Near the northern Greek island of Alonissos lies a remarkable ancient shipwreck: the remains of a massive cargo ship that changed archaeologists’ understanding of shipbuilding in antiquity.

Friday, April 26, 2019 – edition no. 3278

* Hand-carved mahjong tiles are a dying craft * Ng calls for multilingual helpers in parks * Hegarty’s death at GP due to ‘minute error’ * GBA skepticism ‘is groundless’   DOWNLOAD

Interview: Sri Lanka’s PM says potential bombers at large

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister said today (Thursday) that suspects linked to the coordinated Easter Sunday bomb attacks remain at large and could have access to

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