Deputy prime minister calls Japan a nation with single race

Japan’s deputy prime minister described the country as the only one in the world with a single race, language and 2,000-year-old monarchy, sparking criticism that he was ignoring an indigenous

US esports firm Super League seals China deal with movie giant

Super League Gaming Inc., a U.S. esports company, is teaming up with Dalian Wanda Group Co. to help host live events in China, the world’s

Indonesia: UAE crown prince to lead new capital construction

  Abu Dhabi’s crown prince has agreed to lead a committee that will oversee the construction of a new capital city for Indonesia that is estimated to cost $34 billion, an

Harsh weather kills 70 more people in Pakistan, Afghanistan

Severe winter weather has claimed more lives as avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall killed 55 people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir while 15 died in neighboring Afghanistan, officials said yesterday. The latest deaths

South Korea | Moon could seek exemption of UN sanctions on North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said yesterday that he could seek exemptions of U.N. sanctions placed on North Korea to bring about improved inter-Korean relations that he believes would help

Indian state challenges new citizenship law in Supreme Court

The southern Indian state of Kerala yesterday became the first to legally challenge a new citizenship law that has triggered nationwide demonstrations. In a petition to the Supreme Court, the state

Russians hacked company key to Ukraine scandal: researchers

A U.S. cybersecurity company says Russian military agents have successfully hacked the Ukrainian gas company at the center of the scandal that led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Russian agents launched

Iraqis worry US-Iran tensions are eclipsing their protests

Young Iraqis who drove mass protests demanding sweeping political reforms are worried that the conflict between the U.S. and Iran, which is playing out in part on Iraqi soil, is

This Day in History | 1997 – Princess Diana sparks landmines row

Princess Diana has angered government ministers after calling for an international ban on landmines. Her comments - made during a visit to Angola to see for herself some of the victims

Offbeat | Christmas crystal: Man charged with mailing meth to inmate

A man sent some illegal holiday cheer to a woman in jail and he ended up getting arrested himself, officials in a Georgia county say. News outlets report 40-year-old Timothy Lee

US director Spike Lee to lead Cannes film festival jury

Spike Lee will lead the jury of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and festival organizers hope the provocative American director will “shake things up” at the gathering of the world’s

Arizona store gives ‘Star Wars’ record back to Mark Hamill

The Force was strong enough at an Arizona store to reunite Luke Skywalker with his long-lost vinyl record. Actor Mark Hamill is praising workers at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in Flagstaff for

Football | Barcelona axes manager Valverde in midseason with Liga lead

Barcelona made a rare coaching change midway through the season, replacing Ernesto Valverde with former Real Betis manager Quique Setién on Monday. The move came four days after the loss to

Trump cheered loudly at college football title game

President Donald Trump turned sports fan for an evening as he watched No. 1 Louisiana State University and No. 3 Clemson battle it out in the College Football Playoff championship. Trump

The Buzz | German government signs $96 billion rail infrastructure plan

The German government signed a deal yesterday with state-owned train operator Deutsche Bahn to inject almost $100 billion into the country’s rail infrastructure over the next decade. Under the agreement, the

Canadian officials accidentally push nuke alert to millions

People throughout the Canadian province of Ontario awoke Sunday to a cellphone alert warning them of an “incident” at a nuclear plant just east of Toronto — only to later

World Briefs

CHINA A bus plunged into a sinkhole on a city street in northwestern China, killing at least six people and leaving four missing, authorities said. Some 1,000 emergency workers and

Macau Matters | Solar Powered Railways

From my previous musings it should be clear that I am a big fan of renewable energy – we must get away from burning fossil fuels if the human race

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – edition no. 3454

• University of Macau researchers say challenging conditions on the mainland will do little to lift Macau out of recession * Zhuhai petrochemical plant goes up in flames after huge explosion *

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