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29 May
Novak Djokovic was more concerned with a loss of concentration than a loss of footing Thursday, as the top-ranked Serb reached the third round of the French Open by beating Gilles Muller 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. The eight-time Grand Slam champion, who has lost two French Open finals, slipped near the…
29 May
A South Korean court on Thursday found disgraced Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita guilty of stealing a journalist's camera at the Asian Games last year. The court in the western port city of Incheon ordered Tomita to pay a fine of one million won ($890) after being convicted of theft, according…
29 May
The Japanese Diet has enacted a bill to create a ministerial post in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Olympics minister will coordinate work among related government agencies ahead of the games. Toshiaki Endo, a former senior vice education minister, is seen as the top candidate and is expected…
29 May
Japan beat Italy 1-0 on Thursday in their final warm-up game before jetting off to Canada to defend their women's World Cup title. German-based striker Yuki Ogimi scored the winner seven minutes into the second half in mountainous Nagano as the home side finally broke through after a frustrating start.…
28 May
By releasing video of Beijing's island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action. The release last week of the surveillance plane footage - showing dredgers and other…
28 May
New York's Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to break Lou Gehrig's longstanding record for most RBIs in the American League and help the Yankees beat Kansas City 4-2 on Wednesday, completing a three-game sweep. The victory moved the Yankees 1-1/2 games clear atop the AL East division and 2-1/2…
28 May
Japanese fishermen vowed Wednesday to continue their dolphin hunt, despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method. "We will never stop it," Yoshifumi Kai of the fisherman's cooperative in the western Japanese town of Taiji, where the hunt takes place, told reporters.…
28 May
Fifty-four Self Defense Force members who were dispatched to support war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, including refueling missions in the Indian Ocean between 2001 and 2010 have committed suicide. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced the figures Wednesday in response to a question from Japanese Communist Party leader Kazuo Shii…
28 May
A man who was arrested for attempted murder after steering his car onto a pavement and hitting 14 pedestrians in Nagoya in February 2014, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. The Nagoya District Court handed down the sentence Wednesday on Ryota Onoki, 31. Prosecutors said the incident occurred…
28 May
A multitasking mama rides along in Tokyo's Nishi-Azabu district on Thursday.
28 May
China's drive to create a Beijing-led Asian development bank seen as a threat to U.S. and Japanese regional clout is adding to a sense of urgency among Japanese officials keen to get a 12-nation pan-Pacific trade pact off the ground. Japan hopes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will help anchor ally…
28 May
The Asian Football Confederation says it still supports Sepp Blatter's bid for another term as FIFA president, and opposes any move to delay Friday's scheduled elections despite a fresh crisis in the sport's global governing body. FIFA was thrown into turmoil Wednesday when senior office holders from the Americas were…
28 May
Golden State's Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 24 points and the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years with a 104-90 victory over Houston on Wednesday. After decades of wishing and waiting for this moment, the Warriors have…
28 May
As many as 22 people in South Korea and four U.S. lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax after the American military accidentally shipped out at least one live sample, officials said. The four lab employees were undergoing medical treatment as a precaution after the military sent the sample…
28 May
Chicago's Duncan Keith had three assists and saved a goal in the third period, as the Blackhawks beat Anaheim 5-2 on Wednesday to force a Game 7 in the NHL Western Conference finals. Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane scored in the second period to help the Blackhawks hand…
28 May
A newlywed couple bows to a Shinto priest, third from right, in the compound of Meiji Shrine in Tokyo after their wedding ceremony on Wednesday.
28 May
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday strongly defended America's right to fly over artificial islands that Beijing is building in the South China Sea, but gave few hints ahead of a visit to Asia this week about what the United States was willing to do to halt the construction…
28 May
As Iraqi forces gathered for a major new offensive to try to take back the sprawling Sunni heartland of Anbar province, Islamic State militants struck first, unleashing a wave of suicide bombings that killed at least 17 soldiers. The attacks outside the extremist-held city of Fallujah came just hours after…
28 May
Surfers could be at greater risk of developing an allergy to natto, a Japanese study has found. And the unlikely culprit is thought to be jellyfish stings. Natto, the sticky fermented soy beans that are as as polarising as Marmite, is a traditional and common Japanese food. Allergy to natto…
28 May
Al-Qaida's Syria affiliate would not use Syria as a launching pad for attacks on the West, its chief said in a wide-ranging televised interview late Wednesday. Without showing his face, Abu Mohamed al-Jolani said his group, Al-Nusra Front, would protect Syrian minorities that renounced the regime. The interview was Jolani's…
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