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Asia up as Wall Street extends record rise, dollar steady.

TOKYO, Feb 22 ― Asian stocks edged up today, joining a record-setting night for world markets as investors cheered upbeat factory activity in Europe and solid earnings on Wall Street. The dollar was steady after hawkish comments from top...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Asia up as Wall Street extends record rise, dollar steady | Reuters.

By Shinichi Saoshiro | TOKYO TOKYO Asian stocks edged up on Wednesday, joining a record-setting night for world markets as investors cheered upbeat factory activity in Europe and solid earnings on Wall Street. The dollar was steady after hawkish comments from top Federal Reserve officials bolstered expectations the world's ...

- Firstpost - IN

Teenage girl feared dead in crocodile attack.

MIRI, Feb 22 — A teenager is feared dead after she was attacked and dragged underwater by a crocodile while bathing in a river near the Rumah Panjang Japang in Marudi this evening. Within a minute, there was no sign of Agnes Luang, 17, as her...

- The Malay Mail - MY

National › 7 injured after passenger vessel apparently hits whale off Nagasaki.

A high-speed vessel carrying 108 crew and passengers apparently collided with a whale Tuesday off Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, leaving seven people with minor injuries, the Japan Coast Guard said. According to the coast guard's Tsushima Office, the collision involving the 163-ton passenger ship Venus occurred ...

- Japan Today - JP

National › University teacher made discriminatory remark about Fukushima student.

A part-time teacher at Kwansei Gakuin University made a comment ridiculing a student from nuclear disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture in 2014 that she might glow in the dark because of her supposed exposure to radiation, the western Japan university said Tuesday. The remark was made by an English-language teacher, identified ...

- Japan Today - JP

Second case of 'Down syndrome' in chimpanzees identified in Japan.

Brooks HaysFeb. 21 -- Scientists at Kyoto University in Japan have identified another chimpanzee with trisomy 22, a Down syndrome-like chromosomal disorder.

- UPI - US

Second case of 'Down syndrome' in chimps.

Japanese researchers have confirmed the second case known to science of a chimpanzee born with trisomy 22, a chromosomal defect similar to that of Down syndrome in humans.

- ScienceDaily - US

Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Keeps Low Profile Since Taking Office.

Questions are being raised about how much influence Tillerson has with the White House. He was absent from the president's recent meetings with the leaders of Canada, Israel and Japan.

- NPR - US

In first official comments, Beijing voices displeasure with U.S. carrier patrols in South China Sea.

China voiced its opposition Tuesday to freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea by foreign countries that it says threaten its sovereignty — the first official comments by Beijing since a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group began patrols in the strategic waterway. “China always respects the freedom ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Yahoo salvages Verizon deal by knocking $350 million off sales price after cyberattacks.

Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts. The revised agreement, announced Tuesday, eases investor worries that Verizon Communications Inc. would ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Italy harvest woes spell sticker shock for olive oil buyers.

From specialty shops in Rome to supermarkets around the world, lovers of Italian olive oil are in for some sticker shock this year, with prices due to jump by as much as 20 percent. The combination of bad weather and pests hit the harvest in Southern Europe, most of all in Italy, where production is The post Italy harvest ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Cops chase down cow after it bolts from NYC slaughterhouse

A cow that apparently escaped from a slaughterhouse has led police on a wild chase through New York City streets. Police corralled the animal in a backyard in Jamaica, Queens, after a chase that lasted more than an hour. Footage airing on WABC-TV showed the black bull or steer trotting through a residential neighborhood ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Supreme Court split on whether parents of boy killed on Mexico side of border can sue cop who killed him from U.S.

The Supreme Court appears to be evenly divided about the right of Mexican parents to use American courts to sue a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired across the U.S.-Mexican border and killed their teenage son. Justice Anthony Kennedy and other conservative justices suggested during argument Tuesday that the boy's death on ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Trump slams 'horrible' threats against Jewish centers, vows, without specifics, to root out hate

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as “horrible … painful” and said more must be done “to root out hate and prejudice and evil.” Trump's remarks, made at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, marked the ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Five rescued from flooded homeless camp amid California deluge

Fire crews rescued five people Tuesday who were stranded in flooding at a homeless encampment along a San Jose creek after a series of robust storms drenched already soggy Northern California. In the San Joaquin Valley, farmers used their tractors and other equipment to help shore up an endangered levee along the San ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Young Cubans get around, and their kicks in pedal-powered Model T

In a country where few can afford a car, some Cuban high school students have built a replica of a Model T Ford propelled with pedals instead of a gasoline engine. They've painstakingly acquired and installed thousands of nuts, bolts and used car parts to complete the creation. Transportation can be daunting for many ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Syrian jets bomb Idlib towns after rebels fire at Shiite villages as truce talks near

Syrian government warplanes carried out several airstrikes against towns in mostly rebel-held Idlib on Tuesday after insurgents fired on two besieged Shiite villages in the province, a pro-Damascus media outlet and war monitors said. The airstrikes killed at least six people and wounded 21 others in Maarat Misreen, and left ...

- The Japan Times - JP

India signs agreement with Japan on rail safety

NEW DELHI: India signed an agreement with Japan last week on enhancing railway safety in the Indian Railways with focus on railway track and rolling stock safety, a press statement said here on Tuesda...

- The Hindu - IN

Ex-Minnesota Orchestra maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies

MINNEAPOLIS " Former longtime Minnesota Orchestra music director Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who conducted major orchestras in England, Japan and other countries, died Tuesday after suffering a second stroke earlier this month,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Top 10 reasons Japan is so hot right now

According to research compiled by Amazon, books about Japan were the bestselling non-UK travel books in December last year. Japanese phrase books were also the bestsellers on Prime Now.

- Stuff - NZ

Researchers document second case of 'Down syndrome' in chimps

Japanese researchers have confirmed the second case known to science of a chimpanzee born with trisomy 22, a chromosomal defect similar to that of Down syndrome in humans. The report on Kanako, a 24-year-old female chimp born into captivity, was led by Satoshi Hirata of Kyoto University in Japan, and appears in the journal ...

- PhysOrg - NL

ARM embraces Brit and Swedish upstarts in Softbank NB-IoT push

And they've already got an integrated modem to show for it Japanese-owned chipmaker ARM has bought Swedish firm Mistbase and Brit biz NextG-Com – staking its flag firmly on the NB-IoT narrowband communications standard.…

- TheRegister - UK

FM Mammadyarov meets outgoing Japanese envoy

- Today.Az - AZ

Ban on import of used cars with major faults from May 1

UAE imports around 300,000 used vehicles annually from US, Japan and Germany

- GulfNews - AE

Japan's Border Entry Inspection stricter for students from five countries including Sri Lanka

Feb 21, Colombo: Japan's immigration authority has told several Japanese language schools that students from China, Vietnam, Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka will meet stricter incoming inspection standards to avoid illegal stays, official China Radio International website reported.

- ColomboPage.com - LK

Japan eyeing talks with new U.S. national security adviser

Japan is considering sending Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's key foreign policy adviser to the United States for talks with the newly appointed U.S. national security adviser, government sources said Tuesday. Shotaro Yachi, the head of the Japanese National Security Council's secretariat, hopes to meet Army Lt. Gen. H.R. ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Kindergarten apologizes after slurring Koreans, Chinese

A kindergarten known for its nationalist curriculum has apologized after coming under fire for hostile comments about Korean and Chinese parents. The operator of Tsukamoto Kindergarten in the western city of Osaka was questioned by local education authorities last month after complaints from parents in December. Kyodo news ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Japan aims to attract more foreign workers amid growth in tourism

The government compiled a plan Tuesday to ease visa restrictions for foreign workers in designated special economic zones to address the growing need for services amid at the rising the number of overseas visitors to the country. The move signals a shift in the nation's immigration policy, which has traditionally focused on ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Philippines says framework for South China Sea pact possible soon

The Philippines' top diplomat said Tuesday it remains to be seen whether China will cooperate fully in ongoing efforts to craft a legally binding pact designed to prevent aggressive behavior in the disputed South China Sea. Despite the likelihood of tough negotiations ahead, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. expressed ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Ex-Tokyo Gov. Ishihara to meet press March 3 over Tsukiji move

Former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara will hold a news conference on March 3 to explain his involvement in the Tsukiji fish market relocation plan, he said Tuesday. Ishihara was governor when the metropolitan government decided to buy land in the nearby Toyosu area to serve as the new location of the famous but aging fish The ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Rakuten worker arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs from Taiwan

A 39-year-old employee of Japanese E-commerce giant Rakuten Inc. has been arrested on charges of attempting to smuggle into Japan a stimulant drug from Taiwan, police said Tuesday. Kunio Hatanaka was arrested on Sunday following his arrival at Tokyo's Haneda airport from Taiwan after customs officials found the stimulant ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Semifinalists decided for men's curling tournament

Taiwan advanced to the semifinals of the men's curling tournament at the Asian Winter Games with a 13-2 victory over Kazakhstan on Tuesday evening. China improved to 5-0 with a 14-5 win over already eliminated Qatar, while Japan lost 8-4 to South Korea. Wednesday's semifinals will see Taiwan's curlers take to the ice at The ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Azerbaijan strongman appoints wife vice president

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday appointed his glamorous wife as first vice president, the latest move seen as tightening the family's iron grip on the oil-rich Caspian nation. The elevation of Mehriban Aliyeva , a prominent socialite and lawmaker , sees her now become the country's second most senior official ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Reds, Antlers open Asian Champions League campaign with victories

It was a resounding night for J. League clubs in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday, as both Urawa Reds and Kashima Antlers launched their continental campaign with wins over Western Sydney Wanderers and Ulsan Hyundai, respectively. Urawa got things going with a 4-0 away win over Western Sydney in Group F before J. ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous trafficking route to Europe. The bodies were found near the western Libyan city of Zawiya on Monday, Red Crescent spokesman Mohammed al-Misrati said, adding that he ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Offensive onslaught: Japan women's hockey squad sets Asian Games record with 46-0 rout of Hong Kong

A drained South Korea fell 1-0 to Kazakhstan to suffer its second straight tough loss in the Asian Winter Games women's ice hockey tournament Tuesday. In the evening's final affair, Japan beat Hong Kong 46-0, an Asian Games record for most goals scored in a single game. China set the previous mark in 2003 with The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

In first official comments, Beijing voices displeasure with U.S. carrier patrols in South China Sea

China voiced its opposition Tuesday to freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea by foreign countries that it says threaten its sovereignty , the first official comments by Beijing since a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group began patrols in the strategic waterway. “China always respects the freedom of ...

- The Japan Times - JP

India needs to re-think its energy policy and say no to nuclear power: Greenpeace

India needs to "re-think" its energy policies and say no to nuclear power, Greenpeace India said on Tuesday after the NGO released a report highlighting high radiation levels in Fukushima in Japan. The post India needs to re-think its energy policy and say no to nuclear power: Greenpeace appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

Sport24.co.za | Japan stints to help keep Boks in SA?

As SA Rugby looks to keep its best assets on South African soil, there could be even more players opting for mini-stints in Japan.

- News24.com - ZA

Okinawa-based civilian goes missing while skiing Japanese Alps

A search is underway for a Navy civilian who went missing Monday while skiing the Japanese Alps at a Nagano winter resort.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Tokyo: Sartorial success and tea ceremonies in Japan's capital

By New Zealand standards, I'm a reasonable dresser.My socks match. I don't wear jandals into the office and I wear ties to weddings. I give some thought to sneaker selection and I have what I believe...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Second-hand booze sales flow from Japanese fads

Notebook: A clash between tradition and an attitude shift adds vigour to trade

- Financial Times - US

Japan zoo culls 57 monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes

A Japanese zoo has culled 57 native snow monkeys by lethal injection after finding that they carried genes of an "invasive alien species", officials said Tuesday. The Takagoyama Nature Zoo in the city of Futtsu in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo, housed 164 simians which it believed were all pure Japanese macaques. A city ...

- Yahoo! News - US

'Amakudari' scandal widens as education ministry finds new cases

The education ministry found 17 new cases in which its personnel had been involved in illegally securing post-retirement positions for bureaucrats in recent years, the ministry said Tuesday. The post 'Amakudari' scandal widens as education ministry finds new cases appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Dollar rises above ¥113.50 in Tokyo trading

The dollar rose above ¥113.50 in Tokyo on Tuesday, lifted by higher stock prices and speculation over an early interest rate increase in the United States. At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥113.53-53, up from ¥113.14-15 at the same time Monday. The euro was at $1.0576-0578, down from $1.0615-0616, and at ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Teams stock up on mid-rotation types to add depth to pitching staffs

A pedestrian pitching parade. That pretty much describes this winter's crop of free-agent MLB starting hurlers. There were no power arms of the Max Scherzer variety on the market this offseason, just a bunch of so-so, back-end-of-rotation guys. But The post Teams stock up on mid-rotation types to add depth to pitching ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Sutton United provides tough test for Arsenal

Relief for Arsenal, pride for Sutton United. On the plastic patch at tiny Gander Green Lane Stadium, the gulf in class between teams separated by 105 places in the English soccer pyramid but pitted against each other in the F.A. Cup was not always apparent. Arsenal wasn't simply allowed to stroll into the quarterfinals by ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Malaysian ambassador defends investigation as diplomatic spat over Kim Jong Nam death intensifies

Malaysia's ambassador to Pyongyang said Tuesday the investigation into the death of Kim Jong Nam, the exiled member of North Korea's ruling family, is being conducted in an impartial manner, rejecting accusations from the North that the probe was politically tinged. Mohamad Nizan Mohamad spoke in China's capital, Beijing, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Where the advent of flying cars might take us

If flying cars become popular, they are likely to ease urban traffic problems by expanding the areas where people are able to live and work. The post Where the advent of flying cars might take us appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

No end in sight for Syria's balance of terror

In a war with endlessly shifting priorities, conflicting aims, few credible commitments and plenty of foreign meddling, any ceasefire today is just as likely to be broken by violence tomorrow. The post No end in sight for Syria's balance of terror appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

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