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Attack on packed mosque in Egypt kills at least 184: state media

Gunmen attacked a packed mosque in Egypt's restive North Sinai province on Friday and set off a bomb, killing at least 184 people in one ...

Philippines holds off Japan in spirited FIBA World Cup qualifying opener

Japan delivered a gritty performance to bounce back from its early struggles, but wound up losing its opening 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifier.Point guard Jayson ...

South Korea passes bill declaring 'comfort women' day; Japan protests

South Korea's parliament passes a bill to officially designate Aug. 14 as the day to honor the Korean women who were forced into Japan's military ...

Rika Kihira, Mako Yamashita, Riko Takino in running for coveted Japan women's junior crown

With Kaori Sakamoto, Marin Honda and Yuna Shiraiwa having moved on to the senior ranks, Japan will crown a new junior women's queen this weekend ...

Mnangagwa the 'Crocodile' sworn in as Zimbabwe's new president

Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in on Friday as president of Zimbabwe in front of thousands of cheering supporters at Harare's national stadium, bringing the final ...

Kao opens new Taiwan facility to produce more beauty products, tap regional demand

Kao Corp., Japan's biggest maker of household products, opened a new manufacturing facility in Taiwan on Friday to raise output of skin care and hair ...

Taking convenience to another level, FamilyMart to install laundry machines in 500 stores

Convenience store chain FamilyMart Co. said Friday it will start installing coin-operated laundry machines at its stores to attract more customers.The move is designed to ...

Dollar cuts losses to move around ¥111.50 in late Tokyo trading

The dollar cut earlier losses to trade around ¥111.50 in Tokyo trading late Friday, supported by buybacks.At 5 p.m. the dollar stood at ¥111.41-41, still ...

Kei Nishikori cautious, optimistic as he prepares for comeback from injury

Kei Nishikori, who has been sidelined since August with a season-ending wrist injury, is determined to return with a level of fitness and form that ...

Hakuho stays win ahead of two challengers

Yokozuna Hakuho maintained his lead in the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament after surviving a close bout against Takarafuji on Friday.Hakuho , the lone yokozuna competing ...

Sale of state assets to face tighter scrutiny after Moritomo scandal

Politicians vow to impose stricter guidelines on the sale of state assets following the Board of Audit's findings on the murky deal at the heart ...

Newsweek causes stir by reporting 'Japan wants war' with North Korea

A Newsweek story that apparently misinterpreted the results of an opinion poll carried out by a Japanese news agency last week is creating a public ...

Indispensable leader Draymond Green's intensity pushes Kevin Durant, Warriors teammates

Draymond Green and Kevin Durant bet on just about anything.“Life,” Gre en explained, “who drives home faster from the practice facility, who gets to the ...

CITES panel to discuss Japan's research whaling program next week

Japan's research whaling program will be on the agenda of an upcoming meeting of the Standing Committee for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered ...

Government will take steps to help farmers after Japan-EU free trade accord is implemented

The government says it will take measures to bolster the cheese, pork, beef and other industries once a Japan-EU trade agreement ushers in fresh competition.

Toyota launches remodeled version of Lexus luxury sedan in Thailand

Marking the model's first launch in Southeast Asia, Toyota Motor Corp. has begun selling the latest model of its flagship Lexus luxury sedan series in ...

Trouble at Japan Inc. as shine is further tarnished by more admissions of malpractice

Japan's manufacturing sector takes another hit after Mitsubishi Materials joins the data-faking fray opened by Kobe Steel.

LDP at odds on allowing same-sex partners of state guests the right to attend Imperial banquets

Senior members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are in disagreement over whether same-sex partners of state guests should be invited to banquets hosted by ...

Boat washes ashore in Akita with eight aboard claiming to be North Korean fishermen

Eight men claiming to be fishermen from North Korea were found in Akita Prefecture after their wooden boat broke down and drifted to a port, ...

Tokai nuclear plant operator files request to extend operation of aging reactor

The utility operating the sole reactor at the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in Ibaraki Prefecture on Friday filed for state approval to extend ...

Consumption tax revenue distribution to depend less on how much consumers spend

The distribution of consumption tax revenue to local governments across the country is set to depend less on the total amount consumers spend in each ...

Japan's lowriders get a little higher

The scene at Makuhari Messe would not look out of place at the Louvre — if the Louvre were to pump hip-hop music throughout its ...

Measures to fight passive smoking diluted again

The LDP's pro-tobacco lawmakers are winning their battle against the health ministry's efforts to reduce indoor smoking in public places.

Embrace natural solutions for climate change problem

The effective management of land use is one of the most promising ways to mitigate climate change.

Saudi Arabia has overreached on Iran, Lebanon

Saudi Arabia and Iran's proxy battles are at the root of much of the death and destruction in the Middle East in recent years.

Planned return of Rohingya to Myanmar requires monitors, rights groups say

International agencies must be allowed to monitor the newly agreed-on repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh to the homes they fled ...

Remembering the nine murder victims in Zama

The news of the murders in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, is so shocking that I cannot find the words to describe the unspeakable cruelty of the ...

Double standard for sumo wrestlers

This confirms my worst fears about the glaring double standard in Japan's so-called justice system (“Harumafuji to be sent to prosecutors for alleged assault,” Nov. ...

Kenya adheres to the rule of law

My attention has been drawn to the editorial “Kenya Buckles Under Pressure” in the Nov. 24 edition. The editorial fails to capture the true essence ...

Ole Miss upsets 16th-ranked Mississippi State in Egg Bowl

A.J. Brown thought the ball was overthrown, but kept sprinting and stuck his arms out as far as they would go. The Mississippi receiver was ...

Captain Steve Smith rescues Australia from position of peril

Captain Steve Smith frustrated England with a fighting half-century and pushed Australia to 165 for four at the close of a see-sawing day two, rescuing ...

Nikkei ekes out gains, backed by buying on dips

Stocks ended higher Friday on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as buying on dips offset falls in the morning triggered by the yen's rise against the ...

Sound detected near missing Argentine sub's last known position confirmed as explosion

An explosion apparently occurred near the last known position of an Argentine submarine, the navy confirmed on Thursday, dashing last hopes of finding the vessel ...

Slum woes grow for moms as Philippine birth control plans fail

At age 33 and raising six children in a slum named “Paradise Village,” Myrna Albos is Exhibit A for the Philippines' serial failures on family ...

Search ends for three U.S. sailors missing after navy aircraft crash southeast of Okinawa

The search ended Friday for three sailors missing in the Philippine Sea off Okinawa after a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed two days earlier, the navy ...

China investigates alleged sex and drug abuses of children at kindergarten

Chinese authorities said Friday they are investigating allegations that children were abused and molested at a kindergarten in Beijing run by a U.S.-listed company.The Beijing ...

Prosecutors seek life sentence for former U.S. base worker over murder of Okinawa woman

Prosecutors demand life imprisonment for the former U.S. base worker charged with raping and murdering a Japanese woman in Okinawa last year.

Chinese theme park looks to cash in on virtual reality boom

Giant robots and futuristic cyberpunk castles rise out of lush mountain slopes on the outskirts of Guiyang, the capital of one of China's poorest provinces.Welcome ...

Virtual reality boom brings giant robots and cyberpunk castles to China theme park

Giant robots and futuristic cyberpunk castles rise out of lush mountain slopes on the outskirts of Guiyang, the capital of one of China's poorest provinces.Welcome ...

Canadiens trade Torrey Mitchell to Kings for 2018 conditional draft pick

The Montreal Canadiens traded forward Torrey Mitchell to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday for a 2018 fifth-round conditional draft pick.If Los Angeles makes the ...

Jason Day, Jordan Spieth head in opposite directions at Australian Open

Jason Day and Jordan Spieth went in opposite directions Friday at the Australian Open.Day had four consecutive birdies on the back nine, including a 30-footer, ...

Brazil striker Robinho gets nine-year rape sentence

An Italian court sentenced former AC Milan and Brazil forward Robinho in absentia to nine years in prison on Thursday after convicting him of taking ...

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel already focused on 2018 Formula One title

Championship rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are already looking forward to fighting each other for a fifth Formula One title next year.With Hamilton wrapping ...

Staying on top of winter in Japan with snowshoes

Japan appeals to different people for different reasons. Some visit for the history or the food. Many stay for the martial arts, while others keep ...

Finnish bakery launches bread made from crushed crickets

Finnish bakery and food service company Fazer on Thursday launched what it called the world's first insect-based bread to be offered to consumers in stores.The ...

Gaming industry treads precarious path as it brings in-game purchases to PC and console titles

Free, it turns out, can be a great business.When Shigenori Suzuki played video games in high school, he spent a few hundred dollars a year ...

Uber told potential investor SoftBank about data breach before telling the public

Uber Technologies Inc. said Thursday that it discussed a massive data breach with potential investor SoftBank Group Corp. ahead of going public with details of ...

Former world's heaviest man has second stomach-reduction surgery in Mexico

A Mexican once certified as the heaviest man in the world is recovering from a second stomach-reduction surgery that doctors hope will help him shed ...

Beijing sends bombers over disputed South China Sea as part of training 'to win a potential war'

China's air force has again flown heavy bombers for a “combat air patrol” over the contested South China sea, part of what it calls “routine” ...

KKR lifts Hitachi Kokusai bid a second time as shares rally

KKR & Co. raised its offer for Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. a second time after a rally in the shares of the chip-systems maker spurred ...