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Nikkei ends at 13-month low in cautious trading ahead of Fed decision

5 hours 36 min ago
The Nikkei index ended at its lowest level in nearly 13 months on Wednesday, as caution grew ahead of the conclusion later in the day of a two-day…

Missing husband hinted at killing wife, police say

5 hours 36 min ago
Shizuoka Prefectural Police are looking for the husband of a 65-year-old woman who was found dead in their apartment in Numazu City on Tuesday. Police identified the dead…

University entrance exam question may have been leaked during testing

5 hours 37 min ago
A photographed image of a unified university entrance exam question may have been leaked via a video calling app during testing earlier this month, prompting police to investigate…

Tokyo reports 14,086 new coronavirus cases

5 hours 37 min ago
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 14,086 new coronavirus cases, up 1,273 from Tuesday and up 6,709 from last Wednesday. By age group, 3,225 cases were in…

S Korea enforces new virus response measure as infections jump 50%

6 hours 53 min ago
South Korea on Wednesday began enforcing new COVID-19 response measures, including reduced quarantine periods and expanded rapid testing, as its new cases jumped nearly 50% in a day.…

Swiatek, Collins beat heat to reach semis, Medvedev needs cool head

7 hours 25 sec ago
Danielle Collins and Iga Swiatek will meet in the Australian Open semifinals after vastly contrasting wins in the last eight on Wednesday. Collins swept past unseeded Alize Cornet…

COVID-hit Australian aid ship to dock in virus-free Tonga despite risk

7 hours 53 min ago
A coronavirus-hit Australian warship will dock in Tonga Wednesday, delivering desperately needed aid to the volcano-and-tsunami-struck nation under strict "no-contact" protocols. Tonga's Health Minister Saia Piukala said the…

39 people missing after boat capsizes off Florida

Tue, 2022-01-25 22:21
The U.S. Coast Guard launched a search for 39 people reported missing when a boat capsized off the coast of Florida in a "suspected human smuggling venture," it…

Microsoft profits up 21%, giving cushion for gaming push

Tue, 2022-01-25 22:18
Demand for Microsoft’s cloud-computing services and work software helped boost its quarterly profits by 21% as the pandemic continued to keep many office workers at home. The Redmond,…

NFL to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Super Bowl

Tue, 2022-01-25 22:16
The NFL is partnering with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Super Bowl Experience, the league announced Tuesday. The…

San Francisco reports big increase in anti-Asian hate crimes

Tue, 2022-01-25 22:15
The mayor of San Francisco expressed despair over the increase in reported hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders last year, up an astonishing 567% from the…

Norwegian cross-country skiers isolating ahead of Olympics

Tue, 2022-01-25 22:03
Every member of Norway’s men’s cross-country skiing team is isolating ahead of next month's Beijing Olympics because a coach has contracted the coronavirus. Sprint team head coach Arild…

Putin backs China over 'politicization' of Beijing Olympics

Tue, 2022-01-25 22:03
Russia and China oppose “the politicization of sport and demonstrative boycotts” ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in an address to…

Xi meets IOC chief Bach ahead of Winter Olympics

Tue, 2022-01-25 22:03
China's President Xi Jinping had a rare pandemic-era encounter with a foreign visitor Tuesday when he met with Olympic chief Thomas Bach as the country readies to host…

WHO chief makes case for 2nd term as Ethiopia criticizes him

Tue, 2022-01-25 21:55
World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus laid out more plans Tuesday to fight the virus as he pitched his case for a new five-year term and faced…

Thailand first in Asia to move to decriminalize marijuana

Tue, 2022-01-25 21:55
Thailand on Tuesday became the first country in Asia to approve the de facto decriminalization of marijuana, though authorities have left a grey area around its recreational use.…

Cuban prosecutors say 790 people charged for July protests

Tue, 2022-01-25 21:55
Some 790 people who participated in anti-government protests in Cuba last year face prosecution for sedition, violent attacks, public disorder, theft and other crimes, the attorney general’s office…

2nd NYPD officer dies, days after Harlem shooting

Tue, 2022-01-25 21:55
A New York City police officer gravely wounded last week in a Harlem shooting that killed his partner has also died of his injuries, the city’s police commissioner…

Russia cuts COVID-19 isolation for some as infections soar

Tue, 2022-01-25 21:54
Russian health authorities have shortened the required isolation period for those who come in contact with COVID-19 patients from 14 days to seven, a move that comes as…

Iran president says nuclear deal possible if sanctions lifted

Tue, 2022-01-25 21:54
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Tuesday an agreement with the United States over its nuclear deal with world powers is possible if sanctions on Iran are lifted, state…