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Japan's cherry blossoms expected to bloom early again this year

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:16
TOKYO: Japan's cherry blossom season is expected to arrive earlier than usual, according to a forecast by Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC). The weather data provider last Thursday (Jan 10) released its prediction of when the nation's iconic trees would begin blooming and reach full bloom ...

Malindo Air crew member arrested in Australian drug bust

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:13
SYDNEY: An employee of a Malaysian airline was among eight people arrested in Australia on charges of trafficking more than 14kg of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, Australian authorities said on Wednesday (Jan 16). A police spokesman confirmed media reports that the suspect worked for ...

Cycling: New Zealand's Bevin wins second Tour Down Under stage to lead

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:12
New Zealand time-trial champion Patrick Bevin swooped to take his first cycling World Tour stage and claim the overall lead in Australia's Tour Down Under on Wednesday.

Basketball: Warriors score record 51 points in 1st quarter in win over Nuggets

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:10
The reigning champion Golden State Warriors amassed an NBA record 51 first-quarter points on Tuesday (Jan 15) on the way to a 142-111 win over Denver in a duel for the Western Conference lead.

Tennis: Australia's Barty shines brightly as compatriots stumble

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:06
MELBOURNE: Australia's top-ranked player Ashleigh Barty beat Wang Yafan 6-2 6-3 in a straight-forward affair on Wednesday, propelling the home country's leading prospect into the third round. The 15th-seeded Barty is the highest ranked local player - either man or woman - in the tournament and is ...

Chevron, Total and Reliance join oil blockchain platform Vakt

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:05
Oil majors Chevron and Total, along with major Indian refiner Reliance Industries, have joined the blockchain-based platform Vakt, London-based Vakt said on Tuesday.

Kenyan forces kill all militants who stormed Nairobi hotel - president

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:51
NAIROBI: Kenya's president said early on Wednesday that security forces had killed all four militants who stormed an upscale hotel complex in Nairobi the previous day, in an attack that killed at least 14 people. Uhuru Kenyatta said 14 civilians were confirmed dead and over 700 others had been ...

Malaysia affirms ban on Israelis at world para swimming champs

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:46
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has imposed a blanket ban on all Israelis participating in events hosted by the Southeast Asian nation, as the government maintains its decision to ban Israeli athletes from taking part in the World Para Swimming Championships in July. Malaysia's cabinet decided last week ...

Federer fends off British 'mirror' Evans to advance

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:46
MELBOURNE: Double defending champion Roger Federer weathered a stern test from the impressive Dan Evans and paid the British battler the ultimate compliment after prevailing 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 6-3 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday (Jan 16). Having thrashed Denis Istomin in ...

Turkish prosecutor seeks extradition of NBA's Kanter over Gulen links - Anadolu

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:40
Turkish prosecutors are seeking the extradition of New York Knicks centre Enes Kanter over his links to the U.S.-based cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said.

BOJ to cut price forecasts, keep rosy economic view: sources

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:40
The Bank of Japan is expected to cut its inflation forecasts at next week's rate review, sources say, a sign slumping oil prices and a darkening global economic outlook are heightening challenges for hitting its ambitious 2 percent target.

UK PM Theresa May faces confidence vote as Brexit ticks down to the line

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:32
Prime Minister Theresa May's government faces a no confidence vote on Wednesday after the crushing defeat of her Brexit divorce deal by parliament left Britain's exit from the European Union in disarray just 10 weeks before it is due to leave.

Tennis: Wozniacki sets up potential third-round showdown with Sharapova

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:22
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki eased past her second round opponent Johanna Larsson 6-1 6-3 in a one-sided clash at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

'Three Billboards' campaign targets gay conversion therapy in China

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:18
A Chinese artist and a gay policeman have launched an unusually bold public protest campaign in which bright-red trucks bearing slogans denouncing homosexual "conversion therapy" are being paraded through several major cities.

US police arrest journalist working for Iran's state TV - Press TV

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:16
DUBAI: U.S. police have arrested an American-born journalist working for Iran's English-language Press TV on unspecified charges, the state-run broadcaster reported on Wednesday. Press TV said Marziyeh Hashemi was arrested at St. Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday and was sent to ...

Vietnam's newest airline Bamboo takes first flight

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:00
Vietnam's newest commercial carrier Bamboo Airways took flight Wednesday, officially entering Southeast Asia's crowded aviation sector where it will face stiff competition from established players.

Start-up Bamboo Airways launches flights in crowded Vietnam market

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:25
Vietnam's Bamboo Airways completed its long-delayed maiden commercial flight on Wednesday, heightening competition in the aviation sector of the Southeast Asian nation that is emerging as a popular tourist destination.

Exclusive: Facebook brings stricter ads rules to India ahead of general election

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:20
Facebook Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months.

Tennis - 'Youth power' key to success for teenager Potapova

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:20
The intense pressure of the professional circuit can be taxing for a 17-year-old but Anastasia Potapova of Russia is banking on "youth power" as she aims to make an impression in her Australian Open debut in Melbourne.

'Naive, reckless' tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:13
Seeking an "authentic" experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website for locals to stay with. He found an astonishing number of potential hosts.