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Japan's Emperor Akihito, flanked by Empress Michiko, delivers a speech to well-wishers [Issei Kato-Reuters]

Japan’s Emperor Akihito greets thousands in last New Year’s address

Japan's Emperor Akihito has delivered his final New Year's greeting before his abdication at the end of April, telling tens of thousands of flag-waving well-wishers that he was praying for peace.
Princess Ayako married commoner Kei Moriya on Monday at a traditional ceremony at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, to become the latest female royal to leave Japan’s imperial family.

Princess Ayako gives up royal status to marry commoner

Princess Ayako married commoner Kei Moriya on Monday at a traditional ceremony at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, to become the latest female royal to leave Japan’s imperial family.

Japan’s Royal Family visits Russia first time since 1916

Japan’s Princess Takamado was seen by a Reuters witness in the Russian city of Saransk, where she will watch her national team compete in the soccer World Cup later on Tuesday.

Donald Trump salute to North Korean general sparks controversy

US President Donald Trump drew criticism Thursday after footage emerged of him saluting a North Korean general while the totalitarian communist nation’s leader Kim Jong Un looked on.

Japan’s Princess Mako calls off wedding with commoner

Japan’s Princess Mako has postponed her wedding to her college sweetheart until 2020, with speculations it was linked to the money trouble of the fiance’s mother.

The Economist highlights key global themes to watch for this year

The World in 2018, the annual publication from The Economist, predicts that this year will be a nerve-jangling year as people across the world attempt to escape the tensions of politics and the frenzies of technology.

Japan’s Emperor Akihito gives abdication notice

Japan’s Emperor Akihito will step down on April 30, 2019 for health and age reasons, the prime minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday.

Donald Trump meets with Japan’s Emperor Akihito

US President Donald Trump did not bow when he met Japan’s emperor on Monday. Instead, Trump stooped and slightly tilted his head as a gesture of respect to the 83-year-old leader.

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte ‘to limit mouth’ in Japan emperor meet

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday pledged to "limit my mouth" in a meeting with Japan's revered Emperor Akihito this week following previous concerns in Tokyo the profanity-prone leader would spark diplomatic tensions.

Japan’s Emperor Akihito abdication set for March 2019

Japan's Emperor Akihito will step down on March 31, 2019, a report said Friday, the first imperial retirement in more than two centuries.

Japan’s princess dumps royalty to marry commoner

A Japanese princess has forfeited the privileges of royalty to marry her heartthrob, a commoner. She also thus becomes a commoner henceforth.

Britain’s May visits Japan with eye on Brexit fears

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Japan on an official visit Wednesday with an eye to soothing Brexit fears and pushing ahead on early free-trade talks with the world's number three economy.

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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Sri Lankan security personnel walk past debris next to a dead body slumped over a bench following an explosion in St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. – A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing nearly 160 people, including dozens of foreigners. (Photo by STR / AFP) / GRAPHIC CONTENT

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation

The suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back.
An inside view of St Anthony's Shrine after the explosion. [Chamila Karunarathne-Anadolu Agency-Getty Images]

Death toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 207

The toll in a series of eight blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to at least 207, with over 450 people wounded, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.
Bayern Munich’s Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches (R) jumps for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs SV Werder Bremen on April 21, 2019 in Munich. (Photo by Guenter SCHIFFMANN - AFP) -

Renato Sanches wants to leave Bayern Munich

One-time wonderkid Renato Sanches has repeated his desire to leave Bayern Munich after another year in which he has struggled to break into the first team.
Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and Juventus’ Italian forward Federico Bernardeschi, both with their head covered in foam, joke and celebrate after Juventus secured its 8th consecutive Italian 2018/19 “Scudetto” Serie A championships, after winning the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Fiorentina on April 20, 2019 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo by Isabella BONOTTO / AFP)

Cristiano Ronaldo the future but Juventus need more to conquer Europe

Massimiliano Allegri insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo was the future of Juventus and the Portuguese superstar said he was “1,000 percent committed to staying” but despite sealing an eighth consecutive Serie A title the Turin giants need to find more if they want to conquer Europe next season.
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Five facts about Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 93

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday on Sunday, marking 93 years in the public glare.