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Super Falcons train in Meizhou Wuhua ahead of China clash

Reigning African Women’s Nations Cup champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria, on Wednesday took to the Wu Hua Olympic Sports Centre of the Huitang Stadium for their first training session since arriving in China.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, welcomes Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono for their talks in Moscow Monday. Lavrov threw cold water on Tokyo's hopes for a quick return of the disputed Pacific islands, warning Japan that it must recognize them as part of Russia's territory as a starting point for talks. | AP

Russia: Kuril islands sovereignty not for discussion

Moscow's sovereignty over a chain of islands seized from Japan at the end of World War II is not up for debate, the Russian foreign minister has said after meeting his Japanese counterpart, adding that disagreements between the countries still obstruct the path to a peace deal.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) meets with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Moscow on January 14, 2019. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV - AFP)

Russia, Japan meet on WWII dispute in Moscow

The foreign ministers of Russia and Japan met in Moscow on Monday pushing ahead with efforts to strike a peace deal and end a decades-old dispute over four strategic islands.
Tsunekazu Takeda

Japanese Olympic chief indicted in France for corruption

The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee has been indicted in Paris for “active corruption” in connection with the award of the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo, an accusation he strongly denies.
Carlos Ghosn

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn faces ‘two new charges’ in Japan

Prosecutors in Japan have indicted former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn with two fresh charges, according to local media.

La Liga clubs Espanyol, Getafe want Uche Agbo on loan

La Liga mid-table clubs Espanyol and Getafe want to sign Uche Agbo on loan till the end of the season, according to several reports.

Japan forced to amend budget over faulty jobs data scandal

Japan said on Friday it will have to amend its upcoming budget to fund compensation for people whose benefits were underpaid for years because of a scandal involving erroneous labour data.
Serena Williams

Serena Williams handed tough draw in quest for record 24th Grand Slam

Serena Williams has been handed a challenging draw in her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, starting with Germany’s Tatjana Maria in the first round.
Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta arrives for a training session on the eve of the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF at the FC Barcelona Joan Gamper sports center in Sant Joan Despi on May 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO

Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta apologises over blackface photo

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has apologised after posting a photo on social media with two people in blackface as part of Epiphany celebrations.
Carlos Ghosn

Japan court rejects Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn release bid

A Japanese court on Wednesday rejected a bid by former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn to end his detention over alleged financial misconduct, a day after he denied all accusations in a dramatic court appearance.
Victoria Police

Suspect packages sent to diplomatic missions in Australia

Suspicious packages were sent to more than a dozen foreign embassies and consulates in major Australian cities on Wednesday in a seemingly orchestrated but scattershot campaign.
Carlos Ghosn, who led an alliance of Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, at a factory several days before his arrest in November. On Tuesday, he told a Tokyo court he was falsely accused. Etienne Laurent

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn insists he has been wrongly accused

Ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn insisted that he had been "wrongly accused and unfairly detained" as he appeared publicly in court for the first time since his arrest over financial misconduct claims.
Serena Williams

Five women to watch at the Australian Open

Will Serena Williams make a triumphant return to the scene of her last Grand Slam win, can Caroline Wozniacki defend her crown or is Naomi Osaka capable of back-to-back majors?

Golden Globes 2019: Black Panther, A Star Is Born, others make nomination list

Here are the nominees in key categories for the 76th Golden Globe Awards, which will be handed out today in Beverly Hills.
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In space, the US sees a rival in China

During the Cold War, US eyes were riveted on the Soviet Union’s rockets and satellites. But in recent years, it has been China’s space programs that have most worried US strategists.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka walks off the court after losing to Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in their women’s semi final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 5, 2019. (Photo by Saeed Khan - AFP) -

Naomi Osaka says poor attitude cost her Brisbane semi-final

Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka said her poor attitude cost her during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Lesia Tsurenko in Saturday’s Brisbane International semi-finals.
Japan's 'Tuna King' paid millions of dollars for the 278-kilo bluefin tuna [Reuters]

Japanese tycoon pays record price for bluefin tuna

A Japanese sushi tycoon paid a record $3.1m for a giant tuna at the first pre-dawn new year auction in Tokyo's new fish market on Saturday.

UNDP trains 450 vulnerable youths on vocation

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded by Canada and Japan governments has begun vocational skills training for 450 vulnerable youths in Boko Haram-affected local government areas of Yobe State.

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Ethiopia has deployed soldiers against an armed faction of a recently-legalised opposition group that is robbing banks and attacking residents in the country’s remote west, the government said Wednesday.

Ethiopia deploys military against armed opposition faction

Ethiopia has deployed soldiers against an armed faction of a recently-legalised opposition group that is robbing banks and attacking residents in the country’s remote west, the government said Wednesday.

Chelsea to offer role to Petr Cech after retirement

Chelsea are open to offering former goalkeeper Petr Cech a role at the club after he retires from playing at the end of the season.

AGF orders freezing of Justice Onnoghen’s accounts

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation has asked the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit to freeze the bank accounts of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo: Atiku Abubakar, PDP have always opposed restructuring

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in February 16 presidential election, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku have always opposed restructuring of the country.
Oby Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili: APC, PDP playing politics with Nigerians’ plight

The presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has again taken a swipe at both the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC), and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), of playing politics with the plight of the Nigerian people, lamenting that Nigeria was now known as “the world capital of poverty.”