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Japan's Emperor Naruhito smiles as he heads to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Emperor Naruhito will declare Tuesday he had ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the palace.

Japan’s emperor to perform thanksgiving rite with Sun Goddess

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito will on Thursday perform an elaborate and secretive ritual dating back 1,300 years, giving thanks to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu as part of his enthronement rites.
The Japanese government said Wednesday it would scrap next year's annual cherry blossom party after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under fire amid claims he invited too many of his own supporters.

Japan scraps cherry blossom party amid premier’s cronyism criticism

The Japanese government said Wednesday it would scrap next year's annual cherry blossom party after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under fire amid claims he invited too many of his own supporters.

China approves four new IPOs

China’s securities regulator on Friday approved the Initial Public Offering (IPO) applications of four companies.
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Italy arrests leaders of Juventus hardline ultra fans

Italian police on Monday arrested 12 leading Juventus hardline fans as part of a major investigation into violence and extortion linked to match ticket sales.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Wednesday he will ask the European Commission to give Italy’s poorer south a special status to help boost employment and tackle organised crime.

Italy wants special EU status for poor south

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Wednesday he will ask the European Commission to give Italy’s poorer south a special status to help boost employment and tackle organised crime.

Italy pledges more closer ties with Nigeria

The Consul-General of Italy in Lagos, Dr Maurizio Busanelli, has restated his home government’s commitment to strengthening ties with Nigeria in the years ahead.

Italian police seize 1,665 cars from Romanian crime gang

Italian Carabinieri police on Thursday said they seized more 1,665 cars used by a Romanian criminal network to rob people in the streets of northern Italy and Spain.
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Japan loads first Iran oil cargo since US sanctions

Japanese refiners have loaded Iranian oil onto a tanker, resuming imports after halting purchases because of sanctions by the US, a spokesman for a Japanese refinery and an Iranian official said on Monday.
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Japan court rejects ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn’s bail appeal

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will stay behind bars in Japan for the foreseeable future after a Tokyo court quashed his appeal for bail as he faces charges on three counts of financial misconduct.

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.

Chinese FM: Putting pressure on Beijing won’t work

China’s foreign ministry on Friday said that putting pressure on Beijing over trade won’t work, after a report that U.S. President Donald Trump is prepared to quickly ramp up a trade war between the two countries.

Tokyo stocks close higher as North Korean worries ease

Tokyo stocks closed higher Thursday, helped by a weaker yen as investors shift out of haven assets on North Korea hopes.

Japan’s first lady Akie Abe accused in land sale scandal

Japan's first lady, Akie Abe, once known mainly for embracing progressive causes that put her at odds with her conservative spouse, is now in the hot seat as doubts revive about a murky land sale to a nationalist school to which she had ties.

Japan’s Sara Takanashi breaks all-time record with 54th World Cup win

Japanese ski jumper Sara Takanashi clinched the all-time record for most World Cup wins with her first victory of the season in Oberstdorf on Saturday.

China says US warship ‘violated’ its sovereignty

Beijing on Saturday said it had dispatched a warship to drive away a US missile destroyer which had "violated" its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea.

Chinese county bans schoolchildren from mosques

Authorities in a Muslim-majority county in northwest China have banned schoolchildren from going to mosques during their winter holidays, a state-run daily reported Friday, the latest tightening of regulations on religious freedoms.

China sees births fall despite push for second child

The number of births in China fell last year even though the world’s most populous country has relaxed its one-child policy to allow all couples to have two children.

China demands apology from Delta for listing Taiwan, Tibet as countries

China on Friday said it had asked Delta Air Lines to investigate why Taiwan and Tibet were listed as countries on its website and demanded an “immediate and public” apology.

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The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has urged officers and men of the Force to use their firearms for self-defence, not to kill.

Police chief urges officers to use firearms for self-defence, not to kill

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has urged officers and men of the Force to use their firearms for self-defence, not to kill.
This image shows vials of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine, named Sputnik V. (Russian Health Ministry - Handout-Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Pharma firm in India to make Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero will manufacture over 100 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine per year under the terms of a deal unveiled on Friday between it and Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund.
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Dead mink resurface from mass grave in Denmark

Mink that were culled to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus at fur farms in Denmark have resurfaced from mass graves this week, prompting complaints from residents about possible health risks.
Tunisian former referee Ali Bin Nasser eulogizes the late Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona who died at the age of 60 on Wednesday, describing him as a ''genius''.

Ex-Tunisian referee eulogizes Diego Maradona

Tunisian former referee Ali Bin Nasser eulogizes the late Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona who died at the age of 60 on Wednesday, describing him as a ''genius''. Nasser officiated the 1986 world cup quarterfinal, in which Diego Maradona scored his famous double against England.
William Saliba is reportedly prepared to give up £90,000-a-month in order to quit Arsenal in the January transfer window.

William Saliba willing to give up £90k-a-month to quit Arsenal in January

William Saliba is reportedly prepared to give up £90,000-a-month in order to quit Arsenal in the January transfer window.