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01/16/2019 - 05:05

Rugby World Cup boss planning for typhoons, quakes in disaster-prone Japan

With the final countdown to this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan well under way, organisers are focusing their efforts on contingency planning in the notoriously earthquake and typhoon-prone country, tournament director Alan Gilpin told AFP.

Rugby World Cup boss planning for typhoons, quakes in disaster-prone Japan

With the final countdown to this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan well under way, organisers are focusing their efforts on contingency planning in the notoriously earthquake and typhoon-prone country, tournament director Alan Gilpin told AFP.

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01/16/2019 - 05:05

Rugby World Cup boss planning for typhoons, quakes in disaster-prone Japan

With the final countdown to this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan well under way, organisers are focusing their efforts on contingency planning in the notoriously earthquake and typhoon-prone country, tournament director Alan Gilpin told AFP.

Rugby World Cup boss planning for typhoons, quakes in disaster-prone Japan

With the final countdown to this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan well under way, organisers are focusing their efforts on contingency planning in the notoriously earthquake and typhoon-prone country, tournament director Alan Gilpin told AFP.


01/16/2019 - 04:54

Tsonga walks down memory lane before facing Djokovic

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says the good memories are flooding back as he prepares to take on Novak Djokovic Thursday in a blockbuster Australian Open second-round clash -- a rematch of their 2008 final.

Tsonga walks down memory lane before facing Djokovic

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says the good memories are flooding back as he prepares to take on Novak Djokovic Thursday in a blockbuster Australian Open second-round clash -- a rematch of their 2008 final.


01/16/2019 - 04:30

Only Japanese-born sumo champ retires

The only Japanese-born grand champion or "yokozuna" in sumo has decided to retire following a disastrous run of form and injury, leaving two Mongolians on top of the ancient sport.

Only Japanese-born sumo champ retires

The only Japanese-born grand champion or "yokozuna" in sumo has decided to retire following a disastrous run of form and injury, leaving two Mongolians on top of the ancient sport.


01/16/2019 - 04:19

Sixers crush Timberwolves in Butler's first clash with former team

Philadelphia forward Jimmy Butler's first game against his former team was no contest Tuesday as the 76ers destroyed the Minnesota Timberwolves 149-107.

Sixers crush Timberwolves in Butler's first clash with former team

Philadelphia forward Jimmy Butler's first game against his former team was no contest Tuesday as the 76ers destroyed the Minnesota Timberwolves 149-107.


01/16/2019 - 03:49

Stephens races into Open round three as Bertens dumped

Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens powered into the Australian Open third round Wednesday as she strives to win a second major, but the tournament ended for ninth seed Kiki Bertens.

Stephens races into Open round three as Bertens dumped

Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens powered into the Australian Open third round Wednesday as she strives to win a second major, but the tournament ended for ninth seed Kiki Bertens.

01/16/2019 - 04:45

India's transgenders take first Kumbh Mela dip

For decades Laxmi Narayan Tripathi has fought India's conservative laws and beliefs to put her transgender community on a par with the rest of society, and now she has notched up a new milestone.

India's transgenders take first Kumbh Mela dip

For decades Laxmi Narayan Tripathi has fought India's conservative laws and beliefs to put her transgender community on a par with the rest of society, and now she has notched up a new milestone.


01/16/2019 - 04:37

Stephen King steps in to save Maine paper's book reviews

When Stephen King's local newspaper, under financial pressure, announced it would cut regional book reviews, the horror author swooped in -- and managed to save the section with just a few tweets.

Stephen King steps in to save Maine paper's book reviews

When Stephen King's local newspaper, under financial pressure, announced it would cut regional book reviews, the horror author swooped in -- and managed to save the section with just a few tweets.


01/16/2019 - 03:59

'Stye with me': Sam Smith has eye surgery in New Zealand

British pop singer Sam Smith has revealed he underwent an eye operation while holidaying in New Zealand on Wednesday.

'Stye with me': Sam Smith has eye surgery in New Zealand

British pop singer Sam Smith has revealed he underwent an eye operation while holidaying in New Zealand on Wednesday.


01/15/2019 - 23:32

Cranberries debut single of last album to mark singer's death

Irish band The Cranberries released the first song of its final album Tuesday, exactly one year after lead singer Dolores O'Riordan was found drowned in a London hotel bathtub.

Cranberries debut single of last album to mark singer's death

Irish band The Cranberries released the first song of its final album Tuesday, exactly one year after lead singer Dolores O'Riordan was found drowned in a London hotel bathtub.


01/15/2019 - 21:43

Revolution at gates of protest-hit Paris men's fashion

Paris men's fashion week started Tuesday with a tsunami of new talent but with shows also threatened by the "yellow vests" protest movement that has been rocking France.

Revolution at gates of protest-hit Paris men's fashion

Paris men's fashion week started Tuesday with a tsunami of new talent but with shows also threatened by the "yellow vests" protest movement that has been rocking France.

01/16/2019 - 03:19

'Junk' science? For some crabs at least, size does matter

Size does matter, at least when it comes to some hermit crabs, who appear to have evolved longer penises so they can stay in their shells to protect their homes during sex.

'Junk' science? For some crabs at least, size does matter

Size does matter, at least when it comes to some hermit crabs, who appear to have evolved longer penises so they can stay in their shells to protect their homes during sex.


01/16/2019 - 02:59

Romeo and Juliet: the last hopes to save Bolivian aquatic frog

Almost a year after conservationists sent out a plea to help save a species of Bolivian aquatic frog by finding a mate for the last remaining member, Romeo, his very own Juliet has been tracked down deep inside a cloud forest.

Romeo and Juliet: the last hopes to save Bolivian aquatic frog

Almost a year after conservationists sent out a plea to help save a species of Bolivian aquatic frog by finding a mate for the last remaining member, Romeo, his very own Juliet has been tracked down deep inside a cloud forest.


01/15/2019 - 19:01

France takes Roundup weed-killer off market after court ruling

French authorities on Tuesday banned the sale of a form of controversial weed-killer Roundup following a court ruling that regulators failed to take safety concerns into account when clearing the widely used herbicide.

France takes Roundup weed-killer off market after court ruling

French authorities on Tuesday banned the sale of a form of controversial weed-killer Roundup following a court ruling that regulators failed to take safety concerns into account when clearing the widely used herbicide.


01/15/2019 - 15:45

Saudi urges 'fair' energy transition, defends oil

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Tuesday for a "fair" and gradual global energy transition as it unveiled an ambitious domestic renewable energy programme.

Saudi urges 'fair' energy transition, defends oil

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Tuesday for a "fair" and gradual global energy transition as it unveiled an ambitious domestic renewable energy programme.


01/15/2019 - 15:30

Guests escape harm as avalanche hits Austrian hotel

Around 60 guests were evacuated from an Austrian hotel and holiday apartment house early Tuesday after the buildings were engulfed by an avalanche, rescue services said.

Guests escape harm as avalanche hits Austrian hotel

Around 60 guests were evacuated from an Austrian hotel and holiday apartment house early Tuesday after the buildings were engulfed by an avalanche, rescue services said.