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MOSCOW | Royal Botanic Garden seeks respect for world’s fungus

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday suggested that Russia and Japan should sign a much-anticipated peace treaty formally ending hostilities from World War II before the end of the year. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pushing for a way forward in the dispute, with the two leaders holding numerous meetings and … Continue reading MOSCOW | Royal Botanic Garden seeks respect for world’s fungus

NEW YORK | Serena Williams faces Osaka at Open, eyes record-tying title

NEW YORK— A year after giving birth, Serena Williams has made a memorable run to another U.S. Open final, where she will play first-time finalist Naomi Osaka of Japan on Saturday with a chance to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Williams lost in the Wimbledon final, but has given herself another chance … Continue reading NEW YORK | Serena Williams faces Osaka at Open, eyes record-tying title

SAPPORO, Japan | Magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Japan near major city

SAPPORO, Japan — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.6 earthquake has hit northern Japan near a major city. The agency says earthquake struck the island of Hokkaido about 3 a.m. Thursday and had a depth of 33.4 kilometers (21 miles). The quake’s epicenter is about 27.3 kilometers (17 miles) east of the city … Continue reading SAPPORO, Japan | Magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Japan near major city

WARSAW, Poland | Poland holds 1st Chopin contest on historical instruments

WARSAW, Poland  — The world’s first Frederic Chopin piano competition performed on instruments from the composer’s era has opened in Warsaw, aiming to revive the sound and technique of the music as it was written in the 19th century. Thirty pianists from the U.S., Japan, China, Russia and across Europe will perform works by Chopin … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Poland holds 1st Chopin contest on historical instruments

TOKYO | Asian shares dip amid growing worry over US-Canada trade

TOKYO  — Asian shares were mostly lower Monday amid worries about escalating trade friction between the U.S. and Canada, who have been unable to agree to a revamped trade deal but will continue negotiating this week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.5 percent in morning trading to 22,751.13. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was virtually … Continue reading TOKYO | Asian shares dip amid growing worry over US-Canada trade

LEADING OFF: Angels’ Ohtani returns to mound, Nola vs Lester

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday: SHO TIME Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani is set to pitch again, and will start at night against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The two-way sensation from Japan hasn’t been on the mound in the majors since spraining the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Angels’ Ohtani returns to mound, Nola vs Lester

TOKYO | Report of more China tariffs sends global stocks lower

TOKYO — Global shares mostly fell Friday following a report that the Trump administration could put tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods as early as next week. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 fell 0.5 percent in early trading to 5,451.68. Germany’s DAX lost 0.7 percent to 12,404.10. Britain’s FTSE 100 slipped 0.3 percent to … Continue reading TOKYO | Report of more China tariffs sends global stocks lower

BEIJING | Japan’s Aso, Chinese officials endorse global trade system

BEIJING — Japan’s finance minister and Chinese officials have pledged support for the multilateral system of global trade regulation ahead of a possible new round of U.S. tariff hikes in a battle over Beijing’s technology policy. Taro Aso, who was in Beijing for financial talks, made no mention of the U.S.-Chinese tariff war but said … Continue reading BEIJING | Japan’s Aso, Chinese officials endorse global trade system