Japan announces limited “test tourism” from May as step to full re-opening

TOKYO – Japan said on Tuesday it would start conducting “test tourism” in the form of limited package tours in May as a way of gathering information prior to a full re-opening of the country to tourism. Though tourism was a major pillar of Japan’s economy, tourists have not been permitted to enter since it adopted strict border controls in 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Regulations have been loosened slightly to allow…

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Shanghai achieves ‘zero COVID’ status but normal life is weeks away

SHANGHAI/BEIJING – Shanghai achieved on Tuesday the long-awaited milestone of three consecutive days with no new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine zones but most residents will have put up with confinement for a while longer before a return to more normal life. For other cities in China that have been under lockdown, a third day with no new cases in the community usually means “zero COVID” status and the beginning of the lifting of restrictions. The…

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Australia’s Brambles ends $14 billion takeover talks with CVC Capital

– Australia’s Brambles Ltd said on Tuesday European private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners has ended preliminary talks with the company over a potential A$20 billion ($14 billion) takeover offer, citing external market volatility. The development comes a day after the Australian logistics firm confirmed it was evaluating the offer, which would have been one of the biggest private-equity-backed takeovers in the country. It had not put a number on the deal. Shares of Brambles dropped…

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Rugby-Ireland to play Maori All Blacks in mid-week clashes

– Ireland will play the Maori All Blacks in two mid-week matches during their three-test tour, New Zealand Rugby said on Tuesday. Ireland will meet the representative team in Hamilton on June 29, three days before they kick off their regular All Blacks series at Eden Park. The second Maori All Blacks clash will be in Wellington on July 12. “The Maori All Blacks will provide a stern test of our squad strength and depth,”…

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Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia

KYIV/NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine – Ukraine’s military said on Tuesday it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment. The evacuation likely marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine. Mariupol is now in ruins after a Russian siege that Ukraine says killed tens of thousands…

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U.N. warns of ‘catastrophic’ child malnutrition due to price hikes, Ukraine war

LONDON – The cost of life-saving treatment for the most severely malnourished children is set to jump by up to 16% due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and pandemic disruptions, according to the United Nations’ children’s agency. The raw ingredients of the ready-to-eat-therapeutic food have leapt in price amid the global food crisis sparked by the war and pandemic, UNICEF said. Without further funding in the next six months, 600,000 more children may miss out…

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Key moments in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial

– Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are suing each other for defamation, each claiming they were abused before and during their roughly two-year marriage. A Virginia jury is hearing the case, which is expected to run through late May. Below are key moments in the trial so far: — Depp testified that he never hit Heard or any other woman. He said she was the one who became abusive and “bullied” him with “demeaning…

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Steel industry carbon emissions to drop nearly 1/3 by 2050 – Woodmac

BEIJING – Carbon dioxide emissions from the world’s steel sector will fall 30% by 2050 compared with last year as more mills turns to less-polluting electric arc furnaces (EAF), consultancy Wood Mackenzie said in a study on Tuesday. Around 48% of global crude steel will be made via EAF by 2050, according to Woodmac, increasing from 30% in 2021 and almost on a par with traditional blast furnace steelmaking. “Together with green hydrogen-based direct reduced…

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An oasis in underserved Buffalo neighborhood became killing field

BUFFALO, N.Y. – For many people in the neighborhood, the Tops Friendly Market was an answer to prayers when it opened for business 19 years ago, providing an oasis of fresh groceries at affordable prices in the middle of an area long considered a “food desert.” Before Tops came, residents of the blocks around Jefferson Avenue in east-central Buffalo, New York – most of them Black people – had to travel for miles to find…

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Nigeria’s accountant general faces corruption charges after arrest

ABUJA – Nigeria’s economic crimes agency said on Monday night it had arrested the country’s accountant general over charges of diverting public funds and money laundering to the tune of 80 billion naira ($193 million). Africa’s biggest economy and energy producer, Nigeria has struggled for decades with endemic corruption among senior public servants and the political elite, who many Nigerians blame for widespread poverty in the country. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said…

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