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Friday, February 26, 2021

Olympic Torch Relay May Be Suspended if Large Crowds Form

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee released a set of coronavirus countermeasures Thursday for the nationwide torch relay leading up to the games this summer, including the possibility of temporarily suspending the event if large crowds form along the route.

Indonesia, Thailand Hold Talks With Myanmar Coup Minister

BANGKOK (AP) — Regional diplomatic efforts to resolve Myanmar’s political crisis intensified Wednesday, while protests continued in Yangon and other cities calling for the country’s coup makers to step down and return Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government to power.

Tiger Woods Faces Hard Recovery From Car Crash Injuries

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a career filled with remarkable comebacks, Tiger Woods faces his toughest recovery of all.

Japan Distillery Drinking up Plaudits as Its Craft Whisky Proves a Hit

SAITAMA (Kyodo) — Riding the craft whisky boom at home and abroad, a small distillery north of Tokyo is boosting production to meet the growing demand for its world-renowned and award-winning "Ichiro's Malt" product.

Lam Backs Hong Kong Electoral Changes Excluding Opponents

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam gave her clear support Tuesday to electoral reforms that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement Beijing’s control over the semi-autonomous Chinese city’s politics.

Protests Swell After Myanmar Junta Raises Specter of Force

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters gathered in Myanmar’s biggest city on Monday despite the ruling junta’s threat to use lethal force against people who join a general strike against the military’s takeover three weeks ago.

12 Japan Firms Will Kill Business Deals Involving Uyghur Forced Labor

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Twelve major Japanese companies have established a policy of ceasing business deals with Chinese companies found to benefit from the forced labor of the Muslim Uyghur minority in China's far-western Xinjiang region, a Kyodo News investigation showed Sunday.

Why Some Texans Are Getting Sky-High Energy Bills

After unusual icy weather left millions of Texans without power, some are facing another crisis: Sky-high electricity bills.

US Coronavirus Death Toll Approaches Milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus.

What’s Safe After COVID-19 Vaccination? Don’t Shed Masks Yet

You’re fully vaccinated against the coronavirus — now what? Don’t expect to shed your mask and get back to normal activities right away.



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