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  • The Associated Press Oct 3, 2019

    Labor Union Wants Inspections at Tokyo Olympic Venues

    Tokyo Olympic organizers and two government bodies building venues for next year’s games have until the end of the month to agree to outside inspections on construction sites. Ambet Yuson, the general secretary of the Building and Wood Workers’ International, made the request on Thursday to officials of the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Japan Sport...

  • Governor Feb 24, 2019

    Rising Anti-US Sentiment on Okinawa Ahead of Military Base Relocation

    The people of Okinawa voted Sunday on a plan for a U.S. military base relocation in a referendum that will send a message on how they feel about housing American troops in Japan, who many see as a burden on the group of tiny southwestern islands. The referendum is technically not binding but interest is high for testing the public...

  • Shahan Ahmed Jan 9, 2019

    Joshua Tree National Park Closing Due to Government Shutdown Problems

    Joshua Tree National Park will temporarily close this week to address damage and sanitation problems that have occurred during the partial federal government shutdown.

  • head Oct 28, 2018

    High Stakes for German Government as Key State Votes

    Germany’s central region of Hesse was voting Sunday in a state election marked by discontent with infighting in the national government — and its results could help determine whether Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration has a long-term future. The election for the state legislature in Hesse, which includes Germany’s financial center of Frankfurt, comes as support for the country’s governing parties...

  • NBC Oct 10, 2018

    NBC Olympics Unveils Tokyo 2020 Logo on 54th Anniversary of 1964 Games

    Coinciding with the 54th anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964, NBC Olympics Wednesday unveiled the logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

  • the Olympics Jan 5, 2018

    How Climate Change Hits Athletes Prepping for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games

    The athletes’ half-hour commute in the Swiss Alps — up two gondolas, then through a tunnel in the world’s highest underground train to a glacier at 11,000 feet — served up daily grim reminders that global warming is threatening their line of work. After exiting the train, they squelched through a field of grayish mud to reach shrinking snowfields scarred...

  • the Olympics Dec 14, 2017

    As Olympics Near, South Korea Agonizes Over Post-Games Costs

    South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country’s post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues. As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden...

  • European Union Oct 2, 2017

    Catalonia Urges Mediation With Spain in Secession Dispute

    Catalonia’s leader called Monday for international mediation and for the European Union “to stop looking the other way” in the region’s bid to secede from Spain, a day after a violent crackdown by Spanish police trying to block an independence referendum left hundreds bruised. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont also said a special commission would investigate why Spanish police fired rubber...

  • Louisiana Jul 6, 2017

    Olympic Panel: LA, Paris Hosting Plans ‘Outstanding'

    Los Angeles and Paris have been praised by an International Olympic Committee panel for having “outstanding” plans to host the 2024 Summer Games. Storytelling skills and cutting-edge technologies from LA, plus “stunning backdrops” in Paris where the modern Olympics was reborn, were anticipated eagerly by an IOC evaluation commission which assessed the bidders in a 180-page dossier and 15-minute video...

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