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Kentucky basketball passes test of nerves in 90-81 OT victory over Georgia

Kentucky got the chance to show the possession-by-possession test of toughness and nerve that John Calipari spoke about the day before. Kentucky showed enough of those qualities to beat hard-luck … Click to Continue »

Japan hotel to remove books denying Nanjing Massacre

FILE PHOTO - Signboards featuring pictures of APA hotel chain's president Fumiko Motoya is seen at its headquarters building in TokyoBy Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese hotel chain under fire for books its president wrote denying the Nanjing Massacre in wartime China will remove them from a hotel hosting athletes at the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games, organizers said on Wednesday. The Tokyo-based hotel and real estate developer APA Group is at the center of a furor over books by president Toshio Motoya, which contain his revisionist views on history and are placed in every room of the company’s 400-plus APA Hotels. Motoya, using the pen name Seiji Fuji, wrote of the Nanjing Massacre that “these acts were all said to be committed by the Japanese army, but this is not true.” He also denied stories of Korean women forced to work as prostitutes in wartime military brothels, the so-called “comfort women.” China says Japanese troops killed 300,000 people in Nanjing from December 1937 to January 1938.

Box score from Kentucky’s 90-81 overtime win over Georgia

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team improved to 18-4 overall and 8-1 in the Southeastern Conference with a 90-81 come-from-behind, overtime victory over Georgia in Rupp Arena on Tuesday … Click to Continue »

Senator: Army Corps told to approve Dakota pipeline easement

FILE- In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, Law enforcement officers, left, drag a person from a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, near the town of St. Anthony in rural Morton County, N.D. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, that the Acting Secretary of the Army has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with an easement necessary to complete the Dakota Access pipeline. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers was ordered to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline to proceed under a disputed Missouri River crossing, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said on Tuesday, the latest twist in a months-long legal battle over the $3.8 billion project.

‘Tooth fairy’ or ‘disaster’? UK’s Brexit gamble on Trump

The bond between British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump was reinforced when they met in the White HouseHailed last week as an ace up the sleeve for Britain in the upcoming Brexit negotiations, relations with US President Donald Trump are turning into a diplomatic headache for Prime Minister Theresa May. Trump’s rejection of the European Union and his enthusiasm for a swift post-Brexit trade deal with Britain appeared to boost May, demonstrating that she had other options if EU leaders offered an unattractive deal. “Trump has come along like the tooth fairy, this is one massive, magnificent gift,” one Brexit-supporting MP told the Spectator magazine last week.

Wade to return home from New Zealand due to back injury

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia says wicketkeeper Matthew Wade’s back injury which ruled him out of the opening match in the Chappell-Hadlee one-day international series will prevent him from playing in the remaining two games.

‘Abduction’ of China tycoon sparks fear in Hong Kong

Chinese billionaire Xiao Jianhua, founder of Beijing-based Tomorrow Group, was staying long-term at Hong Kong's luxury Four Seasons hotel, according to reports in overseas Chinese-language mediaThe mystery over the reported abduction from Hong Kong of a Chinese billionaire deepened Wednesday after a newspaper advert appeared in his name pledging loyalty to China, in a case that has heightened fears over Beijing’s meddling. The whereabouts of financier Xiao Jianhua — one of China’s richest men — are unclear after reports in overseas Chinese-language media that he was taken from Hong Kong by mainland security agents last week. The reports suggested Xiao’s disappearance was part of China’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign, which some critics believe has been used to target President Xi Jinping’s political opponents.

Top Asian News 4:28 a.m. GMT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Salespeople at Pyongyang’s premier car dealership wait patiently beside racks of glossy brochures in a showroom filled with that unmistakable new car smell from a couple dozen Whistle sedans and Cuckoo SUVs — all bearing the distinctive, double-pigeon logo of Pyonghwa Motors, North Korea’s only passenger car company. The streets of Pyongyang are more crowded than ever, but Pyonghwa, whose sole factory just south of the capital was designed to produce as many as 10,000 cars a year, appears to be stuck in neutral. Experts say pretty much everything its pigeon hood ornaments are attached to these days comes straight from China.

Philippine communist rebels to end unilateral cease-fire

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine communist rebels say they are terminating their unilateral cease-fire after accusing the government of failing to release all political prisoners and encroaching on rebel-held areas.

NHL Capsules: Columbus beats Rangers, Wild defeat Oilers

Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Jones scored twice while Alexander Wennberg had a goal and two assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Rangers 6-4 on Tuesday night.

U.S. to apply ‘extreme vetting’ in refugee swap deal with Australia

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts as he answers questions during a media conference in Parliament House, Canberra, AustraliaBy Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) – The United States will apply ‘extreme vetting’ to up to 1,250 asylum seekers it has agreed to resettle as part of a deal with Australia, a spokesman for President Trump said in the United States on Tuesday. Washington agreed on a deal late last year to resettle asylum seekers, mainly from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, held in Australia’s processing centers on remote Pacific islands in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Under the deal, Australia would in return resettle refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

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