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'Call of Duty' to be released on Nintendo Switch, Microsoft says

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The hugely popular "Call of Duty" game franchise will become available on Nintendo's Switch console if the acquisition of its developer goes ahead, a Microsoft executive said Wednesday. The U.S. tech giant is in the process of buying the game maker Activision Blizzard, but the huge $69-billion purchase has yet… Read


China, Japan must be careful of 'zero-sum game trap': Wang


China and Japan must avoid falling into a "zero-sum game trap" and instead become cooperative partners, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday amid rising economic and security tensions between the United States and China. In a video message to a forum attended by experts on the Asian countries, Wang… Read


World economy faces more pain in 2023 after a gloomy year


This was supposed to be the comeback year for the world economy following the COVID pandemic. Instead, 2022 was marked by a new war, record inflation and climate-linked disasters. It was a "polycrisis" year, a term popularised by historian Adam Tooze. Get ready for more gloom in 2023. "The number… Read


Couple in their 80s found dead in suspected murder-suicide

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A man and his wife, both in their 80s, were found dead at their home in Okayama City on Tuesday in what police believe was a murder-suicide. According to police, the bodies of the man, 83, and his 80-year-old wife were found by their 56-year-old son when he went to… Read


Djokovic to begin Australian Open campaign at Adelaide International

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Novak Djokovic will begin his bid for a 10th Australian Open title at the Adelaide International, organizers said Wednesday, after the Serbian was granted a visa to enter the country. The world number five missed the opening Grand Slam of 2022 when he was deported over his vaccine status after… Read


Climate activists hurl paint at La Scala entrance in Milan


Environmental activists hurled paint at the entrance of Milan's prestigious La Scala opera house on Wednesday, part of a series of recent protests across Europe to focus attention on climate change. The early morning protest came ahead of the gala opening of the new season on Wednesday night, with a… Read


Will Smith's 'Emancipation' role taught him lesson post-slap

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While filming “Emancipation,” Will Smith routinely drew inspiration from the words “sacred motivation” that were written on the front page of a script. But the Oscar winner heavily leaned on the phrase even more in recent months, as he tried to overcome the backlash to his Oscars slap and banishment… Read


Time magazine names Ukraine's Zelensky 'Person of the Year'


Time magazine named President Volodymyr Zelensky as well as "the spirit of Ukraine" as its 2022 person of the year on Wednesday, for the resistance the country has shown in the face of Russia's invasion. Calling Zelensky's decision to remain in Kyiv and rally his country "fateful," Time editor in… Read


'Quadgod' Malinin among newcomers challenging Japan's Uno in ISU Grand Prix final


U.S. teenager Ilia Malinin, who made history after landing the first quad axel jump in competition, will be among a group of newcomers aiming to upset Japanese world figure skating champion Shoma Uno in the ISU Grand Prix final in Turin starting Thursday. Malinin, the 18-year-old reigning men's world junior… Read


25 arrested on suspicion of planning armed coup in Germany


Thousands of police officers carried out raids across much of Germany on Wednesday against suspected far-right extremists who allegedly sought to overthrow the government in an armed coup. Officials said 25 people were detained. Federal prosecutors said some 3,000 officers conducted searches at 130 sites in 11 of Germany's 16… Read

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