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  • Olympics-Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo, governor calls for unity

    Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike brought the Olympic flag to Japan from Brazil on Wednesday and called for all parties to work together to host a successful Summer Games in 2020. Koike, who was elected last month after two predecessors stepped down over scandals that clouded the city's Games preparations, was given the flag at the Rio Games closing ceremony on Sunday. "Let's work together with everyone to hold a great Olympics and Paralymics as the Olympic flag, which just arrived, is a symbol of," she told reporters after waving the flag upon stepping off the flight at Haneda airport. More »

    Reuters - 5 minutes ago
  • The 8 at 8: Wednesday

    The 8 at 8: Wednesday

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    TheJournal.ie - 30 minutes ago
  • Andy Murray seeded second at US Open behind defending champion Novak Djokovic

    Andy Murray seeded second at US Open behind defending champion Novak Djokovic

    British tennis star Andy Murray has been seeded second in the men's singles for the US Open. The 29-year-old current world number two is the second-highest rated seed for the tournament at Flushing Meadows, where defending champion Novak Djokovic has been installed as the number one seed. More »

    International Business Times - 47 minutes ago
  • Olympics-Chinese Olympians given warm welcome on Brazil return

    China's Olympic team were given a warm welcome from big crowds waving banners and photographs at Beijing airport on Tuesday upon their return from a disappointing Rio Games. China's largest overseas Olympic delegation of 416 athletes managed 26 golds, their lowest tally since the 1996 Atlanta Games, and 70 medals overall in Brazil. Surprise failures in traditionally strong sports such as badminton, shooting and gymnastics left China third in the medals table, behind the United States and Britain. More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 47 minutes ago
  • China's big investment in Africa has suffered from instability and lack of local knowledge

    China's big investment in Africa has suffered from instability and lack of local knowledge

    Chinese investors in Africa have suffered huge losses due to instability on the continent and the failure of some mainland companies to fully grasp local conditions, a major think tank has warned. China has greatly expanded its infrastructure, energy, mining and manufacturing businesses in Africa in recent years, but the investment environment there has many risks and many companies’ operations are flawed, according to the annual report on development in Africa by the Beijing-based Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Official statistics showed China’s direct investment in Africa reached US$32.35 billion in 2014, with more than 3,000 companies operating in 52 countries across the continent. More »

    Business Insider UK - 4 hours ago