South Korean athletes at the Rio Olympics will wear long-sleeved kit impregnated with mosquito repellant to protect them from the Zika virus, the national Olympic committee said Thursday. Brazil -- epicentre of the mosquito-borne Zika virus outbreak, which is blamed for birth defects in babies -- hosts the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. The South Korean training kit and uniforms for the opening and closing ceremonies will cover most of the body and be infused with repellant, a Korean Olympic Committee spokeswoman said.
The Portland Trail Blazers took full advantage of the Los Angeles Clippers injury woes on Wednesday to score a convincing 108-98 victory and claim a pivotal 3-2 series lead in their Western Conference playoff battle. The Clippers, rocked by a double injury blow to stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, fought bravely to stay in touch heading into the fourth quarter at the Staples Center. CJ McCollum finished with 27 points while Damian Lillard scored 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.
The Bank of Japan shocked markets Thursday as it held fire on a fresh round of widely expected stimulus measures, sparking questions about whether it had anything left in its arsenal to kickstart the stuttering economy. The yen soared on the decision -- the BoJ also cut back its inflation and growth projections -- with the dollar briefly plunging as low as 108.77 yen just after the announcement from 111.78 yen. "Markets now think the impact of any more BoJ easing measures are going to be limited," said Minori Uchida, head of Tokyo global markets research at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
By Naomi Tajitsu and David Shepardson TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mitsubishi Motors Corp said its vehicles sold in the United States from 2013 have accurate mileage readings, lowering the risk that its fuel economy cheating scandal in Japan may have a wider global impact. It compiled data for fuel economy tests using U.S. standards, where higher-speed, highway driving is common, rather than Japanese standards, where more prevalent city driving commonly consumes more fuel. Mitsubishi's North American unit said in a statement that it had re-tested vehicles for the model years 2013 to 2017 and found that their fuel economy readings were accurate.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chancellor of the University of California's Davis campus was put on indefinite leave Wednesday amid an uproar over her service on corporate boards and the school's hiring of consultants to improve its image online, following the widely criticized pepper spraying of protesters by campus police, the university's president announced.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 27 points, Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalized on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-98 on Wednesday night in Game 5 their first-round series.
Players and traditionalists need to accept pink-ball Tests or the five-day format will not survive, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White warned Thursday. Australia and New Zealand played the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide last year, attracting huge crowds to rival those at limited-overs versions of the game. White said there was strong enthusiasm for more day-night Tests at a meeting of the International Cricket Council board in Dubai last weekend.
Mexican giants Club America clinched back-to-back CONCACAF Champions League crowns on Wednesday after coming from behind to beat fellow Liga MX side Tigres 2-1, sealing a 4-1 aggregate victory. America had been heavy favorites to retain their continental crown and seal their place in this year's FIFA Club World Cup after a superb 2-0 away victory in last week's first leg. The goal lifted Tigres in a first half which threatened to boil over towards the break when an ugly challenge by America's Rubens Sambueza triggered a prolonged melee that led to four bookings.
Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smartphone maker, reported a better-than-expected jump in net profits Thursday, boosted by the successful early release of its new flagship Galaxy handset. The result will encourage shareholders after a disappointing 2015 that saw the firm lose more than $8.0 billion in market value, with its smartphone business sandwiched by top-end rivals such as Apple's iPhone and lower-end devices from fast-growing Chinese outfits Huawei and Xiaomi. In an effort to defend its smartphone share, Samsung rolled out the latest version of its Galaxy S7 smartphone in March -- ahead of new launches by its competitors.
The 26-year-old victim, Patrice Price, was pronounced dead at the scene following Tuesday's incident in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the local sheriff's office said. "This little girl right here meant everything in the world to me," Andre Price told the station. The sheriff's office said that deputies found a security officer's gun belt belonging to the boyfriend on the floor of the front passenger seat.
Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome hosted its first rocket launch on Thursday, the Roscosmos space agency said, after a last-minute delay a day earlier led to President Vladimir Putin criticising the programme's officials. The Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying three satellites took off at 11.01 am local time (0201 GMT), the national space agency said in a statement, after the countdown was automatically halted for technical reasons 24 hours previously. "The rocket launch was carried out successfully.
The UN's Syria envoy said on Thursday he planned to hold another round of peace talks next month, but called for a stuttering ceasefire to be "revitalised" before setting a date, as at least 20 civilians were killed in second city Aleppo. Staffan de Mistura made the comments after briefing the United Nations Security Council on the talks, which he said had made gains despite escalating violence on the ground that continues to threaten the fragile truce. As the latest round of negotiations went on recess, de Mistura said he wanted to open a fresh set "during the course of May", to build on momentum gained so far.