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I thought the way the US Open officials handled themselves after Serena loss to Osaka this weekend was atrocious. The entire awards presentation was about how Williams lost and not how Osaka won. A bit pathetic.
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
 
 
  North Korea marks 70th birthday with grand parade  
 
     
 
  North Korea on Sunday celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding with a massive military parade in Pyongyang, but the event was largely understated with the absence of intercontinental ballistic missiles and a speech by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The military parade held in Pyongyang involved tanks, artilleries and goose-stepping troops walking past Kim and his foreign delegates, but ICBMs were not displayed during the two-hour event that ended in the morning.

Kim observed the event along with Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s envoy Li Zhanshu, but he did not deliver a speech to the public. Instead, the country’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam addressed the assembled crowd with a focus on economic development rather than nuclear might.

“If Kim had shown ICBMs with Li watching the parade, it would have been a huge embarrassment to Xi,” said Shin Beom-chul, a senior researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. “Kim refrained from provoking China, while seeking to keep momentum for talks with the US.”
 
 
 
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Jack Ma reveals succession plan; to remain chairman
 
   
 
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's billionaire co-founder Jack Ma will announce a succession plan on Monday to hand the reins of his sprawling empire to a new generation of leaders but will remain executive chairman for the time being.
 
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China pledges response if US tariff plans go ahead
 
   
 
China will be forced to take necessary countermeasures if the United States insists on imposing new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods despite strong opposition from both countries, the Ministry of Commerce said.
 
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Osaka first Japanese to capture tennis major
 
   
 
Naomi Osaka wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 victory for her first Grand Slam title, the first ever major by a Japanese national.
 
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Japan stoic in face of disasters
 
   
 
Public transport services were halted citywide after major tremors shook Osaka in June and Hokkaido last week. But, in both places, that did not stop salarymen and women in their customary dark suits from making their way to work - some by walking for at least an hour.
 
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