Japan, IOC Agree to Postpone 2020 Tokyo Olympics by About One Year

TOKYO—The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were postponed until 2021 on Tuesday as the coronavirus pandemic spreads world-wide, an unprecedented shifting of the world’s largest sporting event that casts a universe of athletes, broadcasters, sponsors and sports organizations into a period of protracted uncertainty. Japanese Prime Minister…

Social distancing may be needed for ‘most of year’

Image copyright AFP Social distancing would be needed for “at least half of the year” to stop intensive care units being overwhelmed, according to official scientific advice. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) recommended alternating between more and less strict measures for most of…

North Korea ‘fires two missiles in first test of the year’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A previous missile test by North Korea North Korea has launched two unidentified projectiles, South Korea’s military says, in its first apparent weapons test of the year. Little is known about the projectiles, except that they were launched from…

New Year Honours: Publication of addresses a ‘complete disaster’

Image copyright PA/BBC/Getty Image caption (Clockwise from top left) Elton John, Nadiya Hussain, Iain Duncan Smith, Jill Scott, Ainsley Harriot, Gabby Logan The online publication of the addresses of more than 1,000 New Year Honours recipients was a “complete disaster”, a former cabinet minister has…