World champion Murata satisfied after realizing dream

After getting a full night’s sleep, newly crowned WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata is finally letting the seventh-round technical knockout victory sink in and speaking like a winner. “Yesterday I was hoping it wasn’t a dream,” the 31-year-old Murata told a news conference on Monday. “Now I’m finally realizing it isn’t a dream.” Yet, he

Trump’s tougher stance could backfire by boosting Iran’s Guards

ANKARA/LONDON (Reuters) – Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a military force with political clout and an industrial empire, stands to benefit from heightened tension between Washington and Tehran, officials and analysts said. President Donald Trump broke ranks with other major powers earlier this month by disavowing Iran’s compliance with a 2015 multinational nuclear deal,

Abe claims victory as powerful endorsement, may seek re-election next month

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that the ruling bloc’s overwhelming victory in Sunday’s general election represented a “historic” level of public confidence in his leadership and that he will take the result as a powerful endorsement of his pet policies, including revising the pacifist Constitution. With Sunday’s victory, Abe silenced doubts about his leadership