Thousands sprint to become Japan’s luckiest man of the year

Thousands sprint to become Japan’s luckiest man of the year

Thousands of men and women made a chaotic dash through the grounds of a shrine in Japan on 10 January, to try to win the annual Lucky Man Run. The winner of the race is believed to be given a years worth of luck, as well as a barrel of Japanese sake rice.The tradition started in the 14th century as locals rushed to offer prayers, which eventually turned into a race. 21-year-old university student Takashi Suzuki clinched first place. 11 days ago
Transport secretary Chris Grayling calls rail strikes ‘not right, and not fair’

Transport secretary Chris Grayling calls rail strikes ‘not right, and not fair’

The latest strike by Southern train drivers is under way, the first of six day-long stoppages planned in January. Southern said it ran a handful of early trains from Brighton to London. The firm advised people not to attempt to travel unless it was essential. There are virtually no services now running. On a normal weekday Southern has 2,242 trains timetabled. 11 days ago
Protests continue in Mexico as thousands rally against fuel price hike

Protests continue in Mexico as thousands rally against fuel price hike

Thousands marched in Mexico City against gasoline price hikes despite Mexicos President Enrique Pena Nietos promises to contain the effects. In response, Pena Nieto has announced that his government, businesses and union leaders are pledging to keep the price of staple goods stable. The rise in gasoline prices is part of a liberalisation programme aimed at gradually bringing prices up to market level. 11 days ago