New Jersey Devils captain Bryce Salvador announced his retirement Wednesday after 13 National Hockey League seasons as a shut down defenceman. It was great," 39-year-old Salvador said. Salvador, of Canada, missed the final 67 games of last season with a bulging disc and nerve damage in his lower back.
By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares struggled to recover on Thursday with volatility remaining high, while emerging economy and commodity-linked currencies softened as investors worried about the global repercussions of slower growth in China. Japan's Nikkei rose for the first time in four days, gaining 0.7 percent. Many Asian bourses also advanced but weakness in Australia and falls in Asian currencies drove MSCI's dollar-denominated broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.2 percent.
By Ben Blanchard and Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders. China's confidence in its armed forces and growing military assertiveness, especially in the disputed South China Sea, has rattled the region and drawn criticism from Washington. Xi, speaking on a rostrum overlooking Beijing's Tiananmen Square before the parade began, said China would cut by 13 percent one of the world's biggest militaries, currently 2.3-million strong.