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Messi’s Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption

Lionel Messi’s Argentina face their World Cup day of destiny, needing a win to have any chance of progressing to the last 16 while the Video Assistant Referee system is questioned after a chaotic night of matches. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and 2010 winners Spain progressed from Group B in dramatic fashion on Monday, joining host…

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June 26, 2018

 

Last straw for McDonald’s, Burger King in Mumbai plastic ban

Burger King, McDonald’s and Starbucks are among dozens of companies fined for violating a new ban on single-use plastics in India’s commercial capital Mumbai, an official said Tuesday. The rules, in force since Saturday, prohibit the use of disposable plastic items such as bags, cutlery, cups and bottles under a certain size. Businesses and residents…

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June 26, 2018

 

Sri Lanka closing in on victory over West Indies in third Test

Sri Lanka were 63 runs away from a first ever Test victory over the West Indies at the Kensington Oval on Monday following an action-packed third day of the final Test. A stunning day’s play which saw 20 wickets fall in the day/night Test saw Sri Lanka be set a target of 144 to level…

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June 26, 2018

 

Ronaldo in need of Portugal supporting cast to perform

Cristiano Ronaldo’s off-night against Iran nearly cost Portugal their World Cup dream and underlined the stark need for his team-mates to contribute more in support of the Real Madrid superstar. Ronaldo carried Portugal through their first two group games, hitting a memorable hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain before netting the winner in a…

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June 26, 2018

 

German FA suspend two staff members over spat with Swedish bench

The German Football Association (DFB) has suspended two of its backroom staff for Wednesday’s crunch World Cup clash against South Korea following an angry exchange with the Sweden bench. Media coordinator Uli Voigt and Georg Behlau, head of the backroom staff, have been told not to attend the final Group F match in Kazan, which…

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June 26, 2018

 

World Cup sees Iranian women score spot in the stands

For many of the thousands of joyful women packed into Tehran’s largest football stadium, their first ever chance to watch a game at a sports arena was a victory for freedom despite Iran’s agonising World Cup elimination. Cheering and with their cheeks painted with the national colours, women showed they were just as caught up…

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June 26, 2018

 

Myanmar sacks top general involved in Rohingya crackdown

Myanmar’s military said it sacked a top general who was named in fresh EU sanctions against security officials accused of serious rights violations in the Rohingya crisis, including killings and sexual violence. Myanmar is accused of waging a crackdown in Rakhine state that forced 700,000 to flee that the UN and major western powers have…

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June 26, 2018

 

Polio returns to Papua New Guinea after 18 years: WHO

An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization and the government said, with the virus detected in a child 18 years after the Pacific nation was declared free of the disease. The WHO said there was one confirmed case — a six-year-old boy with lower limb weakness from…

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June 26, 2018

 

‘Green gold’: Pakistan plants hundreds of millions of trees

The change is drastic: around the region of Heroshah, previously arid hills are now covered with forest as far as the horizon. In northwestern Pakistan, hundreds of millions of trees have been planted to fight deforestation. In 2015 and 2016 some 16,000 labourers planted more than 900,000 fast-growing eucalyptus trees at regular, geometric intervals in…

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June 26, 2018

 

US urges Turkey to strengthen its democracy

The United States greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s re-election with little enthusiasm Monday, calling for measures to strengthen the country’s democracy. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump had not yet found time to talk to Erdogan, after a win that granted the Turkish leader sweeping new powers. “We’re working to set…

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June 26, 2018

 

Iran coach blasts VAR as Ronaldo escapes sending off

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was fortunate to escape a red card despite a VAR review following an elbow in Monday’s 1-1 draw at the World Cup. Portugal will face Uruguay in the last 16 after advancing as runners-up of Group B, but Queiroz insisted Ronaldo deserved to be sent off…

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June 26, 2018

 

Uruguay top World Cup group as Spain, Portugal target knockouts

Russia were handed a World Cup reality check on Monday, losing 3-0 to Uruguay as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and 2010 winners Spain look to lock down spots in the last 16. The host nation rode a wave of national euphoria in their first two matches, sweeping aside Saudi Arabia and Egypt despite being initially written…

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June 25, 2018

 

Turkey lira pares dollar gains after Erdogan victory

Turkey’s embattled lira on Monday pared gains against the US dollar after a surge following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decisive election victory, as analysts warned the economy still faced troubled waters. The lira was trading at 4.66 to the dollar, gaining only 0.1 percent in value on the day. It was trading at 5.45 to…

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June 25, 2018

 

Sridevi, Irrfan Khan win top Bollywood awards

Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor was honoured for her final role at India’s movie awards in Bangkok, winning best actress at the celebration of dance, music and film just months after her shock death. Sridevi was considered one of the most influential Bollywood actresses of all time. Her death from accidental drowning in a Dubai hotel…

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June 25, 2018

 

Bodybuilding: The pursuit of beauty in war-torn Kabul

Hindi music pumps from the speakers as dozens of Afghan men grunt and sweat their way through a workout beneath the watchful eye of a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose muscle-bound image hangs from the wall. The scene inside this Kabul gym is repeated at venues all round the capital, where bodybuilding has become ubiquitous since…

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June 25, 2018

 

Isle of dogs: Pakistan fishermen feed islands full of strays

More than a dozen decrepit dogs splash into the Arabian Sea as the small wooden boat approaches. They know the fishermen’s mission: bringing food and water for the canine population of one of Karachi’s “dog islands”. The boat, powered by an old jeep engine, stops when the water is still waist-high, two fishermen jumping from…

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June 25, 2018

 

12 children trapped in Thailand cave after storms

A dramatic underwater rescue mission to find a children’s football team who have been trapped in a flooded cave for two days is under way in northern Thailand, officials said on Monday. Divers have reached a large chamber of the vast cave inside which the 12 boys and their coach are believed to be stuck,…

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June 25, 2018

 

Mexicans bring cardboard of friend who could not attend World Cup

Mexican supporter Javier Amador was all set to join his mates on an epic Russian World Cup adventure before crying off at the last minute. Disappointed, his friends decided that Javier would accompany them in Russia after all — in lifesize cardboard cutout form at any rate. And to make him pay for remaining back…

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June 25, 2018

 

Kvitova wins Birmingham title to boost Wimbledon bid

Petra Kvitova warmed up for Wimbledon in impressive style as the former All England Club champion won the WTA Birmingham tournament for the second successive year on Sunday. Czech star Kvitova saw off Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in a final lasting just over two hours on the grass-courts of the Edgbaston Priory Club….

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June 25, 2018

 

Nearly 1,000 migrants rescued off Libyan coast: navy

Libya’s coastguard has rescued nearly 1,000 migrants who were on boats in distress in the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Europe, the navy said on Monday. Three separate operations took place on Sunday with the coastguard bringing ashore in Libya a total of 948 migrants, navy spokesperson Ayoub Kacem said. The migrants were on…

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June 25, 2018

 

Formula One: Hamilton eases to French Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton roared to victory with a polished lights-to-flag drive for Mercedes in Sunday’s restored French Grand Prix to regain top spot in the world championship. The four-time world champion led from start to finish, bar one lap following his pit stop, as he claimed his first win in France, his third this year and…

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June 25, 2018

 
 
 
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