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Ex-Malaysian PM Najib charged with corruption

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged with corruption on Wednesday for allegedly accepting millions of dollars in bribe money, in a stunning fall from grace just months after his shock election defeat. Najib, the first ex-premier in Malaysia to appear in front of a judge, is accused of pocketing 42 million ringgit ($10.4…

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July 4, 2018

 

Kuldeep, Rahul lead India to T20 victory over England

Kuldeep Yadav claimed his maiden Twenty20 international five-wicket haul and KL Rahul struck his second century in the format as India began their tour of England with an impressive eight-wicket victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Left-arm spinner Yadav finished with 5-24 as England were restricted to 159-8 after they collapsed from 94-1 following India…

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July 4, 2018

 

UN Security Council to hold emergency Syria talks

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the Syrian army’s Russia-backed offensive against rebel groups that has forced some 300,000 people to flee, diplomats said. Sweden, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency, requested the closed-door meeting along with Kuwait, Swedish diplomats said Tuesday. The United Nations estimates that between…

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July 4, 2018

 

Jordan to keep border closed to Syria’s displaced

Jordan’s army said Tuesday the kingdom’s border with Syria would remain closed, even as tens of thousands of Syrians flee a government offensive towards the frontier. The commander of the kingdom’s northern military region, General Khaled al-Massaid, told AFP that authorities feared the presence of “infiltrators among the displaced”. Around 95,000 Syrians have arrived in…

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July 3, 2018

 

Ukraine filmmaker marks 50th day of hunger strike in Russian jail

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was in “serious” condition Monday on the 50th day of his hunger strike in a Russian jail, his lawyer said, as supporters called rallies for his release. Sentsov has refused food since May 14 to demand Moscow release all Ukrainian political prisoners. A pro-Ukrainian activist and documentary director, he timed his…

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July 3, 2018

 

Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit

Facebook on Monday said it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and its Messenger service. The glitch active between May 29 and June 5 has been fixed, according to Facebook, which has been striving to regain trust in the aftermath of a Cambridge Analytica…

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July 3, 2018

 

ICC unveils tougher sanctions for ball tampering, sledging

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday unveiled tougher sanctions for ball tampering and sledging in a bid to improve on-field behaviour in the sport. The changes come in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March that saw Steve Smith stripped of the Australian captaincy and suspended from international and domestic…

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July 3, 2018

 

Japan stunned by manner of defeat, admits coach Nishino

Japan coach Akira Nishino admitted his desperate disappointment after seeing his side bow out of the World Cup in an agonising 3-2 defeat against Belgium on Monday. “We started off very well, but at the end, right at the very end, to concede a goal like that is not expected,” Nishino said after Nacer Chadli’s…

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July 3, 2018

 

Afghan Sikhs and Hindus grieve after 19 killed in suicide attack

Grief mixed with anger among Afghanistan’s minority Sikh and Hindu communities on Monday as they prepared for funerals of loved ones, including an election candidate, killed in a suicide attack. At least 19 people were killed and 21 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus waiting…

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July 2, 2018

 

LeBron James to join NBA Lakers in four-year, $154 million deal

LeBron James is to join the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year $154 million deal, his agents said Sunday, ending months of frenzied speculation about the NBA superstar’s next career move. The blockbuster contract sends the 33-year-old four-time NBA Most Valuable Player to one of the league’s most iconic clubs, adding to the legacy of…

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July 2, 2018

 

Federer, Serena lead Wimbledon against World Cup

Roger Federer and Serena Williams bring the curtain up on Wimbledon Monday with the All England Club confident their tournament can comfortably capture the imagination of a public distracted by the World Cup. Federer, the record eight-time champion, opens proceedings on Centre Court against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic. Williams, meanwhile, has been shunted off to Court…

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July 2, 2018

 

Japan emperor being treated for brain condition: palace

Japan’s 84-year-old Emperor Akihito cancelled his official duties on Monday after being taken ill, the country’s top government spokesperson said. Akihito “had a sudden feeling of sickness and heavy sweating” in the early morning and Empress Michiko “immediately brought in the palace doctor,” Yoshihide Suga told reporters. The doctor diagnosed the emperor with “symptoms of…

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July 2, 2018

 

Leftist ‘AMLO’ sweeps to Mexican presidency

Anti-establishment leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador swept to victory in Mexico’s presidential election Sunday, in a political sea change driven by voters’ anger over endemic corruption and brutal violence. According to exit polls, the sharp-tongued, silver-haired politician known as “AMLO” won by a large margin over his two main rivals, who both conceded defeat shortly…

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July 2, 2018

 

Croatia beat Denmark on penalties to reach World Cup quarter finals

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero as Croatia squeezed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a penalty shoot-out victory over Denmark here Sunday. On a night of late, late drama Ivan Rakitic stroked home the decisive spotkick to ensure the Croats advanced to a last eight meeting with Russia after the two sides finished locked…

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July 2, 2018

 

Russia beat Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Russia captain Igor Akinfeev saved two penalties in a dramatic shootout as the World Cup hosts dumped title contenders Spain out in the last 16 following a 1-1 draw. Veteran Russia centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted Spain the opening goal on 12 minutes in Moscow when he unwittingly turned into his own net after grappling with…

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July 1, 2018

 

New Swedish law recognises sex without consent as rape

A tough new law that will recognise sex without explicit consent as rape comes into effect in Sweden on Sunday, after the country was rocked by the #MeToo movement denouncing sexual harassment and assault. The law stipulates that a person has committed rape if they have been part of a sexual act in which the…

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July 1, 2018

 

Blast rocks Afghan city killing at least seven: officials

An explosion in a city in eastern Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting killed at least seven people, officials said Sunday. A hospital official told AFP that seven bodies and several wounded had been taken to the medical facility in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. Ghani’s spokesperson confirmed the president was still in…

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July 1, 2018

 

Cambodia earns Guinness Record for longest woven scarf

Cambodia won a place in the Guinness book of World Records Sunday for a 1,100-metre (3,600-foot) long version of the country’s popular krama scarf. Supported by a youth movement with links to the nation’s ruling party, more than 23,000 people took part in the six-month weaving marathon outside Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace. Thousands of young…

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July 1, 2018

 

Thousands march against US immigration policy

Thousands of demonstrators marched in cities across the United States on Saturday against President Donald Trump’s hardline¬†immigration¬†policy and to demand the immediate reunification of families separated at the border with Mexico. Directly across from the White House, demonstrators filled Lafayette Square park in an atmosphere of both indignation and sadness, before marching toward the Capitol….

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July 1, 2018

 

Eleven family members found dead in Delhi home: police

Indian police launched an investigation Sunday after a family of 11 was found dead inside their home in New Delhi. Police have cordoned off the home in Burari in the north of the capital where the bodies of seven women and four men were discovered Sunday. “10 of the 11 family members were found hanging…

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July 1, 2018

 

Australia shelves MH370 memorial after relatives protest

Plans to erect a memorial honouring the passengers and crew of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were shelved by Australia on Sunday after protests by relatives of the victims. The final resting place of the Boeing 777, which had 239 people on board when it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March…

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July 1, 2018

 
 
 
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