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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cavani injury leaves Uruguay coach ‘worried’

Uruguay could be sweating over the fitness of Edinson Cavani for the World Cup quarter-finals after their match-winner against Portugal on Saturday came off injured late on. The Paris Saint-Germain striker scored both his side’s goals in the 2-1 victory in Sochi in their last-16 tie, before hobbling off with a calf problem. “He came…

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Will Messi quit the international stage after Argentina World Cup pain?

Four France goals ended Lionel Messi’s fourth World Cup on Saturday and may have brought down the curtain on an international career seemingly destined to end in disappointment. Tens of thousands of Argentines poured into Kazan hoping to see Messi carry an ageing side over one more hurdle after his solitary goal in Russia helped…

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France beat Messi’s Argentina 4-3 to reach World Cup quarter-finals

France roared back against Argentina to reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday as wonderkid Kylian Mbappe sent Lionel Messi home empty-handed following a seven-goal thriller. The 1998 champions won 4-3 and looked a different side from the one that struggled to find their cutting edge in the group stage, pouring forward with pace and purpose to…

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Sri Lanka moves navy unit to Chinese-run port

Sri Lanka will move its southern naval command to a port leased to a state-run Chinese firm but China will not use it for military purposes, the prime minister’s office said Saturday. Colombo’s announcement will likely raise fresh concerns in New Delhi over China’s military potentially getting a foothold in the Indian Ocean through the…

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Facial recognition was key in identifying US shooting suspect

Facial recognition technology, which has drawn criticism from civil liberties activists in recent years, was used to identify the suspect in Thursday’s newsroom shooting which left five dead in Annapolis, Maryland. Police said suspect Jarrod Ramos, who had a prior arrest record, had refused to cooperate with authorities after he was taken into custody and…

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Ronaldo, Suarez put World Cup dreams on line as Portugal face Uruguay

In Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, Portugal and Uruguay boast some of the greatest goal-scorers in world football, but Sochi could be the scene of a World Cup battle of attrition on Saturday evening. These two small countries with proud footballing traditions face off on Russia’s Black Sea coast with a place in…

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Canada hits back at US with tariffs on metals, orange juice

Canada hit back at the United States on Friday with retaliatory tariffs on American summertime essentials including Florida orange juice, ketchup and Kentucky bourbon in its opening salvo in a trade war with President Donald Trump. As temperatures and tensions increase, the measures targeting Can$16.6 billion (US$12.6 billion) in US steel, aluminum and consumer goods…

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