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Bring on England, says Kohli after Ireland rout

Virat Kohli is happy that India are well prepared to take on in-form England when their much-awaited series starts on Tuesday with the first of three Twenty20 internationals. India completed the formality of a 2-0 win in Ireland on Friday with their biggest ever T20 victory, by 143 runs. Although they were two one-sided games,…

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Annapolis gunman wanted to ‘kill as many as possible’

The 38-year-old gunman who carried out a deadly assault on a newspaper office in Annapolis had barricaded a back door hoping to “kill as many” as he could, authorities said Friday, confirming he pursued a years-long vendetta against the paper. Police said the suspect — identified as Maryland resident Jarrod Ramos — used a legally…

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Two Gazans shot dead in Israel border clashes: ministry

Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians, one in his early teens, in border clashes Friday in the southern Gaza Strip, the Hamas-ruled territory’s health ministry said. Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP a Palestinian youth aged about 13 was shot in the head near the town of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, without giving…

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Ronaldo can’t beat Uruguay on his own, warns Portugal coach

Cristiano Ronaldo cannot beat Uruguay all by himself. That is the message from Portugal coach Fernando Santos to his team ahead of Saturday’s World Cup last-16 clash in Sochi. Ronaldo has scored four times in Russia but Portugal have already shown that they can win without him — they beat France in the Euro 2016…

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Third day of demos in India after rape of 8-year-old girl

Hundreds of protesters rallied in central India for the third straight day on Friday over the brutal rape of an eight-year-old girl now battling for her life in hospital. Crowds holding placards and chanting “death to the rapist” called for the man arrested over the assault to be hanged in several demonstrations across the Mandsaur…

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Indian state cuts internet after three new lynchings

Authorities in northeastern India have cut internet access after crazed mobs beat three people to death in lynchings sparked by rumours spread on smartphones, officials said Friday. They were the latest in a string of more than 25 similar killings in recent months across India, according to press reports that have been ignited by false…

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ICC to launch Integrity App to protect game spirit

International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the launch of an Integrity App as part of its ongoing commitment to protect the spirit and integrity of the game. The ICC Integrity App will give anyone in the game easy access to information they need to tackle issues relating to anti-corruption and anti-doping. The application is designed with…

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Bates, Devine see New Zealand into women’s tri-series final against England

New Zealand captain Suzie Bates hit a fifty as the White Ferns beat South Africa by eight wickets in their women’s Twenty20 tri-series clash at Bristol on Thursday to seal a place in the final against England. South Africa’s 148 for six, with Chloe Tryon top-scoring with 35, never looked like being enough to trouble…

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Winning return for Aussie Smith in Canada T20

Disgraced former Australia skipper Steve Smith made a successful return to cricket on Thursday, scoring a half-century in the Global T20 Canada in his first game since the ball-tampering scandal which led to his suspension. Smith, who was sacked as Australia captain and banned from international and domestic cricket for a year following the scandal…

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Iran striker retires at 23 over World Cup criticism

Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun has announced his retirement from international football aged just 23, saying criticism from fans of his performance at the World Cup had harmed his mother’s health. Azmoun, a rising star, who with 11 goals had been Iran’s top scorer in qualification for the finals in Russia, drew brickbats from fans after…

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How the 16 teams rank ahead of the World Cup’s knockout stages

                      After 15 days of triumphs, tears and controversy, the World Cup’s group stage drew to a close on Thursday. Here, AFP Sport ranks the 16 teams to have made it through based on their performances in Russia so far. 1. Croatia Three wins out…

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Iraq PM orders ‘immediate’ execution of death row jihadists

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the immediate execution of hundreds of convicted jihadists on death row, in swift retaliation for the Islamic State’s execution of eight captives. Abadi, who has faced charges of failing to respond in force to IS, ordered “the immediate punishment of terrorists condemned to death whose sentences have…

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Lebanese football fan ‘stabbed to death over World Cup celebrations’

A football fan was stabbed to death in Lebanon in a row over his celebration of Brazil’s win and Germany’s loss in the World Cup, the army and media said Thursday. Mohammad Zaher was allegedly killed by two of his neighbours late Wednesday in the Beirut suburb of Hay Al-Sellum, Lebanese news outlets reported. The…

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Tunisia celebrate first World Cup win for 40 years

Tunisia won their first match at a World Cup for 40 years on Thursday, beating Panama 2-1 to leave Russia on a high. The North African side fell behind to a 33rd-minute own goal from Yassine Meriah but battled back to score twice in the second half through Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and Wahbi Khazri. Tunisia,…

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US newspaper shooting suspect is white adult male: police

The person suspected of killing at least five people at a newspaper in the US state of Maryland is a white adult male, a police spokesman said. The suspect, who is in custody, is “a white male, adult male, and the gun that was used is described as a long gun,” meaning a rifle or…

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At least five dead in Annapolis newsroom shooting

At least five people were killed Thursday when a gunman opened fire inside the offices of the Capital Gazette, a newspaper based in Annapolis, a historic city an hour east of Washington. Police described the suspect — who was being questioned in custody — as a white adult male who was armed with a rifle…

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Belgian PM surprises UK’s May with World Cup shirt

Brexit may have caused tensions between Britain and the EU, but Belgian premier Charles Michel broke the ice at a summit on Thursday by giving his British counterpart Theresa May a World Cup football shirt. The red and yellow Belgian jersey featured the number 10 — most likely a reference to May’s 10 Downing Street…

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US’s Haley tells India to ‘rethink’ Iran ties

The US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Thursday urged India to reconsider its ties to Iran, one of its key energy suppliers, as fresh US sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil loom. Washington has stepped up pressure on major Iranian customers to stop importing its oil, warning no trading partner will be exempt…

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Biopic spotlights troubled life of Bollywood’s ‘Deadly Dutt’

​ A Indian biopic out this week charts the troubled life of Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, including his battles with drug addiction and jail time for keeping illegal weapons. The Hindi-language actor, nicknamed “Deadly Dutt”, served over four years in prison for possessing guns supplied by gangsters behind a series of bombings in Mumbai in…

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Apple and Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent battle

After seven years of litigation that spanned the globe, Apple and Samsung have definitively ended a patent battle launched after the US company accused its South Korean rival of “slavishly” copying the iPhone’s groundbreaking design. According to a brief US court filing Wednesday, the world’s two biggest smartphone makers finally reached a settlement. Financial terms…

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Explosion kills eight Afghans as they call for peace

A bomb killed eight people at a small gathering calling for peace in the Afghan province of Logar Thursday, officials said, underscoring the suffering of civilians amid growing calls for an end to the conflict. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in the volatile province south of the capital Kabul, but…

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