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Former Malaysian PM pleads not guilty to breach of trust, abuse of power

In a stunning fall from grace, Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged in court on Wednesday as part of an investigation into allegations of extensive corruption and misappropriation at a state fund he founded. Najib pled not guilty to three charges of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power,…

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England beat Colombia on penalties to reach last eight

England finally ended their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans equalised in the 93rd minute. England had previously lost all three World Cup shootouts and three of four in the European Championship but prevailed on Tuesday…

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Sri Lanka to shift naval base to China-controlled port city

Sri Lanka is shifting a naval base to a port built and controlled by China, it said on Monday, a move that will strengthen security at a harbor that foreign powers fear China could use for military purposes. The base currently in the tourist district of Galle will be moved 125 km (80 miles) east…

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Former Malaysian premier Najib arrested amid graft probe

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested on Tuesday, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, amid an investigation into how billions of dollars went missing from a state fund he founded almost a decade ago. Authorities picked up Najib from his home after serving him with a remand order, two sources close…

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Found alive on 10th day, Thai boys’ cave ordeal not over as rain threatens

Rescuers raced to pump water from a cave in northern Thailand on Tuesday as forecast heavy rain threatened to complicate efforts to free a young soccer team found trapped for 10 days, an ordeal officials warned they may have to bear longer. Divers struggled through narrow passages and murky waters to find the 12 boys…

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Probe into Facebook’s data breach broadens, says Washington Post report

A federal investigation into Facebook Inc’s data breach with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica has broadened focus on the actions and statements of the tech giant, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the inquiries. The investigation involves three agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Washington Post report said. “We are…

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Belgium snatch 3-2 win over Japan to set up Brazil clash

Belgium threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarter-finals when substitute Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds as they beat spirited Japan 3-2 on Monday to set up a mouthwatering clash with five-time champions Brazil. The distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui early…

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Indian shopkeepers plan sit-in protest against Walmart’s Flipkart buy

A lobby group of small Indian traders and shopkeepers has asked tens of thousands of its members to hold protests across the country on Monday against Walmart Inc’s proposed $16 billion acquisition of e-commerce firm Flipkart. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) says the U.S. retail giant’s buyout of Bengaluru-based Flipkart will create a…

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World Cup 2018: Shootout win is the perfect gift for these Russian newlyweds

Russian couple Yekaterina and Dmitry Vasilyev enjoyed a perfect wedding celebration on Sunday as they briefly halted their nuptials to watch the hosts defy the odds by beating Spain in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. The couple, along with their family and friends, were huddled around a mobile phone as they…

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Faf du Plessis calls for tougher ball tampering punishments

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has called for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to dish out tougher punishments for players found guilty of ball tampering. “I know they (ICC) met a while ago but it doesn’t look like anything has changed. It’s still the same rules and stuff, so they need to change that,”…

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Russia parties as Spain shootout win keeps World Cup dream alive

Moscow erupted in street celebrations on Sunday as the World Cup hosts booked a place in the quarter-finals, defeating Spain on penalties at Russia’s flagship stadium. Russia had already defied expectations by reaching the World Cup last 16 for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but after victory over Spain, fans…

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Digital currency sales hit $13.7 billion in first five months of 2018: report

Digital currency sales jumped to $13.7 billion in the first five months of the year, nearly double the amount raised for the whole of 2017, according to a report released on Thursday by PwC’s strategy and consulting division Strategy& and Switzerland-based Crypto Valley Association. Technology startups in the blockchain space around the world have raised…

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FIFA fines World Cup hosts Russia for discriminatory banner

  FIFA has fined World Cup hosts Russia 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100) after their fans displayed a discriminatory banner during the country’s 3-0 World Cup loss to Uruguay. Russia play Spain in the last 16 on Sunday after the country reached the World Cup knockout stage for the first time in post-Soviet history. FIFA also…

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Brilliant Cavani brace earns Uruguay 2-1 win over Portugal

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored a stunning brace to lead the South Americans to a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal in the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday and set up a quarter-final against France. Cavani switched play with a long cross to Luis Suarez and continued his run to head home a…

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Afghan president orders troops to resume operations against Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared a formal end to his government’s ceasefire with the Taliban on Saturday but called on the insurgents to agree to full peace talks following a three-day truce during this month’s Eid holiday. “It is now the Taliban’s decision, whether they want to keep killing or join the peace process,” Ghani…

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Mexican fans cancel Red Square ‘Day of the Dead’ parade after complaints

Mexican soccer fans called off a Day of the Dead-themed parade in Moscow’s Red Square on Friday after communist lawmakers objected to the event being held so close to Lenin’s tomb. A carnival atmosphere has taken over parts of the capital as thousands of fans pack to watch the soccer World Cup. Mexican fans –…

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France just knows it’s going to get Messi against Argentina

The name of Lionel Messi is on everyone’s lips in the French camp as Les Bleus gear up for a seismic clash with Argentina in the World Cup last 16 on Saturday. France qualified comfortably, if not convincingly, top of Group C, while Argentina scraped through Group D and if both sides have remarkable offensive…

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Air pollution plays significant role in diabetes: study

Air pollution caused one in seven new cases of diabetes in 2016, according to a US study, which found even low levels raised the chances of developing the chronic disease. Diabetes has primarily been associated with lifestyle factors like diet and a sedentary lifestyle, but research by the Washington University School of Medicine in St…

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World Cup 2018: After a great group stage, the merciless knockout awaits

Entertainment, upsets, personalities, controversy and goals — the World Cup has had it all — and the knockout stage drama hasn’t even begun. The group stage of the tournament can risk being a simple process of eliminating the weaker nations and serving as a mere warm-up for the favourites. But with holders Germany already back…

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US government says it will detain migrant children with parents

The US government said in a court filing on Friday that it has the right to detain children and parents caught crossing the U.S. border illegally for the duration of their immigration proceedings. A 1997 court settlement known as the Flores agreement has generally been interpreted to require the Department of Homeland Security to release…

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Four arrested over planning terror attacks in Kosovo

Police in Kosovo and Germany on Friday, in simultaneous raids, arrested four Kosovans suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in the Balkan country, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether the three suspects arrested in Kosovo and the fourth in Germany were linked with any Islamist group, a prosecutor in charge of the case said….

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