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Formula One: Vettel wins British Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel won a thrilling British Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to deny Lewis Hamilton a fifth successive home victory and move eight points clear at the top of the Formula One standings. In a race with two late safety car periods, reigning champion Hamilton went from pole position to the rear of the…

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At least 64 killed in Japan after ‘unprecedented’ rain, dozens missing

Torrential rains pounded some parts of western Japan with three times the usual precipitation for a normal July

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Google Translate breaks language barriers at Russia’s World Cup

Soccer might be the most universal language on the planet. But when it comes to deciphering the Cyrillic alphabet or communicating with locals at the World Cup in Russia, the love of the game is sometimes not enough. To get around language barriers in Russia, World Cup fans from around the globe have been actively…

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Croatia’s Modric chasing World Cup dream after shootout win

Croatia captain Luka Modric put in a man of the match performance to lead his side to a penalty shootout victory over hosts Russia, but he has no interest in personal awards as they chase their World Cup dream in a semi-final against England. Croatia came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 after…

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Croatia end Russia’s World Cup dream on penalties

Croatia ended Russia’s unlikely World Cup dream when they won 4-3 on penalties to eliminate the gallant hosts after a dramatic quarter-final ended 2-2 after extra time on Saturday. Ivan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semi-final against England after a night of unremitting tension in Sochi, ending the remarkable…

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Serena in the groove, scents eighth Wimbledon crown

With the draw opening up in front of her, seven-times champion Serena Williams moved ominously into the last 16 at Wimbledon when she recovered from a sluggish start to beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 7-6(1) on Friday. She may be nearing 37 and ranked an almost laughable 181st in the world as she returns from…

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Ruthless Federer marches on with another straight-sets win in Wimbledon

  Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer advanced to the Wimbledon last 16 without dropping a set after a 6-3 7-5 6-2 win over German Jan-Lennard Struff on Friday. Federer, seeking a record ninth Wimbledon title, eased through the first set before the big-serving Struff put up more of a fight in the second….

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Hales leads England to dramatic win over India

Alex Hales made an unbeaten 58 to lead England to a thrilling five-wicket victory over India on Friday that levelled the Twenty20 series at 1-1. The hosts needed 12 runs off the final over, and man-of-the-match Hales blasted the first ball for six to bring up his fifty before England reached their target of 149…

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Twitter suspends over 70 million accounts in two months: report

Twitter suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months to reduce the flow of misinformation on the platform, the Washington Post reported. Twitter and other social media platforms such as Facebook Inc have been under scrutiny by U.S. lawmakers and international regulators for doing too little to prevent the spread of false…

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Thai cave rescuers at ‘war with water and time’ to free trapped boys

A rescue mission for a young Thai soccer team and their coach trapped for two weeks in a flooded cave is at “war with water and time”, its leader said on Saturday, but was eyeing its best chance yet to free the group before expected heavy rains. The message of hope came a day after…

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It’s coming home: ‘Three Lions’ back in UK charts amid World Cup fever

“It’s coming home, it’s coming home” – England’s 1996 soccer anthem is making its way back up the music charts this week as fans fantasize about World Cup victory in Russia. The song “Three Lions” by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and band The Lightning Seeds was originally written for the Euro ‘96 tournament…

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Eleven killed, at least 45 missing as torrential rain pounds Japan

At least 45 people are missing as torrential rains that have killed 11 people pounded western and central Japan, public broadcaster NHK said on Saturday, with more than 1.6 million people evacuated from their homes. Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued special weather warnings across four prefectures in the west of Japan’s main island of Honshu, urging…

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Chance was not on Brazil’s side in painful defeat, says Tite

Brazil coach Tite felt a terrible bitterness after they were knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in the quarter-finals on Friday and said his side never got the breaks in an enthralling end-to-end contest. Fernandinho put Belgium ahead with an own goal when the ball came off his shoulder from a corner after…

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Belgium hold off Brazil fightback to reach semi-finals

Belgium struck early and held off a late Brazil fightback to send the five-times champions tumbling out of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory in an end-to-end thriller on Friday that earned them a semi-final against France. A Fernandinho own goal and a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne strike gave Belgium a spot in the…

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From PM to absconder: A timeline of Nawaz Sharif’s rise and fall

An anti-corruption court on Friday convicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in absentia and sentenced him to 10 years in prison, in what seemed to be the end of a long and tumultuous political career of the three-time leader. Nawaz, 68, is in London with his daughter, Maryam, was convicted after failing to prove a…

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PSO curbs fuel oil imports as power generation requirements ease

Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has reduced its fuel oil imports for power generation as monsoon rains have lowered the demand for electricity for cooling, contributing to a decline in fuel oil premiums from the multi-year highs reached last week. Since May, PSO has sought to import as much as 695,000 tonnes of fuel oil per…

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Facebook helps barter trade in inflation hit Argentina

At an abandoned train station in Buenos Aires’ working-class suburb of San Miguel, hundreds of Argentines gather with bags of clothes, rice, flour and sugar to trade. Most are women, some accompanied by children. Cardboard signs with their names scrawled in black marker hang from strings around their necks. They walk slowly around the old…

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Wimbledon: Nadal passes tricky test against Kukushkin

The scoreboard said 6-4 6-3 6-4 to Rafael Nadal but it was an uneasy two-and-a-half hours for the Spanish world number one as he labored past Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin into the Wimbledon third round on Thursday. Twice champion Nadal, 32, never quite got to grips with the unorthodox Kazakh’s low, skidding shots and faced 13…

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Brazil’s Danilo ruled out of World Cup with ankle problem

Brazil right back Danilo has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering ankle ligament damage in training on the eve of Friday’s quarter-final against Belgium, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement. The 26-year-old suffered a thigh problem in Brazil’s opening group game against Switzerland and has since…

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Two Britons poisoned with Novichok nerve agent

Two British citizens are critically ill after they were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that struck down a former Russian agent and his daughter in March, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday. The pair, a local 44-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, were hospitalized after being found unwell on Saturday in Amesbury,…

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PTI gains ground in pre-election polls

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is gaining ground in opinion polls ahead of a July 25 general election, with one survey showing it pulling ahead of the ruling party and another showing it only slightly behind. A survey by Pulse Consultant showed PTI ahead with the support of 30 percent of respondents nationwide, compared to 27 percent…

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