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Ireland to hold abortion referendum in May

NEWS DESK: Ireland will hold a referendum at the end of May on liberalising its restrictive abortion laws, a highly sensitive issue in the traditionally devoutly Catholic country, reported AFP. Leo Varadkar, who as the country’s youngest ever prime minister is regarded as relatively liberal on social issues, made the announcement late Monday, accepting it…

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U19 World Cup: Determined Ireland beat Afghanistan in thriller

Ireland caused something of an upset at the Cobham Oval on Saturday (20 January) seeing off Group D’s early pace-setters Afghanistan in their final league game. Their victory was met with chilling silence from the sizeable contingent of Afghanistan fans who had gathered for a bit of weekend entertainment, but this was a remarkable, fighting…

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Afghanistan demolish Ireland in first ODI

IRELAND 100/all out in 31.4 overs Afghanistan won by 138 runs END OF OVER:31 | 3 Runs | IRE: 95/9 (144 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.06, RRR: 7.57) END OF OVER:30 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | IRE: 92/9 (147 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 3.06, RRR: 7.35) END OF OVER: 29…

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Europe cheers Brexit bank verdict, on tenterhooks over Ireland

LONDON: European shares opened slightly higher on Tuesday as the Bank of England deemed that UK lenders could deal with a “disorderly” Brexit, while the dollar held steady ahead of a confirmation hearing for Federal Reserve chair nominee Jerome Powell. The FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3 index of top European shares was up 0.3 percent, supported by financials, although…

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Ireland to play debut Test match against Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Ireland will play their inaugural Test match against Pakistan next year at Malahide in May. Stormont in Belfast and Bready in Derry/Londonderry were also options for May 11 to 15 Test, but Malahide was considered the frontrunner and the Dublin venue has now been confirmed as hosts. Ireland, who have been playing one-day internationals…

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Pakistani cricketers among worst paid in world cricket: report

ISLAMABAD: A report by a cricketing website stated that Pakistani cricketers are one of the worst paid in world cricket. The report stated that Pakistani cricketers, in the top-tier contract grade, are being paid less than Irish cricketers. It also claimed that the cricket boards of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are paying lower than their Pakistani…

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Hurricane Ophelia: Storm kills three in Ireland as high winds wreak havoc

NEWS DESK: Three people have been killed in Ireland as ex-hurricane Ophelia swept through the country at speeds of up to 96mph, downing trees, ripping off rooftops and causing widespread disruption, reported The Independent. Hundreds of thousands of people lost power and government offices, infrastructure, schools and workplaces were closed, as forecasters warned of “potential…

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Powerful Hurricane Ophelia heads toward Ireland, UK

NEWS DESK: Hurricane Ophelia strengthened as it marched toward Ireland, where it’s forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rains this week, reported CNN. The Category 3 hurricane had sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (115 mph) as it passed east of the Azores early Sunday. Ophelia will have big impacts for the British…

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Cricket: Ireland to make Test debut v Pakistan in 2018

Ireland will play their first ever Test match against Pakistan on home soil next May, the country’s cricket chiefs announced on Thursday. Afghanistan and Ireland became full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, taking the number of countries who play the five-day format of the game from 10 to 12. Since then…

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Ireland to hold abortion referendum in 2018

Ireland announced it will hold a referendum next year on whether to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion in almost all cases — just a few weeks before Pope Francis visits. The government is also planning votes to remove Ireland’s anti-blasphemy law and to reduce the time couples must spend apart before divorcing. Prime Minister…

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Video: President Trump flirts with Irish reporter

WASHINGTON: A video of President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, is evoking quite a vitriolic reaction on Twitter after the billionaire was seen openly flirting with an Irish reporter in the clip.  President Donald Trump is known to be awkward when it comes to his behaviour. His awkward handshakes, embraces and remarks…

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War-hit Afghanistan ecstatic over cricket Test status

KABUL: Cricket-mad Afghanistan was euphoric after being awarded Test match status, a rare glimmer of good news amid rising insecurity, though many lamented the lack of sports infrastructure in the conflict-torn country. Both Ireland and Afghanistan became cricket’s 11th and 12th Test nations on Thursday following a unanimous vote by the International Cricket Council during…

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Ireland and Afghanistan become Test nations: ICC

Ireland and Afghanistan were awarded Test match status on Thursday, taking the number of countries playing at the pinnacle of cricket from 10 to 12 in a decision described as “fantastic” and “remarkable”. Both countries were confirmed as full members after a unanimous vote at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting during its annual conference…

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ICC could axe Champions Trophy for more T20 World Cups

LONDON: The Champions Trophy could be scrapped in favour of staging the World Twenty20 every two years, according to International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson. Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win this year’s edition of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday, with a worldwide television audience of millions watching…

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Turkey offers 7-day transit visa to Pakistanis

Turkey is offering free of charge transit visa with seven days of stay in Turkey to Pakistani nationals travelling with Turkish Airlines to the Schengen countries, UAE, UK and Ireland. According to a statement issued by Gerry’s, these visas can be obtained from the Turkish Embassy in Islamabad or consulates in the rest of the…

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Pak-Ireland match ends in a draw

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first game of the three-match friendly series against Ireland ended in a 2-2 draw at Lisnagarvey. An interesting edge of seat contest saw the hosts twice coming from behind to hold Pakistan 2-2, said a press release issued here. In front of a packed house, the green shirts went ahead early in the…

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Pakistan team leaves for UK to take part in Hockey World Cup qualifying

LAHORE: Pakistan hockey team departed for United Kingdom in order to take part in the qualification round of Hockey World Cup, Samaa reported. According to details, the team left for UK on Saturday to take part in the qualification stage of the competition with their head coach Khawaja Junaid and Manager Hanif Khan. Pakistan will…

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Rain thwarts Tamim’s hundred bid against Ireland

The first match of the tri-series in Dublin between Ireland and Bangladesh was abandoned after just 31.1 overs because of rain, cutting short a fine innings by Tamim Iqbal. The Tigers were 157 for four against hosts Ireland when the players were forced off the field, with Tamim 64 not out from 88 balls. The…

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Irish beach reappears 33 years after vanishing into Atlantic Ocean

ACHILL ISLAND: A beach that was swept away more than 30 years ago from a remote island off the west coast of Ireland has reappeared after thousands of tons of sand were deposited on top of the rocky coastline. The 300 meter beach near the tiny village of Dooagh on Achill Island vanished in 1984…

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Cricket: Bairstow stars as England win Ireland series

LONDON: Jonny Bairstow’s quickfire 72 not out set up England’s 85-run win over Ireland in the second one-day international at Lord’s on Sunday. Victory saw England take the two-match series 2-0 after they had launched their build-up to next month’s Champions Trophy tournament on home soil with a comfortable seven-wicket win at Bristol on Friday….

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Morgan glad to see Rashid leave Ireland in a spin

BRISTOL: Eoin Morgan hailed Adil Rashid’s “magnificent effort” as the leg-spinner’s maiden five-wicket haul laid the platform for England’s rapid victory over Ireland.

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