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Nishioka claims maiden ATP singles title


September 30, 2018

SHENZHEN, China: Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka broke through for his maiden ATP singles title Sunday, outlasting seasoned Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in a gruelling final at the Shenzhen Open. The 23-year-old Nishioka, ranked 171 in the world, played seven matches across eight days at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Centre but still had plenty of energy in a marathon …

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Monaco slump again ahead of CL date


September 30, 2018

SAINT ETIENNE: AS Monaco slumped to their sixth defeat in all competitions this season when they lost 2-0 at St Etienne, a worrying setback just days before they face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Monaco, runners-up in Ligue 1 to Paris Saint Germain last season, remain third from bottom of the table with just one victory — achieved on …

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IAAF unveils new timetable for Qatar worlds


September 30, 2018

PARIS: The IAAF unveiled the radical new timetable for the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Qatar on Friday, as well as a rejigged qualification system. The opening day of the Sept 27-Oct 6 worlds at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium will culminate with the women’s marathon, which has a local starting time of midnight in a bid to bypass the blistering …

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Bureaucrat caught stealing Kuwaiti delegate’s wallet suspended


September 30, 2018

Zarrar Haider Khan, joint secretary of the Ministry of Industries and Production and a BS-20 officer of the state bureaucracy’s elite Pakistan Administrative Service cadre, has been suspended from service for stealing. The disgraced officer had caused embarrassment to the country after being caught on closed-circuit TV (CCTV) camera stealing a foreign dignitary’s wallet and pocketing it. The dignitary was …

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Primary school blown up in Chitral


September 30, 2018

A primary school for boys in a village in Chitral was blown up early on Sunday morning, police officials said. District Police Officer (DPO) Furqan Bilal confirmed the attack on the primary school in Arandu Gol village situated near the Pak-Afghan border, saying it appeared that an improvised explosive device was used to destroy the only primary school in the …

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Indonesia tsunami toll tops 800 amid search for survivors


September 30, 2018

Rescuers in Indonesia were scrambling Sunday to reach trapped victims screaming for help from collapsed buildings, while looters risked entering an unstable shopping mall to grab whatever they could find after a massive earthquake spawned a tsunami that left more than 800 dead. People could still be heard calling out from the eight-story Roa-Roa Hotel which toppled as Friday’s twin …

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Trump says he and Kim Jong Un ‘in love’


September 30, 2018

US President Donald Trump said he and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have fallen “in love” — their bromance fuelled by “beautiful letters” he received from the leader of the nuclear-armed state. Trump on Saturday elevated his recent praise of Kim to new heights, at a West Virginia rally in support of local candidates for his Republican Party. “And then we fell …

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US pushes forward with plans for anti-Iran Arab alliance


September 30, 2018

NEW YORK: The Trump administration pressed ahead on Friday with plans to create an “Arab Nato” that would unite US partners in the Middle East in an anti-Iran alliance, but Qatar said the crisis among Gulf countries must be solved first. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in New York with foreign ministers from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, …

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14 injured, six arrested in Catalonia clash


September 30, 2018

BARCELONA: Catalonia regional authorities said on Saturday that 14 people have been hurt and six arrested after separatists clashed violently with police. The regional police force said one of its officers was injured, although it was not immediately clear if the officer was counted among the 14 people who needed medical attention. Medical authorities said three people were taken to …

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Trump orders FBI probe of Kavanaugh as Senate delays final vote


September 30, 2018

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has ordered a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick, as the Senate delayed a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to make way for the probe. After a dramatic day-long hearing at which a university professor accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down and assaulting her at a party in the …

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