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Indian PM, ex-stars laud historic win


January 8, 2019

NEW DELHI: Praise and congratulations poured in for Virat Kohli’s India on Monday after the tourists won their first-ever Test series in Australia, underlining their world number one ranking. “A historic cricketing accomplishment in Australia!” Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on his official Twitter handle. “Congratulations to the Indian Cricket Team for the hard-fought and richly deserved series victory. “The …

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Barca increase La Liga lead as rivals drop points


January 8, 2019

MADRID: Barcelona took another step towards successfully defending their La Liga title after winning at one of the toughest teams to beat in the competition on Sunday, while their rivals dropped points. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored as Barca beat Getafe 2-1 to open up a five-point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid, who had to fight back for a …

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Gibson defends state of SA pitches after Arthur’s comments


January 8, 2019

CAPE TOWN: South Africa head coach Ottis Gibson has issued a strong response to criticism that has been directed at the state of home Test pitches over the last 12 months. “Test cricket has never been easy and batsmen have been taking shots to the body for decades on all sorts of surfaces,” Gibson said in an interview with a …

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China conditionally invites UN observers to Xinjiang


January 8, 2019

BEIJING: China said on Monday it would welcome UN officials to its far western region of Xinjiang if they follow the `proper procedures’, amid global concern over Beijing’s de-radicalisation programme there. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kangm asked at a regular briefing about reports that China had invited UN experts to Xinjiang, said that all parties, including the United Nations, were …

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China invites UN observers to restive region of Xinjiang, but with ‘conditions’


January 8, 2019

China said on Monday it would welcome UN officials to the restive western region of Xinjiang with the condition that they stay out of the country’s internal affairs. This comes after UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in December that her office was seeking access to the region to verify reports of re-education camps holding Muslim minorities. Reports of …

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Asylum assessment of Saudi woman in Thailand to take several days: UNHCR


January 8, 2019

The asylum claim of a young Saudi woman who resisted deportation from Thailand in a gripping, live-tweeted ordeal will take “several days” to assess, the United Nation’s refugee agency in Bangkok said Tuesday. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrived at Bangkok’s main airport over the weekend on a flight from Kuwait after running away from her family who she alleges subjected her …

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Taliban kill 21 Afghan security personnel


January 8, 2019

KABUL: Taliban insurgents have stormed security posts in west Afghanistan, killing 21 police and pro-government militia members, officials said on Monday, the latest in a surge of attacks that has cast doubt on tentative steps towards talks. The Taliban attacked the checkpoints in two different parts of Badghis province, which is on the border with Turkmenistan, late on Sunday, provincial …

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India’s Supreme Court reinstates investigative agency head


January 8, 2019

India’s Supreme Court reinstated the ousted director of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday in a setback to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which had removed him from the postin October. The court reinstated Alok Verma as director, quashing the government’s removal order and setting aside the appointment of an interim chief, according to the Press Trust of India news …

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Nissan’s ex-chair Ghosn appears in court, asserts innocence


January 8, 2019

The former chairman of Japan’s Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, denied any wrongdoing and proclaimed his loyalty to the company at a court hearing in Tokyo on Tuesday. It was Ghosn’s first public appearance since he was arrested on Nov 19 and charged with false financial reporting. “Your honour, I am innocent of the accusations against me,” Ghosn told the …

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IS counterattack in Syria leaves 32 dead: monitor


January 8, 2019

Militants defending their last bastion in eastern Syria used the cover of bad weather to launch a deadly counterattack against a Kurdish-led force, a war monitor said on Tuesday. The militant Islamic State group was unable to hold on to the positions they attacked but the assault killed 23 members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and also left …

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