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Anybody can beat anybody in Test cricket: Williamson


February 28, 2019

HAMILTON: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said on Wednesday recent Test upsets mean “anybody can beat anybody” and the world number two ranked side can have no room for complacency against minnows Bangladesh. The Black Caps made history this week when they were elevated to second in the ICC Test team rankings for the first time following South Africa’s shock …

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Pakistan overwhelm Sri Lanka in first blind T20


February 28, 2019

COLOMBO: Pakistan’s blind cricket team comfortably beat their Sri Lankan counterparts by 48 runs in the first Twenty20 of a three-match series here at Bloomfield Cricket Ground on Wednesday. After Sri Lanka decided to put the opposition in to bat first, openers captain Nisar Ali and Mohammad Rashid gave Pakistan a brilliant stand of 197. At this point, Rashid was …

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House passes most sweeping gun control legislation in decades


February 28, 2019

In one of their biggest moments since winning the majority in November, House Democrats pushed through legislation on Wednesday mandating federal criminal background checks on all gun sales, including private transactions. For Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, it represents a signature moment as they try to fulfill their campaign pledge to take action on gun violence. The House passed …

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Saudi Arabian Airlines and Emirates suspend flights to Pakistan


February 28, 2019

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Airlines, also known as Saudia, on Wednesday suspended all flights to Pakistan in response to increased military tensions between India and its neighbor over Kashmir. “It is a standard procedure that we take under such circumstances,” said Fahad Bahdailah, Saudia’s VP of corporate communications Pakistani airspace has officially been closed for commercial flights, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) …

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Iran’s president asks Zarif to continue as foreign minister


February 28, 2019

TEHRAN: Iranian Presi­dent Hassan Rouhani rejected Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s resignation on Wednesday, saying the departure of the public face of the Islamic republic’s detente with the West would be against its best interests. Zarif’s abrupt announcement on Instagram late on Monday that he was quitting had sparked rumours of mass resignations in the country’s diplomatic corps and a …

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Nepalese tourism minister among 7 killed in chopper crash


February 28, 2019

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s tourism minister Rabindra Adhikari was among seven people killed on Wednesday when a helicopter crashed in the country’s hilly east, officials said. Rescue workers retrieved the bodies of Adhikari, 49, the pilot and five other passengers from a hillside in Taplejung district where the Air Dynasty chopper went down. “The respected minister’s body has been identified,” home affairs …

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Trump, Kim begin summit on optimistic note


February 28, 2019

HANOI: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiled, shook hands and dined on Wednesday in Hanoi, expressing optimism that their highly personal brand of diplomacy would lead to a deal on the totalitarian state’s nuclear weapons. At the start of around two hours of talks and dinner at a luxury hotel in the Vietnamese capital, …

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Ex-Trump lawyer calls US president ‘conman’, ‘racist’


February 28, 2019

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen called the US president a conman, a cheat and a racist in explosive congressional testimony on Wednesday, saying he was ashamed of a decade of working for the real estate billionaire. Trump’s disgraced former fixer was giving evidence as Congress prepares for the final report from a probe into possible collusion between …

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US, Taliban pause negotiations in Doha following ‘solid’ talks


February 28, 2019

The United States and the Taliban have paused negotiations in Doha, with the diplomatic push aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan set to restart over the weekend following “solid” talks between the adversaries. The latest meetings follow marathon talks last month that saw the US and the Taliban walk away with a “draft framework” focused on a potential US …

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Trump says ‘reasonably decent’ news coming in from Pakistan, India


February 28, 2019

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that there is “reasonably decent” news coming from India and Pakistan. “We have I think reasonably attractive news from Pakistan and India,” said Trump at a news conference in Vietnam after a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “They have been going at it. We were involved in trying to …

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