Saturday, 24 August 2019

AFP

Boult, Southee send Sri Lanka tumbling

COLOMBO: Two double-wicket maidens by New Zealand’s seam-bowling duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee headlined an opening session that left Sri Lanka struggling on the second day of the second Test, but the rains that have plagued this match from the start came down at the lunch break and ...

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Tear gas fired as Hong Kong police, protesters clash

HONG KONG riot cops fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters who retaliated with a barrage of stones, bottles and bamboo poles on Saturday, as a standoff in a working-class neighbourhood descended into violence, breaking an uneasy peace that had lasted several days. Earlier thousands of demonstrators, many wearing hard hats ...

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Morris welcomes Pakistan back to Cardiff for T20I in 2020

LONDON: Glamorgan’s chief executive Hugh Morris has expressed his delight at the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) allotting Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens one of the three T20Is between England and Pakistan in 2020, while hoping that the game attracts a full house. The ECB on Wednesday announced the home fixtures ...

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India, other countries must fight terrorists in Afghanistan: Trump

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump said that India, Iran, Russia and Turkey would have to fight against terrorists in Afghanistan at some point of time. “India is right there, they are not fighting it, we are fighting it,” said Mr. Trump. “Pakistan is right next door. They are fighting ...

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Canada FM to press Cuba on its support for Venezuela’s Maduro

OTTAWA: Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will travel to Havana next week to press Venezuela’s top ally Cuba to stop propping up President Nicolas Maduro’s regime and to help bring an end to the Venezuela crisis. The August 28 trip will be her second since June for talks on Venezuela. ...

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Britain, South Korea sign Brexit trade deal

LONDON: Britain and South Korea on Thursday signed a deal that will allow the two countries to keep trading freely after Brexit. The deal rolls over existing provisions under an EU trade deal and protects annual bilateral trade flows worth £14.6 billion (16 billion euros, $17.7 billion) in 2018. The ...

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Shoaib Akhtar asks Amir to reconsider his Test retirement

ISLAMABAD: Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar wants fast-bowler Mohammad Amir to reconsider his decision of retirement from Tests cricket and give his best for Pakistan like he performed for the English County side Essex.  His top bowling display had made critics question his decision to quit playing Tests for Pakistan at ...

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New Zealand look to exploit Sri Lanka’s Oval weakness

COLOMBO: New Zealand will be hoping to add to Sri Lanka’s poor record at their own Oval ground and level the series in the second and final Test starting today. Unlike the spinner s paradise at Galle and the batting haven that is the SSC, the Oval – the only ground ...

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Amazon, Microsoft may be putting world at risk of killer AI

WASHINGTON: Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies that could spearhead a global AI arms race, according to a report that surveyed major players from the sector about their stance on lethal autonomous weapons. Dutch NGO Pax ranked 50 companies by three criteria: whether they were developing technology ...

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Johnson tells EU he wants Brexit deal but without backstop

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote Monday to EU President Donald Tusk reaffirming his desire to conclude a Brexit deal as well as his opposition to the controversial “backstop” on Ireland. The so-called backstop is a mechanism that would keep the UK in EU customs arrangements to prevent a ...

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