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  • SYDNEY-An Australian cricket administrator has called for terms like "batsman" and "12th man" to be dropped in favour of gender-neutral versions like "batter" and "12th", to encourage women and girls to play the game. Western Australia Cricket Association chief executive Christina Matthews told the ...

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  • MANILA - Thirteen Philippine college students on a camping holiday and a bus driver were killed and dozens injured on Monday when their bus slammed into an electricity post in a mountainous region, police said. The bus, rented by a Manila private school, was taking over 50 teenage students and an ...

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  • STOCKHOLM - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Monday he was "surprised" by US President Donald Trump's remarks linking the arrival of a wave of migrants with a supposed rise in violence in the Scandinavian country. "I was, like many others I believe, surprised by the comments made about ...

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  • KUALA LUMPUR - North Korea and Malaysia on Monday locked horns over the investigation into the killing of leader Kim Jong-Un's brother, as footage emerged of the moment he was fatally attacked in a Kuala Lumpur airport. Malaysia's probe has put five North Koreans in the frame for the airport ...

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  • MANILA - Pirates have attacked a Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship off the southern Philippines, killing one seaman and abducting at least six others in a region notorious for such attacks, officials said Monday. The MV Giang Hai was attacked by pirates Sunday near the southernmost Philippine island of ...

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  • TEHRAN - Iran on Monday criticised what it said was coordination between Israel and regional rival Saudi Arabia, describing attempts to create an "international atmosphere" against Tehran. Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the two countries "imagine they can compensate for their ...

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  • TRIPOLI - A convoy carrying Libya's contested unity government chief, Fayez al-Sarraj, and other top officials came under heavy gunfire Monday in Tripoli, but they survived unharmed, spokesmen for his administration said. "The convoy of GNA (Government of National Accord) chief Fayez al-Sarraj... ...

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  • MONT-DE-MARSAN-Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws. At Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France a quartet of fearsome golden eagles is being trained to take out unmanned aircraft in mid-flight. The roar of a ...

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  • WASHINGTON-Adolf Hitler’s personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, sold at auction on Sunday for $243,000, the US house selling it announced. Originally a black Bakelite phone, later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler’s name, ...

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  • PESHAWAR-Farzana draws all eyes when she dances, with the stylish-gate - but today she is above all the voice of a Pakistani community with an ambiguous status: the khawajasiras. The 30-year-old is a guru, a matriarch at the head of a “family” of several hundred khawajasiras, an ...

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  • NEW YORK-Three former US national team gymnasts detailed sexual abuse allegations against former national team doctor Lawrence Nassar in a report Sunday on CBS television's 60 Minutes. Jamie Dantzscher, a member of the 2000 Sydney Olympic US bronze medal squad, was joined in coming forward ...

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  • PACIFIC PALISADES-Dustin Johnson powered to a five-shot victory in the Genesis Open on Sunday, his long-sought first win at Riviera Country Club propelling him to number one in the world. Pulling double duty in the weather-disrupted US PGA Tour event, Johnson used his formidable length off the tee ...

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  • BEIRUT - Syrian government forces Monday escalated their bombing campaign around Damascus, raining shells down on rebel territory and sending out a "bloody message" just days before renewed peace talks in Geneva. Representatives from the opposition and of President Bashar al-Assad's regime are to ...

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  • BAGHDAD - The United States is not about to plunder Iraq's petroleum reserves, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who was in Baghdad Monday, said as he sought to soothe partners rattled by President Donald Trump. Trump has repeatedly said both while campaigning and since his election that America, whose ...

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  • BRUSSELS - US Vice President Mike Pence told nervous Europeans Monday that Donald Trump will remain committed to transatlantic ties, but warned Nato allies they must boost their defence spending in return. Capping a European trip aimed at allaying fears about the new administration's support, Pence ...

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  • MUGLA - Almost 50 suspects went on trial on Monday accused of plotting to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a luxury Aegean hotel on the night of the botched July 15 coup. Forty-four suspects, mainly soldiers, are under arrest, while three others still on the run are being tried ...

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  • MANILA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ran a death squad that killed many people, including a journalist and a pregnant woman, when he was mayor of a southern city, a retired policeman who claimed to be part of the group said Monday. Arthur Lascanas, sitting alongside three prominent human ...

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  • LONDON - Britain's House of Lords could delay a bill empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Brexit, with EU citizens campaigning for their rights to be protected as debate gets under way Monday. The upper house of parliament was to start considering the draft legislation after it was ...

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  • SHARJAH - Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career. The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered ...

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  • JALALABAD - Eleven members of an Afghan family, including women and children, were killed in a grenade attack on their home in the country's volatile east, officials said Monday. The attack, which left three others wounded, occurred in Laghman province on Sunday but no militant group has so far ...

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  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the series of terrorist attacks in Pakistan during last week. He denounced in particular the "cruel terrorist acts" in Pakistan, where at least 88 people were killed on Thursday when an attacker blew himself up inside a crowded Sufi shrine, for which ...

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  • PESHAWAR: Farzana draws all eyes when she dances, with the twist of her hips and hair -- but today she is above all the voice of a Pakistani community with an ambiguous status: the khawajasiras. The 30-year-old is a guru, a matriarch at the head of a "family" of several hundred khawajasiras, an ...

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  • NEW YORK:- Clyde Stubblefield, one of funk’s defining drummers whose solo in a James Brown song became a standard sample for hip-hop but earned him little money, died Saturday. He was 73. Stubblefield’s death from kidney failure was confirmed by Joey Banks, a fellow drummer who played ...

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  • RIYADH - A contractor was killed and three other workers were injured in a pipeline leak in Saudi Arabia, state-owned oil giant Aramco said Sunday. "Saudi Aramco regrets to inform the death of one contractor, and three other injuries involving one employee and two contractors," Aramco said in a ...

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  • GAZA CITY - A military court in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Sunday sentenced three Palestinian men to death for “collaborating” with Israel, the interior ministry said. The three, condemned to be hanged, can appeal the sentence, according to a statement from the ministry. The ...

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  • COLOMBO - At least 11 people including a child and five women drowned when an overcrowded boat carrying Christian pilgrims capsized in rough seas off Sri Lanka's southwest coast Sunday, police said. The victims had set off in a parade of fishing boats from the tourist resort of Beruwala but halfway ...

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  • BANGKOK - Thailand's military government on Sunday shelved plans to build a coal-fired power station in a popular beach region, a rare success for demonstrators in a country where the right to protest has been severely curbed. Hundreds of protesters had gathered outside government offices in ...

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  • BANGALORE: England all-rounder Ben Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in Indian Premier League history when he was bought by the Rising Pune Giants for more than $2 million at auction Monday. The 25-year-old fetched seven times the amount of England´s limited-overs captain Eoin ...

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  • MUNICH: US Republican senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanctions on Iran, accusing it of violating UN Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles and acting to "destabilise" the Middle East, a US senator says. "I think it is now time for the Congress to take ...

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  • SYDNEY: An Australian cricket administrator has called for terms like "batsman" and "12th man" to be dropped in favour of gender-neutral versions like "batter" and "12th", to encourage women and girls to play the game. Western Australia Cricket Association chief executive Christina Matthews told ...

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