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  • TAustralia will start their second innings from 47 for one against Pakistan on the fourth day of the second Test match in Abu Dhabi. Still needing an unlikely 491 runs Australia will be pushing for a victory with Pakistan hoping to take the remaining nine wickets and wrap up the Test series. On ...

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  • TPresident Donald Trump said Thursday he now believes journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead and warned of "very severe" consequences should Saudi Arabia be proven responsible. "It certainly looks that way to me. It's very sad," Trump told journalists when asked if he believed that Khashoggi, who ...

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  • TNew Zealand's limited-overs opening batsman Martin Guptill will miss the upcoming series against Pakistan after straining his calf playing domestic cricket, officials said Friday. Selector Gavin Larsen said Guptill had no choice but to withdraw from the one-day international and T20 squads to face ...

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  • TChina's economy grew at its slowest pace in nine years in the third quarter, as a campaign to tackle mounting debt and trade frictions with the US had an effect. The world's second largest economy expanded by 6.5 percent in the July-to-September period year-on-year, according to official GDP ...

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  • TKANDAHAR - A powerful Afghan police chief and a journalist were among at least three people killed on Thursday when a gunman opened fire on a high-level security meeting attended by top US commander General Scott Miller, officials said. At least 12 people were wounded, including three Americans and ...

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  • TMENLO PARK  -  In Facebook’s “War Room,” a nondescript space adorned with American and Brazilian flags, a team of 20 people monitors computer screens for signs of suspicious activity. The freshly launched unit at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California is ...

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  • TPARIS   -  Energy sector carbon emissions will rise in 2018 after hitting record levels the year before, dimming prospects for meeting Paris climate treaty goals, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on other day. The energy sector accounts for 80 percent of global ...

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  • TSEOUL  -   The last polar bear kept in South Korea has died of old age only weeks before his planned departure to better living conditions in Britain, zoo officials said Thursday. Tongki - a 23-year-old male named after a Japanese cartoon character of the 1980s - lived in a ...

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  • TCOLOMBO  Sri Lanka's president has heightened his security following reports of an assassination plot involving an alleged Indian intelligence operative, his advisor said Thursday. Maithripala Sirisena took the undisclosed security measures after a police informant claimed that a senior ...

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  • TFRANKFURT AM MAIN - A gigantic years-long tax scam saw banks drain 55 billion euros ($63 billion) from national treasuries in Europe, a far larger sum than previously thought, media from across the continent reported Thursday. The so-called "cum-ex" deals relied on complex tax trickery that allowed ...

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  • TTHIMPU - Bhutan’s voters on Thursday gave an overwhelming victory to a new party headed by a surgeon in only the third democratic election held by the Himalayan kingdom, according to provisional results. The result means the country of 800,000 people, wedged between giant neighbours China and ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - The United States will give Saudi Arabia "a few more days" to work on its probe into the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Pompeo, who had just reported to President Donald Trump after traveling to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to send the military to the Mexican border and to imperil a trade deal in an intensification of his anti-immigrant rhetoric ahead of congressional elections. Trump has made security on the southern border one of the signature issues of his ...

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  • TLONDON: British retail sales fell in September as food purchases dropped at the fastest pace in almost three years, official data showed Thursday. The total quantity of goods bought last month "declined by 0.8 percent when compared with August... due mainly to a large fall of 1.5 percent in food ...

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  • TKERCH - A teenage gunman who killed 20 people in a Crimean college had spoken of taking revenge for bullying, a girl claiming to be his ex-girlfriend said Thursday, while Russian President Vladimir Putin said the massacre was influenced by American shootings. Putin said at a forum in the southern ...

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  • TBRUSSELS - European Union leaders warned Britain on Thursday they would offer no more concessions to break the deadlock in Brexit negotiations but expressed confidence that a deal can be done before the country leaves the bloc next March. A Brussels summit wrapped up without progress after British ...

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  • TLONDON - Pakistan's Danish Kaneria has finally admitted his role in a fixing scandal that led to the imprisonment of former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield after six years of denials, Britain's Daily Mail reported late Wednesday. Kaneria, who was given a life ban by English cricket chiefs that ...

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  • TABU DHABI - Senior Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali anticipated some teasing from his 10-year-old son after his bizarre run out in the second Test against Australia on Thursday. Azhar edged a Peter Siddle delivery towards the third man boundary and, thinking the ball had crossed the rope, halted in the ...

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  • TSYDNEY:- Australia will play the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the first time in an official T20 clash next week after the game was sanctioned, officials said Thursday. The touring Australians were scheduled to face UAE as part of their tune-up for their upcoming T20 series against Pakistan. But ...

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  • TABU DHABI - Pakistan grabbed an early wicket after Babar Azam struck a fluent 99 to edge closer to claiming a series victory over Australia in the second Test at Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Azam narrowly missed out on a hundred after an aggressive innings, while skipper Sarfraz Ahmed followed up his ...

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  • TMOSCOW - Former world number one Karolina Pliskova earned a place in the year-ending WTA Finals despite a second-round defeat by Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva at Moscow's Kremlin Cup on Wednesday. Pliskova's 6-1, 6-2 loss to Zvonareva, the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open runner-up, also secured Elina ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES - Former world welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather insisted Wednesday he plans to fight mixed martial arts star Khabib Nurmagomedov following the Russian's victory over Conor McGregor. In comments to the TMZ Sports website, Mayweather was adamant that a fight with ...

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  • TAUSTIN  Lewis Hamilton stands on the verge of history this week as he needs to out-score Sebastian Vettel by eight points at the United States Grand Prix to become only the third five-time Formula One world champion. If he does, the 33-year-old Briton will join Juan Manuel Fangio, champion in ...

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  • TJEJU  Former Masters champion Danny Willett got into the hunt early at the CJ Cup in South Korea on Thursday. The Englishman has not won a tournament since his shock 2016 success at Augusta National, but was joint second with a three-under 69 in the first round of the US$9.5 million US PGA ...

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  • TMANILA  Philippine boxing idol Manny Pacquiao said a January fight in the US with American Adrien Broner is almost certain, but he dodged the mounting speculation of a possible rematch with rival Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao, 39, pumped new life into his storied but slowing boxing career in July ...

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  • TManchester United left-back Luke Shaw has ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal with United, the club announced on Thursday. Shaw, 23, was in the final year of the deal he signed four years ago when joining from Southampton as the world's most expensive teenager at the ...

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  • TInter Milan captain Mauro Icardi insisted Thursday that he was determined to reach an agreement for a new contract with the Serie A side. "I'm happy to stay here, I care about this team," the Argentina striker said. "I could have left, there were contacts (with other clubs), but then I decided to ...

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  • TAC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain said on Thursday he was not bitter despite being "kicked out" by Juventus after superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival last summer. Juventus signed Higuain from Napoli for 90 million euros ($103 million) in 2016, but after the surprise arrival of Ronaldo from Real ...

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  • TAustralia, chasing a mammoth target of 538 to win the second Test, closed the third day at 47-1 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. At stumps, Aaron Finch (24) and Travis Head (17) were at the crease with Australia still needing 491 runs with nine wickets in hand to save themselves from ...

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  • TCrossing a bridge to the middle of a lake in Myanmar's Yangon region, pilgrims arrive at a temple to pin their hopes on the pythons slinking across the temple's floors and draped across windows. "People come here because they believe that their prayers will be fulfilled when they ask for ...

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