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  • TThe International Monetary Fund will incorporate Islamic finance into its financial sector assessments of select countries starting next year, aiming to improve regulation in the growing sector. The IMF has traditionally focused on conventional banking, but it has been increasingly engaging with ...

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  • TTORONTO: Two unidentified men walked into a restaurant on Thursday in the Canadian city of Mississauga and set off a bomb, wounding more than a dozen people, and then fleeing, local police said. The blast went off in the Bombay Bhel restaurant at about 10:30 p.m local time. Fifteen people were ...

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  • TThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has told Pakistani players to stop wearing smartwatches during play to avoid any allegations of match-fixing, bowler Hasan Ali said after the opening day of the first test against England on Thursday. The ICC’s anti-corruption team met the tourists ...

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  • TPresident Donald Trump drew gasps at the United Nations General Assembly last September when he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. Eight months later, he said “everyone” thought he should get the Nobel Peace Prize for a new approach that aimed to put him at a ...

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  • TSAN FRANCISCO:  Alphabet Inc’s Google sought to ease online publisher concerns on Thursday about the effects European data privacy rules going into effect in just a few hours will have on their ad business. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the biggest overhaul of data ...

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  • TBEIJING: China has found no clues to explain what happened to an American citizen working at a US consulate who reported suffering from “abnormal” sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday. The US embassy, which issued a health ...

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  • TSHANGHAI: Asian shares fell on Thursday after the US government launched a national security probe into auto imports that could lead to new tariffs, and President Donald Trump’s comments indicated fresh setbacks in US-China trade talks. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares ...

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  • TA senior Iranian military official branded US leaders disloyal and cruel on Wednesday and told parliament Tehran would not bow to Washington’s pressure to limit its military activities. “Iranian armed forces are now, thanks to God, more prepared than ever and will not wait for the ...

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  • TKANDAHAR: A minibus packed with explosives blew up in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday causing dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting continued across the country during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The blast, near one of the city’s main markets, sent a ...

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  • TIndia’s white-marble Taj Mahal is turning yellow and green as the 17th century mausoleum weathers filthy air in the world’s eighth-most polluted city. One of the seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal flanks a garbage-strewn river and is often enveloped by dust and smog from belching ...

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  • TTwo people were killed and two were wounded on Monday in a blast in a cafe in the capital of Azerbaijan, an official from the health ministry said. The explosion hit a small cafe in a suburb of Baku next to a shopping center. There was no official reason for the blast but a source at the emergency ...

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  • TSpain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday said he still hoped Catalonia would soon form a viable government, capable of serious dialogue, that obeys the law in order to return to institutional, economic and social normality. The Spanish government on Monday recognized the powers of ...

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  • TWASHINGTON/KABUL - US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on Tehran threatens to derail a project to help build Afghanistan's economy, endangering a key goal of the U.S. strategy to end America's longest war. The Indian-backed Chabahar ...

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  • TBERLIN - German companies are concerned that U.S. President Donald Trump is increasingly thinking only of America rather than just putting his country first, the head of Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce told media. The United States has pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and Germany has ...

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  • TA rampant Rafa Nadal turned on the style to beat his old rival Novak Djokovic 7-6(4) 6-3 on Saturday and reach his first Italian Open final since 2014. The top-seeded Spaniard will face defending champion Alexander Zverev who overcame fourth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-6(13) 7-5 in the other ...

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  • TUS President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on Tehran threatens to derail a project to help build Afghanistan’s economy, endangering a key goal of the US strategy to end America’s longest war. The Indian-backed Chabahar port ...

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  • TThe 17-year-old student charged with killing 10 people when he opened fire in an art class at his Houston-area high school appeared “weirdly non-emotional” on the morning after the rampage, one of his lawyers said on Saturday. The teenager, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios ...

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  • TCuban authorities said the fiery crash of an aging Boeing passenger jet on Friday shortly after takeoff from Havana had killed 110 of the 113 on board, making it the Caribbean island’s deadliest air disaster in nearly 30 years. Flags flew at half-mast in Cuba on Saturday, marking the start ...

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  • TChina’s air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement. “A division of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently organized multiple bombers such as the H-6K to ...

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  • TEurope's energy chief will seek to reassure Iran's top ministers on Saturday that the European Union wants to keep trade open despite the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Miguel Arias Canete, European commissioner for energy and climate, will meet with five top Iranian minister over two days, ...

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  • TLONDON - Joe Root believes a year in the captaincy has given him the experience he needs to move up the England batting order to the pivotal number three position for the two-Test series against Pakistan beginning on Thursday. Since replacing Alastair Cook as the Test captain last year, Root ...

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  • TNEW DELHI - Proposals to scrap the time-honoured tradition of a coin toss prior to Test matches defy logic and should not be considered, according to several former South Asian cricket captains. A ritual since the first Test between Australia and England in 1877 risks extinction when the ...

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  • TIsrael was sharply criticised at a UN human rights body on Friday for martyring protesters in Gaza and treatment of the Palestinians, but Washington came to its defense. The special session of the Human Rights Council was convened after the bloodiest day for Palestinians in years last Monday, when ...

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  • TMalaysian police seized 284 boxes of designer handbags and dozens of bags filled with cash and jewelry on Friday from a luxury condominium in the center of Kuala Lumpur linked to former prime minister Najib Razak. Police have been searching Najib’s home and other places linked to him as part ...

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  • TAB de Villiers seems to make it a habit of being spectacular in whatever he does on a cricket field and the talismanic South African’s gravity-defying catch in Thursday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match only added to his legend. The Sunrisers Hyderabad’s chase was into its ...

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  • TGoogle’s YouTube said on Wednesday it will launch a new music streaming service, YouTube Music, next week and unveil soon a premium service that will charge more for its original shows. YouTube Music, which will be launched on May 22, comes with extra features like personalized playlists ...

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  • TRovio Entertainment, the maker of the “Angry Birds” mobile games and movie, posted better than expected quarterly profit on Thursday, representing a fillip to investor confidence dented by a dramatic profit warning in February. The Finnish company’s recent troubles have stemmed ...

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  • TSouth Korea is seeking to mediate to bridge the gap between the United States and North Korea as they appear to have “some kind of difference in stances” ahead of a planned summit, an official at South Korea’s presidential Blue House said on Thursday. The comments come after ...

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  • TIndia’s refusal to play a day-night test in Adelaide is “selfish” and hinders efforts to reinvigorate test cricket, Australia’s former test batsman Mark Waugh said on Wednesday. India have declined to play their maiden day-night test against Australia, leaving the Dec. 6-10 ...

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  • TThe best way to address international concern about Iran’s role in the region and its ballistic missile program is within the framework of the nuclear deal, even after the United States pulled out, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “The question is whether you can talk better if you ...

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