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  • TADELAIDE   -   Travis Head scored an unbeaten half-century on his home debut to give Australia hope of reeling in India’s first innings lead despite a string of batting failures on day two of the first test. Australia were 191 for seven, with Head 61 not out and tailender ...

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  • TComedian Kevin Hart on Thursday stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscar ceremony after “insensitive words” about the LGBTQ community he tweeted in the past appeared online. The 39-year-old comedian and “Ride Along” actor had announced on Tuesday that he would host the ...

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  • TADELAIDE  -   An Indian rescue mission seemingly tailor-made for Virat Kohli instead fell to Cheteshwar Pujara who took his captain’s ‘Superman’ cape and struck a vital century to save the tourists on day one of the series-opening test against Australia.After Kohli ...

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  • TCape Town   -  South Africa have named uncapped middle-order batsman Zubayr Hamza and fast bowler Duanne Olivier in their squad for the three-test home series against Pakistan starting in Pretoria on Boxing Day. Cape Town-born Hamza, 23, averages almost 50 in first class cricket but ...

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  • TAwkward handshakes, folded arms and a forward stare. President Donald Trump joined the group of living ex-US presidents on Wednesday to commemorate the life of former President George H W Bush, but in a service characterized by emotion and good feeling, warmth between the current and former ...

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  • TThe Saudi ambassador to the United States Khalid bin Salman, brother of the powerful crown prince, has returned to Washington after leaving the US capital in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an official said Wednesday. "His Royal Highness the Ambassador is in Washington" ...

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  • TUS President Donald Trump has taken another swipe on Twitter at his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron prompted by Macron’s woes over violent protests against fuel taxes. “I am glad that my friend @EmmanuelMacron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two ...

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  • TMore than 700,000 undocumented Afghans have returned from Iran this year as the Iranian economy tightens, with a knock-on effect on the Afghan economy, according to data from the UN’s migration agency. In a report covering the period up to December 1, the International Organization for ...

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  • TPakistan’s expulsion of 18 international aid agencies will hurt 11 million aid recipients in a South Asian nation grappling with perilously low standards of education and healthcare, two Western diplomats said on Tuesday. Affected NGOs include World Vision, Pathfinder, Plan International, ...

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  • TPrices for Dubai’s residential real estate sank 7.4% in the third quarter of 2018 from a year earlier, with the drop accelerating from a 5.8% fall in the second quarter, the United Arab Emirates central bank said in a report on Tuesday. Prices have been falling quarter-on-quarter almost ...

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  • TBritain should be allowed to unilaterally revoke its departure notice from the European Union, an adviser to the bloc’s highest court said on Tuesday, before a landmark ruling in the coming weeks. The non-binding opinion for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) comes as the British parliament ...

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  • TThe Vatican expressed concern over the status of Jerusalem on Monday as Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held their first meeting since the United States stirred international anxiety by moving its embassy there. The two embraced and kissed on the cheek as the pontiff welcomed ...

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  • TOil prices soared by more than 4 percent on Monday after the United States and China agreed to a 90-day truce in their trade war, and ahead of a meeting this week by producer club OPEC that is expected to result in a supply cut. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $53.41 per ...

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  • TDisney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” recharged for its second consecutive weekend atop the North American box office, generating a healthy $25.8 million. That marks a decline of just 53 percent, and pushes the animated sequel’s domestic haul past $100 million. Overseas, ...

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  • T DUBAI :  Iran and South Korea are working to set up a mechanism to barter South Korean goods for Iranian oil exports, an Iranian trade official was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA on Saturday, as Tehran seeks ways to sidestep U.S. sanctions. “According to the plan, goods ...

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  • TIran’s navy on Saturday launched a domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties, as tensions rise with arch-enemy, the United States. In a ceremony carried live on state television, the Sahand destroyer — which can sustain voyages lasting five ...

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  • TUkraine has banned Russian adult men aged 16-60 years from entering Ukraine, the head of the border service Petro Tsygykal said in a televised meeting on Friday. “Today, the entry of foreigners is limited - primarily citizens of the Russian Federation - non-admission of citizens of the ...

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  • TA year-long inquiry that exposed widespread wrongdoing in Australia’s financial industry ended on Friday ahead of a final report due by Feb. 1 that could reshape the sector. Dismissed initially as a “populist whinge” by the ruling conservative party, the quasi-judicial Royal ...

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  • TSYDNEY - India had a useful outing on the second day of their only warm-up match before the test series against Australia with five of their batsmen hitting half centuries on Thursday against a Cricket Australia XI.  The opening day of the four-day non-first class match against an ...

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  • TApple Inc’s iPhone XR has been the company’s best-selling iPhone model every day since it went on sale in mid-October, a company executive told Reuters on Wednesday. The iPhone XR, which costs $749, was announced alongside two other models, the iPhone XS and XS Max, which start at ...

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  • TA piece of the original spiral staircase from the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most famous attraction, was sold for 169,000 euros ($190,885) on Tuesday, a spokesman for auction house Artcurial said, three times the initial estimate. The successful bidder, an unidentified collector from the Middle ...

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  • TThe US Senate took a defiant stance against President Donald Trump´s White House Wednesday, advancing a measure that would end American military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Lawmakers agreed by a vote of 63-37 to allow debate to proceed on the resolution, after Secretary of State ...

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  • TSaudi Arabia will lend Tunisia $500 million at a favorable interest rate and will finance two projects worth $140 million, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday, a day after a visit from the Saudi crown prince that drew Tunisian protests. Hundreds of Tunisians staged the first demonstrations in the ...

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  • TBritish Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid to win approval for her Brexit deal will have to overcome attempts to block or change it by rival lawmakers on December 11, a proposed format for the debate published on Wednesday showed. The government has set out the details of a debate on a motion ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - Pakistan is likely to pay off an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout before its loans from China come due, easing concerns that IMF funds will be used to pay back Chinese creditors, the US Treasury’s top diplomat said on Tuesday. Treasury’s Undersecretary for ...

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  • TPresident Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence launched a rescue mission in Mississippi for a Republican candidate on the eve of a run-off election for the US Senate, with Democrats hoping to win a seat in the state for the first time since 1982. Trump appeared at two large, boisterous ...

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  • TBritish and Dutch regulators on Tuesday fined ride-hailing service Uber [UBER.UL] for failing to protect customers’ personal information during a 2016 cyber attack involving millions of users. Names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses were compromised in the breach, which involved 57 ...

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  • TTurkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview published on Tuesday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had asked for a meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and that there was currently no reason not to meet him. “Yes, he has asked Erdogan on the phone, ...

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  • TJack Ma, the head of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and China’s best-known capitalist, is a Communist Party member, the official Party newspaper said on Monday, debunking a public assumption the billionaire was politically unattached. The People’s Daily revealed Ma’s ...

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  • TUkraine on Monday imposed martial law for 30 days in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russia after President Petro Poroshenko warned of the “extremely serious” threat of a land invasion. Poroshenko said martial law was necessary to bolster Ukraine’s defenses ...

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