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Venezuela’s Maduro Calls U.S. VP Pence A ‘Poisonous Viper’

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CARACAS- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday called U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a “viper” and vowed to defeat what he called Washington’s attempts to force him from power. Pence, who arrived in Ecuador on Wednesday as part of a tour of South America, is seeking to boost regional pressure on Venezuela following Maduro’s reelection…

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Cricket – Bayliss Backs Farbrace To Succeed Him As Head Coach

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England head coach Trevor Bayliss has tipped his assistant Paul Farbrace to take over at the helm when he steps down form the role after next year’s Ashes series against Australia. Farbrace will take charge of the team in their Twenty20 matches against Australia (Wednesday) and India (next month), allowing Bayliss to take a breather…

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U.S. To Give North Korea Post-Summit Timeline With ‘Asks’ Soon – Official

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EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska,- The United States will soon present a timeline to North Korea with “specific asks” of Pyongyang after a historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a senior U.S. defence official said. The official, who spoke to a small group of reporters ahead of…

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Australia Works On Security Deal With Vanuatu In Bid To Counter China’s Influence

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SYDNEY- Australia promised on Monday to bolster the cyber security capability of Vanuatu as it agreed to begin negotiating a security treaty with its Pacific neighbour, ramping up diplomacy in the region to combat China’s rising influence. The tension has fuelled a chill in relations between the two trading partners, which hit a low after…

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PCB Calls On Akmal To Explain Match-Fixing Comments

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is to seek an explanation from wicketkeeper Umar Akmal after he said in a television interview that he had been approached to fix matches. The PCB’s anti-corruption unit has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday after Akmal, who has made 116 ODI appearances, told a local channel that he had been…

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Melania Trump’s Jacket Mixes Message During Visit To Detained Immigrant Children

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MCALLEN, Texas- First Lady Melania Trump’s visit on Thursday to a Texas shelter housing migrant children separated from their parents was overshadowed by a jacket she wore with the words: “I really don’t care, do u?” scrawled in white brush strokes on the back. Melania Trump was shown in photos wearing the hooded green khaki…

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Blake Still Looking To Rediscover His Best At Jamaica Trials

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KINGSTON- Former world champion Yohan Blake, who is still seeking to return to his best after years of sub-par performances, clocked 10.11 seconds in 100m qualifying at the Jamaican Athletics championships on Thursday. Blake, who won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in April, recovered from a less than explosive start to catch the field at…

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‘Hate Narratives’ From Abroad Drive Myanmar Communities Apart, Suu Kyi Says

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YANGON- “Hate narratives” from abroad have driven communities in Myanmar further apart, the Southeast Asian nation’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a social media statement on Thursday. Patience and time are required to restore trust between the communities, Suu Kyi told Christine Schraner Burgener, the United Nations special envoy on Myanmar on Wednesday,…

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Ireland Beef Up Loose Forward Trio For Series Decider

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SYDNEY- Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has shifted captain Peter O’Mahony from blindside to openside flanker for the series-deciding third test against Australia and made five personnel changes to the starting side that won the second match in Melbourne. O’Mahony’s move to the number seven jersey has allowed Schmidt to bring in Leinster number eight Jack…

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INSIGHT – Romanian Ruling Party Conjures Parallel State Fears In Legal ‘Blitzkrieg’

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BUCHAREST- When Stelian Ion set aside law for politics he was hoping to fight for Romania’s environment. Instead the opposition lawmaker finds himself in a battle with the ruling party over fundamental changes to criminal law. This week the tussle came to a head when parliament approved legal changes Ion said could encourage criminals to…

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“Ghost Nets” Destroying Life Within Sabah’s Marine Park

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KOTA KINABALU- Ghost nets have been wrapping themselves around coral reefs, trapping and killing hundreds of marine life daily within Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, a popular tourism spot and dive site off here. Over the years, concerned divers have taken their own initiative to remove fishing nets caught in coral reefs within the protected marine…

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Japan’s Princess Takamado Seen In Russia’s Saransk – Reuters Witness

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SARANSK, Russia- Japan’s Princess Takamado was seen by a Reuters witness in the Russian city of Saransk, where she will watch her national team compete in the soccer World Cup later on Tuesday. She is the first member of Japan’s royal family to visit Russia since 1916, the Kyodo news agency reported. Relations between Moscow…

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Red Bull F1 Team To Use Honda Engines From Next Season

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LONDON- Red Bull will switch from Renault to Honda engines next season, the Formula One team announced on Tuesday. “After careful consideration and evaluation we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the team,” Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner said in a statement. Red Bull won four drivers’ and constructors’…

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Ex-FIFA Head Blatter Flying To Moscow For World Cup – Spokesman

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MOSCOW- Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will fly to Moscow on Tuesday, his spokesman told Reuters. Blatter plans to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday and watch Portugal play Morocco in a World Cup soccer match, the spokesman said.- Reuters

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‘We Don’t Share Certain Values’, France Says Of U.S. Migrant Policy

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PARIS- Europe and the United States do not share the same values, France’s government spokesman said on Tuesday as outrage grows over the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant parents and children arriving over the border from Mexico. The European Union faces its own crisis over how to handle a years-long influx of migrants fleeing…

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World’s Oldest Sumatran Orang Utan Dies Aged 62

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PERTH- The world’s oldest Sumatran orang utan, which had 11 children and 54 descendants spread across the globe, has died aged 62, Australian zoo officials said Tuesday. Puan – Indonesian for “lady”- died on Monday at Perth Zoo, where she had lived since being gifted by Malaysia in 1968. “She did so much for the…

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Cricket – Hales Targets Big Scores To Move Up England Pecking Order

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England opener Alex Hales accepts he needs to make some major contributions to gain promotion from the fringe of the squad to an assured place at the top of the batting order for next year’s World Cup on home soil. With Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy on target to lock out the opening slots, Hales…

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Rugby – Folau Demands Kicking Accuracy From Wallabies In Decider

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MELBOURNE- Australia fullback Israel Folau has demanded accuracy from his side’s kickers to help him be more effective in Saturday’s three-test series decider against Ireland in Sydney. The 29-year-old has so far been unable to replicate his formidable NSW Waratahs form in the air during the first two tests, partly because of what the hosts…

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North Korea’s Kim Visit Beijing; South Korea, U.S. Halt Military Drill

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BEIJING/SEOUL- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he will likely brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last week, as Washington and Seoul agreed to suspend a major joint military exercise. This is Kim’s third trip to China this year, coming a week…

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Amazon To Add Over 1,000 Jobs In Ireland In Country’s Biggest Staff Boost This Year

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DUBLIN- Amazon will add more than 1,000 new jobs in Ireland over the next two years, the US online retail giant said on June 18, taking its workforce to more than 3,500 in a country that continues to be a magnet for major technology firms. The move was the largest by a multinational company in…

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Australian Court Fines Apple US$6.7mil Over iPhone ‘Bricking’ Case

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SYDNEY: An Australian court fined US electronics giant Apple Inc Aus$9mil (RM26.59mil) on June 19 after a regulator accused it of using a software update to disable iPhones which had cracked screens fixed by third parties. The Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission (ACCC) sued the world’s biggest company by market value for “bricking” – or…

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Ireland Team To Play Australia In Second Test

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MELBOURNE- Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named the following side to face Australia in the second match of their three-test series in Melbourne on Saturday: Team: 15-Rob Kearney, 14-Andrew Conway, 13-Garry Ringrose, 12-Robbie Henshaw, 11-Keith Earls, 10-Johnny Sexton, 9-Conor Murray; 8-CJ Stander, 7-Dan Leavy, 6-Peter O’Mahony, 5-James Ryan, 4-Devin Toner, 3-Tadhg Furlong, 2-Niall Scanell, 1-Cian…

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Mourinho Confident England Will Impress In Russia

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has backed England to shine at the World Cup due to the depth of experience in the squad. “They have a good group of young but experienced players,” Mourinho told British media. “All of them play in the most competitive competition in the world, the Premier League, all of them…

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Malaysia Welcomes UN Resolution On Greater Protection For Palestinians

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PUTRAJAYA- Malaysia has welcomed the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) calling for greater protection for Palestinians. The resolution, adopted at an emergency special session yesterday, also deplores any use of “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate” force by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians, particularly in the Gaza Strip. The resolution…

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Sharapova, Keys Withdraw From Birmingham

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Maria Sharapova and Madison Keys have withdrawn from next week’s Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham as they look to regain full fitness ahead of Wimbledon. Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, said she needed rest after reaching the French Open quarter-finals. The 31-year-old Russian served a doping ban in 2016 and was forced to skip the…

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Australia Team To Play Ireland In Second Test

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MELBOURNE- Australia coach Michael Cheika named the following side on Thursday to face Ireland in the second match of their three-test series in Melbourne on Saturday: Team: 15-Israel Folau, 14-Dane Haylett-Petty, 13-Samu Kerevi, 12-Kurtley Beale, 11-Marika Koroibete, 10-Bernard Foley, 9-Will Genia, 8-Caleb Timu, 7-Michael Hooper (captain), 6-David Pocock, 5-Adam Coleman, 4-Izack Rodda, 3-Sekope Kepu, 2-Brandon…

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Australia Keeps China Out Of Internet Cabling For Pacific Neighbour

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SYDNEY- Australia has agreed to fund underwater internet cables and a cyber security centre for the Solomon Islands, forestalling plans by Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd that could have compromised Australian internet security. The arrangement was announced on Wednesday in a joint-statement from the two governments during a visit to Canberra by Solomons…

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Former Hero Ronaldo Backs Brazil To End 16-Year Wait In Russia

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Former Brazil striker Ronaldo believes it is time for his country to live up to the expectations and end their 16-year wait for a World Cup in Russia. Tite’s Brazilian squad head into the tournament as one of the favourites, and will meet Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E. “I think for me…

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England’s Rashford Suffers Injury Scare Ahead Of World Cup Opener

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England forward Marcus Rashford has suffered a “slight knock” in the final training session before heading to the World Cup in Russia, manager Gareth Southgate said. The 20-year old, who scored 13 goals for Manchester United in all competitions last season, will be hopeful of a starting spot in Southgate’s team after impressing in the…

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Australia To Offer National Apology For Institutional Child Sex Abuse

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SYDNEY- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday he will deliver a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse and their families on October 22. The upcoming apology was sparked by a five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse which delved into more than 8,000 cases of sexual misconduct largely committed at religious…

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