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  Sri Lanka promotes two cricketing soldiers

Sri Lanka promotes two cricketing soldiers

Two cricketing soldiers who helped Sri Lanka to victory in recent Twenty20 clashes abroad have been promoted for their exploits on the pitch, the military said yesterday.
3/1/2017 8:39:20 PM
Pune wicket was not poor, says India’s Vijay

Pune wicket was not poor, says India’s Vijay

Batsman Murali Vijay yesterday rejected the idea that the Pune pitch was to blame for India’s drubbing in the first Test against Australia despite it being classified as “poor” by the match referee.
3/1/2017 8:38:46 PM
Qatar population reaches all-time high at 2.67mn

Qatar population reaches all-time high at 2.67mn

Qatar's population has reached an all-time high of 2,673,000 on February 28, climbing 3.8% compared to the previous month, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS).
3/1/2017 8:38:13 PM
Bullseye as Guptill’s 180 levels ODI series

Bullseye as Guptill’s 180 levels ODI series

Martin Guptill roared back from injury with a record-breaking 180 as New Zealand thrashed South Africa by seven wickets to level the one-day international series in Hamilton yesterday.
3/1/2017 8:37:57 PM
Toshiba to seek bids for chip unit at $13bn value

Toshiba to seek bids for chip unit at $13bn value

Toshiba Corp is sending letters soliciting offers for its memory chip business this week and seeking bids that value it at about ¥1.5tn ($13bn), according to people familiar with the matter.
3/1/2017 8:25:07 PM
Australia economy rebounds as commodity exports boom

Australia economy rebounds as commodity exports boom

Australia’s economy rebounded sharply last quarter as commodity exports boomed while consumers and the government lifted spending, extending the resource rich nation’s 25-year streak of uninterrupted expansion.
3/1/2017 8:24:21 PM
Day after the slide, QSE gains on buying support

Day after the slide, QSE gains on buying support

Qatar Stock Exchange on Wednesday gained 50 points, mainly lifted by buying support from domestic institutions and non-Qatari individual investors, a day after it witnessed heavy selloff.
3/1/2017 8:19:55 PM
Big talent replaces big names for new season

Big talent replaces big names for new season

The 2017 Major League Soccer season gets underway this week and in place of big name ‘marketing’ signings, the transfer window has seen the arrival of a new wave of talent, particularly from South America.
3/1/2017 8:18:26 PM
Liverpool announce £19.8 million annual loss

Liverpool announce £19.8 million annual loss

Liverpool yesterday announced a pre-tax loss of £19.8mn ($24.5mn, 23.2mn euros) for last year despite a record revenue of £301mn.
3/1/2017 8:17:10 PM
Indonesia, Saudi ink trade, aviation deals

Indonesia, Saudi ink trade, aviation deals

Indonesia and Saudi Arabia yesterday signed agreements in areas ranging from trade to aviation as the kingdom’s monarch visited the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country for the first time in almost half a century.
3/1/2017 8:16:18 PM
Now the Steelers need to find a partner for Brown

Now the Steelers need to find a partner for Brown

Signing Antonio Brown to his five-year, $72.71million contract. Monday was the easy part for the Steelers. Now comes their more difficult job.
3/1/2017 8:08:23 PM
Westbrook brings up 30th triple double of season

Westbrook brings up 30th triple double of season

Russell Westbrook bagged his 30th triple double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder edged the Utah Jazz 109-106 on Tuesday.
3/1/2017 8:07:44 PM
Sensex rises to 6-month high; rupee weakens

Sensex rises to 6-month high; rupee weakens

Indian shares rallied to a six-month high as mid-sized banks extended a rally amid merger speculation.
3/1/2017 7:51:04 PM
China opens bond market a little more, but concerns linger

China opens bond market a little more, but concerns linger

China’s move to open its derivatives market to foreign bond investors could help counter outflows but lingering concerns about capital controls are keeping offshore investors cautious.
3/1/2017 7:50:28 PM
UN panel to share Syrian war crime suspects list

UN panel to share Syrian war crime suspects list

United Nations investigators will share their list of suspected war criminals in Syria's war with a quasi-prosecutorial UN body being set up in Geneva at the General Assembly's request, panel chairman Paulo Pinheiro said on Wednesday.
3/1/2017 5:35:05 PM
Mass killer Breivik loses human rights case against Norway

Mass killer Breivik loses human rights case against Norway

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik lost a human rights case on Wednesday when an appeals court overturned a lower court verdict that his near-isolation in a three-room cell was inhuman.
3/1/2017 5:25:52 PM
Twitter turns to algorithms to clamp down on abusive content

Twitter turns to algorithms to clamp down on abusive content

Twitter Inc on Wednesday launched a wider effort to use algorithms to identify accounts as potentially engaging in abusive behavior, a departure from its practice of relying on users to report accounts that should be reviewed for possible violation of its rules.
3/1/2017 5:17:34 PM
Death sentence upheld for Myanmar pair over killings

Death sentence upheld for Myanmar pair over killings

Two Myanmar men convicted of killing a pair of British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have lost their appeal against the death sentence, a prosecutor said Wednesday, a ruling made without their defence lawyers present.
3/1/2017 2:09:55 PM
Police fire tear gas as B'desh protest turns violent

Police fire tear gas as B'desh protest turns violent

Bangladesh police fired riot guns and tear gas Wednesday as a protest by bus drivers and truckers turned violent, with several injured in clashes that saw a low-grade bomb hurled at officers.
3/1/2017 1:20:55 PM
Indian politician nabbed over illegal adoption ring

Indian politician nabbed over illegal adoption ring

Indian police said Wednesday they had arrested a senior regional official from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party over alleged links to a trafficking scandal that saw children sold to foreign couples.
3/1/2017 12:59:35 PM
Taliban claim attacks in Afghan capital, at least 15 dead

Taliban claim attacks in Afghan capital, at least 15 dead

Afghan Taliban militants said they attacked police, military and intelligence targets in Kabul on Wednesday, as security officials confirmed attacks in two areas of the city that killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens.
3/1/2017 12:53:44 PM
Nepal bans old vehicles to tackle air pollution

Nepal bans old vehicles to tackle air pollution

Nepal on Wednesday banned vehicles older than 20 years from plying the roads of the capital Kathmandu in a bid to control worsening air quality and to ease traffic congestion.
3/1/2017 12:50:17 PM
Saudi king visits Indonesia with huge entourage, tons of gear

Saudi king visits Indonesia with huge entourage, tons of gear

Cheering crowds welcomed King Salman Wednesday as he began the first visit by a Saudi monarch to Indonesia for almost 50 years, seeking stronger economic ties with the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
3/1/2017 11:27:54 AM
Women charged with N Korean's murder leave court in bullet-proof vests

Women charged with N Korean's murder leave court in bullet-proof vests

Malaysia on Wednesday charged two women - an Indonesian and a Vietnamese - with murdering the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader in an assassination using a super-toxic nerve agent that killed in minutes.
3/1/2017 10:52:14 AM
In India, a new banking system to reach the masses

In India, a new banking system to reach the masses

At a furniture store outside India's capital, a salesman scans the manager's ID and takes her fingerprint on a biometric device attached to his cellphone.
3/1/2017 10:09:18 AM
South Korea, US forces begin joint military drills

South Korea, US forces begin joint military drills

South Korea and the United States kicked off their annual, massive military exercises on Wednesday as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered his troops to prepare for a ‘merciless strike’ against the enemy forces.
3/1/2017 10:04:26 AM
Emotional ovation as Trump honours US soldier's widow

Emotional ovation as Trump honours US soldier's widow

Republican and Democratic US lawmakers had plenty to disagree over in President Donald Trump's maiden speech to Congress Tuesday, but upon hearing the name Carryn Owens, they rose to their feet as one.
3/1/2017 9:34:14 AM
Bloody Islamic State video puts China in cross-hairs

Bloody Islamic State video puts China in cross-hairs

Islamic State militants from China's Uighur ethnic minority have vowed to return home and ‘shed blood like rivers’, according to a jihadist-tracking firm, in what experts said marked the first IS threat against Chinese targets.
3/1/2017 9:30:39 AM
Emir meets Bahrain PM

Emir meets Bahrain PM

HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday met with Bahrain’s Prime Minister Prince Khalifah bin Salman al-Khalifah at the Emiri Diwan.
3/1/2017 12:30:09 AM
CMC reiterates ban on sub-letting

CMC reiterates ban on sub-letting

All municipalities in the country should adopt an effective mechanism to prevent partitioning of residential properties and end the practice of sub-letting, the Central Municipal Council (CMC) recommended yesterday.
3/1/2017 12:28:26 AM
Emir to patronise education day event

Emir to patronise education day event

March 5 holiday for banks, exchange houses
3/1/2017 12:25:40 AM
President to sign measure to boost historically black colleges

President to sign measure to boost historically black colleges

US President Donald Trump will sign a measure aimed at boosting government support for the nation’s historically black colleges, a senior White House official said.
3/1/2017 12:18:13 AM