VAR confusion reigns in Premier League

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LONDON: Three months into the Premier League’s first season using VAR, confusion and anger abounds, from managers, players and fans, at the inconsistent use of the technology. England’s top flight was the last of Europe’s big five leagues to implement VAR, with the objective of observing and learning from mistakes made elsewhere. […]

Tiger Woods shares lead

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INZAI: The second round of the US PGA Tour’s inaugural Zozo Championship in Japan was postponed on Friday because of heavy rain with Tiger Woods and Gary Woodland leading the 78-player event. Officials made the decision half an hour before the scheduled 7am start after overnight showers turned heavy with […]

Hong Kong critics beaten in targetted attacks

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The men jumped Stanley Ho without warning, smashing both his hands with metal rods  —  one of multiple recent attacks against prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy figures that activists have dubbed a “white terror”. Since late August, eight well-known pro-democracy figures have been beaten by unknown assailants as fear swirls that […]

Electoral test for Germany’s AfD

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ERFURT: Germany’s far-right AfD party faces a key test of support in a state election in former communist east Germany on Sunday, following national outrage over a deadly shooting at a synagogue. The campaign in Thuringia has featured death threats, arson and Nazi rhetoric and the AfD’s candidate is Bjoern […]

Gambia’s ex-number two buries hatchet

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Banjul: The right-hand man of Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh made peace Wednesday with a former fellow officer whom he arrested following the 1994 military coup for allegedly plotting against the leader. Earlier this week, former army captain Edward Singhateh had told Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Committee (TRRC) that […]

Protest over decision to close 59 websites

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JERUSALEM: Journalists called Wednesday for a Palestinian court decision to close 59 websites and social media pages to be overturned, with activists saying it appeared to be aimed at silencing critics. A Palestinian Authority (PA) court in the occupied West Bank on Monday ordered the sites, most of them Palestinian, […]

Flaunting firepower at Africa summit

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SOCHI: Russia is showing off its next generation Kalashnikov assault rifles, helicopters and facial recognition systems as President Vladimir Putin hosts dozens of African leaders for a major summit in Sochi. The Wednesday and yesterday event at the Black Sea resort has brought together delegates to discuss everything from nuclear […]

Abe and Lee hold bilateral meeting

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TOKYO: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met his South Korean counterpart yesterday and warned frayed relations should be mended, but appeared to suggest it was Seoul’s responsibility to make that happen. Bilateral ties between the regional neighbours are at rock-bottom over a dispute related to the use of forced labour […]

Law banning child marriage upheld

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Nairobi: A Tanzanian court has upheld a law banning the marriage of girls under the age of 18 in a ruling praised by rights activists. The High Court in 2016 ruled that laws allowing girls as young as 15 to be married with the permission of their parents, or even […]

Foxes dream again with Rodgers

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LONDON: Revitalised by the appointment of manager Brendan Rodgers and free-scoring form of Jamie Vardy, Leicester City are once again upsetting the applecart of the Premier League’s top six. Three years on from a remarkable title triumph that allowed football fans across the world to dream, third-placed Leicester could leapfrog […]

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