Man United can still progress despite PSG defeat: Herrera

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MANCHESTER: Ander Herrera believes Manchester United can still progress in the Champions League despite their chastening home loss to Paris Saint-Germain, saying it will not throw their season off track. After winning 10 out of his first 11 matches in all competitions, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tasted defeat for […]

Napoli captain Hamsik completes China move

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ROME: Napoli captain Marek Hamsik has sealed his move to Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang, the Serie A side’s lawyer told Italian radio on Wednesday. “Hamsik is a Dalian player from 2030 (1930 GMT) this evening,” Napoli lawyer Mattia Grassani told Radio Kiss Kiss. The Slovakian, who is currently […]

Melting ice sheets may cause ‘climate chaos’: Study

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Billions of tonnes of meltwater flowing into the world’s oceans from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets could boost extreme weather and destabilise regional climate within a matter of decades, researchers said Wednesday. These melting giants, especially the one atop Greenland, are poised to further weaken the ocean currents that […]

Malaysia makes record 30-tonne pangolin seizure

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Malaysian authorities have made a record seizure of about 30 tonnes of pangolins and their scales worth some US$2 million in raids on major processing facilities, police and environmentalists said Tuesday. The haul included about 1,800 boxes full of frozen pangolins stuffed inside three refrigerated containers, 572 more frozen pangolins […]

London Zoo not to blame for death of Sumatran tiger: Manager

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London Zoo on Monday denied it was responsible for the death of an endangered Sumatran tiger mauled by a potential mate brought in as part of a breeding programme. Staff were left “entirely distraught” by the death of the tigress, called Melati, the zoo’s manager said Monday, rejecting suggestions they […]

Nissan cuts forecast in first earnings since Ghosn arrest

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TOKYO: Crisis-hit Japanese automaker Nissan slashed its full-year forecast yesterday as nine-month net profit dropped 45 percent in the first earnings report since the stunning arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn. The firm blamed growing costs of raw materials and emerging economy foreign exchange declines for its bottom-line profit dropping […]

Chinese billionaire calls Australia ‘a giant baby’

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BEIJING: A Chinese billionaire barred from Australia on suspicions he is part of a Communist Party influence campaign has lashed out at Canberra, calling it a “giant baby” that hasn’t found its place in international politics. Huang Xiangmo, a long-term Sydney resident, had been a prominent donor to Australia’s two […]

Tanzanian busted with kilo of meth in stomach

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BADUNG, Indonesia: A Tanzanian man was arrested in Bali after more than a kilogram of methamphetamine was found inside his stomach, Indonesian authorities said Tuesday. Immigration officials on the holiday island – who routinely detain foreigners for drug offences – said they nabbed Abdul Rahman Asman at the international airport […]

Special branch: Poignant plea after Japanese bonsai burglary

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TOKYO: A Japanese cultivator of bonsai trees appealed on Tuesday for the thieves who made off with his expensive potted plants to take good care of them. Seiji Iimura, a fifth-generation bonsai cultivator who runs a garden in Kawaguchi, north of Tokyo, told AFP the seven tiny trees stolen from […]

Afghan Mujahideen fighter turned president dies

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KABUL: An Afghan mujahideen commander who fought the Soviets and rose to become the country’s first president after the Red Army retreated has died aged 93, his family said Tuesday. Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, who commanded a mujahideen faction during the decade-long insurgency against the Soviet occupiers, passed away late Monday in […]

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