New Australia sports super-watchdog to target cheats

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SYDNEY: Australia yesterday unveiled a new national integrity body to tackle cheating and corruption in sport in the wake of a ball-tampering “sandpapergate” scandal that rocked cricket. The new watchdog, Sport Integrity Australia, will combine the powers of three existing agencies, including the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), to better […]

Mickelson holds off Casey to win Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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SAN FRANCISCO: Phil Mickelson captured his 50th career worldwide title on Monday, finishing off the last two holes of his darkness-halted final round to win the US PGA Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament. The 48-year-old American closed with a six-foot birdie putt at the par-5 18th hole to complete a bogey-free […]

Martial can reach Ronaldo’s level, says Man U boss Solskjaer

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LONDON: Anthony Martial has the talent to reach Cristiano Ronaldo’s level if he puts his mind to it, according to Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Martial had looked set to leave the club in the summer after falling out with Jose Mourinho but battled his way back into […]

US team in Beijing for trade talks after IMF ‘storm’ warning

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BEIJING: US negotiators met with their Chinese counterparts in Beijing yesterday for a new round of high-stakes trade talks, hoping to reach a deal before the March 1 deadline set by Donald Trump as the IMF warned of a possible global economic “storm”. Preliminary discussions had been expected to start […]

Gushing profits for oil majors on crude price

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PARIS: The world’s top energy companies booked enormous profits last year thanks to higher oil prices and keeping a tight lid on spending, even if that risked limiting their medium-term production capacity. The five “supermajors” — US firms Chevron and ExxonMobil, Britain’s BP, Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell and Total of […]

Saudi investments to aid cash-strapped Pakistan

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DUBAI: A record investment package being prepared by Saudi Arabia for Pakistan will likely provide welcome relief for its cash-strapped Muslim ally, while also addressing regional geopolitical challenges, analysts say. At the heart of the investment is a reported $10 billion refinery and oil complex in the strategic Gwadar Port […]

Renault denounces Nissan over Ghosn investigation: Report

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PARIS: Lawyers for French carmaker Renault have criticised their Japanese alliance partner Nissan for its handling of an internal probe into the Carlos Ghosn scandal, a Sunday newspaper has reported. In a letter to Nissan dated January 19, the lawyers said they had “serious concerns about the methods used” by […]

HPV vaccine is safe, says cancer agency, slams ‘unfounded rumours’

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“Unfounded rumours” causing people to spurn the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was preventing the elimination of cervical cancer, which kills more than 300,000 women every year, health authorities said recently. To mark World Cancer Day 2019, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a statement in which it […]

Photographer McCullin’s lifetime of war shown in London

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A retrospective of Don McCullin, one of Britain’s greatest living photographers, opens in London on Tuesday, spanning 60 years of war zones and landscapes bursting with the same brooding intensity. The 250 black and white prints on show at the Tate Britain gallery were all developed by 83-year-old McCullin himself […]

New York’s KGB museum offers Cold War nostalgia fix

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Assassinations in broad daylight. Ruthless agents plotting undercover. Bugging devices in every Western capital. Three decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, the specter of the notorious KGB still looms large in the public imagination. Now, a Manhattan museum offers a time-traveler’s plunge into the world of the Cold […]

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