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Tsitsipas says he scares Big Three

SHANGHAI: Stefanos Tsitsipas said that he scares the “Big Three” after the young Greek stunned world number one Novak Djokovic to reach the Shanghai Masters semi-finals on Friday. The 21-year-old…

Homework first for high-schooler Gauff

LINZ (Austria): Coco Gauff’s strategy sessions for the first WTA semi-final of her young career were put on hold for a few hours on Friday due to high-school homework. The…

HK property investors eye SE Asia

KUALA LUMPUR: From luxury Singapore apartments to Malaysian seafront condos, Hong Kong investors are shifting cash into Southeast Asian property, demoralised by increasingly violent protests as well as the China-US…

Pressure mounts to expel, try IS fighters

US President Donald Trump’s decision to take custody of dozens of high-value Islamic State militants from the under-siege Kurds avoided their possible release but raised the pressure on Washington and…

Post-scandal Academy to award two prizes

STOCKHOLM: The Swedish Academy was set to crown two Nobel literature laureates yesterday, after postponing last year’s prize over a sexual harassment scandal. Experts say the academy will seek to…

Jailed presidential hopeful walks free

TUNIS: Tunisia’s jailed presidential candidate Nabil Karoui received a hero’s welcome as he walked free from jail Wednesday night, just days ahead of a run-off vote that he will contest…

California off power to prevent wildfires

LOS ANGELES: Rolling blackouts set to affect millions of Californians began Wednesday as a utility company started switching off power to an unprecedented number of households in the face of…

Saudi rules women can join armed forces

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday it will allow women in the ultra-conservative kingdom to serve in the armed forces as it embarks on a broad programme of economic and social…

Malaysia must scrap ‘cruel’ death penalty

Police sometimes use torture to extract confessions from suspects in death penalty cases and their trials are often unfair. Amnesty International has been piling pressure on the Malaysian government to…