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South Korean train crosses into North Korea to conduct joint survey for railway re-connection

It marked the first time in a decade that a train from the South entered North Korea.

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Tulsi Gabbard to hear from Indian-Americans on possibility of a Hindu running for...

Those familiar with the 37-year-old Democratic lawmaker from Hawaii said that a formal announcement could be weeks away or even before the end of the year.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel runs late to G20 after plane trouble strands her in Ge...

Chancellor Angela Merkel was speaking with reporters about the latest tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, the plane’s door opened and a crew member asked her to come out. “Why now?”, Merkel asked. “It’s urgent,’ the crew member replied. Later, Merkel would say she thought something bad had happened in Germany.

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Indian shares hit near 2-month high ahead of GDP data, G20 meet

The Indian rupee gained up to 0.35 percent on the day to 69.595 per dollar, its best since August 21.

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G20 summit opens under assault from Donald Trump on collective action

The G20 summit will be accompanied by an array of diplomatic initiatives with several bilateral meetings by the leaders attending, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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No plan to allow Indian military base in exchange for aid, says Maldives

“Report is baseless and aimed at discrediting the government as it starts to rebuild good relations with its neighbours and the rest of the international community,” said minister for foreign affairs Abdulla Shahid.

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Malaysia has 'window of opportunity' on indigenous land rights

Amnesty International says new government should move to end abuses and take action on indigenous land rights.

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Do the Houthis have a plan for peace in Yemen?

We challenge the Houthi-backed Yemeni FM Hisham Sharaf, and speak to Francis Fukuyama about 'identity politics'.

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Yemen fishermen face starvation at home or death at sea

Fearing attacks by the Saudi-UAE alliance, fishermen have cut their fishing zones from 100 nautical miles to 25.

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Pakistan rupee hits record low against US dollar

The national currency has taken a hard hit since the start of the year, losing about a third of its value.

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Russian men barred from entering Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the measure would prevent Russia forming 'private armies' in Ukraine.

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UNICEF: More than 1.5 million children in CAR need emergency aid

UN agency warns 43,000 children under the age of five 'face an extremely high risk of death' as crisis worsens.

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Angry India farmers march to parliament to highlight farm crisis

Tens of thousands of farmers protest in New Delhi demanding debt waivers and higher crop prices.

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Afghanistan: Women, children among 23 killed in US attack: UN

A vast majority of the victims in the Helmand attack were women and children, according to a UN investigation.

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Russia-Ukraine tensions: Martial law not so evident in Kharkiv

People in this second-largest city of Ukraine are worried about invasion from Russia.

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G20 summit: Protests mark Argentina gathering

Protests around Bueno Aires is reminder of how difficult it would be to resolving differences among world leaders.

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Rain brings misery to caravan migrants camped in Tijuana

During the night, many refused to get on government buses, moving them to a covered shelter, in order to stay together.

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The morality of torture: A toxic legacy

An investigation into the covert CIA programme of torture outlawed by former President Obama and favoured by the Trump administration.

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CNN fires contributor Marc Lamont Hill for criticising Israel

Hill was accused of anti-Semitism after he called for 'free Palestine from the river to the sea' at UN meeting.

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Torture, reform and women's rights in Saudi Arabia

Women are being tortured for demanding basic rights in 'reformist' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Saudi Arabia.

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Gibraltar will be included in post-Brexit trade deals: official

Following Spain drama, top Gibraltar official tells Al Jazeera peninsula will be covered by withdrawal arrangements.

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Palestinians mark 40th International Solidarity Day

Palestinian government says international community should be held responsible for allowing Israel's ongoing occupation.

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Sri Lanka MPs vote to block cash flow to office of disputed PM

It comes as yet another moral pressure on Rajapaksa who continues to hold office despite not having working majority.

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World AIDS Day on 1 December: Theme 'Know your status' urges all to run tests as many continue to live with HIV virus undetected

1 December is celebrated as World AIDS day every year to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. It is observed internationally to spread awareness as HIV testing coverage remains low among various population groups.

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Hong Kong: Five dead, 32 injured as bus collides with taxi; police looking into whether bus driver had been drinking

Five people were killed and 32 injured when a coach carrying Cathay Pacific staff to Hong Kong's airport collided with a taxi on Friday, police said, with passengers thrown from the coach's windows on impact.

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Scores of inmates escape Indonesia jail: Police

Police recapture 23 inmates but at least 90 are on the run after they escaped from a prison in Banda Aceh.

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Dozens of whales dead in latest New Zealand stranding

By the time rangers reached the latest group of animals early Friday, 50 had already died.

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Uninvited guests keep watch for China inside Uighur homes

More than a million local government workers have been deployed to ethnic minorities' home to monitor their behaviour.

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US inmate serving life confesses to 90 murders; 78-yr-old serial killer's victim profile included women drug addicts, prostitutes

Little, who might be one of US' most prolific serial killers, remembered his victims with great detail and he was even able to draw the faces of some of them

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Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare reaffirms UN's stand against weapons of mass destruction, promotion of global peace

Every year, on 30 November, United Nations observes the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare commemorating an opportunity to pay tribute to millions of lives lost round the globe in the wake of chemical warfare.

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US suspended $3 billion, not $1.3 billion as quoted by White House, in security aid to Pakistan in 2018: Sources

The $3 billion security aid to Pakistan that the US suspended, is much higher than the $1.3 billion quoted by President Donald Trump this month and $1.66 billion reported by the Pentagon last week.

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G20 Summit in Argentina: Donald Trump cites Russia-Ukraine crisis, cancels meeting with Vladimir Putin

US President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Argentina, registering his disapproval of Russia's treatment of Ukraine and casting new uncertainty over US-Russian ties.

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Maldives denies media reports claiming India offered $1 billion in exchange for establishing Indian military base in Male

The Maldives Government has strongly denied media reports which stated that India had offered $1 billion to Maldives in exchange for the deployment of Indian troops in the island nation.

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Angela Merkel likely to miss opening of G20 Summit after plane makes emergency landing due to technical snag

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will miss the opening of the G20 summit in Argentina after her plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Cologne on Thursday due to a technical problem.

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On Winston Churchill's 144th birth anniversary, a look at why the British prime minister was commended and condemned

Winston Churchill is known as Great Britain's most iconic Prime Minister; he held the office twice during 1940-45 and later in 1951-55.

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Michael Cohen's new plea deal with Robert Mueller poses the greatest danger to Donald Trump: All you need to know

The timing of the Cohen guilty plea is a strategic masterstroke in the wider arc of the sprawling investigation. It shows that Mueller waited until the very last moment, ensured Trump's answers were in before Cohen turned up for this guilty plea. For someone who said he'd "take a bullet for Donald Trump", Cohen has turned the gun on the US president.

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Rattled by Michael Cohen guilty plea, Donald Trump White House braces for Paul Manafort case Friday as Robert Mueller endgame closes in

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort's case comes up in a Washington DC court Friday barely 48 hours after news broke that he has gone rogue on his co-operation agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating a range of alleged Russian involvement in the Trump 2016 campaign.

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Syrian army says downs 'hostile targets' in suspected Israel attack: sources

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Dan Williams AMMAN/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Syria's air defence forces shot down an Israeli war plane and four missiles on Thursday, Russia's RIA news agency said, citing a Syrian security source, but Israel's military said the report was bogus. The source said the missiles aimed at the town of Kiswah, south of the capital Damascus, were struck before they reached their targets that Syrian opposition sources said were Iranian-backed strongholds

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Ex-FBI director Comey files action to quash Republican congressional subpoena

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Director James Comey asked a federal judge on Thursday to quash a congressional subpoena from Republicans on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee who are trying to compel him to testify behind closed doors about his decision-making ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

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Two children shot in front of Mississippi hospital, condition unknown

(Reuters) - Two children in a car were hit by gunfire in front of a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, on Thursday, the Jackson Police Department said. The two children, aged 1 and 3, were wounded when a suspect fired at the car in front of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the police department said on Twitter

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Two children shot in front of Mississippi hospital: local media

(Reuters) - Two children in a car were hit by gunfire in front of a Jackson, Mississippi, hospital on Thursday, the city's police chief told the Clarion Ledger. A suspect fired at a car with a woman and two children inside in front of University of Mississippi Medical Center and the children, aged 1 and 3, were struck by gunfire, Jackson Police Chief James Davis told the newspaper.

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Soviet-era 'moon rocks' sell for $855,000 at New York auction

(Reuters) - Three fragments of rocks retrieved from the moon by a Soviet space mission in 1970 were sold for $855,000 at a New York auction on Thursday. Sotheby's auction house said the "moon rocks" are the only known documented lunar matter in private hands.

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Ebola outbreak in east Congo now world's second biggest

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo is now the second biggest in history, with 426 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said late on Thursday. The epidemic in a volatile part of Democratic Republic of Congo is now only surpassed by the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa, where more than 28,000 cases where confirmed, and is bigger than an outbreak in 2000 in Uganda involving 425 cases. Ebola is believed to have killed 245 people in North Kivu and Ituri provinces where attacks by armed groups and community resistance to health officials have hampered the response

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G20 members struggle for agreements ahead of Argentina summit

By Ross Colvin BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - G20 member nations were still struggling to reach agreement on major issues including trade, migration and climate change as world leaders began arriving in the Argentine capital ahead of a summit starting on Friday. "This is not a good year for multilateralism," said a German government source about talks on a final statement that the leaders are due to issue at the end of their meeting on Saturday.

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Report says Syria shot down Israeli war plane but Israel denies it

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's air defence forces shot down an Israeli war plane and four missiles on Thursday, Russia's RIA news agency said citing a Syrian security source, but Israel's military said the report was bogus. The source said the missiles aimed at the town of Kiswah, south of the capital Damascus, were struck before they reached their targets. The area where the incident is said to have occurred is where Hezbollah, a group backed by Iran, has its communications and logistics hub for southern Syria near the Israeli border, according to two senior regional intelligence sources

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U.N.'s Guterres hopes Yemen peace talks will resume by year-end

By Scott Squires BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The United Nations is "working hard to ensure the start of meaningful peace talks in Yemen" before the end of the year, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday

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Former Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

By Brendan Pierson and Jeff Mason NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former longtime personal lawyer, pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Organisation skyscraper in Moscow, prompting the president to lash out at Cohen as a liar and "weak person." The unexpected plea stemmed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's intensifying investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to boost his chances, and put new pressure on the president.

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U.N. audit finds graft and misconduct in its Uganda refugee program

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - A U.N.

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Murder trial begins for driver in Virginia white nationalist rally

By Gary Robertson CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - The man who ploughed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at last year's white nationalist rally in Virginia had every intention to kill, a prosecutor told jurors on Thursday at the start of his murder trial. "It was wilful, premeditated murder," prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony said in Charlottesville Circuit Court, where James Fields, 21, is facing a possible life sentence.

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Trump withdraws from Putin meeting, cites Ukraine crisis

By Roberta Rampton ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Argentina, registering his disapproval of Russia's treatment of Ukraine and casting new uncertainty over U.S.-Russian ties. Trump said he pulled out due to tensions over Russian forces opening fire on Ukrainian navy boats and then seizing them and their crew on Sunday near Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014

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Trump withdraws from Putin meeting due to Ukraine crisis

By Roberta Rampton ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S.

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Measles cases rise in Europe, Latin America: WHO report

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Measles is on the rise around the world and especially in Europe and Latin America, in part because parents shun vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Some 173,000 measles cases were officially reported worldwide in 2017, a jump of more than 30 percent from the previous year, the WHO said in a report.

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Amir holds phone call with Ethiopian PM

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His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday held a telephone conversation with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. They reviewed the friendly relations and co-operation between the two countries and ways to boost and develop them. In addition, they discussed a number of issues of common interest.

Amir, Deputy Amir greet Georgia president-elect
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and His Highness the Deputy Amir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday sent cables of congratulations to Salome Zurabishvili on her victory in the presidential elections in Georgia.

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Trump cancels meeting with Putin at G20

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US President Donald Trump has cancelled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Argentina, registering his disapproval of Russia’s treatment of Ukraine and casting new uncertainty over US-Russian ties.
Trump said he pulled out due to tensions over Russian forces opening fire on Ukrainian navy boats and then seizing them and their crew on Sunday near Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
His decision also comes as a federal investigation into his 2016 election campaign’s ties to Russia is intensifying.
Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty yesterday to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump real estate project in Russia (see report on the left).
“Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this s…

Convict confesses to killing 90 women

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Law enforcement have corroborated nearly three dozen murders – so far – committed by a 78-year-old man who is currently in a Texas prison, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said yesterday.
The alleged killer, Samuel Little, confessed to killing 90 women, the FBI had previously said in early November.
Little’s “nomadic lifestyle” and long criminal history have sent investigators looking across 36 cities and 16 states at his alleged crimes.
Little was convicted of three murders in California in 2014, for which he is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
“The biggest lesson in this case is the power of information sharing,” said Kevin Fitzsimmons, a supervisory crime analyst with the FBI’s violent criminal apprehension programme. “These connections all started in our database of violent crime.”
Little’s known crimes began as early as 1956, as he crisscrossed the country shoplifting, soliciting prostitutes, committing fraud and burglary.
The FBI described him…

Macri greets G20 leaders as he battles economic crisis

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Argentina may be putting on its best face to welcome the world’s most powerful leaders, but today’s G20 summit finds host President Mauricio Macri grappling with a crippling economic crisis that is expected to generate mass protests during the meeting.
Macri, elected in 2015 at the head of a centre-right coalition, has battled for months to stabilise South America’s third largest economy, but his dwindling popularity means he is fighting an uphill battle for re-election next year.
“Let’s hope we make a good impression,” the 59-year-old president said in a video message yesterday on Twitter as he prepared for a series of bilateral meetings on the eve of the summit.
A $56bn International Monetary Fund bailout has bought his government time but left it little scope to shape fiscal policy, forcing it to deepen unpopular spending cuts in order to turn in a balanced budget next year.
Noisy street protests outside his Casa Rosada government offices are a near-daily occurrence, and general s…

Bolton hones ties with Brazil’s far-right president-elect

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US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton yesterday met Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro to draw closer the two biggest economies in the Americas, whose leaders are ideologically in lockstep.
The rise of Bolsonaro, a one-time Army captain who spent nearly three decades in Congress, stunned Brazil’s political establishment in an echo of the upset Trump delivered by capturing the White House two years ago.
Bolsonaro was easily elected last month by voters enraged over endemic political corruption and an economy still sputtering after enduring its worst recession in a century.
Bolton tweeted after the meeting that he had extended Trump’s invitation for the Brazilian leader to visit the United States and that the one-hour meeting was “wide-ranging” and “very productive.”
Bolsonaro, who takes office on January 1, is an ardent admirer and shrewd imitator of Trump.
He has vowed to end graft, encourages police to gun down members of powerful drug gang…

Bach says IOC committed to aiding Korean peace efforts

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The International Olympic Committee remains committed to helping the Korean Peninsula find lasting peace with its chief Thomas Bach praising the role his organisation and the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had in easing tensions.
Held at the South Korean resort in February, the Winter Games were seen as a turning point in relations between the neighbours, who are still technically at war, after a unified Korean team competed in women’s ice hockey.
As their relationship continues to thaw, the Koreas agreed in September to pursue a bid to co-host the 2032 Summer Games.
Speaking at the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Tokyo yesterday, Bach said the IOC would be involved in further discussions to “strengthen peace efforts”.
“We have committed ourselves to this,” the German said.
“At the very beginning of next year, there will be new talks to get together with the two NOCs of the Korean states and the two governments, to see what we can do there to…

Xavi, Sadd coach Ferreira hail Abdelkarim’s success

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AFC Player of the Year Abdelkarim Hassan is a source of pride not only for Qatar but also for the whole of Asia, Al Sadd captain Xavi Hernandez said yesterday.
Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi was effusive in his praise for his 25-year-old teammate who beat some of the best players in Asia to clinch the continent’s top football award at Wednesday’s AFC gala in Muscat.
“Abdelkarim has been amazing this season and this great achievement is a victory not only for Al Sadd but also for Qatar football. He is a source of great pride for Asian football,” said Xavi who won eight La Liga titles with Barcelona.
“I am proud that Abdelkarim is the best player in Asia, this is a great honour for him and fantastic for his future. We wish him all the best, his win is a historic moment and we are extremely pleased for him,” added Xavi.
Xavi’s glowing commendation of Hassan was further echoed by Al Sadd’s head coach Jesualdo Ferreira, who added: “Abdelkarim continues to display incredible tactical disc…

Prepare For Battle stars in Guineas; treble for al-Malki

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Deborah Mountain-saddled Prepare For Battle made a winning debut in Qatar in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Guineas, even as Ibrahim al-Malki registered three winners including the Local Thoroughbred and Purebred Arabian Guineas at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club’s Al Rayyan Park yesterday.
Having shed his maiden status in Ireland in September, yesterday, under a fantastic ride by Saleem Golam, Prepare For Battle held a slender lead on the back straight coming off Gate 4 in the miler. However, going on to the home straight, the Hassan Ali al-Abdulmalik-owned colt pulled away and built a healthy lead one and a half furlong out.
The lead was too much for the rivals to make up, even as Al Shaqab Racing’s Al Adaid and Alhazm, both saddled by Alban de Mieulle, picked up pace to push the leader but had to settle for second and third under Ronan Thomas and Faleh Bughanaim respectively.
Eduardo Pedroza helmed all three winners for al-Malki, with Abercrombie topping the mile-long Purebred Arab…

Younousse-Tijan enter Aspire beach volleyball SFs

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Top-seed Qatari pair of Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan marched into the semi-finals of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Aspire Qatar Master yesterday.
Younousse and Tijan, who are looking for a title hat-trick, defeated the Australian pair of Chris McHugh and Zachery Schubert 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 23-21) in an hour-long match.
The Qatari team has won the Asian Beach Volleyball Championship title in Satun, Thailand, in September and the Jakarta Asian Games gold in August and are now eyeing for the third title in front of the home crowd.
Earlier in their last Group A match, the top seeds defeated Omani pair of Ali and Hooda.
The hosts will take on Japan’s Yuya Gottsu and Ageba Ishijma, who defeated Asia Championship runner-up Iran’s Arash Vakili and Bahman Salemiinjeboroun 2-0 (21-17,21-11), in the semi-finals today.
In the third quarter-finals, Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Dyachenko and Alexey Sidoranko, who finished third in Asia Championship, defeated Iran’s Rahman Raoufi and Abolha…

Last Samurai on top of the Doha Darts League standings

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Reigning Doha Darts League champions Last Samurai will go into the end-of-year break at the top of the standings, even though some of the other teams have games in hand.
The Doha Darts League is one of the oldest continuously running sport competitions in Qatar and has been active since the early 1970s. In its current format, the league plays every Wednesday evening from September to April each year and consists of eight teams.
Last Samurai captain Graham ‘The Finisher’ Matthews was quoted as saying, “Our position looks comfortable 10 games in but it is a 21-game season, so there is a long way to go. We cannot be complacent and with the teams below us having games in hand nothing is certain.”
At the bottom of the table, it looks like a two-horse race for the dreaded wooden spoon between Who Darted and GCC Rebels, with GCC Rebels having the points of the board but Who Darted having the game in hand, so positions could change on a weekly basis.
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Neymar inspires PSG to leave Reds in danger of exit

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hit out at the referee and Neymar as his side slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday that leaves last season’s runners-up dangerously close to an early Champions League exit.
Juan Bernat and Neymar scored to put PSG in control in the first half in the French capital, before a James Milner penalty on the stroke of half-time ensured this pivotal game remained in the balance until the death.
PSG knew a defeat here coupled with an unfavourable result in the night’s other Group C game could see the ambitious Qatar-owned club eliminated already.
But instead it is Liverpool — beaten in each of their last five games away from Anfield in the Champions League — who now seem the more likely to miss out on the last 16.
“When you saw their line-up, the approach they chose was full risk, especially in the beginning, to try everything as long as your legs carry you. The quality they have meant it was obviously quite intense to deal with,” admitted…

Eriksen’s late show keeps Spurs in the hunt

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Mauricio Pochettino backed Tottenham to complete their Champions League escape act in Barcelona after Christian Eriksen’s late strike kept alive their last 16 hopes with a 1-0 win over Inter Milan.
Pochettino’s side were 10 minutes away from being eliminated at the group stage as they laboured to break down the massed Inter defence at Wembley.
But Eriksen, surprisingly dropped to the bench by Pochettino, came to Tottenham’s rescue when the substitute fired home to take their Group B qualification bid down to the final game.
It was a dramatic end to a hard-fought clash that Tottenham had to win to avoid bowing out at the group stage for the second time in three seasons.
After taking one point from their opening three matches, Tottenham had scored twice in the last 12 minutes to avoid an early exit against PSV Eindhoven earlier this month.
And this latest act of European escapology means second placed Tottenham are now level on points with third placed Inter.
They head to Barcelona to …

Trump’s immoral response to climate report

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President Donald Trump says that the Fourth National Climate Assessment, authored by representatives of 13 federal agencies, is focused on an extreme scenario of climate and on the year 2100. “Next time we will have better scenarios,” he said to the media while he was waiting for his helicopter on the White House lawn last Friday. Let’s wait (four years) for that report before worrying about the problem, if it exists, was his message.
As an environmental economist who has worked on climate change for four decades, was vice-chair for the Third National Climate Assessment, and was a reviewer of the new report, I believe this approach is folly. It is irresponsible. It is, in fact, immoral because it would unnecessarily put human lives at risk.
It has been accepted by governments all over the world, and by states and municipalities across the United States, that responding to climate change is an “iterative risk management” problem, according to the report.
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More magic by Messi seals Barca victory at PSV

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Lionel Messi scored an excellent individual goal and laid on another as Barcelona beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 to secure top spot in Group B of the Champions League on Wednesday.
Messi provided an assist for defender Gerard Pique to score the second for the Spanish side, who have 13 points from their five matches and an unassailable lead at the top of the pool. PSV will finish bottom. Captain Luuk de Jong scored a late consolation for the home side as they matched Barcelona for much of the contest at the Philips Stadion, striking the woodwork three times in the first half alone and missing a number of other chances. In a bright start, PSV forward Gaston Pereiro latched onto a poor pass from Ivan Rakitic but his low drive came back off the post, and minutes later he shot over the crossbar from five yards.
PSV had some good fortune, too, though, as Barca had two efforts cleared off the line within the space of a minute, with Arturo Vidal the unlucky player on both occasions.
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Angry farmers could upset Modi in poll test

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Weak farm prices are threatening to hurt Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party as it faces a critical test in three state elections dominated by rural voters in the Hindi-speaking belt that is its traditional stronghold.
On a visit last week to the most crucial of the three states, Madhya Pradesh, which was voting on Wednesday, Reuters spoke to 134 rural voters along a 400km corridor — 89, or about two-thirds, said they would vote for the opposition Congress party rather than the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Diesel and fertiliser prices have shot up but paddy and wheat prices rose only marginally,” said Prem Naryan Meena, a 60-year-old wheat farmer in Gudari Ghat village on the outskirts of Madhya Pradesh’s state capital Bhopal.”Our net realisation has been falling every year.”
Meena says he will vote Congress for the first time in his life because the BJP has failed to lift farmers’ earnings as promised.
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Intending to speak to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Jamal Khashoggi,...

“We want to see a full and transparent investigation in relation to what happened and obviously those responsible being held to account,” UK PM Theresa May said on Khashoggi’s killing.

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Starbucks to ban porn on free Wi-Fi in US

Starbucks has been under pressure from a Virginia-based non-profit, Enough is Enough, to filter pornography in its stores.

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Khashoggi murder: US Senate passes measure to end support for Saudi-led coalition...

The measures passed 63-37 in a Republican-controlled chamber with the backing of some of President Trump’s key allies, who have felt frustrated by what they is the president’s willingness to overlook the role played by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Donald Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty, says lied about president's...

Michael Cohen had earlier said the talks about the project stalled in January 2016, just a month before the Iowa caucus. But, he told a New York court on Thursday, negotiations had continued for another five months till June.

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Side issues loom over G-20 summit as world leaders arrive

The two-day summit beginning Friday is supposed to focus on development, infrastructure and food security, but those seemed largely an afterthought amid soured US-European relations and as the United States, Mexico and Canada hammered out the final language of a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement expected to be signed Friday.

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Five dead, 31 injured in Hong Kong coach crash: police

The crash happened on the island of Tsing Yi with images on local media showing the back half of the taxi completely crushed and part of the front of the coach sheared off.

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Indian visitors in London targeted by thieves, burglars

The issue of Indian visitors being targeted by thieves has been raised with the UK Home Office department, but deep funding cuts in recent years have reportedly slashed the number of police officers and resources, adversely affecting security.

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No anti-American bias, says California jury on TCS hiring process

TCS is one of several Indian companies facing legal challenges in US courts accused of discriminating against local employees and displacing local workers with those from India, brought on a temporary work programme for skilled technical workers, H-1B.

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Police in Russia seize children's drawings suspecting 'gay propaganda'

Police in Russia’s Yekaterinburg have seized children’s paintings over what they consider to be depictions of gay love. Police said officers were dispatched on Thursday to check a report in a government-friendly website about the drawings, and have seized 17 for examination.

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Imran Khan's 100 days in office as Pakistan's leader: Scorecard

Imran Khan and his top leadership are sincere about implementing structural reforms and eradicating deep-rooted corruption, according to Western diplomats and government officials.

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Trump cancels Putin meeting at upcoming G20 summit in Argentina over Ukraine cr...

Trump on Thursday cancelled meeting with Putin which was scheduled to take place during the Group of 20 industrialized nations in Argentina, citing the current Ukraine crisis.

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Defiant China scientist says he's 'proud' of gene-editing work

He Jiankui said his work was based on “compassion” for those affected by genetic diseases such as HIV.

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Toothbrush holder in bathroom turns out to be a jar from Indus Valley civilisat...

Antiquities expert James Brenchley said the object was an Indus Valley civilisation pottery jar dating back to 1900 BC.

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak second largest in history: WHO

The UN health body confirms 426 cases, with 198 deaths reported since August, as DRC struggles to contain the disease.

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Life after the Lees? Singapore prepares for the future

Finance minister becomes likely successor to Lee Hsien Loong as city-state positions for more challenging future.

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7 found guilty in killing of Honduran environmental activist

Caceres reported receiving death threats and her family alleges hydroelectric company officials' involvement.

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'Extremely abominable': Chinese gene-editing scientist faces law

China condemns the work of He Jiankui as institutions distance themselves from the academic who gene-edited twin girls.

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Afghan Hazaras slaughtered and Australian families want action

Even safely resettled in Australia, the spectre of Taliban violence still haunts the targeted minority group.

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What is ahead for the US-Saudi Arabia relationship?

US Senators vote to debate a bill that would end military support for the Saudi-UAE coalition fighting in Yemen.

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Taiwan activists: Marriage-equality movement setback not the end

Despite ballot-box failure, proponents say it's only a matter of time before same-sex marriage is written into law.

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Breakthrough, escalation or pause? Trump, Xi set to meet at G20

Trump says he's close to a trade deal with China but cautions that he doesn't know if he wants to do it.

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Mothers of Argentina's disappeared march against G20

Mothers of Plaza de Mayo hold 2120th march, demand return of those forcibly disappeared during Argentina's dictatorship.

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US serial killer Samuel Little confessed to 90 murders, FBI says

FBI investigators have confirmed 34 killings described by Little so far, with many more cases pending.

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May, Corbyn haggle over broadcaster of their Brexit debate

Theresa May and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn to debate Brexit on December 9, but will it be BBC or ITV?

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More than $175,000 raised for Syrian teen attacked at UK school

Widely-shared video shows refugee teen being physically assaulted and verbally abused on Huddersfield school playground.

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Houthi chief raise hopes for Yemen peace talks: report

Prospects for a UN-brokered summit in Sweden appear bolstered by a Saudi TV report and Houthi chief's remarks.

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General Motors job cuts: A harbinger of the next crash

The job cuts announced by GM and the shrinking of the industrial base are the bells tolling for the next crash.

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Israel releases Palestinian boy jailed for 'plotting attack'

Imprisonment of Shadi Farrah highlights concerns about mistreatment of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces.

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Thousands protest over Zimbabwe's economic crisis

Zimbabweans are back on streets after police assurance that they will be safe if their march was peaceful.

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2018 set to be fourth hottest year on record: UN

World Meteorological Organisation says 20 warmest years on record have been in last 22 years.

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Gaza hospitals overwhelmed by wounded in Israeli violence: Report

Doctors without Borders says number of injuries 'would overstretch the best healthcare systems in the world'.

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Kashmir sees its deadliest year in about a decade

Over 500 people have died since January in Indian-administered region after army stepped up presence, rights groups say.

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The Saudi women detained for demanding basic human rights

Those jailed as part of a crackdown call for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom's male guardianship system.

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No easy remedy for US-China tensions

Trump and Xi are unlikely to reach a deal that can resolve the current strains in relations at the upcoming G20 summit.

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Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

Michael Cohen admits to making false statements in 2017 about plan to build Trump Tower in Moscow.

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Ukraine asks for NATO vessels in Sea of Azov over Russia standoff

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko hopes NATO will deploy warships to Sea of Azov as tension with Russia worsens.

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Astana talks: UN envoy to Syria rues 'missed opportunity'

Staffan de Mistura expresses disappointment over failure to agree on composition of UN-backed constitutional committee.

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After speeding car hits Thai elephant, animal kills driver

Man was killed by a wild elephant after his speeding car hit the animal near a national park in northeastern Thailand.

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Indians get more UK visas as European Union citizens exit over Brexit

Indians were granted the highest number of visitor visas during the year ending September 2018: up 41,224 (or 10%) to 4,68,923; Chinese and Indian nationals alone accounted for just under half (47%) of all visit visas granted.

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Not enough ketchup: US woman attacks McDonald's manager

Police spokesman Anthony Bertagna told AFP that the infuriated woman stormed into the restaurant through the employee back entrance and started pushing and choking the victim after being told she couldn’t be in that area.

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78-year-old man confesses to 90 murders, may be most prolific serial killer in US...

Samuel Little, a 6ft 3in (1.9m) former boxer also known as Samuel McDowell, was arrested at a homeless shelter in Kentucky in 2012 and extradited to California to face drug charges.

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UNESCO adds reggae music to global cultural heritage list

The world body's cultural and scientific agency added the genre to its collection of "intangible cultural heritage".

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Lobbyists have paid five of the Senators who shot down Yemen bill

Roy Blunt, who voted against limiting the US' role in the Yemen war, received $19,200 from pro-Saudi lobbyists in 2017.

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Brazil: Rio de Janeiro governor arrested in Car Wash probe

Luiz Fernando Pezao arrested over allegations he took part in a corruption and money-laundering group.

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German police search Deutsche Bank in money-laundering case

Bank employees accused of helping customers to set up offshore firms and transfer proceeds from criminal activities.

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520 West 28th St: A unique addition to New York City's skyline

The Queen of the Curve left her mark on the New York skyline. A look through a building by late architect Zaha Hadid.

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US-Mexico border: Asylum seekers stuck in Tijuana

Fears of disease spreading as thousands of central American asylum seekers are stuck at a camp in Mexico.

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Kenya's blue economy: Making ocean resources sustainable

First global conference on sustainable blue economy held in Nairobi, discussing efforts to save the world's oceans.

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Colombia protest: Students threaten more mass rallies

It has been billed 'a takeover of the capital' as student protests grow louder in Colombia.

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Indonesia aviation under scrutiny after Lion Air crash; transport ministry pushes airlines for safety, service improvements

Indonesia is one of the world's fastest-growing aviation markets, but it has come under fresh scrutiny since a fatal Lion Air crash last month as the sector struggles to keep up with its breakneck expansion, putting safety at risk, analysts warn.

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Theresa May tries to sell Brexit deal in Scotland

Warnings of economic pain in every Brexit scenario, but still, the prime minister tries to sound upbeat.

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Joseph Wu: Taiwan is a model of democracy

Insight into Taiwan's election results, living in China's shadow and the difficult job of selling Taiwan overseas.

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Against backdrop of suicides and debt, farmers demand action

Indian farmers to demand government support for agriculture sector with bills for debt relief and to set minimum prices.

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Kabul blast: At least 10 killed, 19 injured in explosion at UK security firm's compound, Taliban claims responsibility

The attack came just hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced the formation of a team for prospective peace talks with the Taliban, as the United Nations renewed calls for direct negotiations between Kabul and the militants.

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Air India plane carrying 179 passengers hits building at Stockholm Arlanda airport; no injuries reported