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Earthquake in Iran kills nine in neighbouring Turkey

36 min 15 sec ago
ISTANBUL: A magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northwestern Iran on Sunday (Feb 23) killed at least nine people in neighbouring Turkey and injured dozens more on both sides of the border, authorities said. The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 9.23am (0553 GMT), was near the Iranian village of ...

Cycling: Israel team races in UAE Tour in sporting overture

1 hour 2 min ago
DUBAI: An Israeli cycling team raced through Dubai on Sunday (Feb 23), taking part in the UAE Tour for the first time in the latest overture between the two countries, which have no diplomatic relations. Gulf Arab nations have made a number of recent moves hinting at warmer ties with the Jewish ...

Boxing: Hearn wants Joshua-Fury all-British showdown this year

1 hour 7 min ago
LONDON: Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn wants a blockbuster all-British heavyweight unification fight with Tyson Fury this year after Fury battered Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas to become a two-time world champion. Fury brought Wilder's five-year reign as WBC heavyweight champion to a halt in ...

Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza fence: Army

1 hour 9 min ago
JERUSALEM: Israeli forces on Sunday (Feb 23) shot dead a Palestinian suspected of placing a bomb near the Gaza border, before extracting his body with a bulldozer, the army said. "Following the successful thwarting of the attack near the Gaza Strip fence earlier this morning, an IDF (Israeli army) ...

Football: Laporte will be fit to face Real Madrid, says Guardiola

1 hour 15 min ago
LONDON: Pep Guardiola is confident Aymeric Laporte will be ready to play 90 minutes against Real Madrid on Wednesday even though the defender asked to be substituted during Saturday's 1-0 win at Leicester. Laporte was replaced by Nicolas Otamendi after 57 minutes of Saturday's match, his third ...

Tsitsipas sinks Auger-Aliassime to win Marseille title again

1 hour 16 min ago
REUTERS: Defending champion and second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 6-4 on Sunday to win the Marseille Open for the second time in a row. The victory made Tsitsipas the first man to win back-to-back trophies at the tournament since Sweden's Thomas ...

Tennis: Djokovic urges Davis and ATP Cups to merge

1 hour 19 min ago
DUBAI: Novak Djokovic on Sunday (Feb 23) called on the rival ATP and Davis Cups to combine in order to survive as he prepared for the Dubai Championships. Djokovic, who recently won his eighth Australian Open title and led Serbia to the ATP Cup trophy last month, made his plea prior to starting ...

Cycling: Froome returns as Ackermann takes UAE first stage

1 hour 23 min ago
DUBAI: Chris Froome returned to competitive cycling for the first time in eight months as German Pascal Ackermann sprinted to an opening-stage victory on the UAE Tour on Sunday (Feb 23). It was seven-time Grand Tour winner Froome's first competitive stage since suffering numerous injuries in a ...

Anwar Ibrahim says he has been betrayed by Pakatan Harapan partners amid talk of new ruling coalition

1 hour 26 min ago
KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday (Feb 23) said he has been betrayed by partners in Pakatan Harapan (PH).  This came amid growing speculation that a new ruling coalition will be formed comprising Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), the United Malays ...

Tennis: Tsitsipas defends Marseille trophy, extends Auger-Aliassime title wait

1 hour 26 min ago
MARSEILLE: Stefanos Tsitsipas successfully defended his Marseille title on Sunday (Feb 23) with a straightforward victory over Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime. Greek star Tsitsipas eased to a 6-3, 6-4 win to leave Auger-Aliassime still waiting for his maiden ATP title after his fifth ...

2 men arrested for assaulting, using abusive language against police officers

1 hour 26 min ago
SINGAPORE: Two men will be charged in court on Monday (Feb 24) for assaulting and using abusive language against police officers. The police said in a news release that they were alerted to a dispute along Jurong West Street 74 at about 4am on Saturday . “When the two men were engaged by police ...

Climate change gets first mention in G20 finance communique of Trump era: Sources

1 hour 26 min ago
RIYADH: Finance officials from the world's 20 biggest economies (G20) on Sunday (Feb 23) agreed the wording of a final communique that includes a reference to climate change for the first time in US President Donald Trump's administration, G20 diplomatic sources said. Compromise language hammered ...

Several countries shut Iran border, halt flights due to COVID-19

1 hour 30 min ago
ISTANBUL: Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan have extended entry bans or closed their borders with Iran in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Turkey on Sunday (Feb 23) said it closed its border with Iran and halted incoming flights as a precaution after the neighbouring country reported ...

As Teck oil sands mine hopes for okay from Canada's Trudeau, 20 other projects on hold

1 hour 31 min ago
As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau considers whether to approve Teck Resources' Frontier oil sands project, roughly 20 others sit on the shelf as companies delay investment decisions hoping for new pipelines and higher prices.

Du Preez clinches tense win for South Africa women over England

1 hour 51 min ago
South Africa's Mignon du Preez celebrated her 100th T20 match by hitting a six and a four in consecutive balls in the final over to power her team to a thrilling six-wicket win over England in the Women's Twenty20 World Cup in Perth on Sunday.

No global digital tax by end-2020 would mean digital tax chaos: France

1 hour 51 min ago
Failure to reach a global deal on where and how much to tax digital giants like Google, Amazon or Facebook would result in many digital tax regimes emerging all over the world, France's Finance Minister said on Sunday.

Zen keeper infuriates fans with red card and red face

1 hour 56 min ago
REUTERS: A goalkeeper with Uruguayan first division club Cerro Largo faced an uncertain future on Sunday, the day after winding up his opponents led to a red card – only for them to score twice against 10 men in stoppage-time and rescue a draw. Washington Aguerre was booked in the first half for ...

Soccer-Immobile on target as irrepressible Lazio win again

2 hours 25 min ago
Serie A leading scorer Ciro Immobile grabbed his 27th league goal of the season as irrepressible Lazio won 3-2 at Genoa on Sunday to stay on the tail of leaders Juventus.

Iran announces low poll turnout, blames COVID-19 "propaganda"

2 hours 34 min ago
DUBAI: Iran on Sunday (Feb 23) announced a 42 per cent turnout in its parliamentary election, the lowest rate since the 1979 Islamic revolution, while its top leader said Tehran's enemies played up the new coronavirus threat to dissuade people from voting. With Iran facing growing isolation and ...

Jordan bars travellers from China, Iran, South Korea over COVID-19

2 hours 56 min ago
AMMAN: Jordan said on Sunday (Feb 23) it will bar entry to citizens of China, Iran and South Korea and other foreigners travelling from those countries in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The minister of state for media affairs, Amjad Adayleh, said the decision was part of "preemptive ...