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Rugby: Crusaders coach says Cape Town incident a 'selfie gone wrong'

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:41
WELLINGTON: Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has defended his players against accusations of homophobic behaviour, saying an altercation in a Cape Town fast food restaurant was due to a misunderstanding over a "selfie". The Super Rugby champions on Monday said three players, team ...

Cricket: New Zealand veterans spurred by 2015 World Cup failure

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:23
WELLINGTON: After a surprise run to the final of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, New Zealand are quietly confident they can again exceed expectations in their quest for a maiden title at this year's tournament. The Black Caps hope to shed their tag as gallant losers after making the World Cup semi ...

Cricket: Mercurial Pakistan pin World Cup hopes on rising generation

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:20
KARACHI: Pakistan are pinning their hopes for World Cup glory on a crop of youngsters who have the talent to beat anybody but could also pay for their lack of experience. The side have only won the showpiece 50-over tournament once - under the captaincy of current Pakistan Prime Minister Imran ...

Asian shares near four-month lows on Huawei fallout fears

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:20
Asian shares wobbled near four-month lows on Tuesday on mounting worries the White House's black-listing of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies could further inflame already tense relations between the Washington and Beijing.

Cricket: Australia 'pumped' as Smith and Warner seek redemption

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:17
SYDNEY: Skipper Aaron Finch says a rejuvenated Australia are "pumped" ahead of their defence of the World Cup, with Steve Smith and David Warner returning from bans for ball-tampering and eager to let their bats do the talking. Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets on home turf to be crowned ...

Australia's re-elected government may miss tax break deadline

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:15
SYDNEY: Australia's re-elected conservative government might not meet a June deadline for tax breaks that policy makers had been counting on to give the slowing economy a much-needed boost, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison said parliament may be unable to convene in time. The Reserve Bank of ...

Oil prices rise on rising Middle East tension, ongoing OPEC supply cut

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:11
SINGAPORE: Oil prices edged up on Tuesday (May 21) on signs that producer club OPEC will continue withholding supply this year and as tensions between the United States and Iran escalated. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at US$72.07 per barrel at 0033 GMT, up ...

Motor racing: F1 rookie Norris faces up to the fear factor

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:05
McLaren Formula One rookie Lando Norris is not afraid to talk about fear, even if much of his racing is notable for the complete absence of it.

Emails show National Rifle Association link to US sheriffs who promoted gun 'sanctuaries'

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:41
NEW MEXICO: The National Rifle Association was more deeply involved than previously disclosed in the formation of a movement that encouraged county sheriffs not to enforce some gun-control laws, a US gun-control advocacy group said on Monday (May 20), based on public records it obtained. Under the ...

Diego Maradona angry at being called a hustler in new Cannes film

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:40
The football legend says he will not see the documentary, and urges others not to see it too.

Singapore's Q1 exports fall 6.4%

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:28
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell by 6.4 per cent in the first quarter of this year as both electronic and non-electronic exports declined. According to latest figures by trade agency Enterprise Singapore on Tuesday (May 21), this follows the 1.1 per cent decrease in the ...

Talks on Sudan's political transition fail to produce deal for second day

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:20
KHARTOUM: Talks between Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council and an alliance of protesters and opposition groups failed for the second day in a row to produce a breakthrough on the country's political transition, the council said early on Tuesday (May 21). Street protests and a sit-in ...

Trump downplays Iranian threat to US interests

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:16
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump Monday (May 20) appeared to play down the immediate threat posed by Iran to the United States, while saying he is ready to talk if Tehran takes the first step. Trump's latest comments appeared aimed at dialing back fears that his administration is pushing for war ...

Singapore narrows 2019 GDP forecast, as Q1 logs 1.2% growth

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:14
SINGAPORE: Singapore has slashed the upper end of its annual growth forecast as official data showed the economy growing at a slower pace than initially expected in the first three months of 2019. The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Tuesday (May 21) that it now expects gross domestic ...

Spoiler alert: Game of Thrones finale leaves fans mad and sad

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 06:40
The 80-minute series finale of HBO's medieval series proved as divisive as Season 8 itself.

UK watchdog says currency and crypto scams hit 27 million pounds

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 06:25
Scams in Britain involving currencies and crypto assets like bitcoin totalled 27 million pounds (US$34.38 million) in the last financial year, with average losses of 14,600 pounds per victim, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Tuesday.

US business debt a 'moderate' economic risk: US Fed's Powell

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 06:20
WASHINGTON: The American private sector's mounting debts pose a "moderate" risk to the world's largest economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Monday (May 20). With corporate debts reaching historic highs relative to the size of the economy, public comment has run the gamut ...

US delays Huawei ban for 90 days

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 06:09
WASHINGTON: The US government on Monday (May 20) eased some restrictions imposed last week on China's Huawei, a sign of how the prohibitions on the telecommunications company may have far-reaching and unintended consequences. The US Commerce Department will allow Huawei Technologies to purchase ...

Moving on from Blu Jaz: Local artists find other live venues in which to hone their craft

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 06:05
After the cancellation of Blu Jaz’s Public Entertainment Licence, performers have moved to other small venues.

Trump loses lawsuit challenging subpoena for financial records

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 06:03
WASHINGTON: A US judge on Monday (May 20) ruled in favour of a US House of Representatives committee seeking President Donald Trump's financial records from his accounting firm, dealing an early setback to the Trump administration in its legal battle with Congress. US District Judge Amit Mehta in ...