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Lin, Lee play down possible highly-anticipated duel in badminton worlds final

Glasgow, Aug 20 (IANS) China's Lin Dan and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei will focus more on themselves than the elusive highly-anticipated contest between the arch-rivals in World Badminton Championships final. At a press conference here on Sunday, the veterans shrugged off too much comment on the duel, saying that they needed to focus on every match ahead, reports Xinhua news agency. ...

7 hours ago
Qatar files complaint over Saudi threat to passenger flights

Doha, Aug 20 (IANS) Qatar has filed a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) against Saudi Arabia's threat of shooting down Qatari passenger flights, the media reported on Sunday. The complaint criticised a TV report of Saudi Arabia, which Qatar described as attempts to terrorise travelers flying with Qatari national flag carrier, Qatar's news agency (QNA) re...

7 hours ago
Mortar shelling at Damascus fair kills four

Damascus, Aug 20 (IANS) Four persons were killed and four others wounded on Sunday when a mortar shell slammed the fairgrounds in the capital Damascus where a premier trade fair is being held. The mortar shell landed at the inner gate of the fairgrounds south of Damascus near the international road of the airport, Xinhua news agency reported. The wounded were transported to a ho...

10 hours ago
Saudi vaccinates 1.1 mn Haj pilgrims

Riyadh, Aug 20 (IANS) Saudi Arabia on Sunday said its health control centres vaccinated more than 1.1 million pilgrims at ports of entry, the media reported. The Health Ministry said 804,237 pilgrims were vaccinated against meningitis, 236,569 against polio and 97,705 pilgrims vaccinated against yellow fever until Friday, Xinhua news agency reported. The vaccination programme is ...

11 hours ago
Aussie PM's strategy to protect crowded places from terror

Canberra, Aug 20 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday released details of the strategy for protecting crowded places to stay one step ahead of the ever-changing threat of global terrorism. Turnbull said that after months of consultation with law enforcement officials, counter-terror officials and the private sector, the government has devised and released Australia...

11 hours ago
Schalke start with victory into Bundesliga season

Berlin, Aug 20 (IANS) Goals from Nabil Bentaleb and Yevhen Konoplyanka provided newly appointed Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco a faultless start into the Bundesliga football campaign by beating Leipzig 2-0. Both sides on Saturday staged an evenly balanced encounter as Schalke's well positioned defence gave the visitors from Leipzig a hard time. However, Schalke were also able to wor...

11 hours ago
10 get death penalty over plot to assassinate Hasina

Dhaka, Aug 20 (IANS) A tribunal here in Bangladesh on Sunday awarded death penalty to 10 people for planting a bomb in 2000 to assassinate then opposition leader and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Dhaka's Special Trial Tribunal Judge Momtaz Begum gave the order in the presence of several accused from the banned Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami (HUJI), which has been accused of planting a 76-...

12 hours ago
Girona debut in La Liga with draw

Madrid, Aug 20 (IANS) Atletico Madrid battled back from 2-0 down with 10 men to take a point from their game away to newly promoted Girona in their first game in the new Spanish first division football league season. Cristian Stauni celebrated his return to Spain with goals in the 22nd and 25th minutes on Saturday to give Girona a shock 2-0 lead and the points looked to be staying in the...

12 hours ago
Australia and Iran in final of FIBA Asia Cup

Beirut, Aug 20 (IANS) Australia and Iran basketball teams will vie for the title of the FIBA Asia Cup after Australia overcame New Zealand 106-79 and Iran beat South Korea 87-81. Australia were the first to book their space in the final on Saturday as Matthew Hodgson top scored with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and six players hit double figures in the win for Australia, reports Xinhua n...

12 hours ago
Ex-Werder Bremen midfielder Wesley leaves Sao Paulo

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 20 (IANS) Former Brazil international midfielder Wesley has parted ways with Sao Paulo amid reports linking him with Brazilian Serie A rivals Sport Recife. In a statement, Sao Paulo said they agreed to release the 30-year-old after he told club officials of his desire to leave, reports Xinhua news agency. (We) have rescinded Wesley's contract by mutual consen...

15 hours ago
S. African minister resigns after assaulting woman

Pretoria, Aug 20 (IANS) South African Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana has resigned after allegations that he beat a woman at a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend, media reported on Sunday. Manana will, however, stay the member of parliament from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, Xinhua news agency reported. Manana in his resignatio...

16 hours ago
Venezuela invites regional governments for high-level talks

Caracas, Aug 20 (IANS) Venezuela has invited governments from across the Americas that have taken a position on its political processes to gather for high-level talks. I call on the countries of our region... if they believe that dialogue is the way forward in Venezuela, and they are not using it as a media tactic to create the conditions for a military intervention... to attend this gat...

19 hours ago
Most Americans say US shouldn't threaten N.Korea with military action

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) A majority of Americans say that the US should not threaten the North Korea with military action, according to a new poll. Nearly six in ten Americans say that the US should not threaten North Korea with military action, while 33 per cent say that military threats should be issued toward North Korea, said the CBS News poll. Opinions differ largely by par...

19 hours ago
Netanyahu to meet Putin over 'recent development' in Syria

Jerusalem, Aug 20 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia next week to discuss recent development in Syria. A statement released by the Prime Minister's Office on Saturday said the meeting will be held in Black Sea city of Sochi on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported. The two leaders are expected to tal...

20 hours ago
Thousands march in US state one week after Charlottesville

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) Thousands of people poured onto the streets of Boston to demonstrate against racism and hate, one week after race-related protests turned violent in Charlottesville. The crowd chanted anti-Nazi slogans and waved signs condemning white nationalism as it made its way in downtown Boston on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported. The event was organised in re...

20 hours ago
IS claims stabbing attack in Russia

Moscow, Aug 20 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has claimed responsibility for a knife attack that left seven persons injured in the Russian city of Surgut, media reports said. The attacker in the Russian city of Surgut is an Islamic State soldier, the group said via its official Amaq news agency on Saturday. Russian authorities have not commented so far, Xinhua new...

21 hours ago
Israeli forces shoot dead knife-wielding Palestinian teen

Jerusalem, Aug 20 (IANS) A Palestinian teenager who attempted to carry out a knife attack was shot dead by Israeli Border Police in the West Bank, the police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement that the 17-year-old boy approached a group of Border Police officers on Saturday afternoon and pulled a knife from his bag to stab them, Xinhua news agency reported. ...

23 hours ago
China company to build Afghan embassy in Pakistan

Islamabad, Aug 20 (IANS) A leading Chinese company will build the Afghan embassy complex in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad at a cost of nearly $17 million, media reports said. Afghanistan's Deputy Foreign Minister Nasir Ahmad Andisha joined the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong and Afghan ambassador in Islamabad Omar Zakhilwal at the ground-breaking ceremony of the building ...

23 hours ago
1 killed, 5 wounded in 3 shootings in US

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) One police officer was killed and 5 others wounded in three separate shootings in US states of Florida and Pennsylvania, authorities said. The police officer, who was fatally shot, was responding to a suspicious activity call with a colleague before being caught in gunfire on Friday night in Kissimmee, a city in Virginia, Xinhua news agency reported. The...

1 day ago
Spain maintains alert level with reinforced security measures

Barcelona, Aug 20 (IANS) The Spanish government decided to maintain its anti-terrorism alert level at 4 but pledged to reinforce security measures at the same time, the Interior Ministry said. The decision was made during an anti-terror meeting on Saturday chaired by Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido in the morning, Xinhua news agency reported. A total of 14 fatalities...

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