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Brazil's Gremio win Recopa Sudamericana

Porto Alegre (Brazil), Feb 22 (IANS) Brazil's Gremio defeated Argentine side Independiente on penalties to win their second Recopa Sudamericana here on Thursday. After a 1-1 draw in last week's first leg in Buenos Aires, both teams were in a cautious mood early at Arena Gremio in southern Brazil, reports Xinhua. Just like in the first match, Independiente were reduced to 10 men ...

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Indian shuttlers fined for withdrawing from Uganda Badminton event

Kampala, Feb 22 (IANS) Indian players Harshit Aggarwal and Chaliha Orijit will be fined for their late withdraw from the 2018 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship. The two players will be fined $150 for late withdraw as per the rules set by the Badminton World Federation, Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Badminton Association (UBA), told Xinhua. ...

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De Gea stars as Man U fend off strong Sevilla

Madrid, Feb 22 (IANS) Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was largely responsible for his side taking a 0-0 draw from the first leg of their Champions draw away to Sevilla despite being largely overrun by the Spanish side for the majority of the game. The Spanish side had 18 shots, 10 of which were on target, to Manchester United's paltry five, and forced 12 corners to just four fo...

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Win over Leganes lifts Real Madrid up to third spot

Madrid, Feb 22 (IANS) Real Madrid moved into third place in the La Liga points table with a 3-1 win away to Leganes in a game which had been postponed in December as a result of their playing in the World Club Championship. The win lifts Madrid above Valencia, but leaves them seven points behind neighbours Atletico Madrid and 14 behind Barcelona in the race for the title on Wednesday, re...

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Midfielder Arthur close to Barcelona move

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 22 (IANS) A deal that would see highly rated Gremio midfielder Arthur move to Barcelona next January is 90 per cent complete, according to reports in the Brazilian media. Officials from both clubs have been in talks since December over the 21-year-old, who has been likened to Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez, reports Xinhua. You could say that it's 90 per cent ...

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Ivanka Trump to attend Olympics Closing Ceremony with US delegation

Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, will lead the US delegation to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea on Sunday, the White House has said. Ivanka, also Trump's advisor, was scheduled to have dinner on Friday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at his office in Seoul during her weekend trip to S...

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New York tops list of America's dirtiest cities

New York, Feb 22 (IANS) New York is the dirtiest city, with more pests and litter than any place else in the US, according to a review of government data by the cleaning-services company Busy Bee. The newly released report ranked 40 urban areas across the US based on pest and litter data from the American Housing Survey, air pollution data from the Environmental Protection Agency and pop...

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Trump's first economic report predicts stronger economy

Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) The US economic growth rate will increase to 3.1 per cent in 2018 and remain above 3 per cent through 2020, according to President Donald Trump's first official economic report to Congress. The Trump Administration is the first since that of President Ronald Reagan to see positive economic growth exceed its first-year forecast, said the Economic Report of the Pr...

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Rio's state of emergency not political ploy: Temer

Brasilia, Feb 22 (IANS) Brazil President Michel Temer has denied through his spokesperson Alexandre Parola, that the federal state of emergency declared about public safety in Rio de Janeiro had any political motivations. In a statement on Wednesday, Temer said that the electoral agenda is not nor will be the cause of the federal takeover of Rio de Janeiro, amid spiralling crime, Xinhua ...

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'Britain needs to offer more clarity about Brexit plans'

London, Feb 22 (IANS) Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has urged the British government to act swiftly to offer more clarity about its plans for Brexit, saying that the clock is ticking. The Prime Minister, tweeting after his talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street, called for swift action from London over its Brexit plans, Xinhua news agency reported. S...

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US stocks close lower after Fed minutes

New York, Feb 22 (IANS) US stocks closed lower as investors awaited the release of a meeting minute from the Federal Reserve. The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday lost 166.97 points, or 0.67 per cent, to 24,797.78. The S&P 500 decreased 14.93 points, or 0.55 per cent, to 2,701.33, Xinhua news agency reported. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 16.08 points, or 0.22...

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US Fed officials show rising confidence on growth, inflation outlook

Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) US Federal Reserve officials have become more confident about the growth and inflation outlook, paving the way for gradual interest rate hikes in the future. Most (Federal Open Market Committee) members viewed the recent data bearing on real economic activity as suggesting a modestly stronger near-term outlook than they had anticipated at their meeting in Decemb...

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US dollar rises after Fed minutes

New York, Feb 22 (IANS) The US dollar increased against most major peers as investors were digesting the newly-released Federal Reserve minutes. The US central bank released the minutes from its January meeting on Wednesday. According to the minutes, the Fed officials see increased economic growth and an uptick in inflation as justification to continue to raise interest rates gradually.<...

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Russia to counter US competition in defence industry

Moscow, Feb 22 (IANS) Russia will hedge against the risks in the defence industry market caused by unfair competition of the US, the Kremlin has said. Certainly, we are trying to hedge against the risks arising amid manifestations of unfair US competition on the market of military and technical cooperation as well as trade in special hardware on an international scale, Russian presidenti...

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US stocks trade higher ahead of Fed minutes

New York, Feb 22 (IANS) US stocks traded higher as investors awaited the release of a meeting summary from the Federal Reserve. The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday gained 138.32 points, or 0.55 per cent, to 25,103.07, Xinhua news agency reported. The S&P 500 increased 20.23 points, or 0.74 per cent, to 2,736.59. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 79.43 points, or 1....

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Two French soldiers killed in Mali

Paris, Feb 21 (IANS) Two French soldiers were killed on Wednesday morning during an operation in Mali, French President Emmanuel Macron's office announced. The two servicemen from the 1st Spahis Regiment of Valencia died after their armored vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, reported Xinhua. Macron expressed deep respect to the sacrifice of this non-commissioned officer ...

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2 killed, 11 injured in Myanmar blast

Yangon, Feb 21 (IANS) Two women were killed and 11 others injured in a bomb blast in Myanmar's Shan state on Wednesday, an official statement said. The explosion at 4.30 p.m. local time hit Yoma bank in Lashio, and also affected nearby AYA bank, leading to window glass getting smashed and cars parked nearby damaged, reported Xinhua, citing a release from the country's Information Ministr...

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Over 100 school girls still missing after Boko Haram attack: Nigerian police

Lagos, Feb 21 (IANS) As many as 111 girl students were still unaccounted for following Monday's attack by Boko Haram insurgents on a government school in Nigeria's restive northeast Yobe state, police said on Wednesday. Some 815 out of the 926 students were physically seen in the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, as on Tuesday, Abdulmaliki Sumonu, police chief in charge of the s...

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3 Libyan soldiers killed in suicide attack

Tripoli, Feb 21 (IANS) Three soldiers of Libya's eastern-based army were killed on Wednesday in a suicide attack on a military checkpoint in the city of Jufra, according to military and medical sources. According to preliminary information, a suicide bomber driving a car attacked a military checkpoint at the western entrance of Jufra, an official of the army's operations chamber of Jufra...

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Russia slams UK's 'groundless' cyber attack accusations

Moscow, Feb 21 (IANS) London's allegations of Moscow being behind the cyber attack against Ukraine in June 2017 are far-fetched and information warfare against Russia, said Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. In keeping with the tradition adopted by the West in general, London failed to provide any specific facts, preferring to make groundless and exasperating statements and allusion...

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