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South Africa pin World Cup hopes on bowlers

Published On: March 17, 2019 06:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

South Africa finished their one-day series against Sri Lanka with a clear idea of both the team and the tactics they will use in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

Tibet struggle's slow slide off the global radar as Dalai Lama ages

Published On: March 15, 2019 09:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

HONG KONG, March 15: Sixty years after the Dalai Lama fled into permanent Indian exile, the cause of Tibetan freedom that earned him a Nobel prize and a celebrity-studded international following has lost much of its momentum - neutralised, analysts say, by the passage of time and China's rising global power.

Man City face FIFA transfer ban: report

Published On: March 15, 2019 07:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Manchester City will be banned by FIFA from making signings in the next two transfer windows after they broke rules related to the protection of youth players and third-party ownership, according to a report in the Sun newspaper.

Heat, floods, quakes: Tokyo 2020 preparing for any disaster

Published On: March 14, 2019 02:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Cyberattacks, terrorism, earthquakes and heatwaves: Tokyo 2020 organisers are hoping for the best but bracing for the worst and making contingency plans for several possible catastrophes during the Games.

Fast cars, polo and parties: Thai 'High Society' flourishes in unequal kingdom

Published On: March 14, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BANGKOK, March 14: It's polo season in Thailand and teams of jodhpur-clad Argentines and monied Asians gallop onto the flawless field, as spectators spill from a pavilion -- glasses of champagne in hand -- for the final chukka.

Mental health risk growing in sports, says All Blacks great

Published On: March 14, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

John Kirwan broke one of rugby's biggest taboos when he revealed his battle with depression, but the All Blacks legend believes modern athletes are under more mental pressure than ever in the commercial era.

Democracy, DPRK style: North Korea holds election

Published On: March 10, 2019 02:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

PYONGYANG, March 10: North Koreans go to the polls Sunday for an election in which there can be only one winner.

Brexit stirs haunting memories in bomb-scarred Irish town

Published On: March 10, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

DUBLIN, March 10: The prospect of a disorderly Brexit has brought back haunting memories in the small Irish border town of Monaghan, where the church spire still stands askew from a massive bomb blast 45 years ago.

More blackouts hit Venezuela as opposition, government rally

Published On: March 10, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

CARACAS, March 10: The Venezuelan opposition and government loyalists held rival demonstrations in Caracas on Saturday, as both sides prepared for what some fear could be a protracted power struggle.

UEFA explain controversial Champions League VAR calls

Published On: March 8, 2019 07:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

UEFA took the unusual step on Friday to explain a series of controversial Video Assistant Referees (VAR) calls in this week's Champions League last 16 ties.

In Russia, gender equality still a long way off

Published On: March 8, 2019 06:35 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MOSCOW, March 8: When a Russian army recruitment office ordered a photoshoot to celebrate International Women’s Day, it didn’t feature any of the 45,000 women currently serving in the country’s armed forces.

Kashmir 'fake news' barrage raises fears for India elections

Published On: March 8, 2019 05:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW DELHI, March 8: A deluge of online hoaxes that hit Indian social media as the country fought aerial battles with neighbouring Pakistan has heightened fears over the "fake news" war looming in India's national election.

'Scared' World Cup migrants face Russia deportation

Published On: March 6, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

In a cramped apartment on the outskirts of Moscow, Lamin has little more than the clothes and the Bible he brought with him when he came to Russia on a temporary World Cup visa last summer.

Rossi turns tiny Italian town into MotoGP Mecca

Published On: March 6, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

TAVULLIA, March 6: Tavullia, once just a sleepy town in the rolling hills along the Adriatic coast, has become a motorcycling Mecca for fans of Italy's inimitable nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi.

Origin and species: fighting illegal logging with science

Published On: March 6, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

A timeworn laboratory in Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens may not seem like the obvious epicentre of efforts to halt international illegal logging.

US and China close to reaching major trade deal: report

Published On: March 4, 2019 12:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, March 4: The United States and China are close to reaching a major trade deal that would see both sides lower some of the tariffs imposed during an often-bitter trade war, a report said Sunday.

As the web turns 30, is it an 'out-of-control monster'?

Published On: March 4, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Thirty years ago this month, a young British physician working at a lab near Geneva invented a system for scientists to share information that would ultimately change humanity.

Park shoots stunning 64 to win Women's World Championship

Published On: March 3, 2019 02:27 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Red hot world number two Park Sung-hyun shot a stunning best-of-the-week round of eight-under par round of 64 Sunday to claim a two-stroke victory at HSBC Women's World Championship.

5G presents security challenge for telecom operators

Published On: February 28, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, Feb 28: While Washington's concerns that future 5G wireless networks could be vulnerable to spying by China have dominated headlines, businesses have long been pushing to make sure the technology is as secure as possible.

Dublin calling: Ireland cashes in on Brexit jitters

Published On: February 27, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

DUBLIN, Feb 27: Brexit is turning Dublin into a new financial hub, with the city a top contender for banks, funds and law firms needing a continued presence in the European Union after March 29.