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In defeat, Saudi fans are united by an unusual foe - Dotemirates
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In defeat, Saudi fans are united by an unusual foe

Watching the game from Al Masaa in Riyadh, the largest cafe in the world according to Guinness World Records, Saudi Arabian football fans came into the game against Uruguay unsure on how to feel about their national team. But in defeat, many emerged unified against an adversary off the pitch. Filling many of the establishment's 1,050 seats were young fans still recovering from the distressing 5-0 defeat to Russia in the opening game of World Cup 2018. An attack from renowned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in the early minutes caused some of the less committed 'Greens' to shift uncomfortably in...


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Sri Lanka showdown looms as new PM loses confidence vote

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka’s parliament passed a no-confidence motion against newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday, presenting a standoff with the opposition and throwing the country deeper into turmoil.Deputies from Rajapaksa’s party rejected the voice vote as illegal, saying it wasn’t scheduled and that the pro-China former strongman would remain in office.It wasn’t immediately clear what President Maithripala Sirisena, who triggered the crisis by firing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming Rajapaksa to the job last month, would do now.Government officials said there was confusion about who was in charge.“We need Cabinet approvals to go ahead with large...
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Iraq Recovers Property Worth Millions After Illegal Sale

Baghdad: The Iraqi government said Wednesday it had retaken ownership of a piece of property in Baghdad worth millions of dollars after it was unlawfully sold to a government official's wife.In a statement to journalists, the Integrity Commission said it had worked with Baghdad authorities to recover the land in Kadhimiyah district."The Baghdad-Karakh appeals court issued a decision to seize the property, which amounts to 12,642 square metres, from the wife of a leading official in the previous government and re-register it in the name of the Mayorality," the statement said."The land registration in the name of the official's wife...
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Trump Should Have Shown "Decency" On Paris Attacks Anniversary: France

Paris: US President Donald Trump should have shown some "common decency" and respected France's day of mourning on the third anniversary of the November 13 attacks in Paris, the French government's spokesman said today.Asked about Trump's tweets, in which the US leader criticised France's record in World War One and Two, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said: "Yesterday was November 13, we were commemorating the murder of 130 of our people," he said."So I'll reply in English: "common decency" would have been appropriate," he added.

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Jet Airways shares rise on Tata investment speculation

Mumbai: Shares in India's second-largest airline Jet Airways jumped almost three per cent on Wednesday following reports that salt-to-steel conglomerate Tata Group might invest in it.Tata is reviewing Jet's accounts with a view to potentially buying a stake, Bloomberg News reported, while on Tuesday the Mint daily said Tata's finance chief and Jet's chairman were leading the talks.A spokesperson for Jet termed the reports "speculative in nature" in a statement to India's stock exchange.The cash-strapped firm was not immediately available for further comment. After reporting a loss of $178 million for July-September, Jet on Monday announced it would cut flights...
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China Hopes For Political Stability In Sri Lanka

Beijing: China today expressed hope that Sri Lanka, where it has made huge investments, would see the return of stability as pro-Beijing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out by a no-confidence motion in Parliament.Asked about the Sri Lankan Parliament passing a resolution of no-confidence against Rajapaksa after the nation's Supreme Court issued a stay order against President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve the national legislature, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Beijing is closely following the evolving situation in Sri Lanka."China is a traditional friendly neighbour of Sri Lanka. We are closely following the situation unfolding there," she...
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Bangladesh police fire rubber bullets, teargas to disperse opposition protest

DHAKA — Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets and teargas at a group of opposition party supporters in the capital, Dhaka, on Wednesday as tension soared weeks before a general election.Activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) responded to the police action by setting fire to police vans and cars, as well as several motor-bikes, according to police and media.“Our force was attacked without any reason. They were only trying to ease the traffic flow but suddenly they were targeted,” said Masudur Rahman, a spokesman for the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.The BNP supporters were accompanying an election candidate who was picking up...