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Masters 2015: Jordan Spieth says autistic sister is key inspiration

He might have just won one of sport’s most prestigious events, but it wasn’t long before Jordan Spieth’s thoughts turned to his autistic sister in the glow of victory.   The 21-year-old golfer equaled Tiger Woods’ 1997 record winning score of 18 under par to realize his childhood ambitions of donning the green jacket on Sunday as he swept through ...

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Nafees Iqbal joins restaurant business with ‘Dum Phoonk’

Several cricketers in the past have ventured into the restaurant business. The long list includes some famous names like Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. As far as the Bangladesh cricketers are concerned, former national captain Mohammad Ashraful, former national paceman Talha Jubair and a few others are running successful restaurant businesses. The latest to join the lot is former national ...

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County cricket: BBC Sport’s club-by-club guide to the 2015 summer

The county season gets under way on Sunday as champions Yorkshire start the defence of their title against promoted Worcestershire at New Road. Hampshire begin life back in Division One at home to Sussex, while Middlesex host Nottinghamshire and Durham face Somerset at Taunton. In Division Two, last season’s bottom club Leicestershire, without a County Championship win for two years, ...

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Astute Bell reaps rewards of patience

Batting in Test cricket remains as much about the shots you don’t play as those you do and it was Ian Bell’s judgement at the crease that set the foundation for England’s domination Ian Bell ensured he had seen off the new ball at its hardest, the bowlers at their freshest and the pitch at its most damp and lively ...

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Somali education ministry under attack in Mogadishu

At least seven people have been killed in an attack on the higher education ministry in a busy area of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, witnesses say. The BBC’s Ibrahim Aden says a car loaded with explosives was driven into the wall surrounding the compound and there is an ongoing gun battle. A police official told the AFP news agency that the ...

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US concern as Russia lifts ban on Iran arms delivery

The US has expressed concern after Russia lifted a ban on supplying Iran with the sophisticated S-300 air defence missile system. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the matter in a phone call with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, the White House said. Russia said the embargo was no longer necessary after an interim deal was reached on Iran’s ...

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Japan court bars restart of Takahama nuclear reactors

A Japanese court has blocked the restarting of two nuclear reactors in the western city of Takahama, after local people raised safety concerns. The plant had already obtained approval from the country’s nuclear watchdog. But locals had petitioned the court in Fukui prefecture, where Takahama is located, to intervene, saying it would not withstand a strong earthquake. All 48 commercial ...

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India’s Flipkart pulls out of controversial Airtel deal

India’s biggest online retailer has pulled out of a controversial deal after a social media backlash. Flipkart had agreed a deal with phone network Airtel to let customers browse its site for free, with Flipkart picking up their internet data costs. But critics said this went against net neutrality. Net neutrality means service providers should treat all traffic equally. Users ...

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Carcass of rare whale found on Australia beach

The carcass of a rare whale has been washed up on a Western Australia beach following Tropical Cyclone Olwyn, which hit the region last month. It is only the second time an Omura’s whale has been recorded in Australia. The whale was found on a remote beach near the town of Exmouth, 1,265km (784 miles) north of Perth. Scientists say ...

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At least 2,000 women abducted by Boko Haram

Boko Haram have abducted at least 2,000 women and girls since the start of 2014, according to rights group Amnesty International. A report published by the organisation on Wednesday says many of those captured have been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight for the group. The group based its findings on nearly 200 witness accounts, including with 28 ...

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