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Maradona questions Lionel Messi’s commitment to Argentina

Diego Maradona has waded into the debate on Lionel Messi’s international career, insisting it’s time to stop giving the Barcelona star special treatment. Following defeats in the World Cup and Copa America finals, Lionel Messi’s wait for a competitive international trophy at senior level goes on. As in the World Cup final last year, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner was ...

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Mustafiz’s Test call-up

Ollowing his brilliant performance in the ODIs, pacer Mustafizur Rahman has been included in the 14-member squad for the first Test against South Africa, which is due to begin in Chittagong on August 21. Off-spinner Shuvagata Hom and pacer Abul Hasan however did not make the cut. Speaking on Mustafizur’s inclusion, chairman of BCB’s selection panel Faruque Ahmed said, “He ...

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New Horizons: Nasa spacecraft speeds past Pluto

Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has made the first visit to Pluto, speeding past at 14km per second. Earlier, the space agency released the most detailed picture yet as it hurtled towards the dwarf planet on Tuesday. The probe was set to grab more pictures and other data as it passed 12,500km from Pluto at 11:50 GMT (12:50 BST). Controllers got ...

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India stampede ‘kills 27 pilgrims’ in Andhra Pradesh

At least 27 pilgrims have died in a stampede on the banks of a holy river in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, local officials say. The Hindu pilgrims had gathered to take a dip in the Godavari river at the start of the Maha Pushkaralu festival. The stampede occurred at 08:00am (02:30 GMT) in the Rajahmundry district. Nearly ...

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Australia row over serial killer Ivan Milat ‘ghost tour’

An Australian firm has come under fire for conducting tours of a New South Wales forest where notorious serial killer Ivan Milat buried his victims. Goulburn Ghost Tours has been taking groups to Belanglo, 120km (74 miles) south-west of Sydney. NSW Premier Mike Baird said the tour was “utterly outrageous” while a victim support group has condemned it. A company ...

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Bahrain rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab freed from jail

Bahraini human rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab has been pardoned by King Hamad after serving three months of a six-month jail sentence, the official BNA news agency has reported. The king made the order because of fears over Mr Rajab’s health, it said. An appeals court in May upheld the six-month prison sentence he had received. He is a member of ...

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Thailand Phuketwan reporters face defamation charges

Two journalists are on trial in the southern Thai island of Phuket for allegedly defaming the Thai navy. Their charges stem from a July 2013 online article which included a paragraph, originally published by Reuters, on human trafficking. Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian of website Phuketwan, who pleaded not guilty, face up to seven years in jail. Reuters quoted an ...

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Mexico offers $3.8m reward in hunt for escaped drug lord

Mexico is offering a reward of 60 million pesos ($3.8m) for the capture of the country’s most-wanted drug lord, who escaped from a top security prison. A huge manhunt is underway for Joaquin Guzman, who got out of his cell on Saturday through a 1.5km-long tunnel. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said officials at the prison must have helped ...

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Transgender troops could serve openly under US military plan

The US military is considering a plan that would allow transgender people to serve openly in the armed forces. “The Defence Department’s current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty,” US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said on Monday. Transgender people now serve in the military, but their experiences vary. Over the next six months, a group ...

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Third Rajan murder accused Moyna Mia arrested in Sylhet

Moyna Mia, 45, was nabbed at Tuker Bazar, on the fringe of Sylhet City, with help from the locals around 10:30pm on Tuesday, said Jalalabad Police Station OC Akter Hossain. The man is also known as ‘Boro Moyna’ at Kumargaon village, where he and three others tortured Rajan to death on July 8. The other three accused in the case ...

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