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Ireland beat Afghanistan by three wickets to level ODI series

Ireland levelled a three-match ODI series with Afghanistan at 1-1 with victory by three wickets in Belfast last night.   The visitors chose to bat first but posted a modest total of 182 for nine as Tim Murtagh collected career-best figures of 4-30.  Propelled by a half century from Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland then reached their target of 183 with six ...

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When cars fly? Japan wants airborne vehicles to take off

It might sound like pie in the sky, but Japan’s government is banking on a future with flying cars, launching an initiative Wednesday with the private sector to develop futuristic vehicles.   The initiative aims to draw up a roadmap by the end of the year on commercialising flying cars, a concept that so far remains largely theoretical.  Japanese government ...

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Government proposes energy drinks ban for children

The sale of energy drinks could be banned in England to anybody under 18, amid fears they are damaging children’s health, the prime minister has said. The government has launched a public consultation on its plans to make it illegal to sell the drinks to children.   Energy drinks contain high levels of sugar and caffeine and have been linked ...

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Chemotherapy could cause early menopause: Study

Chemotherapy may cause acute amenorrhea leading to early menopause in women with lung cancer, according to a new study.   The study is the first to comment on amenorrhea rates in women below 50. It concludes that women with lung cancer, who desire future fertility, should be educated about risks and options before starting treatment.  Premenopausal women with lung cancer ...

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Mexico’s new leftist-majority Congress sworn in

Mexico’s first leftist-majority Congress was sworn in Wednesday, swept into office on the coattails of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a July election that punished the country’s political establishment. Cheering and chanting Lopez Obrador’s name, lawmakers from the coalition led by his recently founded party, Morena, took the oath of office in the lower house — where they will ...

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Chemnitz protests: Germany to probe leak sparking mob violence

Germany has launched a probe into who leaked the arrest warrant for an Iraqi murder suspect to far-right groups in Saxony’s eastern city of Chemnitz. A fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old German-Cuban man on Sunday sparked days of violent and xenophobic protests.   The unauthorised disclosure has increased concerns of possible links between police and anti-migrant groups.   Meanwhile, local ...

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Lost at sea: ‘Thousands’ of dead migrants never identified

In 2006, Khady Dieye’s husband left the family home on Senegal’s northern coast and boarded a dugout canoe in the hope of reaching Spain. “Since then, we have not had any news of him,” said Dieye, who lives in the small fishing village of Ndiebene-Gandiol near Saint-Louis.   Like many other would-be migrants, he disappeared, leaving his family not knowing ...

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Rohingya crisis: Myanmar leader Suu Kyi ‘should have resigned’

The outgoing UN human rights chief says Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned over the military’s violent campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority last year. Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein told the BBC the Nobel Peace prize winner’s attempts to excuse it were “deeply regrettable”.   His comments come after a UN report said Myanmar’s military leaders ...

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Argentina asks IMF to release $50bn loan as crisis worsens

Argentina’s government has unexpectedly asked for the early release of a $50bn (£37.2bn) loan from the IMF amid a growing economic crisis. President Mauricio Macri said the move was designed to restore confidence in the Argentine economy.   The Argentine peso has lost more than 40% of its value against the US dollar this year and inflation is rampant.   ...

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Don McGahn: Trump says White House counsel to depart

US President Donald Trump has said White House lawyer Don McGahn will leave his post in the coming months. The president tweeted that Mr McGahn would depart after the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee in the autumn.   His exit follows reports of White House unease at the extent of Mr McGahn’s co-operation with an ongoing inquiry into alleged ...

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