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archiveJune 25, 2018

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8 arrested in another moral policing case in Assam

GUWAHATI, JUNE 25: The police in central Assam's Nagaon district have arrested 8 people for assaulting and confining a Muslim man and a Hindu woman alleging that they were having an illicit relationship. This is the third case of moral policing in Assam since April 8 when a Garo tribal woman was "taught a lesson" for riding pillion on a Muslim man's motorcycle at Paikan in western Assam's Goalpara district bordering Meghalaya. The police had arrested 12 tribal men for kicking and punching the duo. On June 17, a similar...

Saudi Arabia beats Egypt 2-1

VOLGOGRAD, June 25: The oldest person to play in a World Cup match gave up a pair of goals Monday, allowing Saudi Arabia to beat Egypt 2-1 in a match between two teams that had already been eliminated. Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who is 45, took the field for his team's final group match to set the record. Salem Aldawsari scored with almost the last kick, shooting from a tight angle inside the Egypt penalty area and poking the ball past El Hadary. Mohamed Salah put Egypt ahead in...

Uruguay beat 10-man Russia 3-0 to top Group A

SAMARA, June 25: Uruguay burnished their World Cup credentials with a 3-0 victory over 10-man Russia on Monday, finishing top of Group A with a perfect record while dampening the hopes of the tournament hosts, who had to settle for second. Luis Suarez grabbed his second goal of the tournament to open Uruguay's account with a free kick after 10 minutes and they doubled the lead with an own goal from Russia's Denis Cheryshev soon after. That silenced a vociferous home crowd who had been in party mode after Russia's...

Colombia win 3-0 to knock Poland out of World Cup

KAZAN, June 24: Colombia's World Cup campaign roared back into life with a 3-0 win over Poland in Group H on a sweltering evening at the Kazan Arena which sent the Poles tumbling out of the tournament on Sunday. Defender Yerry Mina opened the scoring in the 40th minute with captain Radamel Falcao and winger Juan Cuadrado sealing a deserved victory with two goals in five minutes as the desperate Poles chased the game in the last quarter. Midfielder James Rodriguez, winner of the Golden Boot at the last World...

Brazil asking questions of Neymar as superstar looks to be cracking under pressure

Sochi, June 25: Is Neymar cracking up with the pressure? That is the question being asked on the fringes of the Brazil camp as football's most expensive player struggles to get to grips with the World Cup and the expectation on him. His tears at the final whistle after scoring in the 2-0 win over Costa Rica won him few friends in the Brazilian media. Instead they were asking what on earth was he reacting like this for after the second game of the tournament. Final, yes, but a win...

FIFA World Cup 2018: Soft centre stays a worry for Germany

Bhaichung Bhutia Once Germany are done with the euphoria, they will need to worry about Jerome Boateng's replacement and what to do about their soft centre. Sebastian Rudy's injury was a big setback and if the man slotted in for Sami Khedira doesn't recover in time, Germany could have a problem. A big one. Because based on what we saw on Saturday, Ilkay Guendogan isn't the right cover for Toni Kroos. That, in turn, puts the sort of defensive responsibilities on Kroos he isn't comfortable with. It was his giving...

Turkey’s election board declares Erdogan winner

Ankara, Turkey, June 25: Turkey's national electoral board has pronounced incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the winner of the country's presidential election with an "absolute majority" of valid votes. Speaking early Monday, the head of the Supreme Election Council said 97.7 of votes had been counted. Sadi Guven said the remaining votes would not affect the outcome of Erdogan's re-election. The vote also ushered in an executive presidency system giving Erdogan sweeping new powers. Guven also announced that unofficial results showed 5 parties had passed the 10% election threshold...

Modi holds talks with Seychelles president

New Delhi, June 25: Talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Seychelles President Danny Faure are underway, during which cooperation in key areas such as defence and security is expected to be discussed. The meeting between the 2 leaders is going on at Hyderabad House. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, "Welcoming the esteemed guest at Hyderabad House! PM @narendramodi received the President of Seychelles Danny Antoine Rollen Faure for bilateral talks. Special ties with a maritime neighbour." Faure, who is on his first bilateral visit to India,...

Malaysian PM revives age-old water row with Singapore

Kuala Lumpur, June 25: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday he wants to renegotiate a "ridiculous" water supply agreement with Singapore, the latest sign of fraying ties between the neighbours since last month's shock election. The 92-year-old returned for a second time as premier after his opposition alliance scored an unexpected victory at the polls, toppling a long-ruling coalition that Mahathir himself once headed. During his first stint in charge of the country from 1981-2003, Malaysia had famously stormy ties with Singapore - and Mahathir has wasted no time...

In sign of detente, North Korea skips annual anti-US rally

PYONGYANG, June 25: In another sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, North Korea has decided to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of its calendar: the annual "anti-US imperialism" rally marking the start of the Korean War. Fist-pumping, flag-waving and slogan-shouting masses of Pyongyang residents normally assemble each year for the rally to kick off a month of anti-US, Korean War-focused events designed to strengthen nationalism and unity. It all culminates on July 27, which North...
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