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  • Meares targets medal record at Commonwealth Games

    Australian cyclist Anna Meares will attempt to defend her women's sprint title on Saturday and become the joint most decorated track cyclist in Commonwealth Games history. The 30-year-old equalled Kathy Watt's Australian women's record of seven Commonwealth medals and became the first rider to win…

  • Perera spoils South African recovery in 2nd test

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan off-spinner Dilruwan Perera captured two wickets in three deliveries to spoil South Africa's recovery on the third morning of the second cricket test, holding the visitors to 163-5 at lunch on Saturday.

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  • Japanese PM opens LatAm tour with Mexico energy deals

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a series of energy deals with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour. Abe, whose visit to the region comes on the heels of Chinese President Xi Jinping's, met Pena Nieto at the presidential palace for talks…

  • UN warns of world inaction as South Sudan famine looms

    Top UN aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in South Sudan, where a third of the population are in crisis after months of war. Nearly a million children aged under five face acute malnutrition, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN children's agency UNICEF…

  • Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.

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  • Redemption for Scot swimmer after Florida arrest

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Dragged to the ground after trying to evade arrest on a street in Florida, swimmer Dan Wallace was in handcuffs and fearing his dream of reaching the pinnacle of his sport had just ended.

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  • Ebola outbreak spreads to 4th West African country

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said Friday.

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  • Aussies dominate pool, Wales suffer doping shock

    Australia continued to dominate the Commonwealth Games swimming competition with four more golds on Friday while Wales were sent reeling by a second doping shock. Australia's men's 4x100m freestyle relay team retained their title ahead of South Africa and England to claim their seventh victory…

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  • Four more swim golds for Australia, double joy for England

    Australia continued to lead the way in the pool at the Commonwealth Games as they won four more gold medals on Friday, while England claimed their first two swimming golds. There was also more joy for the hosts Scotland as Dan Wallace won the men's 400m individual medley and Canada's Katerine…

  • Nigeria confirms Liberian man died of Ebola in Lagos

    Nigeria said Friday that Ebola caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos, confirmation that the worst-ever outbreak of the virus has reached Africa's most populous country. Nigeria's Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told journalists that "thorough medical tests" had…

  • Paris bans pro-Palestinian protest after recent violence: police

    French police have banned a protest against Israel's Gaza offensive that was due to take place in Paris on Saturday, following several similar rallies that turned violent. Following Friday's announcement, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve appealed on organisers to cancel the rally. "The…

  • Maradona rips Argentina's World Cup performance

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Diego Maradona has slammed Argentina's second-place finish in the World Cup, saying the team "did not play at all."

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  • Iran detains four journalists, three of them Iranian-American, says CPJ

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - (This story corrects name of UAE-based newspaper in para 2 to the National (not the Nation)) The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists, three of whom it said had…

  • Amla leads South Africa fightback on day two of Colombo Test

    Hashim Amla faced a stern test of character in his first series as captain after South Africa lost three key wickets against a determined Sri Lankan bowling attack in the second Test Friday. Amla, 31, dug in with a painstaking 46 off 134 balls as South Africa trailed the hosts by 323 runs with…

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  • Misbah hopes Pak players quickly reach test speed

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hopes his players will quickly find their test match groove when they play the first match of a two-game series against Sri Lanka at Galle on Aug. 6.

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  • Britain helping protect MH17 victims against fraud

    Britain's Foreign Office said Friday it was helping protect victims of the MH17 plane disaster against potential fraud after one man claimed his relative's credit cards had been stolen from the crash site. A Foreign Office spokesman told AFP they were "working with family members to protect…

  • Amla leads SAfrica revival after Jayawardene's 165

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Hashim Amla led South Africa's recovery to 98-3 in reply to Sri Lanka posting 421 on day two of the second cricket test on Friday.

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  • West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO

    The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000, the World Health Organization said Friday. WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said that the extent of what is the deadliest outbreak of Ebola on record was still emerging. Thirteen were in Sierra…

  • New Brixton archives shine light on history of black Britons

    The first archive dedicated to the culture and experiences of black people in Britain opened on Thursday, with the aim of shining a light on a long overlooked history. It is the culmination of three decades of campaigning and fundraising, and those behind the project hope it will increase…

  • SAfrica stumble to 23-2 after Jayawardene's 165

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's spinners dismissed South Africa's openers early after posting 421 all out on day two of the second test at Sinhalese Sports Club on Friday.

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