Australia evacuates parts of its capital as bushfire conditions return

SYDNEY: Some residents of Australia’s capital Canberra were evacuated briefly on Wednesday after a bushfire broke out near the airport as searing hot weather ended a few days of respite and the number of out-of-control blazes surged in the southeast of the country. Roads were closed and the authorities told people to leave or stay […]

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Malaysia to buy more Indian sugar to resolve palm oil spat

MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad will buy 130,000 tonnes of raw sugar from India worth 200 million ringgit ($49.20 million) in the first quarter, the company told Reuters. It bought around 88,000 tonnes of raw sugar from India in 2019. MSM is the sugar refining arm of the world’s largest palm oil producer, FGV Holdings, which […]

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450 schools shut as pollution chokes Thai capital

BANGKOK: Authorities in the Thai capital ordered nearly 450 schools to close on Wednesday as pollution levels reached dangerously unhealthy levels. Bangkok, the world’s most visited city, saw levels of PM 2.5 particles at 78.3 pg/m3. A level above 35 is considered unhealthy, according to independent air quality monitor AirVisual. PM 2.5 particles can include […]

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US senate hears arguments for Trump’s impeachment

WASHINGTON: Democrats began presenting their opening arguments at the historic impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, took the podium on the floor of the Senate to make the case that Trump should be removed from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. […]

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New coronavirus cases rise to 571 in Chinese mainland

Cases of the new coronavirus pneumonia disease rose to 571 on the Chinese mainland as of Wednesday, including 95 in critical condition, and fatalities rose to 17, China’s National Health Commission said on Thursday morning. In addition, 393 suspected cases were reported as of Wednesday. All the reported deaths were in Hubei province, the epicentre […]

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Haris, Umer Farooq reach U-21 snooker final

ISLAMABAD: Top seed Haris Tahir and unseeded Umer Farooq reached the final of the Jubilee Insurance U-21 National Championship on Wednesday. Haris and Umer, both of Punjab, beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Saad Khan and also Umer Khan — also Punjab’s — respectively. In the first semi-final top seed Haris beat Saad 5-2 (30-62, 80-5, 85-6 (85), […]

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Mathews strikes double ton as SL take big lead

HARARE: Angelo Mathews struck his highest Test score with an unbeaten double century on Wednesday as Sri Lanka left Zimbabwe battling to save the series opener going into the final day at Harare. Former skipper Mathews eclipsed his previous Test best of 160 and finished 200 not out after a marathon knock spanning 468 balls, […]

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Serena, Federer into third round as Osaka sets up Coco crunch

MELBOURNE: Fifteen-year-old prodigy Coco Gauff set up an Australian Open blockbuster with defending champion Naomi Osaka on Wednesday, as a pumped-up Serena Williams took another step towards a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. On a day when men’s seeds tumbled, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic strode into the third round to be joined by Roger Federer, who […]

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Bangladesh cricket team arrives in Lahore

LAHORE: Led by all-rounder Mahmudullah, the Bangladesh cricket team arrived in Lahore in a chartered flight late on Wednesday to play a three-match T20 series at the Gaddafi Stadium, in the first phase of their tour. The matches will be played on Friday, Saturday and Monday, starting at 2pm. Under strict security measures, the visiting […]

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Pakistan to host Kabbadi World Cup from Feb 9

Pakistan will host a 10-country Kabaddi World Cup in Lahore from February 9. Former international Kabaddi player Syed Sultan Shah told reporters on Thursday that teams from Iran, Canada, Australia, United States, Sierra Leone, and Kenya have qualified for the event so far. India is amongst the other nations showing willingness to be part of […]

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