Turkey on Saturday blocked all access to Wikipedia and banned television dating shows, adding to fears of a crackdown after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in a referendum on enhancing his powers. The government also dismissed almost 4,000 pu…
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Maria Sharapova suffers a first loss following her 15-month doping ban as Kristina Mladenovic beats her in the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Open.
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US Marines returned to Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand Saturday, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO’s combat mission ended in 2014, as embattled Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the resurgent Taliban. The deployment of s…
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told concerned allies in the EU’s powerful centre-right political group that he will quickly meet EU rights demands over a controversial education law, the group said Saturday. Orban was summoned to a meeting with…
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The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on Saturday kicked off a joint drill with the South Korean navy, officials said, as tensions rose over North Korea’s latest test-fire of a ballistic missile. “Immediately after the aircraft carrier arrived in th…
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A U.S. deployment of ballistic missile defense systems in Romania and plans to place more defense systems in Poland violate an existing arms treaty, Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The United States switched on an $800 milli…
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• Thiem beats world No1 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in Barcelona Open semi-finals
• Sharapova’s defeat to Kristina Mladenovic puts French Open spot in doubt
Andy Murray’s chequered start to life as the world’s top player continued with a first defeat to Dominic Thiem, the talented ninth-ranked Austrian, in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open.
Murray, still feeling his way back on to the Tour after more than a month on the sidelines with an elbow injury, was beaten 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in two hours and 13 minutes. In a match defined by the ups and downs of an opponent whose searing power frequently overshadowed his consistency, Murray fought back from a subdued start but was ultimately edged out by Thiem in a tense finale.
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World number nine Dominic Thiem beats Britain’s world number one Andy Murray in three sets to reach the Barcelona Open final.
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Police detained over 100 activists in Saint Petersburg on Saturday as hundreds of Russian opposition supporters turned out to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s expected candidacy in elections next year. Protests in several cities were called …
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Fighting between rebel groups in the biggest insurgent stronghold near the Syrian capital Damascus entered a second day on Saturday, while government forces pressed an offensive against the besieged enclave, a war monitor said. The clashes broke out i…
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By Ahmad Sultan MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan (Reuters) – In his first public speech since signing a peace deal with the Afghan government, one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords on Saturday called for the Taliban to stop fighting and begin negotiatio…
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The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die, but opponents say several problematic executions involving the drug are evidence that it does not work consistently. They raised new concerns after an exec…
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