• Three Iraq protesters killed in clashes as security forces clear streets
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    Three Iraq protesters killed in clashes as security forces clear streets

    Three protesters were shot dead in Iraq on Saturday in clashes with security forces clearing out streets and squares occupied for months by anti-government demonstrators, stoking fears of a wider crackdown. The fresh violence came a day after populist cleric Moqtada Sadr announced he would no longer

  • Zidane defends Bale after latest injury set-back
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    Zidane defends Bale after latest injury set-back

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane defended Gareth Bale on Saturday after the Welshman picking up another injury and also said Eden Hazard is close to a return. Bale will miss Madrid's La Liga game against Real Valladolid on Sunday after he sprained his ankle during Madrid's Copa del Rey win

  • Rescuers scramble to find survivors after Turkey quake kills 22
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    Rescuers scramble to find survivors after Turkey quake kills 22

    Rescue workers raced against time Saturday to find survivors under the rubble after a powerful earthquake claimed 22 lives and left more than 1,200 injured in eastern Turkey. The magnitude 6.8 quake struck on Friday evening, with its epicentre in the small lakeside town of Sivrice in Elazig province

  • Iheanacho fires Leicester into FA Cup fifth round
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    Iheanacho fires Leicester into FA Cup fifth round

    Leicester edged into the FA Cup fifth round as Kelechi Iheanacho's early goal sealed a 1-0 win at second tier Brentford on Saturday. Brendan Rodgers' side are chasing a trip to Wembley on two fronts and they took the next step in the FA Cup after surviving a hard-fought fourth round clash in

  • Kyrgios says 'layer of respect' with Nadal despite feud
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    Kyrgios says 'layer of respect' with Nadal despite feud

    Australia's Nick Kyrgios said he had "respect" for Rafael Nadal despite their personal differences after he set up a last-16 match with the top seed at the Australian Open on Saturday. "Regardless, if we don't like each other or whatever, I think there's a layer of respect

  • Xi warns of 'grave' situation as China rushes to build virus hospitals
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    Xi warns of 'grave' situation as China rushes to build virus hospitals

    President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China was facing a "grave" situation as authorities took urgent action to halt the spread of a virus that has killed 41 people and is overwhelming hospitals at the epicentre of the health emergency. The world's most populous country scrambled to

  • China deal might not bail out lobster industry this New Year
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    China deal might not bail out lobster industry this New Year

    American seafood exporters are optimistic that a new trade deal with China will allow them to claw back into one of the world's biggest markets for lobster, but help might not have arrived in time for the biggest day on the calendar. The busiest season for lobster exports to China is around Chinese

  • Alpine skiing: Italian Peter Fill to retire
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    Alpine skiing: Italian Peter Fill to retire

    Just hours after crashing out of Kitzbuehel's fabled Hahnenkamm downhill on Saturday, Italian Peter Fill announced he would retire after one more race, in Garmisch on February 1. The 37-year-old will bring to an end a 17-year World Cup career that saw the likeable Italian claim three victories,

  • Tanak says 'everything fine' after crash, targets Sweden
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    Tanak says 'everything fine' after crash, targets Sweden

    Ott Tanak said he was eager to get back behind the wheel for the next leg of the championship as he was released from hospital on Saturday following his spectacular Monte Carlo Rally crash. "The safety devices really did their job." On Friday, Tanak and co-driver Martin Jarveoja flew off the

  • Virus silences Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing
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    Virus silences Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing

    A woman praying alone in front of shut temple gates was one of the only signs of Lunar New Year observances at Beijing's Lama Temple on Saturday, as fears over a deadly new virus mount in China. "There's definitely an impact (from the virus)," he said.

  • Highway to Hell: Mayer wins famed Kitzbuehel downhill
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    Highway to Hell: Mayer wins famed Kitzbuehel downhill

    Austrian Matthias Mayer delighted home fans and achieved "every skier's dream" by streaking to a classy victory in Saturday's fabled downhill in Kitzbuehel, the most prestigious and testing on the World Cup circuit. Norway's reigning world downhill champion Kjetil Jansrud, winner

  • Tail-end assault puts England on course for series win
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    Tail-end assault puts England on course for series win

    England took a big stride towards securing a series win when they posted a first innings total of 400 on the second day of the fourth and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. South Africa, needing a win to level the series, were 11 for no wicket in reply at tea. England

  • Indian government ends internet blackout in restive Kashmir
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    Indian government ends internet blackout in restive Kashmir

    Indian authorities on Saturday restored internet in Indian Kashmir after a five-and-a half-month blackout but maintained a block on social media sites. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government imposed a communications blackout in early August when it stripped the portion of Kashmir it controls

  • Kyrgios into Nadal grudge match as shocks rattle Australian Open
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    Kyrgios into Nadal grudge match as shocks rattle Australian Open

    Home favourite Nick Kyrgios went five sets to ensure an Australian Open showdown with Rafael Nadal on Saturday as a series of shocks caused carnage in the women's draw. Kyrgios survived the longest match of his career to beat Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (6/8), 6-7 (7/9), 7-6

  • Opening eagle inspires Wu into Dubai lead
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    Opening eagle inspires Wu into Dubai lead

    An opening eagle and four birdies lifted China's Wu Ashun into a one shot lead after Saturday's Dubai Desert Classic third round. Leading the chasing pack was France's Victor Perez, who matched Wu's 67 to follow up his rounds of 73 and 66. A further shot behind in a tie for third were

  • Shiffrin fourth as Curtoni leads Italian sweep of second Bansko downhill
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    Shiffrin fourth as Curtoni leads Italian sweep of second Bansko downhill

    Late starter Elena Curtoni led an Italian podium sweep of the second women's World Cup downhill in Bansko on Saturday, with American Mikaela Shiffrin fourth. Shiffrin, winner of Friday's first downhill, finished behind Curtoni, who started with bib number 28 for her maiden World Cup victory

  • Kyrgios sets up Nadal showdown after five-set thriller
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    Kyrgios sets up Nadal showdown after five-set thriller

    Firebrand Nick Kyrgios scraped past Karen Khachanov Saturday in five thrilling sets to set up a grudge match against top seed Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open fourth round. "Mate, it was crazy, I don't even know what to say right now, it was insane, I have no words for how I'm feeling

  • Highway to Hell: Mayer wins famed Kitzbuehel downhill
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    Highway to Hell: Mayer wins famed Kitzbuehel downhill

    Austrian Matthias Mayer delighted home fans by streaking to a classy victory in Saturday's fabled downhill in Kitzbuehel, the most prestigious and testing on the World Cup circuit. Mayer, gold medallist in downhill at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and in the super-G in 2018, clocked 1min 56.59sec down

  • Medvedev cruises to set up Wawrinka last-16 clash
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    Medvedev cruises to set up Wawrinka last-16 clash

    World number four Daniil Medvedev eased past Alexei Popyrin in straight sets Saturday to set up a last-16 clash with former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka. The tall Russian had few problems dispatching the unseeded Australian 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena as he steps up his quest for a maiden

  • Evans takes Monte Carlo lead from Toyota teammate Ogier
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    Evans takes Monte Carlo lead from Toyota teammate Ogier

    Welsh driver Elfyn Evans took over the Monte Carlo lead from his Toyota teammate Sebastien Ogier at the midway point of the world championship's season opener on Saturday. Ogier, going for his eighth Monte Carlo win, led overnight but after clocking the quickest time in the 10th stage Evans held

  • US Treasury chief says trade deal possible with UK in a year
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    US Treasury chief says trade deal possible with UK in a year

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested Saturday that Britain and America would be able to conclude a trade deal this year, despite lingering disagreements on a digital services tax and whether to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to build aspects of a new high-speed mobile network. Huawei is

  • 'Nobody can leave': trapped Wuhan residents stock up
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    'Nobody can leave': trapped Wuhan residents stock up

    Police at a roadblock on the outskirts of Wuhan turned away cars trying to leave the virus-stricken city on Saturday, as other anxious residents trapped inside spent the Lunar New Year stocking up on masks and medical supplies or in long hospital queues. Authorities have prevented anyone from leaving

  • Prix d'Amerique, France's tribute to American soldiers, celebrates centenary
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    Prix d'Amerique, France's tribute to American soldiers, celebrates centenary

    The Prix d'Amerique, founded as a tribute to the American soldiers who fought in World War I, celebrates its centenary on Sunday with last year's winner Belina Josselyn facing 17 rivals in pursuit of trotting's most prestigious prize. First run in 1920 at Vincennes, the hippodrome on the

  • Hong Kong declares Wuhan virus outbreak an 'emergency'
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    Hong Kong declares Wuhan virus outbreak an 'emergency'

    Hong Kong on Saturday declared a new coronavirus outbreak as an "emergency" -- the city's highest warning tier -- as authorities ramped up measures to reduce the risk of further infections. Of the five people who have tested positive for the virus in Hong Kong so far, four arrived via

  • Iraq security forces clear streets stoking protester fears
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    Iraq security forces clear streets stoking protester fears

    Iraqi security forces cleared anti-government protesters from streets and squares in Baghdad and the south on Saturday, AFP journalists reported, stoking protester fears their long-running campaign risks being sidelined. It came a day after populist politician Moqtada Sadr organised his own mass rally