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  • Putin welcomes ruling to overturn Sochi doping bans

    2 February 2018 3:17 AM 52

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday welcomed a court ruling to overturn doping bans against 28 Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Putin said the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling confirmed that the majority of Russian athletes are clean but stressed that Russia needed to continue its fight against doping along

  • Turkey bans German-Kurdish soccer player for life over separatists

    31 January 2018 8:37 PM 57

    Ankara: A German-Kurdish player previously convicted of support for Kurdish separatists in Turkey has been banned for life, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) said on Tuesday. Deniz Naki, 28, was banned from all competitive games for three years and six months and charged 273,000 liras ($90,000) for "separatist and ideological propaganda", the TFF said. Procedurally

  • Ferry with 50 aboard missing near Kiribati

    30 January 2018 7:26 PM 44

    Wellington: A ferry with an estimated 50 people aboard has been missing for more than a week off the coast of the Pacific nation of Kiribati. New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre said on Saturday it has sent a military Orion plane to assist in the search of an area of ocean approximately the size of Britain. Authorities say the ferry departed Nonouti

  • Serial stowaway nabbed at US airport again

    29 January 2018 8:48 PM 52

    Marilyn Hartman, of Grayslake, was taken into custody early on Sunday and charged with misdemeanour trespassing on state land and violating the conditions of her bail bond that were set last week by the judge who warned her to stay away from airports. Police say they were responding to a call of someone refusing to leave the airport when they spotted

  • 'Get to higher ground': Massive earthquake off Alaska prompts tsunami warning

    23 January 2018 4:40 PM 157

    A magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit the Gulf of Alaska on Tuesday, prompting authorities to warn people in the area to move away from the coast in case it causes a tsunami. The tsunami warning was then cancelled hours after emergency sirens sounded in Kodiak, a town of 6100 people on Alaska's Kodiak Island, one of the closest settlements to the epicentre

  • Bali drug accused too ill to stand trial, court told

    23 January 2018 1:39 PM 44

    Bali: An Australian man accused of bringing drugs into Bali is unfit to stand trial due to his rapidly deteriorating mental health, an Indonesian court has heard. Joshua James Baker could be jailed for up to 15 years for allegedly bringing a mixture of marijuana, tobacco and prescription-only drugs into Bali. Under Indonesia's strict anti-drug laws, Baker

  • 4 per cent of English drink almost 1/3 of England's alcohol

    22 January 2018 8:58 PM 49

    London: Just four per cent of the English population consume almost one-third of all the alcohol sold in England, according to healthcare data. The figures emerged during a debate on a 50 pence (87 Australian cents) minimum unit price on alcohol by a British parliamentary committee on Monday. Rosanna O'Connor, director of Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco at Public

  • Collapse of Colombian bridge kills workers

    15 January 2018 10:13 PM 52

    Bogota: At least nine construction workers have been killed and five injured after a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia, an official from the disaster response agency said. The bridge, located in Chirajara on the border of Cundinamarca and Meta provinces, was to be part of the highway that connects the capital Bogota and the city of Villavicencio

  • Palestine's Abbas condemns Trump peace move as 'slap of the century'

    15 January 2018 5:51 AM 59

    Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would only accept a broad, internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel, but did not rule out a US role in such a panel. The Palestinians are seething at US President Donald Trump's recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and Abbas told a meeting of senior

  • Mexican journalist killed amid wave of violence against media

    14 January 2018 2:05 AM 57

    Mexico City: A journalist was killed on Saturday in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, adding to a wave of violence in one of the world's most dangerous countries for media workers. Dominguez was an independent journalist who wrote a political column. In one of his last publications, he lamented the growing political violence that has struck Mexico