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Manchester United in search of first win


Manchester United will go in search of their first Premier League win under manager Louis van Gaal when they travel to Sunderland on Sunday.

Petra Kvitova wins battle of Czechs to make semifinal

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns to compatriot Barbora Zhlavova Strycova during their Connecticut Open quarter-final

Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA New Haven hardcourt tournament on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Czech compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

US targets Pakistan hawala firm linked to Taliban

The US treasury department said the sanctions targeted the financial and leadership network of the Taliban, the fierce insurgency fighting the government of Afghanistan

Australia defends detention of asylum seekers

Australia’s immigration minister defended his country’s tough policies on asylum seekers on Friday, saying measures, including the detention of children and denial of permanent visas were needed to st

Shias stage protest as Yemen crisis talks held

Tens of thousands of supporters of Shia Zaidi rebels pressing the government to resign gathered on Friday in the north of Yemen’s capital as a presidential team held crisis talks in their stronghold.

Revitalised Barcelona eye fresh start


Barcelona will be looking to put a disastrous end to last season behind them when they open their new Spanish League campaign at home to Elche on Sunday.

Sadr’s militia wants US aid against ISIS

Shia fighters from the Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades), a group formed by Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr . AFP

Iraq’s Mahdi Army fought US troops to the death in past years, but now some members of the rebranded Shia militia say they could do with a little help from their old foe.

Police in dock over cannibalism killing

German police officer Detlef Guenzel arrives for the op-ening of his trial at the co-urt in Dresden, eastern Germany. AFP

A German police officer went on trial on Friday accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists so he could make a grisly pornographic home video.

Russia pushes aid into Ukraine

Kiev accused Moscow of invading as Russia unilaterally drove a mammoth aid convoy across war-torn east Ukraine on Friday and warned against any attacks on the trucks.

US diplomats banned from Ice Bucket Challenge

It is the charity stunt that has got everyone from billionaires to pop stars and even former US Presidents drenched by buckets of freezing water.

With the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan being iced due to the meeting between Kashmiri separatists and the Pakistani high commissioner, it may be worth recalling an episode from contemporaneous history.

As the old saying goes, “Can you say ‘boo’ to a goose?” Well, in India, we don’t waste our precious time booing geese. We reserve our boos for chief ministers. Each time the Prime Minister steps out to attend important functions in states that are still hanging on to their own non-BJP leaders (with time bombs ticking away), the crowds make sure nobody but Narendra Modi is heard.