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Day: February 6, 2017

GB through after umpire hit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

GB through after umpire hit

    Great Britain are through to the Davis Cup quarter-finals after Denis Shapovalov of Canada was defaulted in the deciding rubber on Sunday. In a very bizarre end to an exciting tie in Ottawa, the 17-year-old Shapovalov accidentally hit umpire Arnaud Gabas with the ball, meaning he had to be defaulted by tie referee Brian Earley. Already two sets up, Kyle Edmund broke for 2-1 in set three when Shapovalov hit the ball out, and the youngster smashed the ball in anger towards the stands, only for it to fly straight into the face of Gabas. Shapovalov, who won Junior Wimbledon last year, was distraught after the incident, while Gabas was given ice and TV pictures showed his left eye badly swollen. Great Britain therefore triumphed 3-2, Canada's Vasek Pospisil having earlier produ...
Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 100
Arab world, ENGLISH

Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 100

    More than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, including 50 in one village, officials said Sunday, warning the death toll could rise still further. The avalanches struck after three days of heavy snow, which has destroyed scores of homes and blocked roads mainly in central and northeastern provinces, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages. The bulk of the deaths however occurred in remote Nuristan province, where at least 50 people were killed in a single village, Mohammad Omar Mohammadi a spokesman for the ministry of natural disaster told AFP. Avalanches have buried two entire villages in Bargmatal district, 50 bodies were recovered from one village while rescuers ar...
If trade stops, war starts Alibaba founder who visited Donald Trump warns
America, ENGLISH

If trade stops, war starts Alibaba founder who visited Donald Trump warns

    Jack Ma, who met US President Donald Trump last month and announced his company Alibaba would help create one million jobs in the United States, added: The world needs globalisation, it needs trade. Speaking in Melbourne at the launch of Alibaba's Australia and New Zealand headquarters, he said: Everybody is concerned about trade wars. If trade stops, war starts. But worry doesn't solve the problem, he added, Business Insider Australia reports. The only thing you can do is get involved and actively prove that trade helps people to communicate. We should have fair, transparent and inclusive trade. Speaking a month after meeting Mr Trump, he said the world was in an interesting period requiring new leadership. Mr Trump's first executive order withdrew the US from the Trans-P...
Corbyn braced for fresh Brexit rebellion
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Corbyn braced for fresh Brexit rebellion

    Jeremy Corbyn is braced for a fresh rebellion this week over the party’s stance on invoking Article 50 as the historic Article 50 bill reaches its final stages in the Commons. On a day in which one of his key allies, Diane Abbott, came under mounting pressure to quit after she abstained on the first vote last week due to a migraine, the Labour leader also refused to be drawn on whether he would discipline those who voted against triggering the mechanism for exiting the EU. The Independent understands Mr Corbyn is not likely to replace those who resigned from the shadow Cabinet after the leadership imposed a three-line whip until after the final reading and vote on Wednesday evening. It is expected that more MPs could join those who rebelled last week, if the party fails to...
Trump under fire for saying he respects killer Putin
America, ENGLISH

Trump under fire for saying he respects killer Putin

    President Donald Trump drew fire from Republicans and Democrats alike Sunday, after he defended a softer stance on Russia, playing down political assassinations and Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. Trump now two weeks into his four-year term showed no signs of yielding to demands from within his own Republican Party to distance himself from President Vladimir Putin, plunging himself into a fresh political firestorm. President Donald Trump speaks with reporters on board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on February 3, 2017 I do respect him. Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn't mean I'll get along with them, Trump said in an excerpt of a Super Bowl interview with Fox News's Bill O'Reilly that will air in full on Sunday. When pr...