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Russia’s Alfa Bank first regional WC sponsor: FIFA

FIFA, which has struggled to find commercial partners since it was battered by a corruption scandal last year, named a Russian bank as the first of up to 20 regional World Cup sponsors on Monday. The global soccer body said Alfa Bank would "activate sponsorship initiatives" around the 2018 World Cup, which is being hosted by Russia, although it did not say how much the deal is worth, according to Reuters re ...

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Russia uses Iran as base to bomb Syrian militants

Russia's defence ministry says it has used a base in western Iran to carry out air strikes in Syria. Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 strike fighters took off from Hamedan on Wednesday, a statement said, reports BBC. The aircraft attacked jihadist militants in Aleppo, Idlib and Deir al-Zour provinces, it added. It is reportedly the first time Russia has struck targets inside Syria from a third ...

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Malaysian oil tanker hijacked

An oil tanker carrying 900,000 liters of diesel has been hijacked and taken into Indonesian waters, Malaysian maritime authorities said on Tuesday. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said in a statement that the ship, Vier Harmoni, has been located in the waters off Batam, Indonesia, reports Reuters. The MMEA said they have yet to confirm the identity of the hijackers. The ship, which sailed f ...

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4 civilians killed in anti-India protests in Kashmir

Four people have been killed in troubled Indian-controlled Kashmir, and at least 15 more injured on Tuesday as hundreds clashed with government troops during anti-India protests, police said. A police official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said that government troops fired live ammunition and used pellet guns to control the stone throwing and slogan chanting crowds in Aripanthan village, we ...

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Yunus to bear Olympic torch

Nobel Peace Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus will bear the torch of the Rio Olympic Games which will kick off in the Brazilian city on August 5. Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has chosen him to join the mission of spreading the spirit of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games throughout the world, according to a press release of Yunus Centre issued today. The Rio Olympic Torch relay be ...

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Man tries to steal Olympic torch in Brazil

A man was wrestled to the ground and detained after he tried to steal the Olympic torch as it passed through the Brazilian town of Guarulhos. In the video on news portal G1, the unidentified man is seen trying to break through the line of security guards accompanying the torch bearer at the 40 kilometer mark of the parade in Sao Paulo state. The man was taken away and the torch bearer continued the run on S ...

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Myanmar monsoon floods kill eight, disrupt lives of 400,000

  Floods caused by monsoon rains have killed at least eight people and disrupted the lives of 400,000 across Myanmar, the government said, a year since the worst floods in decades left thousands homeless and inundated vast tracts of farmland. Weeks of torrential rains have flooded more than 400,000 acres of paddy fields, exacerbating last year’s damage, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said on Mo ...

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Search at NY JFK airport finds no signs of gunfire

A preliminary investigation at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport found no evidence of gunfire inside one of its terminals on Sunday despite earlier reports of shots being heard, the airport's operator said. No gun casings were found after a search of Terminal 8, where reports of gunshots in the departures area led to an evacuation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a Twitte ...

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Bangladeshi Imam, associate shot dead in New York

A Bangladeshi cleric and an associate, also a Bangladeshi were fatally shot by a lone gunman on Saturday while walking together following afternoon prayers at a mosque in the New York City borough of Queens, authorities said. The gunman approached the men from behind and shot both in the head at close range at about 1:50 p.m. EDT on a blistering hot afternoon in the Ozone Park neighborhood, police said in a ...

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IS leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan killed in US strike

The Islamic State group's leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed, was killed last month in an airstrike in Nangarhar province, the Pentagon said Friday, AFP reports. Saeed was named head of IS's "Khorasan province," which includes Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of neighboring countries, early last year when a group of Pakistani Taliban switched allegiance to the jihadist group. Pentagon deputy pre ...

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