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Court of Arbitration for Sport rejects Russian appeal against ban of 68 athletes

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Thursday it had rejected Russia’s appeal against the exclusion of its track and field athletes from the Rio Games starting on Aug. 5. “CAS rejects the claims/appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes,” CAS said in a statement. The ruling by the CAS, sport’s highest tribunal, will be taken ...

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Probe into Russian airliner crash enters final stage

Egypt’s prosecutor-general Nabil Sadek is set to travel to Moscow next week to brief Russian officials on the latest investigations into the deadly October crash of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai. According to an official statement by Egypt’s civil aviation ministry on Tuesday, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy stressed to Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov during a Monday ...

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Egypt’s FM Shoukry heads to Washington for anti-IS group coalition meeting

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry flew to Washington on Tuesday evening to participate in the ministerial meeting of the international anti-Islamic State group coalition hosted by the United States, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry announced. According to statements by foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid, Shoukry is set to attend the meeting held in Washington with the participation ...

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Turkey imposes 3-month state of emergency to catch coup plotters

Turkish authorities Thursday imposed a three-month state of emergency, strengthening powers to round up suspects accused of staging the failed military coup despite global alarm over a widening purge. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the state of emergency, the first in Turkey in one and a half decades, shortly before midnight after an almost five-hour meeting of his national security ...

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China eyes eight cruise ships to serve South China Sea

Up to eight Chinese ships will offer cruises to the South China Sea over the next five years, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday, as Beijing continues to promote tourism to the disputed waters. Sanya International Cruise Development Company, a joint venture by COSCO Shipping, China National Travel Service (HK) Group  and China Communications Construction, will buy between five and ...

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Rise in prostate cancer raises alarm

A dramatic rise in the number of men being diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in the US has raised alarm among Australian doctors. Surgeons from the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand fear there could be a similar increase in Australia due to a decline in testing for protein marker PSA. A new study shows the number of men ...

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Queensland lament letting clean sweep slip from grasp

From zero to hero, that is the story of Michael Jennings’ Origin series. It might have been a dead rubber but with a miracle try at the death on Wednesday night it might just be a moment that saves the centre’s representative career. Jennings had a shocker in Origin II three weeks’ beforehand, his fingertips in the in-goal denying Tyson ...

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James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke: Michelle Obama rocks out to Single Ladies

America’s first lady Michelle Obama rocked out on The Late, late show with James Corden’s popular segment Carpool Karaoke on Wednesday. A well-publicised Beyonce fan, the 52-year-old blasted Single Ladies while she and Corden busted out Beyonce’s signature dance moves. Corden is shown driving around the grounds of the White House in Washington DC with Obama in the passenger seat. With musical tastes ranging from Stevie Wonder (“I know every Stevie song on the planet) to ...

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Bank dividends ‘simply unsustainable’: Perpetual’s Anthony Aboud

The dividends paid by Australia’s big banks are too high, and the most obvious response to a likely toughening in capital rules would be for banks to cut payouts to shareholders, Perpetual portfolio manager Anthony Aboud says. The Big Four’s record of paying juicy dividends has made them a hit with retail investors, but a new note from Mr Aboud argues the lenders are materially over-paying dividends ...

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Miranda Kerr has said yes to marry billionaire Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel

Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr has said yes to a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, billionaire Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel. Kerr, a former spokeswoman for Victoria’s Secret who was raised in Gunnedah, NSW, posted a picture online on Wednesday showing a huge diamond ring on her hand. The image also features a cartoon couple with the man down on one knee ...

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