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Vladimir Putin gets lavish welcome on visit to ally Serbia

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 10:33 AM PST

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AP
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Thu, 2019-01-17 (All day)

BELGRADE, Serbia: Vladimir Putin received a hero's welcome in ally Serbia on Thursday as the Russian president attempted to maintain political and economic influence in the Balkans, which is increasingly looking Westward.
Putin's presidential plane was escorted over Serbian airspace by MiG-29 fighter jets he recently donated to Serbia as he arrived for the one-day visit. Church bells tolled, guns saluted and people waved Russian and Serbian flags on Putin's route through the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

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Pakistan PM says making "sincere efforts" to end war in Afghanistan 

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 10:12 AM PST

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Thu, 2019-01-17 20:56

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday assured Afghan President Ashraf Ghani of his government's "sincere efforts" to help Kabul and the United States reach a negotiated settlement to a war in neighbouring Afghanistan that is stretching into its eighteenth year. 

The Afghan President phoned Khan to discuss recent efforts for peace and reconciliation in war-torn Afghanistan, a statement released by Prime Minister Office in Islamabad said. 

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Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 10:05 AM PST

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Arab News
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Thu, 2019-01-17 21:04

LONDON: Saudi Arabia now know they will have to overcome Japan in the second round if they are to keep their hopes of a fourth Asian Cup title alive. 

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Qatar meant Juan Antonio Pizzi's men finished second in Group E — both sides went into the top-of-the-table clash knowing they had already secured a spot in the knockout stages. 

A brace from Almoez Ali in Abu Dhabi was enough to give Qatar the three points and leave them top of the group. 

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Phoenix police: Dead newborn found in Amazon site’s restroom

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 09:59 AM PST

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Associated Press
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Thu, 2019-01-17 (All day)

PHOENIX: A newborn baby girl was found dead in a women's restroom inside an Amazon distribution center and investigators have located and spoken with the mother, Phoenix police said Thursday.
Sgt. Vince Lewis said police were not commenting on whether the mother is an Amazon employee to prevent her identity from being revealed.
Firefighters confirmed that the baby was dead and that the investigation is continuing in consultation with the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office, a police statement said.

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Much-changed Japan beat Uzbekistan to top Group F

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 09:55 AM PST

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AFP
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Thu, 2019-01-17 20:57

ABU DHABI: Tsukasa Shiotani thumped home a sizzling second-half winner as Japan changed 10 players but still beat Uzbekistan 2-1 to finish top of Group F at the Asian Cup.
The unfamiliar line-up briefly trailed after Eldor Shomurodov's opener, but Newcastle United forward Yoshinori Muto's header and Shiotani's thunderbolt gave Japan their third win in the group.
In the round of 16, Japan will take on three-time winners Saudi Arabia, while Uzbekistan will take on defending champions Australia.

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Egypt extends detention of mother held for ‘false news’

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 09:44 AM PST

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AFP
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Thu, 2019-01-17 15:53

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Thursday extended the detention of a woman accused of spreading false news by telling the BBC her daughter had been forcibly disappeared, a judicial source said.
Mona Mahmud Mohammad, also known as Umm Zubeida, was ordered to remain in jail for 45 days after prosecutors appealed a ruling on Tuesday to release her, the source added.
Mohammad has been in custody since March 2018 over accusations that she belonged to a "terrorist group" and spread false news.

Philips to close its UK factory in 2020, with loss of 400 jobs

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 09:38 AM PST

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Reuters
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Thu, 2019-01-17 17:29

AMSTERDAM/LONDON: Dutch health technology company Philips said on Thursday it planned to close its only factory in Britain in 2020, with the loss of around 400 jobs, the latest firm to move manufacturing jobs out of Britain.
The move is part of a push by Philips to reduce its large manufacturing sites worldwide to 30 from 50, and a spokesman said the decision had no direct link with Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

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Shane Lowry confident he will take some stopping in Abu Dhabi

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 09:36 AM PST

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Arab News
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Thu, 2019-01-17 20:36

LONDON: For the second day in a row it was a case of catch me if you can at the
Abu Dhabi Golf Championship as Shane Lowry remained on top of the leaderboard.
The Irishman shot a record-equalling 62 in the first round to make a statement of intent in the UAE capital. He followed that up with a more sedate two-under 70 yesterday to stay out in front on
12-under, a shot ahead of South African duo Louis Oosthuizen and Richard Sterne.

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Oman make Asian Cup second round to set up Iran clash

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 09:28 AM PST

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Arab News
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Thu, 2019-01-17 20:29

LONDON: Muhsen Al-Ghassani and Mohammed Al-Musallami were the heroes as they fired in late goals to give Oman a 3-1 win over Turkmenistan and secure progress to the second round in the process.
Oman coach Pim Verbeek said before the match that a 2-0 win would be enough for his team to advance, and his side started on the front foot as they went in search of the opening goal.
They were rewarded when they took the lead after 20 minutes thanks to a brilliant Ahmed Al-Mahaijri free-kick.

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Oxfam told to do more to tackle sexual misconduct and abuse

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 09:15 AM PST

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Reuters
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Thu, 2019-01-17 13:19

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Bullying and elitism within global aid charity Oxfam have created "toxic" work environments and enabled sexual harassment by staff, an independent commission has found.
Many workers said they had faced entrenched elitism, sexism and racism, while problem staff members were often not held accountable for their actions, found the interim report released this week.
"There is still a lot to do in terms of building trust within the organization," Shannon Mouillesseaux, one of the commissioners, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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