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‘The boys played well’: Of cricket and the English language

I was one among a crush of journalists crammed into the media room at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata the day Shahid Afridi’s foot-in-mouth disease relapsed. It was ghastly. “I’ve not enjoyed playing anywhere as much as I have in India,” the irrepressible Afridi, as effervescent as a freshly-opened can ...

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Files show Kissinger backed Argentina’s 1976-83 mass killings

Newly-declassified documents reveal that former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger hampered efforts to stop mass killings of dissidents by Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship. The State Department files show that Kissinger’s close relationship to Argentina’s military dictatorship jeopardized attempts by the administration of Jimmy Carter to influence the brutal regime. ...

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DOJ report slams racial bias in Baltimore police force

Baltimore police officers have routinely violated the constitutional rights of African Americans and repeatedly resorted to excessive force, according to a US Justice Department report. Nonetheless, officers are not adequately held accountable, shows the harshly critical report being presented on Wednesday in Baltimore, Maryland. The investigation stems from the death ...

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Philippine leader threatens ‘martial law’ if anti-crime bid blocked

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to impose ‘martial law’ if the judiciary interferes with his ongoing anti-crime campaign, which has led to the death of hundreds since he took office. The warning came after Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno on Monday questioned Duterte’s decision to release the names of ...

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Taliban closing in on Helmand capital: Afghan official

The Afghan army is sending reinforcements to the capital of the key southern province of Helmand to reverse the Taliban gains in the area. According to Kareem Atal, the head of Helmand’s provincial council, Taliban militants have completely surrounded Lashkar Gah and there are fears it could fall to the ...

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Libyan forces retake new area from Daesh in Sirte

Fighters affiliated with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) have recaptured a new area in Sirte as they push ahead with their military operation to fully liberate the Daesh-held city. The GNA said on Monday that its fighters managed to capture a new sector near the Daesh command center, east of ...

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