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Cyclists deliver Rugby World Cup whistle after 20,000km journey

1 hour 11 min ago
Two intrepid cyclists, Ron Rutland and James Owens, delivered the whistle to be used in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup on Thursday, having travelled over 20,000 km (12,427 miles) in 231 days from London.

Toddler, teen killed in Papua clash: Indonesian military

1 hour 12 min ago
JAKARTA: A toddler and teenager were among three people killed in a gunfight between security forces and independence-seeking rebels in Indonesia's restive Papua region, the military said on Thursday (Sep 19). The deadly clash comes after mass demonstrations and violence gripped Papua - on the ...

Haze from Indonesian fires reaches southern Thailand

1 hour 12 min ago
HAT YAI: The southern Thai provinces of Yala and Songkhla have been hit by haze from Indonesia's forest fires, with the PM2.5 air quality readings there exceeding the safety level of 50. According to the Pollution Control Department on Thursday (Sep 19), the PM2.5 level in Hai Yai, Songkhla was at ...

Rugby: England's discipline will be key, says Mitchell

1 hour 14 min ago
England must be disciplined and adaptable at the World Cup given a push to eliminate high tackles and ongoing debate over the rules of the breakdown, defence coach John Mitchell said on Thursday ahead of their opener against underdogs Tonga.

Netanyahu urges rival Gantz to form unity government with him

1 hour 15 min ago
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday there was no chance he could form a right-wing government after Israel's deadlocked election and called on his main rival, centrist Benny Gantz, to join him in a broad, unity coalition.

Malaysia to push Southeast Asian nations for long-term solution to smog

1 hour 16 min ago
Malaysia will push its Southeast Asian neighbours to strengthen cooperation in finding a long-term solution for smog wafted across the region from forest fires in Indonesia, its environment minister said on Thursday.

Badminton: India's Sindhu primed for Tokyo gold, says coach

1 hour 18 min ago
Pusarla Sindhu will be a strong contender for the women's gold medal at next year's Tokyo Olympics but the 24-year-old's recent World Championship triumph will also make her a target, India's national coach Pullela Gopichand said.

Rugby: 'Nobody believes in us'- France out to prove doubters wrong

1 hour 19 min ago
With a tough draw and consistently patchy form, three-times runnersup France face the very real prospect of an early exit when they kick off their World Cup against Argentina in a potentially must-win game on Saturday.

Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over haze

1 hour 21 min ago
KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and Indonesia on Thursday (Sep 19), affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic haze from rampant forest fires sent air quality plummeting. Nearly 2,500 schools were ordered to shut their doors in Malaysia ...

The devil’s all in the details when it comes to cutting-edge design

1 hour 38 min ago
In design and aesthetics, it’s the little things that make all the difference, whether you’re re-imagining combat rations, crafting artisanal leather products or designing SUVs. Brought to you by Audi.

Indonesia sports minister resigns after becoming graft suspect: President

1 hour 52 min ago
JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday (Sep 19) said his sports minister had resigned after being named a bribery suspect by the country's anti-corruption agency. It was the second cabinet minister engulfed in the graft case, which has been a blow to Widodo, Indonesia's first ...

British baby's death not due to SMA gene therapy: Novartis

1 hour 52 min ago
A British baby's death this year after getting Novartis's gene therapy Zolgensma was not caused by a toxic drug reaction, the Swiss drugmaker said, allaying concerns over the US$2.1 million-per-patient treatment's risks.

Tottenham making same old mistakes, says Kane

2 hours 1 min ago
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane said he fully understands manager Mauricio Pochettino's frustration with the team, asserting that they had failed to learn from past mistakes following Wednesday's 2-2 Champions League draw at Olympiakos Piraeus.

Hansen, Erasmus at odds over referees ahead of World Cup blockbuster

2 hours 12 min ago
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has dismissed the notion that referees favour in-form teams and says comments by counterpart Rassie Erasmus ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup opener against South Africa were aimed at putting the match officials under pressure.

Fire and hail push insurers to rethink climate change risks

2 hours 34 min ago
LONDON: By the time David Kaisel got back from selling his flour at a farmers' market, a wildfire in California's Capay Valley had burnt both his tractor and the shipping container where he kept some tools. His insurer is set to pay out a sixth of his losses. He is now considering widening his ...

China still planning new coal power projects: Environmental groups

2 hours 42 min ago
SHANGHAI: China's total planned coal-fired power projects now stand at 226.2 gigawatts (GW), the highest in the world and more than twice the amount of new capacity on the books in India, according to data published by environmental groups on Thursday (Sep 19). The projects approved by China ...

Japan admit to nerves before World Cup opener

2 hours 47 min ago
Japan scrumhalf Yutaka Nagare admitted that he and some of the other Brave Blossoms players are feeling the nerves ahead of the opening match of the Rugby World Cup against Russia on Friday.

Exclusive: Deutsche Bank has discussed adding assets to bad bank if sales go well - sources

2 hours 52 min ago
Some senior Deutsche Bank AG officials have discussed the possibility of putting additional problematic assets worth billions of euros into a unit it created earlier this year, if the bank is able to sell assets already held within that "bad bank," according to three bank sources.

Swiss raid stomach ache drug ingredient makers in competition probe

3 hours 2 min ago
ZURICH: Switzerland's COMCO competition watchdog on Thursday conducted dawn raids of several makers and distributors of a drug ingredient for medicines against stomach pain, citing suspicions of unlawful price and market sharing ingredients. "COMCO suspects that manufacturers and distributors of ...

Sparks fly as Germany's climate plan hits rural landscapes

3 hours 8 min ago
German farmer Edgar Thomas already has two towering pylons spoiling the view of the picturesque rolling hills around his land, and he's exasperated that his area is being asked to find room for more.

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