IPEC LEGACY AWARDS

Five gold medals and a viral video: Why the brouhaha over Hima Das’ winning runs makes no sense

July 2, Poznan: 200m gold (23.65 seconds) July 7, Kunto: 200m gold (23.97 seconds) July 13, Kladno: 200m gold (23.43 seconds) July 17, Tabor: 200m gold (23.25 seconds) July 20, Prague: 400m gold (52.09 seconds) This are the timings of

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US slaps sanctions on Chinese oil buyer over Iran deal

WASHINGTON: The US has sanctioned Chinese state-run energy company Zhuhai Zhenrong Co Ltd for allegedly violating restrictions imposed on Iran’s oil sector, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a speech yesterday.  “We’ve said that we will sanction any

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Hong Kong police criticized over failure to stop attacks on protesters

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police faced criticism on Monday for an apparent failure to protect anti-government protesters and passersby from attack by suspected gang members at a train station on the weekend. The attack on Sunday came during a night

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South Korean cargo ship attacked by pirates

SINGAPORE: Pirates attacked a South Korean-flagged cargo ship near the Singapore Strait earlier today, assaulting the crew and making off with thousands of dollars in cash, Korea’s Yonhap news agency said. Singapore police, who manage the island nation’s coastguard, did

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China’s interference in South China Sea’s O&G bothers US State Department

WASHINGTON: The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it is concerned by reports of China’s interference with oil and gas activities in the South China Sea, including Vietnam’s long-standing exploration and production activities. “China’s repeated provocative actions aimed at the

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India introduces amended trans rights Bill in Parliament after backlash

NEW DELHI: India’s government yesterday presented a revised version of its Transgender Rights Bill to Parliament after criticism from the country’s vibrant transgender community, who said sections of an earlier version would violate their rights. India’s Supreme Court officially recognised

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Komodo Island to be closed in 2020 for ecological rehabilitation

JAKARTA: The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Tourism Agency announced yesterday that Komodo Island will be closed by the beginning of 2020. “It is definite; we have decided to close Komodo Island next year,” said its head Wayan Darmawa, as reported

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Malaysia 3rd worst Asian country for solo female travel

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has been ranked the third worst country in Asia for solo female travel in a research by Asher & Lyric, an independent travel blog based in Australia. The “Women’s Danger Index” was based on research from sources

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Singapore to return US$40m linked to 1MDB

SINGAPORE: Singapore is returning almost US$40 million (RM164.4 million) to Malaysia seized in connection with a massive financial scandal that played a major role in the toppling of the corruption-plagued government of Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The city-state is one

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Pakistan to grant consular access to alleged Indian spy

KARACHI: Pakistan yesterday said it would grant consular access to an alleged Indian spy in pursuant to the judgement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Anadolu Agency reported, quoting a statement by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry. On Wednesday, the ICJ

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