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What would hardliner Raisi mean for Iran and the world?

TEHRAN: Ebrahim Raisi, the leading candidate for Iran’s hardliners in next month’s presidential election, has left many wondering whether the country’s fragile opening to the West could be under threat. The 56-year-old judge and cleric registered on Friday for the May 19 vote and his candidacy is being closely watched by foreign investors and diplomats… Read More »

Figure skating – Medvedeva emulates Kwan by winning back-to-back world titles

HELSINKI: A performance full of grace and technical wizardry proved that Evgenia Medvedeva will be the woman to beat at next year’s Winter Olympics as the Russian soared above her rivals to win back-to-back titles at the world figure skating championships. Friday’s triumph with a world record total of 233.41 points made her the first… Read More »

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since WWII: United Nations

UNITED STATES: The United Nations is warning that the world is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine in four countries. The world body’s humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien called Friday for an urgent mobilisation of funds – US$ 4.4 billion by… Read More »

Golf: Johnson takes Riviera lead, closes in on top world ranking

REUTERS: Long-hitting Dustin Johnson closed in on the world number one ranking when he took the second-round lead at the weather-plagued Genesis Open on Saturday. Johnson overcame some errant iron shots mid-round, storming home with three birdies in the final four holes for a five-under-par 66 on the damp and unusually lush Riviera course. The… Read More »

Bangladesh unions join suit against FIFA over World Cup workers

DHAKA/DOHA: Bangladesh labour activists said on Friday they had joined a lawsuit in Switzerland against world soccer body FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure people working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar are treated fairly. The suit, filed in FIFA’s home city of Zurich with the backing of the largest… Read More »

World piracy plummets to 20-year low: Maritime watchdog

KUALA LUMPUR: Pirate attacks worldwide fell to a 20-year low in the third quarter, the International Maritime Bureau said Monday, as it credited anti-piracy efforts by authorities and the shipping industry. The IMB said in its latest quarterly report that 42 instances of piracy on the high seas were recorded in July-September. “With just 42… Read More »

Motor Rally: Ogier claims fourth world title with Catalonia win

SALOU, Spain: Frenchman Sebastien Ogier sealed his fourth consecutive world rally championship in style by winning the Rally of Catalonia on Sunday (Oct 16). Ogier needed just a point to seal the title, but the Volkswagen driver claimed his fifth win of the season by holding off home favourite Dani Sordo. Belgian Thierry Neuville claimed… Read More »