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July 17, 2018 11:57 PM 'Africa real' World Cup winners, says Venezuela's Maduro

CARACAS: Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro believes Africa and not France are the true winners of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. France beat Croatia 4-2 in Sunday's final in Moscow, but with a team featuring number players of African heritage. "The French team seems like the African team, in reality, Africa won, the African immigrants who arrived in France 9

July 11, 2018 4:03 AM 1 dead, 20 injured in S. Africa vintage plane crash: Official

PRETORIA: One person was killed and about 20 were injured when a vintage plane crashed Tuesday after it took off on a test flight from a small airport in the South African capital Pretoria, emergency services said. The Convair-340 plane built in 1954 was due to soon be flown to the Aviodrome air museum in the Netherlands from Wonderboom airport in Pretoria 11

July 9, 2018 9:10 AM Zuma son in S. Africa court on corruption charges

JOHANNESBURG: Duduzane Zuma, the son of scandal-hit former South African president Jacob Zuma, appeared in ankle shackles in a Johannesburg court on Monday on corruption charges before being released on bail. Duduzane, 34, worked for the Gupta family, which is accused of corrupt dealings with Zuma's government by being granted lucrative government contracts 4

July 8, 2018 3:42 AM West African states in joint fight against root crop 'Ebola'

ABIDJAN: Researchers from half a dozen states in West Africa have joined together in a battle against what one expert calls a root crop "Ebola" — a viral disease that could wreck the region's staple food and condemn millions to hunger. Their enemy: cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), a virus that strikes cassava, also called manioc, which in some of the region's 8

July 5, 2018 12:06 AM A night in Mandela's prison cell – yours for US$300k

JOHANNESBURG: For rich corporate executives, fine food, expensive wine and five-star hotels come as standard. But one discerning top boss with a spare US$300,000 (RM 1.2 million) will give up creature comforts for a night in the cramped prison cell that was Nelson Mandela's home for 18 years. That is according to organisers of the annual CEO sleepout 9

July 2, 2018 8:26 AM Salah's new contract shows belief in Liverpool

LONDON: Egyptian international Mohamed Salah's stunning first season with English Premier League side Liverpool earned him a long-term contract with the club on Monday. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the fact the 26-year-old striker — who scored 44 goals in just 52 appearances last season — signed such a deal reflected his belief the club were on course 4

July 2, 2018 12:31 AM 'That's life' says Iniesta after Spain farewell ends in defeat

MOSCOW: Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta said Sunday his international career had ended on a bitter note after his side were knocked out of the World Cup by Russia on penalties. "It was not a good way to say goodbye, but football and life are like that," said Iniesta, after his 131st and last appearance for his country. "I am leaving with a nasty taste 10

July 1, 2018 1:03 AM Cavani injury worry for Uruguay after two-goal heroics

Sochi, Russia (dpa) - Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez says he is "worried" about an injury to striker Edinson Cavani but has no further immediate information. Cavani scored both his side's goals in a 2-1 defeat of Portugal to put Uruguay into a quarter-final match against France on Friday. But the Paris Saint-Germain striker limped off with some 20 minutes 11

June 26, 2018 12:21 AM Egypt keeper El Hadary to become World Cup's oldest player

Egypt keeper Essam El Hadary will become the oldest player in World Cup history when his side plays Saudi Arabia on Monday. El Hadary was named to start in the Group A game at the Volgograd Arena at the age of 45 years and 161 days. He surpasses the record of Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon, who was 43 years and 3 days old in his final appearance at the 2014 World 4

June 25, 2018 7:45 AM South Sudan foes in new peace talks to end deadly war

KHARTOUM: South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and arch-foe Riek Machar were set to hold a new round of peace talks Monday after a first meeting last week faltered. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is hosting in Khartoum the second round of talks between the two bitter rivals, aimed at ending South Sudan's four-and-a-half year brutal civil war. A first-round 4