Allan Border defends Virat Kohli

Former Australia captain Allan Border has come to the defence of Virat Kohli, saying his antics might be over the top but the game needs characters who show passion. The Indian skipper has come under criticism for his sledging and heated exchanges with Australian counterpart Tim Paine during the tense second Test in Perth, which at one point needed the umpire to intervene. Test great Mitchell Johnson also slammed Kohli for failing to acknowledge the crowd’s applause after he was controversially given out in the first innings for 123, and…

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Agra school girl set ablaze by unidentified men, dies

A 15-year-old girl succumbed to burn injuries at the Safdarjung Hospital here Thursday, two days after she was set ablaze allegedly by unidentified men in Agra, police said. The class 10 student was Tuesday waylaid by two unidentified men, who allegedly poured petrol on her and set her on fire with a lighter, they said. The girl had suffered 55 per cent burn injuries, including facial burns, and her airway was also burnt due to smoke and fumes which was creating a problem for her to breathe, a doctor at…

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Amit Shah meets LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, son to talk 2019 seat share

BJP boss Amit Shah is meeting Lok Janshakti Party’s Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag at his Delhi residence. The meeting comes a day after the Bihar politicians went public with their December 31 deadline to seal the NDA’s seat-sharing arrangement for the 2019 elections in Bihar. Paswan’s party has been flexing its muscles over the delay and has attempted to pressurise the BJP to finalise the pact soon. Bihar’s animal husbandry minister and LJP leader Pashupati Kumar Paras had on Wednesday said that the BJP should call a…

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Libyan army demands UN investigation into ‘two weapons shipments from Turkey’

The Libyan National Army has called on the United Nations Security Council to launch an immediate investigation into what it says are two shipments of military hardware from Turkey to the North African country. The army, in a statement released late on Wednesday, voiced deep concern over the arrival of shipments, carrying various types of rifles and munitions, at the western Libyan port city of al-Khoms on Monday and Tuesday. “The ammunition in those shipments included more than 4.2 million bullets, enough to kill nearly 80 percent of the Libyan…

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North Korea ‘not to denuclearize unless US nuclear threat removed’

North Korean state media say Pyongyang will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons program unless the United States removes its nuclear threat first, amid a protracted deadlock in nuclear negotiations between the two countries over the sequencing of the denuclearization process in the Korean Peninsula and the removal of international sanctions. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a statement released on Thursday that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula had to mean “completely eliminating the US nuclear threat to Korea,” as well as all neighboring areas.…

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54 Palestinian kids martyred, 900 others arrested by Israeli forces since Jan.: Report

A report by a Palestinian human rights center reveals that Zionist regime’s forces have martyred at least 54 Palestinian children and arrested over 900 others since the beginning of 2018. According to Press TV, the human rights center reported that 80 percent of the children were martyred during demonstrations in the so-called buffer zone in the Gaza Strip. The report also condemned what it described as Israel’s systematic violation of Palestinian children’s rights. According to the group’s investigation, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Study and Documentation, Israel’s rights violation is…

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