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Tottenham boss hails Dembele
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‘As good as Maradona’ Tottenham make the short journey across London to take on Crystal Palace on Sunday with manager Mauricio Pochettino comparing midfielder Mousa Dembele to Diego Maradona.   “I have said before that he is a genius of football,” said the Spurs boss of the Belgium international.  “I put him next to Ronaldinho, Maradona, (Jay-Jay) Okocha—players that ...
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Mexico to host ‘difficult’ new round of NAFTA talks Negotiators from the United States, Mexico and Canada open a new round of talks Sunday on overhauling the North American Free Trade Agreement, with the Mexican hosts already warning of turbulence.   Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said the renegotiation of the 24-year-old trade deal is entering a critical phase as the three countries head ...
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20 more Red Cross workers sacked after cases of sexual misconduct More than 20 workers at the International Committee of the Red Cross were sacked or quit their roles following cases of sexual misconduct, reports Telegraph. The charity said it was "deeply saddened" to report the figures and admitted it should have been "more vigilant" in preventing the behaviour.It found that, since 2015, 21 staff members ...
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Train services to Sylhet resume  Train services to Sylhet resumed, 16 hours after Dhaka-bound Upaban Express with 1,000 passengers aboard derailed in Srimangal, a rail official has said.   Rail-links between the eastern city of Sylhet and the rest of Bangladesh were suspended around 1am on Friday when 11 compartments of the train jumped off the tracks after the train’s ...
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Modi meets Trudeau amid controversy Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, nearly a week after he arrived on his first state visit.   The meeting comes a day after Canada withdrew an invitation to an alleged Sikh extremist to attend an official dinner with Mr Trudeau in Delhi.  The Canadian PM has been fending ...
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Pakistan retain top T20 ranking after ICC error Australian cricket chiefs have clarified that Pakistan still top the Twenty20 world rankings, despite Australia’s victory in the T20 tri-series also featuring New Zealand and England.   Cricket Australia said this week that Australia would take the number one spot if they were unbeaten in the tri-series, a feat they achieved with a 19-run win ...
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Myanmar govt erases Rohingya villages from earth  Bangkok : First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth - in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.   Satellite images of Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state, released to ...
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Global stocks mixed as some warn of more volatility ahead Global stocks were mixed Thursday amid uncertainty over US monetary policy and lackluster economic data in Germany and Britain.   US stocks finished mostly higher after two down days, but market insiders continued to warn of more volatility ahead as investors ponder whether the Federal Reserve will accelerate its interest rate hikes to address higher ...
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Rice scheme for ultra-poor to resume in MarchThe government is going to resume a scheme for providing the poor with rice at Tk 10 per kilogram in March. As many as 5 million ultra-poor families were supposed to get 30 kg rice per month from September to November and March and April every year since 2016 under the programme, reports bdnews24.com.Food Minister ...
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New accelerator launches for Bangladeshi businessesScaleUp Bangladesh, a 12-month long investment readiness accelerator programme for Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs), waslaunched on Thursday in the city.Finance Minister AMA Muhith was present as the chief guest at the launching ceremony at Brac Centre Inn in the city, said a press release.Harsh Vivek, Operations Officer, IFC South Asia and Project Lead, Pilot ...
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