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Football

FIFA World Cup: Japan target fifth Asian title after Round of 16 heartbreak

The Asian Cup will also be held in Qatar but is now likely to be postponed until early 2024 to avoid Qatar's fierce summer heat.

World

Hunger, cholera stalk displacement camps near east DR Congo city

Since late October, many tens of thousands of people have flocked towards the relative safety of the city, fleeing the advance of the M23 rebel group

World

Chinese flags flutter in Saudi capital ahead of Xi Jinping visit

The red-and-gold Chinese emblem alternated with the green flag of Saudi Arabia along major roads in Riyadh, while Xi was pictured on the front pages of newspapers that highlighted the trip's potential economic benefits

World

German police arrest 25 far-right extremists for plotting to overthrow the government

Authorities deployed around 3,000 officers to conduct nationwide raids to target members of ‘Citizens of the Reich’ movement. The movement includes neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists and gun enthusiasts who reject the legitimacy of the modern German republic

Football

FIFA World Cup: Pass-masters Spain fail Morocco test, face identity crisis

Spain attempted over 1,000 passes against Morocco but ended up with nothing to show for it. Morocco, on the other hand had agreed not to take the possession.

First Cricket News

Pakistan vs England: 'Barmy Army' bring manic energy to Three Lions’ long-awaited tour

The Barmy Army are often buoyed by pints of lager, but in dry Pakistan, fans bonded with opposing spectators over a shared love of tea.

Football

Belgium star Eden Hazard quits international football: 'The succession is ready'

Hazard, who played as an attacking midfielder or winger, made his Belgium debut in 2008 as a teenager and collected a total of 126 caps, scoring 33 goals.

World

How life will change as China relaxes its COVID-19 restrictions

China is rolling back on its tough zero-COVID policy after the curbs sparked unprecedented protests. Now, people infected with the virus but with mild or no symptoms can now isolate at home rather than in state-managed facilities. The need for frequent mass testing has also been scrapped

World

Germany busts far-right cell planning parliament attack

More than 3,000 officers including elite anti-terror units took part in the early morning raids and searched more than 130 properties, in what German media described as one of the largest police actions the country has ever seen

World

November imports and exports in China plunge below 2020 levels due to strict Covid rules

Official figures revealed that China's imports fell 10.6 per cent, while exports fell by 8.7 per cent in November

World

'Humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction,' warns UN chief

'With our bottomless appetite for unchecked and unequal economic growth, humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction,UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, in a speech ahead of biodiversity talks in Montreal

Tennis

Former World No 1 Karolina Pliskova rehires German coach Sascha Bajin

Pliskova, who has won 16 career singles titles, hired Bajin in November 2020 and the 38-year-old German coach helped her to the 2021 Wimbledon finals.

World

US midterm polls: Democrats capture Senate seat in Georgia runoff

Joe Biden's party won a new US Senate seat on Tuesday with Democrat Raphael Warnock's victory in Georgia, according to television networks. The incumbent senator defeated Republican Herschel Walker, a former football star and protege of former president Donald Trump.

Tennis

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic to begin campaign at Adelaide International

Djokovic will face a strong field from 1-8 January that also features Felix Auger-Aliassime, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev

Football

FIFA World Cup: Portugal too much to handle, acknowledges Switzerland manager Murat Yakin

Asked about his future, Switzerland coach Murat Yakin said it was not time for over-reactions after they exited the FIFA World Cup.

Football

FIFA World Cup: Portugal hero Goncalo Ramos 'never dreamt' of scoring a hat-trick

Ramos was only making his fourth appearance for the national side, having played ten minutes across two games in the group stage.

First Cricket News

Steve Smith to captain Australia in second Test vs West Indies, Pat Cummins ruled out due to injury

Pat Cummins has been nursing a mild thigh problem and did not bowl on the last two days of the opening Test in Perth, which Australia won by 164 runs.

Football

FIFA World Cup: Morocco coach Walid Regragui admits plan was to let Spain have the ball

Regragui said the team worked for four days on their gameplan to reduce the impact of midfield trio Sergio Busquets, Pedri and Gavi.

Football

Watch: FIFA World Cup win makes Morocco the 'pride' of Arab fans

Saudis, Qataris and Egyptians joined Moroccans in the celebrations, waving their countries' flags in the traditional market as police gathered around the edge.

Football

FIFA World Cup: Ronaldo was dropped for 'strategic' reasons, says coach Santos after Portugal reach quarters

Fernando Santos had expressed his unhappiness with Ronaldo's reaction to being substituted in the final group stage game against South Korea.