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6:22 PM

Iranians chant "Death to Israel", burn Islamic State's flag at rallies - TV

ANKARA (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Iranians chanted "Death to Israel" in nationwide rallies on Friday at which they also burned flag of the Islamic State militant group which claimed responsibility for attacks in Tehran this month, state TV reported.

6:21 PM

KLCI closes higher on late push but trading dips

KUALA LUMPUR: Late buying of Genting Malaysia underpinned the FBM KLCI's positive close on Friday while the trading value and volume declined ahead of the long weekend.

6:13 PM

Spain prosecutor says not opposed to lifting prison sentence for Messi

MADRID (Reuters) - The Barcelona state prosecutor said on Friday it was not opposed to substituting a 21-month prison sentence for a fine for tax fraud handed down to soccer player Lionel Messi, as long as the fine was the maximum allowed under law.

6:11 PM

Ahmad Zahid cautions against foreign media allegations

PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi advised Malaysians to be calm and prudent in evaluating the allegations and slander that are planned by the foreign media to undermine the country's image.

6:01 PM

Monk tells Downing he can leave Middlesbrough - reports

(Reuters) - Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing has been told he will not feature in new manager Garry Monk's plans next season and can leave the club, according to multiple reports in the British media on Thursday.

6:00 PM

Turkey warns on Syrian Kurdish militia, welcomes U.S. weapons pledge

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's defence minister warned on Friday that Ankara would retaliate against any threatening moves by the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria and welcomed a U.S. pledge to take back weapons from the group after the defeat of Islamic State.

6:00 PM

Najib calls for peace, unity among Muslims

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed the hope that Muslims in general and especially those in Malaysia will take the opportunity of Aidilfitri to forgive one another and foster peace and unity as prescribed by Prophet Muhammad.

5:57 PM

Facebook launches UK initiative to counter online extremist material

Facebook Inc is launching a UK programme to train and fund local organisations to combat extremist material online.

5:56 PM

Stoke striker Crouch getting hungrier with age

(Reuters) - Stoke City's 36-year-old striker Peter Crouch is not contemplating hanging up his boots anytime soon and the club's top scorer last season believes his age has made him "hungrier" to continue playing.

5:55 PM

Australia to send spy planes to help Philippines fight militants

MARAWI CITY/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia agreed on Friday to send two surveillance planes to help the Philippines tackle Islamist rebels, as jets and artillery pounded militant positions in a southern town held for more than a month by Islamic State loyalists.

5:51 PM

Huddersfield face lawsuit over wrongful dismissal of coach - report

(Reuters) - Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town are facing a claim of wrongful dismissal after sacking their goalkeeping coach Nick Colgan last week, the Times reported on Friday.

5:38 PM

Everton must improve away form to reach top four - Schneiderlin

(Reuters) - Everton will challenge for a top four spot in the Premier League next season if they can improve their away form, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has said.

5:29 PM

Sauber drivers stunned by Kaltenborn exit

BAKU (Reuters) - Sauber drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson have admitted they were shocked to learn of the sudden departure of team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, the first woman to run a Formula One outfit, earlier this week.

5:25 PM

Car slams into and wraps itself around bridge guardrail

PETALING JAYA: Four army personnel escaped with their lives after the car they were in went out of control and slammed into the guardrail of a bridge on the AMJ Highway in Melaka on Friday.

5:21 PM

Ireland keen to hold talks over Lord's test in 2019

(Reuters) - Ireland will hold talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about the possibility of playing a test match at Lord's in 2019 after they and Afghanistan were granted full-member status by the International Cricket Council on Thursday.

5:17 PM

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare expected to make solo run

A June 27 release date for the standalone version of cult classic Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is said to have come from an inside source at a major US retailer.

5:16 PM

Arab states demand Qatar closes Jazeera, cuts back ties to Iran

DUBAI (Reuters) - Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.

5:16 PM

North Korea says Warmbier's death a "mystery to us as well"

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday the death of U.S. university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that he had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless."

5:15 PM

Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain: Interfax quotes Russian senator

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted the head of the defence committee in Russia's upper parliamentary house as saying on Friday.

5:15 PM

Ireland raises 3 bln euros from 'milestone' AIB sale

DUBLIN: Ireland raised 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) by selling a quarter of Allied Irish Banks (AIB) on Friday in a remarkable turnaround for a company at the forefront of reckless lending during the "Celtic Tiger" boom.

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