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Swiss police ban pro-Erdogan speech; Turkish minister seeks new venue

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss police cancelled a speech planned for Friday by a Turkish politician who wanted to rally support among expatriates to vote to increase President Tayyip Erdogan's powers.


Family frets over safety of daughter trapped in Pyongyang

PASIR GUDANG: The family of Noor Saaidah Jamaludin, a personal assistant at the Malaysian Embassy in Pyongyang, are worried as they have lost contact with her.


‘Country must stay united’

KUALA LUMPUR: All Malaysians, including government and opposition leaders, are urged to fully support efforts to bring Malaysian citizens home from North Korea.


Tough task for toothless Devils

WHAT a week of football we have had! Barcelona qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals was one of the greatest comeback in the game. Arsenal getting hammered in the same competition and Stoke stopping Manchester City from scoring at the Etihad in the English Premier League. This is why we love the game. Brilliant and breathtaking!


Smoking paradise Japan trying hard to kick bad habit

TOKYO: Japan is moving to pass its strictest-ever smoking laws, but the country’s powerful tobacco lobby wants to stub out measures that were adopted years ago by other developed nations.


Ban or not, Mongolian child jockeys stay in the saddle

Tsagaan Hutul (Mongolia): Mongolian courts banned them, human rights groups slammed them and the labour ministry demands they cease, but none of that has stopped Mongolia’s politicians from letting child jockeys saddle up.

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Weightlifting: Russians hoping to overturn one-year ban

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian weightlifting is hoping to persuade the sport’s world governing body to overturn a planned new one-year ban after starting an anti-doping programme that it says is an example others could follow.


Bahraini doctor freed after jail sentence on charges linked to 2011 uprising

DUBAI (Reuters) - A prominent Bahraini doctor jailed for five years in connection with the 2011 Arab Spring uprising for democracy was released from prison on Friday, a lawyer and witness said.


Bournemouth's Howe defends banned 'gentle giant' Mings

(Reuters) - Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says defender Tyrone Mings is a "gentle giant" despite his five-game ban for violent conduct in last weekend's Premier League draw at Manchester United.


Russia's anti-doping agency re-elects Isinbayeva as its head

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has been re-elected the head of the supervisory board of Russia's anti-doping agency, whose activity was suspended by the world anti-doping agency for non-compliance, Russian state TV reported.