World Bank promises $1.4bn for Indonesian earthquake recovery

Jakarta: The World Bank has promised up to $1.4 billion to help Indonesians rebuild their shattered lives following twin earthquakes that have devastated the resort island of Lombok, and then the central Sulawesi city of Palu. The pledge from the Bank was made as the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on the island of Bali wrapped up […]

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'A whole new world': Kavanaugh's court will advance to the right

Washington: The Kavanaugh court will be the one conservatives have worked for decades to construct, experts say, with velocity the only question about the Supreme Court's advance to the right. Expect re-energised efforts from social and religious conservatives to get their issues – gun control challenges, religious objections to gay rights – before a court where like-minded justices will make […]

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First World War heroes’ own ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ is rediscovered

The First World War ‘Bayeux Tapestry’: Incredible 70ft painting created by British Western Front soldiers to commemorate their fallen comrades is rediscovered among 500,000 items after 30 years 70ft canvas offers a first-hand view of the horrors of conflict in the trenches It was painted in 1923 by former soldiers of the 5th Battalion North Staffordshire  The battalion lost 20 […]

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Zampa stakes World Cup claim after ripping through Vics

Adam Zampa is hopeful he has staked a claim for a one-day international recall, after helping rip through Victoria's middle order on Sunday. South Australian leg-spinner Zampa, axed earlier this year from Australia’s one-day side, did much of the damage as the Vics lost 8-79 in falling to the Redbacks by eight runs in their JLT Cup clash at Junction Oval. […]

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Manchester City plotting world record swoop for Kylian Mbappe while PSG face Financial Fair Play probe

Manchester City's move would beat the £198m fee Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar in 2017 — and cost City £20m a year in wages. Boss Guardiola believes the World Cup-winning forward, 19, can take the club to Champions League glory. New Uefa rules mean the PSG whizzkid would NOT be cup-tied for the knockout stages of Europe’s biggest club […]

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Sean Connery has saved the world more times in character

Great Scot! Forget Superman, Batman and John McClane, Sean Connery has saved the world more times in character than any other, say researchers Sean Connery has saved the planet more than any other actor in character  Research by Movies4Men found his 13 rescue acts put him three points ahead of Bruce Willis Millia Jovovich was found to be the most […]

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World order is in chaos, warns UN chief

World order is in chaos and trust between countries is at breaking point, declares UN secretary general in stark warning that risk of wars will increase Antonio Guterres addressed opening session General Assembly in New York  He said: ‘World order is increasingly chaotic. Power relations are less clear’  ‘Universal values are being eroded. Democratic principles are under siege’ The world […]

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Harry Kane's World Cup gold rush hid his dip in form… Tottenham and England ace hasn't looked fresh for some time

Nobody mentioned this, of course, after Tottenham had beaten Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford last month. However, after failing to score in successive league defeats for Spurs and in two games for England, Kane apparently needs a rest. When I was still playing, the suggestion anybody might be tired never came into the equation. And particularly not when you […]

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Is this the luckiest man in the world?

Winner of ‘Punching Above Your Weight’ competition, 33, triumphs AGAIN as he and his beautiful wife, 28, scoop £1million on a National Lottery scratchcard that he bought by chance when he went to get milk Darren Donaghey, 33, crowned ‘Punching Above Your Weight’ champion 2014 At the time he made TV appearances with his stunning partner Kate Cathcart, 28 Now […]

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Rugby World Cup likely to expand number of competing countries

Next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan could be the last to feature 20 teams, as the governing body looks to expand its horizons and reach out into new territories. Potentially following football's lead, rugby might increase the number of competing sides at its showpiece event as early as France 2023, but almost certainly four years later. Expansion: File photo […]

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