BAGHDAD: Iraq's oil reserves have increased to 153 billion barrels, from a previous estimate of 143 billion barrels, Oil Minister Jabal al-Luaibi said on Sunday.Iraq will ask the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to adopt the new figure as the official estimate for its reserves, he said in a statement.The increased estimate is the result of appraisals and exploration carried out at seven oil fields in central and southern Iraq, he said.
PARIS (Reuters) - Marcelo Bielsa will return to Ligue 1 next season when he takes charge of Lille two years after leaving Olympique de Marseille unexpectedly. The former Argentina coach, nicknamed "El Loco" (the Crazy One) quit Marseille after just one league game in the 2015-16 season, citing conflict with the club's management. Bielsa, 61, also left Italy's Lazio abruptly last year only two days after being appointed. In 2004, they won the Olympic gold medal before Bielsa resigned after six years in charge and was replaced by Jose Pekerman. Bielsa will replace Franck Passi, who was named this month as the replacement for interim coach Patrick Collot.
KUALA LUMPUR: Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic) described the accident which killed eight teenage cyclists in Johor Baru as a wake-up call for everybody, especially parents. He said the case is serious and if night joyrides by teen cycling groups are rampant in Johor Baru, the authorities should take appropriate action. It's the parents' duty to constantly monitor their children's activities, especially teenagers, he added. On Saturday, a group of eight teenage cyclists were killed in an accident near an exit of a bypass. A car driven by a woman in her 20s ploughed into them along Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, near the Mahmoodiah Muslim cemetery.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Australia skipper Steve Smith will replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the Rising Pune Supergiants captain in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), the franchise said on Sunday. Former India captain Dhoni led the now-suspended Chennai franchise to Twenty20 league title victories in 2010 and 2011 but under his captaincy Pune finished second last in their maiden IPL season last year. Dhoni will continue to be an important part of our team," Pune franchisee owner Sanjiv Goenka said in a statement. Dhoni, who quit test cricket in 2014, stepped down as India's limited-overs captain last month, having led the team to World Cup triumphs in both the 20-overs and 50-overs format. Smith's Australia team mate and fast bowler Mitchell Starc has pulled out of this year's IPL which begins on April 5.
RAUB: Parents must keep close watch on their children and their activities, said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun (pic). Commenting on the accident in Johor Baru that claimed the lives of eight teen cyclists at 3.30am Saturday, Chew said it serves as a reminder to all parents to be watchful of their children. Chew, who is also MCA vice-president, said parents whose children died in the accident would be given counselling. Raub Jogathon" at the Raub MCA office Sunday. Earlier, Chew announced a total of RM580,560 in allocations from the Prime Minister's Department to 10 new villages in Raub.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - FIFA President Gianni Infantino will meet more than 50 presidents of African football associations in an unprecedented summit in Johannesburg this week, officials said on Sunday. It is the first time such a summit has been held at which FIFA deals directly with all the leaders of African football. Infantino, however, did meet about 20 association presidents in Nigeria last July in a gathering that pointedly snubbed long-standing Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou and members of his executive committee. Usually the only time all association presidents get together is for annual FIFA and CAF Congresses. Chiyangwa has invited a wide array of African football administrators to travel from Johannesburg to Harare as he seeks to galvanise support for Ahmad.
SEOUL: South Korea says that the Malaysian investigation into the murder of Kim Jong-nam (pic), the North Korean leader's half-brother, shows that the Pyongyang government was behind the assassination. Malaysian police arrested one North Korean suspect and are seeking four more North Koreans who left the country last Monday, the day Kim Jong-nam was poisoned at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2. "Based on various factors, our government is certain that the dead man is Kim Jong-nam, and considering that the five suspects are North Korean nationals, we view that the North Korean government is behind the incident," said Seoul's unification ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-Hee on Sunday. "As North Korea has been committing inhumane crimes and acts of terror, we are keeping a close eye on the latest incident with grave concern," Jeong said. Jong-nam, the half-brother of leader Kim Jong-un, died after an unidentified liquid was sprayed in his face at KLIA2.
(Reuters) - South Africa captain AB de Villiers calmly guided his side to a tense four-wicket victory over New Zealand with one ball to spare in a rain-affected first one-day international in Hamilton on Sunday. South Africa needed 22 runs from the final two overs and scored 10 from Trent Boult in the penultimate one which included a six from Phehlukwayo, who repeated the feat against Tim Southee in the final over. De Villiers belted Southee for four off the penultimate ball to clinch the victory. "It was really tough out there," De Villiers said. We got ourselves into a good position but credit to South Africa, they adapted really well," said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who top-scored for his side with 59.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hometown hero Brett Rumford nailed his final drive to beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the six-hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6 title in Perth on Sunday and claim back his European Tour card. "It's amazing, particularly with the new format, the first win in that," said Rumford. It was a sixth European Tour victory for Rumford, who turned professional the year after Phachara was born, and re-secured him the tour rights he lost at the end of last year. "It really comes down to the people and golf is bigger than one person," he said. South African Oosthuizen had to settle for fifth place after seeing off Australian Steven Jeffress 1-up in the fifth-sixth place playoff.
His whereabouts remain unknown after the reported assassination of his father – the older half-brother of Kim Jong-un – in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, according to South Korean unification ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee. The first wife of the late Kim, as well as another son, reportedly reside in Beijing. Kim Han-sol is a stylish young man, who favours black clothes, dyed orange hair, earrings and black-rimmed glasses, according to photos on a Facebook account that appears to be his. He said his visa application process to attend school in Mostar was frozen after South Korean news outlets learned about his intentions. According to South Korea's Dong-A Ilbo newspaper Kim has been admitted to graduate school at Oxford University but hasn't yet enrolled.
GEORGE TOWN: The party ended early for some 180 patrons at two entertainment outlets here during a National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) raid, its biggest swoop this year. A total of 138 people, including 29 women, tested positive for various drugs such as morphine, methamphetamine and cannabis during the operation, codenamed Ops Goncang, on Saturday. Penang AADK enforcement chief Nasru'd-din Abdul Rahman said the suspects, aged between 22 and 55, were picked up at two outlets in Relau and Pulau Tikus.
PETALING JAYA: Babies and children brought to the "Himpunan 355" gathering constitute an offence under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012, said Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman. "Preliminary investigations revealed that the babies and children brought to attend the rally were between seven months and 15 years of age. "This is an offence under Section 4(2)(f) of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012," he said in a statement Sunday. He added that no arrests have been made yet though the case is still under investigation. The Bill seeks to increase the penalties provided for in the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).
JOHOR BARU: Police will release the woman driver involved in the fatal accident that killed eight boys here. Nur Jazlan was speaking to reporters during a Chinese New Year open house organised at his Pulai constituency here Sunday. "The state government can also get local councils to take action against children loitering in the city at night," he added. On Saturday, a group of eight teenage cyclists were killed in an accident near an exit of a bypass. A car driven by a woman in her 20s ploughed into them along Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, near the Mahmoodiah Muslim cemetery.
KUALA LUMPUR: Police are looking for four suspects in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the suspects, all North Koreans, left the country on Monday Feb 13, the day of Jong-nam's murder. "We can confirm that the four left the country on the same day of the attack. O Jong Gil, 55, arrived Feb 7, 20174. The fourth suspect arrested over the assassination has been identified as North Korean Ri Jong-chol, from Pyongyang.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's only North Korean restaurant promises a glimpse into life in the reclusive state but it has been shuttered since news broke of the assassination of leader Kim Jong-Un's brother, with security guards turning customers away. Pyongyang Koryo is the most visible symbol of a 1,000-strong North Korean community in Malaysia, made up of a business elite as well as ordinary workers who will likely know little about the Cold War-style killing of Kim Jong-Nam. Other residents also said they had seen the North Korean workers but had never spoken with them, describing the waitresses only as "very pretty". Each North Korean family living abroad reports to the local embassy every month for a debrief and when they return, they undergo "re-education" before being allowed to return to the general population, he said. When asked whether Pyongyang could have been responsible, one North Korean said, "This is dog talk (nonsense)" before walking away and telling the reporter to leave him alone.