Te'o handed England start as Jones makes four changes - Rugby

LONDON (Reuters) - Ben Te'o will make his first international start after being named at outside centre for England in Sunday's Six Nations clash against Italy at Twickenham, one of four changes to the team who beat Wales two weeks ago. Te'o looked impressive off the bench in England's tournament opening victories over France, where he scored the match-winning try, and Wales, and was handed a debut start by coach Eddie Jones on Friday after earning five caps as a replacement. He moved to Australia as a teenager and forged an impressive career in rugby league in the NRL, also playing internationally for Samoa. In 2013 he switched codes, joining Irish province Leinster, before moving again to English Premiership club Worcester at the start of this season. "Ben Youngs has been outstanding for us at number nine, but Danny Care gets the starting jersey this week.

February 24, 2017 11:03 UTC

Injured Madrid defender Varane expected to miss Napoli trip - Football

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is expected to miss the Champions League last 16 return leg at Napoli on March 7 because of a muscle injury. The Spanish club said tests done on Friday showed that the France international has a "grade 2 injury" in his left thigh. Varane was hurt during Real's 2-1 defeat at Valencia on Wednesday, the club's second loss in La Liga. Real said Varane's "recovery will continue to be assessed," but he is likely to be sidelined for about three weeks. Varane has started in 18 league games for Real and made seven Champions League starts.

February 24, 2017 11:03 UTC

Germany says unsure of Trump trade stance, but keen for U.S. talks - World

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany does not yet have a full picture of the approach that U.S. President Trump's administration is taking on foreign, security and trade policy but is keen to engage with Washington on these issues, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday. "We don't yet have full certainty about how the new U.S. administration is going to position itself on foreign, security and trade policy questions," ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer told a regular government news conference. "We have every interest in getting in touch with important figures in the slowly growing U.S. administration," he added. (The story was refiled to correct 'slowly' to 'slowing' in the final paragraph)(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Writing by Paul Carrel)

February 24, 2017 10:52 UTC

South Africa's Zuma says to amend laws to expropriate land without compensation - World

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will amend its laws to allow expropriation of land without compensation for owners as it tries to speed up the redistribution of land to its black majority, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. Expropriation without compensation would mark a radical policy departure for Zuma's ruling African National Congress (ANC), shifting from a willing buyer-willing seller approach to more radical alternatives. Most of South Africa's land remains in white hands over two decades after the end of apartheid. "We are busy amending (laws) to enable faster land reform, including land expropriation without compensation as provided for in the constitution." Zuma referred a bill allowing state expropriation of land back to parliament last week because lawmakers failed to facilitate adequate public participation.

February 24, 2017 10:41 UTC

MyCC proposes financial penalty of RM213m on 23 general insurers - Business News

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) has proposed to impose a financial penalty of RM213.45mil on all 23 general insurers in the country. Allianz Malaysia Bhd said on Friday, its subsidiary, Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Bhd (AGIC), was among the insurers – who are members of Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM) – alleged to have infringed one of the prohibitions under Part II of the Competition Act 2010 (CA)It said the financial penalty resulted from MyCC’s investigation into the alleged infringement in the agreement between PIAM and the Federation of Automobile Workshop Owners' Association of Malaysia (FAWOAM) on trade discount rates for parts for certain vehicle makes and labour hourly rates for PIAM approved repairers scheme workshops.“These rates were applied by AGIC pursuant to a members’ circular issued by PIAM, which arose from Bank Negara Malaysia’s directive to PIAM to engage FAWOAM to resolve the issues of parts trade discounts and labour hourly rate,” it said.Allianz said the proposed decision included a proposed financial penalty of RM213.45mil on all the 22 general insurers.Allianz said its general isurer AGIC, as one of the members of PIAM, will have a share of RM27.48mil of the proposed penalty.It said the proposed decision was not final and AGIC, in consultation with its legal advisers would take all appropriate actions to defend its position that it has not infringed Section 4(2)(a) of the CA.

February 24, 2017 10:40 UTC



Hungary's Olympic dream 'killed' by political upstarts, says PM Orban - Other Sports

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary had to withdraw its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to avoid a humiliating defeat in the race with Paris and Los Angeles after a local political movement "killed the Olympic dream", Prime Minister Viktor Orban told state radio on Friday. Momentum argued that Hungary was not yet rich enough to host the Olympics. Therefore, the bid had to be withdrawn in order to avoid inevitable "shame" on Hungary, he argued. "There is a political organisation, which did not even hide that they want to primarily form a party and enter the political arena....and were not even really interested in the Olympics and they went as far as killing the Olympic dream," Orban told state radio in his regular interview. "It is Viktor Orban who killed a dream," Papp said.

February 24, 2017 09:11 UTC

Chiefs end losing streak to Highlanders, Smith injured - Rugby

Winger Lowe intercepted first half passes from All Blacks Aaron Smith and Waisake Naholo, while hooker Elliot finished a well-worked lineout move in the second as the Chiefs ended a six-game losing streak to the Highlanders dating back to 2014. Their only first half reward was three Sopoaga penalties, while Lowe's two intercept tries that were converted by Aaron Cruden gave the Chiefs a 14-9 lead at the break. Elliot then worked a clever move with scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow to catch a Highlanders defence napping inside their own 22-metre area to give the visitors a 21-9 lead. Sopoaga reduced the deficit with two penalties before Cruden extended the lead again with his only penalty to give the Chiefs a nine-point lead with 12 minutes remaining. The Chiefs defence then continued to hold fast in the final few minutes, which silenced the previously raucous crowd dominated by Otago University students.

February 24, 2017 08:46 UTC

West Ham's Carroll remains doubtful for Watford clash - Football

(Reuters) - West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic will make a late call on whether to include recovering striker Andy Carroll in the squad for Saturday's Premier League clash against London rivals Watford. The 28-year-old Carroll, who has scored four goals in his last four games, has been sidelined with a groin injury and missed the 2-2 draw with West Brom at London Stadium on Feb. 11. "Unfortunately (the injury) is a little bit slower than we expected and hoped for," Bilic told reporters. "This is not a big injury but he needs to play, he needs to be available and hopefully he will train tomorrow." West Ham are 10th in the table with 32 points, two ahead of 13th placed Watford with 13 games remaining.

February 24, 2017 08:43 UTC

Record anti-venom dose saves boy from deadly Australian spider - Regional

SYDNEY: A 10-year-old boy has survived a bite from one of the world's deadliest spiders after taking a record 12 vials of anti-venom, local media reported. He experienced convulsions but survived after being given 12 vials of anti-venom, which local media said was an Australian record. The funnel-web spider is among the world's deadliest spiders. Australia is home to a startling number of the world's deadliest creatures, including snakes, spiders, jellyfish and octopuses. The funnel-web spider is particularly feared but no deaths have been recorded since an anti-venom was developed in the 1980s.

February 24, 2017 08:35 UTC

Everton's Bolasie set for second surgery on damaged knee - Football

Bolasie had surgery in the third week of December to repair damaged cartilage in his knee, but the ACL injury requires another operation. "Yannick will have a second surgery at the beginning of March," Koeman told reporters ahead of seventh-placed Everton's clash with basement-side Sunderland on Saturday. "The surgery was expected because his first surgery was about the meniscus and now what will happen at the beginning of March is about his cruciate. We had to repair the meniscus and then wait until his knee was ready to have the second operation." Mirallas (groin) and McCarthy (hamstring) missed Everton's goalless draw at Middlesbrough on Feb. 11.

February 24, 2017 08:19 UTC

Barcelona to open academy in southern China - Football

(Reuters) - Barcelona will open a soccer academy in southern China this year in partnership with local developer Mission Hills Group, the La Liga club said on Friday. "The FCBEscola in Haikou will be staffed by FCB coaches and will follow the same training methods used by the FCB youth teams," the release said. "The school opens its doors to its first students this summer, with its first full season training beginning in September." The tie-up with Hong Kong-headquartered Mission Hills, which runs the world's largest golf complex located outside the southern city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province, would also include an "interactive FC Barcelona experience area" at a new tourism and leisure development in Haikou. A number of foreign clubs and companies have sought to leverage off China's ambitions of becoming a global power in world football.

February 24, 2017 07:53 UTC

O'Keefe takes six as Australia skittle India for 105 - Cricket

PUNE, India (Reuters) - Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe picked up a career-best six for 35 to help Australia take command of the first test against India after 15 wickets fell on a bowler-dominated second day of the contest on Friday. Playing only his fifth test and first in India, O'Keefe took all his wickets in the space of 24 deliveries, including three in an over, to trigger a spectacular collapse and help Australia bundle out India for 105 in their first innings. Captain Steve Smith was unbeaten after a chance-filled 59, during which he was dropped three times, with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh 21 not out. Two deliveries later, Rahane was out for 13 off O'Keefe, who also dismissed wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha in the same over. Following Kohli's lead, Australia skipper Steve Smith used O'Keefe as early as the second over on the dry pitch.

February 24, 2017 07:52 UTC

As 1MDB probe sows doubt, Malaysia's foreign investors 'have been affected' - report

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 24): 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) sentiment has dented foreign investors' confidence in Malaysia, as they doubted the country's transparency in its 1MDB investigations, according to global law firm Hogan Lovells. Hogan Lovells said in its 2016 Global bribery and corruption review report that key performance indicators showed the country's economy has been affected by corruption allegations surrounding 1MDB. “This (doubt on transparency) makes it hard to confidently do business there (Malaysia)," Hogan Lovells said. Malaysia has indicated its commitment to cooperate with international regulators in their 1MDB probe. In September last year, Reuters quoted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as saying Malaysia would cooperate with global authorities investigating 1MDB.

February 24, 2017 07:41 UTC

RHB reports increase in 2016 financial year net profits

KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Bank Bhd reported an increase of one per cent for its 2016 financial year net profits to RM1.68 billion. Islamic banking continued its growth momentum, contributing 24.8 per cent of total domestic gross loans and financing, in comparison with the 23 per cent in December 2015. The group retail banking remains its biggest contributor, despite a 4.4 per cent decrease in its pre-tax profit to RM1.1 billion. Retail loans and financing grew by 2.9 per cent to RM70.1, driven by growth in mortgages. Mortage loans grew at a strong rate of 13.3 per cent year-on-year, resulting in an increase in domestic market share to 8.6 per cent from 8.2 per cent as of December 2015.

February 24, 2017 07:30 UTC

Kansas man charged in shooting of two Indians in possible hate crime - World

MILWAUKEE/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A Kansas man was charged on Thursday with shooting to death an Indian man and wounding another Indian man and an American in a bar, and federal authorities are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. At least one bystander told the Kansas City Star the man shouted "get out of my country" before shooting the Indian men. He is also accused of wounding American Ian Grillot, 24, who was shot when he tried to intervene, the Kansas City Star reported. We are really at the preliminary stage at looking at every aspect," said Eric Jackson, special agent in charge of the FBI's Kansas City Field Office, during the news conference. The U.S. attorney office in Kansas and the U.S. Department of Justice will also evaluate the case as more evidence is gathered, Tom Beall, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas said, the Kansas City Star reported.

February 24, 2017 07:30 UTC



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