MANCHESTER: Manchester United kept alive their hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four after goals from Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood secured a 3-0 home win over Watford on Sunday. The result lifted United two places up to fifth on 41 points from 27 games, three behind fourth-placed Chelsea and one ahead of Tottenham Hotspur. Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Watford - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - February 23, 2020 Watford's Troy Deeney scores a disallowed goal Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. United fans unfurled a giant banner before the kickoff to honour their former goalkeeper Harry Gregg who died last Sunday at the age of 87. There was a minute’s silence for Gregg, a survivor of United’s 1958 Munich air crash which killed 23 people including eight of the team’s players.
February 23, 2020 16:07 UTC
On that day, God willing, peace will come if a deal is struck between the Taliban and the United States. Many who live in peace elsewhere may not understand such Afghan hastening. And the Afghan war has been bad for America, too. The combatants in Syria and Yemen should make a similar attempt at peace. Oscillation of the combatants between war and peace will only cost more lives and limbs.
February 23, 2020 15:56 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested five men, including an alleged rapist, in connection with a robbery at a jewellery shop in Klang less than 24 hours after the incident happened. Three more men in their 20s were arrested on Sunday (Feb 23) in connection with the crime. SAC Fadzil said the latest suspect had past records including two counts of gang-robbery and armed robbery and a drug offence. A few shoppers at the mall managed to catch one of the suspects while the other managed to flee. The case is being investigated under Sections 395 and 397 of the Penal Code for gang robbery and armed robbery.
February 23, 2020 15:50 UTC
Modi plans to provide Trump a similar spectacle on Monday in Ahmedabad in the prime minister’s home state of Gujarat. Trump compared Modi to Elvis Presley last year after "Howdy Modi,” a Houston event arranged for the prime minister’s visit that drew about 50,000 Indian Americans. Rossow said Trump and Modi may announce an agreement on a few narrow trade issues. A senior administration official said Friday, though, that Trump plans to press Modi on the topic of religious freedom. But Trump could cause headaches for Modi if he repeats an offer to mediate over Kashmir, a region divided between India and Pakistan.
February 23, 2020 15:33 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is expected to have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah tomorrow while DAP will convene an emergency meeting following a series of peculiar meetings by political bigwigs earlier today. Anwar’s political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak said the audience with the ruler would take place at 2pm at Istana Negara. Farhash said the meeting was planned earlier after getting consent from the King. Meanwhile, DAP would hold an emergency meeting at its party headquarters at 12pm. A source said a text message was sent out a few hours ago asking party leaders to attend the meeting.
February 23, 2020 14:48 UTC
According to the reports, the Balochistan provincial government has imposed a state of health emergency in all of the districts near porous Iran border, including Gwadar, Kech, Panjgur and Mashkeel. Pakistan's ARY news quoted unnamed sources as reporting that local border authorities have closed the border with Iran. The Balochistan government has established an emergency center and a control room to monitor the special health check posts in different areas near the bordering area. Hundreds of people from Iran and Pakistan cross the border to both countries daily. The Balochistan government has also banned the departure of Pakistani pilgrims and tourists to cross the border to Iran.
February 23, 2020 14:48 UTC
The convention added the seven species to a list providing the highest level of protection. The meeting noted that the urial wild sheep, smooth hammerhead shark and the tope shark also need better protection and added these to a list of species whose conservation would benefit from better international cooperation. Sixty per cent of mainland Asian elephants are found in India and the species is listed as endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a victim of habitat loss and increasing human-elephant conflict. According to UN estimates, one million animal and plant species are at risk of becoming extinct in the decades ahead. The conference also discussed measures to reduce the adverse effects of human activities on migratory animals and conservation of important habitats.
February 23, 2020 14:37 UTC
HANOI: Thich Quang Do (pic), a dissident Buddhist monk who has effectively been under house arrest since 2003 and was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died aged 93. His staunch activism landed him under what was effectively house arrest in Ho Chi Minh City in 2003, where he was under constant surveillance. According to his will signed on April 2019, Do requested a "simple funeral, not more than three days". The UBCV also requested for followers not to bring money, as is customary for Vietnamese funerals. The UBVC has been banned since the early 1980s when it refused to join the state-sanctioned Vietnam Buddhist Church.
February 23, 2020 14:15 UTC
BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed on Sunday (Feb 23) unremitting efforts on the prevention and control of the (Covid-19) coronavirus epidemic and coordination in advancing economic and social development. The meeting was presided over by Li Keqiang and attended by Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng. Instead, it has become more and more courageous, growing up and rising up from the hardships, Xi said. Xi asked Party committees and governments at all levels to continue to make unremitting efforts in various prevention and control work and resume work and production in an orderly manner. Efforts should be made to fully unleash the huge potential and powerful driving force of China's development and strive to achieve the goals and tasks for economic and social development this year, Xi said.
February 23, 2020 13:41 UTC
South Korean members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus toured Israeli sites between Feb8-15 and upon their return home 18 of them were discovered to be infected with the virus. The pupils and staff, including 18 teachers and a guard, were instructed "to remain home" for 14 days, the education ministry said. On Saturday Israel refused to allow some 200 non-Israelis to disembark from a plane which arrived from South Korea, as part of measures against the new coronavirus. And on Sunday, the health ministry said an entry ban would also apply to non-Israelis landing from Japan beginning Monday. Israel may also quarantine the visitors from South Korea in a military base south of Jerusalem over coronavirus worries, Israel's Ynet news site reported on Sunday.
February 23, 2020 13:18 UTC
LONDON: Pep Guardiola is confident Aymeric Laporte is ready to play 90 minutes against Real Madrid on Wednesday even though the defender asked to be substituted during Saturday’s 1-0 win at Leicester. Laporte was replaced by Nicolas Otamendi after 57 minutes of Saturday’s match, his third appearance since his return from a long lay-off with a knee injury. Guardiola said there was no fresh injury problem for the Frenchman but the pace of Leicester’s attack was a tough test for a player still rediscovering his rhythm. “He asked me to be subbed,” Guardiola said. City have not conceded a goal while Laporte has been back in action and Guardiola will be keen to have his best defender on the pitch for as long as possible against Madrid.
February 23, 2020 13:07 UTC
TEHRAN: Iran’s interior minister said on Sunday that 42.6 percent of eligible voters turned out for the country’s parliamentary election, a record low in such polls since the Islamic revolution. It was the lowest turnout in a general election since the 1979 revolution that toppled the shah. Experts had predicted a low turnout after poll authorities barred roughly half the 16,000-odd candidates – mostly reformists and moderates – from contesting for a seat. If the conservatives’ resurgence is confirmed, it will mean President Hassan Rouhani’s slender majority of reformists and moderates elected four years ago is nearly purged. The moderates have been weakened by the US pullout from a landmark nuclear deal in 2018 and the imposition of fresh sanctions.
February 23, 2020 13:07 UTC
HONG KONG: China's Hong Kong reported four new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and one confirmed case was transferred from a suspected one on Sunday (Feb 23), taking the total to 74 as of 8pm local time, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said. Other two new cases involved two women aged 80 and 76 who both went to a temple in North Point, Hong Kong Island. Up to now, there were a total of four elder female victims who once went to that temple, head of the CHP's Communicable Disease Branch Chuang Shuk-kwan said. Chuang added that at least 30 citizens who'd been to the temple contacted the CHP, among which five had been hospitalized with symptoms and 10 would undergo quarantine. Among the 74 confirmed cases of Covid-19, two patients have passed away, 12 have been cured and discharged from hospitals, while the others remain hospitalised.
February 23, 2020 13:07 UTC
TOKYO: Japan won’t test medical workers who came in close contact with passengers on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked near Tokyo, the NHK broadcaster reported on Sunday (Feb 13). Doctors and nurses who don’t have symptoms won’t be examined because they have "mastered the technology to prevent infection,” the report said, citing the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Health professionals on board the ship were involved in quarantine work with passengers. The health ministry will examine 41 state officials who worked on the Diamond Princess after most of them returned to work without being tested, the report said. China’s National Health Commission reported that more than 1,700 medical workers have been infected by the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, while at least six have died.
February 23, 2020 13:07 UTC
MADRID: Eden Hazard’s season could be at risk after Real Madrid announced on Sunday that he had fractured his right ankle during his team’s 1-0 La Liga defeat at Levante. Belgium forward Hazard, whose first season at Real has been plagued by injury, will now miss Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 clash with Manchester City and the Clasico with league leaders Barcelona next weekend. Madrid did not announce a recovery time for Hazard but his latest setback will be a worry for Belgium boss Roberto Martinez ahead of Euro 2020 this summer. On Saturday, Madrid coach Zinedine admitted that the 29-year-old’s injury “doesn’t look good” ahead of those two huge matches, which could define his side’s season. Hazard made his first start in almost three months against Celta Vigo last weekend and started again at Levante, with a view to regaining sharpness before the City showdown.
February 23, 2020 12:45 UTC