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  • Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea
    Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea 2 hours 15 minutes ago

    By James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a breakfast forum in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification. In 2010, Kim tried to attack the Japanese ambassador to South Korea by throwing a piece of concrete and was given a suspended jail term, according to police. The attack was a protest against joint military exercises by South Korean and U.S. troops, which Kim said interfered with reconciliation between North and South Korea, according to police following an interrogation. U.S. President Barack Obama called Lippert to wish him a speedy recovery, a White House official said. More »

  • Cricket-Happy for Coetzer, but Bangladesh's experience counted - Mommse … 4 hours ago

    Scotland would take heart from Kyle Coetzer's impressive 156 in their six-wicket loss to Bangladesh on Thursday, but their lack of experience had counted against them in their World Cup clash, captain Preston Mommsen said. Coetzer scored the first World Cup century by a Scotland batsman at Saxton Oval in Nelson as his side posted an impressive 318 for eight, their highest total against a test nation. Bangladesh, however, never really looked concerned as they achieved 322 for four with 11 balls remaining and Mommsen said that highlighted the difference in experience between the two sides. More »

  • Bangladesh edge closer to W.Cup last-8 with six-wicket win over Scots
    Bangladesh edge closer to W.Cup last-8 with six-wicket win over Scots 5 hours ago

    Bangladesh kept their World Cup quarter-final hopes alive when they defeated Scotland by six wickets in Nelson on Thursday, achieving the second highest successful run-chase in tournament history. More »

  • Watson hoping against hopes for World Cup return
    Watson hoping against hopes for World Cup return 5 hours ago

    Shane Watson's spectacular decline as Australia's premier all-rounder has not yet robbed him of his self-belief and the 33-year-old blond is still hopeful of making a comeback in the World Cup team. Watson paved way for James Faulkner in Wednesday's 275-run romp against Afghanistan. He watched form the sidelines as David Warner threatened to erase his Australian ODI record of 185 not out before falling seven runs short. By then, Warner and Steve Smith, who stroked 97 at Watson's number three position, had bettered the Queenslander's 252-run stand with Ricky Ponting that stood as the highest Australian ODI partnership for any wicket. More »

  • Iqbal leads Bangladesh to important win over Scotland
    Iqbal leads Bangladesh to important win over Scotland 5 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Tamim Iqbal came agonisingly close to scoring Bangladesh's first World Cup century as his side completed a six-wicket win over Scotland in their Pool A clash at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Thursday. Iqbal scored 95, while Mohammad Mahmudullah (62) and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (60) also contributed as Bangladesh achieved 322-4, their highest successful run chase in one-day internationals. Shakib Al Hasan (52 not out) and Sabbir Rahman (42 not out) guided Mashrafe Mortaza's side home with 11 balls to spare to cap off the perfectly timed run chase. More »

  • Cricket-Iqbal leads Bangladesh to important win over Scotland 5 hours ago

    * Bangladesh calm in big run chase * Pressure now on England in Adelaide * Coetzer's big century in losing effort (Updates at end of match) March 5 (Reuters) - Tamim Iqbal came agonisingly close to scoring Bangladesh's first World Cup century as his side completed a six-wicket win over Scotland in their Pool A clash at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Thursday. Iqbal scored 95, while Mohammad Mahmudullah (62) and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (60) also contributed as Bangladesh achieved 322-4, their highest successful run chase in one-day internationals. Shakib Al Hasan (52 not out) and Sabbir Rahman (42 not out) guided Mashrafe Mortaza's side home with 11 balls to spare to cap off the perfectly timed run chase. More »

  • Whole NZ squad firing and ready to step up, says Southee
    Whole NZ squad firing and ready to step up, says Southee 7 hours ago

    With unbeaten New Zealand having already qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals, attention is focussing on the side's four players who have not appeared so far at the tournament. Pace bowlers Mitchell McClenaghan and Kyle Mills, off-spinner Nathan McCullum and batsman Tom Latham have sat on the sidelines as coach Mike Hesson has kept faith with the same side who have rattled up four wins so far. New Zealand face Afghanistan at Napier's McLean Park on Sunday and local pundits have suggested it could be the ideal opportunity for the quartet to shake off any rustiness that could affect them if they are not called upon until the knockout phases. Opening bowler Tim Southee, however, said the quartet had been training hard and allayed any fears they would not slot seamlessly into the well-oiled machine that Hesson and McCullum have constructed. More »

  • Cricket-Whole NZ squad firing and ready to step up, says Southee 8 hours ago

    With unbeaten New Zealand having already qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals, attention is focussing on the side's four players who have not appeared so far at the tournament. Pace bowlers Mitchell McClenaghan and Kyle Mills, off-spinner Nathan McCullum and batsman Tom Latham have sat on the sidelines as coach Mike Hesson has kept faith with the same side who have rattled up four wins so far. New Zealand face Afghanistan at Napier's McLean Park on Sunday and local pundits have suggested it could be the ideal opportunity for the quartet to shake off any rustiness that could affect them if they are not called upon until the knockout phases. Opening bowler Tim Southee, however, said the quartet had been training hard and allayed any fears they would not slot seamlessly into the well-oiled machine that Hesson and McCullum have constructed. More »

  • 'It was him' Boston bombings trial hears
    'It was him' Boston bombings trial hears 11 hours ago

    Lawyers for the student on trial for the Boston marathon bombings bluntly admitted Wednesday that he was responsible for the attacks, but insisted he had been led astray by his brother. More »

  • Bangladesh hope to run through Scots by fielding first 13 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza firmly laid down the gauntlet to Scotland as his side seek to move within sight of a World Cup quarter-final place by choosing to field in their Pool A clash in Nelson on Thursday.A win for Bangladesh would give them breathing room ahead of England in the standings, with their showdown in Adelaide on March 9 almost certain to decide fourth spot in the pool. "Then we will chase the total down." Bangladesh have won all three games against Scotland, though their last completed encounter was in 2006. Scotland, however, showed promise in their loss to New Zealand but threw away the possibility of their first World Cup victory against Afghanistan. Preston Mommsen's side had the debutants nine down only for last-wicket pair Shapoor Zadran and Hamid Hassan to get the 19 runs needed for their first victory. More »

  • Cricket-Bangladesh hope to run through Scots by fielding first 13 hours ago

    Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza firmly laid down the gauntlet to Scotland as his side seek to move within sight of a World Cup quarter-final place by choosing to field in their Pool A clash in Nelson on Thursday. A win for Bangladesh would give them breathing room ahead of England in the standings, with their showdown in Adelaide on March 9 almost certain to decide fourth spot in the pool. "Then we will chase the total down." Bangladesh have won all three games against Scotland, though their last completed encounter was in 2006. Scotland, however, showed promise in their loss to New Zealand but threw away the possibility of their first World Cup victory against Afghanistan. More »

  • Afghan forces kill dozens of militants in hostage rescue operation 19 hours ago

    By Sarwar Amani KANDAHAR (Reuters) - Afghan security forces have killed dozens of militants in a military operation aimed at freeing a group of civilian hostages in southern Afghanistan, an army official said on Wednesday. Eyewitnesses said most passengers belonged to the ethnic Hazara minority, a group that was persecuted by the Taliban during their hard-line rule in the late 1990s. A team of Afghan army, police and intelligence agents had identified several locations where the civilians were being held, but had yet to free any hostages. "The rescue operation is ongoing," General Abdul Hameed, commander of the 205th Afghan army corps operating in the south of the country, told Reuters. More »

  • Under-prepared Clarke basks in team glory 20 hours ago

    By David Gray PERTH (Reuters) - Glenn Maxwell's promotion against Afghanistan denied Michael Clarke some much-needed batting time but the Australia captain insisted he took the right decision that eventually led to the team's record-shattering 275-run victory on Wednesday. Returning from a hamstring surgery, Clarke made his first appearance in the tournament in Australia's third Pool A match against New Zealand on Saturday. The 33-year-old right-hander's time in the middle, however, did not last long as he was out for 12 as Australia was bowled out for 151 during the one-wicket defeat by their co-hosts. Clarke naturally fancied some batting time against Afghanistan's limited bowling resources but had to tweak his plan to make the most of the last 12 overs after David Warner and Steve Smith shared a 260-run stand to lay the platform for a massive total. More »

  • Struggle, suffering mark lives of nearly 2 billion women - survey 21 hours ago

    By Lisa Anderson NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 2 billion of the world's women are struggling or suffering in their daily lives, while 620 million describe themselves as thriving, according to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday. Based on interviews conducted with women and men in 160 countries in 2013, the survey found that 61 percent of women globally were struggling, 26 percent thriving and 13 percent suffering - numbers that have remained virtually the same since Gallup began doing the Life Evaluation Index in 2006. "One of the surprising things is how much parity there is between how men and women evaluate their lives," Jon Clifton, managing director of the poll, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. More »

  • Australia crush Afghanistan with record score
    Australia crush Afghanistan with record score 21 hours ago

    By David Gray PERTH (Reuters) - Australia flexed their batting muscles to rack up the highest ever World Cup total as they crushed Afghanistan by a tournament record margin to revive their stuttering campaign on Wednesday. Opener David Warner's career-best 178 and middle order batsman Glenn Maxwell's 88 from a 39-ball blitz powered the four-time champions to 417 for six wickets at the WACA ground. Michael Clarke's men returned to bowl out Afghanistan for 142 in the 38th over for a 275-run victory in a mismatch between the most successful World Cup team and the tournament debutants. India's 413-5 against Bermuda in 2007 was the previous highest World Cup total with their 257-run win the biggest margin. More »

  • Warner Hits Career-Best Tally For Australia
    Warner Hits Career-Best Tally For Australia 22 hours ago

    David Warner smoked a career-best 178 as Australia posted a World Cup record total of 417-6 in their Pool A clash with Afghanistan at the WACA. Warner thumped 19 fours and five sixes en route to his maiden World Cup ton as Australia eclipsed India's 413-5 against Bermuda at Port of Spain in 2007. The left-hander missed out on becoming the second man after Chris Gayle to score a double hundred in the tournament when he looped the 133rd delivery of his innings to Afghanistan skipper Mohammed Nabi at mid-on. But he did plunder his way to the best individual total by an Australian at a World Cup, beating Matthew Hayden's 158 during a Super Eight clash against West Indies in Antigua in 2007. More »

  • Cricket-World Cup Australia v Afghanistan scoreboard 22 hours ago

    March 4 (Infostrada Sports) - Scoreboard at close of play in the World Cup match between Australia and Afghanistan on Wednesday in Perth, Australia Australia Innings D. Warner c Nabi b S. Zadran 178 A. Finch c Mangal b D. Zadran 4 S. Smith c N. Zadran b S. Zadran 95 G. Maxwell c Nabi b D. Zadran 88 J. Faulkner b Hassan 7 M. Marsh c N. Zadran b Mangal 8 B. Haddin not out 20 Extras (b-2 lb-5 nb-3 w-7) 17 Total (for 6 wickets, 50 overs) 417 Fall of wickets: 1-14 A. Finch,2-274 D. Warner,3-339 S. Smith,4-382 J. Faulkner,5-390 G. Maxwell,6-417 M. MarshDid not bat: M. Clarke, M. Johnson, M. Starc, ... More »

  • Cricket-Warner, Maxwell power Australia to World Cup record total Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    By David Gray PERTH, March 4 (Reuters) - David Warner's career-best 178 and Glenn Maxwell's 88-run blitz powered Australia to a record World Cup total of 417 for six wickets in a Pool A match against lowly Afghanistan at Perth on Wednesday. Warner forged a 260-run partnership with Steve Smith (95) for the second wicket, an Australian record, and Maxwell dazzled in his 39-ball cameo in an amazing display of batting pyrotechnics by the tournament co-hosts. Warner hit five sixes and 19 fours in his belligerent knock before being dismissed in the 38th over, failing to better Shane Watson's 185 not out against Bangladesh (2011), which remained the highest ODI score by an Australian. It was some consolation for Watson who was replaced by James Faulkner for Wednesday's match in which his 252-run stand with Ricky Ponting was also bettered by the Warner-Smith duo. More »

  • Cricket-Australia v Afghanistan highlights Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    PERTH, March 4 (Reuters) - Latest from the cricket World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Afghanistan at the WACA, Perth on Wednesday. Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field. - - Australia innings 1st over - Dawlat Zadran begins with two slips and sends down four dot balls before David Warner top edges him trying to play a pull shot and the ball does not travel to fine leg. Aus: 4-0 2nd over - Encouraged by the bounce, Shapoor Zadran begins with a short ball but Warner pulls the chest-high ball for his first boundary. ... More »

  • Bangladesh sense their time has come for Cricket World Cup berth
    Bangladesh sense their time has come for Cricket World Cup berth Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Fired up Bangladesh sense a World Cup quarter-final berth will be one match away by close of play in Nelson on Thursday as they prepare to play a disconsolate Scotland. More »

  • Afghan leader orders graft review for all army supply contracts
    Afghan leader orders graft review for all army supply contracts Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a review of all military logistics contracts after cancelling a $280 million fuel supply deal over allegations the bidding process was rigged, officials said. Ghani, who was sworn in as president last year to replace long-time leader Hamid Karzai, has vowed to root out endemic graft. Afghanistan was ranked as the world's fourth most corrupt country last year by the watchdog Transparency International. Twelve logistics contracts - from uniforms to rice for the troops - are being scrutinized, according to Hamidullah Farooqi, an economist appointed to lead the inquiry. More »

  • Insight - Syria's Nusra Front may leave Qaeda to form new entity
    Insight - Syria's Nusra Front may leave Qaeda to form new entity Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Leaders of Syria's Nusra Front are considering cutting their links with al Qaeda to form a new entity backed by some Gulf states trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad, sources said. Sources within and close to Nusra said that Qatar, which enjoys good relations with the group, is encouraging the group to go ahead with the move, which would give Nusra a boost in funding. The exercise could transform Nusra from a weakened militia group into a force capable of taking on Islamic State at a time when it is under pressure from bombing raids and advances by Kurdish and Iraqi military forces. While it awaits the final word from its decision-making Shoura council, Nusra is not wasting time. More »