05/26/2019

India run-machine Kohli eyes World Cup glory as captain

India captain Virat Kohli is the biggest superstar in world cricket (PUNIT PARANJPE)New Delhi (AFP) – Virat Kohli’s reputation as one of cricket’s great entertainers is well-established, but the India star will not be completely satisfied until he leaves an indelible mark by winning the World Cup as

05/26/2019

Old warhorse Malinga keeps Sri Lanka dreaming

Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga has more than 300 one-day international wickets (MICHAEL BRADLEY)Colombo (AFP) – Lasith Malinga will be one of the World Cup’s oldest players but the Sri Lanka paceman shows no signs of slowing down as he bids to prove his critics wrong.Malinga was stripped of the Sri Lank

05/25/2019

India’s beleaguered Jet Airways founder held at airport

Once India’s top airline, Jet halted its operations in April after lenders declined to pay emergency cash as they failed to find a buyer for a 75 percent stake in the carrier (PUNIT PARANJPE)Mumbai (AFP) – Indian Immigration authorities on Saturday stopped former Jet Airways chief Naresh Goyal and h

05/25/2019

India’s opposition Congress backs Gandhi after poll defeat

Congress party barons at the meeting, including Rahul Gandhi’s mother Sonia, reportedly urged him to continue (Prakash SINGH)New Delhi (AFP) – Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, offered to resign Saturday after his Congress party was trounced in a second straig

05/25/2019

More Indian MPs face criminal charges including rape, murder: study

Indian laws bar people from contesting an election if they have been convicted while in office for crimes that carry jail terms of two or more years, with some exceptions depending on the crime (Prakash SINGH)New Delhi (AFP) – More than 40 percent of lawmakers in India’s new parliament face criminal

05/25/2019

British, Irish climbers become Everest victims

Nepal issued a record 381 permits for mainly foreign climbers, costing $11,000 each, for the spring climbing season (Phunjo LAMA)Kathmandu (AFP) – The deaths of an Irish and a British climber on Mount Everest took the toll from a deadly season on the world’s highest peak to 10, expedition organisers

05/25/2019

Sri Lanka troops hunt Islamists linked to suicide attacks

Sri Lankan security forces have arrested scores of suspects in connection with the bombings and over what appeared to be organised violence against the island’s Muslim minority (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI)Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s military launched a major hunt Saturday for remnants of an Islamist gro

05/25/2019

Grieving Asif rejoins Pakistan squad after daughter’s funeral

Dua Fatima, the young daughter of Pakistan cricketer Asif Ali, was buried in the Punjab province city of Faisalabad (KHALIL UR-REHMAN)Karachi (AFP) – Grieving Pakistan cricketer Asif Ali on Saturday left for England to join up with his country’s World Cup squad following the funeral of his daughter,

05/25/2019

Indian police charge owners as school fire toll hits 20

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani stands near the bodies of students who died in the fire in Surat (STR)Surat (India) (AFP) – Indian police on Saturday charged the owners of a private school after a fire killed 20 teenagers, some who died jumping from the building in a desperate bid to escape

05/25/2019

Deaths of British, Irish climbers add to Everest toll

Nepal issued a record 381 permits for mainly foreign climbers, costing $11,000 each, for the spring climbing season (Phunjo LAMA)Kathmandu (AFP) – The deaths of an Irish and a British climber on Mount Everest took the toll from a deadly week on the world’s highest peak to 10, expedition organisers s

05/25/2019

Sri Lanka troops launch major hunt for Islamists linked to suicide attacks

Sri Lankan security forces have arrested scores of suspects in connection with the bombings and over what appeared to be organised violence against the island’s Muslim minority (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI)Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s military launched a major hunt Saturday for remnants of an Islamist gro

05/25/2019

In Asia, Trump finds more than ever he’s among friends

US President Donald Trump arrives for lunch with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Kasumigaseki Country Club golf course outside Tokyo in November 2017 (JIM WATSON)Washington (AFP) – In Europe, Donald Trump’s relationships with leaders range from lukewarm to hostile. But in Asia, more than ev

05/25/2019

Shakib Al Hasan: the ‘nucleus’ of Bangladesh

Bangladesh will look to Shakib Al Hasan to provide inspiration during the Cricket World Cup (MUNIR UZ ZAMAN)Dhaka (AFP) – Shakib Al Hasan will need to fire with bat and ball if Bangladesh are to achieve their ambition of reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in their history.The side

05/25/2019

‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle targets World Cup swansong

Chris Gayle is one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket (RANDY BROOKS)London (AFP) – Chris Gayle has the audacity to call himself “Universe Boss” but can justify his swagger by pointing to an astonishing career in which he has regularly laid waste to bowling attacks.Even in his 40th year

05/25/2019

At least 19 students die in India fire: medical officer

Some students who tried to jump from the burning building were among at least 19 who died (STR)Ahmedabad (India) (AFP) – At least 19 students — most of them female — died Friday in a fire at an Indian building housing a college, officials said, as images showed people jumping to escape the blaze.“Th

05/24/2019

Four more deaths on traffic-jammed Everest

It’s been a busy week at the top of Everest with long queues of climbers trying to reach the summit (Handout)Kathmandu (AFP) – A traffic jam of climbers in the Everest “death zone” was blamed for two of four new deaths reported Friday, heightening concerns that the drive for profits is trumping safe

05/24/2019

French survivor of Nanga Parbat summits Lhotse, Everest

mountaineer Elisabeth Revol after she was rescued while attempting to climb Nanga Parbat in 2018 (PHILIPPE DESMAZES)Kathmandu (AFP) – French climber Elisabeth Revol, who was dramatically rescued last year from Pakistan’s Mount Nanga Parbat, summited Lhotse Friday morning, a day after reaching the to

05/24/2019

Modi plots course after landslide Indian election win

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures during his victory speech at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi (PRAKASH SINGH)New Delhi (AFP) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was meeting party allies and members of his cabinet Friday to plot a course for his second term after a landslide victory le

05/24/2019

Three more deaths on overcrowded Everest

It’s been a busy week at the top of Everest with long queues of climbers trying to reach the summit (Handout)Kathmandu (AFP) – Three more climbers have died on Everest, expedition organisers and officials said Friday, taking the toll from a deadly week on the overcrowded peak of the world’s tallest

05/24/2019

Terror accused wins Indian parliament seat

Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is accused of participating in a 2008 mosque bombing that killed six people and injured more than 100 others (GAGAN NAYAR)New Delhi (AFP) – A firebrand Hindu nationalist nun facing terrorism charges over the deadly bombing of a mosque has been elected to Indian parliament, a wee

05/24/2019

Gandhi-Nehru brand tainted by new election humiliation

Rahul Gandhi will have to face the music at a meeting of party leaders in coming days (SAJJAD HUSSAIN)New Delhi (AFP) – A second straight landslide election defeat for opposition Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised serious questions Friday about his leadership and cast a damaging shadow over one of

05/24/2019

Top militant linked to Al-Qaeda killed in Indian Kashmir

Since 1989 rebel groups have been fighting some 500,000 soldiers deployed in Indian Kashmir (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA)Srinagar (India) (AFP) – Government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir killed a top militant who pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda, officials said, describing his death as a major blow to mil

05/24/2019

India deserve co-favourite billing at World Cup, says Harbhajan

Harbhajan Singh says India are joint favourites for the World Cup (MAL FAIRCLOUGH)London (AFP) – Veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh insists his country deserve to be ranked alongside hosts England as joint favourites to win the World Cup.England are currently the world’s top-ranked one-day intern

05/24/2019

Sangakkara laments Sri Lanka’s ‘chaotic’ build-up to World Cup

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara will be the first non-British president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI)London (AFP) – Kumar Sangakkara hopes Sri Lanka can somehow overcome their “chaotic” build-up to the World Cup thanks to new captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s “lack of baggage”.Th