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Sri Lanka hammer England as Pakistan seek Zimbabwe boost at ICC W.Cup
News ImageSri Lanka inflicted England's third crushing defeat by a Test nation at this World Cup with a nine-wicket win on Sunday that left their opponents' quarter-final hopes hanging by a thread as Pakistan looked to revive their bid for a place in the last eight. Chasing 310 for victory, Sri Lanka cruised to a seemingly stiff target with 16 balls to spare as Lahiru Thirimanne, who ended the match with a six off Chris Woakes to be 139 not out, and Kumar Sangakkara (117 not out) shared an unbroken partnership of 212 for the second wicket in Wellington. Yet Sangakkara insisted he still planned to retire from white-ball cricket after the World Cup as he was "getting old". England opened this World Cup with a 111-run loss to Australia before suffering an even more humiliating eight-wicket defeat by New Zealand, the other tournament co-hosts.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:38:51 -0500
Venezuela to limit US diplomats, require visas for Americans
News ImagePresident Nicolas Maduro plans to limit the US diplomatic presence in Venezuela and require American tourists to obtain visas, in a sign of growing tensions between the two countries. Maduro has intensified in recent months his allegations of coup and assassination plans -- often purportedly backed by the United States -- as he faces a deep economic crisis and a sharp drop in popularity. "In order to protect our country... I have decided to implement a system of compulsory visas for all Americans entering Venezuela," he told supporters. Under the new measures, Venezuela will start charging tourists the same visa fees the United States asks of Venezuelans, though it was unclear when the plan would be implemented.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:22:50 -0500
Collinsworth leads BYU over No. 3 Gonzaga 73-70
News ImageSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Kyle Collinsworth believes BYU is peaking at the right time.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:20:48 -0500
Myanmar captures 9th rare white elephant
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) Myanmar says it has found a rare, white elephant in the jungles of the western Ayeyarwaddy region. Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:12:46 -0500
Republican Scott Walker wows conservatives despite verbal stumbles
News ImageBy Steve Holland NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - Scott Walker's early surge in the jockeying for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination reflects the belief by conservatives that he is truly one of their own and has a track record to show for it. Walker's star appeal was on display at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a four-day gathering of conservative activists outside Washington that concluded on Saturday. In a surprising show of strength, he came in second in the CPAC straw poll with 21.4 percent of the votes from the 3,007 people who cast ballots. He was behind only Kentucky Senator Rand Paul at 25.7 percent.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:12:38 -0500
Ronda Rousey needs 14 seconds to stop Cat Zingano at UFC 184
News ImageLOS ANGELES (AP) Ronda Rousey has stopped every opponent she has faced in her meteoric mixed martial arts career, so a first-round victory is no shock for the UFC's bantamweight champion.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:55:10 -0500
China's wild panda population up nearly 17 percent
News ImageChina's population of wild giant pandas jumped nearly 17 percent over a decade -- state media reported, citing an official survey -- with conservation measures credited as being behind the increase. The investigation by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) found that by the end of 2013 China had 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild, marking an increase of 268 individuals, or 16.8 percent, the official Xinhua news agency reported Saturday. The SFA said conservation efforts led to the increase, according to Xinhua. Besides population, panda habitat also increased 11.8 percent to 2.58 million hectares compared with the 2003 survey, Xinhua said.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:30:25 -0500
Southwest gets snow; California also getting rain
News ImageALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Parts of the Southwest dealt with a second day of snow Saturday, while a storm moved across areas of California and brought much-needed precipitation.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:29:36 -0500
Better plane tracking trialed after Malaysia plane mystery
News ImageSYDNEY (AP) Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:20:06 -0500
AP Interview: Greece's repayments to ECB need discussion
News ImageATHENS, Greece (AP) Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:13:08 -0500
West condemns Nemtsov murder as Putin vows to punish killers
News ImagePresident Vladimir Putin vowed to punish the killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a "political murder" and Western leaders called for a full probe. The 55-year-old former deputy premier, a vocal Putin critic prominent at opposition rallies, was shot in the back several times just before midnight Friday as he walked across a bridge a stone's throw from the Kremlin walls. The brazen assassination is the latest in a string of murders of opposition figures in Putin's 15 years in power and recalls the shooting of anti-Kremlin reporter Anna Politkovskaya, gunned down on Putin's birthday in October 2006.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:50:46 -0500
China PMI shows factory activity shrank again in February
News ImageBy Pete Sweeney SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Hours after China's central bank cut interest rates to battle slowing growth and rising deflationary risk, an official survey showed on Sunday that activity in China's factory sector contracted for a second straight month in February. The new reading ended a four-month streak of declining numbers, and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the rise should be viewed more positively as it occurred despite the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, during which PMI usually contracts. Accounting for 48 percent of China's $10.2 trillion economy last year, the services sector has weathered the growth downturn better than factories have, partly because it depends less on foreign demand. MIXED NEWS IS BAD NEWS From the breakdown of factory data, economic performance is uncertain.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:33:37 -0500
Venezuela to shrink US Embassy staff, require tourist visas
News ImageCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuela will shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas if they want to come bask on the beach.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:06:12 -0500
China's manufacturing measure shows contraction for February
BEIJING (AP) An index that measures China's manufacturing activity went up slightly in February but still showed contraction amid China's economy slowdown, according to official data released Sunday. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:58:42 -0500
Rubio tells Club for Growth its picks are GOP's new leaders
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told the anti-tax group Club for Growth on Saturday that the Senate candidates they've backed recently represent the Republican Party's new leadership. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:37:39 -0500
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