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In Greek port, migrants play cat and mouse with police

PATRAS: Khalid, a 13-year-old from Afghanistan, spends his days in squalor repeatedly trying to scale a metal fence separating him from the better life he dreams about at night. He…

Pope Francis defrocks Italian priest found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors

ROME: Pope Francis has defrocked an Italian priest found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors, reversing an earlier decision to reduce his punishment, the diocese at the heart of…

Toilet charity plan for Indian village blocked to rename a village after US President Donald Trump

NEW DELHI: Local officials are blocking a toilet-building charity’s effort to rename a north Indian village after US President Donald Trump, the group said yesterday. District officials did not immediately…

Girls as dessert? – Thai sex scandal exposes grim tradition

BANGKOK: When senior bureaucrats visited the remote Thai province where local official Boonyarit worked, the routine was often the same: welcome them with the finest food and drink and then…

Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan

KABUL: Adorned in makeup, fake breasts and bells, Jawed whirls around middle-aged men at Kabul’s underground bacha bazi, or “boy play” parties, where the former child sex slave finds freedom…

Germany, Spain set Under-21 Euro final date

KRAKOW: Southampton’s Nathan Redmond missed the crucial penalty as England agonisingly lost on penalties to Germany in the semi-finals of the under-21 European Championship in Poland on Tuesday. Germany goalkeeper…

Lionel Messi tying the knot with childhood sweetheart

BUENOS AIRES: There is a different side to Lionel Messi, one that not everyone gets to see. The player who shines with the ball by his feet appears to be…

Sri Lanka players told to get fit or get out

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government yesterday warned the national cricket team to get fit in three months or get booted out. The ultimatum came after the squad was found to…

England beat Pakistan at Women’s World Cup

LONDON: Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight both scored maiden centuries as England posted their highest-ever Women’s World Cup total en route to beating Pakistan by 107 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern…

Pacquiao team says Horn fight will be ‘short and sweet’

BRISBANE: Manny Pacquiao’s world title fight with Jeff Horn will be “short and sweet” with a knockout likely, his trainer predicted yesterday, as his Australian challenger said he was “ready…

India to sell Air India stake

NEW DELHI: India’s cabinet approved yesterday plans to sell a stake in state-run Air India as the debt-saddled carrier struggles to compete with low-cost rivals in one of the world’s…

Bollywood’s ‘Dangal’ sets new benchmarks for success abroad

Bollywood star Aamir Khan’s hit wrestling movie “Dangal” has become the first Indian film to make 20 billion rupees, analysts said Wednesday, as it takes China’s cinemas by storm. The…