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Vietnam jails former politburo official for 13 years in graft crackdown

HANOI (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam on Monday sentenced a former politburo official to 13 years in prison and another high-profile energy official to life imprisonment for embezzlement and violating state rules, in a corruption crackdown, state media said.

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Tennis: Kerber back in quarter-finals club after tough year

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Angelique Kerber was driven to distraction by the unorthodox game of world number 88 Hsieh Su-wei but overhauled the Taiwanese battler 4-6 7-5 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.

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Federer eases past Fucsovics into Melbourne quarter-finals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the 14th time on Monday but the defending champion did not have everything his own way against 80th-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

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Protesters greet North Korean Olympic delegation touring Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - Small but vocal groups of South Korean demonstrators on Monday protested North Korea's participation in next month's Winter Olympics, as a delegation of North Korean officials led by star singer Hyon Song-wol visited Seoul and inspected Games' venues.

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Vietnam jails former PetroVietnam official for life, another for 13 years

HANOI (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam sentenced one former official from state oil and gas group PetroVietnam to life in prison and another to 13 years on Monday for embezzlement and violating state rules amid a widespread corruption crackdown, state media said.

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Patriots, Eagles ready for Super Bowl showdown

(Reuters) - The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have set up a second Super Bowl showdown after both teams won their respective conference championships with contrasting victories on Sunday.

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Tennis: Kerber ends Hsieh's fairytale run to reach quarters

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Angelique Kerber was driven to distraction by the unorthodox game of world number 88 Hsieh Su-wei but overhauled the Taiwanese battler 4-6 7-5 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.

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Tennis: Berdych sweeps past Fognini into quarter-finals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Czech Tomas Berdych belied his lowest seeding at a grand slam since 2010 by sweeping into his seventh Australian Open quarter-final with a convincing 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory over Fabio Fognini on Monday.

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Vietnam sentences former official to 13 years jail amid corruption crackdown: state media

HANOI (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam sentenced a former politburo member to 13 years in prison on Thursday for violating state regulations amid a widespread corruption crackdown, the state-run Voice of Vietnam reported.

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Women celebrate being 'agents of change' at SAG Awards

The #MeToo and Time's Up movements will remain a central focus of Hollywood's award season at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Golf: Spain's Rahm wins CareerBuilder after playoff

(Reuters) - Spain’s Jon Rahm survived four playoff holes to capture the CareerBuilder Challenge in southern California on Sunday.

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Slopestyle: Americans Goepper, Kenworthy qualify for Pyeongchang

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, California (Reuters) - U.S. men's slopestyle skiers Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy will both be returning to the Olympics next month after qualifying for the team during competitions on Sunday in Mammoth Mountain.

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Tennis: American Keys storms into last eight at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Madison Keys blew French eighth seed Caroline Garcia off the court 6-3 6-2 in a 68-minute display of power tennis to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the second time on Monday.

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Golf: Rahm and Landry in playoff at La Quinta

(Reuters) - Spain's Jon Rahm and American Andrew Landry were headed for a playoff at the Career Builder Challenge after Landry made a birdie putt at the last hole on Sunday.

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Ski lift: North Korea may capitalize on joint Olympics training visit

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's offer to send athletes to a North Korean ski resort for joint training ahead of next month's Olympics risks giving leader Kim Jong Un's regime legitimacy and some much needed cash, North Korean defectors and experts say.

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Stock-focused hedge funds post biggest gains among top performers

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hedge funds managers who bet on stocks scored some of the industry's biggest gains in 2017, when equity markets galloped past a series of critical milestones, according to a new list of the top 20 all-time performers.

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Snowboarding: American Kim enjoying the spotlight

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. (Reuters) - Seventeen-year-old American snowboarding prodigy Chloe Kim is enjoying the media frenzy surrounding her first Olympics, where her status as favorite to win gold in halfpipe has made her among the most talked about athletes heading into the Games.

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Snowboarding: White sees himself as favorite in Pyeongchang

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif (Reuters) - After recovering from a training crash which left him needing 62 stitches, American snowboarder Shaun White is backing himself to win the halfpipe gold in Pyeongchang next month even though he will be facing off against rivals who grew up idolizing him.

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Ice hockey: Johannson, U.S. Olympic team general manager, dies at 53

(Reuters) - Jim Johannson, the general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team and a two-time Olympian, has died, USA Hockey said on Sunday. He was 53.

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Mirror, mirror on the phone, am I still the fairest of them all?: asks bloodied Ronaldo

MADRID (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo took his obsession with his image to new heights as he examined his bloodied face on the mobile phone of a Real Madrid doctor while walking off the pitch toward the end of Sunday's 7-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna.

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Flawless Norway retain ski jumping team world title

OBERSDORF, GERMANY (Reuters) - World ski jumping champions Norway won their second successive men's team title after effervescent performances by individual gold medalist Daniel Andre Tande and compatriot Andreas Stjernen on Sunday.

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Greeks rally against use of "Macedonia" in name dispute with Skopje

THESSALONIKI, Greece (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Greeks in the northern city of Thessaloniki rallied on Sunday to protest against the use of the name "Macedonia" in any solution to a row between Athens and Skopje over the name of the former Yugoslav republic.

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Olympics: Tonga's bare-chested flagbearer qualifies for Pyeongchang

(Reuters) - Pita Taufatofua, the bare-chested and oiled Tongan taekwondo athlete who carried his country's flag at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has qualified for the Pyeongchang Games as a cross-country skier.

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Biathlon: Frenchman Fourcade wins last race before Olympics

(Reuters) - France's Martin Fourcade underlined his Olympic biathlon credentials when he won the last race before the Pyeongchang Games, the mass start in Antholz-Anterselva in Italy on Sunday.

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Fleetwood fires on back-nine to defend Abu Dhabi title

(Reuters) - Briton Tommy Fleetwood produced a sparkling display on the back nine for a closing round of 65 in gusty conditions to retain his title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday.

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Tennis: Kyrgios bows out defeated but wins over Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios's Australian Open ended with a gallant fourth round defeat by an inspired Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday but the maverick talent leaves Melbourne Park after winning over a nation.

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Alpine skiing: Kristoffersen wins at last to end Hirscher's run

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Reuters) - Henrik Kristoffersen ended his frustrating run of second-place finishes with an empathic win in the slalom at Kitzbuehel on Sunday and, in doing so, put a stop to Marcel Hirscher's winning run in the discipline.

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Tennis: Dimitrov stays cool to subdue Kyrgios in thriller

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov kept cool in the Rod Laver Arena maelstrom to knock home favorite Nick Kyrgios out of the Australian Open in a fourth-round thriller on Sunday.

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Tennis: Contender Svitolina races past Allertova

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ukraine's Elina Svitolina firmed as a strong contender for the Australian Open title with a ruthless 6-3 6-0 demolition of Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova in the early hours of Monday morning.

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Halep tests her powers of recovery in Osaka clash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Simona Halep's powers of recovery will be put to the test on day eight of the Australian Open on Monday when the world number one meets Japan's Naomi Osaka in a tricky fourth round clash.

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Tennis: Double delight for Taiwan's Hsieh at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ten years after a stunning run to the fourth round of the Australian Open on her main draw debut, Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei has enjoyed double good fortune at Melbourne Park this week.

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Alpine skiing: Switzerland's Gut claims first win since injury

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) - Swiss Lara Gut won the World Cup Super G at Cortina on Sunday to claim her first win since last February's knee injury and signal her return to form in time for the Winter Olympics.

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Tennis: Dimitrov holds nerve to end Kyrgios's run

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov kept his cool in the Rod Laver Arena maelstrom to knock home favorite Nick Kyrgios out of the Australian Open in a fourth-round thriller on Sunday.

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Iraq's supreme court rules against election delay

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Supreme Federal Court on Sunday ruled against calls by Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers to delay a parliamentary election, expected to be called for May, to allow hundreds of thousands of people displaced by war to return home.

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Ethiopia's Bekele to race London Marathon

(Reuters) - Ethiopia's triple Olympic track champion Kenenisa Bekele will race the London Marathon in April and line up alongside Briton Mo Farah and Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge for what promises to be a mouth-watering contest.

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Tennis: American hero Tennys is good for tennis, says Wilander

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - American outsider Tennys Sandgren's fairytale run at the Australian Open is just what the sport needs to make it less predictable, according to former champion Mats Wilander.

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Nadal weathers blast from pocket rocket Schwartzman

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Rafa Nadal was rattled by a feisty challenge from Diego Schwartzman but held firm to fend off the diminutive Argentine 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 and reach his 10th Australian Open quarter-final on Sunday.

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Andy who? Briton Edmund reaches first grand slam quarter-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after coming from a set down to oust Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday.

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Seoul says North Korea's Olympic participation will aid peace and ease tensions

SEOUL (Reuters) - Seoul welcomed confirmation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that 22 North Korean athletes would compete in next month's Winter Olympics, saying on Sunday it would aid peace and the easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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Mertens makes maiden major quarter-final in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Belgium's Elise Mertens progressed to her maiden grand slam quarter-finals in her first appearance in the Australian Open main draw, beating Croatian Petra Martic 7-6(5) 7-5 on Sunday.

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Sublime Garcia cruises to season-opening win in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia produced a masterful display of bogey-free golf over 27 holes on Sunday to open his season with a five-shot victory at the weather-disrupted Singapore Open, the Spaniard making his move early and dominating from the front.

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Tennis: Edmund ousts Seppi to reach first grand slam quarter-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after coming from a set down to oust Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday.

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Tennis: Nadal weathers blast from pocket rocket Schwartzman

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Rafa Nadal was rattled by a feisty challenge from Diego Schwartzman but held firm to fend off the diminutive Argentine 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

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Snowboarding: Veteran Clark joins newcomer Kim on U.S. team

MAMMOTH, California (Reuters) - Veteran Kelly Clark qualified for her fifth Olympic Games on Saturday by winning the snowboarding halfpipe competition at the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth, edging out fellow American and celebrated newcomer Chloe Kim.

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Miocic sets UFC heavyweight record with win over Ngannou

(Reuters) - Champion Stipe Miocic dominated challenger Francis Ngannou in a five-round war of attrition at the TD Garden in Boston to score a unanimous decision victory and set a new UFC record of three successful heavyweight title defenses.

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Tennis: Cilic reaches quarters, celebrates 100th grand slam win

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic became the first man into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open when he ground down Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(0) 7-6(3) on Sunday.

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Tennis: Free and single-handed, Suarez Navarro makes last eight

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Carla Suarez Navarro struck a blow for one of the endangered shots of women's tennis as she used her single-handed backhand to great effect to beat Estonian Anett Kontaveit and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

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Tennis: Wozniacki gallops into Melbourne quarter: finals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki needed only a shade over an hour to book a quarter-final spot at the Australian Open as she thrashed Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-0 on Sunday.

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Tennis: Suarez Navarro hits back to reach quarter-finals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro became the first player through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open as she dug herself out of a hole to beat Estonian Anett Kontaveit 4-6 6-4 8-6 on Sunday.

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Snowboarding: Americans Mack, Marino secure Olympic spots in Mammoth

MAMMOTH, California (Reuters) - American snowboarder Kyle Mack made up for a disappointing first trip down the slopestyle course on Saturday with two impressive runs to win the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth and qualify for next month's Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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North Korean delegation arrives in South Korea for Olympics prep

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean logistics officials arrived in South Korea on Sunday after a previous cancellation briefly cast doubts on the North's participation in next month's Winter Olympics.

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Athletics: Breaking the world record the easy part for Coleman

(Reuters) - Setting a potential 60 meters world record of 6.37 seconds turned out to be just part of the challenge for American Christian Coleman.

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Golf: Cook fires up with 64 for one-stroke lead after three rounds

(Reuters) - Austin Cook expressed comfort playing with the lead after surging to a one-shot advantage in the third round at the CareerBuilder Challenge in southern California on Saturday.

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Norway's Tande hangs on to take ski flying world title

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Norway's Daniel Andre Tande held on to his overnight lead to take gold in the flying hill individual competition at the biannual Ski Flying World Championships on Friday, with the tournament shortened due to excessive wind.

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Athletics: Smashing the world record the easy part for Coleman

(Reuters) - Setting the 60 metres world record of 6.37 seconds turned out to be just part of the challenge for American Christian Coleman.

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Rallying: Sainz clinches farewell Dakar victory for Peugeot

(Reuters) - Spaniard Carlos Sainz won the Dakar Rally for departing Peugeot in Argentina on Saturday.

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Figure skating: Record-breaking Papadakis, Cizeron take fourth European gold

MOSCOW (Reuters) - France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron set world records as they won their fourth consecutive European ice dance title on Saturday with an inspired performance that laid down a marker for a podium place at next month's Olympics.

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Record-breaking Papadakis, Cizeron take fourth European gold

MOSCOW (Reuters) - France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron set world records as they won their fourth consecutive European ice dance title on Saturday with an inspired performance that laid down a marker for a podium place at next month's Olympics.

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Meet the press: how Federer finds an edge where rivals see problems

MELBOURNE, (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova once used a pithy obscenity to describe them, Nick Kyrgios says he hates them, but every professional tennis player, when requested, has to do them.

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Record-chasing Vonn cruises to Cortina downhill victory

(Reuters) - Lindsey Vonn cruised to her 79th career World Cup victory in the Cortina downhill on Saturday, finishing ahead of Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather and fellow American Jackie Wiles.

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Germany weighs new sanctions against Iran: report

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is lobbying among European allies to agree new sanctions against Iran in an attempt to prevent U.S. President Donald Trump from terminating an international deal curbing Tehran's nuclear program, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.

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Nadal holds court before prospects battle in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Rafael Nadal will expect to continue his smooth progress into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday before Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov meet in a battle royal of potential as yet unfulfilled.

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North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games in the neighbouring South next month and compete in three sports and five disciplines, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday.

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Golf: Thai duo lead by two strokes in weather-hit Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Thai Chapchai Nirat was joined by compatriot Danthai Boonma at the top of the Singapore Open leaderboard as the duo took a two-stroke lead after the third day of the weather-disrupted event on Saturday.

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Djokovic shrugs off injury scare to reach fourth round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic allayed fears over a muscle strain in his lower back after overpowering Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2 6-3 6-3 to reach the Australian Open fourth round of on Saturday.

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Alpine Skiing: Germany's Dressen snatches surprise Kitzbuehel win

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Reuters) - Germany's Thomas Dressen tamed the dangerous Streif course to snatch a surprise victory in the men's downhill on Saturday and beat specialist Beat Feuz and Aksel Lund Svindal.

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Federer eases past Gasquet into fourth round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer eased into the second week of the Australian Open with a 6-2 7-5 6-4 win over Richard Gasquet on Saturday evening that kept the Swiss on course for a 20th grand slam title.

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North Korea says to send delegation to prep for Olympics on Sunday: South Korea ministry

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a delegation to South Korea on Sunday to prepare for a trip by an art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics, pushing the visit back a day after earlier cancelling it, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

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Djokovic rolls by Ramos-Vinolas to reach fourth round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Novak Djokovic added an apparent muscle strain in his lower back to concerns about his problem elbow but still overpowered Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2 6-3 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

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Berdych overpowers Del Potro to reach fourth round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Not many players overpower Juan Martin del Potro but Tomas Berdych did just that to win 6-3 6-3 6-2 and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the 10th time on Saturday.

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Fognini battles past Benneteau in five-set thriller

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Italy's Fabio Fognini progressed to the round of 16 for the second time at the Australian Open with a 3-6 6-2 6-1 4-6 6-3 victory over French journeyman Julien Benneteau on Saturday.

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Tennis: Last American standing, Sandgren stoked with 'silly' run

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Those who believe in nominative determinism might see little surprise in Tennys Sandgren's brilliant run to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

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Zverev collapses to defeat by relentless Chung

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - South Korean Chung Hyeon does not appear especially intimidating with his Zen-like demeanor and white-framed spectacles but as German wunderkind Alex Zverev will testify, the 21-year-old should come with a health warning.

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Endangered orangutan shot before being decapitated in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A critically endangered Bornean orangutan found dead in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Monday died three days earlier from air rifle wounds before it was decapitated, Indonesia's Centre for Orangutan Protection said.

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Olympics: Talks under way to finalize North Korea participation

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Talks began at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters on Saturday to finalize details on North Korea's participation at the Winter Olympics in the neighboring South next month.

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Kerber thrashes Sharapova to reach fourth round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's hopes of a title-winning return to the Australian Open were unceremoniously crushed by Angelique Kerber as the battle of the former champions ended 6-1 6-3 in the German's favor on Saturday.

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Osaka ends local challenge with Barty beating

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A smiling Naomi Osaka overpowered Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-2 to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time and end the host nation's involvement in the women's draw at the Australian Open on Saturday.

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Tennis: Zverev collapses to defeat by South Korea's Chung

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Relentless South Korean Hyeon Chung ground fourth seed Alexander Zverev into submission in a ferocious battle of young guns to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

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Tennis: Osaka ends local challenge with Barty beating

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Japan's Naomi Osaka overpowered Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-2 to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time on Saturday, leaving the host nation without a contender for the Australian Open women's title.

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Tennis: Brave Halep wins marathon to reach fourth round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A courageous Simona Halep overcame three match points and throbbing ankle pain to edge out Lauren Davis 4-6 6-4 15-13 in a thrilling third round marathon at the Australian Open on Saturday.

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Athletics: Olympic hurdles champion McLeod may forgo Commonwealth Games

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Olympics hurdles champion Omar McLeod may miss the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April to focus on defending his world indoor title and trying to break the world record for the 110m hurdles later this year.

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Athletics: Coleman stock continues to rise with record indoor dash

(Reuters) - Double world silver medallist Christian Coleman was keen to keep his name in the spotlight after a breakthrough campaign and the American sprinter ensured that was the case with an astonishing dash on Friday.

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Tennis: Drama-free Keys flies under radar into fourth round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - After the commotion that accompanied her run to a first grand slam final in New York last year, American Madison Keys has been more than happy to fly beneath the radar in Melbourne.

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Tennis: Halep edges Davis in marathon thriller to reach fourth round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep saved three match points before edging an inspired Lauren Davis 4-6 6-4 15-13 in a thrilling marathon to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

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Tennis: Pliskova serves her way past Safarova into round four

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova beat fellow Czech Fed Cup team mate Lucie Safarova 7-6(6) 7-5 to move into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

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Landry halfway PGA Tour leader as Rahm falls one behind

(Reuters) - Jon Rahm missed a five-foot birdie putt to end the second round one stroke behind leader Andrew Landry at the CareerBuilder Challenge in Palm Springs on Friday.

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Coleman runs 6.37 seconds to break 60m world record

(Reuters) - American world 100m silver medalist Christian Coleman broke the 60 meters indoor world record on Friday, clocking 6.37 seconds at a meeting in Clemson, South Carolina.

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Sainz on the brink of Dakar Rally triumph for Peugeot

(Reuters) - Spaniard Carlos Sainz was one stage away from winning the Dakar Rally on Friday but Peugeot's hopes of a one-two finish in Argentina disappeared after reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel hit trouble.

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Manchester United's Carrick to retire at end of season, take coaching role

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester United's Michael Carrick will retire from playing at the end of the season and take up a first-team coaching role at the Old Trafford club, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

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Tiger Woods to face Rahm, Matsuyama, Rose and Fowler at Torrey Pines

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods will face a strong field that includes four of the world's top seven players at next week's Farmers Insurance Open in southern California.

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McGregor's reign as lightweight champion set to end says UFC

BOSTON (Reuters) - Conor McGregor's reign as UFC lightweight champion looks to be over after the organization's president Dana White said on Friday that American Tony Ferguson and Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight for the undisputed title on April 7.

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Germany, Denmark move closer to Euro handball semis

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Holders Germany took a stride toward the European handball championship semi-finals with a rugged 22-19 win over the Czech Republic while Olympic champions Denmark followed in their footsteps after a 31-28 victory against Slovenia on Friday.

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Yun chalks up a Korean first with World Cup skeleton title

(Reuters) - South Korean slider Yun Sung-bin made history for his country on Friday by winning the men's skeleton overall World Cup and ending a run of eight titles in a row for Estonia's Martins Dukurs.

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Olympian abused by team doctor sees USA Gymnastics as 'rotten'

LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman blasted U.S. gymnastics officials on Friday for failing to protect her and other women from years of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, calling the sport's governing body "rotten from the inside."

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No charges anticipated against Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend: sheriff

(Reuters) - The sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday he does not foresee charges being filed against the girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who fatally shot 58 people last October.

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Patriots' Brady won't discuss hand injury

(Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady declined to discuss his injured hand on Friday or say if it would keep him from playing in Sunday's AFC Championship game where a Super Bowl berth is on the line.

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Fernandez blows away rivals to claim sixth European title

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A flawed routine could not stop Javier Fernandez from becoming the first man in more than 80 years to win six consecutive European figure skating titles as the Spaniard proved he will be among the title favourites at next month's Winter Olympics.

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No charges anticipated against girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter: sheriff

(Reuters) - The sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday he does not foresee charges being filed against the girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who fatally shot 58 people last October.

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IOC reduces pool of Russian athletes eligible to compete at Olympics

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee said on Friday it had reduced the pool of Russian athletes eligible to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics to 389 from 500.

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Olympic gymnast Raisman harshly criticizes Nassar, USA Gymnastics

LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman excoriated former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar Friday for sexually abusing her and other young women entrusted to his care and also lambasted the Olympic organization that failed for years to protect the athletes.

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Motor racing: Stirling Moss retires from public life at 88

LONDON (Reuters) - British Formula One great Stirling Moss is retiring from public life at the age of 88 to rest and spend more time with his family, his son Elliot announced on Friday.

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Pele is resting, not suffering exhaustion: spokesman

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian soccer great Pele is resting at home in and reports that he was taken to hospital because of exhaustion are "fake news," his spokesperson told Reuters on Friday.

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As South Korea counts down to Olympics, a ghost ski resort festers

GANSEOUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The chairs of an abandoned ski lift sit on a barren, ghostly mountainside in South Korea; like gravestones for what was one a vibrant holiday resort.

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French ice dancers Papadakis, Cizeron lead at Europeans

MOSCOW (Reuters) - French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took the lead at the European Figure Skating Championships on Friday with an upbeat short dance that puts them on pace to win their fourth consecutive European title.

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Coaching change tough on Gatlin, new trainer says

(Reuters) - World 100 meters champion Justin Gatlin needs to put behind him the disappointment of a coaching change before he can move forward with preparations for the 2018 season, his new trainer said.

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Russia's junior handball team stripped of Euro medal for doping

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Under-19 women's handball team has been stripped of the silver medal they won at last year's European championship after three of their players failed doping tests, the European Handball Federation (EHF) said on Friday.

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North Korea cancels visit to prepare for Olympics in South - ministry

(Reuters) - North Korea has canceled the planned visit of a delegation to South Korea to prepare for a trip by an art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics, South Korean authorities said on Friday.

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Pieters takes Abu Dhabi lead on day two

(Reuters) - Belgian Thomas Pieters carded a seven-under-par 65 in the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday to take the lead heading into the weekend, while defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson remain in contention.

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UPDATE 1-Former Catalan leader says he can rule from abroad, Madrid says no

MADRID, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he could be re-elected as the region's president and rule remotely from his self-imposed exile in Brussels, but the Spanish government said it would not let that happen.

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J.K. Simmons on the Art of Being the Bad Guy

Mr. Simmons talks about his work in Starz’s “Counterpart” and life since winning an Oscar.

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Former FBI Director James Comey to teach ethical leadership class

Former FBI Director James Comey will teach a course on ethical leadership at William and Mary beginning in the fall, according to an article on the Virginia college's website.

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Kerber revival meets Sharapova roadblock as Melbourne cools

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber's recent revival faces its toughest test in the shape of Maria Sharapova when the only two former Australian Open champions in the women's draw clash in round three on Saturday.

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Angry Wozniacki battles past Bertens after tantrum

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Caroline Wozniacki overcame a late temper tantrum to forge into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-3 win over Kiki Bertens on Friday.

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Svindal boosts Olympic medal hopes with Super G win

KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA (Reuters) - Aksel Lund Svindal produced a majestic run on a shortened course to win a World Cup Super G race ahead of fellow Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud on Friday and boost his confidence ahead of the Feb 9-25 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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Ice Hockey: Twin Cities sister act on different paths to Pyeongchang

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Soon after South Korea was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics, Marissa Brandt sent an e-mail to the country's ice hockey federation. If they needed talent for their fledgling team, she had just the ticket: her.

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Olympics: Same gold medal favorites for women's ice hockey, same questions

(Reuters) - It has been 20 years since women's ice hockey became part of the Olympic program but those playing the game at the highest level are still stick-handling around the same old question.

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Babcock back behind bench but not at the Games

Toronto (Reuters) - Mike Babcock coached Canada to men's ice hockey gold at both the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Winter Games and he will be back behind the bench again during the Pyeongchang Olympics.

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Kristoffersen adds a touch of spice to skiing

WENGEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Winning an Alpine skiing race can involve a long, agonizing wait in front of the cameras to see if any rivals can better the racer's time.

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Former world champion Fury regains license

(Reuters) - Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is free to box again after the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) lifted his suspension subject to medical clearance.

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Ngannou's rags-to-riches tale tops card at UFC 220

(Reuters) - Five years after being homeless on the streets of Paris, Francis Ngannou could be crowned UFC heavyweight champion at UFC 220 in Boston on Saturday, but he will have to bring all of his awesome power if he is to beat title holder Stipe Miocic.

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No reason why I can't rule Catalonia remotely, former leader says

MADRID, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he was perfectly eligible to be re-elected as regional president and there was no reason why he couldn't rule the Spanish region remotely from self-imposed exile in Brussels.

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Goggia delights home crowd in Cortina downhill

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) - Italian Sofia Goggia won a second successive women's downhill in front of an elated home crowd, with the American duo of Lindsey Vonn and overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin also enjoying a podium finish in a thrilling race on Friday.

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Dimitrov learning to manage the off-days

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A key to becoming a grand slam champion is managing the off days that are almost inevitable in a two-week tournament and Grigor Dimitrov showed again on Friday that he has acquired that skill.

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Ruthless Nadal storms past Dzumhur

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Rafael Nadal stormed into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a bludgeoning 6-1 6-3 6-1 defeat of Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur on Friday.

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Team Sky should suspend Froome, says UCI chief

(Reuters) - Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome until an investigation into his failed drugs test for an asthma medication is over, according to International Cycling Union (UCI) president David Lappartient.

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Vandeweghe hit with $10k fine for obscene outburst

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - CoCo Vandeweghe was fined $10,000 for shouting an obscenity at her opponent in her first round match at the Australian Open on Monday, organizers revealed on Friday.

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WADA welcomes rejection of legal challenge to whereabouts rule

ZURICH (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has welcomed the rejection of a legal challenge to the whereabouts rule which it says is a key element in the fight against doping.

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Tennis: Edmund outlasts Basilashvili in brutal battle

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund overcame Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in a brutal three-and-a-half hour battle to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time on Friday.

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Dimitrov tames Rublev to reach last 16

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Third seed Grigor Dimitrov survived a tricky test in fierce heat against feisty young Russian Andrey Rublev to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.

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Physically extraordinary Djokovic is battle ready, says Agassi

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic is "physically extraordinary" and can emulate Roger Federer by winning the Australian Open in his first tournament for six months, mentor Andre Agassi said on Friday.

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Tennis: Ruthless teacher Svitolina ends Kostyuk's dream debut

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Elina Svitolina showed not an ounce of sentiment as she gave 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk a 59-minute lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the fourth round of the Australia Open for the first time on Friday.

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Australian Open players fry as Melbourne heatwave continues

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian Open's extreme heat policy came under increasing scrutiny on Friday as players struggled through a second consecutive day of 40 degree Celsius (104 F) heat at Melbourne Park.

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Tennis: Birthday girl Martic reaches last 16 in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Croatia's Petra Martic celebrated her 26th birthday in style by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.

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Tennis: Edmund outlasts Basilashvili in brutal heat

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund overcame Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in a brutal three-and-a-half hour contest to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time on Friday.

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Tennis: Ruthless Svitolina ends Kostyuk's dream debut

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ruthless fourth seed Elina Svitolina gave 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk a 59-minute lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the fourth round of the Australia Open with a 6-2 6-2 victory in searing heat on Friday.

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South Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over slower iPhone devices, after probes in Europe into allegations the firm had deliberately shortened the life of its handsets.

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S.Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown

SEOUL, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over slower iPhone devices, after probes in Europe into allegations the firm had deliberately shortened the life of its handsets.

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Trump administration appeals against 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling to top court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to quickly overturn a lower court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

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UPDATE 2-United States wins WTO chicken ruling against China

GENEVA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The United States largely won a World Trade Organization ruling on Thursday that China had failed to comply with an earlier ruling against its punitive tariffs on U.S. broiler chickens.

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Rahm cards his lowest score on PGA Tour for first-round lead

(Reuters) - Spaniard Jon Rahm carded his lowest score on the PGA Tour, a bogey-free 10-under-par 62, for a one-stroke lead after the first round at the CareerBuilder Challenge in the California desert on Thursday.

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Canceled Montreal Formula E races will not be replaced

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula E will not replace the two canceled Montreal races that would have ended the season in July, the all-electric series said on Thursday.

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Opinion: When Americans Were Afraid of Being Brainwashed

What a forgotten episode of Cold War history can tell us about today’s election-hacking fears.

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U.S. to dismiss charges against 129 people in Trump inaugural protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department intends to dismiss criminal charges against 129 defendants in connection with the protests that took place during President Donald Trump's Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration, according to a court filing on Thursday.

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Former NFLers call for end to tackle football for kids

Several former NFL players called Thursday for an end to tackle football for kids ages 13 and under.

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Darabont files new lawsuit against AMC Networks over 'The Walking Dead'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Frank Darabont, a key creator behind "The Walking Dead," on Thursday filed a second lawsuit against AMC Networks Inc, claiming to have been deprived of tens of millions of dollars of additional profit from the hit cable TV series.

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McKayla Maroney, Describing Sexual Abuse, Calls Larry Nassar a ‘Monster of a Human Being’

The Olympic gymnast is one of over 100 victims who submitted impact statements about abuse by Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, the former gymnastics team doctor.

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USA Gymnastics severs ties with Karolyi Ranch

(Reuters) - USA Gymnastics has terminated its agreement with the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas where a number of top gymnasts have said they were victims of sexual abuse by former team physician Larry Nassar, the ruling body said on Thursday.

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Arrested Former C.I.A. Officer Had Ties to Chinese Spies, Ex-Colleague Says

Jerry Lee, the former officer, had repeated contacts with Chinese intelligence both at the agency and afterward, the former colleague said.

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Turkey seeks Russian approval for air campaign against Afrin

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey dispatched its military chief to Moscow on Thursday, seeking approval for an air campaign in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region, although Damascus warned it could shoot down any Turkish planes in its skies.

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Rallying: Sainz takes another step towards Dakar victory

(Reuters) - Carlos Sainz moved a step closer to a second Dakar win on Thursday after finishing the 12th stage with a 44 minute lead over Peugeot team mate Stephane Peterhansel and two days remaining.

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Triathlon: ITU launches investigation into Schoeman allegations

(Reuters) - The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has launched an investigation into allegations that Olympic bronze medalist Henri Schoeman of South Africa failed a doping test at the Rio Games in 2016, the ruling body said in a statement on Thursday.

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Op-Ed Contributor: ICE Detained My Husband for Being an Immigrant Activist

Ravi Ragbir, the director of the New Sanctuary coalition in New York City, was detained last week after speaking out for immigrant rights.

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Zagitova leads, Russian pairs sweep podium at Europeans

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twice world champion Evgenia Medvedeva was upstaged by Russian compatriot Alina Zagitova in the short program at the European championships on Thursday as Russians pairs swept the podium on home ice.

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North Korea Olympic officials in Switzerland ahead of IOC talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean Olympic officials arrived in Switzerland on Thursday ahead of weekend talks at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to finalize Pyongyang's participation in the Winter Games in South Korea next month.

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Back with old sponsor, Patrick seeks car for Daytona and Indy

(Reuters) - Danica Patrick has found a sponsor for the final two races of her career at this year's Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. All she needs now is some wheels.

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IOC tests over 14,000 athletes ahead of Winter Olympics

(Reuters) - Over 14,000 doping tests have been conducted ahead of next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in an effort to protect clean athletes and safeguard the Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.

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Former Trump adviser Bannon will not go to House panel Thursday: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was not expected to return to testify before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee on Thursday, a committee source said.

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The Eagles settle lawsuit against Hotel California

(Reuters) - There can evidently be only one Hotel California.

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Being around natural greenery may cheer up even adolescents

(Reuters Health) - - Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and a new U.S. study finds the same may be true for teenagers.

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'He was my hero'; Dylan Farrow details accusation against Woody Allen

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Woody Allen's adopted daughter gave a tearful television interview on Thursday, giving details of an alleged molestation by the filmmaker more than 25 years ago.

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Russia chooses neutral gray for Winter Olympians' outfits

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian competitors at next month's Winter Olympics will be kitted out in predominantly gray uniforms with no national markings, in keeping with their status as neutral athletes after the national team was barred over doping allegations.

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Zagitova spoils Medvedeva's comeback to take lead at Europeans

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twice world champion Evgenia Medvedeva was upstaged by Russian compatriot Alina Zagitova in the short program at the European championships on Thursday as the Olympic gold medal favorite made her comeback following a two-month injury layoff.

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UPDATE 1-United States wins WTO chicken ruling against China

GENEVA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The United States largely won a World Trade Organization ruling on Thursday that China had failed to comply with an earlier ruling against its punitive tariffs on U.S. broiler chickens.

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Fleetwood, Tanihara lead in Abu Dhabi as McIlroy returns

(Reuters) - Defending champion Tommy Fleetwood and Japan's Hideto Tanihara took the first round lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Thursday, while Rory McIlroy returned to competitive golf for the first time since October.

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Fixes: When Being Unproductive Saves a Career

With high levels of pressure and tension on the job, burnout rates among nonprofit staffers are rising. The antidote? Sabbaticals.

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Garcia shares Singapore Open lead after disrupted first day

(Reuters) - Masters champion Sergio Garcia and American Kurt Kitayama both carded five-under-par 66 to share the lead after the first round of the Singapore Open on Thursday.

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Wilander fears Rod Laver slot may inhibit Kyrgios vs. Tsonga

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios must not let playing on Rod Laver Arena douse his natural fire when he plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the standout match of the Australian Open third round on Friday, according to former champion Mats Wilander.

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Swiss task force to look into blockchain oversight

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland has set up a working group to look into oversight of blockchain technology and initial coin offerings (ICOs) and report back to the government by the end of this year.

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Snowboarding: British 'shred-homies' ready to take on the world

LONDON (Reuters) - Great Britain broke their duck on snow at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and now they are gunning for further glory in Pyeongchang.

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Canada heads back to gold medal drawing board

TORONTO (Reuters) - When the International Olympic Committee opened the doors of the Winter Games to National Hockey League players in 1998 picking a Team Canada was so simple everyone could do it. And they did.

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EU offers Swiss leeway on settling disputes: sources

ZURICH (Reuters) - The European Union has proposed letting a special arbitration court settle some disputes under a new treaty it is trying to strike with neutral Switzerland, sources involved in the discussion said.

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Short track still Korea's most likely path to gold

(Reuters) - While there has been much handwringing over sluggish ticket sales for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, empty seats will not be an issue inside the Gangneung Ice Arena when short track speed skating is in session.

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Beijing Games could help end NHL/IOC standoff

(Reuters) - Since saying "I do" to the International Olympic Committee in 1998 the National Hockey League and Winter Games have endured an often tumultuous relationship, one that ended last year in an acrimonious separation.

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Brazil seizes over 400 containers in fight against illegal logging

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Police in Brazil have seized 444 containers in an investigation into illegal logging in the country's vast Amazon, federal authorities said on Thursday, as the nation seeks to cut down on the widespread practice.

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Unhindered Halep dashes past Bouchard into third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Simona Halep eased fears over her fitness with a brisk 6-2 6-2 demolition of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

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Mercedes to launch 2018 F1 car on same day as Ferrari

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One champions Mercedes will launch their new car on the same day as rivals Ferrari ahead of pre-season testing next month.

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Australia steps up efforts to woo Chinese tennis tourists

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian Open has stepped up efforts to lure Chinese tennis fans to Melbourne Park by boosting broadcast and sponsorship deals.

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'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - An agreement between South and North Korea to march under a unity flag and field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Olympics was met sharp criticism by many in the South on Thursday, highlighting changing attitudes toward the country's northern neighbor.

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Best of Late Night: Samantha Bee Weighs In on the Claims Against Aziz Ansari

Ms. Bee said that Mr. Ansari, the actor and author of “Modern Romance: An Investigation,” ought to have noticed if he was making his date uncomfortable.

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Dakar 12th stage canceled for bikes and quads

(Reuters) - Dakar Rally organizers canceled the 12th stage for motorcycles and quadbikes in Argentina on Thursday for safety reasons due to the weather.

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Tennis: Unhindered Halep dashes past Bouchard into third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Simona Halep eased fears over her fitness with a brisk 6-2 6-2 victory over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

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Tennis: Birthday girl Kerber sets up Sharapova clash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number one Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday on Thursday with an emphatic 6-4 6-1 win over Donna Vekic at the Australian Open to set up an intriguing third round clash of former champions with Maria Sharapova.

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Tennis: Injured Del Potro battles through to third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro battled an apparent thigh injury and sapping heat to down Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6(4) 6-7(0) 6-4 and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

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Goffin's hopes over as he succumbs to Benneteau

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Dark horse David Goffin's Australian Open hopes went up in smoke as he fell to a 1-6 7-6(5) 6-1 7-6(4) to French veteran Julien Benneteau in round two on Thursday.

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Two Koreas' 'one flag' emblematic of once better ties

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea's plan to march together under the same blue-and-white Korean peninsula flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month marks the revival of an emblem of warmer ties between the old foes from years past.

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Djokovic survives Melbourne furnace to beat Monfils

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Six-times champion Novak Djokovic survived the Rod Laver Arena furnace to reach the third round of the Australian Open with a 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory over Gael Monfils on Thursday.

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Tennis: Lucky loser Pera sends ninth seed Konta out

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lucky loser Bernarda Pera sent ninth seed Johanna Konta tumbling out of the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-4 7-5 upset in blazing sunshine on court two.

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Tennis: Muguruza outfoxed by Hsieh in second-round defeat

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Third seed Garbine Muguruza became the latest big-name casualty at the Australian Open as she lost 7-6(1) 6-4 in the second round to tricky Taiwanese doubles specialist Hsieh Su-wei on Thursday.

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Canada's Osborne-Paradis says Pyeongchang suits his style

(Reuters) - Canadian skier Manny Osborne-Paradis says the quick snow and medium terrain of the course in Pyeongchang will play to his strengths when the gliding specialist goes for his first Winter Olympics medal in South Korea next month.

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WTA Finals to move to Shenzhen from Singapore in 2019

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - China's growing influence over women's tennis moved up a notch on Thursday when the southern metropolis of Shenzhen was announced as the new venue for the season-ending WTA Finals from 2019 to 2028.

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Tennis: Powerful Pera sends ninth seed Konta out

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number 123 Bernarda Pera sent ninth seed Johanna Konta tumbling out of the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-4 7-5 upset in blazing sunshine on court two.

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Sharapova too hot for Sevastova, reaches third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova suffered a late wobble in the blazing center court heat before easing past 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 7-6(4) to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

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Golf: Rahm returns to California a year older and much wiser

(Reuters) - Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson head into this week's CareerBuilder Challenge with their careers heading in opposite directions.

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IAAF not privy to any championships bid concerns: CEO

(Reuters) - Athletics global governing body has not been made aware of any information that would give it concern about successful world championship bids by Doha and Eugene, Oregon, the IAAF's chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Doping: CAS to hear appeals from 39 banned Russians next week

(Reuters) - The cases of 39 Russian athletes given lifetime Olympic bans following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games will be heard next week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday.

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Russia's World Cup likely target for Islamic State: U.S. analysis firm

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The World Cup soccer tournament to be held in Russia in June and July will be an "attractive target" for Islamic State given Russia's role in the territorial defeat of the militant group, the U.K.-based analysis firm, IHS, said on Thursday.

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IAAF wants to link Oregon meet to LA Olympics to grow sport

(Reuters) - Global athletics is hoping to link the 2021 world championships in Oregon to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics in a bid to maximize interest in the sport in the United States, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Deutsche Boerse Says ‍Bank Markazi Filed Complaint Against Co's Unit Clearstream​

* ‍BANK MARKAZI FILED COMPLAINT AGAINST DEUTSCHE BÖRSE AG SUBSIDIARY CLEARSTREAM​

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Major U.S. railroads warn Trump against derailing NAFTA

LOMBARD, Ill., Jan 17 (Reuters) - Major U.S. railroads on Wednesday warned President Donald Trump of the potential financial and political consequences of scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement and urged U.S., Mexican, and Canadian officials to find ways to modernize the accord.

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Chelsea through on penalties, Bournemouth lose to Wigan

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea won a penalty shootout to beat second tier Norwich City on Wednesday and sneak into the FA Cup fourth round following a tempestuous replay that ended 1-1 after extra time with the Premier League champions reduced to nine men.