Gambian president faces noon deadline to quit

BANJUL, Gambia (AFP) – Veteran Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh was Friday facing a midday deadline to quit power, after thousands of regional troops entered the country to pile pressure on him to hand power to the winner of last month’s presidential election.Soldiers from Senegal and four other west African countries …

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Uber to pay $20 mn to settle charge it misled drivers

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Uber has agreed to pay $20 million to settle charges that the ride-sharing company exaggerated claims about driver pay and new car financing, US regulators said on Thursday.The money paid by San Francisco-based Uber Technologies will be used to provide refunds to affected drivers in the …

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Federer sails past Berdych into last 16

MELBOURNE: Swiss marvel Roger Federer sailed past long-time rival Tomas Berdych in straight sets to storm into the fourth round at the Australian Open on Friday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, seeded 17th after an injury-hit 2016, downed the 10th-seeded Czech 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, in 90 minutes. Federer reached the …

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Impressive Nishikori powers into fourth round

MELBOURNE: Japan’s Kei Nishikori reached the Australian Open fourth round with a convincing, straight-sets win over Lukas Lacko on Friday. The fifth seed made it to the last 16 for the sixth straight year with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Slovak qualifier in two hours, 11 minutes. Nishikori …

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Impact of job-stealing robots a growing concern at Davos

DAVOS (Reuters) – Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decade, but global CEOs say the real culprits are increasingly machines.And while business leaders gathered at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos relish the productivity gains technology can bring, they warned …

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Spanish village hurls turnips to drive away evil

PIORNAL, Spain (AFP) – Residents of a Spanish town pelted a devil-like character portrayed by a young man with thousands of rock-hard turnips Thursday in a tradition that aims to drive away evil.The centuries-old festival of Jarramplas is celebrated every January 19 and 20 in the western village of Piornal, …

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Rookies lift Bangladesh as Southee takes five

CHRISTCHURCH: Rookie opener Soumya Sarkar led a makeshift Bangladesh to a competitive 289 but New Zealand claimed the honours on day one of the second Test in Christchurch on Friday. “If you can bowl a side out on day one it’s a good effort,” New Zealand strike bowler Tim Southee …

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Life is beautiful, Venus says, brushing off commentator row

Seven-times grand slam winner Venus Williams on Friday brushed off a remark made about her at the Australian Open which led to a TV commentator being stood down by broadcaster ESPN. Doug Adler, commentating on the African-American 13th seed’s second-round match against Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele on Wednesday, provoked outrage on …

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