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New Zealand’s injured captain Kane Williamson may not be playing the third Test against Bangladesh, due to his injuries. The test is scheduled to begin on Saturday in Christchurch. Reports said that Kane Williamson is expected to delay his departure for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Williamson suffered a shoulder injury during Bangladesh’s first innings of the second Test in Wellington. New Zealand had won the match on Tuesday by an innings and 12 runs.

The head coach of the New Zealand cricket team Gary Stead had said in a statement that Williamson’s scan reports had detected a tear to his left pectoral minor muscle in his shoulder. “There’s obviously irritation and a wee bit of bleeding, it’s not a major injury,” said Gary Stead. “We’re hopeful that he will recover quickly, and the thing for us is to make sure he doesn’t aggravate it any more. He will come to Christchurch and we will make an assessment there on whether he plays.” he added.

Williamson had scored 74 although he had suffered considerable discomfort in batting.

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Crime News

Mehdi Nemmouche (33), a French citizen who shoot and killed four people in a Jewish museum in 2014, was sentenced to life in jail on Monday. He had used a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a handgun to fire at Brussels’ Jewish Museum.

Three of the victims were immediately dead at the spot and one died at the hospital. The prosecutors marked him a “coward” and a “psychopath”. At the court, Nemmouche said “life goes on”, in his last words to the jury. Nemmouche is a French-born jihadist. He had spent an year fighting in Syria for the Islamic State (IS) group.

Nacer Bendrer, a man who helped in planning the attack was sentenced to 15 years in prison. It is reported that this man had provided the weapons for the attack.

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News Politics

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday vowed to break up Amazon, Google and Facebook if elected US president to promote competition in the techn sector.

Warren, who is on a vie to be in the top positions in the presidential candidates said in a blog that on their way to the top, the big tech companies purchased a long list of potential competitors, like Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram.

She wrote: “They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation,”, said in reuters reports.

Amazon unexpectedly cancelled plans in February to build an important outpost in the neighborhood that might have created 25,000 jobs, blaming opposition from local leaders.

In an event held near the proposed Amazon site, Warren said that large tech companies come into towns, cities and states and “bully everyone into doing what they want” and “roll right over” small businesses and startups which are a threat.

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Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said that the UK decides to provide diplomatic protection to British-Iranian mother. This is to underline the government’s belief that Iran has made an unjust behavior in her treatment.

Hunt said that this move is unlikely to be a “magic wand”. He said that formally it recognizes that the U.K. government views her treatment as unjust and illegal.

In a video statement in Twitter, Hunt said that “This represents a formal recognition by the British Government that her treatment fails to meet Iran’s obligations under international law and elevates it to a formal state-to-state issue”.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was a project manager in the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in April 2016 as she headed back to Britain with her daughter after a family visit.

She was convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment. The charge was denied by her family.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe had a hunger strike in protest at her treatment in jail. She had several health issues. She was undergoing tests for breast cancer and a series of panic attacks, and her emotional state had gone worse during her confinement.

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News Politics

The U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions against six military leaders who played a role in blocking humanitarian aid to the embattled South American nation. The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned the agency’s leader, Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, and its first commissioner, Hildemaro Jose Rodriguez Mucura.

The Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a statement said “We are sanctioning members of Maduro’s security forces in response to the reprehensible violence, tragic deaths, and unconscionable torching of food and medicine destined for sick and starving Venezuelans”.

Steven Mnuchin said that the blockades used to halt stop the aid from entering the country are the recent example of Maduro’s “illegitimate regime weaponizing the delivery of food and critically needed supplies in order to control vulnerable Venezuelans.”

Reuters reports that a representative the U.S. Transportation Department that oversees NHTSA said that “NHTSA’s Crash Investigation Division assigned a Special Crash Investigation team to investigate the crash”, while the NTSB said it is sending a team of three “to conduct a safety investigation”.

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Lifestyle News

Ted Baker plc, the fashion retailer estimates more than 10 million pounds fall in full-year pretax profit, blaming the impact of foreign exchange rates, higher amounts to upgrade its systems and inventory write-downs.

It is reported by reuters that the company expects to post profit before tax of about 63 million pounds for the year ended Jan. 26, lower than the 73.5 million pounds reported last year.

Ted Baker plc is a British luxury clothing retail company. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The company is having its Headquarters at London, United Kingdom.

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Cardinal George Pell was remanded into custody on Wednesday for child sex offences. George Pell is Australia’s most senior Catholic cardinal and a former top adviser to Pope Francis. A jury found that he had sexually abused two 13-year-olds in 1996 and 1997, in the rooms of a Melbourne cathedral. George Pell, the Vatican treasurer is the third most senior Catholic in the world.

Pell will be formally sentenced on March 13. Pell was found guilty of child sex abuse in December. The guilty verdict was revealed on Tuesday after a court suppression order was dropped.

The pre-sentencing hearing was told Pell’s child sex crimes each carry maximum jail terms of 10 years. Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC told Chief Judge Peter Kidd that Pell’s offending involved two vulnerable boys and should be classed as serious.

“These acts … were, in our submission, humiliating and degrading towards each boy and gave rise to distress in each boy,” he said. “There has been a breach of trust in this case in the sense that Cardinal Pell was the driving force and in charge of this cathedral and these two choristers were a cog in the cathedral wheel … in Sunday masses.”

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Natural Disaster News

Gale-force winds lashed Malta early on Sunday morning, uprooting trees, demolishing walls and damaging power lines, but no injuries were reported. There occurred several destruction across the country as a result of these high winds.

The wind had a high speed of 101km/h. Trees were uprooted, walls got toppled and seafronts flooded in the violent gusts. It caused damage to electricity networks and forced road closures across the whole island.

The Civil Protection Department officials were sent to around 300 sites for clearing roads, removing dangerous walls and evacuating people from flooded residences. People advised to stay indoors.

The Maltese Islands Weather site said on Sunday morning that the northeast wind was appeared to be the strongest in many years. The 101 km/h (Force 10, almost Force 11) gusts measured by the site’s weather station in Għarb were an all-time record. The storm had gradually died down as the night fell.

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Vandals have decapitated an 800-year-old Crusader at St Michan’s Church in Dublin. It was found that the Crusader’s head was “severed from his body and taken away”, as per reports.

This famous Church of Ireland site of worship is located on Dublin’s Halston and is home to mummies, and the remains of the Sheare Brothers, executed by the British for their part in the 1798 rising. Some also says that this is the final resting place of Robert Emmet.

A tour guide was preparing to open the church for visitors on Monday afternoon, and then this was discovered. Archdeacon Pierpoint was found upset and disappointed that the church has been targeted again by vandals.

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Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General launched a new global strategy to combat whatever the global body considers hate speech, a growing scourge he said “poisoned” debate on crucial issues. In a speech at the opening of the council’s 40th session, he said ““Hate is moving into the mainstream — in liberal democracies and authoritarian systems alike” .

Governments across the world have watched with concern as racist and other hate speech have coarsened the political climate. France and Germany have raised particular alarm in recent weeks over resurgent anti-Semitism.

Guterres targeted his rebuke at widespread criticism of the UN’s Global Compact on Migration, a non-binding text that is said to set out best practices for managing refugee and migrant flows. The UN chief marked the campaign “failed”.

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