Cricket: Watson's unbeaten hundred hands Chennai third IPL crown

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Australian Shane Watson overcame a slow start on his way to an unbeaten 117 to guide the Chennai Super Kings to their third Indian Premier League title with a eight-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. Chasing 179 for victory at the Wankhede Stadium, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai eased to the target with nine deliveries to spare to complete a fairytale comeback to the popular Twenty20 tournament. Chennai, easily the most consistent team in the tournament with four runner-up trophies, returned to the 11th edition…

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Box Office: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' looks to edge past $100 million for holiday weekend

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Estimates for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” are continuing to fly low. 71st Cannes Film Festival – Screening of the film “Solo: A Star Wars Story” out of competition – Red Carpet Arrivals – Cannes, France May 15, 2018. Director Ron Howard, Star Wars’ character Chewbacca and cast members Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harleson, Emilia Clarke, Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton pose. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/FilesDisney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” prequel is now looking to make $101 million in North America during its four-day holiday weekend debut. The…

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Ireland quietly comes to terms with dramatic change after abortion vote

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish people paid homage on Sunday to an Indian immigrant woman whose death inspired a historic vote to repeal Ireland’s strict abortion laws while the Catholic Church rued the outcome saying it showed indifference to its teachings. Messages are left at a memorial to Savita Halappanava a day after an Abortion Referendum to liberalise abortion laws was passed by popular vote, in Dublin, Ireland May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh KilcoyneIn a referendum on Friday, the once deeply Catholic nation voted to scrap a prohibition on abortion by a…

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U.S. officials in North Korea to prepare for U.S. summit: report

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials crossed into North Korea on Sunday to hold talks on preparations for a possible summit, a U.S. newspaper reported, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump. Both Pyongyang and Washington are pressing ahead on plans for a meeting between the two leaders after Trump pulled out of the scheduled June 12 summit on Thursday, only to reconsider the decision the next day. The Washington Post, citing a person familiar with the arrangements, said Sung Kim,…

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Cricket: England, Australia back players over match-fixing allegations

LONDON (Reuters) – England and Australia have backed their players following allegations of corruption in the sport made in a documentary to be aired by news organisation Al Jazeera on Sunday. Cricket – Ashes test match – Australia v England – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia, December 5, 2017. Australia’s captain Steve Smith reacts during the fourth day of the second Ashes cricket test match. REUTERS/David Gray/FilesThe programme “Cricket’s Match Fixers” is understood to allege details of a plan to fix England’s scheduled test match against Sri Lanka in Galle in…

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Living with a volcano means dealing with its goddess

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – During one of his daily briefings about the relentless eruptions of the Kilauea volcano recently, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim noted the day had brought no eruptions, no lava, no ashfalls. A mural of the Hawaiian goddess Pele is depicted on a wall of a local art gallery in Pahoa, Hawaii, U.S., May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Marco Garcia “Pele has given the grace of quiet to us today,” Kim told residents, both native Hawaiians and those who moved there from abroad, at the Pahoa high school meeting.…

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PM Modi opens two expressways around Delhi to reduce pollution

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday he expected around a 30 percent drop in the number of vehicles entering Delhi, as he opened two new expressways around the capital aimed at decongesting its streets and reducing deadly pollution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Digital Art Gallery before inaugurating the Delhi-Meerut Expressway in New Delhi, May 27, 2018. India’s Press Information Bureau/Handout via REUTERSA damning report by the World Health Organisation this month said India was home to the world’s 14 most polluted cities, with…

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Cricket: Pakistan crush sorry England at Lord's

LONDON (Reuters) – Pakistan wrapped up a crushing nine-wicket victory over England on Sunday to inflict the hosts’ first defeat in a May test match at Lord’s. Cricket – England vs Pakistan – First Test – Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, Britain – May 27, 2018 Pakistan’s Imam ul-Haq (R) and Haris Sohail celebrate after winning the First Test Action Images via Reuters/John SibleyEngland’s last four wickets tumbled in 27 minutes and Pakistan knocked off the 64 runs they needed in less than an hour on the fourth day to put…

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Soccer: Ronaldo regrets timing of leaving comments but is still unhappy at Madrid

KIEV (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo said he regretted taking the attention away from Real Madrid’s third consecutive Champions League crown after hinting the 3-1 final victory over Liverpool was his last game but reiterated that he is not happy with the club. Soccer Football – Champions League Final – Real Madrid v Liverpool – NSC Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine – May 26, 2018 Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the Champions League REUTERS/Andrew Boyers The Portugal forward had told television network beIN Sports after the historic win in Kiev…

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South Korea says North Korea committed to Trump summit and "complete" denuclearisation

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to “complete” denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday. In Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump signalled that preparations for a June 12 summit with Kim were going ahead, despite having called the meeting off last week. Moon and Kim agreed at a surprise meeting on Saturday that the possible North Korea-U.S. summit must be held, Moon told a news conference in Seoul.…

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