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THE HAGUE: With anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders topping the polls ahead of next month’s elections, one small group is hoping to buck the trend: the country’s first party led by immigrants. Denk, or “think” in Dutch, wants to fight what it calls “institutional racism” by setting up a national…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: In a not so subtle jab at European officials and their dealings with Greece, the IMF on Thursday issued a warning against pretending that “unpayable debts” can be repaid. In a blog written by the International Monetary Fund’s chief Greece negotiator, its chief economist, and its general counsel,…

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HONG KONG: The dollar came under more pressure Friday and Asian markets saw fresh losses after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin lowered US growth expectations and appeared to temper Donald Trump’s belligerence towards China’s currency policy. While New York’s blue-chip Dow index hit a record tenth successive all-time high, the Trump-fuelled…

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SAN FRANCISCO: The race to develop self-driving vehicles took a new turn on Thursday when Google’s parent company Alphabet filed a lawsuit against Uber, accusing it of stealing technology. Alphabet contends that a manager at its autonomous car subsidiary Waymo took technical data with him when he left to launch…

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SAN FRANCISCO: Shares in Chinese internet giant Baidu jumped on Thursday on quarterly earnings that topped expectations despite falling revenue as the company clamped down on dubious ads. Revenue in the final three months of last year came to $2.62 billion (18.21 billion RMB), down 2.6 percent from the same…

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LOS ANGELES: LeBron James recorded his sixth triple-double of the season on Thursday (Friday in Manila) as the Cleveland Cavaliers maintained their mastery over the New York Knicks with a 119-104 NBA triumph. James scored 18 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and handed out 15 assists for the 48th regular-season…

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MIAMI: Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer was hot on the heels of rookie co-leaders Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan Thursday (Friday in Manila) after one round of the US PGA Tour Honda Classic. Bryan and Gribble both teed off early at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and produced…

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SINGAPORE: The world’s biggest mixed martial arts organization, the Las Vegas-based UFC, Thursday announced its long-awaited return to Asia with a Singapore show and an “ambition” to debut in mainland China. Ultimate Fighting Championship, which has shot to sporting prominence by making global stars of fighters such as Conor McGregor…

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DUBAI: Angelique Kerber hammered out a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Ana Konjuh on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to stay in contention for a return to the top WTA ranking at the Dubai Tennis Championships. Germany’s double Grand Slam winner from 2016 can take back the top spot from Serena Williams…

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LONDON: Wayne Rooney said Thursday (Friday in Manila) he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League. British media reports said Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, had been in China speaking to interested clubs but the United and England captain…

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