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PARIS: IMF chief Christine Lagarde goes on trial in France on Monday over a massive state payout to a flamboyant tycoon when she was finance minister in a case that risks tarnishing her stellar career. Lagarde denies the charges of negligence, arguing she was acting “in the state’s interest” in…

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SINGAPORE: Oil soared Monday following a landmark deal by Russia and other non-OPEC producers to join the cartel in capping output, in a bid to end a stubborn global glut that has hammered prices. Russia and 10 other states on Saturday said they will reduce their production by more than…

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MILAN: Italy’s troubled Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS) bank on Sunday announced it would go ahead with plans to seek a private sector-led rescue, narrowly avoiding the need for a government bailout. The world’s oldest bank’s woes have raised concerns over the eurozone’s third-largest economy, particularly in the aftermath…

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LOS ANGELES: Russell Westbrook had his streak of triple-double scoring snapped but he still scored a game high 37 points to power the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 99-96 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Westbrook saw his streak of consecutive games with triple-doubles end at seven as he…

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NEW YORK: The New York Giants rallied to sneak past Dallas 10-7 in a defensive battle on Sunday (Monday in Manila), snapping the Cowboys’ 11-game win streak and giving the Giants’ playoff hopes a boost. Not only did the Giants sweep the season series by handing the Cowboys just their…

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HONG KONG: Unheralded Australian Sam Brazel wept Sunday after clinching the Hong Kong Open in thrilling style with a birdie at the final hole, sealing by far the biggest victory of his career. The world number 480 defeated Spanish Ryder Cup star Rafa Cabrera Bello — ranked 447 places above…

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PARIS: A second-half brace from Edinson Cavani saw champions Paris Saint Germain come from two down to earn a 2-2 draw with Ligue 1 leaders Nice at the Parc des Princes on Monday. The visitors withstood an early onslaught to go into the break 2-0 up after a sumptuous free-kick…

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BERLIN: The German league is set to introduce video assistant referees for the start of the 2017/18 season, according to Helmut Krug, manager for the German Football League (DFL) referees. “If everything works like it should, we’ll go ‘online’ for the start of the 2017/18 season,” said Krug, a former…

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PARIS: Cristiano Ronaldo looks poised to seal his fourth Ballon d’Or on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) to get one over his old rival Lionel Messi in their long-running duel for the title of world’s best footballer. It will be the perfect ending to another terrific year for the Real Madrid…

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BEIJING: Chinese media warned Donald Trump on Monday that the one-China policy is “non-negotiable” and dropping it could lead to Beijing supporting US enemies, after the president-elect said he might do so unless Beijing made concessions. “The one-China policy cannot be traded,” an unsigned online commentary in the nationalistic Global…

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