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A high-speed broadband service which launched on Thursday is expected to disrupt India's booming internet and streaming industries. Jio Fiber's annual plans include free TVs, set-top boxes and subscriptions to premium streaming services. Telecom giant Reliance will charge subscribers $10 to $118 a month for speeds ranging from 100Mbps to 1Gbps. The free services, coupled with relatively low-cost internet, are likely to...
Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been appointed Pakistan's new head coach and chief selector. The 45-year-old fills the role vacated by Mickey Arthur, whose contract was not renewed after they failed to reach the World Cup semi-finals. Former skipper and paceman Waqar Younis is the new bowling coach. "I know expectations are high, but I am absolutely ready and up for the task,"...
US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper has granted $3.6bn (£3bn) in Pentagon funding to be redirected to help build a US-Mexico border wall. The money will fund 175 miles (280km) of construction and will force 127 military projects to be put on hold, he told lawmakers in a letter on Tuesday. Building a border wall was a major campaign pledge of...
Spanish retailer Zara has found itself embroiled in controversy in China after some of its stores were closed on a day Hong Kong was expected to see widespread strike action. Thousands of Chinese social media are calling for a boycott, accusing the retailer of supporting employees wanting to join the strike. The chain has said it was just ensuring its shops...
Huawei has accused the US government of "using every tool at its disposal" to disrupt its business. In a press release on Tuesday, the Chinese tech giant said the US had launched cyber-attacks to infiltrate its networks and was threatening its employees. The firm, which was put on a US trade blacklist this year, did not offer evidence for the allegations. Huawei...
The UK, US, France and Iran may be complicit in possible war crimes in Yemen over their support for parties to the conflict there, UN experts say. A new report warns the countries they could be held responsible for aiding or assisting the commission of violations. The Western powers provide weapons and logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government, while...
California officials have begun the process of identifying the victims of a boat fire that is suspected to have claimed 34 lives. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said that DNA samples would be required from the family of presumed victims to identify them. Authorities have moved from search-and-rescue operations to a recovery effort. Only five people survived, all crew. The scuba-diving...
The US Anti-Doping Agency has withdrawn its case against sprinter Christian Coleman, the fastest man in the world this year. Coleman, 23, had been charged with missing three drugs tests and was facing an automatic one-year ban. Usada said it had withdrawn the charge after receiving guidance from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). Coleman is now free to compete at the World...
A Spanish dancer died after being hit by an exploding pyrotechnic during a live performance at a concert. Joana Sainz Garcia, 30, was performing with the Super Hollywood Orchestra group at a venue near Madrid when the incident happened. A stage pyrotechnic device exploded near the singer, knocking her unconscious, at about 02:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday. Paramedics took Ms...
Courts in Russia have rejected prosecutors' request to strip two couples of parental rights after they took their children to protest rallies. Instead, Dmitry and Olga Prokazov, and Petr and Elena Khomskikh were warned. The prosecutors argued that the two couples had endangered their children's life by bringing them to recent protests in the capital Moscow. The move had caused outrage in...

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