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I’ll be back — earlier than expected: Neymar

BORDEAUX: Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who is convalescing in Brazil after surgery on his injured right foot, will be back “in two to three weeks,” the club’s coach Unai Emery said on Friday. “I spoke with him this week, he’s good, relaxed,” Emery said. Emery was speaking in Bordeaux where PSG, shorn of their biggest star, face Monaco on Saturday in the French League Cup final. “We spoke about the final,” Emery said. “He’s going to follow the game.” Neymar, who is crucial to Brazil’s hopes at the World Cup…

Rabada back at No1 after 11-wicket haul against Australia

PORT ELIZABETH: Young South Africa paceman replaces James Anderson even as Mitchell Starc drops down to No.9. Kagiso Rabada’s 11-wicket haul in the second Test at St George’s Park against Australia has propelled him back to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for bowlers. Having been No.1 briefly at the start of the year, he replaces England’s James Anderson and has reached 902 points, his highest career rating to date. Australia’s opening bowler Mitchell Starc drops four places to ninth after taking a single…

EU lawmakers back exports control on spying technology

BRUSSELS: EU lawmakers overwhelmingly backed plans on Thursday to control exports of devices to intercept mobile phone calls, hack computers or circumvent passwords that could be used by foreign states to suppress political opponents or activists. Members of the European Parliament’s trade committee voted by 34 votes to one in favor of a planned update to export controls on “dual use” products or technologies. The EU has had export controls since 2009 on such dual use products including toxins, laser and technology for…

Hungarian hospital helps injured birds back into the skies

BUDAPEST: A unique veterinary hospital in eastern Hungary is saving the lives of wild birds, including many who sustain severe injuries during their long migratory journey to Africa to escape the harsh winters of northern Europe. Located in the Hortobagy National Park, a World Heritage site on the Great Hungarian Plain, the hospital treats, among others, protected birds like cranes, storks and eagles that have flown into power lines, breaking their legs or wings, or have been poisoned or hit by vehicles on highways.…

VIDEO: Man takes challenge to perform ‘push-ups’ on elephant’s back

BANGKOK: A tourist took an unusual challenge of performing the 22 push-ups and that too on elephant’s back to raise awareness of Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Jerry Romine said he was participating in the viral "22 push-up challenge," which called on participants to perform 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder in veterans, when he passed through Thailand. Romine said he and his friends found an elephant trainer south of Chiang Mai, Thailand, who agreed to let him…