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CIA director expects Russia will try to target US mid-term elections

LONDON: CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Russia will target US mid-term elections later this year as part of the Kremlin’s attempt to influence domestic politics across the West, and warned the world had to do more to push back against Chinese meddling. Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the allegations, which Moscow denies, and whether there was any collusion involving President Donald Trump’s associates. In an interview with the…

Shastri expects India to export home dominance overseas

NEW DELHI: India will approach 2018 as the year to shed their “poor travellers” tag, head coach Ravi Shastri said ahead of the team’s tour of South Africa. India top the test rankings having sealed their record-equalling ninth consecutive series on Wednesday, six of which came at home and only one -- against West Indies in the Caribbean -- outside Asia. Sterner tests await Virat Kohli’s men next year when they also travel to England and Australia, where conditions will not be as conducive to their spinners as it is at…

Mathews expects hostility as test series begins at Lord’s

LONDON: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews did his best to play down any lingering discontent surrounding the controversial runout of Jos Buttler, but admits to expecting some hostility when his side's two-match test series with England begins at Lord's on Thursday. The visitors won the one-day international series 3-2, but their final victory was overshadowed by the dismissal of Buttler, who was runout at the non-striker's end by Sachithra Senanayake, who took the bails off when he strayed out of his crease. Neither player…