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Dutch expulsion of alleged Russian spies a ‘misunderstanding’: Lavrov

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday said the expulsion of four alleged Russian agents from the Netherlands in April had been a "misunderstanding", calling their visit a "routine trip". "There was nothing secret about the trip by our specialists to the Netherlands, it was a routine trip. They didn't hide when they checked into the hotel, or when they came to the airport, or when they went to our embassy," Lavrov said during a press conference. "They were detained without explanation... and asked to…

LHC halts deportation of Turkish teacher’s family

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday granted a stay order on the expulsion of the family of the former director of the Pak-Turk School (Turkish School) from the country. The family of Mesut Kacmez including two young daughters was reportedly taken into custody on Wednesday to be deported to Turkey. Law-enforcement agencies said that they were living in Pakistan without a valid visa. Mesut Kacmez was living in Pakistan on a asylum-seeker certificate by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) which…

USA Cricket Association faces expulsion from ICC

LONDON: The United States Cricket Association (USACA) faces expulsion from the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport's global governing body said on Monday. The ICC Board said the ICC Full Council should "consider the expulsion" of USACA at its meeting in June, because the organisation has failed to co-operate with efforts to unify cricket in the United States. USACA had already been temporarily suspended from ICC membership in 2015, the third time in the last 12 years. "The decision to pass this resolution…