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Brand ‘Messi’ unblemished by poor World Cup

MOSCOW: Lionel Messi may be heading home early from the World Cup after flops on the pitch for Argentina yet he will remain a ubiquitous presence in Russia and around the world as the face of dozens of brand marketing campaigns. For…

ICC rates Ashes Melbourne pitch as ‘poor’

MELBOURNE: The Melbourne pitch for the fourth Ashes Test match has been rated "poor" by the International Cricket Council (ICC), reportedly the first for an Australian ground, just days after players also criticised the conditions. The…

India’s poor fear ‘rent-a-womb’ industry shut down

ANAND, INDIA: At a hostel for dozens of pregnant women, impoverished widow Sharmila Mackwan weighs up her decision to carry twins for another couple -- her only ticket out of poverty - as the government moves to close India's multi-million…