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Oil jumps to highest since 2014 after U.S. quits Iran deal

LONDON: Oil prices rose more than 3 percent on Wednesday, hitting 3-1/2-year highs after U.S. President Trump abandoned a nuclear deal with Iran and announced the “highest level” of sanctions against the OPEC member. Ignoring pleas by allies, Trump on Tuesday pulled out of an international agreement with Iran that was agreed in late 2015, raising the risk of conflict in the Middle East and casting uncertainty over global oil supplies at a time when the crude market is already tight. Brent crude oil touched its highest…

‘Deal reached’ for Syria rebels to quit last Ghouta holdout

DAMASCUS: The Syrian regime on Sunday drew closer to taking full control of rebel bastion Eastern Ghouta after a deal appeared to be reached for fighters and civilians to leave the enclave's last opposition pocket.  The agreement brokered by government ally Moscow would see fighters with the Jaish al-Islam rebel faction leave Ghouta's main town of Douma for opposition territory in northern Syria, state media and a monitoring group. There was no immediate confirmation from the rebels, but Russia's military said it had…

Darren Lehmann quits as Australian head coach

JOHANNESBURG: Darren Lehmann will step down as head coach of Australia at the end of the fourth Test against South Africa. Lehmann had been cleared of any wrongdoing in the ball-tampering scandal, with the coach having had no knowledge of what Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft, and David Warner were planning. Reading from a prepared statement, Lehmann said his decision to quit was tough but voluntary: “I just want to let you know this will be by my last Test as head coach if the Australian cricket team as I’m stepping…

South Africa’s Morne Morkel to quit internationals

CAPE TOWN: South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel will retire from all formats of international cricket after the four-match home test series against Australia starting this week, he said on Monday. Morkel, 33, cited family pressures following local media reports that he was set to take up a Kolpak contract to play in England. “It was an extremely tough decision but I feel the time is right to start a new chapter. I have a young family and a foreign wife, and the current demanding international schedule has put a lot of…

UK defence secretary Fallon quits over inappropriate conduct with women

LONDON: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon quit the government Wednesday, stepping down from ministerial office in a developing scandal over sexual harassment at Westminster. "A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct. Many of these have been false but I accept that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honour to represent," Fallon wrote in a resignation letter to Prime Minister Theresa…

Cash incentives help smokers quit, study finds

MIAMI, United States: Smokers who are offered cash incentives are far more likely to give up cigarettes than those who are simply offered tips on how to quit, said a US study Monday. The approach could offer ways to cut the number of smokers, which has remained steady at about one-fifth of the US population in recent years, according to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. The rate among the poor is even higher. Twenty-six per cent of smokers in the US in 2015 were…

25-year-old England all-rounder quits cricket to pursue law career

LONDON: A 25-year-old England and Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari has announced to quit cricket to pursue another career of his choice. The cricketer now intends to begin his professional in law. Ansari made his Test debut for England in last October against Bangladesh, before playing two Tests against India. In a media release issued by Surrey County Cricket Club, Zafar said: “After seven years as a professional cricketer and almost two decades in total playing the game, I have decided to bring my…

Man quits job with toilet-themed resignation letter

People quitting their vocation don’t always craft a resignation letter in a deft manner for reasons varying from bad experience with the organsation they leave or unsatisfactory working conditions. But that’s not carved on stone all the time. Some employees also fantasise about handing in their notice in a flamboyant and creative fashion . One man has left his boss in no doubt as to what he thinks of them and their company. My husband's letter of resignation Because it's written on a piece of toilet paper in what…

E-cigarettes could be used to help combat obesity in smokers trying to quit: study

LONDON: Researchers in Britain and New Zealand have found a potential new use for electronic cigarettes in smokers who want to give up - controlling appetite and limiting the weight gain that often comes with quitting. In a review published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, the scientists found that it's the nicotine in cigarettes that makes smokers less likely to overeat, and suggested e-cigarettes, which contain nicotine but no tobacco, may help prevent them from eating too much when they quit.…