A match billed as a runfest was turned upside-down by India's spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal on Wednesday, as New Zealand were crushed by eight wickets in the first one-day international in Napier. India arrived at the ground with captain Virat Kohli expecting 300-plus to be par but when his bowlers rolled New Zealand for 157 the outcome became a formality. "When I lost the toss I thought it's going to be 300 plus but the way the guys bowled and created pressure turned out to be absolutely opposite," he said. "You know, 150 on that kind of a wicket was quite an easy total to chase down and it all boils down to the effort of the bowlers." Yadav and Chahal delivered a spin bowlingEmirates24|7
Cristiano Ronaldo avoided jail on Tuesday but was ordered to pay 3.57 million euros ($4.1 million) for committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid, a Madrid court ruled. The court sentenced Ronaldo to a two-year jail sentence that it immediately reduced to a fine of 365,000 euros, which adds on to another penalty of 3.2 million euros, the sentence read. A court spokesman said it was not immediately clear if this fine would be added onto the 18.8 million euros that Ronaldo had agreed to pay Spain's taxman under a deal reached in June last year. Photos: AFPEmirates24|7
Duchess Catherine has admitted parenthood can be "so hard". The 37-year-old royal - who has children Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and nine-month-old Prince Louis with husband Prince William - spoke candidly during a visit to charity Family Action on Tuesday as she acknowledged the "struggle" that comes when support "falls away" for new families. Speaking as she helped launch a new national support line for the organisation - which provides community assistance for families in south London - she said: "It's so hard. You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother particularly in the early days, but after the age of one, it falls away. After that, there isn't a huge amountrss.cnn.com
The International Monetary Fund released Monday its updated economic outlook with a dire warning: The world's economy is slowing and it could get much worse if countries keep fighting over trade. The agency lowered estimates for growth in 2019 by 0.2 percentage points to 3.5% - its second downward revision. The biggest risks are the unresolved trade war between the US and China, and the possibility of Britain exiting the European Union without a deal. "After two years of solid expansion, the world economy is growing more slowly than expected, and risks are rising," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Monday, adding the "risk of a sharper decline in global growth has certainly increased."Emirates24|7
Priyanka Chopra posted a picture to her social media of her sporting new honey-blonde ombre highlights alongside a caption revealing that in ten years she has "grown" into the woman she is today. Photo: Instagram The 36-year-old actress - who married Joe Jonas last month - showed off her new honey-blonde ombre look while reflecting on the way she's changed in the last 10 years, and also teasing the announcement of a new project. Speaking to her 34.6 million followers on Instagram, Priyanka wrote: "With this #10yearchallenge taking over the internet, it's got me thinking about the past ten years of my life, like probably all of you. So much has changed! Not just my hair or my clothes (or my husband!),Al Jazeera
A prominent Saudi Imam and preacher at the Prophet's Mosque in Medina has died in prison, reportedly as a result of being held in poor conditions, activists have said. Sheikh Ahmed al-Amari, former dean of the Quran College in the Islamic University of Madinah, died on Sunday, more than five months after he was arrested, said the social media advocacy group, Prisoners of Conscience, which monitors and documents arrests of Saudi preachers and religious scholars. The group accused Saudi prison authorities of "intentionally neglecting" the 69-year-old and "causing his death". Yahya Assiri, director of the London-based ALQST rights group, said al-Amari was arrested from his home in August amid aenglish.alarabiya.net
Ahmed al-Zouabi, a Syrian refugee child in Lebanon who worked as a shoe-shiner, died after being chased by the Lebanese police earlier this week. The child was running away from the police who were chasing him following an alleged “theft case” that was reported. Human rights activists took to social media their anger about the recklessness Syrian refugees are treated with in Lebanon. Sara is a Syrian activist who told the tragic story of Ahmed in a tweet, saying: “Did you hear about the Syrian child Ahmed al-Zouabi who died in Beirut?