Mcgregor takes just 40 seconds to blast Cerrone in UFC return

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Titans stun Ravens, 49ers power past Vikings in NFC

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 13, 2020, on page 7.

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The Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al-Said, passed away early on Saturday, Oman state TV and the state news agency Twitter account said.

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“Modern Family” will air its finale after 11 seasons on April 8, and there are no spin-offs in the works involving its large cast. Eric Stonestreet jokingly pitched one featuring Cam and Mitch, the gay couple played by him and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, after executive producer Steven Levitan told a TV critics meeting Wednesday that nothing is planned.

The cast of the ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” from left, Reid Ewing, Ariel Winter, Ty Burrell Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Nolan Gould, standing left center, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, standing center right, Jeremy Maguire, Sarah Hyland, seated holding baby, Sof?a Vergara, Rico Rodriguez and Ed O’Neill. Jill Greenberg/ABC via AP

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The end of the free-market paradigm

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 11, 2020, on page 4.

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A Russian navy ship “aggressively approached” a U.S. Navy destroyer Thursday in the North Arabian Sea, the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said in a statement Friday.

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Bank Audi, one of Lebanon's leading banks, issued a statement Friday condemning an incident that took place earlier in the day where employees from a local branch were seen beating a customer.

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The Trump administration announced a new wave of sanctions on Iran Friday following this week's missile strikes by the Islamic Republic on U.S. bases in Iraq.

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Sweden on Friday stopped direct flights to Iran, citing “unclarity” around the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane earlier this week where 176 people were killed.

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At least 10 people were killed and 16 others wounded in a bomb blast during evening prayers at a mosque in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, police and a doctor said.

A soldier stands guard at the premises of a mosque after a bomb blast in Quetta on January 10, 2020. At least 10 people were killed and 16 others wounded in a bomb blast during evening prayers at a mosque in southwestern Pakistan on January 10, police and a doctor said. / AFP / BANARAS KHAN

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Turkey's Defense Ministry said on Friday that it had agreed with Russia that a ceasefire will be implemented in northwestern Syria's Idlib region at one minute past midnight on Jan.

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NGOs working in Syria warned Friday of a humanitarian disaster unless Russia and the West can overcome their differences at the United Nations and renew a resolution allowing aid deliveries.

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Any delegation the United States would send to Iraq would not discuss the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, the U.S. State Department said Friday, saying the force presence there was “appropriate.”

In this file photo taken on February 22, 2017, US troops walk as a US C-47 Chinook helicopter flies over the village of Oreij, south of Mosul. The US said on January 10, 2020, it would not discuss pulling troops from Iraq after its caretaker prime minister asked Washington to send a delegation to begin withdrawal arrangements. “At this time, any delegation sent to Iraq would be dedicated to discussing how to best recommit to our strategic partnership — not to discuss troop withdrawal, but our r

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US officials have given Kiev “important” information about the crash of a Ukrainian airliner in Iran, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday after phone talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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A large fire ripped through the Mansourieh factory of Lebanese sanitary paper company Mimosa, causing “millions of dollars” worth of damage.

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Thousands of Iraqis rallied across the country Friday, reviving a months-long protest movement against the government and adding criticisms of both the US and Iran to their chants.

Anti-government demonstrators protest in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, on January 10, 2020. Thousands of Iraqis rallied across the country today, reviving a months-long protest movement against the government and adding criticisms of both the US and Iran to their chants. The anti-regime rallies had been overshadowed recently by spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington, which led each country to carry out strikes against the other’s assets in Iraq over the last week. / AFP / –

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A Moroccan activist has been sentenced to two years in prison for “insulting the national flag and the symbol of the state” in a Facebook post, his lawyer said Friday.

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Thousands of people fled their homes and helicopters dropped supplies to towns at risk of nearby wildfires as hot, windy conditions Friday threatened already fire-ravaged southeastern Australian communities.

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Gunmen disguised as soldiers have abducted four students from their dormitory at a Catholic seminary in northern Nigeria, police said, the latest incident targeting schools in the region.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has told the U.S. secretary of state to send a delegation to Iraq tasked with formulating the mechanism for the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq, according to a statement released Friday.

In a photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office, Iraqi acting Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, center, heads a cabinet meeting at the prime minister’s office, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office, via AP)

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Tunisia's parliament looked poised to reject a proposed new government on Friday after only one party said it would support it in a vote of confidence, meaning a complex coalition-building process may need to start again.

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Lebanon's banks will not go bankrupt and deposits are secure but the country needs foreign support to pull itself from crisis, central bank Governor Riad Salameh said on Thursday, amid deep financial strains that have shaken confidence in banks.

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The Israeli defense ministry has hailed a “breakthrough” in the development of cheaper laser-based air defences, as tensions soar in the region after Iran hit US targets in retaliation for a high-profile assassination.

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