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ICC World Cricket League Championship:Nepal defeat Kenya by 7 wickets



KATHMANDU — Nepal national cricket team have won over Kenya by seven wickets in their second match in the ICC World Cricket League Championship at the Tribhuvan University Stadium on Monday.

Chasing a target of 156 for victory, Nepal reached the target 30.2 overs at the cost of  three wickets

Captain Gyanendra Malla and Dipendra Singh Airee both scored half-ceturies. Malla contributed the highest of 64 runs followed by Dipendra Singh Airee’s 62 runs off 66 balls including 8 fours and 1 six.

Likewise, Sarad Vesawkar contributed 24 runs including 4 fours and one six and remained not out.

For Kenya, E Otieno took 2 wickets conceding 21 runs while CO Obuya claimed 1 wicket giving away 22 runs.

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Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria



MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria on Monday morning, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State.

Putin made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria’s Latakia Province where he held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and addressed Russian military servicemen.

“I order the defense minister and chief of the general staff to start the withdrawal of Russian troops to the site of their permanent deployment,” Putin stated, speaking in front of Russian military personnel at Khmeimim.

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Mr Putin said that in the space of two years the Russian and Syrian militaries have “defeated the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists,” adding that he had made the decision that a significant number of the Russian military contingent in Syria should return to Russia.

Russia first launched air strikes in Syria in September 2015 in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, turning the tide of the conflict in Assad’s favor while dramatically increasing Moscow’s own influence in the Middle East.

After a short visit to Syria, the Russian president headed for Cairo, where he is scheduled to hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.


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