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Malaysia arrests seven men with Islamic State links over attacks plot
KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 (Reuters) - Malaysian police have arrested seven men with links to the Islamic State militant group who were planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worship and other targets, authorities said on Saturday.
Exiled rights activist accuses Bahrain of persecuting kin
DUBAI, March 24 (Reuters) - Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei, a prominent Bahraini rights campaigner exiled in Britain, said on Saturday a Bahraini court had sentenced his wife to two months in jail in absentia this week and that his mother-in-law had begun a hunger strike in jail.
Motor racing-Mercedes and Hamilton in 'party mode' after pole stunner
MELBOURNE, March 24 (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton's devastating pace on his pole lap at the Australian Grand Prix was akin to Mercedes throwing a 'pie in everyone's face', Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo said after qualifying on Saturday.
China warns U.S. it will defend own trade interests
BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States has flouted trade rules with an inquiry into intellectual property and China will defend its interests, Vice Premier Liu He told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a telephone call on Saturday, Chinese state media reported.
Motor racing: McLaren ready for 'attack mode', says buoyed Alonso
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - McLaren's hopes of returning to the Formula One big-time with Renault power appeared ambitious after qualifying at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday but a relieved Fernando Alonso was content to be in the hunt for points.
Netflix and Formula One team up for documentary series
LONDON (Reuters) - Netflix are to make a documentary series chronicling the 2018 Formula One season and which will be screened next year, the sport's rights holders announced on Saturday ahead of the opening race in Australia.
UPDATE 1-Iran should turn to Russia, China after Bolton nomination - senior MP
DUBAI, March 24 (Reuters) - Iran should strengthen ties with Russia and China to counter a tougher U.S. stance expected after President Donald Trump's appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser, a senior parliament member was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Russia says over 105,000 civilians have left Syria's Eastern Ghouta -RIA
MOSCOW, March 24 (Reuters) - Russia's Defence Ministry said more than 105,000 people have left Syria's Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave, including another 700 on Saturday since government forces began an assault to retake it a month ago, RIA news agency reported, citing the military.
Motor racing-Beaming Hamilton burns Vettel with 'smile' jibe
MELBOURNE, March 24 (Reuters) - A triumphant Lewis Hamilton was unable to contain his glee after taking a record seventh pole at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, saying his brilliant lap at Albert Park was designed to 'wipe the smile' off Sebastian Vettel's face.
As Syrian rebels quit Ghouta, Douma stands alone
BEIRUT, March 24 (Reuters) - The Syrian army paused its bombardment of Douma, the last rebel bastion in eastern Ghouta, after midnight, a war monitor said on Saturday, as insurgents prepared to leave the rest of their former enclave.
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