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Naomi Osaka blames scrutiny over coaching split for Dubai defeat

Naomi Osaka lost her serve seven times as Kristina Mladenovic beat a world number one for the first time in her career Japan’s Naomi Osaka blamed scrutiny following the split from her coach for defeat in her first match since becoming world number one. The Australian and US Open champion, 21, was beaten 6-3 6-3 by France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the Dubai Tennis Championships second round. It was her first match since since splitting with Sascha Bajin last week. Asked if she could block out reaction to the news, she…

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Alesha MacPhail murder accused, aged 16, blames woman

Image copyright Facebook Image caption The body of Alesha MacPhail was discovered in the grounds of a former hotel on 2 July last year A boy accused of abducting, raping and murdering a six year-old girl is blaming someone else for the crime. The 16-year-old went on trial charged with killing Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute in July last year. The teenager – who cannot be named because of his age – pleaded not guilty when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow. Brian McConnachie QC lodged…

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Newspaper headlines: ‘May blames Corbyn as cross-party talks fail’

Newspaper headlines: ‘May blames Corbyn as cross-party talks fail’ By BBC News Staff Image caption The Times says Theresa May used a conference call on Sunday evening with the Cabinet to say she has halted the cross-party approach to Brexit, and will now focus on securing changes from Brussels designed to win over rebel Conservatives and the DUP. Image caption Mrs May is testing the patience of MPs and “is on a collision course with Parliament” after she refused to shift her position to secure a Brexit deal, the Financial…

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Apple blames China as it cuts forecast

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has warned investors about its growth in the most recent quarter, citing weaker sales in China. In an unexpected disclosure, the iPhone maker said it expected revenue of about $84bn (£67bn) in the three months to 29 December. That is down from its November forecast of at least $89bn – a prediction that had already disappointed investors. The firm’s shares have already fallen more than 28% since it offered investors that November outlook. In a letter to investors on Wednesday, chief executive Tim Cook said…

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Josh Clayton’s mother blames police for ‘three years of torment’

Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Josh Clayton disappeared from a party organised by the son of Robert Dorrien-Smith who leases Tresco from the Duchy of Cornwall The mother of a barman who died on a private holiday island has filed a complaint against police, claiming they “botched” the investigation into his death. Josh Clayton disappeared while working on the Isles of Scilly in 2015. The 23-year-old’s body was found 10 days later but not examined for another 15 days after that. During the initial search officers clashed with the…

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Jamal Khashoggi: CIA ‘blames bin Salman for murder’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Saudi Arabia says the crown prince knew nothing of plans for the killing The CIA believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to US media reports. Sources close to the agency said it had made a detailed assessment of the evidence. It is understood there is no “smoking gun” but US officials think such an operation would need his approval. Saudi Arabia has called the claim false and insisted that the crown prince knew nothing of…

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Twitter cuts suspect users from follower counts again, blames bug

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) made another attempt to make users’ tallies of followers more accurate on Friday, subtracting millions of suspicious followers which had reappeared on the social media service since a major purge in July. Men are silhouetted against a video screen with a Twitter logo as he poses with a Samsung S4 smartphone in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS) Twitter is under pressure to tackle its problem…

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Primark blames weather for sliding sales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Model and influencer Laura Nicole has designed a collection for Primark Primark has blamed three periods of unseasonable weather for sliding sales over the past year. The fast fashion retailer, owned by Associated British Foods, said sales fell 2.1% for the year to 15 September at stores open more than 12 months. The decline compared with a 1% increase for the previous year. As well as the cold snap at the start of this year and the summer heatwave, trading was also hit by…

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Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow has the death of Jamal Khashoggi impacted the war in Yemen? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time accused the Saudi government directly of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government,” he wrote in an article in the Washington Post. But stressing Turkey’s “friendly” ties with Saudi Arabia, he added that he did not believe King Salman was involved. Khashoggi was murdered at the…

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Motor racing: Vettel blames Verstappen for costly collision

SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel blamed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on Sunday for a Japanese Grand Prix tangle that dealt a huge blow to the Ferrari driver’s fading Formula One title hopes. Formula One F1 – Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan – October 7, 2018 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the drivers parade ahead of the race REUTERS/Toru Hanai Vettel started eighth after a failed tyre gamble in qualifying, dropped to 19th after the incident before fighting back to sixth and 67 points behind winner and rival…

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