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Diplomatic gold? Joint North Korea-South Korea Olympic bid faces long odds

SEOUL/BERLIN (Reuters) – If North and South Korea succeed in their long-shot bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, any athletic feats at the Games may be overshadowed by the political achievements needed to make it happen. FILE PHOTO: Participants form a message during Mass Games in May Day stadium marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s foundation in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 9, 2018. Picture taken September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photo Buoyed by the role the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics played in easing tensions last year, South Korean…

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Lifestyle 

Yemeni pet shop survives despite the odds

SANAA (Reuters) – In Yemen, where almost four years of war have brought millions to the brink of famine and ravaged the economy, Mourad Jamal struggles to keep his small pet shop in the capital Sanaa afloat. Boys ride a motorbike with a dog outside a veterinary clinic in Sanaa, Yemen January 20, 2019. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah Fluffy white cats and birds are on show in cages along the wall. A lone gold fish swims in a tank, and a gray parrot stands on a perch. Animal collars and leads hang…

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‘Canelo’ Alvarez v Rocky Fielding: Briton relishing chance to upset the odds

When Rocky Fielding opened the New York Stock Exchange Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez v Rocky Fielding Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York Date: Saturday, 15 December Coverage: Live text commentary on BBC Sport website Rocky Fielding says he will relish the chance to upset the odds and silence doubters when he takes on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at a venue he could once only dream of competing in. The Briton, 31, faces Alvarez at New York’s Madison Square Garden in the early hours of Sunday and BBC Sport’s pundits believe only a…

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FIFA 

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – African underdogs aim to upset odds again

Qualifying campaign for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations back underway Teams play double-header against same opponents over Matchdays 3 and 4 Spotlight on surprise group leaders The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ may already be in the rear-view mirror, but it is likely still playing on the minds of the five African teams that failed to advance to the knockout stages. In order to put their disappointment behind them definitively, they have set themselves the objective of shining on the continental scene and qualifying for the 2019 CAF Africa Cup…

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Row over ‘delay’ to fixed odds betting terminal changes

Image copyright Reuters MPs have criticised a “delay” to a planned crackdown on fixed-odds betting machines in bookmakers shops. Labour claims a cut in the maximum stake from £100 to £2 had been put back by six months. It has prompted speculation about the future of the minister who first announced the plan, Tracey Crouch. But Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright denied the policy had been delayed – saying it would come into force earlier than many people had expected. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in Monday’s Budget that the change to…

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Technology 

Creating start-ups against the odds in Brazil

Image copyright Nubank Image caption David Velez’s friends advised him against starting a digital bank in Brazil Colombian entrepreneur David Velez co-founded a digital bank in Brazil in 2013 around the same time similar ideas started to crop up in the US and the UK. He was strongly advised by his friends to give up on the idea. Brazil’s financial industry is dominated by five national banks that control almost 90% of loans. In the recent past, international giants like HSBC, Citibank and ABN Amro have all left the country…

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Newspaper headlines: ‘Body found’ and no deal Brexit ‘odds on’

Newspaper headlines: ‘Body found’ and no deal Brexit ‘odds on’ By BBC News Staff Image caption Missing midwife Samantha Eastwood is featured on many of Sunday’s front pages after police searching for her confirmed they had found a woman’s body. The Sunday Express said officers had scoured fields and a disused quarry 10 miles from the hospital where the 28-year-old worked. Image caption Britain is “odds on” to crash out of the EU without a deal – according to International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. He has told the Sunday Times…

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Sports 

Against the odds, Queiroz steers Iran to new heights

SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has taken three different nations to the World Cup finals but in his current role, he has confronted problems beyond the realm of sports. Soccer Football – World Cup – Group B – Iran vs Spain – Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia – June 20, 2018 Iran coach Carlos Queiroz before the match REUTERS/Toru Hanai The Mozambique-born Portuguese has been hailed as “brilliant” and “difficult”. And he does not mince words himself when talking about others. Iran’s match against Portugal – whom Queiroz…

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England v Pakistan: Jos Buttler seeks Lord’s win against the odds

Highlights: England rally to hold slender lead England believe they can pull off a stunning comeback to defeat Pakistan in the first Test at Lord’s, according to batsman Jos Buttler. England were facing an innings defeat before Buttler and Dom Bess both hit fifties to give them a lead of 56 with four second-innings wickets in hand. “The atmosphere in the ground and in the dressing room was really good at the end of the day,” said Buttler. “It’s not going to be easy to chase a target if we…

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