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Mavericks owner rips IOC after injury: report DALLAS: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban blasted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the wake of NBA star Paul George suffering a broken right leg playing for the US national team.Cuban told ESPN he sees the IOC as reaping all the profits while clubs take all of the risks when it comes to athlete injuries."The greatest trick ever played was the IOC convincing the world that the Olympics were about patriotism and national pride instead of money," Cuban told ESPN. "The players and owners should get together and create our own World Cup of Basketball."Indiana Pacers playmaker George was hurt playing in a practice game of the US team of NBA stars preparing for the upcoming Basketball World Cup in Spain. The Americans are defending champions and hoping for a title repeat to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where they could seek a third consecutive gold medal.Various ...

Brazil police launch probe as shooting video emerges RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian police have launched a probe following the release of a video purportedly showing elite officers shooting a man who had apparently turned himself in.The footage, published Saturday by the magazine Extra, allegedly documents an incident on May 23 during an operation in the west of Rio de Janeiro.Police said the officers in question would be brought to justice if the scenes prove to be true.The video purportedly shows two officers from ...
US judge orders new talks on Argentina debt dispute NEW YORK: The US judge presiding over Argentina's bitter dispute with hedge-fund creditors ordered the two sides to hold new negotiations and called for an end to "mistrust" at a hearing Friday in New York.Argentina needs to strike a deal with the two US hedge funds, whose legal battle against its debt restructuring has blocked it from paying bondholders who agreed to take a 70-percent write-down after the country's 2001 economic crisis.It missed a $539 ...
Venezuelan ex-intel chief wanted by US freed in Aruba, arrives home CARACAS: A Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief arrested at the United States' request on drug trafficking charges by Aruba was freed from jail Sunday and returned home, authorities said."It is a very brave decision by Holland to acknowledge diplomatic immunity was violated, and for international law to be restored. It takes clarity, good will and bravery," President Nicolas Maduro said.Aruba, close to Venezuela's coast, is an autonomous part of the kingdom of the Netherlands.Copyright AFP (Agence ...
Venezuelan ex-intel chief sought by US freed in Aruba, now home CARACAS: A Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief arrested by Aruba at the United States' request on drug trafficking charges was freed Sunday and returned home to Caracas, authorities said.Retired major general Hugo Carvajal was detained late Wednesday on the southern Caribbean island, where he had been designated but not confirmed as Venezuela's consul. "It is a very brave decision by Holland to acknowledge diplomatic immunity was violated, and for international law to be restored. It takes ...
Venezuela says ex-general sought by US to be freed in Aruba CARACAS: Venezuela said on Sunday that retired military General Hugo Carvajal, wanted by the United States over drug accusations and arrested four days ago on the Caribbean island of Aruba, would be released and return home shortly."A plane is taking off at this moment to go and pick up our comrade Hugo Carvajal," Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said on state TV, hailing "a new victory" for Venezuela.Carvajal's lawyer, Chris Lejuez, speaking to Reuters by telephone ...
Abe leaves Mexico, heads for Trinidad and Tobago MEXICO CITY: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Mexico on Sunday having struck a series of energy deals and headed for Trinidad and Tobago, his next stop on a tour of Latin America.The Japanese leader and his wife received a red-carpet sendoff flanked by soldiers at the presidential hangar, and were bid farewell by Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade, according to a statement.Abe, whose five-country visit comes on the heels of Chinese President Xi Jinping's, ...


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