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World population to hit 9.8 billion by 2050: UN

(Web Desk) - UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs issued a new report on the population rush that will reach to billion people in the world by 2050. The report estimates that the current world population is now nearly billion, up from billion in 2015. With the higher levels of fertility, the growth of the population is expected to come from the least developed countries despite an overall drop in the number of children people have around the globe. This population boom is expected to top billion by 2030.
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Golf: Spieth storms into early lead at Travelers Championship

HARTFORD (AFP) - Jordan Spieth posted the lowest opening-round score of his career Thursday with a 63 at the Travelers Championship. The 23-year-old Spieth, who is coming off a disappointing tie for 35th at the US Open, made his eighth birdie of the round on his last hole to seize a one-shot lead in his first career appearance at the PGA Tour s Travelers Championship. Rory McIlroy, who is also playing in the event for the first time, shot a 67 after missing the cut last week at the US Open. Tied for second were Johnson Wagner and Brett Stegmaier after…
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Tennis: Federer into 15th Halle quarter-final

HALLE WESTFALEN (AFP) - Eight-time champion Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals of the Halle grass court tournament for a 15th time on Thursday with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 win over German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev. Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam title winner who is building up for an assault on an eighth Wimbledon title next month, next faces 2016 Halle champion Florian Mayer for a place in the semi-finals. The 134th-ranked German made the quarter-finals by seeing off French sixth seed Lucas Pouille 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-3. Federer now has a 4-0 record against Zverev including a win this year in…
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Football: Sanchez makes history as Chile draw with Germany

KAZAN (AFP) - Arsenal s Alexis Sanchez became Chile s all-time top-scorer with his 38th international goal in Thursday s 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup. The Gunners  star, the man of the match, wrote himself into the record books by capitalising on an early mistake in the German defence. "I m very happy to be Chile s top-scorer now, our dream is to win this tournament and we feel we have a chance," said Sanchez, who refused to be drawn about his Arsenal future. "We played well in the first half, but Germany adapted very well to how we were playing. "Now…
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Football: Prosecutors not against replacing Messi jail term with fine

BARCELONA (AFP) - Prosecutors in Barcelona say they are not against replacing football star Lionel Messi’s 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud with a fine, a spokeswoman announced Friday. They said they were willing to give the 29-year-old a fine of 400 euros ($450) a day for the duration of the sentence -- an option that the defence of the Argentina international has also proposed. That would amount to more than 250,000 euros, although the court has the final decision over whether to go ahead with this option. The daily fine would come on top of the fine Messi was…
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Pakistan cueists to leave for Kyrgyzstan on June 27

ISLAMABAD (APP): A four-member Pakistan team will depart to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on June 27 to participate in Asian Team & 6 Red Snooker Championship scheduled to be held from June 28 to July 5. According to details, the four-member team includes Babar Masih, Muhammad Sajjad, Asjad Iqbal and Muhammad Bilal for the tournament. The training camp of the team was held here at the Snooker Hall of the Pakistan Sports Complex in preparation for the event.
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Confederations Cup : Germany topple Australia with 3-2

SOCHI (AFP) - A youthful Germany side weathered a second-half fightback by Australia to open their Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-2 win over the Socceroos on Monday in Sochi. Goals by Lars Stindl and Leon Goretzka either side of a penalty from captain Julian Draxler saw Germany home to leave them second in Group B behind Chile, who they face in Kazan on Thursday. Celtic midfielder Tommy Rogic and Tomi Juric scored for Australia, who had a string of late chances to equalise.
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Youthful Germany squeeze past Australia

SOCHI (AFP) - A youthful Germany side weathered a second-half fightback by Australia to open their Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-2 win over the Socceroos on Monday in Sochi. Goals by Lars Stindl and Leon Goretzka, either side of a penalty by Julian Draxler, saw Germany home to leave them second in Group B behind Chile, who they face in Kazan on Thursday. Celtic midfielder Tommy Rogic had made it 1-1 in the first half and Tomi Juric added Australia s second after the break from a goal that was allowed to stand despite a suggestion of handball leading to…
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Golf: Tiger says he’s getting ‘professional help’

MIAMI (AFP) - Tiger Woods, arrested three weeks ago for impaired driving, said Monday he is receiving "professional help" to manage his medications and help cope with back pain and a sleep disorder. Woods, a 14-time major golf champion who has not won a PGA Tour title since 2013, was arrested May 29 when police in Jupiter, Florida, found him asleep at the wheel of his car on a road. A police report uncovered by The Golf Channel said Woods told authorities he had not been drinking but had a reaction to several prescription drugs, including Xanax, which can be…
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Tennis: Tsonga races into second round at Queen’s

LONDON (AFP) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got back on track after his French Open nightmare as the world number 10 eased into the Queen s Club second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Adrian Mannarino on Monday. Tsonga s strong start to his grass-court campaign was the perfect way to erase the painful memory of an embarrassing first round exit against unheralded Argentine Renzo Olivo on the clay at Roland Garros. That was the first time Tsonga had lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam in 35 appearances, but there was no hangover in the west London sunshine as he…
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