Indian politician arrested over threat

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A politician from India’s ruling Congress party has been arrested over a threat to chop a fiery Hindu nationalist “into little pieces” for stirring religious violence.

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A video handed to police on Saturday allegedly shows Imran Masood, fielded by Congress as a candidate in national elections in Uttar Pradesh, making the threat against Narendra Modi, the hardline leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), at a rally.

Officers say they have arrested Masood under hate speech laws, and he has been remanded in custody for 14 days by a judge.

He will be detained while they investigate whether there are sufficient grounds to file formal charges.

“Imran Masood was arrested this morning (Saturday),” an officer at Deoband police station, where Masood was taken into custody, told AFP news agency.

Masood made the alleged threat in relation to deadly riots that erupted in the state of Gujarat in 2002, when Modi had just become its chief minister.

“(Modi) thinks this is Gujarat where the Muslim population is four per cent. There are 42 per cent Muslims here …” he is seen to say.

If Modi were to make Masood’s constituency into Gujarat, “he will be chopped into tiny pieces,” Masood adds. Masood is Congress’s candidate in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur, which has a large Muslim population.

Modi, tipped to lead his party to victory in the national elections kicking off next month, has been accused of turning a blind eye to the deaths of a thousand people, mostly Muslims, during the violence.

The 63-year-old BJP leader has never been found guilty of any wrongdoing in connection with the riots.

Uttar Pradesh sends 80 MPs to the lower house of parliament, and is seen as a potential flashpoint after its own deadly religious riots last September left at least 50 dead.

Before his arrest Masood told local media he “did not threaten to kill Modi” and he only said the hardline Hindu leader “would have be taught a lesson”.

Masood also said his speech was from an old video.

Congress, meanwhile, said it “condemned his words” but would not cancel his nomination.

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Indian workers raise bail to free boss

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India’s Sahara group says its employees are helping raise $US1.

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7 billion ($A1.84 billion) in bail money to free the financial giant’s chief Subrata Roy from prison.

Roy, 65, was sent to New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on March 4 over a case involving the repayment of billions of dollars collected in an illegal investment scheme.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ordered Roy, who has a mansion modelled on the US White House, to post bail of 100 billion rupees ($A1.84 billion).

In a statement, Sahara said the move by workers to drum up the money was “an emotional initiative” by the people.

But local media reported Sahara executives had sent employees emails urging them to contribute, a claim denied by an executive of the company.

Sahara, a household name through its one-time sponsorship of India’s cricket team and owner of landmark New York and London hotels, raised 200 billion rupees from millions of small savers through an illegal bond scheme.

Regulators ordered the group to pay the money back with 15 per cent interest – even though the Supreme Court said there were “serious doubts about the existence” of the investors.

That fuelled long-running allegations the company may have been engaged in money-laundering for rich politicians.

Sahara insists the company has only been helping poor, mainly rural investors who are hard to locate.

The Supreme Court sent Roy to jail, saying it was “not happy” with Sahara’s repayment plan and demanded a “concrete proposal”.

The bail money from employees and other “well wishers” is being raised by a new Sahara unit. Donors will get shares in return.

The unit is seeking to raise half the bail amount, the Press Trust of India reported.

Roy’s entertainment-to-financial services conglomerate, based in the northern city of Lucknow, claims to employ 1.2 million people, second only to India’s sprawling state-run railway.

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Man stages protest on dome of St. Peter’s

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An Italian businessman has climbed onto a ledge on the dome of St Peter’s Basilica, calling for the Pope’s help for those hit hard by Italy’s deep recession.

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Marcello Di Finzio has unfurled a white banner reading “Help us Pope Francis” and called on the Italian government to end harsh austerity measures in the debt-laden country, which is struggling with high unemployment.

“Stop for God’s sake, you are killing us all. Give us back our lives,” it read.

Di Finzio, who owns a cafe in the northeastern city of Trieste according to Italian media reports, posted a message on Facebook from the dome on Saturday, saying “they have taken everything from me, but they won’t take my dignity as well”.

It is Di Finzio’s fourth protest on the ledge near the top of the 137-metre dome which was designed by Michelangelo. In a protest last year he stayed up overnight with a banner blaming the Europe Union for the country’s ills.

“They lied to me three times, but I won’t let them drive me to suicide. If they want to kill me (kill the people) they have to do it in front of everyone, so it’s clear these aren’t suicides but crimes of state,” he wrote.

Suicides linked to the economic crisis make headlines in Italy, where hundreds of thousands of businesses have been forced to close.

Italy returned to growth in the fourth quarter last year after its longest post-war recession, but its jobless rate rose to a record high of 12.9 per cent in January, sparking fears companies are still struggling or unwilling to hire.

The unemployment rate among people between the ages of 15 and 24 rose to a record 42.4 per cent.

On Friday, Italy’s borrowing costs fell in the latest sign of improved investor confidence in the economy but Italians are still suffering tax hikes and other austerity measures imposed as the eurozone debt crisis gripped the country.

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Duo ‘shocked’ by choirmaster claims

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Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Sir Tim Rice have reiterated their “complete shock” at allegations a choirmaster who helped launch their careers was a pedophile.

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Reports have emerged that Alan Doggett was dismissed as music master at Colet Court, the junior division of the elite St Paul’s School in southwest London, after allegations he abused a pupil in 1968.

He is said to have become a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) before killing himself when charged with sex abuse against another boy in 1978, 10 years after leaving the prep school.

Recent controversy surrounding PIE – which campaigned in the 1970s to lower the age of consent to as low as 10 – has seen former Labour cabinet minister Patricia Hewitt apologise for her links with the group.

Lord Lloyd-Webber and Sir Tim said in a statement on Saturday: “Alan Doggett was the music master at Westminster Under School, where he taught Andrew’s younger brother Julian. He became a friend of the Lloyd Webber family when Andrew was 12.

“Doggett asked Andrew in 1967 whether he and Tim would write an end of term concert piece for the preparatory school Colet Court. The consequence was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

“Doggett had a track record of success with schools music. His choir had recorded previously the Daniel Jazz and the Jonah Man Jazz which were considered successes in the schools music field in the mid 1960s.

“At the time of his death we had not seen him for some time. His suicide in 1978 and the fresh allegations that were made around that time came as a complete shock to us.

“Neither of us had ever heard of the Paedophile Information Exchange until very recently and obviously had no idea that Alan Doggett was connected with it or that he could be a danger to children.”

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Hoffenheim snap Bayern streak, Dortmund win

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Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus scored a hat-trick to also bring his team back from two goals behind and beat relegation-threatened VfB Stuttgart 3-2 and remain in second place.

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Hoffenheim’s Anthony Modeste silenced the Munich crowd, whose side secured the 2013/14 title at Hertha Berlin on Tuesday, by slotting in a 23rd minute goal.

The hosts, with a largely second-string team ahead of their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Manchester United on Tuesday, then responded with three goals in an explosive nine-minute spell.

Peruvian Claudio Pizarro, making a rare start in coach Pep Guardiola’s rotation, struck in the 31st and 40th minute and Xherdan Shaqiri added another in the 34th as the Bavarians seemingly restored order.

With convicted former Bayern president Uli Hoeness back in the stands before he starts serving a three-and-a-half year jail sentence for tax evasion, Hoffenheim battled back.

Sejad Salihovic’s fierce free kick again beat Tom Starke, replacing the rested Manuel Neuer, to cut the deficit a minute before the break and Roberto Firmino completed what amounts to an upset result against Bayern in the 75th.

Last season’s treble winners, who could be without Thiago Alcantara for the Champions League match after he limped off with a suspected ligament injury, still stretched their league unbeaten run to 53 games.

Germany international Reus was in scintillating form after Stuttgart shocked visitors Dortmund, who play Real Madrid in the Champions League last eight, with two goals in the opening 19 minutes to take a firm grip on the game.

Christian Gentner put them ahead and Martin Harnik doubled their lead from point blank after a fine solo effort from Ibrahima Traore.

Reus’ fine finish on the half hour put Dortmund back in the game and the visitors turned up the heat in the second half with Robert Lewandowski hitting the woodwork and Reus firing narrowly wide.

He then converted a spot kick in the 68th and clinched the winner seven minutes from time to keep Dortmund a point ahead of Schalke 04 with six games left in the season.

Stuttgart, who were left with 10 men after a second booking for Georg Niedermeier, are in 17th place on 24 points.

There were more jeers than cheers in Leverkusen where fourth-placed Bayer settled for a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Braunschweig, in last place.

VfL Wolfsburg, in fifth, closed to within a point thanks to Brazilian Naldo’s stunning 30-metre shot in the last minute to give them a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Alan Baldwin)

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Vettel slams Rosberg at Malaysian GP

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Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo both emerged angry from a wet and incident-strewn qualifying session at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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Vettel pointed the finger at Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg for slowing him down after the world champion came only five hundredths of a second behind pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton.

“Nico couldn’t see much in his mirrors I guess,” Vettel said.

“I was angry at the time, at that moment, because I turned into turn 12 not knowing where to turn because I could not see anything.”

However, Rosberg insisted it was a case of mistaken identity.

“I don’t think that was me,” Rosberg said.

“I never had anybody behind me.”

The pair continued their discussion at the post-qualifying press conference, so much so that Lewis Hamilton interrupted his answer to a question.

“Hey guys, I can’t even hear myself talk,” Hamilton said.

Ricciardo was even more aggrieved at Williams driver Valtteri Bottas after the pair almost collided at the final corner when the Australian was trying to complete a flying lap and the Finn was about to embark on his.

The incident prompted a post-session visit to the stewards for both drivers, and Bottas was hit with a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race, demoting him to 18th on the grid.

Ricciardo claimed it was not the first time that Bottas had got in his way.

“We raced each other a lot in the junior categories and I thought we had a lot of respect for each other, but it’s a little difficult how many times he’s done that now, so I’ll go have a word with him,” Ricciardo said.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and 19-year-old Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat were also called before stewards after their collision caused a red flag during the second qualifying session due to debris on the track.

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Mateschitz may quit F1: Ecclestone

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Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone won’t be surprised if Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz carries out his threat to quit the sport.

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Mateschitz has expressed his dissatisfaction with the way F1 appears to be going following the fuel-flow row in Australia that resulted in Daniel Ricciardo being disqualified and the raft of new technical rules.

As far as the energy drinks magnate is concerned, money is not the issue, it is more about fairness and politics in the sport.

Mateschitz claimed there is “a clear line of acceptance from our side regarding this”, although stopped short of suggesting the Court of Appeal case against Ricciardo’s exclusion had crossed that line.

The Austrian, who also bankrolls Toro Rosso, is among those who have made clear their unhappiness with the new style of F1.

With the introduction of the 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged power units the cars have become slower and far less noisy, tarnishing the sport’s appeal in the view of some observers.

“Formula One should again be what it always has been – the ultimate discipline,” said Mateschitz, speaking to Austrian newspaper the Kurier.

“It is not there to set new records in fuel consumption, or so you can talk at a whisper during a race and the greatest thrill is the squealing of the tyres.

“I consider it equally absurd that we are going a second slower than last year and that the junior series GP2 is almost as fast as Formula One with a fraction of the cost.”

All of Mateschitz’s comments are worrying for Ecclestone as he can ill afford to lose one of the sport’s major players.

Asked about a possible exit, Ecclestone replied: “I wouldn’t bet my money he won’t leave the sport.

“He’s rich enough and powerful enough to make his own decisions.”

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Haddin needs a rest, says Lehmann

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann believes Brad Haddin is in desperate need of a break to recharge after a forgettable World Twenty20 for the veteran gloveman.

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Haddin, who was utterly untouchable with both bat and gloves during the Ashes whitewash, has fallen below his lofty standards in Bangladesh, making costly errors behind the stumps.

And his batting, so crucial in Australia’s regaining of the urn over the summer when he averaged 66 and scored a half century in the first innings of each Test, has also been short of what fans had come to expect from him in his most recent purple patch of form.

In Australia’s six-wicket, two-ball loss to the West Indies on Friday, Haddin missed a regulation stumping chance that allowed the dangerous Chris Gayle a life when on 26 – the most costly of a handful of errors by the normally sound keeper.

But Australia paid the price, with Gayle dispatching Glenn Maxwell’s next delivery to the boundary en route to a 35-ball 53 that set up the Windies’ last-gasp victory.

Haddin, 36, also took a screamer off Mitchell Starc to remove Marlon Samuels – showing off the acrobatically ability he has displayed for the past six months.

But Lehmann was in no doubt that the non-stop cricket had started to take its toll.

“His keeping has been poor. That’s OK, he won’t mind me saying that,” Lehmann said.

“He’s honest enough for that. He’s been fantastic over a long period of time for us.

“He took a great catch (to dismiss Samuels) and missed a couple of opportunities.

“At the end of the day he’s been exceptional for us. He’d be disappointed in his own form in these two games.

“That’s not hiding away from the truth.”

Haddin, of course, has not been alone in slipping below his best during the T20 tournament.

The Ashes’ leading runscorer, David Warner, has failed on both occasions with the bat – as has short-form superstar Shane Watson.

“The simple fact is (Haddin is) one of our better performers and a couple of our experienced blokes – Shane Watson, David Warner for example – they didn’t have the impact, those three, that we would’ve liked,” Lehmann said.

When asked if the sheer volume of cricket Haddin had played recently had contributed to mental fatigue that would lend itself to a sub-par performance, Lehmann was sympathetic.

“He’s had a lot of cricket,” he said.

“But at the end of the day we all have jobs, we all have a lot of cricket to play.

“But he’s been fantastic around our group and we’ll stick with him because he’s a brilliant person and he will get a rest now and obviously freshen up and come back a better player.”

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South Africa in World T20 semis, England eliminated

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He then returned to marshal his bowlers who restricted England to 193 for seven for a win that snuffed out 2010 champions England’s last four prospects at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

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“It was important for the team to go through to the semis and get him (du Plessis) back and pumped-up for the next game,” man-of-the-match de Villiers said at the presentation ceremony.

“It was important to show a bit of passion … we are a proud nation and those things come naturally to us.”

For England, Alex Hales (38) benefited from a dubious no-ball decision and with Michael Lumb (18) added 46 runs in 4.4 overs before Wayne Parnell came up with a three-wicket burst to virtually derail England’s chase.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed the important wickets of Eoin Morgan (14) and Jos Buttler (34) who fought valiantly before his dismissal that virtually sealed the fate of the contest.

“Obviously we’re heartbroken to come out on the wrong side of it but you have to give full credit to the way AB has batted through the end,” England captain Stuart Broad said.

“It didn’t go plan in the last three overs (conceding 55 runs) but apart from that it was a good game for us.”

Ravi Bopara hit a defiant 31 down the order but it was not enough in the end.

The winner of Monday’s Sri Lanka v New Zealand match will join South Africa, and India and another team from Group Two, in the last four.

It was a lionhearted effort from left-arm paceman Parnell, playing his first match in the tournament after attending a mandatory court appearance in Mumbai in a drug-related case.

Earlier, Hashim Amla (56) dominated a 90-run opening partnership with Quinton de Kock (29) proving once again it is possible to score briskly without looking ugly.

Not even two power failures, each halting play for about 10 minutes, could affect Amla’s concentration as the elegant batsman flicked and drove with elan.

The bearded right-hander raced to a 30-ball half-century after Buttler missed an easy stumping opportunity to give him a life on 19.

England captain Broad dismissed Amla in his second over but not before the batsman had given South Africa a strong start.

De Villiers played like only he can, unfurling his whole range of cheeky shots to frequently defy the English field setting in his unbeaten 28-ball blitz that contained three sixes and nine fours.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty,; editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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African Story wins $US10m Dubai World Cupb

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African Story swooped on front-running Mukhadram to win the 19th renewal of the $US10 million Dubai World Cup, in the process breaking the track record with his winning time of 2min 01.

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61 sec.

Tracking front-running Mukhadram throughout, winning jockey Silvestre De Sousa asked African Story for his effort with 400 metres left and eventually won a protracted battle.

He pulled two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Mukhadram, with Cat O’Mountain a further four and a quarter lengths adrift in third place.

It was a sixth victory in the world’s richest race for Saeed Bin Suroor, who trains African Story for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Seven countries were represented but the result was a clean sweep for the ruling Al Maktoum family of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed also owns Cat O’Mountain, while his brother, Sheikh Hamdan, owns the runner-up.

“It is a dream come true,” said De Sousa, the Brazilian who was winning the world’s richest race for the first time.

“This is a team effort, and we did it. We had a bit of bad luck earlier in the evening but this has saved the night.”

African Story’s victory earned his connections $US6 million ($A6.50 million).

He finished fifth in last year’s Dubai World Cup and is seen as a specialist on the synthetic surface on which the race was run.

Military Attack, from Hong Kong, and Ruler Of The World, from Ireland, were both expected to feature prominently but could finish only eighth and twelfth respectively.

The South African runner, Sanshaawes, reared up and caught a front foot in the gates of the stalls before the race started.

He was inspected by on-site veterinarians, who cleared him to run, but he could finish no better than seventh.

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