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France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their third goal.
France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their third goal.PHOTO: REUTERS

World Cup: Mbappe double sees France past Argentina in 4-3 thriller

Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four minutes to send France charging into the World Cup quarter-finals and Lionel Messi home with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina on Saturday.

The 19-year-old forward’s electric pace caused Argentina problems all afternoon and his twin strikes helped France overturn a 2-1 deficit and set up a quarter-final date with Portugal or Uruguay, who play later on Saturday.

While Mbappe was the most influential player on the pitch, Argentina’s Angel Di Maria and France full back Benjamin Pavard fought out a private contest for the best goal of the contest with two magnificent long-range strikes.

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Moorland fire in north England spreads, major incident declared

Fires on moorland outside the northern English city of Manchester intensified on Saturday, prompting authorities to declare a major incident.

Hot weather and wind over the last week have sparked fires in parts of the northern English countryside - unprecedented in recent times in an area better known for its rainy weather.

"A major incident has been declared as the fires on Winter Hill and Scout Road near Bolton have merged," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement, referring to an area roughly 12 miles northwest of the city.

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US President Donald Trump says King Salman of Saudi Arabia agreed to raise oil production up to 2 million barrels

US President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Saturday that Saudi Arabia's King Salman had agreed to his request to increase oil production "maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels" to offset a decline in supplies from Iran and Venezuela.

Trump tweeted: "Just spoke to King Salman of Saudi Arabia and explained to him that, because of the turmoil & disfunction in Iran and Venezuela, I am asking that Saudi Arabia increase oil production, maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels, to make up the difference ... Prices to high! He has agreed!" He did not specify if the figure was barrels per day (bpd).

During the call, the Saudi king and Trump emphasised the need to preserve oil market stability and efforts of oil-producing countries to compensate for any potential shortage, Saudi state media reported on Saturday.

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World Cup: Brilliant Cavani brace gives Uruguay 2-1 win over Portugal

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored a superb brace to give his side a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal in their World Cup round-of-16 match on Saturday.

Uruguay's victory earned them a quarter-final against France on Friday and sent world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo home after a subdued performance.

Cavani put Uruguay ahead in the seventh minute when he evaded the Portugal defence to meet Luis Suarez's pinpoint cross with a bullet header at the far post.

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Unesco adds eight pre-Islamic Iranian sites to heritage list

Unesco on Saturday added eight pre-Islamic Iranian archeological sites to its World Heritage List, the UN agency announced at a meeting in the Bahraini capital.

The sites collectively appear on the worldwide list as the "Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars region (Islamic Republic of Iran)".

A province in modern-day Iran's south, Fars was the cradle of the Sassanid dynasty, which appeared at the start of the third century.

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