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Football: Malaysia World Cup qualifier abandoned after angry fans hurl flares

Malaysia's World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia was abandoned on Tuesday (Sept 8) after fans angry at last week's record 10-0 loss hurled flares billowing smoke at the pitch, officials said.

"The game between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia has been stopped by the referee. Further decisions will be made by Fifa," said a tweet from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

Malaysia were trailing 2-1 in the 88th minute when home fans threw flares and fireworks at Shah Alam Stadium, filling the venue with smoke.


US President Barack Obama's Democrats rally magic number of Iran nuclear deal votes

United States President Barack Obama has reached the key threshold of 41 Democratic senators who have voiced support for the Iran nuclear deal, enough to block a resolution disapproving of the controversial accord.

Should all 41 vote against advancing the Republican-backed resolution, a blocking procedure known as a filibuster, the effort to kill the landmark agreement would remain bogged down in the 100-member Senate, ensuring a major political victory for Mr Obama.

The White House launched an all-out lobbying effort to get lawmakers to back the international agreement that scales back Teheran's nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of crippling economic sanctions.


Amal Clooney meets Maldives' jailed ex-leader Mohamed Nasheed before hearing

International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney met the jailed former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, who was convicted of terrorism in a case that has drawn international criticism, a day before a key High Court hearing.

Nasheed, the Maldives' first democratically elected leader, was ousted in 2012 for ordering the arrest of a judge. He is serving a 13-year jail term after a rapid trial in March.

The United Nations, the United States and human rights groups have said President Abdullah Yameen's government failed to follow due process and that the case against Nasheed was politically motivated.


US stocks join global rally; S&P 500 plus 2.5 per cent

US stocks powered higher on Tuesday, rallying with most global equity markets following a rise in Chinese stocks and improved eurozone economic data.

At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 16,489.41, up 387.03 points (2.40 per cent).

The broad-based S&P 500 jumped 47.99 (2.50 per cent) to 1,969.21, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gained 128.01 (2.73 per cent) at 4,811.93.


Football: Wayne Rooney breaks scoring record as England win again in Euro Qualifier

Wayne Rooney became England's all-time record scorer when he smashed home his 50th international goal with an 84th minute-penalty as England beat Switzerland 2-0 in their Euro 2016 Group E qualifier at Wembley on Tuesday.

He overtook Bobby Charlton's tally of 49 goals that had stood since 1970 when he thundered his spotkick past Swiss keeper Yann Sommer after Granit Xhaka had fouled Raheem Sterling.

Harry Kane, who came on as a 57th minute substitute broke the deadlock with a well-taken left-foot shot after 67 minutes of a largely drab encounter.