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Australia beats Belarus 3-2 to reach Fed Cup final

BRISBANE, Australia — Australia advanced to the Fed Cup final for the first time in more than a quarter centuryafter Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur beat Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 3-6 6-2 in a decisive doubles match Sunday. 248 more words


Shadab Khan ruled out of series against England with illness

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan leg spinner Shadab Khan has been ruled out of next month’s one-day international series against England due to illness.

The Pakistan Cricket Board says in a statement that “tests revealed a virus that will require treatment and rest for, at least, four week.” 140 more words


Pope celebrates Easter Sunday amid bloodshed in Sri Lanka

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis celebrated Easter Mass on Sunday, marking the most joyful moment of the year for the faithful even as the church faced a fresh round of bloodshed targeting Christians in Sri Lanka. 192 more words


The Latest: Comedian says his campaign has united Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — The Latest on Ukraine’s presidential runoff: (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

A comedian who has a strong chance to win Ukraine’s presidential vote says his campaign already has helped unite the country. 487 more words


Egyptian voters urged to allow el-Sissi rule until 2030

CAIRO — Egyptian pro-government media urged a “yes” vote Sunday, the second day of a nationwide referendum that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. 300 more words


US ambassador's Passover wishes in Polish met with anger

WARSAW, Poland — The U.S. ambassador to Poland wished Jews a happy Passover in Polish, and the reaction has been a wave of angry comments on Twitter. 113 more words


Israeli election may have dimmed hopes for 2-state solution

JERUSALEM — Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead?

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coasted to another victory in this month’s Israeli election, it sure seems that way. 1,205 more words