Australia hit highest World Cup score in history

Australia's David Warner celebrates reaching his 100 during the Cricket World Cup match against Afghanistan on March 4, 2015Merciless Australia hit the highest World Cup score in tournament history Wednesday when they piled-up 417-6 against Afghanistan while Pakistan continued their revival with a 129-run win over the UAE. At the WACA in Perth, four-time champions Australia went past the previous World Cup best of 413-5 made by India against Bermuda in 2007. It was also the third 400-plus total in the last six days after South Africa twice went through the barrier -- 408-5 against the West Indies and 411-4 in the game with Ireland. David Warner made Australia's highest World Cup individual score of 178, beating the 158 of Matthew Hayden against West Indies at Antigua in 2007.



More than 30 killed in coal mine blast in rebel-held east Ukraine

Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in Zasyadko coal mine in DonetskBy Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - A blast at a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed more than 30 people, a local official said on Wednesday, with dozens more miners who were underground at the time unaccounted for. Rescue workers have not yet come to the place of the explosion, they are removing the poisonous gas and then will go down," said Vladimir Tsymbalenko, the head of the local mining safety service.



Former allies sue Mugabe and ZANU-PF party for breaching rules

Mugabe holds a booklet during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria FallsTwo former allies of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe whom he fired last year are suing the 91-year-old leader and his ZANU-PF party for unfair dismissal and for breaching the party's constitution, court papers seen by Reuters showed. Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, changed the party's constitution ahead of ZANU-PF's December congress to allow him to appoint his two deputies himself rather than having them elected by the party. Rugare Gumbo, once the ZANU-PF spokesman, and Didymus Mutasa, the party's former secretary general, say in their lawsuit, which also targets a former party chairman, that these changes were illegal. The lawsuit, filed at Zimbabwe's High Court, also says Mugabe breached the law by removing a provision requiring one of the deputies to be a woman and by appointing his wife Grace to lead the ZANU-PF women's wing.



Coal mine blast in eastern Ukraine kills 1, traps dozens

A woman reacts as she walks past pro-Russian rebels guarding the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk, Ukraine Wednesday March 4, 2015. An explosion at the Zasyadko coal mine in war-torn eastern Ukraine killed 32 workers on Wednesday, the speaker of Ukraine's parliament said. Rebels who control the area, however, confirmed only one death. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — An explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing one miner and trapping over 30 others underground, rebel and government officials said.



Ex-CIA chief may avoid prison for leaking military secrets

FILE - In this June 23, 2011, file photo, CIA Director nominee Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence Committee during a hearing on his nomination. The Justice Department said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that the former top Army general has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials. A statement from the agency says a plea agreement has been filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of Paula Broadwell, the general’s biographer and former mistress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — If he manages to avoid prison, former CIA director David Petraeus' guilty plea for providing reams of classified material to his mistress will result in far more lenient punishment than that often meted for leaking the nation's secrets.





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