Stokes grabs six wickets for England before Windies hit back

With all eyes on Anderson as he edged towards his 500th test wicket it was all rounder Stokes who ripped through the West Indies either side of tea with career-best figures of six for 22 from 14.


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The flame-haired 26-year-old seemed to have given England a stranglehold on the winner-takes-all match but by the close of play on a murky day made for swing bowling West Indies had reduced their hosts to 46-4, still 77 runs behind.

Kemar Roach removed opening duo Mark Stoneman and Alastair Cook, both nicking behind to keeper Shane Dowrich.

Skipper Jason Holder had under-pressure batsman Tom Westley lbw and then captured the prize wicket of Joe Root for one to keep alive West Indies’ dream of a first series win in England since 1988.

England were 24-4 at that stage before Stokes and Dawid Malan saw the hosts through to the close without further loss.

“It was a difficult pitch to bat on, we would have liked to have had only one or two wickets down but overall we are happy,” Stokes, who grabbed his first five-wicket haul at the historic London ground to become only the eighth player to get his name on both Lord’s honours boards, said.

Difficult was something of an understatement as batsmen from both sides endured a torrid day, with the ball hopping around under the Lord’s lights that blazed under grey skies.

The toss was one neither West Indies skipper Holder or Root would have relished winning but Holder guessed right and felt obliged to bat first, hoping his side could reproduce the form that earned them a stunning five-wicket win at Headingley having been thrashed in the first test at Edgbaston.

After battling their way to an encouraging 78-2 with opener Kieran Powell and Headingley hero Shai Hope sharing a fluent 56-run third-wicket partnership it seemed West Indies had weathered the storm which saw Anderson reduce them to 22-2.

They lost their last eight wickets for 45 runs though with Stokes their chief tormentor.


Anderson, beginning the day needing three wickets to join spinners Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble and fellow pacemen Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh in the 500-club, was frustrated when Cook dropped Kraigg Brathwaite on three.

But he got his man soon enough when keeper Jonny Bairstow pouched a catch and after a 40-minute rain delay Anderson moved to 499 when Kyle Hope edged him to a diving Bairstow.

Shai Hope struck seven boundaries in his 29 before he was caught by Cook off the bowling of Toby Roland-Jones.

In the next over Stokes stooped to catch Powell’s drive off his own bowling for 39, the highest score of the day.

Jermaine Blackwood’s wild swing saw him bowled by Roland-Jones to leave West Indies on 100 for six before a fired-up Stokes polished off West Indies.

Roston Chase had no chance with a devilish ball that straightened and hit off stump and two balls later Shane Dowrich nibbled at one to give Cook another catch.

Holder had his middle stump clattered by a huge Stokes inswinger and Roach and Shannon Gabriel were lambs to the slaughter as Stokes got them in consecutive balls.

“Bowling in the warm-up this morning, the ball was swinging, so it wasn’t surprising when we saw how much the ball was doing,” Stokes said.

Soon it was England’s turn to suffer though as Roach and Gabriel steamed in with a series of 90mph deliveries.

Stoneman went in the third over, nicking a Roach delivery to Dowrich. Cook scratched around for 43 balls before edging a superb delivery to Dowrich before Westley and Root succumbed to leave the game tantalisingly poised.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis)

Israeli defence chiefs warn Iran, Syria after air strike

Syria’s army accused Israel of hitting one of its positions, killing two people in an attack earlier the same day that a monitor said targeted a site where the regime allegedly produces chemical weapons.


“We are determined to prevent our enemies harming, or even creating an opportunity to harm, the security of Israeli citizens,” Avigdor Lieberman said in Hebrew, in remarks broadcast on Israeli television.


“We shall do everything in order not to allow the existence of a Shiite corridor from Tehran to Damascus.”

The site struck near Masyaf, between the central city of Hama and a port used by the Russian navy, is reportedly used by forces from Syria’s allies Iran and the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah.

Israeli planes have previously carried out strikes believed to have targeted the transfer of weapons to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which fought a devastating war with the Jewish state in 2006.

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Israel has long warned it would not allow the transfer of sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah and has accused Iran of building sites to produce “precision-guided missiles” in both Syria and Lebanon.

In comments made earlier, the head of Israeli military intelligence, Major General Herzl Halevi, did not mention Thursday’s strike directly but warned his country’s enemies “near and far”.

“Serious security threats to Israel are presented by armed organisations most of them financed and aided by Iran,” he said in a public address.

“We are dealing with these threats, both near and far, with determination and our enemies in every arena know very well the combination of (our) precise intelligence and operational capabilities.”

UK hate crimes against LGBT people double

Hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Britain have almost doubled in the past four years, campaigners say, with one in five people targeted in the past 12 months.


A newly-released survey of 5000 LGBT people by pollster YouGov found 16 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents reported experiencing hate crimes, such as abusive language, threats and violence, in the past year, up from nine per cent in 2013. Transgender people were not included in the 2013 poll.

Gay rights group Stonewall described the trend as “alarming”, with these high levels of abuse leaving many people feeling unsafe in their daily lives and almost a third avoiding certain streets.

Stonewall’s campaigns director Paul Twocock said four in five LGBT people who experienced a hate crime or incident didn’t report it to the police.

“Although we’ve come a long way in creating legal equality for LGBT people, the reality just hasn’t caught up with that,” Twocock told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Although Britain is one of a handful of countries where LGBT people have equal constitutional rights, abuse and discrimination against them remain rife, say activists.

One in 10 LGBT people surveyed reported discrimination when seeking to rent or buy a home or at a live sporting event, with higher rates when visiting cafes, nightclubs or places of worship.

Also one in 10 of the respondents said they had experienced abuse online in the last month, with the number increasing to one in four – or 26 per cent – for transgender people.

“There’s a sense of distrust of the authorities among LGBT people, who may not report hate incidents against them out of fear they won’t be taken seriously,” said Twocock, calling for stronger legislation and improved police training.

‘Insulting portrayal’: Anglican community slams ‘trivialising’ lamb ad after complaints

Australia’s Anglican community has expressed their outrage over the controversial lamb advertisement that has angered the Hindu people.


Melbourne Anglican Bishop Philip Huggins said Meat and Livestock Australia’s campaign was “cleverly disrespectful”.

He said many Anglicans shared the disappointment and anger of the Hindu community.

Bishop Huggins said the ad put “Jesus Christ at the same table as L. Ron Hubbard and trivialises one of Jesus’ most beautiful miracles”.

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“Jesus at the last supper before his crucifixion and then resurrection – [the ad] seems to be using that wonderful, deep and mystical event as something they are just appropriating to their sell their sheep,” he told SBS World News.

He was referring to the depiction of Jesus turning Greek goddess of love Aphrodite’s glass of wine back into water after she told him she was driving in the ad.

Bishop Higgins said he had quite extensive feedback from the community that people were ‘hurt’ and the ad was ready to ridicule people’s religion just to make a profit and get people eating more lamb than cows, pigs or chickens.

The moment in the ad where Jesus turns Aphrodite’s glass of wine back into water.YouTube / We Love our Lamb

“The advertisement is cleverly disrespectful. It seems that for an ad to stand out there has to be some bizarre or shocking component. Otherwise the fear is it will not be noticed,” Bishop Huggins said.

He said he did not want to address the ad as it would draw attention to it but he decided not to stay silent on the “insulting portrayal” because it may have been construed as “tacit acceptance”.

“Australia’s wool industry has thrived for more than two centuries without having to insult anyone to sell its product,” Bishop Huggins said.

“Like most depictions of my faith in the public domain, this ad just left me feeling sad.”

MLA came underfire this week after they launched its latest marketing campaign featuring actors portraying Jesus, Lord Ganesh, L. Ron Hubbard and Buddha.

The Australian Advertising Standards Bureau has received about 30 complaints about the ad.

An ASB spokesperson told SBS World News most people who complained cited discrimination and vilification on the grounds of religion.

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But Meat and Livestock Australia said it had never intended to offend anyone with its new campaign.

“Lamb is the meat that brings people together. Our ‘You Never Lamb Alone’ campaigns have promoted the value of unity and inclusivity. This latest campaign instalment is no different,” MLA Group marketing manager Andrew Howie said.

“The campaign features gods, prophets and deities from across a wide range of religions alongside atheism, in a clearly fantastic nature, with the intent of being as inclusive as possible. To achieve this we undertook extensive research and consultation.”

Mr Howie also pointed out Ganesh was sitting across the table from Buddha who was another vegetarian.

“Neither of them are eating meat or drinking wine but they were willing participants at the party which we would hope everyone can come together and celebrate their difference,” he said.

Hindu Council of Ausralia spokesperson Balesh Dhankhar said they were “very hurt and angry about this ad campaign”.

“The reason being the Hindu community cannot imagine their deity, Lord Ganesh in this case, as eating meat,” he told SBS World News.

Mr Dhankhar said most people who follow Hinduism were vegetarians and seeing Lord Ganesh in this manner was “very insulting”.

Council of Indian Australians president Mohit Kumar demanded an apology from MLA and wanted the ad to be scrapped.

Mr Kumar also pointed out the release of the ad had come at a time where Hindus were celebrating a religious holiday dedicated to the deity, Ganesh Chaturthi, which ran from August 25 to September 5.

It is an event celebrated by millions of Indians who believe Lord Ganesh appears on earth for 11 days.

“All we ask of MLA is to take [down] the ad voluntary and just apologise to the Indian community and move on, that’s it,” Mr Kumar told SBS World News.

FBI sees no Trump meddling in Russia probe

FBI Director Christopher Wray says he has “not detected any whiff of interference” by the White House into the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.


Speaking publicly on Thursday for the first time since being confirmed as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wray also expressed confidence in Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the election.

“I can say very confidently that I have not detected any whiff of interference with that investigation,” Wray said during a panel discussion at the Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington.

Wray was installed as FBI director after his predecessor, James Comey, was fired by Trump in May. In an interview with NBC after Comey’s removal, Trump admitted he was thinking about “this Russia thing” when he decided to fire the then-FBI chief.

Comey later told Congress he believed Trump had tried to get him to drop an FBI probe into former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as part of the broader Russia investigation – testimony that has raised questions about whether Trump was potentially trying to obstruct justice.

The White House has repeatedly denied the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the election.

Trump’s advisers and allies also have questioned Mueller’s independence and credibility, with some pointing out that he has hired attorneys who have given political donations to Democrats.

But Wray said he has “enormous respect” for Mueller, who is also a former FBI director. He stressed that Mueller is running the probe but said the FBI is assisting by dedicating agents and providing other support to the investigation.

Wray also reiterated his confidence in a January report compiled by US intelligence agencies which concluded that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election and tried to tilt it in Trump’s favour – a finding Trump has often questioned.

Prior to his confirmation as FBI director, Wray had only read a non-classified version of the report.