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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has not received any request for political asylum from U.S.-based Turkish opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said in comments carried by the state news agency MENA, late on Wednesday. Egypt would study such a request if it was made, Ismail said. Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told broadcaster Haberturk TV on Thursday that Gulen could flee the United States to Australia, Mexico, Canada, South Africa or Egypt. Turkey says Gulen is the mastermind behind the failed July 15-16 putsch that attempted to overthrow the government. ...
Kusal Mendis struck a superb maiden century Thursday as Sri Lanka fought their way back into contention in the first Test against Australia, opening up a lead of 167 runs at tea on the third day in Pallekele. Playing in his seventh Test, Mendis was unbeaten at the break on 157 after substantial partnerships with Dinesh Chandimal and then Dhananjaya de Silva as Sri Lanka reached 253 for five in their second innings. While the first two days of a rain-affected match were dominated by the bowlers, Mendis managed to tame what had appeared to be a hostile track in an innings that featured 19 fours and a six.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed.