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Manfred Encouraged by Impact of Mound Visit Rules

U.S. News

"Whenever you change a rule in baseball, people predict all sorts of dire outcomes, and we have avoided even the smallest of incidents related either to the mound visit rule or the shorter inning breaks," Manfred said Tuesday. "Secondly, I'm positive about them because they've been effective. We are way down in terms of mound visits, I think down about 50 percent, and our inning breaks are significantly shorter. I take both of those as positives in an ongoing effort to make sure that we're producing an entertainment product with as little dead time as possible."


Did Meghan Markle Break A Fashion Rule During Birmingham Visit?

International Business Times

Meghan Markle made a statement in her Birmingham outfit. On Thursday, Markle and Prince Harry stepped out together to visit Birmingham. For the outing, the actress opted to wear a navy and white-trim J.Crew tipped topcoat. She paired this with a black Alexander Wang trousers and Manolo Blahnik BB pointy-toe pumps, E! News reported. Many noticed that Markle's choice of color was a no-no in fashion.


Leaders gather to elect AU chair, re-examine key issues

Al Jazeera

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - As the early morning sun pierced through the morning chill of the waking city, diplomats with flag lapels pinned to their suits filled the spacious lobby of the African Union headquarters in the heart of the Ethiopian capital. The diplomats and dignitaries were gathered following a night of intense lobbying and backroom deals to try to secure their preferred candidate for the AU's top job in the upcoming election. Security in front of the headquarters building, which is the tallest in the city and was built by the Chinese at a cost of some $200m, is tight. New and long-term AU heads of state have gathered in Addis Ababa to elect a new chairperson. Five candidates are competing for the top seat of the continental body.


Zimbabwe Appoints Judge Chigumba New Chairperson of Election Commission

U.S. News

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed High Court Judge Priscilla Chigumba as the new chairperson of the national election agency, according to an appointment letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday.


Abe to return to work after three-day break marked by hospital visit

The Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will return to work as his three-day summer break ends Tuesday, during which he remained in the capital and devoted one day to a hospital visit for what his aide called a regular health checkup. It became the first summer for Abe not to visit his support base of Yamaguchi Prefecture or his vacation home in Yamanashi Prefecture after he returned to power in 2012, following a short first stint in 2006 and 2007. Abe has told people around him that the virus has forced him to make changes to his routine summer visits, and he is unable to play golf, his hobby, either. Speculation about the 65-year-old's health condition has grown as he spent about 7½ hours at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo on Monday and a number of people close to him have expressed worries about his exhaustion from continuously working to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. "I believe the prime minister has worked restlessly and has overused his body," said Natsuo Yamaguchi, the leader of Komeito Party, the junior coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.