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Volume 6 No. 213
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Event Notes: Pakistan Cricket Board 'Confident' To Get 2018 World Cup Rights

Officials said that the Pakistan Cricket Board is "confident and optimistic to get rights to host the 2018 World Cup." The PCB formally sumitted a bid to the Int'l Cricket Council (XINHUA, 4/19). ... Israel has refused to grant permission to 26 runners from the Gaza Strip to travel to the West Bank to run in the first Bethlehem marathon (MIDDLE EAST ONLINE, 4/18). ... Hundreds of athletes on Sunday "braved freezing rain to take part in Bethlehem's first ever marathon, which started at the Nativity Church and ran through refugee camps" (AFP, 4/21).