Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath took four wickets to restrict Australia to 146 for six at lunch on Wednesday, with the visitors leading by just 29 runs on day two of the first Test. Overnight batsmen Usman Khawaja (26) and Steve Smith (30) did not last long against Herath's spin, as Australia faltered after starting the day 66 for two in response to Sri Lanka's 117 all out inside 35 overs on Tuesday. The veteran left-arm spinner had notched up 4-35 at lunch, after dismissing opener Joe Burns (3) on the first day.
Turkey issued arrest warrants Wednesday for 47 former staff of the Zaman newspaper, an official said, in a growing crackdown on people suspected of links to alleged coup mastermind Fethullah Gulen. The official, declining to be named, said the swoop covers "executives and some staff including columnists", describing Zaman as the "flagship media organisation" of the movement led by Gulen, a US-based preacher. Gulen strongly denies Ankara's accusations that he masterminded the attempted putsch of July 15, since when some 13,000 people have been detained.
Britain's economy picked up during a second quarter that concluded with the vote to leave the European Union, helped by the biggest upturn in industrial production since 1999, according to official data on Wednesday. Second-quarter gross domestic product grew by 0.6 percent, up from 0.4 percent in the first three months of the year, the Office for National Statistics said. The improvement in economic growth in the second quarter reflected strong industrial, services and construction output in April, which largely dissipated in May and June.