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Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei Monday was cleared to resume his career and pursuit of Olympic gold when he received an eight-month, backdated ban for doping. The former long-time world number one can return to the court as early as this week after the Badminton World Federation found he "accidentally" ingested a banned substance. Lee, 32, who is eligible to resume competition on May 1, had warned he would retire if he was hit with a possible two-year ban that would have ruled him out of next year's Olympics. He was delighted with the outcome of a process which began at last August's world championships, when he tested positive for the banned anti-inflammatory dexamethasone.
OSCE observers said Monday they have witnessed the most intense shelling in the flashpoint eastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne since fighting began there in mid-February, as well as movement of heavy weapons. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which is helping to monitor a ceasefire in Ukraine, said that explosions 300 metres (yards) from one of its observation posts forced its personnel to change location. "On 26 April, the SMM (special monitoring mission) observed what it assessed to be the most intense shelling in Shyrokyne... since fighting began in the area in mid-February 2015," the OSCE said in a spot report issued overnight. Throughout Sunday, from two adjacent observation posts east and west of Shyrokyne, the OSCE observed 69 outgoing tank shells, 191 outgoing 82-milimetre mortar rounds and 153 outgoing 120mm mortar rounds.