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Canberra mornings: February 19, 2015

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Members of the Bangladesh community, from left, Fabia Afnan, Murshida Zaman, Asma Dewan, Nazrul Islam, Mufrad Zaman, Tarik Zaman, Arthee Nazrul and Mansib Zaman, gearing up to watch their countrymen play Afghanistan. Photo: Graham Tidy

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Photo: AFP

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo refused clemency for the Bali nine duo facing execution without all the documentation of their cases due to the chaotic handover to his office from his predecessor, Fairfax can reveal.

The Indonesian government has also warned it does not respond to threats when Prime Minister Tony Abbott reminded the nation of Australia's $1 billion in aid after the 2004 tsunami on Wednesday.

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Sport

David Pocock's injury woes take another turn. Photo: Matt Bedford

Bangladesh bowler Ahmed Taskin celebrates his team's win.  Photo: Melissa Adams

Bangladesh has beaten Afghanistan by 105 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup match at Manuka Oval last night.

It was a Bangladesh victory that ruined dreams of an Afghanistan fairytale, but it was a win that will have the Tigers confident they can pull off a repeat of their upset win over Australia from a decade ago.

While the game fizzled out, the atmosphere was electric until the end - the Afghanis beat their drums and the Bangladeshis screamed and jumped around in a sellout crowd of 10,972.

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Road closures

9.37am: A car has hit a pedestrian on Constitution Avenue in Reid outside the Baptist church, police said. 

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What's on today

A petition to keep the Australian Women's Basketball League on ABC television will be hand-delivered to the Canberra ABC office in Dickson at 7.30am.

Organisers are promising "past, present and future basketball and Olympic greats" will be there. Superstar Lauren Jackson has previously described the ABC's decision to cut TV coverage of women's basketball and soccer as a "very dark day for women's sport".

Comedian Billy Connolly brings his High Horse Tour to town tonight at the National Convention Centre from 8pm. 

Over at Theatre 3 Canberra Repertory Society will perform witty comedic play The Importance of Being Earnest, also at 8pm.

Canberra Life

Hannah Clare McKenzie and Ken Scruton at the Faces of Fashfest Launch at the Canberra Institute of Technology. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Hannah Clare McKenzie and Ken Scruton at the Faces of Fashfest Launch at the Canberra Institute of Technology. Photo: Jamila Toderas

An exercise physiology student with plans for further study and an actor, singer and dancer who is still in year 12 have been announced as the Faces of Fashfest for 2015.

Ken Scruton, 21, and Hannah Clare McKenzie, 17, were chosen from the almost 300 people who attended the model casting on February 2.

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Pic of the day

Bangladesh fan Fahimul Hoque. Photo: Melissa Adams

Bangladesh fan Fahimul Hoque. Photo: Melissa Adams

Weather

Today: It will be a partly cloudy day in Canberra today with a small chance of rain, a forecast minimum of 16 degrees and a top of 28 degrees. 

The rest of the week: Friday, possible shower - min 15, max 29; Saturday, partly cloudy - min 16, max 29; Sunday, partly cloudy - min 14, max 29; Monday, possible late shower - min 15, max 31