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Boxing-Cotto stops Jennings in the fifth to win WBO crown

NEW YORK: Miguel Cotto finally caught up with a fleet-footed Michael Jennings to stop the Briton in the fifth round of their vacant World Boxing Organisation welterweight title bout at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. After three rounds of chasing Jennings around the ring, Cotto trapped him in a corner before landing some vicious combinations…

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Gilani assures Shahbaz government will not support undemocratic move

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday held out a categorical assurance to Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif that the federal government will not support any undemocratic move, either to dislodge or undermine the Punjab government. The assurance came in a telephone call by Prime Minister Gilani to Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz…

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44 dead, 96 trapped after coal mine blast in China

BEIJING: At least 44 miners died and 21 remained trapped underground after a gas blast ripped through a coal mine in northern China on Sunday, state media said. The official Xinhua News Agency said the pre-dawn blast occurred while 436 workers were in the Tunlan Coal Mine in Gujiao city, near Taiyuan, the capital of…

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China must help with security in Pakistan: Hillary

BEIJING: Along with cooperating on the financial crisis, the US wants China to step up efforts to address threats from nuclear programmes in Iran and North Korea, and the tenuous security situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. These were the messages from US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who attended church on Sunday after wrapping…

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Alan Rickman's 'My Name is Rachel Corrie' enjoys London success

LONDON: Moments before curtains were raised in London's fringe theatre, up-and-coming Irish actress Sara Farah was practising her lines for her one-woman-show. In her first independent project, the 28-year-old wanted to tell a story that “needed to be told”. “I just thought the story was absolutely incredible. I thought she is one the most amazing…

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Pakistan: Village militias to fight terror

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan's troubled northwest says it will set up village militias and arm them with 30,000 rifles to help counter terrorism. Haider Khan Hoti, the chief minister of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, said Sunday that the militias would help police in the region, which is under increasing threat from Taliban militants….

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Pakistan to allay U.S. fears on pact with Islamists

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's foreign minister has said he will try to allay U.S. fears about a pact with a group of Islamists in the troubled northwest, during a trip to Washington this week. Under the pact, the provincial government has agreed to restore Islamic sharia law in the Swat valley to pacify a growing militancy, sparking…

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Report says Guantanamo complies with Geneva Conventions

WASHINGTON: The Guantanamo Bay prison meets the standard for humane treatment laid out in the Geneva Conventions but could use some changes in how it handles its more dangerous or less compliant prisoners, according to a Pentagon report. The report was prepared for President Barack Obama. The recommended changes include an increase in group recreation…

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NBA-Mason haul helps Spurs leave Wizards reeling

WASHINGTON: The San Antonio Spurs completed an eight-game road trip with a 98-67 rout of the Washington Wizards on Saturday, their domination exemplified when they held the hosts to just 1 points in the final quarter. Roger Mason had 25 points against his former team and Tim Duncan delivered 12 points and 11 rebounds in…

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Picture of bruised Rihanna sparks police probe

LOS ANGELES: The first picture of a bruised and bloodied Rihanna after her alleged assault by singer Chris Brown has surfaced on the Internet, prompting an investigation by Los Angeles police into how it was leaked. Celebrity website TMZ.com said its photo of the Barbados-born singer, who turned 21 on Friday, was taken after she…

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'Slumdog' is no cliche, says Indian author

PRETORIA: There's an irony behind complaints that Oscar contender “Slumdog Millionaire” recycles cliches about impoverished India: it's based on a book by not only an Indian, but a high-level ambassador for the country. Vikas Swarup, whose novel “Q&A” became the basis for British director Danny Boyle's rags-to-riches drama about a Mumbai slum kid, is also…

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Funerals for DI Khan victims of suicide attack today

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Funerals are expected to be held today for some of the victims of Friday's suicide bombing in which 32 people were killed. A suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral for a slain Shiite leader Friday in northwest Pakistan, wounding more than 60, police and witnesses said. Three other people were…

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Dharavi slum dwellers in Mumbai pray for success of 'Slumdog Millionaire' at Oscars

MUMBAI: In India's western Mumbai, the residents of Dharavi deemed to be the biggest slum in Asia prayed for the success of movie 'Slumdog Millionaire' at the Oscars awards ceremony in the USA on Saturday (February 21). Meanwhile, the people of Dharavi have prayed for 'Slumdog Millionaire's success at the Oscars. They have become addicts…

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SL batsmen dominate Pakistan bowlers on first day

KARACHI: Pakistani bowlers seemed helpless as Sri Lankan batsmen dominated the scene scoring 406 runs for the loss of only three wickets when play ended on the first day of the first Test here at the National Stadium Saturday. Captain Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera hit centuries and both were unbeaten on 136 and 130,…

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Kargil attack done without my knowledge: Nawaz Sharif

RAIWIND: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif addressing the workers' General Council here on Saturday said General Pervez Musharraf carried out the attack on Kargil without taking him into confidence. Further into the address he said, Musharraf attacked Kargil soon after the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to Lahore…

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Taliban agree to ceasefire

MINGORA: Taliban and Pakistan government reached a ceasfire agreement here on Saturday, according to a government official. Maulana Fazlullah, also known as “Mullah Radio” beacuse he runs three illegal FM stations, is expected to announce the ceasfire later. Taliban have said they will observe a permanent ceasefire and the government would reciprocate, said Malakand Commissioner…

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After Sindh, Punjab, 7 NWFP hopefuls elected unopposed to Senate

PESHAWAR: Seven candidates have been elected unopposed from the NWFP in the Senate election, SAMAA learnt Saturday. They include Awami National Party's central secretary information Zahid Khan, senior vice president Haji Adeel and Abdul Nabi Bangash, the Pakistan Peoples Party's Sardar Ali Khan, Gulzar Ahmed Khan and Waqar Ahmed Khan. From the Jamiat Ulema-e Islam…

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US House speaker Nancy Pelosi meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai met US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Kabul on Saturday for talks expected to focus on the planned US troop surge. Pelosi and her Democrat delegation received a warm welcome in frosty weather as they were ushered into the presidential palace. Pelosi is the third person in line in the…

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Zardari wants Chinese model of agriculture in Pakistan

WUHAN: President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said that Pakistan wants to benefit from Chinese experience and technology in the field of agriculture for enhanced production that will help Pakistan in overcoming the grain shortage. “I am very impressed with China's development in the agri sector and we want to emulate the same success in Pakistan,”…

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Obituary: Senior journalist, SAMAA's Aziz Azmi, passes away at 39

KARACHI: SAMAA's Assignments Editor Aziz Azmi passed away Saturday morning at 39. A few months ago he underwent a coronary bypass operation after which his health improved. However, Friday night his condition suddenly worsened and he was taken to hospital. He passed away there in the morning. In addition to being a senior journalist, Azmi…

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Suicide bomber explodes before hitting Lakki Marwat target

LAKKI MARWAT: A suicide bomber and his accomplice have blown their explosives-packed car up on Lakki Marwat's Canal Road before reaching their target – Adamzai, SAMAA has learnt. The police have taken the suicide attacker's legs and other body parts and the area has been surrounded.

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