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Video: Multani fans prove cricket fever is yet to die down

MULTAN: Cricket has certainly come home to Pakistan and fans in Multan are ecstatic as the national team takes on World XI in the final of the Independence Cup series on Friday.  Chanting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and dancing to Dwayne Bravo’s Champion song, ecstatic Multani fans were delighted ahead of the series final to be played at Gaddafi…

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World XI overcome Pakistan by 7 wickets in cliffhanger

LAHORE: World XI beat Pakistan in their second clash against the hosts by seven wickets on Wednesday, leveling the series 1-1.  It was a match that went down the wire with World XI squad requiring 6 runs off the last 2 balls. A six from Perera to Rumman Raees sealed the deal as World XI…

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World XI players arrive in Lahore amid tight security

LAHORE: The World XI arrived in the Old City on Monday with stringent security measures in place as the international stars were escorted to their hotel.  Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi and Punjab Minister of Sports greeted team World XI after they arrived in Lahore. The players were escorted to their hotel in bullet…

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Parineeti clears the air on Hardik Pandya dating rumours

Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra recently cleared the air about rumours doing the rounds that she was dating swashbuckling Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya.  Though cricketers and actresses are a natural match nowadays (take for instance the Kohli-Anushka duo) Parineeti Chopra and Hardik Pandya are apparently not dating. At least that’s what the sultry actress wants us…

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South Korea seeks bigger warheads, North Korean ICBM reportedly on the move

SEOUL: South Korea said on Tuesday an agreement with the United States to scrap a weight limit on its warheads would help it respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat after it conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test two days ago. South Korean officials believe more weapons tests by the reclusive state are…

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Nuclear test shows North Korea remains dangerous to U.S.: Trump

SEOUL: North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday, which it said was an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, marking a dramatic escalation of the regime’s stand-off with the United States and its allies. The announcement from Pyongyang came a few hours after international seismic agencies detected a manmade…

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George Clooney tackles ‘original sin’ of slavery and racism in dark comedy

VENICE: Breaking the brittle veneer of the picture-perfect suburbs of 1950s America, George Clooney’s new satire tackles racial prejudice which the actor and director said on Saturday continues to erupt in today’s angry society. “Suburbicon”, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, is set in a town of that name which is rudely awoken from the…

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Federer survives Tiafoe scare to advance

NEW YORK: World number three Roger Federer survived a first-round scare from Frances Tiafoe before grinding out a 4-6 6-2 6-1 1-6 6-4 victory over the American teenager in front of a raucous crowd at the U.S. Open on Tuesday. Federer looked more relieved than overjoyed when Tiafoe’s forehand found the net on match point…

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Sharapova sparkles on return to grand slam stage

NEW YORK: Maria Sharapova proved she will be someone to contend with for the U.S. Open crown after the Russian wild card outlasted second seed Simona Halep 6-4 4-6 6-3 on Monday to get the year’s final grand slam off to an electrifying start. Still shaking off the rust from a 15-month doping ban and…

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Kesha thanks fans as ‘Rainbow’ comeback debuts at top of Billboard

LOS ANGELES: Kesha scored top billing on the Billboard 200 chart with her comeback album “Rainbow,” her first studio album in five years amid a bitter legal battle over her record contract. The 30-year-old singer sold some 116,000 units of “Rainbow,” according to data on Monday from Nielsen SoundScan, to give her the second-largest U.S….

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Big protests expected as Trump plans Phoenix rally

WASHINGTON: Large protests could greet President Donald Trump on Tuesday when he travels to Arizona for his first campaign rally since he caused an uproar with his remarks about a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, asked the Republican president to postpone Tuesday’s event scheduled for 7 p.m. MST (0200…

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Nervous Japanese hold drill in case North Korea fires missiles over them

KOTOURA, JAPAN: Residents of a town on the Japanese coast held evacuation drills on Saturday to prepare for any launch of North Korean missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, that would fly over their homes. As sirens blared from speakers in the town of Kotoura, children playing soccer outside ran to take shelter…

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Van crashes into crowds in Barcelona, 13 killed

BARCELONA: A van crashed into dozens of people in the center of Barcelona on Thursday and Spanish media said at least two people were killed. Police said several people were injured and described the incident on Twitter as a “massive crash”. A police spokesman said he could not confirm any deaths or that the incident…

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China military criticizes ‘wrong’ U.S. moves on Taiwan, S.China Sea

BEIJING: The “wrong” actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer said on Thursday. Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission, told Joseph Dunford,…

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North Korea pledges to teach USA a ‘severe lesson’

PYONGYANG: North Korea responded robustly and in traditional fashion on Monday, saying the U.N. moves were unwarranted and unfair, and it was ready to teach the United States a “severe lesson” if it launched an attack. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed to apply maximum pressure and sanctions on…

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Man up: Faryal fires back at husband Amir Khan

  DUBAI: Wife of boxer Amir Khan has fired back at her husband Amir Khan on Twitter, urging him to ‘man up’ in a tweet message. The gloves have certainly come off between Amir Khan and his wife Faryal Makhdoom. After he alleged that his wife had cheated on unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua,…

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Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, but slams it as ‘flawed’

After signing a bill that Congress had approved overwhelmingly last week and which runs counter to his desire to improve relations with Moscow, the Republican president laid out a lengthy list of concerns. His criticism of the sanctions, which also affect Iran and North Korea, raised the question of how much Trump is prepared to…

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Trump seeks order, discipline with new chief of staff

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump swore in his new chief of staff, John Kelly, on Monday and sought to portray his White House as firing on all cylinders by pointing to the buoyant stock market and low unemployment rate. Trump brought in Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, after a chaotic week in which his first…

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Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources

MOSCOW: Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former…

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Tear gas scene from Jerusalem’s ‘Day of Rage’

JERUSALEM: When Muslim elders called for a “Day of Rage” on Friday to protest at new Israeli security measures at Jerusalem’s holiest site, photographer Ammar Awad knew where he had to be. A native of Jerusalem who has covered the city for Reuters for 17 years, Awad headed to Ras al-Amud, directly across the valley…

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Philippines’ Duterte says will never visit ‘lousy’ United States

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit back on Friday at U.S. lawmakers opposed to the prospect of his visiting the White House, saying he would never go to the United States, which he called a “lousy” country. Duterte was responding to remarks by Massachusetts Congressman James McGovern, who told a hearing of the Tom Lantos…

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