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U.S. online sales surge, shoppers throng stores on Thanksgiving evening

Pennsylvania: U.S. shoppers had splurged more than $1.52 billion online by Thanksgiving evening, and more bargain hunters turned up at stores this year after two weak holiday seasons as retailers opened their doors early on the eve of Black Friday. At the start of the holiday season consumer spending rose 16.8 percent year-over-year until 5…

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Netflix’s Marvel antihero ‘The Punisher’ explores the toll of violence

Frank Castle, the vigilante sniper assassin at the center of Netflix Inc’s new Marvel series “The Punisher,” is neither a hero nor a villain. He is a man in pain. In “The Punisher,” launching all episodes on Friday, Castle is fixed on getting revenge on the criminals that killed his wife and two young children….

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Mugabe says he’s under house arrest: S.Africa’s Zuma

Johannesburg, South Africa: President Robert Mugabe is under house arrest in Zimbabwe, South African President Jacob Zuma said in a statement Wednesday after the Zimbabwean military appeared to have taken control of the country. “President Zuma spoke to President Robert Mugabe earlier today who indicated that he was confined to his home but said that…

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Video: Pakistani cricketers’ earnings over past 4 years disclosed

LAHORE: Watch this video to have a better understanding of how much Pakistani cricketers have earned during the past 4 years and how much has PCB spent on them.  According to records, Asad Shafiq has earned the most among the players.

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Chris Gayle makes a unique offer for defamation story

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has made a unique offer to tell the story of his defamation case to the highest bidder–and the bid begins at $420,000.  Promising potential buyers that the story was ‘like a movie’ Gayle said that he would tell what went behind the defamation case. “I have a very interested successful story…

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Syria declares victory over Islamic State

LABU KAMAL: Syria’s army declared victory over Islamic State on Thursday, saying its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their project in the region. The army and its allies are still fighting Islamic State in desert areas near Albu Kamal, the last town the militant group had held…

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Chinese fans prepare to welcome rich, powerful, ‘free-spirit’ Trump

BEIJING: He may be a divisive figure back home, but U.S. President Donald Trump will be landing in friendly territory when he arrives in Beijing on Wednesday, judging by Chinese social media. On platforms such as the Twitter-like Sina Weibo, Trump’s Chinese supporters, who admire his business success and a free-wheeling style unconstrained by political…

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At North Korea’s doorstep, Trump warns of U.S. power while also striking conciliatory note

SEOUL: President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea he was prepared to use the full range of U.S. military power to stop any attack, but in a more conciliatory appeal than ever before he urged Pyongyang to “make a deal” to end the nuclear standoff. Speaking on North Korea’s doorstep during a visit to…

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Netflix cuts ties with Kevin Spacey after sexual misconduct allegations

LOS ANGELES: Netflix Inc severed ties on Friday with Kevin Spacey, one of its biggest stars and the lead in its popular drama “House of Cards,” after a number of allegations of sexual misconduct against the Oscar-winning actor. The streaming company suspended production earlier this week of the upcoming sixth and final season of the…

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Trump campaign aide met Russian officials in 2016: NY Times

WASHINGTON D.C.: A foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign met Russian government officials last year, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing testimony he gave this week to a U.S. congressional committee. In numerous media interviews in recent months, the adviser, Carter Page, has either denied meeting Russian government officials during a…

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Trump calls for death penalty for Uzbek man charged in New York attack

NEW YORK: U.S. President Donald Trump said the Uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people when he drove a truck down a New York City bike path should get the death penalty. The suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, told investigators he was inspired by watching Islamic State videos and began planning Tuesday’s attack a year ago, according…

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Pakistan PM tells Tillerson it has ‘produced results’ in fighting terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday reconfirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the “war on terror” during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying his country had “produced results” fighting the region’s militants. Relations between uneasy allies United States and Pakistan have frayed in recent years, with Washington accusing Islamabad of turning…

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Watch Sri Lankan wickets tumble to brilliant Pakistani bowling

SHARJAH: Watch how brilliant Pakistani bowling reduced the visitors to 103 all out. Usman Shinwari was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers, taking five wickets from 21 balls.   

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Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to obstruction charge in July arrest

LOS ANGELES: Actor Shia LaBeouf pleaded guilty in a Georgia court on Thursday to one count of obstruction and was sentenced to community service and a year of probation following his July arrest on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. LaBeouf, 31, pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct and not guilty…

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Bush takes veiled swipe at Trump, slams ‘bullying and prejudice’

NEW YORK: Former President George W. Bush on Thursday decried “bullying and prejudice” in a New York speech that appeared to be a sweeping, thinly veiled critique of President Donald Trump. Bush, 71, used a rare public address to discuss nationalism, racial divisions and Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election, all flashpoints of his fellow…

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Pakistani bowlers destroy Sri Lankan batting line-up in 2nd ODI

ABU DHABI: Watch how Pakistani bowlers skittled the Sri Lankan batting top-order, on Monday.  Here’s how the combination of Pakistani pacers and spinners damaged the Sri Lankan batting line-up in the second ODI.

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EU defends Iran deal despite Trump, appeals to U.S. Congress

LUXEMBOURG: The European Union on Monday reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by President Donald Trump, and it urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Trump defied both U.S. allies and adversaries on Friday by refusing to formally certify that…

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Trump strikes blow at Iran nuclear deal in major U.S. policy shift

WASHINGTON D.C.: U.S. President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it. Trump announced the major shift in U.S. policy in a speech in which he…

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Sharapova trounces Swiss qualifier to reach Tianjin semis

SHANGHAI: Maria Sharapova swatted aside Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-1 in just over an hour at the Tianjin Open on Friday to reach her second semi-final since returning from a 15-month doping ban. Sharapova was broken in the first game but fought back to draw level before going on to take the first set…

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When Karachi bleeds, Pakistan bleeds: Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa

KARACHI: Chief Of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday that Karachi was extremely vital for Pakistan for economic reasons and said that when the largest city of the country bled, the nation bled with it.  The full text of the army chief’s speech on Seminar On Interplay Of Economy and Security is…

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Black model who appeared in Dove ad says it was not racist

A black model who appeared in a Dove advert denounced as racist by many social media users has defended the clip, saying that far from belittling black women it celebrated ethnic diversity. Lola Ogunyemi unwittingly found herself at the center of an international furor over a 3-second video posted on Dove’s U.S. Facebook page which…

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