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Iran’s Khamenei blames Gulf states for military parade attack

DUBAI: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused US-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards. Khamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, the most...

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Car bomb kills four at hotel housing election judges in Egypt’s Sinai

CAIRO: A car bomb exploded outside a hotel housing election judges in Egypt's North Sinai on Tuesday, killing at least four policemen and injuring 12 people, security and medical sources said. The blasts in the provincial capital of al-Arish came a day after the second round of a parliamentary election closed. Egyptian state television also reported the incident. A suicide...

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Syria troops advance against IS in Homs province

DAMASCUS: The Syrian army recaptured a town and village in the central province of Homs from the Islamic State jihadist group on Monday, state media and a monitoring group said. "The army in cooperation with Popular Defence groups (pro-regime militias) took control of Maheen and Hawareen in the southeast of Homs province after inflicting heavy losses on Daesh," state television...

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Putin lifts ban on exports of uranium enrichment hardware to Iran

TEHRAN: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a decree lifting the ban on the supply of equipment related to enriched uranium imports from Iran, Russia's news agency RIA Novosti reported. The news agency said the decree was posted on the Official Legal Information Portal (pravo.gov.ru). Under the document, the bans, acting earlier, no longer apply to supply of items, materials and...

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Samsung W2016 Dual-Display Android Flip Phone With 3GB RAM Launched

Samsung has introduced a new flip phone, the W2016, in China. The latest Android-based dual-screen flip phone is now listed on Samsung's China site. Unfortunately, there is no word on the pricing and availability details of the Samsung W2016. The new flip phone from Samsung features two 3.9-inch Super Amoled touchscreens, on the inside and the outside of the top...

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Facebook’s new tool tries to ease heartache of breakups

A feature announced on Thursday will allow people who have split up with a spouse or partner to turn on an option that spares them the emotional pain of constantly seeing their ex-lover’s posts and pictures in their news feed on the world’s largest social network. Facebook will begin testing the breakup protection on mobile devices in the U.S. before...

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ICC plays down suspicions regarding Sharjah ODI

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson said Sunday he was “not too suspicious” over the one-day match between Pakistan and England in Sharjah, despite press reports it could have been fixed. British tabloid Daily Mail alleged the match on Tuesday was under investigation by the Anti-Corruption Unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC) over unusual patterns...

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Number of dengue victims in Rawalpindi surges to 5000

RAWALPINDI: Dengue affected patients in Rawalpindi reached 5000 on Sunday as 55 more people tested positive to the disease during the past 24 hours. Doctors state that most of the people have been sent to their homes after providing them with medical assistance. Atleast 10 people have died from dengue fever this year in Rawalpindi. There is no treatment for...

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State Bank keeps interest rate unchanged to support rupee

KARACHI: Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, Ashraf Wathra on Saturday stated that Pakistan will keep the target policy rate at 6 percent. The decision was taken to support the rupee, which is among Asia’s worst performing currencies this quarter, the Bloomberg reported. “Headline inflation is expected to reverse its declining momentum,” according to the bank’s e-mailed statement. Average...

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Match fixing reports baseless, says Waqar

DUBAI: Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis Friday brushed aside British tabloid claims of match-fixing against his team in their six-wicket defeat in the third one-day international against England in Sharjah earlier this week. British tabloid Daily Mail alleged the match on Tuesday was under investigation by the Anti-Corruption Unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC) over unusual patterns of betting....

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4th ODI: England beats Pakistan by 84 runs, clinches series by 3-1

DUBAI: England has beaten Pakistan by 84 runs in fourth ODI played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. Shoaib Malik smashed 52 runs in 34 balls. Babar Azam scored 51 runs in 51 balls. Skipper Azhar Ali scored 44 runs in 32 balls. Mohammad Hafeez hit 37 runs in 36 balls. Sarfraz Ahmed scored 24 runs in 26 balls....

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4th ODI: Buttler, Roy shattered Pakistan bowling

DUBAI: England posted a huge total as Jos Buttler blasted 116 in 52 balls against Pakistan here on Friday. Jos Buttlers’s unbeaten 116 and Jason Roy's 102-run blitz powered England total to 355 for five wickets. Mohammad Irfan and skipper Azhar Ali took two wickets each. While, Yasir Shah managed to get one wicket. Earlier, England won the toss and...

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England win toss and elected to bat against Pakistan

DUBAI: England have won the toss and opted to bat first against Pakistan in fourth One day International here on Friday. Pakistan made two changes, Ahmed Shehzad is back in place of Ifitkhar Ahmed and Yasir Shah has recovered from his knee injury to replace Zafar Gohar, while England are unchanged. England lead the four match series 2-1.

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Saudi Arabia will host conference to unite Syrian opposition

UNITED NATIONS: Saudi Arabia will host a conference in mid-December to try to unite the Syrian opposition ahead of new peace talks, a key issue in stepped up efforts to end the nearly five-year civil war, the country's U.N. ambassador said Thursday. Saudi Ambassador Abdallah Al-Moualimi said his country will be trying to bring different strands of the opposition "together...

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Iran-Russia preparing to trade in own currencies

Iran said on Thursday that the process to switch to national currencies in transactions between Moscow and Tehran may be completed very quickly. Iran's Deputy Trade Minister Mojtaba Khosrowtaj has told the Russian media that the two countries could start to trade in their national currencies within the next 2-3 weeks. Khosrowtaj has told the Russian media that the policy...

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Samsung takes cue from Adele, prepares to launch flip phone

Samsung is working on a model with very interesting specifications. According to Sammobile, Samsung's upcoming flip phone will likely be called SM-W2016, and it will come with two 3.9-inch, 1280x768 pixel displays — each on one side of the phone's cover. On the lower part of the phone you'll find a numeric keypad which, if you still remember how to...

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Sweden and Ukraine complete Euro line-up

PARIS: Sweden and Ukraine became the last two qualifiers for Euro 2016 after eliminating Denmark and Slovenia respectively in Tuesday’s play-offs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace as Sweden beat their Scandinavian neighbours 4-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw in Copenhagen. Ukraine held on after conceding an early goal to veteran centre-back Bostjan Cesar before an equaliser deep into injury...

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