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New Zealand 56-1 at close on second day

ABU DHABI: New Zealand, trailing by 74 runs in the first innings, were 56-1 at close on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Skipper Kane Williamson was batting on 27 and with him opener Jeet Raval on 26 not out as New Zealand still trail by 18 runs with nine second innings...

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PCB Announce Squads for New Zealand Tour, Amir Included

LAHORE: Ace fast bowler Mohammad Amir has returned to the national side after five years with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announcing the team for the upcoming tour for New Zealand. Pakistan chief selector Haroon Rasheed announced that Ahmed Shahzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Emad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Amir yamin, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul,...

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Jennifer Lawrence hates New Year’s eve

LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has made no plans to celebrate New Year’s eve because she hates the occasion. 'The Hunger Games' actress opted against attending a party to ring in 2016 because the pressure to have an amazing night leaves her feeling miserable. “I really hate it. I’ve never had a good one, everyone’s chasing a good time...

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Smartphone-connected cars could be the next big thing in 2016

In the US alone, nearly two thirds of drivers now want connectivity to be built into their next new car, suggesting that 2016 could be the year when cars take their first real step towards safer, autonomous motoring. According to new Parks Associates research published ahead of the 2016 International CES, 44 per cent of car owners in US broadband...

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Comedian Bill Cosby to be charged in 2004 sexual assault case

Bill Cosby is expected to be charged for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his Pennsylvania home in 2004, according to People. The famous entertainer allegedly violated Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who has called Cosby a “narcissist” in court filings. Cosby has said that their relationship was consensual. A Pennsylvania district attorney declined to charge...

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NASA gets $55 mn funding to send humans to Mars

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration wants NASA to speed up work on sending humans on deep space exploration missions, including Mars, and has instructed the US space agency to spend at least $55 million on a "habitation augmentation module". According to Space.com, the funds will come from the Advanced Exploration Systems programme, part of the exploration research and development line item...

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Twitter clarifies rules on banned content, abusive behaviour

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter Inc has clarified its definition of abusive behaviour that will prompt it to delete accounts, banning "hateful conduct" that promotes violence against specific groups. The social media company disclosed the changes on Tuesday in a blog post, following rising criticism it was not doing enough to thwart Islamic State's use of the site for propaganda and recruitment....

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PCB rejects Azhar Ali resignation

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan refused to accept Azhar Ali’s resignation as the ODI captain of the Pakistan cricket team. Azhar, who became the captain of the Pakistan ODI team after the World cup 2015, refused to join the camp along with veteran Mohammad Hafeez due to the presence of Muhammad Amir. The issue was later resolved...

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Messi, Barcelona win big at Globe Soccer Awards

DUBAI: Barcelona and star player Lionel Messi triumphed at the seventh edition of the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai on Sunday, taking home the prizes for best team and best player. The Argentina captain beat off competition from last year s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to be named Best Player of the Year. "Obviously I am...

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Emraan Hashmi set to release book on son’s cancer struggle

A book about the struggle and hardship of Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi with his son Ayan’s cancer treatment is slated to be out by April 2016. Emraan, who will next be seen in director Tony D’Souza’s upcoming film Azhar, took to Twitter to make the announcement. He also shared an image where he and his four-year-old son are being photographed...

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Salman Khan celebrates 50th birthday today

MUMBAI: While of most of his fans still consider him 30 or 35 years old the ever young Dabbang Khan has today turned 50. Salman Khan, who born on December 27, 1965 was given a full name Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan, started his film career in 1988 with a supporting role in Biwi Hou Tou Aesi. He first appeared...

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Breakaway Muslim rebels kill nine people in southern Philippines

MANILA: A breakaway Muslim rebel group killed nine civilians in the southern Philippines in a series of attacks on Christmas eve, officials said on Saturday, in a reminder that the region remains volatile despite recent gains in the peace process. Army troops killed four members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a faction opposed to a peace deal between government...

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Protesters ransack Muslim prayer hall on French island

AJACCIO: Demonstrators ransacked a Muslim prayer hall and attempted to burn copies of the Holy Quran on the French island of Corsica Friday, police said, following a night of violence that left two firefighters injured. Tensions had mounted in Ajaccio on Christmas Day after two firefighters and a police officer were wounded overnight in Jardins de L'Empereur, a low-income neighbourhood...

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Pakistan will play key role for peace in Afghanistan: Modi

KABUL: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday has said that Pakistan would play a key role in restoration of peace in Afghanistan and South Asia. Modi addressed Afghanistan Parliament today during his one-day tour. The Indian premier has recommended collaboration among Pakistan, Iran and India for common causes. In his speech to the Afghan parliament, Modi urged closer cooperation...

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Saudi executes man as annual toll hits 152

RIYADH: A Saudi convicted of murder was executed on Thursday, bringing to 152 the number of death sentences carried out this year in the conservative Muslim kingdom. Saad Ben Mohamed al-Othman was executed in the eastern city of Dammam after his conviction for shooting and murdering a fellow Saudi during a disagreement, the interior ministry said. According to AFP tallies,...

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U.S. air strikes hit targets in embattled Afghan district

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan: U.S. aircraft carried out two attacks in Sangin, the district in southern Afghanistan overrun by Taliban insurgents this week, officials said on Thursday. The fierce fighting in Helmand, a traditional Taliban stronghold and one of the world's main centers of opium production, has piled pressure on President Ashraf Ghani, already on the defensive as security worsens across...

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Eight migrants, including 6 children, drown off Turkey: Media

ANKARA: Eight migrants, including three children, drowned when their overcrowded boat sank in the Aegean Sea early Thursday while heading for the Greek island of Lesbos, Turkish media reported. The wooden boat capsized in high waves two miles off the Bademli coast in the Aegean, the private Dogan news agency reported. Another 14 migrants were missing, it added. AFP

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