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PakvNZ: Mercurial Pakistan snatches defeat from the jaws of victory

ABU DHABI: Pakistan were wobbling with only one wicket in hand, as New Zealand spinners shook up the hosts' batting lineup and turned the Abu Dhabi Test into a tricky affair. Pakistan were just 8 runs away from winning the first Test on Monday but had only one wicket in hand, after a clatter of early wickets. Azhar Ali, who...

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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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Triple IS suicide attack kills 11 Syrian regime fighters

BEIRUT: Three suicide attacks by the Islamic State group killed 11 pro-regime fighters in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor Wednesday, a monitoring group said. "Eleven soldiers and pro-regime militiamen were killed and 20 others wounded in the industrial neighbourhood in eastern Deir Ezzor city," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. They were...

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Georgia Prime Minister resigns after two years

Tbilisi: Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili resigned on Wednesday after just two years, with the ruling coalition struggling to boost its popularity ahead of parliamentary polls next year. "I took the decision to leave my post," Garibashvili, head of the Georgian Dream coalition, said in a televised address to the nation, without disclosing the reason. "All posts are temporary. Only...

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Nigeria soldiers killed Shiite children, no provocation: HRW

LAGOS: Nigerian soldiers fired on unarmed Shiite children with no provocation before unjustified raids that killed hundreds of the minority group in the West African nation, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The charges come as the guardian of Nigeria's estimated 80 million-plus Muslims, Sultan Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar of Sokoto, warned the government against actions that could radicalize other Muslims in...

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Hassan Rouhani to visit Vatican in January

VATICAN CITY: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will make his first visit to the Vatican and meet Pope Francis in the second half of January, a spokesperson for the tiny city state said Tuesday. While no date has been set, the visit is likely to take place towards the end of the month, spokesperson Ciro Benedettini told journalists. Rouhani, a self-declared...

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Islamic State shelling of Syrian school area kills nine students

BEIRUT: Islamic State militants shelled a school district in eastern Syria on Tuesday, killing at least nine students and wounding around 20 other people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Syrian state media said nine girls had been killed and said "shells fired by terrorists" had hit the government-held area in Deir al-Zor city, the capital of...

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First body found in China landslide as anger grows

Shenzhen (China): Rescuers searching a Chinese industrial park swamped by a landslide recovered the first body Tuesday, as anger mounted over safety failings that led to a disaster feared to have killed dozens. It is the latest in a series of fatal accidents in China and comes months after almost 200 people died in a massive chemical blast in the...

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SpaceX Falcon rocket nails safe landing in pivotal space feat

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Monday with a payload of communications satellites before the reusable main-stage booster turned around, soared back to Cape Canaveral and landed safely near its launch pad in a dramatic spaceflight first. The successful mission, capped by delivery of all 11 satellites to orbit for launch customer ORBCOMM...

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I did get a few Hollywood offers: Priyanka Chopra

After winning the Miss World title in 2000, and releasing her first single, ‘In my city’ in 2012, Priyanka Chopra cemented her international presence with her latest American TV show, Quantico. She has seen superstardom back home, and is enjoying international recognition now. But she remains unperturbed, while admitting that she was “nervous” about her TV show, and can finally...

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And the winner of 2015 Miss Universe is..

The pageant's host, comedian Steve Harvey, misread his cue card which he initially said had Miss Ariadna Gutierrez, as the winner. She was briefly, very fleetingly, crowned in Las Vegas and started the customary smiling and waving. But not for long. As she blew kisses, Harvey awkwardly said "I have to apologize. The first runner up is Colombia." "Miss Universe...

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Islamabad: FIA deports Dean Jones from Benazir Airport

ISLAMABAD: Former Australian Test cricketer and newly-appointed head coach of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United, Dean Jones, was deported Sunday by authorities after he landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad. A Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) official said that Jones had come to Pakistan to attend PSL's logo-unveiling ceremony scheduled for today, but did not have...

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Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad promoted to Platinum category in the PSL

LAHORE: Opener Ahmed Shahzad and middle order batsman Umar Akmal have been included in the Platinum category of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) players draft which will be held on December 21-22 at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Both were initially named in the Diamond category but the PSL governing council realised later that the batsmen deserved to...

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Abdul Razzaq included in PSL draft list

KARACHI: The Pakistan Super League (PSL) Governing Council has decided to include discarded big-hitting all-rounder Abdul Razzaq in the PSL draft list, with the draft set to be held on December 21-22 at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Razzaq, who will be playing in the Masters Cricket League (MCL) as well, was a regular match winner for Pakistan but...

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Ayesha Omar, Azfar Rehman injured in car accident near Karachi

KARACHI: Ayesha Omar and Azfar Rehman were injured in a car accident late Thursday on Karachi Super Highway. The actors were reportedly travelling from Karachi to Hyderabad when the accident occurred. Fakhr-e-Alam took to twitter to inform fans that the two actors had suffered an accident. “Our showbiz colleagues Ayesha Omar & Azfar Rehman had a serious accident this morning...

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Facebook adds ‘Photo Magic’ facial-recognition feature to Messenger

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook is offering a feature called Photo Magic that will automatically address a message so it can be sent quickly to Facebook friends identified in a picture. The option relies on the same image-recognition technology that attaches people's names to Facebook posts. With this twist, Facebook is deploying the technology in its Messenger application to make it more...

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Will shift to Pakistan if threatened by hindu extremism in India: Om Puri

LAHORE: Renowned Indian actor Om Puri on Thursday said he will come to Pakistan if ever threatened by extremist elements in India. According to details, Puri slammed the rising extremism in India. He said people eat beef across the world and should be permitted in India as well. The acclaimed Indian actor is visiting Pakistan these days. He said people...

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