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Iran rejects Trump report that US Navy downed ‘provocative’ drone

DUBAI: Iran on Friday denied President Donald Trump’s assertion that the US Navy has destroyed one of its drones, saying all of its unmanned planes were safe, but there was no sign of a major Gulf escalation despite fears both sides could blunder into war. In the latest episode to test nerves around the strategic waterway, Trump said on Thursday...

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Iran and India sign port deal, other economic agreements

TEHRAN, Iran: India says it will invest up to $500 million in a deal to develop a strategic port in Iran and plan a number of projects they say are worth hundreds of millions of dollars in joint projects. The deal and plans were announced Monday during a visit by an Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first such trip...

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Oil prices dip on strong dollar, firm global supplies

SINGAPORE: Oil prices slipped in Asian trade on Monday, hit by a strong dollar and signs that global crude supply is holding up even as unplanned outages rise to at least a five-year high. In a further sign of abundant supply the number of rigs operated by U.S. drillers was steady last week for the first time this year. Brent...

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Shab-e-Barat being celebrated with religious zeal tonight

KARACHI: Shab-e-Barat, the night of forgiveness, fervour and divine blessings for the Muslims, is being celebrated across the country tonight (Sunday night) with religious zeal. The significant distinction of this night, according to Islamic belief, is that it falls on 15th Sha’aban in which depiction of births and deaths is finalized for forthcoming year. On the occasion of Shab-e-Barat, Allah...

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England beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 88 runs in Headingley

LEEDS: England routed Sri Lanka by an innings and 88 runs on the third day of the first Test at Headingley on Saturday with fast bowler James Anderson taking 10 wickets in the match. Sri Lanka, following on, were dismissed for 119 in their second innings as England went 1-0 up in the three-match series. Anderson finished with match figures...

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Chris Gayle gives yet another sexist, inappropriate interview

LONDON: Chris Gayle, the big-hitting batsman who sparked a sexism scandal after flirting with a female broadcaster on live television, fanned the flames again Saturday in an interview touching on sex, women and equality. Gayle, one of the biggest stars in world cricket, boasted about his “very, very big bat” and asked journalist Charlotte Edwardes from British newspaper The Times...

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Fauji Fertilizer Company to develop plant in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania said on Friday it plans to start building a $3 billion fertiliser factory in partnership with a consortium of investors from Germany, Denmark and Pakistan this year. “The factory will use natural gas to manufacture fertiliser and will be built in joint venture with a group of investors,” the president’s office said in a statement. The...

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Djokovic, Nadal lined-up for Roland Garros semi-final duel

PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic and nine-time champion Rafael Nadal have been seeded to meet in the French Open semi-finals after the draw was made Friday. Djokovic needs a Roland Garros title to complete a career Grand Slam after losing three finals in four years including last season to Stan Wawrinka. Fourth seed Wawrinka is scheduled to take on...

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Afridi eyeing Pakistan team comeback

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said on Thursday he hopes to force his way back into national contention and put the disastrous World T20 behind him with a strong return to English club Hampshire this season. The 36-year-old all-rounder was not included in an ongoing boot camp ahead of Pakistan's tour of England that begins in July, with many...

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NASA’s Valkyrie robots set the table for human life on Mars

Four sister robots built by NASA could be pioneers in the colonization of Mars, part of an advance construction team that sets up a habitat for more fragile human explorers. But first they're finding new homes on Earth and engineers to hone their skills. The space agency has kept one Valkyrie robot at its birthplace, the Johnson Space Center in...

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UK university offers photoshopped mortarboards to avoid injury

A British university said on Wednesday that its students will no longer be allowed to throw their mortarboards into the air at graduation because of fear of injuries -- but offered to digitally add the caps into photos for free. "The decision... follows a number of injuries over recent years to graduates hurt by falling mortarboards," the University of East...

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WhatsApp services restore in Pakistan after slight interruption

KARACHI: Facebook-owned smartphone messaging service WhatsApp restored in Pakistan after slight interruption today (Wednesday). Earlier, WhatsApp temporarily crashed in Pakistan for an unknown reason. Thousands of users across the country were unable to connect to WhatsApp on both Android and iOS. People were unable to respond to existing chats, start new ones or use the messaging app’s WhatsApp web service.

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Athletes and federations face Olympic doping bans, says IOC chief

PARIS: International Olympic Committee president (IOC) Thomas Bach said Wednesday that athletes and federations face life bans from the Olympics as he warned that doping has hit “an unprecedented level of criminality”. The IOC leader also heightened pressure on Russia to clear up allegations of interference in testing at its doping laboratory during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. With 31...

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Proposal of sixth team in PSL 2017 turned down

LAHORE: The notion of six teams for the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been smacked down by the franchise owners. According to sources, despite Sethi's promise of an increase in profit share for next year's edition, the franchise owners declined the proposal. The franchises aim to open new revenue streams via merchandising and are concerned that the...

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Yasir Shah unlikely to tour England due to knee injury

ISLAMABAD: Leg-spinner Yasir Shah is unlikely to be selected for the tour of England, scheduled to begin in July, due to injury issues. A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said the board had stopped Yasir from joining the training camp currently underway at the Pakistan Military Academy Kakul. “Yasir has been suffering from a knee injury. He is feeling pain...

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Pakistan wins Men’s Asian squash title

HONG KONG: Pakistan on Sunday won Men’s 18th Asian Squash Championships beating Hong Kong by 2-0 in Chinese Taipi. Led by Farhan Zaman, Pakistan men’s team beat sop seed Hong Kong in 2-0, becoming Asian champion for the fourth consecutive time since 2010. Yesterday, Pakistan qualified for the final beating India by 2-1.

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Pakistan qualifies for Asian Squash Team Championships final

HONG KONG: Pakistan has qualified for the final of the 18th Asian Squash Team Championships beating India by 2-1 in Chinese Taipei. Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu defeated Farhan Mehboob, while Tayyab Aslam beat Kush Kumar. In the decider, Farhan Mehboob won against Velavan Senthilkumar. Pakistan will now face top seed Hong Kong in the final today (Sunday). APP

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