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Unhygienic conditions: Sindh Food Authority seals famous bakery in Karachi

KARACHI: Sindh Food Authority (SFA) on Tuesday launched crackdown against restaurants and a bakery in Gurumandir area of the metropolis and sealed the 'Blue Ribbon' Bakery after having found unhygienic conditions and substandard food items, Newsone reported. The SFA conducted these raids as part of its drive for provision of quality food to the citizens of the metropolis. During the...

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IS frees hundreds of abducted civilians in north Syria

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group has freed hundreds of civilians used by the jihadists as human shields while retreating in northern Syrian, US-backed forces and a monitor said Saturday. A source from the Syrian Democratic Forces, which pushed IS from the city of Manbij this week with the aid of US-led air strikes, told AFP that some civilians taken by...

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I’m ready to retire, says Phelps

No means no. No amount of cajoling, arm-twisting and pleading by his team mates and swimming fans around the world will make Michael Phelps change his mind about retiring after the Rio Olympics. The great American swimmer made that abundantly clear on Friday after winning the 27th Olympic medal of his career, a three-way dead-heat silver in the men's 100...

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Rio Olympics: World record and gold for Iran’s Rostami

RIO DE JANEIRO: Kianoush Rostami broke his own world record to win gold in the men's 85kg weightlifting at the Rio Olympics on Friday and clinch Iran's first medal of the Games, before promising it would not be the last. Rostami, 25, a bronze medallist in the same category in London four years ago, made 217kg with his final clean...

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Rio Olympics: Ervin wins gold 16 years after his first

RIO DE JANEIRO: Anthony Ervin of the United States reclaimed the mantle of fastest man in the water on Friday by taking the Olympic 50 meters freestyle gold medal 16 years after he first won it, and by the slimmest of margins. "I kind of laughed. It's almost absurd I was able to do it again," said Ervin of his...

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Rio Olympics: Ledecky wins women’s 800m freestyle swimming gold

RIO DE JANEIRO: Katie Ledecky of the United States finally succumbed to her emotions on the podium after destroying the field in the 800 meters freestyle on Friday and smashing her own world record to complete a rare Olympic swimming treble. Ledecky led from the start and inexorably stretched out the gap over her opponents to finish in eight minutes,...

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400-year-old shark is the longest-living vertebrate

WASHINGTON DC: The Greenland shark, up to about 18 feet (5.5 meters) long, is among the largest carnivorous sharks. Nielsen, a University of Copenhagen doctoral student who led the study published in the journal Science, said the findings should bring this shark much-deserved respect. “This species is completely overlooked, and only a few scientists in the world are working with...

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Messi rejoins Argentina for ‘love’ of country

BUENOS AIRES: Star striker Lionel Messi will return to play for the Argentine national football team for 'love' of his country, despite earlier vowing to retire in frustration, he said on Friday. Argentina´s new coach Edgardo Bauza promptly named him to the squad for two looming qualifying games for the 2018 World Cup. It was heartening news for the country´s...

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IS regional leader killed in U.S.-Afghan operation: Afghan ambassador

Top regional leader of Daesh or Islamic State group, Hafiz Saeed Khan, has been killed in a joint U.S.-Afghan operation, Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal said on Friday. "I can confirm that the Daesh leader, Hafiz Saeed Khan, has been killed," Ambassador Zakhilwal told Pakistani Pashto-language "Mashriq" television in an interview. The interview will be on air on Sunday,...

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Egyptian judoka refuses to shake Israeli opponent’s hand

RIO DE JANEIRO: Middle Eastern politics spilled onto the judo mat Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when Islam El Shehaby of Egypt refused to shake hands with his winning opponent, Or Sasson of Israel. El Shehaby, an ultraconservative Salafi, had come under pressure before the games from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt to withdraw from the first-round...

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Khursheed Shah will respond to Nisar’s outburst in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said that he would respond to the allegations of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali in the Parliament on Monday. Reacting to Nisar’s press conference on Friday, Shah said that the interior minister was to blame for the prevailing security situation in the country. “Chaudhry Nisar doesn’t have the moral...

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Twitter releases emoji for Pakistan’s Independence Day

KARACHI: Social networking website, Twitter has released a special emoji for Pakistan's Independence Day. This is the first time ever that the social media giant has enabled a customised emoji for Pakistan's Independence Day. Emoji is a small digital icon or symbol which is released on special occasions and through which happiness or passionate feelings can be expressed. Emojis are...

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Aziz accuses NDS in Quetta’s Civil hospital blast

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz has said that Taliban splinter group, Jamaatul Ahrar had assistance of Afghanistan intelligence in carrying out suicide blast in Quetta’s Civil Hospital that killed 70 people. He said that coordination and cooperation between Indian Research and Analysis Wing and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Service is evident. Prime...

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Clashes as Afghan Taliban edge closer to Helmand capital

KANDAHAR: Fighting raged Thursday in Helmand after Afghanistan rushed military reinforcements to beat back Taliban insurgents advancing on the besieged capital of the southern poppy-growing province, as officials downplayed fears the city could fall. Afghan forces fought back insurgents after they stormed Nawa district, just south of Lashkar Gah city, late Wednesday, raising alarm that the provincial capital was at...

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Security Agencies detain six militants near Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: Intelligence agencies conducted a combing operation on Friday at Gujar Khan and Kallar Syedan. According to a statement by the Inter-service Public Relations (ISPR) six terrorists including two commanders have been arrested. Weapons and IEDs were recovered from them. Combing operations will be conducted till terrorists are arrested and their hideouts are eliminated, the ISPR said.

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Shah Rukh Khan detained again at Los Angeles airport

NEW DELHI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter Friday to express his annoyance at being detained by US airport immigration authorities for the third time, saying the experience "really, really sucks". The last time Khan, 50, was detained by immigration officials in New York in 2012, it sparked uproar among his Indian fans who accused the US of...

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Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi fails doping test at Rio Olympics

BEIJING: Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi has failed a doping test at the Rio Olympics, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday, citing the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA). She tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic, on Sunday, it said. On that day the 18-year-old came fourth in the women’s 100m butterfly final — just 0.09 seconds away from a place...

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