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  2. This picture obtained on the twitter account of Mike Vizdos and taken on December 17, 2017 shows passengers waiting in the terminal of the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta´s airport, the busiest in the world, was hit by a power outage on that caused hundreds of flights to be delayed or canceled. Photo: AFP2 WASHINGTON: The world's busiest airport, in the US city of Atlanta, said early Monday that power was back on after an outage left passengers in the dark and affected hundreds of flights. "Power has been restored on all concourses," the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said on its Twitter account, about 11 hours after first reporting an electrical disruption. Giving an idea of how many people were affected, the airport added: "5,000+ meals are being delivered to passengers." It did not indicate how long it might take to clear the backlog of flights but said it was offering affected passengers "free parking until 8:00 am," (1300 GMT) or for about eight hours after the lights came back on., which tracks air travel data, listed hundreds of flights as being delayed, cancelled or diverted since Sunday afternoon, but it also began to show several departures as scheduled for 6:00 am Monday. The Georgia Power company, in a statement, said: "power had been restored for all essential airport activities including all concourses and flight operations." It described the outage as "very rare." Although the exact cause is not yet known, Georgia Power said preliminary investigation suggested that a fire damaged cables and caused the power disruption. "No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time," the company said. Photos and videos from the airport showed people walking or sitting in crowded airport corridors, with windows only partially cutting through the gloom. Numerous aeroplanes could be seen parked on the airport tarmac. 'Thousands of stories' A woman said she was waiting in the security line when "they turned off the lights -- a few times they went off, and then finally they shut off completely." One passenger, Mike Vizdos, told AFP that he and other passengers got trapped on their aircraft because the power went out just as it reached the terminal gate after arriving from Costa Rica. "Sat on the plane for six hours and then cleared customs and immigration, Vizdos said, still hoping to reach his home in Richmond, Virginia the following day. "There are thousands of stories," he said. The airport earlier announced that it "sustained a power outage shortly after 1:00 pm today (Sunday)." That led the Federal Aviation Administration to place a "ground stop" on flights inbound for Atlanta, meaning they are held at the airports from which they were to depart. "The FAA Tower can operate normally, however, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working," it said on Twitter. Those stuck at the airport were predictably not amused. "I haven´t eaten since 8AM central," one user tweeted. Others said they were waiting on the tarmac: "Atlanta airport doesn´t have power. I´m trapped on the runway, I´m hungry, and slightly buzzed..... Send help!!!" Others said people were not being permitted to leave the airport, including a mother who tweeted: "My kid is trapped with the others at the Atlanta airport. No one is allowed to leave. Isn´t this kidnapping?"
  3. PARIS: From the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, to record hurricanes, here are the 12 key events which marked 2017: A year of Trump On January 20, Republican billionaire Donald Trump, 70, is inaugurated as the 45th US president, vowing to follow a policy based on "America first". Suspicions of collusion between his election campaign and Russia, however, dog the start of his term. Donald Trump sworn in as US president Through early morning tweets, Trump unpicks the achievements of his Democrat predecessor, Barack Obama. He pulls out of several international agreements: on climate, free trade, immigration and UNESCO. On December 6, in another break with his predecessors, Trump creates shockwaves around the world when he recognises Jerusalem as Israel´s capital. Brexit negotiations On March 29, London launches the process to leave the European Union, nine months after British voters opted to leave in a referendum. On June 8 Britain votes in a snap general election called by Prime Minister Theresa May in a bid to increase her slender parliamentary majority. But her Conservatives instead suffer a major setback and lose their majority. After months of negotiations, on December 8, Brussels and London reach a deal on Brexit divorce terms, opening the way to talks on their future relationship. France: political earthquake On May 7, pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron, 39, wins a resounding victory over far-right rival Marine Le Pen in France´s presidential election. Emmanuel Macron won presidential elections in France His new En Marche movement drives the two biggest parties - the Socialists and Republicans - out of the Elysee Palace for the first time. Middle East: boiling point On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies sever diplomatic ties with Qatar. In the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years, they accuse Doha of supporting "terrorists" and of being too close to Iran, Saudi Arabia´s regional rival. Then, on November 4, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announces from Saudi Arabia that he is resigning - before later doing a u-turn - citing Iran´s "grip" on Lebanon. In Yemen, Huthi rebels are also accused by Riyadh of receiving support from Iran and Lebanon´s Hezbollah. Venezuela: economic disaster On July 30, Venezuela´s Constituent Assembly -- whose legitimacy is disputed by the opposition and abroad -- is elected after four months of protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Enjoying wide-ranging powers, in early August it dismisses Attorney General Luisa Ortega, who has become one of Maduro´s top critics. Then it takes over the opposition-dominated congress. The country, devastated by plummeting oil prices, is considered as being in "selective default" by ratings agencies. North Korea: escalation On September 3, North Korea, which has upped its missile strikes, conducts its sixth and largest nuclear test. Kim Jong-Un said North Korea has completed its 'state nuclear force' On November 29 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un says that his reclusive country has completed its "state nuclear force" with the test of a long-range missile able to deliver a nuclear warhead anywhere in the United States. Washington threatens to "utterly destroy" the regime "if war comes". Myanmar´s Rohingyas: ´genocide´ On August 25, the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launches a crackdown on Rohingyas in the westernmost state Rakhine after militants from the stateless Muslim minority ambush security forces there. Nearly 650,000 Rohingyas find refuge in Bangladesh. Nearly 650,000 Rohingyas found refuge in Bangladesh after fleeing atrocities in Myanmar The UN and US denounce "ethnic cleansing", while the UN rights chief Zeid Ra´ad Al Hussein speaks of "elements of genocide". Catalonia: autonomy suspended On October 1, an independence referendum is held in Spain´s wealthy northeastern Catalonia region. The poll is deemed illegal by the central government. Madrid moves to assert control but Catalan lawmakers vote on October 27 to declare independence from Spain. Madrid reacts by calling new regional elections, while dismissing Catalonia´s government and suspending the region´s autonomy. Deposed regional president Carles Puigdemont, who has been charged with sedition and rebellion, takes refuge in Belgium. The Weinstein scandal On October 5, the New York Times publishes a bombshell investigative report accusing Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, 65, of sexual harassment over several decades. #MeToo campaign saw the downfall of several famous personalities Allegations of sexual misconduct have since been levelled at a long list of personalities in film, television, journalism and politics around the world. Zimbabwe: Mugabe falls On November 21, Zimbabwe´s veteran President Robert Mugabe, 93, resigns following a 37-year rule, after being abandoned by the military and his own party. He is driven out following a military takeover, over his sacking of Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice president, who goes on to succeed him. Daesh defeated, not wiped out Iraq on December 9 declares victory in its war to expel Daesh, but experts warn that militants remain a threat. In Syria the group has also lost most of the territory it had conquered. Around the world numerous deadly attacks, from Britain to Egypt, have been claimed or blamed on the group this year. Climate: record disasters The year, marked by Trump´s decision on June 1 to leave the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord, sees a series of natural disasters, including record-breaking hurricanes, earthquakes and devastating fires. The year is set to be one of the three warmest years ever recorded.
  4. Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan December 18 ,2017. Photo: REUTERS2 KABUL: Armed militants stormed an intelligence agency training facility in Kabul on Monday, officials said, triggering intense fighting with police in the latest attack to hit the Afghan capital. "Around 10:10 am, a group of armed attackers entered an under-construction building in (the) NDS training centre in (the) Afshar area of Kabul," interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP, referring to the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan´s spy agency. "The fighting is ongoing and we have also launched our operation." There were no immediate reports of any casualties. Nasrat Rahim, a deputy interior ministry spokesman, said the sound of large and small arms fire could be heard from the fighting. Roads to the area were closed and dozens of police and intelligence officers were blocking access to the public. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Previously both the Taliban and, increasingly, the Daesh group have carried out devastating attacks in Kabul. In November, a suicide attacker blew himself up outside a political gathering in Kabul, killing at least 14 people. The bombing was claimed by the Daesh group.
  5. ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasir Janjua said on Monday the United States of America is following Indian policy on the longstanding Kashmir dispute. Speaking at a National Security Policy Seminar, Janjua lamented that despite Pakistan giving the most human and economic sacrifices in the war against terrorism, the world has still not respected the vital role it has played. He said that Pakistan has defeated the heinous ambitions of its enemy as the insurgents in Balochistan are putting down their weapons and choosing to say ?Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan? (Long live Pakistan). Lt Gen (retd) Janjua said that the India is threatening Pakistan with a conventional war. The US has given India role in Afghanistan?s political process, giving New Delhi priority over Islamabad, and has opposed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he pointed out. ?Taliban are getting stronger in Afghanistan, and Pakistan has faced heavy human and economic loss in its war against terrorism but the US is blaming Pakistan for its own failure in Afghanistan,? the adviser remarked. He said that terrorism in Pakistan emerged after the country decided to support US and the West. The national security adviser said that in opposition to China and Russia, the US has disrupted balance of power in South Asia. ?Security in South Asia is under pressure,? he said.
  6. PM Abbasi addresses conference on climate change in Islamabad ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said Pakistan remains committed to playing its role in global efforts for tackling the issue of climate change. Addressing the Global Change Impact Studies Centre?s (GCISC) Climate Change Conference here earlier, PM Abbasi said Pakistan had ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015 and is following the principles therein to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent. The Prime Minister said climate change has become one of the biggest challenges for mankind today and has united the international community for action against its hazards. The three-day international conference on climate change is expected to attract more than 140 scientists from all over the world to present their latest research papers. More than 200 stakeholders from various groups, government officials, businessmen, civil society members, media persons, lawyers, parliamentarians and affected communities have registered themselves for participation in the conference to share their views and experiences. The event will provide an initial mapping of efforts being undertaken to alleviate the impacts of climate change, assessment of knowledge and capacity needs and priorities that better reflect the Pakistani development context, and a stimulating environment with the intention to yield innovative ideas and grounds for implementation. The moot will highlight the need for improved climate-related research and information for Pakistan, as well as help prepare policy recommendations to address climate change challenges affecting the country?s development, promote coordination among researchers and institutions working on different aspects of climate change in Pakistan, and facilitate their collaboration with international scientists and experts engaged in research activities. Pakistan is among the top ten most affected countries on the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI, 2016), and currently faces a number of climate-related challenges, including rising temperatures, unpredictable changes in precipitation patterns, increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, recurring droughts and floods, groundwater pollution, rising sea levels, potential for heightened conflicts over water rights between riparian regions, increased health risks due to changes in disease vectors, environmental degradation, especially of water-related ecosystems, declining agricultural productivity, and governance issues associated with these stresses.
  7. File photo ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has given the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) until December 27 to submit details of its intra-party elections. Hearing a petition filed by PTI's founding member Yousuf Ali, on alleged discrepancies in the party?s intra-party polls held earlier this year, the ECP has summoned details of results, candidates, and votes from the party. During the hearing earlier today, Chief Election Commissioner remarked that the PTI had not yet submitted any details of the intra-party polls. Ali, a former general secretary of the PTI?s Swabi chapter, had filed the petition before the ECP and asked the commission to declare the elections, held on June 12, null and void on the grounds that the polling process had violated the party?s constitution. The petitioner?s lawyer had told the ECP that the PTI had amended its constitution on May 13 and that the party had not completed the necessary legal formalities while amending the constitution. The lawyer had argued that the party?s constitution can only be changed if there is a two-thirds majority of the Central Executive Council supporting it. As per the amended constitution, 2.7 million voters had to decide between PTI Chairman Imran Khan or party leader Naik Muhammad Khan.
  8. ANCHORAGE: The elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in jail on Sunday, facing assault and burglary charges in her home state of Alaska. Track Palin, 28, appeared in state court in Palmer, Alaska, earlier in the day, on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanour assault and criminal mischief charges, court records showed. All the charges involved domestic violence, the records indicated. It is not clear whether he entered a plea to the charges. His legal troubles have prompted his mother in the past to question the support available for military veterans like her son who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress. ?Given the nature of actions addressed last night by law enforcement and the charges involved, the Palins are unable to comment further,? the family?s attorney, John Tiemessen, said in a statement on Sunday. ?They ask that the family?s privacy is respected during this challenging situation just as others dealing with a struggling family member would also request.? Court records did not indicate whether an attorney had been appointed for Track Palin, and Reuters was unable to reach an attorney who has represented him in the past. After his arrest on Saturday, he remained in custody at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer on Sunday afternoon, Megan Edge, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Corrections, said by telephone. In 2016, he faced several charges related to domestic violence, including using a weapon while intoxicated, court records show. The case was resolved in a special veterans? court, with a conviction on a misconduct charge. His involvement in a booze-fueled brawl at a family gathering in 2014 also drew wide attention. Authorities did not file criminal charges in the incident. Sarah Palin, a former governor of Alaska, rose to national prominence after being selected as U.S. Senator John McCain?s running mate in his failed 2008 presidential bid against Democrat Barack Obama.
  9. Absar Alam. Photo:File LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday nullified the appointment of Absar Alam as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA). Justice Shahid Karim announced the decision on the petition filed by a citizen, Munir Ahmed, who had challenged senior journalist Alam's appointment as PEMRA chief. On Nov 29, the court had reserved the verdict on the petition challenging the appointment. The petitioner had maintained that Alam did not fulfill the criteria of being the chief of PEMRA, and is misusing his position by pursuing the agenda of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, adding that the judgments of the Supreme Court barred contractual appointments on permanent posts, whereas the appointment of Absar Alam was made as acting chairman of PEMRA. Earlier, counsel for the petitioner had informed the court that the advertisement in newspapers for the position had also been changed to help Absar Alam meet the requirement of being appointed as the PEMRA chairman. The court will give its detailed judgment on the case later.
  10. A child being administered with polio drops/File QUETTA: A three-day anti-polio campaign in 20 districts of Balochistan kicked off from Monday, said Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Balochistan Coordinator Syed Faisal Ahmed. He said during the campaign more than 17,75,614 children will be administered polio vaccine. Security arrangements for the campaign have been completed. During the campaign, around 6,761 teams will be in the field with 5,934 mobile teams, 480 fixed sites and 364 transit points, he said. The campaign will start in these districts: Quetta, Pishin, Killa Abdullah, Barkhan, Chagai, Jafarabad, Kila Saifulah, Loralai, Duki, Musa Kheel, Naseerabad, Zhob, sheerani, Jhal Magsi, Khuzdar, Lasbella, Mastung, Noshki, Dera Bugti and Sohbat Pur. Fool-proof security arrangements with the deployment of Balochistan Levies, police and frontier corps personnel have been made. The polio virus is still present in our environment as per environmental samples report, and we are worried that the virus could affect any child anytime especially those who have less immunity against the disease, the official said, adding that it is the responsibility of the parents to cooperate with the polio workers administering polio drops to their children. He said the support received and steps carried out by the Balochistan government are satisfactory. Second polio case in three months confirmed in Karachi Five-month-old infant latest victim of the virus Syed Faisal Ahmed added that the role of parents in the polio campaign is crucial and the role of civil society and religious clerics is also important. He also asked media to play its role for the success of the polio campaign. Around seven polio cases have been reported in the country this year, where one case was from Chaman of district Killa Abdullah and one from Zhob.
  11. 'Bash brothers' Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn at a moment during Brisbane Heat match/File SYDNEY: Australia´s high-octane Big Bash League launches its seventh season on Tuesday with the whiz-bang Twenty20 cricket league looking to build on attendance and television ratings successes, with Perth Scorchers favourites to win another crown. More than one million people went to BBL matches last season with average crowds topping 30,000. While it trails the Indian Premier League (IPL) in overall attendance and financial clout, officials claim it was the fifth-biggest league in the world last season in terms of people turning up to watch. Big Bash head Kim McConnie said Cricket Australia had even higher expectations for the fast-paced, family-friendly competition that sold out 35 matches last year. There will be eight more fixtures, up to 43, and four new venues around the country. "We believe this is going to be one of the most exciting BBL seasons to date," said McConnie, just two months into her job as the new BBL chief. "Sport is entertainment. So what we´re seeing, even from a cricket purist who loves to watch the Big Bash because they love the competition, they also like the entertainment and the fact they can bring their kids. "They want to be entertained and make sure they´re getting more for their dollar." In glitzy style, BBL has led the way with LED stumps and bails flashing on impact. They also have helmet cameras on batsmen and in recent seasons players have been worn microphones to talk to commentators during play. Former England captain Kevin Pietersen got himself into trouble last season when he was charged and fined for criticising an umpire´s decision while wearing a microphone on-field. Explosive hitters Reigning champions Perth Scorchers are hot favourites for their fourth crown, while Melbourne Stars, featuring polarising batsman Pietersen, are chasing their elusive first title after several years of near misses. The Scorchers have maintained the bulk of their squad from last year´s triumphant season and are likely to again contend for glory with coach Justin Langer again at the helm and English allrounder David Willey as their overseas import. Crowd during a match Brisbane Heat, who finished second in the regular competition last season, possesses two explosive hitters with local Chris Lynn, who leads the BBL´s six tally with 94, and retired New Zealand star Brendon McCullum. The Sydney Sixers, crushed by the Scorchers in last season´s final, again have big-hitting Englishman Jason Roy as their overseas player along with Test bowlers Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon. Skipper Aaron Finch leads the under-performing Melbourne Renegades, who have boom-hitting West Indian Kieran Pollard on their books. Pollard will miss the first seven games of the tournament due to international commitments and Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi fills his place. Sydney Thunder have former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson backing up for another season aged 36, while overseas import Jos Buttler has the three quickest ODI centuries for England, including a 46-ball effort against Pakistan. The Thunder only have Buttler´s services for the opening six matches when he leaves for international duty. The other two franchises in the eight-team BBL are the Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers. The final takes place on February 4.
  12. Are you tired of friends? non-stop vacation photos popping up on your news feed? Annoyed with people constantly talking about an upcoming get-together? Well, have no fear as Facebook is here to help you. Facebook rolled out a new ?snooze? feature which allows users to unfollow friends, pages or groups for 24 hours, seven days or 30 days, according to Tech Crunch. The new feature can serve as a way to dial down the content you don?t want to see. Photo: Tech Crunch The new feature can serve as a way to dial down the content you don?t want to see, without having to fully unfollow or unfriend someone. Snooze joins a series of other content controls for News Feed, like Unfollow, Hide, Report and See First, which give people more ways to customise their experience on Facebook.
  13. Ishaq Dar/File photo ISLAMABAD: The accountability court resumed hearing of the National Accountability Bureau?s (NAB) assets reference case against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Ishaq Dar on Monday. Two witnesses in the case, private bank officer Faisal Shahzad and Director National Assembly Sher Dil Khan, recorded their statements before the court. Witness Faisal Shahzad also submitted details of bank accounts of Dar's wife in the court. The court has sought a report pertaining to confiscation of properties of Dar and his guarantors from NAB. On Thursday, NAB decided to issue a red notice for Dar to bring him back to Pakistan with the help of the Interpol. The PML-N leader is currently receiving medical treatment in London. According to a notification issued by the accountability department, Dar is suffering from no such ailment that cannot be treated in Pakistan. Dar is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. NAB to use Interpol to bring Ishaq Dar back to Pakistan A red notice will be issued for Dar, a NAB notification says A reference against the former finance minister was filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. Dar had been earlier declared a proclaimed offender by the accountability court due to his continuous absence from the proceedings. On November 23, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accepted Dar?s request to be relieved of his duties as finance minister. He was relieved of his three roles, including his portfolio in the finance ministry, and was informed of the decision.
  14. The scene after Mitchell Starc shattered James Vince's off stump from around the wicket, Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day, December 17, 2017/Getty Images Australian pacer Mitchell Starc delivered a thunderbolt outswinger to dismiss England?s James Vince on day four of the third Ashes Test in Perth on Sunday. It was so freakishly unplayable that it went viral within minutes, leading some to hail it as the ?ball of the 21st century?. In case you missed it or just want to watch it again, here?s a clip of the wonder delivery: Can?t believe it? See it again, in all its glorious detail: In fact, it was so good that Vince said he would get out every time he played that ball. The cricket fraternity went crazy over the outswinger. ?That?s called a JAFFA!...? an excited Wasim Akram tweeted in nostalgia. ?Is this the ball of the 21st century?? spin wizard Shane Warne asked. "You won't find many players in world cricket who can keep this out..." "Absolute seed," quipped former pacer Mitchell Johnson. Former fast bowler Jason Gillespie had something to say: "...Bradman's not touching that either..." A GIF summed it up quite well.
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  16. CCTV screengrab QUETTA: A new CCTV footage of Sunday?s terrorist attack on Bethel Memorial Church in Quetta shows how the suicide bombers stormed into the church?s premises and how security personnel foiled their nefarious plot due to timely action. In the footage obtained by Geo News, two suicide bombers can be seen trying to jump over the walls of the church premises. One of the terrorists jumped inside first, and opened the gate for the other bomber. However, a security guard sprung into action and shot one of the bombers, rendering him incapable of proceeding with his plot. [embed_video1 url= style=center] Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured in the terrorist attack, which was carried out when Sunday?s services were underway at the church. According to officials, the two suicide bombers were between the ages of 16 and 20. The suicide jacket which was defused contained 15 kilogrammes of explosive material. Balochistan Inspector General Police (IGP) Moazzam Ansari confirmed to media that 400 people were present inside the church at the time of the attack and a major tragedy was avoided due to the quick response of security forces. Nine killed in terrorist attack on church in Quetta Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, located on Zarghoon Road, was targetted in attack Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri has ordered a report pertaining to the attack from IGP Balochistan. Meanwhile, authorities have registered a case against ?unknown terrorists?. DNA samples of the two terrorists have been obtained in a bid to identify them. Quetta Bar Association has announced boycott of all court proceedings today to protest against the attack.
  17. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Leader Maryam Nawaz has been named among the top 11 powerful women of the world. Photo; file KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz has been named among the top 11 powerful women of the world in a 2017 ranking issued by a US publication. The New York Times list, titled ?11 Powerful Women We Met Around the World in 2017?, sought to detail the lives of people across the world who have ?led interesting lives and done extraordinary things, or perhaps recently gone through a remarkable experience.? Maryam?s description reads: ?She had recently emerged as the right hand of her father, the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. But corruption charges are clouding her rapid rise.? Moreover, the accompanying article on former premier?s daughter mentions that she rose to political prominence after helping run her father?s re-election campaign in 2013. ?Since then, she has managed to sideline her cousin Hamza Shehbaz, long considered a potential standard-bearer, who is now conspicuous by his absence from rallies and party meetings,? the article adds. Her notable achievements include cementing her mother?s victory in the crucial NA-120 by-elections. NA-120 was vacated after Nawaz Sharif stepped down as the prime minister after Supreme Court disqualified him. Other women named in the list include Saudi-activist Manal al-Sharif, world?s oldest woman Emma Morano, Sweden?s Proponent of ?Feminist Foreign Policy? Margot Wallstrom, Henda Ayari, Olive Yang, Asli Erdogan, Letizia Battaglia, Sinta Nuriyah, Alice Schwarzer, and Yu Xiuhua.
  18. Leaf blowers being used to dry the pitch/Getty Images and Cricket Australia PERTH: Rain and a wet pitch stalled Australia´s push for victory on the final day of the third Ashes Test in Perth on Monday. Showers caused play to be abandoned early on the fourth day and they continued through to Monday morning, forcing a scheduled early resumption to be cancelled. Australia need just six more wickets to win the match and regain the Ashes. Steven Smith walks past a hardworking set of groundstaff, Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 5th day, December 18, 2017/Getty Images Complicating matters further was a damp spot on the pitch, just outside the popping crease at the southern end, with WACA ground staff working furiously with leaf blowers to try to dry it out. It was unclear how the water got through the covers onto the pitch, although there was some suggestion it happened when strong winds lifted them up. Match officials were confident the problem would be resolved once the rain stopped, but no time had been set for the resumption.
  19. Ishaq Dar/File photo ISLAMABAD: The accountability court will resume hearing of the National Accountability Bureau?s (NAB) assets reference case against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Ishaq Dar on Monday (today). The court has sought a report pertaining to confiscation of properties of Dar and his guarantors from NAB. On Thursday, NAB decided to issue a red notice for Dar to bring him back to Pakistan with the help of the Interpol. The PML-N leader is currently receiving medical treatment in London. According to a notification issued by the accountability department, Dar is suffering from no such ailment that cannot be treated in Pakistan. Dar is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. NAB to use Interpol to bring Ishaq Dar back to Pakistan A red notice will be issued for Dar, a NAB notification says A reference against the former finance minister was filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. Dar had been earlier declared a proclaimed offender by the accountability court due to his continuous absence from the proceedings. On November 23, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accepted Dar?s request to be relieved of his duties as finance minister. He was relieved of his three roles, including his portfolio in the finance ministry, and was informed of the decision.
  20. The world knows Shah Rukh Khan for his skills as an actor. But there's another thing that he deserves more credit for and that is for him being a doting father. Despite being a superstar who probably has no time on his hands, SRK has always made sure to be there for his kids and has proved time and again, that he wouldn't miss their important events for anything in the world. The bond that he shares with his kids and especially with his youngest son, AbRam is visible in a lot of videos that have previously gone viral over the internet. Like this one, where SRK and AbRam have a discussion about his thumb being hurt in the most adorable way! And again, we have another clip that is doing the rounds on the internet. But this time it is about AbRam making his daddy proud. Dhirubhai Ambani International School is where AbRam and Aishwarya-Abhishek's daughter Aaradhya Bachchan study and quite expectedly, their Annual Day event saw their parents in attendance. But it was AbRam who stole the show when he danced to SRK's song 'Yeh Tara Woh Tara' from his movie 'Swades'. Have a look: AbRam performing on the song "Ye Taara Wo Taara" from the movie Swades Aww he is looking cute as hell!! â¤â¤ @iamsrk @gaurikhan @suhanakhan2 @___aryan___ A post shared by ~ SRK's Fan Girl ð« ~ (@srk_cherish) on Dec 17, 2017 at 5:45am PST Like the doting parents that they are, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan accompanied by their daughter Suhana Khan could be seen in the crowd standing and having a gala time and beaming with pride as they watch AbRam perform. @iamsrk ð #abishekbachchan #aishwaryaraibachchan #suhanakhan #abramkhan â¤â¤ A post shared by â¡SHAH RUKH KHANâ¡ (@shahrukhkhaanfp) on Dec 17, 2017 at 11:41am PST All of this made SRK nostalgic as the Shehanshah of Bollywod took to social media to post some pictures of the event with the caption, “Spectacular DAIS Annual Day. God Bless u Nita Ambani for loving the kids. Made me nostalgic when to act was not important just trying was.” Spectacular DAIS Annual Day. God Bless u Nita Ambani for loving the kids. Made me nostalgic when to act was not important just trying was.. A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Dec 16, 2017 at 9:17am PST On the work front, SRK is currently working on Anand L Rai's untitled project in which he will be seen alongside Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.
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  22. Rupert Grint's recent confession has hit Potterheads like an iron saucepan on the face. It is indeed tragic to hear our very own Ron Weasley say that he can't enjoy the 'Harry Potter' movies anymore. via GIPHY Now, before you fly off the handle and start setting things on fire, this is why he said what he said. It may come to you as shocking, but the man has a good reason. via GIPHY “I think being in things ruins them for me. I can't enjoy Harry Potter anymore, not as a fan — it's just not the same,” Grint said this in an interview with British magazine Radio Times. © pottermore Now don't hate me for saying this, but I actually see his point. Being a fan about something where the source material is your own face can be weird. Honestly, haven't you had moments when you hear your own voice in recordings and go like “holy shit! Is that what I sound like?”. Rupert has been branded as 'Ron', probably for the rest of his life thanks to the eight movie-series, and that surely must be grating him. © pottermore We have seen Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson practically grow up before our eyes through the 'Harry Potter' movies. Can you imagine having your awkward teenage years documented perfectly and having to look at it again and again and again? Yes, nightmare. via GIPHY Back in 2014, Radcliffe had said something similar to the Daily Mail. “It's hard to watch a film like Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince, because I'm just not very good in it. I hate it. My acting is very one note and I can see I got complacent and what I was trying to do just didn't come across.” via GIPHY Anyway, those you who are still freaking out thinking Grint just wants to sever ties with all things related to the HP series, breathe. He has no plans of doing so and even said that the movies were a “unique and incredible” part of his life. © pottermore “I think it'll always be with me. I had a weird relationship with that character because after that we kind of merged into the same person. I find it very hard to separate where I end and Ron begins.” Grint told the Daily Mail earlier this year. via GIPHY You should also know that Grint still absolutely loves his fans and if you ever see him, you can walk up to him and ask for a selfie nicely and he is most likely to oblige. But, he WILL get pissed if you do this. “I hate it when people take pictures without asking.” Now please someone plan a reunion of the HP cast already! via GIPHY
  23. Dykes had described herself on a LinkedIn page as a Programme and Policy Manager with the Department for International Development. ? The Daily Mirror BEIRUT/LONDON: A female British embassy worker has been found strangled near a highway outside Beirut, a Lebanese security source said on Sunday. The British foreign ministry provided a statement by the family of the woman, Rebecca Dykes, but gave no details of the circumstances of her death. ?We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened,? the family said. Britain?s ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, tweeted: ?The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news.? Lebanon?s Internal Security Forces said on Saturday that the body of a woman who had been strangled had been found by a highway outside Beirut. A Lebanese security source named the woman on Sunday as Rebecca Dykes. Dykes, who worked at the British embassy, had described herself on a LinkedIn page as a Programme and Policy Manager with the Department for International Development - a position she had held since January. Dykes had previously worked in London on diplomatic programs related to Iraq and Libya, the LinkedIn page said.
  24. Former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka announced on Sunday that he is retiring from football. The devout 35-year old Brazilian wrote on Twitter: ?It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I?m now ready for the next journey. In Jesus name. Amen.? Kaka announced this year he would not extend his contract with Orlando City but he opened the door to a possible return to Milan, the club where he made his name. ?I would like to participate in the club in another way, as a manager, a sporting director, as someone who is between the pitch and the club,? he said in a farewell interview with Globo TV in Brazil. ?I prepared very hard to be a professional footballer and I want to prepare for this new role.? He said Milan, with whom he won the Champions League in 2007, had offered him a role but did not specify the exact nature of the job or say if he would accept it. Milan and his first team Sao Paulo both offered him a playing contract to extend his career, but Kaka, who was in Brazil?s World Cup-winning squad in 2002 and was the last Brazilian to be voted world player of the year in 2007, said the time was right to call it a day.
  25. The New Year is almost here and for some or the other reason, people across the globe are more than happy to bid goodbye to 2017. The year hasn't exactly proved to be the best one for a variety of reasons and of course, hopes for 2018 are high. And in case you are a superhero movie fan, we can assure you that 2018 might as well be your favorite year. Recently, the number of superhero movies hitting the theatres has increased manifold and 2018 would not be an exception. In fact, the year is going to be all about capes and some stunning action sequences. via GIPHY Since keeping up with the endless number of films can be hard, we suggest you keep your calendars open to mark the dates. Here's a handy guide to all of the superhero films releasing next year: 1. Black Panther- February 16, 2018 © Marvel Black Panther had already made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 'Captain America: Civil War', where T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) was coming to terms with the decision of becoming king after the death of his father. And now, in the upcoming movie we'd get to see the challenges and threats that T'Challa faces as the new leader, specifically from Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) — a Wakandan outcast who wants to overthrow T'Challa. 2. New Mutants- April 13, 2018 © 20th Century Fox It isn't exactly as vivid and flashy like a superhero movie. In fact, it's more horror than superhero. The movie is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name and is intended to be the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series. The Marvel's comics were about a younger generation of 'gifted' students coming together at a school for the first time while the film is set largely in an eerie asylum where young mutants are kept in cells and observed for study. 3. Avengers: Infinity War- May 4, 2018 © Marvel Easily the biggest of all superhero movies of 2018, Infinity War will continue after the events of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', and 'Captain America: Civil War'. The Avengers are still torn apart from the events of Civil War, but they must join their forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to defeat the powerful Thanos before he brings the universe to an end. 4. Deadpool 2- June 1, 2018 The untitled sequel movie has been given a release date but weirdly no other information has come to light yet. And the absolutely absurd teaser and video description did not help us either. Here's what 20th Century Fox gave us in the name of the plot of the film: “After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.” 5. The Incredibles 2- June 1, 2018 © Pixar If you say that the kid inside you didn't squeal on seeing the teaser of 'The Incredibles 2', you are lying. Although by next year, it'd be 14 years since the first part was released, what's important is that we finally have a second installment. In an interview, John Lasseter, Pixar's chief creative officer said that the film will begin “a minute” after the events of the first film that is when The Incredibles encountered a villain called The Underminer. “It starts with the Underminer and a big old set piece,” he said. “You know that at the end of the first movie when he comes up and you see the family dressed as superheroes? Well that's where start this movie.” 6. Ant-Man and The Wasp- July 6, 2018 © Marvel Set after the events of 'Captain America: Civil War', the movie would revolve around Scott Lang trying to balance his life as a father and being Ant-Man. He is soon presented with a new mission requiring him to team up with Hope Van Dyne as the Wasp. A small video showing the movie in production was released by Marvel: 7. Venom- October 5, 2018 With no poster or teasers, Venom is still a mystery for us. But we do know it is coming out in October next year. The movie will have Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a photographer who becomes infected by an alien lifeform and turns into a half-human, half-alien Villain-Venom who he sees Spider-Man as his enemy. 8. X Men: Dark Phoenix- November 2, 2018 © 20th Century Fox Jean Grey was seen struggling with some dark powers at the end of Apocalypse, and now those will arrive full throttle and transform her into the Dark Phoenix, while the X-men would go to any lengths to save her, even if it breaks them apart. 9. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse- December 21, 2018 For all the animation fans out there, you are in for a treat as Sony Pictures has got your back with an animated film featuring your favorite Spidey. But the film would feature Miles Morales, rather than Peter Parker. Miles Morales is another popular version of the character and just like Peter, he too was bitten by a radioactive spider and developed superpowers, and became Spiderman. 10. Aquaman- December 21, 2018 Last but definitely not the least. Jason Momoa playing Aquaman, the superhero with the ability to harness the power of the ocean is just what we need. © DC Comics Arthur Curry (Jason) learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and must take steps in the direction of leading his people and to come out as a hero. As of now, these are the only superhero movies with confirmed release dates. But who'd say no to more? Definitely not us.
  26. An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on January 15, 2016. ? Reuters FILE LONDON: Iranian state television broadcast on Sunday what it described as the confessions of an Iranian academic with Swedish residency who it said had provided information to Israel to help it assassinate several senior nuclear scientists. His wife, speaking by telephone from Stockholm, said he had been forced by his interrogators to read the confession. Iran?s Supreme Court upheld last week a death sentence against Ahmadreza Djalali, a doctor and lecturer at the Karolinska Institute, a Stockholm medical university. Djalali was arrested in Iran in April 2016 and later convicted of espionage. He denied the charges. In the television report, Djalali was linked to the assassination of four Iranian scientists between 2010 and 2012 that Tehran said was an Israeli attempt to sabotage its nuclear energy program. Djalali said in the report that he had given the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad information about key nuclear scientists. ?They were showing me pictures of some people or satellite photos of nuclear facilities and were asking me to give them information about that,? Djalali said in the television report. Vida Mehrannia, Djalali?s wife, said her husband had been forced to read a pre-agreed confession in front of the camera. ?After three months in solitary confinement, his interrogators told him that he would be released only if he reads from a text in front of the camera,? she told Reuters by telephone from Stockholm. ?My husband told me that they shouted at him each time he was saying something different from the text and stopped the filming,? Mehrannia added. Death sentence criticised The film said Djalali had agreed to cooperate with Israel in return for money and residency of a European country. ?We have not received money from anyone and our lifestyle shows that. We don?t have a house or a car. We got our Swedish residency after finishing our studies here,? Mehrannia said. The film also contained interviews with Majid Jamali Fashi, an Iranian athlete who was hanged in 2012 over the killings of the nuclear scientists. Djalali is the second person found guilty in the same case. ?Djalali did not have any sensitive information about Iran?s nuclear program. If he had, he would have been barred from leaving the country,? Mehrannia said. Sweden has condemned the death verdict against Djalali and said it had raised the matter with Iranian envoys in Stockholm and Tehran. Seventy-five Nobel prize laureates petitioned Iranian authorities last month to release Djalali so he could ?continue his scholarly work for the benefit of mankind?. They said Djalali has suggested it was his refusal to work for Iranian intelligence services that led to this ?unfair, flawed trial.? The United Nations and international human rights organisations regularly list Iran as a country with one of the world?s highest execution rates. Iran?s Revolutionary Guards have arrested at least 30 dual nationals during the past two years, mostly on spying charges.
  27. AC Milan?s miserable season hit a new low when they slumped to a 3-0 loss at struggling Verona in Serie A on Sunday, two days after UEFA expressed concern over the club?s financial situation. Juventus had no such problems as they won 3-0 at Bologna to overhaul Inter Milan and go second, one point behind leaders Napoli who won 3-1 at Torino on Saturday. Antonio Caracciolo, Moise Kean and Daniel Bessa scored for Verona who are 17th in the table and had previously won only two league games this season. Milan?s bad day was completed when Suso was sent off in the last minute. Milan, who beat Verona by the same score in a Coppa Italia match four days ago, have managed one win, one draw and one defeat in their three games league since former midfielder Gennaro Gattuso was appointed as coach. Seven-times European champions Milan, under Chinese ownership since April, spent over 200 million euros in the last transfer window in an attempt to re-establish themselves as a force in Serie A. The defeat came two days after UEFA had rejected Milan?s request for a voluntary agreement that would have temporarily exempted the club from European football?s breakeven rule known as Financial Fair Play. UEFA said there were ?still uncertainties in relation to the financing of the loans to be paid back in October 2018 and the financial guarantees provided by the main shareholder?. Caracciolo was given far too much freedom by the Milan defence as he headed in from Romulo?s corner in the 24th minute, the ball hitting the bar and going in off goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Kean scored the second after Bessa pulled the ball back 10 minutes after halftime and Bessa added the third in the 77th minute, stroking the ball home from Romulo?s pass after the Brazilian burst down the right unchallenged. Suso was sent off for kicking Daniele Verde, who was on the ground, in a decision made with the help of the video replay. Miralem Pjanic put Juventus ahead against Bologna in the 27th minute when he curled a free kick over the wall and into the top corner at the near post. The Bosnian also set up Mario Mandzukic for the second nine minutes later and Blaise Matuidi completed the scoring with a half-volley from the edge of the area in the second half, the Frenchman?s first goal for the club. Juventus have 41 points, one more than Inter who lost their unbeaten record in a 3-1 home defeat by Udinese on Saturday. Fiorentina missed a chance to go above Milan when they were held 0-0 at home by Genoa. An early goal by Arlind Ajeti gave Crotone a 1-0 win over Chievo, their first under Walter Zenga, to end a run of four successive league defeats. Sassuolo snatched a last-minute win at Sampdoria through Alessandro Matri, seven minutes after team mate Matteo Politano had a penalty saved by Samp goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.
  28. Billionaire Sebastian Pinera will return to power as Chile's president next year, according to near-complete results from a runoff election held Sunday. Electoral authorities said the 68-year-old conservative, who previously led the South American nation from 2010-2014, had 55 percent of the vote with 98 percent of ballots counted. His leftist rival Alejandro Guillier, a 64-year-old TV presenter turned senator who ran as an independent backed by outgoing center-left President Michelle Bachelet, recognized his own "tough defeat" after receiving 45 percent. Pinera will lead the South American nation -- the world's top copper producer -- for four years starting in March. He will once again take over from Bachelet, who was barred by the constitution from running for re-election. Bachelet and Pinera have tag-teamed the presidency since Bachelet first took office in 2006. Since then, they have alternated in power, switching Chile's politics between center-left and center-right each time. Pinera supporters were gathered outside his election headquarters in anticipation of his victory speech. - Uncertain race - The outcome of the runoff had been far from certain after Pinera scored a much lower than expected 37 percent in the first round of the election held November 19. Analysts had speculated that Guillier could bolster his 22 percent from that round by getting votes from other leftist candidates who were defeated. But in the end, most voters appeared to come down in favor of the experience of Pinera, who is worth some $2.7 billion and painted himself as a safe pair of hands for Latin America's fifth-biggest economy. Voting had taken place under a somber cloud Sunday, following the deaths of five people and the disappearance of 18 more in a mudslide in the country's south. Both candidates had projected confidence, with Pinera stating as he cast his ballot: "I have the firm conviction that we are going to win these elections and that better times are going to come for all Chilean households." With no recent reliable voter surveys in the weeks before Sunday's runoff, however, the outcome had been seen as wide open. Marco Moreno, of Central University, had called it "the most uncertain election since the return of democracy" after the end of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in 1990. - Lower growth - Although copper exports, which contribute greatly to Chile's wealth, are increasing thanks to demand from China and from the burgeoning manufacture of electric cars, the country is struggling relative to previous years. Its GDP is forecast to expand a modest 1.4 percent this year, the slowest pace in eight years. Forecasts suggest it will grow 2.8 percent next year. Pinera and Guillier also promised to expand free university tuition brought in under Bachelet -- a measure with historical resonance in Chile because paid tuition was introduced under Pinochet's 1973-1990 rule. For Pinera, the vow was a U-turn, contradicting an earlier statement he had made that "free things mean less commitment."
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