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  1. Britain's parliament was hit by a "sustained and determined" cyber attack on Saturday designed to identify weak email passwords, just over a month after a ransomware worm crippled parts of the country's health service. The House of Commons said it was working with the National Cyber Security Centre to defend parliament's network and was confident it had protected all accounts and systems. "Earlier this morning we discovered unusual activity and evidence of an attempted cyber-attack on our computer network," an email sent by parliamentary authorities to those people affected said. "Closer investigation by our team confirmed that hackers were carrying out a sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an attempt to identify weak passwords." Britain's National Health Service was hit by a massive global ransomware worm in May which crippled the computer system and forced some hospitals to turn away patients. The National Cyber Security Center is part of Britain's GCHQ spy agency, set up last year to tackle what the government believes is one of the biggest threats to British security. Chris Rennard, a member of the Liberal Democrat party in the upper House of Lords, was the first to draw attention to the problem, using Twitter to announce: "Cyber security attack on Westminster, Parliamentary emails may not work remotely, Text urgent messages." A spokeswoman for the House of Commons confirmed that unauthorized attempts had been made to access parliamentary accounts and said systems were in place to protect member and staff details. "As a precaution, we have temporarily restricted remote access to the network," she said. "As a result, some Members of Parliament and staff cannot access their email accounts outside of Westminster." Liam Fox, the minister for international trade, said the attack was not a surprise and should act as a warning to people across the country to the threat posed by cyber hackers. "We've seen reports in the last few days of even cabinet ministers' passwords being for sale online," he told broadcasters. "We know that our public services are attacked so it's not at all surprising that there should be an attempt to hack into parliamentary emails."
  2. Security forces found two groups of terrorists in Makkah and a third group in Jeddah: state TV DUBAI: Saudi security forces foiled an attack on the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Friday, state television Al-Ekhbariya and Al Arabiya TV reported. Al Arabiya said security forces had found two groups of terrorists in Makkah and a third group in the city of Jeddah. The foiled attack targetted worshipers at the mosque, it said. Neither Al Arabiya nor Al-Ekhbariya gave any further details.
  3. Photo: FILE. ? AFP CHICAGO: A police officer was stabbed at a Michigan airport early Wednesday, officials said, in what US authorities were reportedly investigating as a possible terror attack. A suspect was taken into custody following the attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, the airport posted on Facebook. NBC News reported that the suspect stabbed the officer multiple times and that the incident was being probed as a possible terrorist attack. "The police officer assaulted is in stable condition," the airport posted on Facebook. "The suspect is in custody and is currently being questioned." No passengers were harmed in the assault, according to the airport which remained close until further notice. Michigan State Police said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in charge of the scene, while the airport tweeted that local and state agencies were also on site. NBC cited law enforcement officials as saying the suspect was from Quebec and has a Canadian passport.
  4. Funeral prayers being offered for the martyred Pakistan Navy personnel. KARACHI: The funeral prayers of two Pakistan Navy personnel, Syed Hassan Raza (medical technician) and Khalil Murad (leading fireman) ? who were martyred on Monday ? were held on Tuesday. According to a press release, the personnel were martyred during a terrorist attack on a Pakistan Navy vehicle in Jiwani, Gwadar on Monday. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who was present at the funeral in Karachi, condemned the gory attack on the Pakistan Navy personnel and consoled the bereaved families. The naval chief expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the incident, saying that such heinous and cowardly acts cannot deter the national resolve of Pakistan Navy to stand against terrorism. The admiral added that the sacrifices of the martyred people for national defence and to root out terrorism from the country are highly praiseworthy. He maintained that handful of terrorists cannot succeed in their nefarious design of destabilising the country. The naval chief reiterated that Pakistan Navy, in collaboration with other law-enforcement agencies, is committed to eradicate the menace of terrorism in the country. The admiral prayed for eternal peace of the martyred souls and grant of courage to the bereaved families to bear the loss and prayed for the swift recovery of those injured. Two Pakistan Navy personnel martyred in Jiwani gun attack Three other personnel were injured in the attack. The naval chief also visited the injured personnel at PNS Shifa hospital in Karachi and also met families of the deceased and injured. Besides Pakistan Navy senior officials, personnel of sister services, relatives, friends and a large number of people also attended the funeral.
  5. People gather to attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque, close to the scene of a van attack in Finsbury Park, north London. Photo: AFP LONDON: Londoners bearing flowers and messages of solidarity gathered Monday at the spot where a man ploughed a van into Muslims leaving prayers at a mosque, the fourth terror strike in Britain in four months. Eleven people were injured in the attack, which took place early Monday near Finsbury Park mosque, north London, raising fears of retaliation against Muslims after recent assaults by extremists. One elderly man, who had collapsed just before the incident, was pronounced dead at the scene, but it is not yet known whether his death was directly linked to the van assault. Among the roughly 100 people at the vigil, some carried signs reading "United Against All Terror". "One of the things that all these terrorists share is a perverse ideology that wants to fuel division and divide our communities. We?re not going to let them," said Mayor Sadiq Khan, speaking after prayers at the Muslim Welfare House on Monday evening. Flowers were left at the scene where hours earlier the 47-year-old van driver was pinned down by locals and shielded from violence by an imam, before being detained by police. The driver was later arrested on suspicion of "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder", the police said. The suspect was identified by British media as Darren Osborne, a father of four who lived in the Welsh capital Cardiff. As police searched a property, five residents speaking to journalists from the Press Association news agency identified images of the arrested man as their neighbour, Osborne. Security Minister Ben Wallace told BBC radio that the suspect was "not known to us". Stepped-up police presence London police chief Cressida Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims" and promised a stepped-up police presence near mosques as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close. Witness Abdiqadir Warra told AFP the van "drove at people" and that some of the victims were carried for several metres along the road. "He was shouting: ?I want to kill all Muslims?," another witness, Khalid Amin, told BBC television. The Finsbury Park Mosque said the van "deliberately mowed down Muslim men and women leaving late evening prayers" at the mosque and the nearby Muslim Welfare House shortly after midnight. Eleven people were hurt, all Muslims, with nine requiring hospital treatment. Two were in a very serious condition, police said. One Algerian man was among those injured, the north African country said. Locals pinned down the driver and the imam of the Muslim Welfare House stepped in to stop him receiving a mob beating. France and Germany quickly condemned the attack. US President Donald Trump?s daughter Ivanka expressed solidarity with the worshippers in a tweet but her father has so far not commented. Community in shock Prime Minister Theresa May, who was heavily criticised for failing to meet survivors of a devastating fire in a London tower block last week, visited Finsbury Park Mosque where she met local faith leaders. May condemned the assault as "sickening", saying Britain?s determination to fight "terrorism, extremism and hatred... must be the same, whoever is responsible". The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with this month?s London Bridge attack. In that incident, three men slammed a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree -- an attack claimed by Daesh. In March London was hit with another car and knife rampage, that one near parliament. It was also claimed by Daesh. This time the attacker deliberately targeted Muslims, according to the police. After the London Bridge attack, the mayor?s office reported a 40-percent increase in racist incidents in the capital and a five-fold increase in anti-Muslim incidents. Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, described the attack as "cowardly". "Our community is in shock," he said, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant. ?Extraordinary city? It was the third major incident in the capital this month, after the London Bridge attack and last week?s devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower block, in which 79 people are thought to have died. "This is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people," May said outside Downing Street after chairing an emergency government meeting. "Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate." Last month, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a pop concert in Britain?s third city of Manchester, killing 22 people, many of them children. The Finsbury Park Mosque was once a notorious hub for radical extremists but has changed markedly in recent years under new management. Its former imam, Abu Hamza, was jailed for life in New York on terrorism charges in 2015. Despite the change in leadership and the focus on bolstering inter-faith relations, the mosque reported it had received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the Paris attacks.
  6. Emergency crews attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighbourhood of North London, Britain, June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall WASHINGTON: The US government and Ivanka Trump on Monday expressed sympathy with worshippers attacked while leaving a London mosque ? while the president himself remained silent. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert issued an official condemnation of the deadly assault but Donald Trump ? often quick to comment on Twitter after extremist violence ? kept his counsel. "The United States strongly condemns last night's attack that appears to have targeted Muslim worshippers in London," Nauert said. "We extend our sympathies to the families and community of the victims and our hopes for the quick recovery of those wounded." Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka also reacted to the attack. "Sending love and prayers to the victims in #FinsburyPark London. We must stand united against hatred and extremism in all it's ugly forms," she tweeted. President Trump has taken to Twitter during previous terror attacks to make the case for tighter restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim countries. He has also yet to offer public comment on the deaths of seven US sailors, killed during a collision between their navy destroyer and a Philippine-flagged cargo ship. In London, a van ploughed into a crowd near a mosque early on Monday, leaving one person dead and injuring 10 others in the second terror attack this month in the city. Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "sickening" incident, reaffirming Britain's determination to fight "terrorism, extremism and hatred."
  7. Two Pakistan Navy personnel were martyred and three injured when militants fired on a Navy vehicle in Jiwani city on Monday evening.
  8. A mother and a son’s bond is always special. No matter what you do, your mom always has your back. This short film ‘School Bag’, featuring Rasika Dugal and Sartaaj Kakkar, beautifully portrays that relationship on screen, reminding you of the moments you have spent with your mom. Close to 15 minutes long, this short film strikes all the right cords. © Youtube This Indian film is based in Peshawar and beautifully narrates the story of six-year-old Farooq (Sartaaj) and his Ammi (Rasika). It is Farooq’s birthday the next day and he wants a new school bag as a present. Initially, she refuses, but the kid clearly tells her that he will miss school if not given what he demands. © Youtube The mother doesn’t budge an inch, it’s the next day and Farooq declares that he doesn’t wish to talk to her, only to find the school bag on the bed. That moment of how a mother feels when she sees her son grinning ear-to-ear when she fulfills his wish will touch your heart, slightly brushing your personal memories. © Youtube Rasika’s performance is flawless and Satraaj adds the perfect amount of innocence and purity to the script. Apart from showing the engaging mother and son story, the story very wisely points out that things in life are very unpredictable. © Youtube Having already won 22 awards globally, this film by Dheeraj Jindal is winning millions of hearts. Inspired by a true incident the story might be predictable but it successfully leaves an impact. © Youtube It is the climax of the film that shatters you and makes you uncomfortable! It leaves you with a thought that how many times have you told your mom, ‘I don’t wish to talk to YOU?’ At times 15 minute can make a huge difference. Watch the short film here:
  9. Dozens of people were killed or wounded when as many as five suicide bombers attacked a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said. The attack, claimed by the Taliban, began around 6:30 am (0200 GMT) when one bomber detonated a car packed with explosives at the gate of the police headquarters in Gardez city, capital of Paktia province, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. Four more attackers stormed the gate after the blast, with at least two quickly killed by police. The others held out against Afghan Special Forces that had responded to the attack, he said. Danish put the toll at two police killed and five wounded. However, doctors at the city hospital said they had received the bodies of at least five police, as well as at least 30 wounded people, including 20 civilians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, with spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid reporting more than 100 police were killed and wounded. The militant group often exaggerates casualty numbers in attacks against government targets and security forces.
  10. MAZAR-I-SHARIF: At least one Afghan was killed and seven American soldiers were wounded in an "insider attack" at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a US military official said. A spokesman for the US military command in Kabul said earlier comments by an Afghan official that Americans had been killed were incorrect. But he confirmed that seven soldiers had been evacuated after being wounded in the incident at Camp Shaheen, the headquarters of the Afghan army´s 209th Corps in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. At least one Afghan soldier was killed and another wounded, the US official said. He could not immediately say if the suspected shooter was among the dead or wounded. Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the Afghan army´s 209th Corps, announced earlier that an Afghan soldier had shot and killed four US soldiers inside the base. In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said an Afghan commando loyal to the militant group had opened fire on foreign "invaders", killing four and wounding four others. The German military heads the multinational advising mission based in Mazar-i-Sharif. A spokeswoman for the German forces at the joint missions command in Potsdam said: "According to what we know right now, no Germans were affected. "Three US soldiers were killed and a fourth wounded on June 11th when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at a base in eastern Afghanistan´s Nangarhar province. In April, scores of Afghan soldiers were killed when militants breached security at Camp Shaheen, detonating explosives and shooting hundreds at a mosque and dining hall on the base. The attackers were disguised in Afghan army uniforms. Coalition countries, led by the United States, are considering sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan to help advice and assist Afghan forces struggling against Taliban and Daesh militants. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he would present options on Afghanistan to President Donald Trump "very soon".
  11. RAWALPINDI: Nearly 80 motorcyclists attacked Rawalpindi?s traffic police?s Chandni Chowk check post after their fellows were arrested for one-wheeling on Friday. The motorcyclists took traffic wardens hostage and attempted to set a government-owned car on fire. Seven suspects were arrested and an operation against one-wheeling is underway, a Rawalpindi traffic police official said. Warden officer Suhail Shehzad was seriously injured after attackers opened fire on him, a spokesperson for the traffic police said. ?The crackdown against one-wheeling will continue throughout Ramazan,? Wajid Sasti said. ?24 FIRs have been registered against one-wheelers to date, and a total of 26 suspects have been arrested.?
  12. A man walks past an ambulance and armed security forces at the scene of an attack outside an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia June 14, 2017. Photo: REUTERS MOGADISHU: A suicide car bombing and assault by Shabaab militants on two neighbouring restaurants in Somalia´s capital Mogadishu ended Thursday morning with 18 dead, a government spokesman said. "The operation is over now and the gunmen were killed by the security forces," said Mohamed Ahmed Arab, spokesman for Somalia´s security ministry. "They have attacked business places and killed innocent civilians: 18 civilians were killed, including a Syrian national, and more than 10 others were wounded," he said. The attack began at around 8pm (17.00GMT) on Wednesday evening with a suicide car bombing at the Post Treats restaurant and club, after which gunmen stormed inside the nearby Pizza House restaurant. Both venues are popular with affluent, young and diaspora Somalis and were busy as customers broke the Ramadan fast. The gunmen spent the night roaming the restaurant killing those they found trapped before they were eventually killed by the security forces.
  13. Congressman Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the US House of Representatives. Photo: File Congressman Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the US House of Representatives, was in critical condition on Wednesday night after he and three others were shot as they practised for a charity baseball game. The gunman, who had posted angry messages against President Donald Trump and other Republicans on social media, opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers and colleagues at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington. He was wounded in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police at the scene and later died. Scalise was shot in the left hip, suffering broken bones, injuries to internal organs and severe bleeding. He underwent surgery but would need further operations, the MedStar Washington Hospital Center said. "Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!" Trump said on Twitter after visiting the hospital on Wednesday night. The gunman, identified by police as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, fired repeatedly at the men playing on the baseball field on Wednesday morning. Congressmen at the ballpark described hearing loud noises like the sound of firecrackers and 15 to 20 people lying on the ground and realising they had only baseball bats to defend themselves against bullets. "When he started shooting, he was shooting to kill people. And thank God he wasn't a very good shot," said Representative Joe Barton, the Republican team's manager. Also wounded were a congressional aide and one former aide who now works as a lobbyist, officials said. One Capitol Hill police officer suffered a gunshot wound and another officer twisted an ankle and was released from a hospital, police said. "It was not only chaotic but it was a combat situation," Alexandria Police Chief Mike Brown told reporters. 'It's got to stop' While police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was too early to determine whether it was a deliberate political attack, the shooting intensified concerns about the sharp divide and bitter rhetoric in US politics. FBI special agent Tim Slater declined to comment on whether the gunman had a vendetta against Republicans. "We continue to actively investigate the shooter's motives, acquaintances and whereabouts that led to today's incidents," Slater told reporters. No one else was in custody, he said. The gunman was believed to have been in the Alexandria area since March, Slater said. Investigators believe that the suspect had been living out of his vehicle. Wednesday's shooting revived the debate about gun rights in America. Virginia's Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, urged gun control measures. Scalise has been a strong opponent of gun control measures. Hodgkinson had raged against Trump on social media and was a member of anti-Republican groups on Facebook including, "The Road to Hell Is Paved With Republicans," "Terminate The Republican Party," and "Donald Trump is not my President," a search of his Facebook profile showed. As businessman Trump rose to become the Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential election, his brash style and outspoken views on immigration and other policies led to mass protests, including on the weekend of his inauguration in January. The charity ballgame between a Republican team and a Democratic team will go ahead as scheduled on Thursday at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team. Representative Tim Ryan, who early on Wednesday was practising for the ballgame with fellow Democrats, told reporters that Washington politicians needed to cool their rhetoric. "We've got to get back to ... where things aren't so personal and we're so judgmental of each other. It's got to stop. A member of the US Congress got shot because they didn't like (his) political views," Ryan said. Call for unity Trump, who announced the gunman's death, called for unity. "We are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good," he said. In a show of bipartisanship, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said on the floor of the House: "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us." The House's top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, echoed Ryan's message. The shooting happened shortly after 7AM. There were 20 House members and two senators present, and the shooting lasted about 10 minutes, said Barton. Two lawmakers who were at the scene, Representatives Ron DeSantis and Jeff Duncan, indicated there might have been a political motive in the attack. Duncan said that as he left the field, the man who would later open fire approached him in the parking lot. "He asked me who was practising this morning, Republicans or Democrats, and I said: 'That's the Republicans practising,'" Duncan told reporters. DeSantis gave a similar account. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who sought the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said he had been told that Hodgkinson had served as a volunteer with his campaign. "Let me be as clear as I can be: Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms," Sanders said. Ryan, the House speaker, is reviewing rules on how rank-and-file lawmakers can increase their personal security, according to several lawmakers. "Members get threats on a regular basis and have trouble determining which are real," House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer told reporters. 'Heroism' of police The shooting took place at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in the Del Ray neighbourhood of Alexandria, across the Potomac River from Washington. Representative Mo Brooks told CNN that during batting practice, he heard a "bam" and then a quick succession of shots and saw the gunman shooting through the holes in a chain link fence. When Scalise was shot, he went down on the infield between the first and second base, then dragged himself into the grassy outfield as the incident unfolded, leaving a trail of blood, Brooks said. Two Capitol police officers who were there to provide security for the lawmakers engaged the gunman with pistols, Brooks said. "But for the Capitol police and the heroism they showed, it could very well have been a large-scale massacre. All we would have had would have been baseball bats versus a rifle. Those aren't good odds," Brooks said. Wednesday's attack was the first shooting of a member of Congress since January 2011, when Democratic Representative Gabby Giffords was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt at a gathering of constituents in Tucson, Arizona. Six people were killed. Giffords resigned from Congress and became an activist for gun restrictions.
  14. MOGADISHU: Gunmen were holding at least 20 people hostage in a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, police said, after a suicide bomber rammed a car next door and militants stormed inside in an attack claimed by Al Shabaab militants. Police cordoned off the whole district surrounding Mogadishu's Pizza House, which is adjacent to the Posh Hotel where the suicide bomber attacked first, witnesses said. Posh Hotel is the only venue with a discotheque in the capital. "The fighters are still inside Pizza House and they hold inside over 20 people. We do not know how many of those are dead or alive," Ibrahim Hussein, a police major, told Reuters. Earlier on Wednesday, police said nine people, mostly women who were hotel staff, had died in the attack. Security officials said the suicide attacker had rammed the explosive-laden car into the hotel's entrance before gunmen stormed the restaurant. "A suspected car bomb is also parked in front of Pizza House. This and snipers have made it difficult for the security forces to head inside,? said Hussein. Other officials said victims inside the hotel had been safely evacuated but that there were likely to be more than nine casualties. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility. The group has carried out a campaign of suicide bombings in its bid to topple the Somali government. Since losing large swathes of territory to African Union peacekeepers supporting the government, the group has frequently launched raids and deadly attacks in Mogadishu and other regions controlled by the federal government. The Horn of Africa country has been racked by armed conflict since 1991, when clan-based warlords overthrew dictator Siad Barre and then turned on each other.
  15. British police investigating last weekend's deadly attacks on London Bridge said they arrested a 19-year-old man in east London on Sunday. The Metropolitan Police, in a statement posted on its website, said the man was taken into custody at a south London police station and was being detained under the Terrorism Act. Six other men are in custody in connection with last Saturday's incident in which eight people were killed and 50 injured after three militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people.
  16. Flowers are laid by an officer from Police Scotland outside the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, ahead of the funeral of Manchester bomb victim Eilidh MacLeod, in Castlebay on the island of Barra, in Scotland June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Milligan/Pool British police arrested two 20-year-old men in Manchester on Wednesday in connection with last month's suicide bombing that killed 22 children and adults attending a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande, police said on Wednesday. One was arrested overnight when police searched an address in the city, while the other presented himself voluntarily at a police station. In total, 21 people have been arrested so far in the investigation pertaining to the suicide bombing. Twelve were released without charge and nine remain in custody. The released ones included a teenage boy and a woman arrested in the week ended May 29. Manchester attack probe: 16 people in detention Police make fresh arrest over Manchester bombing Manchester Arena blast: How it happened? Follow how the blast took place and the then-updates, directly from Manchester On the other hand, bomber Salman Abedi's father and brother are also in detention in Libya. Abedi had reportedly returned from Libya only a few days before the attack that left 22 people dead, including seven children under 18. However, police are still trying to establish the extent of his wider network.
  17. BIRMINGHAM: Quick strikes by Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez sent South African top order reeling as Pakistan wrapped up Hashim Amla (16), Quinton de Kock (33) and skipper AB de Villiers for a golden duck in Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Imad Wasim had Amla trapped for lbw, and Hafeez had de Kock out for lbw soon afterwards. Imad then struck again to dismiss de Villiers for a shock golden duck. Earlier South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. Young Pakistan Super League sensation Fakhar Zaman is making his ODI debut, as Pakistan desperately seek to live another day in their Champions Trophy campaign. Fakhar Zaman with his ODI debut cap ahead of the match Pakistan, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, lost their opening game against archrivals India by 124 runs, sparking criticism over their playing strategy and selection. Today is another chance for the young captain Sarfraz Ahmed?s team to come back from behind and revive hopes of billions of fans by beating South Africa, who have already won their first game against Sri Lanka. "We would have liked to bat too. Two changes, Wahab and Shehzad not playing. Fakhar and Junaid come in. Morale is high," Sarfraz said at the toss. South Africa captain AB de Villiers said, "We batted pretty well in the last game. A couple of games were played on this pitch. May break up a bit more. Had good intensity for 80% of the game, if we could get that to 100%, we'll be a good team." History hasn?t favoured Pakistan against the Proteas. The Green Shirts have lost both of their previous Champions Trophy matches against South Africa (2006 and 2013 editions). In the World Cup encounters, Pakistan have won one and lost three against the Proteas. Playing XI Pakistan South Africa
  18. LONDON: Britain's election campaign resumed in earnest on Monday with Prime Minister Theresa May's opinion poll lead narrowing and the focus firmly on her security record after an attack by marauding militants killed seven people in the heart of London. In Britain's third militant attack in as many months, three men rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday night before running into the bustling Borough Market area, where they slit throats and stabbed people indiscriminately. All three attackers were shot dead by police, who made at least a dozen arrests in east London on Sunday and carried out further raids on Monday morning. The attackers' identities are known but have not been disclosed. "This was an attack on London and the United Kingdom, but it was also an attack on the free world," May said. A Canadian and a French national were among those who died, while the 48 injured included people of many nationalities. Eighteen people remained in a critical condition. Britain has received messages of solidarity from numerous world leaders including Donald Trump, although the US president also struck a discordant note by issuing tweets criticising London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Trump accused Khan of making a "pathetic excuse" for saying on Sunday morning that Londoners should not be alarmed. A spokesman for Khan had noted in response to an earlier Trump tweet that Khan's comment referred to the increased police presence on London's streets. May said Khan was doing a good job and it was wrong to say anything else. A parliamentary election takes place on Thursday and May's spokeswoman said the government was working closely with police on security for the vote. Saturday's rampage took place less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 children and adults at a concert in Manchester. In March, five people died after a man drove a van into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge and stabbed a policeman. New security barriers were in place on Monday morning on several bridges in central London, including Westminster Bridge. POLICE NUMBERS With the London attack dominating attention, a reduction in the number of police officers in England and Wales by almost 20,000 during May's six years as interior minister from 2010 to 2016 shot to the top of the election agenda. "It's just a fact that, over the last seven years, we as a city have lost 600 million pounds from our budgets. We have had to close police stations, sell police buildings, and we've lost thousands of police staff," said London Mayor Khan, who is from the opposition Labour Party. May did not answer repeated questions from reporters on the cutbacks but said counter-terrorism budgets had been protected and police had the powers they needed. Her main opponent, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, backed calls for her resignation over the police cuts. He said many people were "very worried that she was at the Home Office for all this time, presided over these cuts in police numbers, and now is saying that we have a problem". May hit back by criticising Corbyn, a pacifist who has opposed some security legislation in parliament and expressed reservations in the past about police responding to armed attackers with "shoot-to-kill" tactics. He sought to end that earlier controversy on Sunday by stating that he backed the ?full authority for the police to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save life as they did (at Borough Market), as they did in Westminster in March?. Corbyn's critics have often accused him of weakness on terrorism, citing his sympathy for members of the Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah and Sinn Fein, the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army. The IRA ran a 30-year armed campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland. May's Conservative Party's lead over Labour has narrowed markedly from 20 points or more when she called the election in April to a range between one and 12 points now, although the Conservatives are still widely expected to win a majority. The pound rose on currency markets, which favour May over Corbyn, after the latest ICM poll, taken between June 2 and June 4 and published on Monday, suggested the Conservatives were ahead by 11 points. "TELL THEM CHRISSY SENT YOU" Christine Archibald, a 30-year-old Canadian who had worked in a shelter for the homeless before moving to Europe to be with her fiance, was the first of those who died to be named. "Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter," her family said in a statement. "Tell them Chrissy sent you." A vigil to honour the victims was due to take place at 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) at Potters Fields Park near London City Hall, which stands by the River Thames, a short walk from London Bridge. The Daesh militant group, which is losing territory in Syria and Iraq to an offensive backed by a US-led coalition, claimed responsibility for the London Bridge attack, though it is unclear whether the attackers had links to the group. London police chief Cressida Dick said that, while some of the recent attacks in Britain had international dimensions, they had a largely domestic "centre of gravity". Both the Westminster and Manchester attackers were British-born. Khan, the first Muslim to be elected mayor of a major Western European city, was among those who denounced the ideology behind the recent attacks. "I am angry and furious that these three men are seeking to justify their actions by using the faith that I belong to," Khan said. "I condemn this terrorist act but also the poisonous ideology these men and others follow."
  19. After the gruesome terror attack that shook London from its core, people have been under constant fear of who will be the next target of these attacks and where will it happen. In the attacks on the London Bridge and near the Borough Market and Vaux Hall, over 7 people have died and as many as 50 have been left injured. On one hand where the whole world stood in solidarity with London, the Brits had their own way of recuperating and proved that come what may, there will always stand strong – even if that courage comes wrapped in the garb of humour. After one of the American newspapers reported the incident stating that “The London attacks hit a nation still reeling from the shock of the bombing in Manchester almost 2 weeks ago”, the Brits came up with their own interpretations of the term ‘reeling’. The London attacks hit a nation still reeling from the shock of the bombing in Manchester almost 2 weeks ago https://t.co/aapuMBQTmf — The New York Times (@nytimes) 4 June 2017 According to this guy this is what reeling means in British English. This is what "reeling" means in British English @nytimes pic.twitter.com/F9QJ9kaR7X — Andy L (@A_V_M_L) 4 June 2017 Or this… No @nytimes, this is what "reeling" looks like. We'll start panicking when we've no milk for our tea. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/9U7KqtaC4l — Daniel (@DannyDutch) 4 June 2017 Earlier, we saw pictures of a guy who was seen running with a pint of beer in hand, while others were trying to save their lives. The tweets have definitely left us in splits. However, it will be wrong to assume from the tweets that the Brits aren’t feeling the pain or trauma, post these attacks. But, the defiance, solidarity and humour with which they are facing these attacks are truly commendable. Here are some of the golden tweets where they have explained the things which they felt would ‘really’ strike fear in their hearts. This just hit us right in the feels. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling Not being thanked when you let another car through. — beth innes (@bethinnes) 4 June 2017 Happens most of the time. Biting into a chocolate bar to discover it's Hershey's and not Cadburys. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling — Karen Moseley (@SFExpat) 5 June 2017 When you call for “aubergine with onions and tomatoes cooked in Indian spices” and it turns out to be ‘baingan ka bharta’. Choosing the wrong items for a meal deal and having to pay £10 for a bottle of water, a Sandwich and a twix #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/kFHmjnyEq6 — Louise Annette Smith (@LouiseAsmith) 4 June 2017 Life in a Delhi metro…ugh, Tube in Britain. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling finding one passenger occupying more than one seat on the tube. pic.twitter.com/iZpnTkArSE — Rob (@GenericZA) 4 June 2017 This happens all the time. "Unexpected item in the bagging area" #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling — Dave Cooper (@dcoops1989) 4 June 2017 ‘Their’ is a point. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling people not using there, their and they're correctly — just me..Nic x (@1970nsj) 4 June 2017 Can we call them cookies though? #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling calling this a biscuit..... It's a scone for God's sake and is never ever dipped in gravy pic.twitter.com/q84fjoJcas — Paul Chapman (@injumneer74) 4 June 2017 Wait, please…wait! Someone holding a door open for you when you're an awkward distance away so you have to jog a few steps #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling — Sam Wilson (@MrSamWilson) 4 June 2017 When I do that stupid little jog over a zebra crossing because a car has stopped for me... #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/vrikiaEIMa — Kate Mann (@kate1978) 4 June 2017 Hi, her name is…ugh, Darling! Not catching someone's name and having to spend the next three decades avoiding introducing them to anyone #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling — Sarah Crook (@SarahRoseCrook) 4 June 2017 London is reeling… If London is reeling it means there must be an Irish dance festival in Trafalgar square again ;) 💃 — Mary Branscombe (@marypcbuk) 4 June 2017 When you see someone making a cup of tea and they put milk in first ☕🐸#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling — Amer Aka Biggie (@AmerAkaBiggie) 5 June 2017
  20. Facebook said it wanted to make its social media platform a "hostile environment" for terrorists in a statement issued after attackers killed seven people in London and prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to demand action from internet firms. Three attackers rammed a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby on Saturday night in Britain's third major militant attack in recent months. May responded to the attack by calling for an overhaul of the strategy used to combat extremism, including a demand for greater international regulation of the internet, saying big internet companies were partly responsible for providing extreme ideology the space to develop. Facebook on Sunday said it condemned the London attacks. "We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists," said Simon Milner, Director of Policy at Facebook in an emailed statement. "Using a combination of technology and human review, we work aggressively to remove terrorist content from our platform as soon as we become aware of it ? and if we become aware of an emergency involving imminent harm to someone's safety, we notify law enforcement." May has previously put pressure on internet firms to take more responsibility for content posted on their services. Last month she pledged, if she wins an upcoming election, to create the power to make firms pay towards the cost of policing the internet with an industry-wide levy. Twitter also said it was working to tackle the spread of militant propaganda on its website. "Terrorist content has no place on Twitter," Nick Pickles, UK head of public policy at Twitter, said in a statement, adding that in the second half of 2016 it had suspended nearly 400,000 accounts. "We continue to expand the use of technology as part of a systematic approach to removing this type of content."
  21. British police detained a number of people during early morning raids in east London on Monday as part of an investigation into an attack that killed seven people and injured around 50 on Saturday night. In the third major militant assault to hit Britain in less than three months, attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing revellers in nearby bars. Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government's emergency response committee on Monday to discuss the response to the attack which comes ahead of a national election on Thursday. Police had already arrested 12 people in the Barking district of east London over the weekend and they said on Monday they had entered two premises in Newham and Barking at 0315 GMT and detained "a number of people". They said searches were ongoing at both addresses.
  22. PARIS: The lights at the Eiffel Tower will be switched off Sunday night to honour victims of the attack in the heart of London that killed seven people and injured 48, the company running the monument said on Twitter. "Tonight, at 1245 am, I will turn my lights off to pay tribute to the victims of the London attack," the Eiffel Tower's Twitter feed said. The Paris landmark has been switched off twice already this week, once for the victims of suicide blasts in Baghdad that killed at least 42 people and most recently to honour the 90 people killed in a huge truck bomb in Kabul.
  23. Police aim guns at balcony above a betting shop in East Ham. ? Twitter LONDON: Police have raided a building in East Ham and are currently searching it, British media reported, after three men rammed a van through crowds of pedestrians on London Bridge Saturday, before attacking revellers with knives, killing seven people. Police are searching a building in East Ham that has been cordoned off, the Independent reported. There is heavy armed police presence on Barking Road, but it is not yet confirmed whether it was linked to the earlier arrests. Police arrest 12 over London attacks that killed 7 At least 48 people were injured in the attack, the third to hit Britain in less than three months Images and video footage from the scene show at least half a dozen police vans parked in the High Street area, with dozens officers standing in the middle of the road. The development comes hours after arrest of 12 people in connection with Saturday's stabbing rampage. Sources told Sky News, the flat was home to one of the people suspected to have taken part in the stabbings, but the Metropolitan Police did not immediately comment. Residents reported hearing loud bangs and said they were later told by police they were controlled explosions.
  24. FILE PHOTO: Smoke billows from the Resorts World building in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS MANILLA: Philippine police on Sunday identified the gunman behind an attack on a casino that killed 36 people as a heavily indebted local man addicted to gambling, ruling out any involvement by Daesh. The gunman was named as Jessie Javier Carlos, a 42-year old Filipino, who stormed the casino in Manila on Friday, setting gaming tables alight and killing dozens of people who suffocated in thick smoke. Daesh claimed the attack, but officials insisted it was a botched robbery. Carlos, whom police described as a "high-roller", killed himself in a hotel room after being shot and wounded by security officers at casino, police said. "He is heavily indebted due to being hooked on casino gambling, according to his immediate family," Oscar Albayalde, chief of the capital's police office, told a media briefing on Sunday. "He is already addicted, so you are no longer in your right mind when you are addicted." Albayalde said Carlos, a father of three, had a bank account with an outstanding debt of 4 million pesos ($81,000). He was a former employee of the Department of Finance, working as a tax specialist, the police and the finance agency said. The Ombudsman dismissed him from service in April 2014 because he failed to truthfully declare his assets and liabilities. Albayalde was joined by Carlos' parents who both asked for forgiveness from the families of the victims. The casino's CCTV showed the gunman firing shots at the ceiling and setting gaming tables ablaze before he forced his way into a storage room where he purportedly stole 113 million pesos ($2.27 million) worth of casino chips. The chips have been recovered. "We reiterate our prior statements that this is not an act of terrorism but this incident is confined to the act of one man alone as we have always said," Albayalde said. Police were closing the case on the gunman but would continue to investigate possible security lapses at Resorts World. Resorts World Manila is owned by Travellers International Hotel Group Inc, a joint venture of the Philippines' Alliance Global Group Inc and Genting Hong Kong Ltd
  25. LONDON: Three assailants stabbed people at random after smashing into pedestrians in a van Saturday, killing six in a "terrorist" attack in central London before armed officers shot all three dead. As they rampaged through a busy night-life hub around London Bridge, the trio wore what looked like suicide vests which turned out to be "hoaxes", said Mark Rowley, head of counter-terrorism policing. "We believe that six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police," Rowley said. More than 30 casualties were rushed to hospitals in the area, according to the London Ambulance Service. The attack came just five days ahead of a general election and just minutes after the end of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus in an area teeming with bars where many fans were watching the football on television. Britain is on high alert only 12 days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, northwest England and ahead of Thursday´s general election, in which security is a major theme. It is the latest in a string of attacks to hit Europe, including in Paris, Berlin and Saint Petersburg. Witnesses described the van speeding into several pedestrians on London Bridge and then one or more knife-wielding men sprinting towards bars packed with revellers enjoying a Saturday night out. One witness described seeing five assailants and several people said they were locked inside pubs and restaurants by police and had to come out with their hands on their heads. Italian photographer Gabriele Sciotto, who was watching the Champions League final at the Wheatsheaf pub in Borough Market, said he saw three men shot just outside the pub. In his picture, a man wearing combat trousers, with a shaved head and what looked like a belt with canisters attached to it could be seen on the ground with two more bodies behind him. Police responded rapidly with dozens of emergency vehicles and authorities led shellshocked members of the public away from the scene. The three suspects were shot by armed police within eight minutes of the first call to the emergency services. The attack had harrowing echoes of an attack on London´s Westminster Bridge when 52-year-old British Khalid Masood rammed his car into pedestrians before crashing into the barriers surrounding parliament and then stabbing a police officer to death. ´Potential act of terrorism´ Police said the first reports of a "vehicle in collision with pedestrians on London Bridge" came at 10:08pm (2108 GMT) and were quickly followed by "reports of stabbings in Borough Market," at the south end of the bridge. Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the "terrible incident in London" was being treated as "a potential act of terrorism." She will hold an emergency ministerial meeting later on Sunday and Facebook activated its safety check function for people in London to let their loved ones know they are safe. US President Donald Trump offered his help, tweeting "WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!" French President Emmanuel Macron said France was "more than ever at Britain´s side." US pop star Ariana Grande, whose concert in Manchester was the scene of last week´s fatal terror attack, tweeted: "Praying for London". ´Her throat had been cut´ Witnesses on London Bridge reported seeing a van mounting the pavement and hitting pedestrians. "There was a van that crashed into the fences on London Bridge. And then there was a man with a knife, he was running. He came down the stairs and went to the bar," Dee, 26, who was visibly in shock and declined to give her last name, told AFP. BBC reporter Holly Jones, who on London Bridge at the time of the incident, said she saw a van driven by a man travelling "at about 50 miles (80 kilometres) an hour". Alex Shellum at the Mudlark pub near the scene of the attack said a woman had come into the bar "bleeding heavily from the neck". "It appeared that her throat had been cut," he told the BBC. ´Large blade´ Another witness, who gave his name as Alessandro, also told BBC radio that he saw a van strike several people on London Bridge. "I saw this van going left and right, left and right, trying to catch as many people as he could. And people just tried to get out of the way of the van. "Then I tried to help people, wounded people." Husband and wife Ben and Natalie told BBC radio they were outside Borough Market when they witnessed a stabbing. Ben said: "We saw people running away and then I saw a man in red with a large blade, at a guess 10 inches (25 centimetres) long, stabbing a man, about three times. "It looked like the man had been trying to intervene, but there wasn´t much he could do. He was being stabbed quite coldly and he slumped to the ground." Ben said the man then walked towards another pub. He said they saw a metal chair being thrown towards the man. "Then we heard three gunshots, definitely gunshots, and we ran."