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  1. A dejected Sikandar Raza walks back after holing out, Zimbabwe v UAE, World Cup qualifier, Super Sixes, Harare, March 22, 2018/IDI via Getty Images HARARE: Zimbabwe lost a World Cup qualifying thriller by just three runs to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, allowing Afghanistan and Ireland to clash in a winner-takes-all tie for a place in the 2019 finals. Chasing a rain-affected target of 230 off 40 overs, Zimbabwe needed six off the last ball to win the Super Six match and join already-qualified West Indies in the 2019 showpiece. But Craig Ervine was only able to take two off man-of-the-match Mohammad Naveed and the home side´s hopes were dashed. The UAE, who had no chance of qualifying for the finals, made 235-7 off 47.5 overs with Rameez Shazhad hitting a top score of 59. After a delay for rain at the Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe were set a DLS target of 230 off 40 overs but despite a run-a-ball 80 from Sean Williams, the home side never recovered from a poor start which saw them slip to 45-3 at one stage. On Friday, Afghanistan and Ireland will meet at the same venue with the winner guaranteed a place in the 2019 finals in England and Wales.
  2. Many Karachiites were disappointed as Kamran Akmal's record blitz propelled Peshawar Zalmi into the Pakistan Super League final. As Karachi Kings were eliminated from playing the final at their home city on Sunday, many, including acclaimed Pakistani actress Mahira Khan?s mother, were not happy. ?My mother isn?t talking to me!! #KKvPZ,? the actor said on Twitter. Although, Mahira is a resident of Karachi she has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Peshawar Zalmi. Naturally, the actor has been celebrating the victories of her team. On Wednesday, Zalmi posted a towering 171-run target for Karachi Kings, whose bowlers crumbled under pressure as Akmal scored his half-century in just 17 balls, the fastest half-century in PSL history. A resilient fightback by the Kings batsmen, led by Babar Azam's 63 off 45, was not enough as the team could only score 157 runs in the match reduced to 16-overs a side due to rain. The Darren Sammy-led Zalmi will face Islamabad United, who won the first edition of the tournament in 2016, in the tournament final at Karachi's National Stadium on March 25 (Sunday)?The first time a PSL match will be held in the city.
  3. This picture taken on March 16, 2018 shows the team of Polish climbers posing for a photograph before sharing their experience after attempting to summit the Pakistani K2 mountain in Islamabad. Photo: AFP ISLAMABAD: Pummelled by weeks of hurricane-force blizzards and sub-zero temperatures -- not to mention high-altitude disputes -- the elite climbers known as Poland´s Ice Warriors gave in: K2 remains unclimbed in winter, one of mountaineering´s final frontiers. The high profile Polish expedition arrived in Islamabad on Friday to tell of their defeat by the Pakistani mountain -- the world´s second highest peak, which is widely seen as a more difficult and deadly challenge than the tallest, Mount Everest. It is the only one of the so-called eight-thousanders -- the 14 mountains on the planet that are taller than 8,000 metres -- that has not yet been summited in winter. But the Poles´ ambitious -- and expensive -- expedition was troubled from the start by disputes over routes, interrupted by a high-profile rescue on another mountain, and even afflicted by disagreements over the definition of ?winter?, the team revealed. "So time passed," said team leader Krzysztof Wielicki, the 68-year-old patriarch of Polish climbing, "and we had to decide to finish the expedition". Polish climbing team leader Krzysztof Wielicki sharing his team´s experience after attempting to summit K2. Photo: AFP K2, also known as the "Savage Mountain", looms 8,611 metres over the Karakoram range on the China-Pakistan border. It was first summited in 1954. Since then, just 306 people have made it to the top, while 80 have died trying, according to the 8000ers website. Besides being technically difficult to climb, weather conditions on the peak are notorious. Further north than the Himalayas, it is battered by the full force of jet streams, Wielecki explained -- currents of air at high altitudes that are so strong airplanes have trouble flying against them. "K2 is the most difficult... in winter especially," he said. "The worst weather is on K2." No winter lasts forever The 13-member team -- including their strongest climbers Adam Bielecki, a 34-year-old psychologist living in Krakow, and Denis Urubko, a Russian-Polish speed climbing specialist aged 44 -- arrived at K2 base camp in January. The team chose the Cesen route, a shorter but much steeper climb to the summit than the more commonly used Abruzzi Spur. It would prove to be their undoing, Wielecki admitted. In winter the rockfalls on the Cesen route are constant, and stones rained down on the team as they struggled to fix ropes. Adam Bielecki, a 34-year-old psychologist living in Krakow, was one of the 13-member K2 team's strongest climbers. Photo: AFP One hit Bielecki in the face, gashing his forehead and breaking his nose, while another broke a team member´s arm. In late January Bielecki and Urubko rushed to Nanga Parbat, another Pakistani eight-thousander, to carry out a daring night-time rescue of stranded French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol and Polish alpinist Tomek Mackiewicz. Climber recounts terrible choice on Pakistan's 'killer mountain' Urubko, Bielecki in a bid to save their fellow members dashed to Nanga Parbat from K2 The duo saved Revol but were forced to abandon Mackiewicz on the mountain, a terrible choice that Urubko recounted in an interview with AFP earlier this month. The rescue caused an international stir -- but in the days following it the futility of taking the Cesen route became ever more apparent. "It was ambition, you know, but... the risk is too big," Wielecki said. By February 11 he had decided: they would abandon the route in favour of the Abruzzi Spur. But it had cost them nearly a month in precious time, and at that point Urubko made his now infamous decision to break away and attempt a solo bid. He had been frustrated by the delay -- especially as, it emerged, he and his teammates disagreed over the definition of ?winter?. Urubko insisted they only had until the end of February to find a weather window, but the others claimed just as fiercely that they had until the spring equinox in late March. Mountaineer attempts first winter solo summit on K2 Denis Urubko, 44, was part of a team of Polish mountaineers attempting to be the first to scale the 8,611-metre (28,251 feet) K2 in winter, but broke away from the group after a series of... "This is the Denis Urubko philosophy," Wielecki said. "I don´t know nobody in the world who follow his philosophy... but what to do?" Described as ?suicidal? by other climbers, Urubko´s bid made global headlines before he admitted defeat, flying back to Islamabad earlier this month. The incident stressed out the rest of the team, they admitted. "Only me and Denis were ready for the summit push," Bielecki said, explaining that only they had made it to Camp Three and were acclimatised to reach the Death Zone, above 8,000 metres, where the air is too thin to sustain human life. With Urubko gone, Bielecki said it was too risky to make the attempt alone. Instead of needing just one weather window, they would need two: one to acclimatise another climber, and one for that climber and Bielecki to summit. "Obviously it complicated our expedition," Bielecki said -- though he added that many factors, including the choice of route, had contributed to the outcome. Maverick climber calls off ?suicidal? solo bid to summit K2 Denis Urubko, 44, was part of a team of Polish mountaineers attempting to be the first to scale the world?s second highest peak in winter For several days they waited in hope but by March 5 they knew it was too late. The expedition, they announced, would not happen. Even the best mountaineers need luck to summit K2, Wielecki said. But, he added, "I think it´s possible... I hope that the Polish people come back again here as we are the Ice Warriors. So we have to come back."
  4. geo_embedgallery DUBAI: Luke Ronchi's magnificent 77 catapulted Islamabad United to a six-wicket win on Thursday, as Lahore Qalandars suffered their sixth consecutive defeat of this season. Lahore posted their highest total of this season, 163-8, buoyed by a quick fifty by Anton Devcich and a late cameo by captain Brendon McCullum. But Ronchi's quickfire batting made the target look inadequate, as Islamabad chased it down with 14 balls to spare. Duminy fell after a 17-ball 21 off Sunil Narine's delivery, but Shadab Khan, sent in one down, kept the momentum going. Ronchi brought up the fastest fifty in PSL history (off 22 balls), taking Islamabad to run-a-ball. 1st innings geo_embedgallery For Lahore, Anton Devcich stood out with 62 off 42 and McCullum posted 33* off 12 to compensate for a slower middle order, after Islamabad United won the toss and elected to field in today's first Pakistan Super League (PSL) match. Fakhar Zaman unleashed some quick boundaries, helped along by Kiwi batsman Devcich, in for Umar Akmal. But Fakhar's bold cameo ended at 34 when JP Duminy had him caught behind, with Lahore at 56-1 (6.4 overs). Devcich kept the run rate ticking, reaching 50 from just 29 balls. Agha Salman, after an impressive cameo earlier this tournament, was sent back to pavilion for 8. Sluggish batting by Denesh Ramdin slowed down Lahore's momentum. He was dismissed for 9 off 19 balls, followed soon after by Devcich, as Lahore stumbled at 122-4. Sunil Narine was clean bowled by Faheem Ashraf, as Lahore lost their fifth wicket at 149. Next man in, Sohail Khan lasted only two balls before his stumps were knocked off by Mohammad Sami. Faheem Ashraf led the wickets tally for Islamabad with figures of 3-32. Lahore Qalandars Head coach: Aqib Javed Captain: Brendon McCullum Playing XI: Islamabad United Head coach: Dean Jones Captain: Misbah-ul-Haq Playing XI:
  5. Two days after BJP's win, Lenin statue in Tripura's Belonia brought down-Reuters NEW DELHI: India´s ruling party warned its supporters on Tuesday they were not above the law after a mob celebrating an election victory against communist opponents bulldozed a statue of Vladimir Lenin. Police in the remote state of Tripura said they were investigating more than a dozen complaints of arson, violence and vandalism in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party´s (BJP) win at the weekend election. An alliance led by the Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi crushed the incumbent communists -- who had ruled the small northeastern state for a quarter-century -- in a unexpected landslide. The thumping victory kicked off a frenzied celebration by BJP supporters which degenerated into clashes with their communist opponents and rioting. Police launched an investigation after a mob -- many wearing the saffron colours popular with BJP supporters -- on Monday flattened the statue of Lenin with a bulldozer. "We arrested a person who was driving the bulldozer that toppled the statue," Tripura police spokesman Pradip De told AFP. "We have received at least 14 complaints of post-poll violence, clashes, arson attacks and damage to property." Images of the jeering mob reducing the statue to rubble sparked condemnation and a rebuke from the soon-to-be BJP state leader in Tripura. "Anyone involved in anything like this will face action as per law," Biplab Kumar Deb, BJP´s chief minister-designate, told reporters Tuesday. But a major BJP campaigner in Tripura said the crowd was responding to a "symbol of oppression". "This is simple catharsis," Rajat Sethi, the BJP northeast poll campaigner, told AFP. "It´s a good and legitimate form of expressing their resistance against their symbol of oppression." Indian communist figures decried what they described as a wider assault on democracy. "The destruction of the statue of Lenin is symbolic," said the Communist Party of India (Marxist). "These attacks demonstrate, once again, that... (the BJP) rely mainly on unleashing political violence as means to advance their inherent anti-democratic agenda." Critics of Modi´s BJP say Hindu vigilantes have been emboldened since the party swept to power in 2014. The BJP now rules 22 of India´s 29 states and territories either outright or in an alliance. Tripura, one of India´s smallest states with just four million people, had been a bastion of communist politics for 25 years. Kerala, in India´s south, remains the last holdout where the Communist Party of India (Marxist) rules with its allies.
  6. DUBAI: Fresh off a humiliating defeat by Multan Sultans last night, Lahore Qalandars will look to bounce back and salvage their pride when they take on Quetta Gladiators in today?s second match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Qalandars, who ended up bottom of the table in both the previous editions of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), suffered an astonishing collapse against Sultans on Friday, losing seven wickets within a span of just four runs to face a 43-run defeat. Fakhar Zaman and Umar Akmal stood out with 49 and 31 runs, respectively. Sohail Akhtar impressed with a quick cameo of 21 runs, while Sunil Narine put up 26 runs. Quetta Gladiators lost to Karachi Kings by 19 runs in their season opener on Friday. Shane Watson managed three wickets, while Mohammad Nawaz and Umar Amin tried to fight back with 30 and 31 runs, respectively. Lahore Qalandars Head coach: Aqib Javed Captain: Brendon McCullum Squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Dinesh Ramdin, Anton Devcich, Bilal Asif, Cameron Delport, Bilawal Bhatti, Aamer Yamin, Ghulam Mudassar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunil Narine, Raza Hasan, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah Spotlight geo_embedgallery Quetta Gladiators Head coach: Moin Khan Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Rilee Rossouw, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen, Rameez Raja, Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Mahmudullah, Jofra Archer, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Rashid Khan, Anwar Ali, Hassan Khan Mohammad, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali Spotlight geo_embedgallery
  7. ISLAMABAD: In the aftermath of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf's (PTI) surprise defeat in the NA-154 Lodhran by-polls, the party on Tuesday constituted a fact-finding committee to probe the possible reasons behind the loss. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won the by-polls for the constituency of NA-154 Lodhran, according to unofficial results on Monday. The former secretary general of PTI, Jahangir Tareen, has been appointed as the head of the committee, which will inquire into reasons for the defeat of the party from a seat believed to be a stronghold of PTI. The fact-finding mission constituted by PTI will submit its report to Chairman Imran Khan in a week's time. PML-N?s Iqbal Shah managed to attain 113,542 votes, while his competitor, PTI's Ali Tareen, contesting his first election on his father?s seat, attained 85,933 votes. PML-N won by a margin of 27,609 votes according to provisional results. The seat fell vacant in the wake of the disqualification of PTI leader Jahangir Tareen by the Supreme Court in December 2017. Considered the home ground of Tareen, PTI had won the seat with a margin of around 40,000 votes in a previous by-election in 2015. PTI fielded Jahangir's son Ali Tareen, the PML-N Iqbal Shah and PPP Mirza Mohammad Ali Baig. Seven other candidates were contesting as independents. The government had deployed 4,000 security personnel, including army personnel, in the constituency in view of avoiding any unforeseen development and to ensure free and fair conduct.
  8. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Imran Khan. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, following a defeat in NA-154 by-elections, said 'every setback is an opportunity to analyse mistakes.' In a major upset for PTI before the general elections, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won the by-polls for the constituency of NA-154 Lodhran, according to unofficial results from all 338 polling stations. Imran Khan twitter ?For all Insafians who are feeling dejected after the NA154 result, every setback is an opportunity to analyse one's mistakes, correct them and come back stronger. Successful people, institutions & nations learn from their failures,? tweeted Imran. Imran Khan twitter ?Those who get demoralised can never achieve their potential. In my decades of political struggle for Insaf I have never been demoralised but have come back stronger after confronting adversities. The 2018 election is ours InshaAllah.? PML-N?s Iqbal Shah managed to attain 113,542 votes, while his competitor, PTI?s Ali Tareen, contesting his first election on his father?s seat, attained 85,933 votes. PML-N won by a margin of 27,609 votes according to provisional results. Major upset in Lodhran as PML-N wins NA-154 by-election: unofficial results PML-N won by a margin of 27,609 votes according to provisional results The seat fell vacant in the wake of the disqualification of PTI leader Jahangir Tareen by the Supreme Court in December 2017. Considered the home ground of Tareen, PTI had won the seat with a margin of around 40,000 votes in a previous by-election in 2015.
  9. Real Madrid crashed to a humiliating Copa del Rey exit, knocked out by Leganes in the quarterfinals MADRID: Real Madrid crashed to a humiliating Copa del Rey exit on Wednesday when they were knocked out by little Leganes in the quarter-finals with under-fire coach Zinedine Zidane taking the blame. European champions Real lost 2-1 in the second leg at their Bernabeu home as the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate with their modest city neighbours going through on away goals despite having lost the first leg 1-0 last week. "I am responsible for all of this. It´s a failure for me," said Zidane who recently penned a contract extension until 2020. Admitting that it had been his worst night as a coach, the Frenchman added: "It´s a logical result, our opponents played their match and we did not. "It is a big blow. We did what we had to do in the first leg. Nobody expected this, especially me but this is football. "I am the manager. I picked the team and I was wrong in many regards. It´s up to me to find the solutions. I will continue to fight, to work, to battle and to find the things the team needs." Javi Eraso gave Leganes a 32nd-minute lead with a spectacular curling shot from long range. Karim Benzema levelled on the night after 47 minutes thanks to a pass from Lucas Vazquez but Brazilian striker Gabriel Pires then hit the winner with a firm header eight minutes later. It was a depressing evening for Zinedine Zidane´s side who, despite being in the Champions League last 16 where they face Paris Saint-Germain in three weeks´ time, are 19 points behind Barcelona in the Spanish title race. The fans let their feelings known by booing off the team at half-time. Leganes have a budget of just 45 million euros -- 15 times less than the 675 million euros commanded by mighty Real. Even without Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who were rested Wednesday after starring in the 7-1 rout of Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend, Real should still have had enough firepower for a side languishing in 13th spot in La Liga. Zidane started with Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio, who scored in the first leg but he got a warning of what was to come when Claudio Beauvue saw a free-kick come back off a post. But Leganes put on an inspired display, despite having their backs to the wall late in the game, to make the semi-finals for the first time. In the night´s other game, Valencia made the semi-finals but needed a 3-2 penalty shoot-out to defeat Alaves who won 2-1 for a 3-3 aggregate. On Tuesday, Sergio Escudero´s goal after just 24 seconds set Sevilla on their way to a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid and a place in the semi-finals. Sevilla, finalists in 2016, had won the first leg 2-1. Meanwhile, Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been named in the Barcelona squad for Thursday´s Copa del Rey clash against Espanyol, his first call-up since his 160 million euros ($194 million, £142 million) move from Liverpool. Coutinho, who has been handed the number 14 shirt vacated by China-bound Javier Mascherano, had been sidelined by a thigh injury since his drawn-out transfer saga came to an end on January 6. The 14 shirt was also worn by the club´s Dutch legend Johan Cruyff who died in 2016. Coutinho has been cleared to make his debut at Camp Nou as Barcelona look to overturn a 1-0 defeat to Espanyol in the first leg of their quarter-final clash. Coutinho spent six months with Barcelona´s city rivals on loan in 2012. Club captain Andres Iniesta and striker Paco Alcacer were also included in the 19-man squad for Thursday´s game as was Colombian defender Yerry Mina, another transfer window recruit.
  10. Lungi Ngidi appeals for an lbw, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 4th day, January 16, 2018/BCCI CENTURION: New fast bowling discovery Lungi Ngidi plunged India into deep trouble as they struggled in pursuit of a victory target of 287 on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Tuesday. India were 35 for three at the close, having lost both openers and the key wicket of captain Virat Kohli on a pitch with uneven bounce. The hosts will head into the final day confident of picking up the seven wickets they need to wrap up an impressive victory in the three-match series, after a 72-run win in the first Test at Cape Town. The unpredictability of the wicket contributed to the dismissal of Murali Vijay, who was bowled off an inside edge by a ball from Kagiso Rabada which cut back at him and kept low. Debutant Ngidi, who came on as first change, took a wicket with his first ball of the innings when Lokesh Rahul played a loose forcing shot off the back foot and was caught at backward point. That brought Kohli, who made 153 in the first innings, to the wicket. Ngidi, 21, forced India´s champion batsman to play defensively before he scored his first runs with an edge for four which flew wide of third slip. Kohli had scored five when he went back on his stumps to a ball which cut back sharply and struck him on the pad. Kohli sought a review of umpire Michael Gough´s decision but replays showed the ball was crashing into the top of middle stump. Pujara given let-off India had been reduced to 26 for three. Ngidi caused more damage when the left-handed Parthiv Patel was struck in the ribs and collapsed to the turf. Patel recovered and battled to five not out at the close. Ngidi, playing in only his tenth first-class match, took two for 14 in six overs. South Africa could have had a fourth wicket when Cheteshwar Pujara was beaten by a ball from Morne Morkel. Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock started to appeal but was not supported by Morkel or the slip fielders, but replays showed a faint edge. The slowness and uneven bounce of the pitch made for slow going as South Africa ground out 258 in their second innings. There was some bright batting early in the day when AB de Villiers and Dean Elgar added 54 runs in the first hour, taking their third-wicket partnership to 141. Kohli fined for code of conduct breach during South Africa Test Kohli fined 25 percent of his match fee and receives one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the code But De Villiers was caught behind for 80, made off 121 balls, and Elgar followed soon afterwards. Mohammed Shami dismissed both batsmen and finished with four for 49, taking three wickets in four overs before lunch. South African captain Faf du Plessis and Vernon Philander put on a painstaking 46 in 26 overs to ensure India would have to chase more than 250. Du Plessis was ninth out for 48 off 141 balls. In the slowest cricket of the series, South Africa scored only 57 runs for the loss of two wickets in 27 overs and two-and-a-quarter hours between lunch and tea.
  11. COAS Gen Bajwa in Sri Lanka - Photo ISPR Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Sri Lanka on Tuesday for a two official visit on the invitation of his counterpart. During the visit, General Bajwa remarked that Pakistan and Sri Lanka were probably the only countries which understand what it takes to defeat the menace of terrorism. COAS held meetings with the Sri Lankan military leadership including the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chiefs of all three services. Upon arrival, General Bajwa was given guards of honour at the headquarters of all three services. The COAS also visited the Command and Staff College Sri Lanka and interacted with faculty and staff. The leadership of Sri Lankan expressed their gratitude and appreciation for Pakistan's unequivocal moral and material support during Sri Lanka's successful war on terror. They also appreciated successes of Pakistan Army in ongoing War on Terror. COAS highlighted that having cleared troubled areas from terrorists of all hues and colours, Pakistan is now going after their disorganised residual presence under Operation Radd-ul-Fasad. During the meetings, various new initiatives and ongoing projects were discussed to improve the existing defence ties between the two brotherly countries.
  12. WASHINGTON: The United States is prepared to partner with Pakistan to defeat terrorist organisations seeking safe havens, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote in an op-ed published in the New York Times on Wednesday. In the article titled 'I Am Proud of Our Diplomacy', Tillerson gave an overview of US diplomacy since the Trump administration took over in January and how the administration was dealing with issues on the foreign policy front. According to Secretary Tillerson, the United States' commitment to stop terrorism and extremism motivated the Trump administration to adopt a new South Asia strategy focusing on Afghanistan. "That country [Afghanistan] cannot become a safe haven for terrorists, as it was in the days before the Sept. 11 attacks. Pakistan must contribute by combating terrorist groups on its own soil," he wrote, before once again pushing the 'do more' mantra, adding that Islamabad "must demonstrate its desire to partner with us". 'Pakistan has done enough' Pakistan has responded by saying it has already 'done enough' in the US-led war on terror and "cannot do any more for anyone". In a press conference on Thursday, military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said no organised infrastructure of a terrorist organisation exists inside Pakistan. "We have been saying that Pakistan has fought twice an imposed and imported war inside Pakistan. We have sacrificed a lot. We have paid a huge price both in blood and treasure. We have done enough and we cannot do any more for anyone. Whatever we are doing and shall, will only be done for Pakistan," said the Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR). "Had we not supported, al-Qaeda would not have been defeated," he added. China must 'do more' to pressure North Korea In the NYT op-ed, The United States' top diplomat defended his country's foreign policy, saying progress had been made in the last year to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions and to counter the "immense challenges" posed by Russia, China and Iran. Tillerson said some 90 percent of Pyongyang's export earnings had been cut off by a series of international sanctions after the Trump administration "abandoned the failed policy of strategic patience". He said "a door to dialogue remains open" for Pyongyang but warned, "until denuclearization occurs, the pressure will continue". At the same time, he called on China ? Pyongyang's only major ally ? to "do more" to pressure North Korea. Iran nuclear deal 'flawed', no longer US policy focal point Tillerson described the Iran nuclear deal as 'flawed' and said that it was no longer the focal point of US policy towards Tehran. "We are now confronting the totality of Iranian threats," he said while adding that tart of this strategy entails rebuilding alliances with our partners in the Middle East. Secretary Tillerson said that in November, the US helped re-establish diplomatic ties between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. "We will continue to work with our allies and with Congress to explore options for addressing the nuclear deal's many flaws while building a like-minded effort to punish Iran for its violations of ballistic missile commitments and its destabilizing activities in the region. 'US on guard against Russian aggression' Tillerson described relations with Russia as poor saying that "we have no illusions about the regime we are dealing with". "The United States today has a poor relationship with a resurgent Russia that has invaded its neighbors Georgia and Ukraine in the last decade and undermined the sovereignty of Western nations by meddling in our election and others," he added". However, he said that while the US is on guard against Russian aggression, "we recognise the need to work with Russia where mutual interests intersect". "Nowhere is that more evident than in Syria," he said while adding that while President Vladimir Putin has committed to the United Nations-backed Geneva political process for providing a new future for Syria, "we expect Russia to follow through". "We are confident that the fulfillment of these talks will produce a Syria that is free of Bashar al-Assad and his family," he wrote.
  13. Udinese´s midfielder Rodrigo De Paul from Argentina scores a penalty during the Italian Serie A football match. -AFP MILAN: Inter Milan lost their Serie A unbeaten status after a shock 3-1 home defeat to Udinese on Saturday that puts their position at the top of the league under threat. Inter stay temporarily top on 40 points after their first defeat of the season, which came thanks to a Rodrigo De Paul penalty and Antonin Barak tap-in adding to Kevin Lasagna´s opener after Mauro Icardi had equalised for the hosts. But they can be overtaken by Napoli, who are one point behind Inter in second, if they win at Torino later on Saturday. The loss for Luciano Spalletti's side also gives third-placed Juventus, themselves just two points back, the opportunity to leapfrog their old rivals Inter at Bologna on Sunday. Inter looked like they were set to maintain their unbeaten record and momentarily extend their lead at the top when Icardi levelled the scores with a smart volley just 71 seconds after Lasagna´s 14th-minute opener. But despite dominating, the hosts could not find the breakthrough, and were punished just after the hour mark. Inter defender Davide Santon compounded a poor display by handballing Silvan Widner's cross, and after referee Maurizio Mariani consulted the video assistant referee to check that the ball had not gone out before the Udinese right-back reached the ball, he awarded the penalty from which De Paul gave the away side the lead. Inter continued to push and almost levelled in the 68th minute when Milan Skriniar thumped Antonio Candreva´s cross off the bar, but were punished when Barak finished a lightning break with 13 minutes left to sink the home side.
  14. PM Theresa May. Photo: Reuters LONDON/BRUSSELS: British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge European Union leaders to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase on Thursday, just hours after an embarrassing parliamentary defeat at home that weakens her hand. At the beginning of a dinner in Brussels, May will repeat her case for unlocking talks to unravel more than 40 years of union to allow for the discussion of future trade relations, which she sees as crucial to offering certainty for businesses. The 27 other EU leaders are all but certain to approve the deal to move to ?phase two? on Friday, after May has left Brussels, launching a new stage of talks that could be hampered by divisions at home and differences with the EU. ?The prime minister will say that reaching the agreement on phase one has required give and take on both sides but a fair outcome has been achieved,? a senior government official told reporters. After days of often fraught diplomacy, May rescued the initial deal last Friday, easing the concerns of her Northern Irish allies over the wording to protect a free border with EU member Ireland without separating the province from the UK. Then, EU negotiators said the talks had made ?sufficient progress?, a recommendation that will, barring accidents, be blessed by the leaders of the other member states. Her success has won her some respite at home from political infighting between enthusiasts and skeptics of Brexit in her ruling party, and has reduced the prospect of a disorderly departure from the bloc. But there are hurdles still to negotiate. May and her cabinet are due next Tuesday to hold a discussion of senior ministers? competing views on Britain?s future outside the EU ? to remain close to the bloc or forge a new path. The EU is willing to start talks next month on a roughly two-year transition period to ease Britain out after March 2019 but wants more detail from London on what it wants before it will open trade negotiations from March. Pro-Brexit lawmakers are concerned by a fall-back promise in the initial deal to have ?full regulatory alignment? with the EU if there is no overall agreement on future ties, and fear that their desire for an independent Britain is being undermined. Parliamentary defeat In a blow to May, already weakened after losing her Conservative Party?s majority in an election in June, parliament voted on Wednesday in favour of an amendment that requires a meaningful future parliamentary vote on any final Brexit deal. Up until the last minute of an often bitter debate, May?s team tried to convince lawmakers in her party to block the measure, which the government fears will weaken its hand in Brexit negotiations. But enough conservatives rebelled to carry it narrowly by 309 votes to 305 in the 650-seat lower house. ?This defeat is a humiliating loss of authority for the government on the eve of the European Council meeting,? opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a statement. ?Theresa May has resisted democratic accountability. Her refusal to listen means she will now have to accept parliament taking back control,? he said, co-opting a Brexit slogan. Divisions have split not only the governing Conservatives but Labour and the wider country ? which voted narrowly for Brexit 18 months ago. Before dinner on Thursday, May and her EU peers will discuss the bloc?s plan for closer defence cooperation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Long blocked by London, the plan now has backing from Britain, which as one of Europe?s main military powers, wants to keep ties with the EU on defence. Over dinner, leaders will discuss their response to the migration crisis from Africa and the Middle East, and lingering deep divisions over how to share the load. They will confirm a rollover of sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis and are likely to reaffirm their opposition to US President Donald Trump?s move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  15. Valencia blew a huge chance to move within two points of Barcelona at the top of La Liga as they slumped to a first defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at Getafe on Sunday. The visitors' disappointment was also compounded by the fact Getafe played for 65 minutes a man down after Mauro Arambarri was sent off midway through the first half. However, a Valencia shorn of the creative talents of PSG loanee Goncalo Guedes through injury lacked ideas to break the hosts down and were beaten by Markel Bergara's deflected effort 24 minutes from time. "Congratulations to them, they won, I don't think it was a fair result but that is football," Valencia captain Dani Parejo told BeIN Sports Spain. "It is not an excuse, but to see good football and to be the best league in the world, I don't think you can play on pitches in the condition it was today." Barca's failure to win at home in La Liga for the first time in a year on Saturday against Celta Vigo had opened the door for Valencia to continue their unlikely title challenge after finishing 12th in each of the last two seasons. Instead, the Catalans extend their lead at the top to five points with Valencia now just a point ahead of Atletico Madrid in third. Real Madrid are fourth, a further two points back, after they too were held 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. Two poorly timed challenges from Arambarri early on looked to have gifted Valencia the upper hand. However, the best Los Che could muster before half-time was a trio of Parejo free-kicks that tested Vicente Guaita. The 10 men then missed a great chance to go in front at the start of the second period when Angel Rodriguez fired wide with just Valencia goalkeeper Neto to beat. Getafe did, though, get a lucky break for the opener when Bergara's powerful effort from 25 yards ricocheted off former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista to leave Neto wrong-footed. Once again Valencia's biggest threat came from a Parejo free-kick that Guaita brilliantly tipped onto the post. And the ex-Valencia keeper denied his former club once more in stoppage time with a smart stop from Carles Soler's piledriver. On a fine Sunday for La Liga's other two Madrid sides, so often overshadowed by Real and Atletico, Leganes also came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-1. Daniel Raba had given Villarreal the lead at Butarque on the hour mark. However, the introduction of Moroccan international Nordin Amrabat, who could face Spain at next year's World Cup after the countries were paired together in Friday's draw, swung the game Leganes' way. Amrabat teed up Diego Rico to equalise before another Moroccan Nabil El Zhar put Leganes in front. And Amrabat was the creator once more in stoppage time for Gabriel Pires to complete the scoring. Las Palmas' first win in 10 games moved the Canary Islanders to within two points of safety as Jonathan Calleri netted the only goal against a Real Betis side on the slide. Eibar are now nine points clear of the drop zone as they beat Espanyol 3-1 to record a third straight win.
  16. Tottenham Hotspur?s slump continued as Leicester City beat them 2-1 on Tuesday with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez on target to avenge last season?s home mauling by the Londoners at the King Power stadium. Thrashed 6-1 by Mauricio Pochettino?s side in May, Leicester produced a performance more like that which took them to the Premier League title in 2015-16, leaving Spurs reeling after a third defeat in their last five league games. Vardy put the hosts ahead after 13 minutes, cleverly lobbing a volley over Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after being put through by Marc Albrighton?s chipped pass. Spurs responded with Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli having chances to equalise but were dealt a crushing blow on the stroke of halftime when Mahrez cut in from the right and sent a spectacular dipping effort into the top corner. Tottenham?s Argentine forward Erik Lamela came on for his first appearance in 13 months after injury and set up Harry Kane to smash home a late reply. Fellow substitute Fernando Llorente then squandered a glorious late chance to level for the visitors but Leicester held on for their first home win over Spurs since 2002.
  17. BEIRUT: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Monday he was prepared to pull his forces from Iraq, after Daesh lost control over its last urban stronghold in the country. In a televised address on Monday evening, Nasrallah said the Lebanese movement had deployed "large numbers of our commanders and cadres" to Iraq to fight Daesh. "We consider that the mission has been accomplished, but we are waiting for the final, Iraqi announcement of victory," he said. Once that official declaration came, Hezbollah would reassess its presence in Iraq and may pull its members out. "If we find that it's over, that there is no need for the presence of these brothers, they will return to be deployed in any other arena that needs them," Nasrallah said. Hezbollah mostly deployed experienced commanders as advisers and trainers to work alongside the Hashed al-Shaabi. Iraqi forces on November 17 announced they had retaken Rawa, the last town to have been held by Daesh group in Iraq, capping three years of anti-jihadist military operations. The latest efforts against Daesh have been spearheaded by Iraqi special forces and other regular troops but the Hashed, which counts tens of thousands of fighters, has been a key component of the bruising campaign. While Daesh no longer controls any urban hub in Iraq, its surviving fighters have regrouped in remote desert areas along the border with Syria and mopping up operations remain to be completed.
  18. La Liga champions Real Madrid suffered a shock 2-1 defeat in their first ever league visit to Catalan side Girona on Sunday, conceding two goals in quick succession and falling eight points behind leaders Barcelona. Spain midfielder Isco tapped in a rebounded shot from Cristiano Ronaldo to open the scoring in the 12th minute in Real Madrid?s first visit to Catalonia this season amid the worst political crisis in Spain?s 39 years of democracy. The home side struck the woodwork twice before the break but rallied in the second half and Uruguay international Christian Stuani fired them level in the 54th minute. Forward Portu then turned in the winning goal four minutes later to the delight of the 13,500 fans crammed into the Montilivi stadium. Stuani came within inches of scoring again midway through the second half but a one-goal advantage was enough to give Girona their third win in their first campaign in the top flight and inflict a second league defeat on Zinedine Zidane?s side. Real are third in the standings on 20 points, four behind second-placed Valencia while unbeaten leaders Barca have 28. Real coach Zidane blamed his side?s lack of concentration for both of the goals they conceded. ?We did well in the first half but football is about details and the first goal was from a throw in and we weren?t focused,? he told a news conference. ?I don?t think we played badly, we didn?t lack intensity or effort, we just lost focused at the most important moments and that?s why I?m annoyed. ?We?re eight points behind but it won?t change anything, we can pick ourselves up, we?ll have better days than this and our rivals are going to drop points.? Although Real Madrid have many supporters in Catalonia, they are viewed as the club that is most representative of Spain and the arrival of the team bus at Montilivi was greeted with a smattering of boos and pro-Catalan independence flags. POLITICAL HEAT The political heat intensified two days before their visit when the region?s ruling party declared independence from Spain and the central government responded by dissolving the Catalan parliament. Deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is from Girona province and a Girona supporter. He was not present at the game but showed his delight at the result with a post on Twitter. ?Girona?s victory over one of the best teams in the world can be an example and a reference for many situations,? he said. Despite the political undertones, the atmosphere was no more intimidating for Madrid than any other Liga ground and they were cheered on by hundreds of supporters who mixed with the home fans without any trouble. Pablo Maffeo, the Manchester City loanee who gained fame for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi, provided the first flash point of the game when his searching cross from the right wing pinged off the far post. The ball remained in play and Madrid surged up the other end where Ronaldo fired at Girona goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and Isco was ideally placed to tap in the rebound. Girona?s fighting spirit could not be crushed, however, and they staged an incredible turnaround to record arguably the most significant win in their 87-year history. ?We fully deserved it,? said Girona coach Pablo Machin. ?The fans have been behind us a long time, we promised we?d let them enjoy La Liga and today was the best atmosphere. If you?d said to me three years ago the fans would leave singing after beating Real Madrid I?d have said you were crazy.?
  19. Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan speaks with party leaders at his home in Bani Gala, outside Islamabad, Pakistan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/Files KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan admitted Monday evening his party's defeat in the much-hyped by-election of the NA-120 constituency. He had earlier alleged that polls in three union councils of NA-120 Lahore-III had been rigged. Khan ? speaking in an interview with a local media channel ? said the PTI was late in kicking off its election campaign in the constituency and that had it done so in a timelier fashion, the results would have been better for them. PML-N?s Kulsoom Nawaz wins NA-120 by-election: unofficial results Kulsoom Nawaz received 61,254 votes while Dr. Yasmin Rashid finished second with 47,066 votes Begum Kulsoom Nawaz ? the candidate from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ? won on Sunday the closely-contested by-election in her husband and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s ?home seat?. PML-N fielded Begum Kulsoom as its candidate against PTI-backed Dr. Yasmin Rashid and Faisal Mir of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), among others. According to the unofficial and unverified results, Begum Kulsoom managed to bag 61,254 votes, as opposed to the 47,066 votes that her competitor Rashid secured. "Those who voted for PML-N should hail the thieves in case of a theft at their home," the PTI chief said in response to the by-election results. Comparing Maryam Nawaz to Benazir Bhutto wrong: Nisar The former interior minister argued that Maryam Nawaz should only be considered as the daughter of Nawaz Sharif Commenting on a statement by ex-interior minister Chaudhry Nisar ? made during an interview in Geo News? programme Jirga with Saleem Safi ? regarding Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz, Khan said he was pleased that he questioned the former first daughter's eligibility Chaudhry Nisar had denounced the comparisons made earlier between Maryam Nawaz and Benazir Bhutto ? the former prime minister who was also the first woman to head a Muslim-majority country. The ex-minister had stressed that Sharif's daughter needed to prove her mettle first by engaging in real politics. "Maryam Nawaz should understand and partake in practical politics. Only then can she be considered a leader," Nisar said. "Benazir Bhutto spent time in jail and suffered a lot," he had added.
  20. Racial discrimination against people of Indian origin is not new in the West. There have been numerous attacks, verbal and physical, on Indians, especially Sikhs and Muslims living abroad. This time a racist woman targeted a Sikh politician in Canada. Jagmeet Singh, who is a Sikh MPP and a politician for the New Democratic Party, was addressing audience gathered at his campaign event ‘JagMeet and Greet' when the woman interrupted him and began hurling racists abuses. © Youtube_The Globe and Mail The woman asked him when his Sharia (Islamic canonical law) is going to end and said that she knows he is part of the Muslim brotherhood. Jagmeet Singh displayed exceptional calm in the situation and not for once did he lose his temper at the constant heckling by the woman. He instead tried to dissuade her with the message of love and peace. Without malice or anger, he announces how they will not let hate ruin a good event; how hate can be overcome with a message of love. In response to her hurtful words, he said, “We love you, we support you.” In a heartwarming gesture, the audience joined in and began the chant of ‘Love and courage'. The woman had no option but to retreat. There was no way her hate was going to win over brotherhood and humanity. Jagmeet Singh later tweeted a heartfelt letter explaining his response to the woman and why he didn't clarify to her that he wasn't Muslim. With #LoveAndCourage pic.twitter.com/eRbuvOWNJX — Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) September 10, 2017 Soon, tweets supporting him and praising his dignified reaction poured in. The Sikh religion teaches compassion and justice. It's beautiful to see Jagmeet Singh living these values in the face of hate. âð¾â¤ï¸ — Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) September 10, 2017 Every Canadian politician, nay EVERY Canadian should emulate @theJagmeetSingh and how he responds to hate. We would all be stronger. — Cory Papineau (@Iam_Canadian) September 10, 2017 Whether I agree with all of your political platform it irrelevant. But I believe you will debate honour with a voice & POV we need to hear. — Glenn Johnson (@Glenn_A_Johnson) September 10, 2017 I saw the video, you were so poised and calm during the entire thing. I'd vote for you if I could â¤ï¸ — Regina Marie (@regibaby67) September 10, 2017 Canada needs you as our leader. I believe that you will many great things for us. You are a good person, we need goodness #LoveAndCourage — Riley (@Riley_Tegan) September 10, 2017
  21. Jon Snow's suicide mission in the 6th episode of ‘Game of Thrones' season 7 wasn't all a waste, thanks to this one little secret Jon Snow stumbled upon. It costs them dearly – the death of a beloved dragon. But all is not lost and there is a huge learning from the tragic mission – one that will eventually defeat the White Walkers. When Jon's team comes across a group of Wights and White Walkers, Jon kills one White Walker and the others automatically disintegrate and fall dead. It is then that they realise that killing a White Walker will kill the Wights he created. © HBO This piece of information holds the key to defeating the White Walkers. Armies from the seven kingdoms, armed with dragonglass weapons, can easily wipe out major portions of the White Walkers army by targeting the White Walkers who head groups of Wights. © HBO Jon Snow might not have processed this information well enough yet, since getting out alive was his main concern then. But once they sit down to form a strategy, this secret will prove to be game-changing. Getting near the Night King will be difficult, since he now has an ice dragon (yeah, twist a dragonglass in our heart). So the next alternative is to systematically clean out the army of the dead. © HBO After Sam's genius discovery, we did think defeating the army of the dead was not THAT difficult. Dany's dragon could have lived to fight another battle. Now that we have something to take away from the tragic battle beyond the wall, we feel a little less bad about Viserion, Daenerys' beloved dragon who was killed by the Night King.
  22. Sri Lanka´s woeful run has continued since their first-round exit in the eight-team Champions Trophy in June DAMBULLA: Sri Lanka?s cricket coach Nick Pothas has blamed outside interference for a string of poor performances, saying frequent changes to the selection line-up had made his job "very difficult". Pothas hit out after Sri Lanka, who suffered a 3-0 Test whitewash at home last week, went down to India by nine wickets in the first of five one-day internationals in Dambulla on Sunday. "You do get angry - to say ´too many cooks´ is probably accurate," the former wicketkeeper-batsman told reporters in Dambulla. "You get frustrated. Am I angry with the players? Absolutely not. The players work as hard as anyone can ask of them. "They´ve been superb. Support staff have been out of this world. Brilliant. They work endless hours with planning and helping the boys. You can´t fault anyone within that changing room." Sri Lanka´s woeful run has continued since their first-round exit in the eight-team Champions Trophy in June followed by an embarrassing 3-2 ODI loss to minnows Zimbabwe at home. The Sanath Jayasuriya-led selection committee has fielded 40 players in ODIs since taking over in May last year. Pothas, who took up coaching duties after Graham Ford quit mid-contract end of June, said there had been too many changes. "When you get consistency within a team of players, you will see improvements in performance," said the 43-year-old. "When we´re getting new players every game, it gets very difficult from a confidence point of view. From the player´s point of view it´s very difficult. It´s difficult for us - the coaching staff - to create a strategy." There have been reports of a power struggle emerging after 1996 World Cup hero Asanka Gurusinha was appointed manager. The result of the current series apart, Sri Lanka need to win at least two of the five games to gain a direct entry into the 2019 World Cup in England.
  23. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/85c3a937228020b3b23b59537255c1a6.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8xMy8yMDE3IDg6MDg6MTggQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT04aG5YMkpGL0wrWDZQMnZVWk5iUTlRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] QUETTA: It is a question of our future to entirely uproot terrorism from the country, said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday. Addressing a press conference in the provincial capital after Saturday's deadly blast which left 14 people dead, Iqbal said this attack reminds us that we are in a state of war, which requires internal unity. "Those attempting to internally disunite Pakistan are enemies of the country," he said, stressing that political differences need to be put aside in such situations. The minister appealed to all political parties, saying "this is the time to unite against terrorism and shun our differences". "We all have to work together to secure our future," said Iqbal. "We become more determined with every such cowardly attack". COAS in Quetta after deadly attack on army vehicle General Qamar Javed Bajwa is expected to visit CMH to inquire into the injured being treated there and attend a breifing on the security situation The minister said peace and development are inter-linked, "which is why our government, through operations Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasaad, is attempting to put the country on the path of development. God willing such acts will also end soon". He also assured the cooperation of the federal government with all provincial governments, saying the enemy is very clever and has specific designs against Pakistan. Answering a question, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said 14 people have died in the attack and 46 were injured. Replying to a query, Iqbal said the security situation is much better as compared to 2013. 15 army personnel, civilians martyred, 40 others wounded in Quetta blast: ISPR COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack and called it 'an attempt to mar independence day festivity' Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri, who was alongside Iqbal, said, "we are living in a war zone with a porous border with Afghanistan". He said they are not sitting idly and take appropriate action against those responsible every time there is a terrorist attack. Earlier, the interior minister, along with the chief minister, visited CMH to inquire into the people injured in the attack.
  24. Yesterday we talked about the final design of the Galaxy Note 8 and, thanks to those pictures, we can finally know how it will look like. However, the same people who leaked those images are not going to stop anytime soon as they got their hands on the specifications of the Galaxy Note 8 as well. © Twitter Evan Blass, the guy who leaked a bunch of pictures yesterday, published yet another note with the specifications of the upcoming smartphone. Bless says that he was “briefed on the device's final configuration.” He continues to add that the device will have a 6.3-inch AMOLED display and will have a relation of 1440 X 2960. The Note 8 will also have an IP 68 rated body which implies the smartphone will dust and water resistant. It is pegged to be 8.5mm thick, which makes it a little more than the Galaxy S8. © Twitter Blass has managed to get the specs details for the US variant which will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor while the Indian version will get Samsung's Exynos 8895 processor. The reason why Samsung opts to include their own chipset for the Indian market is that it is far cheaper to manufacture the processor in India than Qualcomm's processor. Both processors for the two variants are the same chipsets that power the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. However, it is expected to a bit better in terms of performance as it may have been better tuned for the device. © Twitter The Galaxy Note 8 also has an upgrade in the RAM department as it will sport 6GB of RAM under the hood. It will be coupled with at least 64GB of internal storage as claimed by Blass. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is already a spectacular smartphone and one can notice that the Note 8 is almost identical to its smaller brother. Samsung will probably pay more emphasis on the dual-camera setup which will set it apart from the S8. It will have two lenses, i.e. the main camera and telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. The Note 8's cameras will have f/1.7 aperture on the main lens and f/2.4 aperture on the telephoto camera. The wide lenses mean that the smartphone will be able to provide a shallower depth of field and can capture more light during low-light photography. Samsung will also be playing it safe in the battery capacity field thanks to the debacle from last year. The Note 8 is expected to have 3,300 mAH battery capacity which can be quickly charged with a USB-C cable. The smartphone is expected to be available in gold and black at launch and will also get a grey and blue variant sometime after the launch. Blass says that the Note 8 will cost somewhere around $900 (INR 57,000).
  25. England ripped apart South Africa's top order in Sunday's final session at the Oval to bear down on a victory that would put them 2-1 up with one to play in the four-test series. Two wickets from successive balls in Ben Stokes' third over removed Quinton de Kock (5) and Faf du Plessis (0) and ended faint South Africa hopes of mounting a rearguard action in pursuit of their nominal target of 492. Although Stokes failed to record what would have been the first-ever test hat-trick at the Oval, the damage was done. Du Plessis' wicket, lbw without playing a shot to a first-ball inswinger, was a particular blow, with South Africa needing their captain to survive at least into Monday. The tourists limped to the close on 117-4, still 375 short of their target with a day's play remaining. The battling Dean Elgar was unbeaten on 72 despite a painful blow to his finger, and Temba Bavuma on 16, as England turned to Moeen Ali to try to secure another breakthrough. Elgar had been fortunate to survive on nine, dropped by Keaton Jennings at third slip off Jimmy Anderson, and went on to strike seven fours in his 77-ball half-century. No one else provided much resistance. Before Stokes struck, Stuart Broad removed opener Heino Kuhn for 11 and Toby Roland-Jones dismissed Hashim Amla for the second time in the match, this time having South Africa's danger man sharply caught by Joe Root in the slips for five. England have a further 98 overs available on Monday to complete the victory and vindicate Root's decision to delay his declaration to apply maximum pressure to South Africa. England's new captain eventually called time when Jonny Bairstow was dismissed before tea after a breezy 63 which lifted England, who had resumed on 74-1, to 313-8. After Jennings departed early for a painstaking 48, debutant Tom Westley pushed on to a maiden half-century, an innings that should ensure an extended run at England's problem number three spot. Westley went on to make 59 before he was stumped misjudging a dash at Keshav Maharaj. Root (50) followed soon afterwards, top-edging the same bowler after recording a half-century for the ninth successive match. England gradually accelerated with Stokes (31) and Roland-Jones (23 not out) joining Bairstow in some lusty blows as England's lead extended way beyond the test record for a successful final innings run chase of 418. If South Africa fail to survive on Monday, it will complete a one-sided sequence in each of the tests. England won by 211 runs at Lord's before South Africa hit back with an even more emphatic 340-run victory at Trent Bridge. The final test starts in Manchester on Friday, Aug. 4.