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  1. An impromptu memorial is seen a day after a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Susana Vera WASHINGTON: A San Francisco area man on a delayed honeymoon was among the 13 people killed in Thursday's attack in Spain, his family told a local television station on Friday, hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that an American citizen was dead. Jared Tucker, 43, had gone to Barcelona to celebrate his first anniversary in the form of a belated honeymoon when he became separated from his wife as they were walking, his father, Dan Tucker told KGO television in San Francisco. Jared Tucker's wife, Heidi Nunes Tucker, told the station that her husband had gone to find a restroom when the attackers struck, ploughing into a crowd of pedestrians with a van. The driver of the van was one of five men shot dead by police in a Catalan seaside resort hours later, Spanish newspapers reported on Friday. It was the latest in a string of attacks across Europe in the past 13 months in which militants have used vehicles as weapons - a crude but deadly tactic that is near-impossible to prevent and has now killed nearly 130 people in France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, and Spain. Suspected extremists have been behind the previous attacks. Daesh said the perpetrators of the latest one had been responding to its call to target countries involved in a US-led coalition against the radical group. Tucker, who lived in East Bay suburbs of San Francisco, leaves behind three daughters, the television station reported.
  2. The White House lawyer brought in to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller?s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election said he believed the focus of the probe was "narrow" and the aspects related to President Donald Trump should be completed before the end of the year. The lawyer, Ty Cobb, who joined the White House staff on July 31, made the comments in interviews with Reuters on Tuesday and Wednesday. He declined to provide specifics backing his outlook, which contradicts media reports that the scope of Mueller?s probe is expanding and the views of several outside experts that the investigation is likely to continue well into 2018. "I'd like to see the president out from under this by Thanksgiving, but certainly by year end," Cobb said, adding that he would be "embarrassed" otherwise. "I think the relevant areas of inquiry by the special counsel are narrow." Mueller is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, among other matters. Moscow has denied interfering in the election and the president has denied collusion took place. Cobb, who resigned from law firm Hogan Lovells to take the White House job, said he meets with or talks to Trump almost daily and interacts with Mueller's team. Cobb said he could not discuss those communications. Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on any timeline for the probe, which matters would fall under the special counsel's aegis and interactions with the White House. Like all senior White House staff, Cobb, 66, reports to retired General John Kelly, Trump's chief of staff. As a White House lawyer, he is in a different position than the president's outside counsel John Dowd and Jay Sekulow. Cobb would not be able to assert attorney-client privilege to protect his conversations with Trump from a grand jury subpoena. Trump has said he believes investigations of his and his family's finances would be beyond the scope of Mueller's probe. Mueller is reportedly already looking at Trump's business dealings going back a decade. Cobb said he believed Mueller's 16-lawyer team was "appropriately focused" and understood "the urgency to the country and to the presidency" of finishing the probe as quickly as possible. Several legal experts said Cobb's timeline was unrealistic, noting similar probes have dragged on for years. "I cannot imagine a universe in which the prosecutor's office is giving the president a clean bill of health before Thanksgiving of this year," said Andrew Wright, an associate White House counsel under President Barack Obama. "It's a very complicated investigation." COVER IMAGE: Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the US House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/Files
  3. Delcy Rodriguez, president of the National Constituent Assembly, speaks during a meeting of the Truth Commission in Caracas, Venezuela, August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino CARACAS: Venezuela's new legislative super body on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship. In practice, the move does little to change the existing situation. The Socialist-dominated Supreme Court has stripped power from the congress and shot down nearly every law it has approved since it was taken over by the opposition in 2016. But the decision suggests the constituent assembly, elected in July in a vote boycotted by the opposition, is more interested in limiting the opposition's influence than carrying out its official task of rewriting the nation's constitution. Delcy Rodriguez, a Maduro ally and president of the constituent assembly, insisted the move did not imply a dissolution of the congress. "Those lazy bums have to work. What we are doing is telling them: 'Gentlemen, we are not going to let you take a holiday'," Rodriguez said in a reference to opposition legislators. South American trade bloc Mercosur condemned the assembly for usurping congress's responsibilities, according to a statement released by Brazil's Foreign Ministry. Mercosur founding members Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay will not recognize any measures taken by the assembly, the statement said. The assembly had invited leaders of the existing congress to join the session. Congressional leaders did not attend, insisting it was fraudulently created and usurped their powers. "(Congress) only obeys the constitution and the people. We do not recognize the constituent assembly, much less subordinate ourselves to it," Freddy Guevara, an opposition politician and vice president of the congress, wrote on Twitter. Maduro pushed for the creation of the constituent assembly on promises it would bring peace to the country after months of violent street protests that have killed more than 125 people. Critics say the assembly was created to extend the rule of the Socialists, who face anger across the country over chronic food shortages, triple-digit inflation and a severe recession. Protests have slowed since the July 30 election, partly because opposition leaders are in talks to present candidates for the gubernatorial elections expected in October. Many opposition supporters are also tired and demoralized. Governments around the world have slammed the creation of the constituent assembly, with many accusing Maduro of seeking to ignore the will of Venezuelans who want a change of government. The United States has slapped sanctions on top Socialist Party officials, accusing them, among other things, of weakening democracy and violating human rights. Washington has said it will consider sanctions against anyone who participates in the constituent assembly.
  4. A Yemeni child, who is suspected of being infected with cholera, cries at a hospital in the capital Sanaa, on August 12, 2017. AFP/Mohammed Huwais LONDON: The majority of deaths from Yemen's cholera outbreak have occurred in rebel-controlled areas cut off from supplies due to airstrikes and blockades by a Saudi-led military coalition, according to research published on Friday. The study by London's Queen Mary University found eight out of 10 cholera deaths took place in regions controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels who have fought a two-year war against Saudi-aligned forces backing Yemen's government. Yemen is battling against the "world's worst cholera outbreak", according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than half a million people have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and almost 2,000 people have died, the WHO said on Monday. "Saudi-led airstrikes have destroyed vital infrastructure, including hospitals and public water systems, hit civilian areas, and displaced people into crowded and insanitary conditions", Jonathan Kennedy, Andrew Harmer and David McCoy, the study's researchers, wrote. The Saudi ministry of foreign affairs did not immediately respond to written questions or telephone calls. Yemen's devastating civil war has pitted a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia against an Iran-backed armed Houthi group, and economic collapse has made it difficult to deal with disease outbreaks such as cholera and mass hunger. The study compared data from the WHO with maps of government-controlled and rebel-controlled areas. The researchers found 78 percent of cholera cases and 81 percent of deaths from cholera occurred in Houthi-controlled regions. Only 10.4 per cent of deaths occurred in government-controlled areas. The researchers said the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for the deadly outbreak, by causing shortages of food, medical supplies, fuel and chlorine, and restricting humanitarian access. Each day there are more than 5,000 new cases of cholera, which causes acute diarrhoea and dehydration, in Yemen where the health system has collapsed after more than two years of war, according to the WHO. Cholera, spread by ingestion of food or water tainted with human faeces, can kill within hours if untreated. It has been largely eradicated in developed countries equipped with sanitation systems and water treatment. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
  5. Billionaire activist-investor Carl Icahn gives an interview on FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto show in New York, US, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files Billionaire investor Carl Icahn ended his role as a special adviser to US President Donald Trump on Friday after facing criticism that policy recommendations he offered could help his own investments. Some Democratic lawmakers and biofuels advocates argued that Icahn's guidance to the Republican administration created a conflict of interest with his businesses, including oil refining company CVR Energy Inc. Icahn has denied any conflict of interest. Icahn's departure followed a flurry of changes at the White House. Trump on Friday fired his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, two days after disbanding two high-profile business advisory groups. "I chose to end this arrangement (with your blessing) because I did not want partisan bickering about my role to in any way cloud your administration," Icahn wrote in a letter to Trump released on his website. The White House declined to comment. A call to Icahn's office was not immediately returned. The activist investor, who leads Icahn Enterprises LP, was an early and close ally of Trump who was often praised by the Republican for his business acumen. One of Icahn's first tasks was to vet the future Securities and Exchange Commission chairman and a number of candidates met with the octogenarian investor in his Fifth Avenue office just a few blocks north of Trump Tower in Manhattan. While Icahn stopped managing money for clients years ago, he still has large stakes in companies like Herbalife Ltd, CVR, and American International Group Inc, which have faced regulatory issues. Icahn was so sure Trump's election last year would give a boost to stocks that he left the campaign's victory party to make a $1 billion bet on the market, he told Reuters last year. The day after the election, stocks leapt. In his letter to Trump, Icahn downplayed his role as an adviser on regulatory matters, saying "I never had access to nonpublic information or profited from my position." Trump, who came to office promising to roll back regulation, reform the tax code and boost infrastructure spending, never put Icahn on the payroll. But Icahn's involvement was considerable. He interviewed Scott Pruitt, now the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the very agency that would determine regulations about requiring refiners to blend biofuels. His web of financial interests became a lightning rod. "If he was not willing to admit he was a de facto special government employee, and follow the rules, then he had no place serving in government," said Norman Eisen, co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, who served as the chief ethics lawyer for former President Barack Obama. "His short tenure, marred by serious conflicts allegations, was yet another black eye for an administration that has become notorious for violations of ethics and the rule of law." Icahn has been one of the loudest critics of the federal biofuels program, and he was working at price-crushing reforms of the program at the same time he was betting that credits at the centre of the program would fall. Biofuels regulations require refiners either to blend biofuels into gasoline or - in the case of companies like CVR that have no blending facilities - to buy credits from competitors. The regulation, the Renewable Fuel Standard, also allows companies to delay those credit purchases by a year. As an adviser to Trump, Icahn urged the president in February to alter the policy to lift the blending burden from refiners. Yet environmental regulators are preparing to formally reject that proposal, sources told Reuters. Investors have built up a large short position in CVR in the past three months, according to Reuters data, as evidence mounts that the company's gamble on the biofuels market is going sour.
  6. People gather around an impromptu memorial a day after a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Sergio Perez BARCELONA: The driver of the van that ploughed into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people, may still be alive and at large, Spanish police said on Friday, denying earlier media reports that he had been shot dead in a Catalan seaside resort. Josep Lluis Trapero, police chief in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia, said he could not confirm the driver was one of five men killed. "It is still a possibility but, unlike four hours ago, it is losing weight," he told regional TV. The driver abandoned the van and fled on Thursday after speeding along a section of Las Ramblas, the most famous boulevard in Barcelona, leaving a trail of dead and injured among the crowds of tourists and local residents thronging the street. (For a graphic on Barcelona crash, click tmsnrt.rs/2fOJ9Sm) It was the latest of a string of attacks across Europe in the past 13 months in which militants have used vehicles as weapons - a crude but deadly tactic that is near-impossible to prevent and has now killed nearly 130 people in France, Germany, Britain, Sweden and Spain. Suspected jihadists have been behind the previous attacks. Islamic State said the perpetrators of the latest one had been responding to its call to target countries involved in a U.S.-led coalition against the Sunni militant group. Hours after the van rampage, police shot dead five people in the Catalan resort of Cambrils, 120 km (75 miles) down the coast from Barcelona, after they drove their car at pedestrians and police officers. The five assailants had an axe and knives in their car and wore fake explosive belts, police said. A single police officer shot four of the men, Trapero said. A Spanish woman was killed in the Cambrils incident, while several other civilians and a police officer were injured. Trapero had earlier said the investigation was focusing on a house in Alcanar, southwest of Barcelona, which was razed by an explosion shortly before midnight on Wednesday. Police believe the house was being used to plan one or several large-scale attacks in Barcelona, possibly using a large number of butane gas canisters stored there. However, the apparently accidental explosion at the house forced the conspirators to scale down their plans and to hurriedly carry out more "rudimentary" attacks, Trapero said. Four arrests Police have arrested four people in connection with the attacks - three Moroccans and a citizen of Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, Trapero said. They were aged between 21 and 34, and none had a history of terrorism-related activities. Another three people have been identified but are still at large. Spanish media said two of them may have been killed by the blast in Alcanar while one man of Moroccan origin was still sought by the police. Police in France are looking for the driver of a white Renault Kangoo van that may have been used by people involved in the Barcelona attack, a French police source told Reuters. Worst since 2004 It was the deadliest attack in Spain since March 2004, when Islamist militants placed bombs on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people. Of 126 people injured in Barcelona and Cambrils, 65 were still in the hospital and 17 were in a critical condition. The dead and injured came from 34 countries, ranging from France and Germany to Pakistan and the Philippines. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said an American citizen was confirmed dead, and Spanish media said several children were killed. As Spain began three days of mourning, people returned to Las Ramblas, laying flowers and lighting candles in memory of the victims. Rajoy and Spain's King Felipe visited Barcelona's main square nearby to observe a minute's silence. Defiant crowds later chanted "I am not afraid" in Catalan. Foreign leaders voiced condemnation and sympathy, including French President Emmanuel Macron, whose nation has suffered some of Europe's deadliest recent attacks. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking after media reports that some Germans were among those killed, said Islamist terrorism "can never defeat us" and vowed to press ahead with campaigning for a general election in Germany in September. King Mohammed VI of Morocco sent his condolences to Spain. U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking by phone with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday, pledged the full support of the United States in investigating the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils and bringing the perpetrators to justice. In a message to the cardinal of Barcelona, Pope Francis said the attack was "an act of blind violence that is a grave offense to the Creator". Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the attack showed the European Union's system of migrant relocation was wrong. "It is dangerous. Europe should wake up," he said. "We are dealing here with a clash of civilisations."
  7. President Donald Trump talks to senior staff Steve Bannon during a swearing in ceremony for senior staff at the White House in Washington, DC, January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN: President Donald Trump on Friday fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon in the latest White House shakeup, removing a far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and a driving force behind his nationalist and anti-globalization agenda. Bannon's firing, a year and a day after Trump hired him as his campaign chief, put an abrupt end to the rabble-rousing political provocateur's tumultuous tenure in a White House riven with rivalries and back-stabbing during which he clashed with more-moderate factions. He was instrumental in some of Trump's most contentious policy moves including the ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries, abandoning the Paris climate accord, tearing up international trade agreements and cracking down on illegal immigration. He was no friend of the Republican political establishment and was loathed by liberals but was a darling of some of the president's hard-line conservative supporters. White House officials said Trump had told new Chief of Staff John Kelly to crack down on the bickering and infighting, and that Bannon's fate was sealed by comments published on Wednesday in the American Prospect liberal magazine in which he spoke of targeting his adversaries within the administration. Trump, seven months into his presidency, has become increasingly isolated over his comments following white supremacist violence in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville last Saturday and his attacks on fellow Republicans. Some Republicans had even begun questioning Trump's capacity to govern. As Trump came under fire from Republicans including two former presidents, and from business leaders and U.S. allies abroad, he faced mounting calls for Bannon's ouster. Critics had accused Bannon of harbouring anti-Semitic and white nationalist sentiments. "White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Bannon returned to his post as executive chairman of right-wing Breitbart News on Friday afternoon, the website said. Prior to joining the Trump campaign, he had spearheaded Breitbart's shift into a forum for the "alt-right," a loose online confederation of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites. Bannon said his departure from the White House signals a major shift for the Trump agenda. "The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over," Bannon told the conservative Weekly Standard. "I just think his ability to get anything done - particularly the bigger things, like the wall, the bigger, broader things that we fought for, it's just gonna be that much harder," Bannon said. He became the latest key figure to abruptly depart a Trump White House that has been chaotic from its first days and already has lost a chief of staff, a national security advisor, two communications directors and a chief spokesman. Trump's presidency also has been dogged by ongoing investigations in Congress and a special counsel named by the Justice Department into potential collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, something both Trump and Moscow deny. A champion of economic nationalism, Bannon, 63, is a former U.S. Navy officer, Goldman Sachs investment banker and Hollywood movie producer. Bannon had been in a precarious position before but Trump opted to keep him, in part because he had played a major role in Trump's November 2016 election victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton and was backed by many of the president's most loyal rank-and-file supporters. Democrats cheered Bannon's departure. "Steve Bannon's firing is welcome news, but it doesn't disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance," said Nancy Pelosi, the top House of Representatives Democrat. "The Trump Administration must not only purge itself of the remaining white supremacists on staff but abandon the bigoted ideology that clearly governs its decisions." Markets react Wall Street indexes and the U.S. dollar ended a volatile session lower after a week of drama in Washington intensified doubts about Trump's ability to deliver on policy objectives such as tax cuts. After a late-morning boost following reports of Bannon's ouster, the dollar and U.S. equities lost ground. Bannon felt a close ideological connection to Trump's populist tendencies and "America First" message. Like Trump, he has also expressed deep scepticism concerning ongoing American military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. The decision to fire Bannon could undermine Trump's support among far-right voters but might ease tensions within the White House and with party leaders. Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress but have been unable to pass major legislative goals including a healthcare legislation overhaul because of fierce intra-party divisions. Trump ran into trouble after saying anti-racism demonstrators in Charlottesville were as responsible for the violence as the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who instigated the protests, and that there were "very fine people" among both groups. Those remarks sparked rebukes from fellow Republicans, top corporate executives and some close allies even as some supporters, including Vice President Mike Pence, stood by Trump. Bannon's departure removes a large source of friction on the White House staff, but does not herald a significant shift by Trump toward the centre on foreign policy, defence or economic issues, three administration officials said. "A good deal of what was attributed to Bannon, for example on China trade and restricting immigration, and the border wall, all came before Bannon joined the campaign and would have happened without him," said one White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Bannon has been a hawk on China, urging a tougher line on trade to correct a huge trade imbalance and dismissive of recent efforts to try to elicit Beijing's help to rein in North Korea. In his comments to American Prospect, Bannon said the United States was in an economic war with China. A second official said the biggest winners from Bannon?s departure are national security adviser H.R. McMaster; Gary Cohn, Trump?s chief economic adviser; and Trump?s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner. Bannon's departure cast a cloud over the future of the group of allies he had brought into the White House, such as Sebastian Gorka. Latest White House disarray The first senior White House official to depart was national security adviser Michael Flynn, who Trump fired in February. On July 28, Trump replaced his beleaguered White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, installing retired General John Kelly in his place. Trump ousted White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci on July 31 over an obscene tirade 10 days after he was named to the post. Scaramucci's hiring had prompted Sean Spicer, a Priebus ally, to quit as press secretary. In May, Trump also fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Some conservative activists expressed disappointment in Bannon's ouster. Republicans were largely quiet, though moderate Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said she was glad Bannon was out but that the administration "must work to build bridges, not destroy them." By the time Trump had hired Bannon as campaign manager, the real estate magnate had already vanquished his Republican opponents for the party's presidential nomination. Asked about Bannon on Tuesday, Trump called him "a friend of mine" but downplayed his contribution to his election victory. "Mr. Bannon came on very late. You know that. I went through 17 senators, governors and I won all the primaries. Mr. Bannon came on very much later than that. And I like him. He is a good man. He is not a racist," Trump said.
  8. KARACHI: Three people lost their lives late Friday night in separate incidents in the metropolis. 19 people were injured in a traffic accident at Korangi Crossing, all of whom were shifted to the hospital, rescue sources revealed. However, one of the wounded succumbed to their injuries, Dr. Seemi Jamali stated. One person drowned at Gadani Beach on Friday night. The man ? a resident of Lyari's Nayabad locale ? had gone on a picnic with his friends, the deceased's family said. In addition, no one came to search despite calls made to the rescue officials and police, the family claimed. Firing claimed the life of one man in Gulshan-e-Maymar, rescue officials stated. The deceased has been identified as Waheed Gabol, police sources revealed, adding that the incident seems to have been related to some personal dispute.
  9. Protesters display placards during a rally to support press freedom in Hong Kong on March 2, 2014. AFP/Philippe Lopez CAIRO: Egypt has blocked access to the website of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF), adding the organisation to a growing list of restricted online sites in the North African country. The Paris-based group said Thursday its website was blocked on August 14, shortly after it had issued a statement condemning the ongoing detention of an Egyptian photojournalist. "This is the first time that the RSF site has been blocked in Egypt,? Alexandra El Khazen ? the head of RSF?s Middle East desk ? said, according to Middle East Eye. ?This extensive digital blackout in Egypt is not just a grave attack on freedom of information. It [is] also indicative of a fear on the part of the regime that an informed public could pose a threat to its stability,? the publication added. Egypt has blocked more than 100 websites since May, including media sites seen as critical of the government. Rights groups have repeatedly accused former army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of stifling dissent. In the 2017 press freedom index published by MSF, Egypt ranked 161st out of 180 countries.
  10. Image Courtesy: Major General Asif Ghafoor's Twitter account (@OfficialDGISPR) ISLAMABAD: Commander of the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) General Joseph L. Votel, along with his delegation, met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday to discuss matters of professional interest with a special focus on the security situation in Afghanistan. Also present at the meeting earlier today was David Hale, the US Ambassador to Pakistan. The COAS talked about Pak-US relations and how important they are to the country, especially including the cooperative security efforts geared towards stability in the South Asian region. Pakistan, the COAS added, has carried out operations against all types of terrorists. General Bajwa underlined once again his commitment to work closely with the security forces in Afghanistan and the US-led Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in order to enhance the security conditions along the Durand Line region. With regard to Afghanistan and the Pak-US linkages, the COAS commented that "no other country has more interest for peace in Afghanistan than Pakistan". General Bajwa further mentioned that against any financial or material assistance, Pakistan seeks "acknowledgement of our decades-long contributions towards regional peace and stability", the significance of its challenges, and notably, the nation's sacrifices in fighting "terrorism and militancy".
  11. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/aac61a78dcbd1b66f5642f62cdd68b75.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8xOC8yMDE3IDY6NDE6MTEgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT10bExOWUUxSXhZSGVjOWlmbnVMUDBnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: In an apparent reaction to statements made by former information minister Pervaiz Rasheed, senior PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that some people have put the entire blame for their mistakes on the interior ministry and establishment. "People should tell what help they expected from the interior ministry and should have the moral courage to explain the conspiracies staged against them," said a statement released by Nisar's spokesman. "They should also have the moral courage to not confuse the nation," added the statement. In a reference to the Dawn Leaks commission, the former interior minister said that "a five-member committee comprising of members from federal and provincial institutions gave a decision against them." Earlier, Pervaiz Rasheed in an interview to a private news channel said that, "decisions were taken against us while the interior minister existed, JITs have been created 'the interior? was there," he said, in an apparent statement against former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar.
  12. Spanish policemen walk in a cordoned off area. -AFP PARIS: The twin vehicle attacks in Spain that left 14 dead and over 100 more injured in a bustling tourist area of Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils affected people of some three dozen nationalities. The dead and injured came from countries as varied as France, Venezuela, Australia, Ireland, Peru, Algeria and China. Dead UNITED STATES US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at least one American was killed. ITALY Rome said two Italians were among the Barcelona dead. One was named by computer company Tom´s Hardware as its employee Bruno Gulotta, who worked in sales and marketing. The 35-year-old had been on holiday in Barcelona with his wife and their two young children, the company announced, saying they were in mourning for their "friend and colleague". Italian media reported that Gulotta had been holding five-year-old son Alessandro´s hand just before he was hit by the van. His wife Martina had one-year-old daughter Aria in a baby carrier and managed to pull her son out of the way too. BELGIUM A woman from Tongres in eastern Belgium, visiting Barcelona with her family, was killed, the Belgian foreign minister said. PORTUGAL A 74-year-old Portuguese woman was among the dead, according to the government. Wounded FRANCE France appears to have the most injured in the attack. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said 28 French nationals had been injured, with eight of them in a serious condition. GERMANY Foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said 13 Germans were injured in the Barcelona attack, some of them "fighting for their lives". He said he could also not rule out that there may be Germans among the dead. IRELAND A family of four Irish citizens needed hospital treatment after the attack, Dublin said. The parents were originally from the Philippines, and Manila said its honorary consul in Barcelona had been to check on them. BRITAIN British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a televised address that "a number of British nationals were caught up in the attack," but provided no other details on the number of wounded. She also mentioned that authorities "are urgently looking into reports of a child believed missing, who is a British dual national". NETHERLANDS Three Dutch people were wounded, all of whom are out of danger, the government said. BELGIUM There are two Belgians among the wounded, one in a serious condition, according to Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. ROMANIA Three wounded - two men aged 33 and 42 who are in a stable condition in hospital and another who suffered only minor injuries. AUSTRALIA Three wounded, according to the Australian government. GREECE Two children wounded along with their mother, who has German nationality. The father was unhurt but is in shock, Greek officials said. MOROCCO Three Moroccans were injured including a six-year-old child who is in a "critical condition", the foreign ministry said. CUBA Four Cubans were injured in Barcelona, and another lightly hurt in the second attack in the resort town of Cambrils, according to the official Cubadebate website. REST OF EUROPE One person each from Hungary, Macedonia, Austria and Turkey was injured. ASIA Two Taiwanese people were wounded as well as one person from Hong Kong. Catalan authorities said people with Spanish, Algerian, Argentinian, Canadian, Chinese, Colombian, Dominican, Ecuadorean, Egyptian, Philippine, Honduran, Kuwaiti, Mauritanian, Pakistani, Peruvian, and Venezuelan nationality were also among the victims.
  13. WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump ordered the US military on Friday to elevate its cyber warfare operations to a separate command, signaling a new strategic emphasis on electronic and online offensive and defensive operations. The move means the US Cyber Command, or Cybercom, will eventually become its own entity. It had been a subordinate part of the US Strategic Command since it was established in 2009. "This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our nation´s defense," Trump said in a statement. "The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries." The move would expand the number of the Defense Department´s unified combatant commands to 10, putting cyber warfare on an equal footing with the Strategic Command, the Special Operations Command, and regional commands. Until now cyber warfare operations have been run under the umbrella of the National Security Agency, the country´s main electronic spying agency, with Admiral Michael Rogers heading both. Rogers will retain his "dual-hatted" role for now, but once Cybercom is fully elevated he could be replaced by another four-star general or admiral. Discussions on whether to hive off Cybercom and place it directly under Pentagon direction have gone on for several years, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is currently reviewing plans. Rogers has said several times over the past year that they needed to recruit hundreds more skilled cyber operators before the separation could take place. Cybercom is headquartered in Fort Meade, Maryland and will eventually comprise almost 6,200 personnel organised into 133 teams. These "Cyber Mission Force" teams are already actively conducting operations and will achieve full operational capability by the end of fiscal year 2018. Kenneth Rapuano, who is assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, said there was no firm timeline on when Cybercom would be fully stood up as a combatant command. He said the move is not a response to any particular incident -- such as Russian hacks during the 2016 election -- but is a reflection of the command´s growing importance. "This is a new sphere of warfare, and we have a steady increase in escalation in cyber incidents around the world," Rapuano said. John McCain, chairman of the US Senate´s Armed Services Committee, welcomed the move, but said more needs to be done to prepare the US and its military to meet cyber security challenges. "We must develop a clear policy and strategy for deterring and responding to cyber threats," McCain said.
  14. SHANGHAI: Chinese football fans and media are urging underperforming Carlos Tevez not to return from a trip to Argentina, nicknaming him "Very Homesick Boy" as speculation swirls that he wants out of China. The 33-year-old Argentine former international has been a flop since moving this year to Shanghai Shenhua on a fat salary, scoring only twice, missing half the games through injury and having his commitment repeatedly questioned by fans. Tevez, who has previously suggested he would look to leave after the season, flew to Buenos Aires this week for treatment on a muscle injury. The trip has fuelled suspicions that he may not return, though the Chinese Super League (CSL) club told AFP this week Tevez was expected back by the end of the month. Shanghai Shenhua made Tevez one of the best-paid players in the world when they signed him in January from Boca Juniors on reported weekly wages of around 730,000 euros ($850,000). But the former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus star has failed to settle and has been christened by supporters and media in China as "Very Homesick Boy" -- a play on how his name is pronounced in Chinese. The label is also an apparent reference to Tevez's falling-out with then-City boss Roberto Mancini, when Tevez refused to warm up as a substitute in the last moments of a Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September 2011. Tevez flew back to Argentina and considered retiring, before eventually returning to England in February 2012. Many football fans on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, criticised Tevez. "He won't need to come back in person. I'll deliver his luggage to logistics companies," said one posting. "Tevez shamelessly went back to Argentina. Don't ever come back," said another. "Shenhua's highest-paid yet worst foreign player. As a Shenhua fan since 1994, the club's management this season is the worst ever," added another. Shenhua say that a break in the CSL season made it a good opportunity for Tevez to seek rehabilitation back in Argentina and that the decision to let him go was made after discussions between the player and the club's medical team.
  15. SPAIN: Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome begins his quest to make more cycling history on Saturday by ending a long and arduous wait to win the Vuelta a Espana. Froome faces a huge challenge over three weeks of brutal climbs in the searing Spanish summer heat with a stellar cast of former Grand Tour winners such as Alberto Contador in his final race, Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru competing for the red jersey. However, should the Briton emerge victorious when the race enters Madrid on September 10, he would become just the third man ever to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year after Frenchman Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978). Froome has come agonisingly close to winning in Spain in the past, finishing second on three occasions in 2011, 2014 and 2016. "It certainly feels as if I've got unfinished business at the Vuelta a Espana," said Froome. "It's a relentless race, the course is always a lot more mountainous than the Tour de France, the conditions are tougher being mid-August in Spain." Nine summit finishes lie in wait for the peloton, including a 12.2km climb up Alto de l'Angliru in the penultimate stage to ensure an explosive finish. There is just one individual time trial, but the long and flat 42km circuit on stage 16 should allow Froome to take time off his rivals. "It's brutal, absolutely brutal, and to win something like that it feels as if you're taking on an even bigger challenge," added Froome. "It's certainly not easy to go straight from the Tour and to shift the mind-set to suddenly getting ready for another Grand Tour, another three-week race, just a few weeks on from the Tour de France." - Contador's fairytale finale? - Contador will be the home favourite as he aims to end an illustrous career in fairytale fashion by matching Roberto Heras's record of four Vuelta wins. The 34-year-old announced earlier this month the Vuelta would be his final race after a disappointing Tour de France in which he finished ninth and nearly nine minutes back on Froome. "I don't think there is a better farewell than in my home race in my own country," said Contador, who is tied for fourth as the most successful Grand Tour rider of all-time with seven wins in total. "I'm sure these will be three wonderful weeks." Two Italian former Vuelta winners pose the biggest threat to Froome and Contador as Nibali and Aru lead Bahrain-Merida and Astana respectively. Nibali should be fresher than his rivals after sitting out the Tour de France following his third-place finish on home soil at the Giro d'Italia. "The route is very demanding but overall I like it," said Nibali. "So many climbs, but also Navarra Circuit's time trial with more of 40 kilometres can be decisive." Aru finished fifth at the Tour de France even taking the yellow jersey from Froome for a couple of days despite losing a number of teammates early in the race. "It'll be the hardest Grand Tour of 2017," said the 2015 champion, who is also riding with his future in mind with UAE Team Emirates interested in snatching him away from Astana. Romain Bardet also goes for his first Grand Tour win after finishing on the podium at the Tour de France in each of the last two years. However, former Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez is out after being suspended by the UCI for failing a doping test on Thursday.
  16. MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has backed calls for the Premier League to close its transfer window before the season starts, rather than at the end of August. Several English top-flight clubs have called for the move in order to minimise disruption once the season gets under way and they are due to vote on the proposal at the start of next month. It would put the Premier League at odds with the rest of Europe, but Mourinho played down the threat of European clubs poaching players without the selling clubs having time to sign replacements. "My opinion is we have to adapt to the situation, it doesn't matter what," Mourinho told his weekly press conference at United's Carrington training base on Friday. "But as a football manager and not a market man -- just a football man, just as somebody who wants to work with the team, work with the players -- I would prefer the window to close as soon as possible. "So everybody knows the players we have and the deals will be done earlier and nobody would be waiting for the last week. "And we wouldn't have the situation of sometimes a player plays game number one for a team and game number two for another team. "And the question marks somebody puts, if other leagues don't close at the same time, are we in danger of losing players in the last couple of weeks? "My question is, how many clubs in the world are powerful enough to buy the best players in the Premier League? The answer I think is very obvious. "So the risk is minimal and even those powerful clubs have to know if we can't buy players after, let's say the 14th or 15th of August, we're not going to sell. "So if they are interested in players from the Premier League, they also have to do it before the limit. "So again, I repeat, I'm not a market man, but as a football manager I would like it to close before the first match." - 'I'm happy with squad' - Mourinho has had a successful transfer window so far, bringing in Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku to bolster his defence, midfield and forward line. Matic and Lukaku both impressed on their debut last weekend, the latter scoring twice in a 4-0 home win over West Ham United. Mourinho is also in the market for a wide player and United have been strongly linked with a move for Inter Milan's Croatian winger Ivan Perisic. But with United not prepared to meet Inter's £48 million ($61.6 million, 52.7 million euros) asking price, Mourinho believes they will not buy any more players this month. "I don't think we are (in the market), unless something happens to put us in the market again," said Mourinho, whose side visit Swansea City on Saturday. "I told (executive vice chairman) Mr Woodward my plans were four (new players), but I also told him be cool, no pressure from me, do what you think is best for the club. "We will be together again for another transfer window in January and next summer, so no pressure from me at all. I'm happy with the squad we have. I'm ready to go without the fourth player. "If we are out of the market, I'm fine, I'm ready." Mourinho revealed injured pair Ashley Young and Luke Shaw will play in an under-23 game against Swansea on Monday, paving the way for them to return to first-team action after the forthcoming international break.
  17. KARACHI: Answering former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s question on why he was ousted from office, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday kicked off ?Aap ko Kyun Nikala? (Why were you ousted) movement. Under the movement, local PTI leaders distributed pamphlets in the metropolis stating the 10 points behind Nawaz's ouster. Corruption, misuse of public office, money laundering and tax evasion are listed in the pamphlet. Giving his response to the movement, PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry said that Nawaz was sent packing because he did not misuse public office and that the former prime minister was also ousted before in the past due to similar reasons.
  18. QUETTA: A Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) commander and 22 other militants surrendered to security forces on Friday, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) The militants surrendered during a ceremony at FC Madadgar Heaquarters Quetta. The latest ceremony follows numerous other ceremonies held in different parts of Balochistan during which hundreds of militants have surrendered, including militant commander Balkh Sher Badeeni who surrendered in January this year. Home Minister Balochistan Sarfraz Bugti and a large number of civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
  19. TURKU: Police in Finland shot and arrested a man who reportedly stabbed several people in the Finnish city of Turku, reported the Independent on Friday. Witnesses at the scene of the incident reported hearing multiple gunshots and seeing at least one person lying motionless on the ground. According to Finland's national broadcaster, Yle, at least two people were also injured. "Several people stabbed in central Turku. People are requested to avoid the city centre," tweeted South-West Finland police, added the British publication. Police added the suspected attacker had been shot in the leg and arrested.
  20. ISLAMABAD: Former Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rasheed on Friday said that he had resigned during the Dawn Leaks controversy to save democracy in the country. Speaking to a private news channel, Senator Rasheed further added he gave sacrifice in view of strengthening weak democracy in the country. Rasheed said that former president Gen (rtd) Pervaiz Musharraf was not sent abroad by the Nawaz-government, however, he admitted it couldn?t stop him from doing so. "Other institutions did not cooperate with us in stopping Musharraf from going abroad," he said. "Musharraf, himself told that someone helped him to travel abroad." Rasheed said that Musharraf's legacy conspired against Nawaz-government, however, Nawaz chose a measured restraint. "There is a ghost, which I call the ghost of Musharraf's legacy, it is present in political parties, political minds, and institutions of the country," adding, "we have to change this thinking, we have to challenge it and fight against it." He added that in the past people used to forget the name of prime minister in two-month period after his ouster but this time the people of Pakistan reacted. Rasheed said despite having the interior ministry, Joint Investigation Team was formed and whatsapp messages were sent. The former information minister called Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, ' a pawn' in Nawaz's ouster.
  21. LAHORE: Lahore High Court on Friday dismissed a contempt of court petition against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Rana Shah, a local lawyer, filed a petition that the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader committed contempt of court in his ?anti-judiciary? speeches during GT Road Rally. He requested the court to take action against Nawaz and should stop media from broadcasting his speeches. A lawyer representing the federal government during the hearing maintained that only the court who has been supposedly targeted can take action on the contempt of court. Subsequently, the court dismissed the petition and told petitioner to take his case to Supreme Court.
  22. ISLAMABAD: Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Chairperson Mahmood Khan Achakzai on Friday said all members of the parliament, including Khursheed Shah and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, should strengthen the lower house. Achakzai made the statement during his address in the parliament and added that the internal and external policies of the country should also be made in the parliament. The Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chairperson further said that there is no harm in having a dialogue with those who believe in the supremacy of Parliament. Achakzai alleged that country has not seen a free and fair election from 1970 onwards and 28 prime ministers have been dismissed before the end of their tenure. He also said the country has seen blunders such as the formation of Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) and the Changa Manga incident and asked why were Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution implemented in those instances.
  23. LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday said the parliament has not been undermined after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster. "No one has undermined the parliament and the system continues to run as it should," said the PPP leader. Qaira said Nawaz's ouster was due to his "own crimes and not due to a threat to democracy". He added that the system and the foundations laid down during the PPP's tenure exist and democracy in the country will gradually improve. The PPP leader maintained that the party has always believed in cooperation for the betterment of the people and the country. "PPP believes in cooperation in and out of parliament for the betterment of the people and Pakistan." Qaira added that Nawaz should have taken the initiative earlier to cooperate with the political forces of the country. Earlier, Co-Chairman Pakistan People's Party Asif Ali Zardari said that the PPP never supported Nawaz Sharif or his government, but supported democracy in order to save it. Zardari had also added that the PPP wants to see democracy evolve in the country as it is "a gradual process". PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on the occasion had also said they will not support the PML-N and no relief should be expected from the PPP.
  24. ISLAMABAD: PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry said on Friday that there is no evidence of corruption against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. While speaking to Geo News, he said that a review petition has been submitted before the court as justice was not served to the Sharif family, and added that the review petition is a request of the Pakistani nation. ?People supported Nawaz Sharif in his GT Road Rally,? he said. Chaudhry added that PML-N hopes that justice will be served. Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry today lashed out at Nawaz and his sons Hasan and Hussain for not appearing before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) today as scheduled. Chaudhry also criticised Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, PML-N?s candidate for NA-120 by-election and the wife of former premier, for not being present during scrutiny of her nomination papers for NA-120 by-election. The PTI spokesperson also alleged that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar along with National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) President Saeed Ahmed and former Securities and Exchange Commission (SECP) chairman Zafar Hijazi are running the largest money laundering network in Pakistan.
  25. LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday strongly condemned "reckless statements made by batsman Umar Akmal with regards to his omission from the ICC Champions Trophy squad." According to a statement issued by the PCB, "Umar was given as many as seven chances to improve his fitness and match the standards of his teammates, laid out by the team management." The statement added, that Umar was given a program to improve his fitness like other players before the West Indies tour and after he failed the tests in Lahore, he was left out of the team. After clearing another test before the squad selection on the eve of the ICC Champions Trophy in England, Umar was included in the eventual 15 member squad. "The PCB wants to stress that the team trainer conducts fitness tests of squad members before each international assignment and the tests before the Champions Trophy were conducted as a continuation of the policy. Once again Umar failed to attain the desired level of fitness and the team management was left with no option but to drop him from the squad." Head Coach Mickey Arthur had placed Umar in his white ball format plans and gave him repeated chances for redemption, unfortunately, the batsman remained incapable of reaching the requisite fitness level. The PCB awaits his response to the show cause issued to him yesterday and hopes that in the meantime, the batsman will refrain from making baseless allegations, the statement concluded. In late night posts on Twitter, Umar Akmal claimed that he had passed the fitness test for the Champions Trophy but after arriving in England Arthur took a dummy test and claimed Akmal had failed and sent him back.