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  1. NEW YORK: Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said on Thursday Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi?s held positive meetings with world leaders along the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The FO Spokesman said that the meeting between the prime ministers of Pakistan-India PMs is not in the schedule. Moreover, Zakaria said that Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa will leave for Moscow in the first week of October. The visit is a continuation of high-level contact and a reflection of wish to improve bilateral ties. The army chief?s visit to Russia will contribute to defence cooperation between the two countries. He said that last week?s joint statement by Japan and India was disappointing. The FO spokesman condemned the detainment of Kashmiri leaders and said that Indian forces martyred four more innocent citizens. He demanded that the international community needs to take notice of the atrocities. The statement had unnecessary references to Pakistan, said Zakaria, adding that India is involved in spreading terrorism in neighbouring countries and occupied Kashmir. On Sept 19, PM Abbasi arrived in New York to lead the country's delegation to the 72nd session of the UNGA and meet world leaders. The Premier's address to the UNGA ? slated for September 21 (today) ? will be his debut into the highest international diplomacy after being sworn in as the Prime Minister last month.
  2. Romelu Lukaku's signing from Everton continues to pay off as he scored and created a goal in Manchester United's 4-0 drubbing of his former club on Sunday with United joining Manchester City on top of the league. United -- whose record goalscorer Wayne Rooney endured a miserable return with his Everton team-mates -- are only second in the table by virtue of C coming before U as both the Manchester clubs share exactly the same statistics after five matches. Champions Chelsea are on 10 points, three adrift of the leading duo, after being held 0-0 at home to Arsenal -- the first scoreless draw at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte's tenure. United were slightly flattered by the final scoreline -- three goals coming in the final 10 minutes after Everton had largely dominated the second-half -- but manager Jose Mourinho was more than satisfied. "I think the performance was very good, especially in the first 30-35 minute, it was probably our best performance of the season," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "We pressed them and they did not have a chance to get out, they did not have a shot, it was very impressive." For Everton and manager Ronald Koeman -- who spent £152million ($207million, 173million euros) in the close season -- it is fast becoming a crisis as this was their fourth successive defeat and in which they have failed to score to boot. The Dutchman grasped at whatever straw he could to see a positive side. "From what I saw today from the team it made me happy," he told Sky Sports. "More happy than Thursday (they lost to modest Serie A side Atalanta in the Europa League). "We grew in the game and in confidence and not many teams will get two big chances like we got today. We didn't score the goal and after a personal mistake (Everton central defender Ashley Williams) it was 2-0." 'An intense game' There was little cheer for Chelsea's Italian manager Antonio Conte -- or indeed for watching Hollywood star Channing Tatum and former Chelsea skipper John Terry -- where Arsenal ran the match for large portions of it. The hosts also ended the encounter like the previous two against the Gunners without a full complement of players as David Luiz was red carded three minutes from the end. Conte, though, felt that the referee Mike Dean should have blown for a foul just before Luiz clattered Sead Kolasinac. "It's very important to see what happened before the David Luiz tackle. For sure there was a foul," said Conte. "The referee has to use the whistle. If he stops the play before I think it (wouldn't) happen." For Arsene Wenger and Arsenal there was something rare as it was the first time they have left Chelsea with even a point in their last six visits. Indeed Arsenal should have won it but their record signing Alexandre Lacazette missed an open goal after man of the match Aaron Ramsey's shot had come back off the post to him. Wenger, though, took pleasure out of the character his players had shown following their last away day when they were whipped 4-0 by Liverpool. "It was about mentality and a response from our last away game," said Wenger, whose side are six points adrift of the top two. "We could have won it. It was an intense game. "The battle was total. We are not in a transfer period and on the day we played Liverpool that affected us. We are all human beings. "We were focused and determined."
  3. Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his third and the team's fifth goal during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, London, September 16, 2017. AFP/Ben Stansall LONDON: Manchester City stormed to the top of the Premier League as Sergio Aguero's hat-trick inspired a 6-0 demolition of Watford, while Philippe Coutinho's return couldn't lift Liverpool in a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Saturday. With previous leaders Manchester United not in action until Sunday's clash with Everton, City had a chance to move three points clear of their title rivals. Aguero ensured they did just that as the Argentine forward maintained his mastery of Watford at Vicarage Road. Pep Guardiola's side took the lead in the 27th minute when Aguero headed in from Kevin de Bruyne's free-kick for his seventh goal in five games against the Hornets. Aguero wasn't finished inflicting pain on Marco Silva's men and he struck again four minutes later, tapping in after Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes couldn't hold David Silva's cross-shot. Having notched his fifth goal of the season, Aguero turned provider in the 38th minute, slipping in Gabriel Jesus for a nonchalant finish. It was City's 12th goal of a memorable week that also included a 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool and a 4-0 win at Feyenoord. Nicolas Otamendi added to that tally when he headed in the fourth from Silva's cross in the 63rd minute before Aguero completed his 10th City treble with nine minutes left. There was still time for Raheem Sterling to win and convert an 89th-minute penalty to cap City's swaggering display. "It was so good. Especially after an away game in the Champions League. The way we played as a team, we are so happy," Guardiola said. "I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals. We have found our game." At Anfield, with Sadio Mane suspended, Coutinho made his first Liverpool start since his failed attempt to force a move to Barcelona. Brazil forward Coutinho missed the first five games of the season with a back injury before coming on in Wednesday's 2-2 Champions League draw against Sevilla. But despite his return, Jurgen Klopp's team were rocked when Scott Arfield put Burnley in front in the 27th minute. Liverpool drew level three minutes later through Mohamed Salah's cool finish from Emre Can's pass, but the Reds couldn't find a winner with Coutinho substituted in the closing stages. "I'm not happy, I'm angry with the result but pleased with the performance," Klopp said. "It's our fault. We were dominant but only scored one goal." Tottenham Hotspur failed to win for a third successive league match at Wembley as Swansea City held on for a 0-0 draw. After a midweek Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley, which serves as Tottenham's home while White Hart Lane is rebuilt, Mauricio Pochettino's team were frustrated as Harry Kane hit the woodwork, while the hosts also had three penalty appeals turned down. Historic low Roy Hodgson was unable to stop Crystal Palace hitting a historic low as Steven Davis sealed Southampton's 1-0 win at Selhurst Park. Former England boss Hodgson was taking charge of Palace for the first time following his appointment on Tuesday as successor to the sacked Frank de Boer. But Hodgson couldn't inspire an immediate upturn in Palace's fortunes, with Davis's goal condemning the Eagles to a piece of unwanted history. Palace sit bottom of the table after becoming the first English top-tier team to lose their opening five fixtures without scoring a single goal. Jamie Vardy rescued Leicester City as his second-half penalty secured a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town, who took the lead through Laurent Depoitre in the 47th minute. Jamaal Lascelles was Newcastle United's hero again as he clinched a 2-1 win over Stoke City at St James' Park. Rafael Benitez's side took the lead through Christian Atsu and Xherdan Shaqiri equalised for Stoke. Newcastle captain Lascelles, who also bagged the winner at Swansea City last weekend, earned the hosts' third successive victory with a 68th-minute header. West Bromwich Albion midfielder Gareth Barry equalled the Premier League appearance record in a 0-0 draw against West Ham at the Hawthorns. Barry, 36, is now level with Ryan Giggs' mark of 632 games, having made his top-flight debut in 1998.
  4. RAWALPINDI: An event to commemorate Defence Day is underway at the General Headquarters (GHQ). The event started with children presenting a tableau. Later, the crowd stood up to the national anthem. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is also present at the event, will also address the attendees.
  5. Finnish police patrol in front of the Central Railway Station after the stabbings in Turku, Central Helsinki, Finland, August 18, 2017. LEHTIKUVA/Linda Manner via REUTERS HELSINKI: Finnish police said Friday that they had released a sixth suspect in last month's stabbing spree that killed two and injured eight others in a southwestern city, leaving the alleged attacker as the only person still in custody. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said the released man "was placed in pre-trial detention on Tuesday last week for possible involvement in two murders with a terrorist intent and eight attempted murders with a terrorist intent." "There is no longer any reason to suspect him of these offences," it said in a statement. The main suspect has been identified as Abderrahman Bouanane, a 22-year-old Moroccan national who was shot in the thigh by the police shortly after the stabbings, which are being investigated as Finland's first terror attack. Investigators said Wednesday that Bouanane was carrying a manifesto at the time of the attack. "He wrote it before the crime. He had it with him when he was shot," chief investigator Olli Toyras told AFP, without specifying what the manifesto contained. Bouanane had also recorded a video that included text from the manifesto. Police have said Bouanane targeted women during his rampage through the market square in Turku, a port city, killing two women and wounding another six, as well as two men who tried to stop him. But Bouanane's motive is not known and no extremist group has claimed responsibility for the August 18 attack. Seven people have been arrested since the incident, and the authorities are searching for an eighth suspect, who is the subject of an international arrest warrant. They have not revealed that person's identity.
  6. Image Courtesy: Metropolitan Police Twitter account LONDON: British police investigating Friday's sword attack outside Buckingham Palace in London released a suspect from custody on Wednesday, but another man is still being questioned. "A 30-year-old man who was arrested in west London on Sunday, 27 August by detectives investigating a terrorist incident near Buckingham Palace has been released from police custody with no further action," a police statement said. A 26-year-old man from Luton, north of London, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police, and the counter-terrorism department has until September 1 to question him. The suspect reached for a four-foot (1.2-metre) sword after being challenged by unarmed police officers he deliberately drove at outside the royal palace, authorities say. Police said the man repeatedly yelled and was incapacitated with CS gas. "We believe the man was acting alone and we are not looking for other suspects at this stage," said Dean Haydon, the head of Counter Terrorism Command. "While we cannot speculate on what the man was intending to do ? this will be determined during the course of the investigation ? it is only right that we investigate this as a terrorist incident at this time." In Britain, 35 people have been killed in three extremist attacks in London and Manchester since March.
  7. KARACHI: A transgender was shot dead by unknown men in Karachi late Tuesday, while police rounded up over two dozen suspects including a female robber from different areas in the city, officials said. The transgender, Chanda, was shot dead in Defence's Shahbaz Commercial area, when unknown men opened fire on a number of transgenders standing in the street. One of the fellows of the deceased said a vehicle with tinted glasses and private security guards first passed by them, from which unknown men threw eggs on them and drove away. "The suspects then returned after a while and opened fire on us. We ran from there but Chanda received gunshot wounds," the deceased's fellow said. Mohammad Ramzan, the duty police officer who was present at the scene to report initial findings, said the perpetrators first threw eggs on transgenders and then opened fire on them. Influentials are often found exhibiting lethal arms and taking private security guards along in different areas of the city. The practice is widespread in upscale neighbourhoods of Defence and Clifton. Meanwhile, police rounded up 28 suspects in raids conducted in Mobina Town, Surjani Town, Pakistan Bazar, Baldia Town and Korangi areas. Seven suspects were arrested in Surjani Town with over 50 sackful of Gutka seized from them, SP Orangi Abid Ali Baloch said. Seven suspected robbers, including a woman, were apprehended in Mominabad area. The suspects were said to be associated with a 24-member gang, which also has six women members. The arrested suspects, during initial investigation, confessed to their involvement in over a hundred robberies. A raid was conducted on a gambling den in Mobina Town's Quaid-e-Azam Colony, SSP Malir Rao Anwar said, which led to the arrest of 11 gamblers. Police also seized money put on stake and some other articles used for placing bets from arrested gamblers. An alleged encounter took place between duty cops and street criminals busy looting citizens in Nazimabad no. 3 area. Consequently, an injured suspect was held, while a 40-year-old woman was also wounded in exchange of gunfire from both sides. Police also held an absconder, Abdul Qadir, from Baldia Town, while another suspects, Fahim alias Shooter, was nabbed in Korangi. The law enforcer claimed to have seized drugs and weapons from teh suspect. In another incident, a 55-year-old man, Sabozai, was shot dead by his relative, Punhal, at Super Highway cattle market. The incident was said to be an outcome of personal enmity.
  8. Pakistan's security forces. Photo: File Security forces carried out search operations in Halka Plandara area of Mohmand Agency by acting on intelligence reports as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday. During the search operation, suicide jackets, IEDs, rockets, hand grenades, detonators and a huge amount of ammunition of various calibers and communication equipment were recovered. Meanwhile, in a search operation conducted in Orakzai Agency by Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkuwa, six suspects were apprehended and a cache of arms and ammunition, including rockets and mortars, were recovered. On Sunday, Frontier Corps Balochistan destroyed four terrorists? camps in different intelligence-based operations, according to the ISPR. Two terrorists were also killed during an exchange of fire in different areas including Kahan and Dera Bugti. In another operation, FC Balochistan (South) successfully foiled a terror attack. In the last two days, FC Balochistan (South) has busted a network of terrorists and their facilitators, according to the ISPR.
  9. PHOTO: File KARACHI/LAHORE/KHANEWAL: Member of a political party was arrested in a raid conducted by law enforcement agencies in Karachi's Azizabad vicinity. The man is accused of aiding criminals and carrying out illegal activities for the political party. Authorities also arrested seven criminals from Orangi Town and Gulberg. In a separate incident, two burglars were captured and tortured by citizens in Karachi's Gizri locality, following which they were handed over to the police. In different raids across Lahore, police arrested 11 suspects from Batapur, and 11 others from Hafizabad. Contraband and weapons were seized from the arrested individuals. Four suspects were taken into police custody in Khanewal.
  10. ISLAMABAD: A flag hoisting ceremony was held at Pakistan High Commission (PHC) in New Delhi, India on Monday to celebrate 70th independence anniversary of the country. The day was celebrated by the participants with national spirit and enthusiasm. Pakistan's flag was raised by Acting High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah at an impressive ceremony held on the Chancery's lush green lawns ,a message received here from New Delhi said. Partition at 70: the numbers that divided a subcontinent Some of the numbers behind the defining event known as Partition Syed Haider Shah, Acting High Commissioner, read out the Independence Day messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan. A student of Pakistan High Commission School, Iman Sarwar, delivered a speech, while other students of the school presented national songs and tableaus. Mrs. Palwasha Haider, the wife of Acting High Commissioner, gave away prizes and gifts to teachers and children of the school. Acting High Commissioner also performed the cake cutting ceremony of 70th anniversary.
  11. Army personnel during a search operation. Photo: File CHAMAN: Two alleged suspects were arrested in a search operation in connection with the Quetta suicide blast that killed 15 people and injured at least 40 on Saturday night, security officials said on Sunday. The suspects were shifted to an undisclosed location. Officials informed that a huge cache of weapons and ammunition were also recovered from a house during the search operation. Officials added that 671 personnel mines, 16 IEDs, 67 remotes, 167 antennas, 14 IED electric circuits, more than 100kg explosives, six bundle IED wires, three suicide jackets, 50 electronic detonators, 50 rocket launchers and 25kg ball bearings were hidden in the house. A huge suicide explosion, targeting Pakistan Army personnel in Quetta, reportedly took place in a vehicle, occurred at the Pishin bus stop, causing cars in the surroundings to catch fire soon afterwards. "An attempt to mar independence day festivity. Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge," DG ISPR Major-General Asif Ghafoor posted on Twitter. Army troops reached the site of the incident soon after the attack and cordoned off the area. The injured were shifted to the Combined MIlitary Hospital, some of the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta and an emergency was declared in hospitals in the vicinity.
  12. File Photo KARACHI: Nine suspects were arrested and 15 detained during search operations conducted late Thursday night in various areas of the metropolis, police officials said. Three suspects were taken into custody during an operation carried out in the city's Saudabad area, police stated, adding that weapons and contraband have been recovered from them. The arrestees are said to have been involved in street crimes, authorities said. Five suspects were arrested late Thursday night during an operation conducted in Sultanabad, Manghopir, Superintendent of Police (SP)-Orangi Abid Baloch mentioned, noting that 15 others were held for further questioning. Weapons and contraband were recovered from the arrestees, the police official added. CTD encounter The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Thursday night was involved in an encounter near Bagh-e-Korangi, resulting in the arrest of one suspect, while another managed to flee, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Munir Shaikh said. The detained suspect was injured during the exchange of gunfire, the police official said, adding that he belongs to a political party and has been involved in cases of target killing. Police added that weapons were seized from the arrestee. Raid on sheesha bar Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) on Thursday night carried out a raid on a sheesha bar in Block L of North Nazimabad, SP Gulberg Town explained, adding that the owner of the outlet was taken into custody. In addition, a large number of sheeshas were seized from the bar, the police official mentioned. Geo obtains CCTV footage of robbery Geo News has obtained the CCTV footage of a robbery that was carried out in Nazimabad No. 4, the channel reported. The video clip shows the dacoits arriving at the scene on a bike, looting a citizen, and then driving away. The robbers' faces are clearly visible in the footage. Lahore search operation A search operation was carried out by police late Thursday night in various areas of the city's City Division, officials said. Places included in the search were truck stops, shops, and factories, among others, police sources mentioned, adding that identities of numerous people were checked through biometric verification. Dacoits held in Hyderabad, Khairpur One dacoit was taken into custody during an alleged police encounter carried out in the city's Baldia area, security officials said. The dacoit ? who was injured during the exchange of gunfire ? was subsequently transferred to a hospital for medical treatment, police added. Weapons were recovered from the detained suspect, police said. On the other hand, four dacoits were detained during a similar encounter late Thursday night in Khairpur's Babarloo police station jurisdiction, LEAs said. Of the four arrestees, two were taken into custody in a wounded state, police explained, adding that all of them were involved in robberies on the National Highway.
  13. LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) late Tuesday arrested a Mandi Bahauddin-based ?employment agent? in a Rs0.1 million fraud case. The man ? Zulfiqar Ahmed ? received money from his clientele in exchange for guaranteeing jobs in Saudi Arabia. Quaidabad?s resident Faisal Jameel was also arrested for defrauding citizens of Rs0.31 million. On similar charges, a man named Muhammad Hanif was arrested in a fraud case of Rs.0.463 million. The FIA registered fraud cases against the accused.
  14. Japanese authorities arrested a 34-year-old woman after she allegedly trashed 54 violins and 70 bows worth around $950,000 that were owned by her ex-husband. PHOTO: AFP File A woman has been arrested in Japan on suspicion of destroying 54 violins and 70 bows worth around $950,000 that were owned by her ex-husband, police and media said Wednesday. The 34-year-old was arrested Tuesday for allegedly breaking into a man's home and wrecking the instruments, with reports that the violins had been made or collected by her 62-year-old former partner. The collection included an Italian-made instrument worth 50 million yen ($445,000), according to Jiji Press. "The total financial damage claimed by the victim is 105.9 million yen," a police spokesman from the central prefecture of Aichi, where the crime allegedly took place, told AFP. "She is suspected of entering the home by breaking a window sometime between January 30 and February 19 in 2014," he said. At the time of the incident, the couple was reportedly in the middle of a divorce, which was completed last year. The woman, identified as Tokyo resident Midori Kawamiya, travelled to China several times after the incident and was arrested upon her return to the Japanese capital, the tabloid Nikkan Sports said. The outlet reported that she was a Chinese national.
  15. A PTI protesters during an anti-govt rally in Rawalpindi in October 2016. Photo: Reuters ISLAMABAD: Workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) taken into custody during the party?s ?November 2 lockdown? last year were acquitted of all charges on Friday. Golra police had registered an FIR against several PTI workers, armed with ?dandas? [sticks] for indulging in ?unlawful? activity when the party initiated its protest ?lockdown? of the capital. The suspects, already out on bail, had sought their acquittal under Section 249-A of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The plea stated that no evidence was recovered against the accused, adding that they were taken into custody while travelling in a vehicle. Police push Khattak-led PTI caravan back to Swabi Interchange Police used tear gas on PTI workers after they tried to remove barricades placed to prevent them from entering Punjab The magistrate accepted the petition and ordered acquittal of all the accused in the case seeing ?no chances of their conviction?. The magistrate also ordered for their bail bonds to be released and sureties discharged. PTI had announced that it will ?lockdown? Islamabad on November 2 to pressurise the prime minister to hold himself accountable for his alleged association with offshore accounts owned by his family that were identified in the Panama Papers.
  16. WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a second, previously undisclosed conversation during a dinner for G20 leaders at a summit earlier this month in Germany, a White House official confirmed on Tuesday. The two leaders held a formal two-hour bilateral meeting on July 7 in which Trump later said Putin denied allegations that he directed efforts to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election. The White House official did not say how long the second meeting took place or what was discussed. The second conversation between Trump and Putin took place during a dinner for the Group of 20 heads of state and their spouses in Hamburg, said Ian Bremmer, the president of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, who was first to report the meeting in a note to clients. Television coverage of the dinner showed that first lady Melania Trump was seated next to Putin. Bremmer said Trump got up from his seat halfway through dinner and spent about an hour talking "privately and animatedly" with Putin, "joined only by Putin's own translator." The lack of a US translator raised eyebrows among other leaders at the dinner, said Bremmer, who called it a "breach of national security protocol." Trump is under intense scrutiny by Congress and a special counsel investigating Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election, and probing whether Trump's campaign had ties to the activity. Trump has denied collusion between his campaign and Moscow.
  17. Police raided the headquarters of Spain's football federation on Tuesday and arrested its president Angel Maria Villar as part of an anti-corruption probe. Villar, 67, a senior vice president of FIFA, world football's governing body, was being held on suspicion of abusing his position to embezzle funds from the federation, among other charges, a judicial source said. FIFA declined to comment on the arrest, with a spokesman saying it was an "internal affair" for Spain despite Villar's years as a top international football administrator. His son Gorka along with federation vice president and financial chief Juan Padron were also held in connection with the probe which notably focuses on allegations of skimming profits from international matches, the source told AFP. An investigating magistrate from Spain's political and financial crimes court is leading the investigation into allegations of "collusion, fraud, embezzlement and presumed forgery." Police who carried out raids on the federation headquarters in the upscale Madrid suburb of Las Rozas and other locations said that Villar is suspected of organising international football matches as part of a scheme to embezzle funds for the benefit of his son. Spanish media said a friendly between Spain and South Korea held in June 2016 is among the matches that are believed to have been staged as part of the scheme. Police agents escorted Villar, who was dressed in casual clothes, into the federation offices several hours after he was arrested. Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo told public television in response to the Villar arrest that "no-one is untouchable and everyone must obey the law". Villar, a former acting president and current vice president of UEFA, which runs European football, has headed the Spanish federation since 1988. He was reelected unopposed for an eighth term in May. Following his re-election in May, El Pais newspaper denounced his "despotic" management and bemoaned his close ties to FIFA and UEFA leaders embroiled in corruption probes. Ethical questions His son Gorka Villar is a former director general of CONMEBOL, the South American football confederation, a post he quit in July last year. He also served on a FIFA advisory panel aimed at reforming the organisation mired in corruption allegations. Villar senior has overseen a glorious period in the Spanish national team's history as they won three consecutive major tournaments, triumphing at Euro 2008 and 2012 either side of a first ever World Cup in South Africa in 2010. But his critics say his period in charge has also been undermined by ethical questions and an autocratic management style. Javier Tebas, the head of the Spanish league, has had a long-running feud with Villar and refers to him as a feudal baron. Villar survived the massive corruption scandal that engulfed FIFA in 2015 and ultimately led to the downfall of former president Sepp Blatter. He rose to become stand-in UEFA head for almost a year from October 2015 when Michel Platini was fighting to keep his job before he was banned from football for corruption. But the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder, capped 22 times for Spain, has been dogged by ethical issues over the years. He has been under investigation after the federation received a 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million) subsidy to set up a football academy in Haiti that was never built. The federation returned the money but the plan is still the subject of court proceedings. In early 2016 the government's sports council also ordered the opening of a disciplinary probe into his alleged misconduct in dealings with a third division club. Most notably he was fined 25,000 Swiss francs ($25,700) by FIFA's ethics committee in 2015 for failing to cooperate during an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.
  18. In a strange move, a Czech power plant (CEZ) posted 10 images of high school girls dressed in swimwear in which they were posing in the Temlin nuclear cooling tower. The girl with most votes and likes was supposed to be titled “Bounce of Energy” and was supposedly going to be given the internship eventually. Gladly, it didn't work out the way they had planned and the contest backfired, big time. © Twitter “We think photographs are very tasteful”, the company stated on their comment section of the Facebook page and continued with “The combination of beauty and the industrial environment gives an interesting result." Moreover, they clarified when people started hurling lashes on them by commenting on the post that they didn't want to “touch” the girls, rather the purpose was just to promote technical education and apologized in the end. © Twitter Hell yes to the fact that the people didn't take the bikini shots all that well, but at least all the girls got the internship in the end and the company had definitely gained some notoriety with this silly stunt.
  19. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/f08721c074553534eda71328e76f51fb.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMS8yMDE3IDE6NTE6MTEgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1MT0p3ZnFKRWZ4cm5uYnYwVThRaUlBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] MULTAN: Senior politician Javed Hashmi on Wednesday said the Panama Papers case is not meant to probe the prime minister but could be a mean to disqualify and oust him from power at the behest of someone. He also added that Nawaz and his son, Hussain Nawaz, should be held accountable but the Panama case is not accountability. The veteran politician added that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Sharif family under orders from the apex court appears one-sided. ?If the JIT becomes controversial, then it would be political revenge rather than accountability which would make Nawaz Sharif a victim,? said Hashmi. ?Imran Khan sold party tickets? The former PTI stalwart also alleged that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan had sold a party ticket to a Patwari (middleman) for Rs200 million. He further claimed that the PTI chairman lost charity money, collected for Shaukat Khanum Hospital, in a failed investment in Thailand. ?This is a more severe crime than one committed by Nawaz Sharif,? said Hasmi. Hashmi, while talking to the media at the Multan Press Club, demanded a commission to be formed on PTI?s 2014 sit-in for investigating former army chief Raheel Sharif and the political leadership?s involvement. In a press conference earlier in November 2016, the veteran politican hinted at rejoining the PML-N. ?I am a Muslim leaguer. I can go whenever I want and no one can stop me. I will make a decision pretty soon,? Hashmi told reporters. Hashmi also said all decision should not be made in Punjab, adding that it was fine if the province was divided but not Pakistan. In 2011, Hashmi who was considered a PML-N loyalist had left the party to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). However, he left PTI in October 2014 after developing differences with party chairman Imran Khan over the Islamabad sit-in.
  20. Otto Frederick Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who has been detained in North Korea since early January, attends a news conference in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kyodo/File Photo An American university student who had been held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months died at a Cincinnati hospital on Monday, just days after he was released from captivity in a coma, his parent said. Otto Warmbier, 22, who was arrested in North Korea while visiting as a tourist, had been described by doctors caring for him last week as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness". "Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today," the family said in a statement after Warmbier's death at 2:20 PM EDT (6:20 PM GMT). His family has said that Warmbier lapsed into a coma in March 2016, shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in North Korea. Physicians at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he died, said last Thursday that Warmbier showed no sign of understanding language or awareness of his surroundings, and had made no "purposeful movements or behaviours," though he was breathing on his own. There was no immediate word from Warmbier's family on the cause of his death. The circumstances of his detention in North Korea and what medical treatment he may have received there remained a mystery, but relatives have said his condition suggested that he had been physically abused by his captors. The University of Virginia student and Ohio native was arrested, according to North Korean media, for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan. North Korea released Warmbier last week and said he was being freed "on humanitarian grounds." The North Korean mission to the United Nations was not available for comment on Monday. US President Donald Trump issued a statement offering condolences to the Warmbier family and denouncing "the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim." The president drew criticism in May when he said he would be "honoured" to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honoured to do it," Trump said in the interview. "If it's under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that." The student's father, Fred Warmbier, said last week that his son had been "brutalised and terrorised by the Pyongyang government and that the family disbelieved North Korea's story that his son had fallen into a coma after contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill. Doctors who examined Otto Warmbier after his release said there was no sign of botulism in his system. Warmbier was freed after Joseph Yun ? the US State Department's special envoy on North Korea ? travelled to Pyongyang and demanded the student's release on humanitarian grounds, capping a flurry of secret diplomatic contacts, a US official said last week. Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been heightened by dozens of North Korean missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests since the beginning of last year. Pyongyang has also vowed to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States holds North Korea accountable for Warmbier's "unjust imprisonment" and demanded the release of three other US citizens still held by Pyongyang ? Korean-Americans Tony Kim, Kim Dong Chul, and Kim Hak Song. Jonathan Bae, whose father, Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae spent two years in North Korean captivity before his release in 2014, expressed sadness at Warmbier's death. "My heart goes out to the family. I will pray for them and hope they find peace," Jonathan Bae said. Young Pioneer Tours, the group with which Warmbier travelled to North Korea, will no longer be organising tours for US citizens to the isolated country, Troy Collings, a company director, said in a statement.
  21. Cristiano Ronaldo brushed off speculation about his Real Madrid future, although Portugal conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Mexico at the Confederations Cup on Sunday. Ronaldo teed up Ricardo Quaresma to fire Portugal ahead in the first half in Kazan, but the goal was cancelled out before the break by Mexico striker Javier Hernandez's bullet header. Cedric Soares restored Portugal's lead on 86 minutes, but Hector Moreno's stoppage-time header salvaged a point for Mexico in their Group A opener. "We could have killed off the match but it didn't happen. The draw is a fair result without doubt," said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose side wore black armbands in honour of the victims of a deadly forest fire back home. "I would like to say something on behalf of my players. People are very sad in Portugal and the players are thinking of all those who are suffering from what's happened." Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said his team deserved their point but admitted there was work to be done going forward. "Hector Moreno's goal handed Mexican football a huge result," he said. "We still need to work on our finishing, we're not efficient enough in the final third of the pitch. "The next match will be very tough because New Zealand will give it their all." Ronaldo, 32, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the off-shore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain. According to Spanish paper Marca on Sunday, Real Madrid's coach Zinedine Zidane even broke off his holiday to call Ronaldo to try to persuade his star not to quit the club. Video assistance But Portugal's talisman was at his best in an action-packed first half in his team's opening match, with hosts Russia and New Zealand still to come in the group. Ronaldo's superb volley looked to have helped Portugal take the lead, but the video assistant referee came to Mexico's rescue after Nani had put the ball in the net. When Ronaldo's volley thumped the crossbar, Nani pounced on the rebound, but the video ref spotted that four players were offside. However, Portugal, and Ronaldo, were not to be denied. The Euro 2016 winners took the lead on 34 minutes when Ronaldo sprinted into the box and his beautifully-timed pass found Quaresma unmarked in the area. The Besiktas winger drew Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and tapped home the opening goal. But Mexico responded with Hernandez testing Portugal keeper Rui Patricio, before putting his side level. Mexico's all-time top scorer grabbed his 48th international goal from 93 appearances after some dreadful defending by Portugal. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro failed to deal with a cross into the box and Carlos Vela teed up Hernandez, who met the cross with a diving header. After an explosive opening period, the second was a much tamer affair as both teams squandered half chances as the tempo dropped. With time running out, Southampton right-back Cedric pounced on a loose ball and slammed home Portugal's second goal. But with the 90 minutes up, Mexican defender Moreno rose highest from the final corner of the game to head in the equaliser.
  22. Imran Khan speaking to the media. -Geo News ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said on Saturday that leaders are always held accountable in a democracy and with the Sharif family appearing before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), it does not mean they are being victimised. Critisising the premier, he asked how are they being victimised if they have become billionaires. "Nawaz Sharif has 12 corruption cases pending against him while Shehbaz Sharif is also implicated in a case," alleged Imran while speaking to the media in Islamabad. Reiterating his earlier stance, the PTI chairman assured the apex court and the JIT that the entire nation stands with them and the masses are eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the investigation. "They are making a fool out of the Pakistani nation," said Imran. He said the ruling family had a single factory when they came to power during Zia's era and claimed they now have 30 factories. "Ishaq Dar has already revealed everything and given all the information to the magistrate during his testimony," said Imran and asked why the first family is repeatedly changing its statements. The statement by the PTI leader follows an appearance by Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif in front of the JIT. Shehbaz Sharif is the fourth member of the Sharif family to appear before the JIT. The Punjab chief minister stressed before the media that this was not the first time the Sharif family was being held accountable. The JIT is probing the global money trail of the Sharif family in light of the Supreme Court?s April 20 judgment in the Panama Papers case.
  23. KARACHI: Two suspects were arrested on Friday from Karachi airport for allegedly smuggling foreign currency worth Rs100.90 million The Federal Investigation Agency?s (FIA) Anti-Corruption Cell arrested two suspects, identified as Irfan Ahmed and Zeeshan Haider, during an operation at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi. According to the FIA, Irfan is an employee of a company which deals with foreign currency exchange while Zeeshan works for a private airline. Zeeshan was helping Irfan smuggle currency to Dubai, said the FIA. The currency was seized from the suspect and a case has also been registered.
  24. PESHAWAR: The funeral prayers for martyred police personnel were held at Peshawar?s Police Lines area on Friday. Unknown motorcyclists opened fire on a police vehicle in Peshawar?s Chamkani vicinity late Thursday, martyring three policemen and injuring one. Firing from police personnel in response to the attack killed one suspect. Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Core Commander, and Inspector General of Police attended the funeral of the martyred policemen.
  25. MOGADISHU: Gunmen were holding at least 20 people hostage in a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, police said, after a suicide bomber rammed a car next door and militants stormed inside in an attack claimed by Al Shabaab militants. Police cordoned off the whole district surrounding Mogadishu's Pizza House, which is adjacent to the Posh Hotel where the suicide bomber attacked first, witnesses said. Posh Hotel is the only venue with a discotheque in the capital. "The fighters are still inside Pizza House and they hold inside over 20 people. We do not know how many of those are dead or alive," Ibrahim Hussein, a police major, told Reuters. Earlier on Wednesday, police said nine people, mostly women who were hotel staff, had died in the attack. Security officials said the suicide attacker had rammed the explosive-laden car into the hotel's entrance before gunmen stormed the restaurant. "A suspected car bomb is also parked in front of Pizza House. This and snipers have made it difficult for the security forces to head inside,? said Hussein. Other officials said victims inside the hotel had been safely evacuated but that there were likely to be more than nine casualties. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility. The group has carried out a campaign of suicide bombings in its bid to topple the Somali government. Since losing large swathes of territory to African Union peacekeepers supporting the government, the group has frequently launched raids and deadly attacks in Mogadishu and other regions controlled by the federal government. The Horn of Africa country has been racked by armed conflict since 1991, when clan-based warlords overthrew dictator Siad Barre and then turned on each other.