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  1. SHARJAH: Opener Fakhar Zaman's 94-run knock off 50 balls lifted Lahore Qalandars to 186 runs against Quetta Gladiators in the 26th match of the Pakistan Super League on Wednesday. Zaman with nine fours and six sixes at the strike rate of 188.00 led Lahore to 186 for 4 - the second highest total of the season. Wicketkeeper-batsman Gulraiz Sadaf's 42 runs off 27 balls in the middle-overs stabilised Qalandars' innings soon after the departure of skipper Brendon McCullum. First Innings Rahat Ali provided a breakthrough to Gladiators by picking the wicket of Anton Devcich (18) on the fifth over of the game. Anwar Ali took an exceptional catch on deep square leg. On the very next over, debutant Mir Hamza dismissed Agha Salman. Skipper McCullum (5) was stumped on the ball of spinner Hasan Khan. Final Playing-11 Quetta: JJ Roy, SR Watson, KP Pietersen, Rameez Raja (2), RR Rossouw, Sarfraz Ahmed(capt & wk), Mohammad Nawaz (3), Anwar Ali, Hasan Khan, Rahat Ali, Mir Hamza Lahore: Fakhar Zaman, AP Devcich, Agha Salman, BB McCullum(capt.), SP Narine, Gulraiz Sadaf(wk), Sohail Akhtar, Sohail Khan, MJ McClenaghan, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi Gladiators have made two changes as Mir Hamza and Jason Roy are in as Laughlin and Asad Shafiq are benched. Meanwhile, Qalandars unchanged for the third straight game. Quetta are already through to the playoffs, along with Islamabad United who beat Multan Sultans to seal their place in the playoffs. In eight matches so far, Sarfraz Ahmed?s XI has emerged victorious in five and lost three. With 10 points, Quetta are at second place, behind Islamabad (12 points). Lahore Qalandars are already out of the race, but they will look to add some meaning to their PSL campaign with a third consecutive win tonight. After six straight defeats, Lahore beat Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings to add 4 points to their name. In their last clash, on Feb 24, Quetta outclassed Lahore by 9 wickets. Possible scenarios The tournament is still open for three teams: Karachi, Multan and Peshawar. If Karachi manage to beat Zalmi tomorrow, then the line-up for the playoffs and eliminators will be completed, with Islamabad, Quetta, Multan and Karachi in the top four. Which teams make it to the PSL playoffs? Here are the scenarios United's 33-run win keeps Zalmi's hopes still alive in the tournament; Kings and Sultans anxiously await outcome of 27th match between Karachi and Peshawar But, if Peshawar manage to beat Karachi, then Karachi and Multan will have to wait until Peshawar?s next match against Lahore on Friday. If Peshawar win both of their remaining two games, they will move to the next playoffs, leaving Karachi and Multan to wait for the result of the last league match of PSL 3: Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings.
  2. Persistent, low-level exposure to lead over decades is statistically linked to some 400,000 premature deaths in the United States each year, far more than previously thought. Photo: file PARIS: Persistent, low-level exposure to lead over decades is statistically linked to some 400,000 premature deaths in the United States each year, far more than previously thought, researchers said Monday. Compared to people with little or no lead in their blood, those with high levels -- at least 6.7 milligrammes per decilitre (mg/dl) -- were 37 percent more likely to die early, according to a new study in The Lancet Public Health, a leading medical journal. The risk of succumbing to coronary heart disease doubled in such cases, the study found. "Low levels of lead exposure are important, but largely ignored, risk factor for death from cardiovascular disease," mainly heart attacks and strokes, said lead author Bruce Lanphear, a professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada. The new research challenges "the assumption that specific toxicants -- like lead -- have ´safe levels´," he said in a statement. Lanphear and his team reviewed two decades of health data for more than 14,000 adults in the US, covering the period 1990-2011. The participants all had blood tests at the outset to measure past and current exposure to lead, as well as a urine test for the metal cadmium. People can be exposed to lead via fuel, paint, and plumbing, as well as around smelting sites or by handling lead batteries. Lead contamination can also occur in drinking water, as well as foods stored in lead-tainted containers. Safety regulations have significantly reduced the risk of lead exposure in recent decades, especially in developed countries, but the heavy metal can persist in the body for many years. Lead was undetectable in the blood of nearly one in 10 of the volunteers tested. At the other extreme, a fifth were found to have at least five mg/dl of lead flowing through their veins. The largest lead concentrations found in the study were 10 times higher. Lead-laden jet fuels Overall, 18 percent of US participants who died from all causes during the period reviewed were found to have more than one mg/dl of lead in their blood. The study concluded that nearly 30 percent of all deaths due to cardiovascular disease -- basically, heart attacks and strokes -- "could be attributable to lead exposure". "Lead represents a leading cause of disease and death, and it is important to continue our efforts to reduce environmental lead exposure," Lanphear said. The researchers called for more aggressive measures to retire contaminated housing, phase out lead-laden jet fuels, replace lead pipes in plumbing, and reduce emissions from smelters and lead battery factories. "Lead has toxic effects on multiple organ systems and relatively low levels of exposure previously thought to be safe," Philip Landrigan, a professor at New York´s Icahn School of Medicine, said in a comment, also in The Lancet Public Health. "A key conclusion to be drawn from this analysis is that lead has a much greater impact on cardiovascular mortality than previously recognised." The authors controlled for other factors that might contribute to cardiovascular disease, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet and lack of exercise. They were not, however, able to factor out the possible impact of exposure to arsenic or air pollution.
  3. Islamabad: Currently a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Pakistani physician-scientist Dr Faisal H Cheema and his colleague Dr Jeffrey A. Morgan have been awarded $4 million in funding from Brockman Medical Research Foundation to lead cutting-edge research on heart transplantation. Dr Cheema?s mission is to make heart and lung transplant and artificial devices for end-stage heart failure and lung disease a reality in Pakistan. He also aspires to develop a national organ donation and allocation system for Pakistan. He plans to achieve these objectives in due course of time, through strategic partnerships among academic, corporate, governmental and philanthropic institutions. Belonging to the rural areas of Wazirabad and Hafizabad, Dr Cheema got his education from Crescent Model School and Government College, Lahore, before moving to Karachi to attend his medical school at Aga Khan University. After graduation, he moved to the United States and further trained and worked at Columbia University, Loyola University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland and University of California Berkley. Dr Cheema has served as Senator for the Ivy-League Columbia University and is involved with several professional, academic, community and philanthropic organisations. His passionate work for young physicians culminated in the establishment of the Committee for Young Physicians within the Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent of North America (APPNA), on which he served for more than a decade; he also chaired APPNA. Dr Cheema has helped hundreds of students in their search for residencies and or advancing their medical careers in the US. He loves to mentor medical students and young physicians. Ever since he left his motherland, he continues to collaborate with various institutions in Pakistan (Aga Khan University, Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Shifa College of Medicine and others) and guides students from medical schools all across Pakistan. Dr Cheema has published more than 110 scientific manuscripts in high impact journals.
  4. AB de Villiers prepares to sweep, South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, 2nd day, Port Elizabeth, March 10, 2018/AFP PORT ELIZABETH: Australia fought back on the second day of the second Test but could not stop AB de Villiers taking South Africa into a slender first innings lead at St George´s Park on Saturday. South Africa were 263 for seven at the close, a lead of 20 runs after Australia were bowled out for 243 in their first innings. There was a flurry of wickets after tea but De Villiers counter-attacked to hit 74 not out off 81 balls with easily the most aggressive batting of an otherwise slow day. "He´s an amazing player," said Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. "He´s done it for so long. We need to find a way to nullify him as quickly as possible. That´s going to be a great challenge for us. Hopefully we can find a way to get him out." It was the second outstanding innings in the series by De Villiers, who made 71 not out in the first innings of the first Test in Durban before being run out for nought in the second innings as South Africa slipped to a 118-run defeat. De Villiers´ innings was in complete contrast to the struggles of his teammates against superb reverse swing bowling. Dean Elgar made 57 and Hashim Amla scored 56, but they took 197 and 143 balls respectively to do it. Only one wicket, that of nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada, fell between the start of play and the afternoon tea break. But it was painfully slow going. Only 43 runs were scored in 26 overs between lunch and tea, before a flurry of wickets and De Villiers´ batting enlivened the evening´s play. "I thought the middle session was as good (an example of) Test cricket as you will see. We weren´t taking wickets but we felt in the game the whole session. South Africa batted extremely well to get through that period when the ball was reverse swinging and then we got our rewards later in the day," added Marsh. Amla also hailed the quality of the cricket. "Today was a tough day of Test cricket and I think those people who are Test match lovers will appreciate the skill of the bowlers and at times, especially when AB was batting, the skill of the batting," he said. Rabada faces ban South Africa´s quest for a series-levelling win was given added impetus by a pending disciplinary hearing which could result in fast bowler Rabada being banned for the remaining two Tests after his shoulder made contact with Australian captain Steve Smith on Friday. Australia were frustrated for long periods by Elgar Amla, but the tourists were right back in the game when both batsmen were dismissed in the first two overs after tea, followed by two more batsmen being dismissed cheaply. Amla was bowled by a fast, reverse swinging yorker from Mitchell Starc for 56 four balls after tea and Elgar was caught behind off Josh Hazlewood for 57 in the next over. Like Amla, Elgar fell to a full delivery which swung late. Medium-pacer Marsh trapped South African captain Faf du Plessis and Theunis de Bruyn leg before wicket, again with full, swinging deliveries. De Villiers and Quinton de Kock put on 44 for the seventh wicket before De Kock was bowled by off-spinner Nathan Lyon with a ball which spun sharply past the outside edge of his bat. While other batsmen had struggled to gain any momentum to the South African innings, De Villiers looked at ease and played strokes to all parts of the ground in reaching a half-century off 62 balls with ten fours. By the close he had faced 81 balls and hit 14 boundaries. Australia delayed taking the second new ball until the 90th over but De Villiers and Vernon Philander survived until the close.
  5. LONDON: A global movement to stop sexual harassment of women will spark change but not for everyone, with poorer women still scared to report abuse fearing blame and backlash, according to a street survey and women?s rights experts in five continents. Ahead of International Women?s Day on March 8, the Thomson Reuters Foundation asked people in Britain, the United States, Kenya, India, and Brazil whether the #MeToo movement dominating headlines was just a viral buzz or means change for women. Some people said they now felt more confident to speak out against abuse, but others were fearful of repercussions and some said the campaign had failed to gain traction in their country. The past year has been pivotal for women?s rights after accusations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo campaign, with women taking to social media and the streets to highlight experiences of abuse. One in three women globally has experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by someone they know, UN Women says. ?(The campaign has) made people realize that sexual harassment has been a social norm, and now people are recognizing that it?s not ok,? said Ruth McCabe, 32, who runs a London business that reduces food waste. ?A campaign like this brings out the fact that every second woman is experiencing it. Whether you are the CEO of the company or a maid,? said 42-year-old entrepreneur Suman Chhabria Addepalli in Mumbai. From film sets, parliaments to businesses, revelations of sexual abuse have sent shockwaves around the world. Even the aid sector was hit by reports that some staff at charity Oxfam paid for *** with prostitutes in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. A survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in February found more than 120 staff from about 20 leading global charities were fired or lost their jobs in 2017 over sexual misconduct. ?I think it?s a tipping point for long-term change for women. It?s time that our voices are heard,? said New York-based senior executive Fabiana Mello. Not taken seriously But not all women feel they are able to speak out against abuse, said Jemima Olchawski from the Fawcett Society, a women?s rights group in Britain. ?It?s always incumbent on us to watch out for the gaps ? who?s not part of this conversation? Whose voice isn?t being heard?? she said. In parts of Africa, Latin America, and Asia, the #MeToo campaign has struggled to gain momentum. Brazilian shopkeeper Talita Celia e Silva, 29, said many women remain too fearful to speak out against their abuser. ?We do not know how far (the movement) will go ... I think there are a lot of women who still suffer and are afraid to talk,? said Silva from Rio de Janeiro. Mumbai consultant Archana Aravind Patney, 43, believes conversations about #MeToo and sexual harassment have died down in India, where the fatal gang-rape of a woman on a bus in 2012 sparked protests and global attention to violence against women. ?I hardly see people talking about it. Maybe people think this was a short-term, celebrity kind of a campaign, but not something that can impact them,? Patney said. Nairobi student Faith, 22, said sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement is not taken seriously in Kenya and some men ?think it?s some sort of joke?. ?I think it?s a long-term thing in the West, but here in Kenya, it?s more of a social media buzz,? said Faith, who did not want to give her surname for privacy. Another Kenyan student Brian, 21, who did not want his surname used, said limited internet access meant that people in poorer rural communities would not be able to fully participate in the online movement. The global campaign has also failed to make a mark in Thailand as there is little discussion of women?s rights and sexual abuse, said Jadet Chaowilai, director of rights group Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation. ?There is a very deep-rooted patriarchy, and women don?t feel comfortable talking about harassment or abuse - even with their families,? he said. There are few convictions for abuse and rape, despite more victims coming forward rising in recent years, he said. ?If they do try to register a complaint with the police, very often they will be blamed, their behaviour criticized: ?Why were you out late? What were you wearing? Why did you talk to that man??,? Chaowilai said. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
  6. Chris Hemsworth as 'Thor' literally made us fall in love with the God of Thunder. And now the actor is in talks to star in the 'Men in Black' spinoff. Well, we bet there is literally no one who didn't enjoy Agent J and Agent K's hilarious camaraderie and the chance of seeing a similar bond onscreen again after such a long time, is too good to be true. The actor is in talks with the studio and if everything goes as planned, we will see director F Gary Gray helming this project. © SonyPictures As per media reports, the script is already in place by American screenwriting duo Matt Holloway and Art Marcum best known for writing the script of 'Iron Man'. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones's on-point comic timing have entertained us in all the three installments, however, the sad news is that the iconic duo will not be seen in this movie. Which means this is a new franchise and we will be seeing new faces. © Giphy Originally, Sony Studios wanted to combine both '21 Jump Street' and 'Men in Black' franchises but later decided against it. And now if everything goes well, we will soon be seeing Chris donning a black suit and saving the world.
  7. Bubba Watson plays his shot from the 17th tee during the third round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Photo: Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports LOS ANGELES: Bubba Watson, back in business with a new ball on a course where he has won twice before, took the third-round lead at the Genesis Open on Saturday as a large pack queued up close behind. Watson, whose nine PGA Tour victories include two Masters titles, charged to the front with a six-under-par 65 at storied Riviera in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Pacific Palisades. He posted a 10-under 203 total, one shot ahead of fellow American Patrick Cantlay (69), who curled a 55-foot birdie putt into the middle of the hole at the par-four 18th. Four others are two behind ? Americans Kevin Na and Tony Finau, Australia Cameron Smith and halfway leader Graeme McDowell. Watson, whose wife was a professional basketballer, played in the NBA All-Star weekend celebrity game in Los Angeles on Friday. Back at home on grass instead of hardwood, he started his third round in style with a tap-in eagle at the par-five first, but acknowledged it was a tough slog the rest of the way. ?It was a grind full time,? said the 39-year-old, who won at Riviera in 2014 and 2016. ?It was easy when you have a tap in. Then I just hung on the rest of the time.? Watson has slipped to 117th in the world rankings after an ill-fated experiment in 2017 with a different brand of ball. He has not exactly set the world on fire in three previous starts this year but hopes to stay on an emotional even keel in the final round. ?You?ve got to know that this golf course is going to make you mess up, the grass, the way the ball bounces on it, you?re going to have shots you think are perfect and ended up not perfect,? he said. ?But it?s golf, not just this week but every week. You?re going to know you?re going to make a mistake, especially on a Sunday, and you?ve got to keep fighting and hopefully your fight is better than everybody else?s fight.?
  8. Rashid Khan took four wickets as Afghanistan trounced Zimbabwe by 154 runs. Photo: Getty Images/File SHARJAH: Rahmat Shah hit a career best 114 while leg-spin wizard Rashid Khan took four wickets as Afghanistan trounced Zimbabwe by 154 runs in the first one-day international on Friday in a huge boost ahead of next month´s World Cup qualifiers. Rahmat smashed his runs off just 110 balls with eight boundaries and four sixes as Afghanistan piled up 333-5 off 50 overs. Najibullah Zadran clobbered an undefeated 81 off just 51 balls with five boundaries and five towering sixes. Opener Ihsanullah hit a confident half century. Zimbabwe were then dismissed for just 179 in the 35th over with 19-year-old Rashid Khan claiming 4-26 to steer Afghanistan to victory. In another sign that the future of Afghanistan cricket is bright, 16-year-old leg-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman opened the bowling for his team and picked up two wickets. The two teams play four more one-dayers in the UAE before meeting again in Zimbabwe in March in the qualifying tournament for the 2019 World Cup. Scores: Afghanistan 333-5 in 50 overs (Rahmat Shah 114, Najibullah Zadran 81 not out, Ihsanullah 54) v Zimbabwe 179 all out in 34.4 overs (Rashid Khan 4-26) Afghanistan won by 154 runs
  9. Rashid Khan took three wickets while Mohammad Nabi smacked a quick-fire 40 SHARJAH: Teenage leg-spinner Rashid Khan took three wickets while Mohammad Nabi smacked a quick-fire 40 as Afghanistan strolled to a five-wicket win over Zimbabwe in Monday´s first Twenty20 international in Sharjah. Khan was signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad for $1.41 million in last month´s Indian Premier League auction and returned figures of three for 19 from his four overs as Zimbabwe were restricted to 120 for 9. Mohammad Shahzad clubbed a pair of sixes in an 11-ball innings of 20 to ensure Afghanistan, who will play their maiden Test match in June against India, made a promising start to their chase. A middle-order wobble reduced Afghanistan to 85 for 5 but Nabi held firm to guide his team to victory with more than five overs to spare. The second and final match of the T20 series takes place at the same ground on Tuesday before the sides face off in five one-day matches, starting on February 9. Scores in the first T20 between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe in Sharjah on Monday: Zimbabwe 120-9 in 20 overs (Solomon Mire 34; Rashid Khan 3-19) v Afghanistan 121-5 in 14.4 overs (Mohammad Nabi 40 not out) Afghanistan won by five wickets.
  10. File Photo KARACHI: Police arrested multiple suspects, including one female drug-dealer, following raids and operations conducted Saturday night here in various areas of the city, Geo News reported. An alleged female drug-seller was arrested during a raid carried out by police in the Docks area, near the Karachi Port, authorities said. Dozens of heroin 'tokens' ? the name given to a dosage or single packet ? were recovered from the arrestee's possession, authorities added. Orangi Town operation Multiple suspects were detained following a search operation in the metropolis' Orangi Town area, police said, without providing the number of those arrested. The detained suspects were involved in street crime and drug-selling, authorities added, noting that weapons and contraband were recovered from the arrestees.
  11. Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva go across for a run, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day, February 2, 2018/AFP CHITTAGONG: Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva piled on the runs to put Sri Lanka in a comfortable position on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Friday. Birthday boy Mendis just missed out on a double century, hitting an impressive 196, while de Silva added 173 as Sri Lanka reached 504-3 at stumps trailing Bangladesh´s first innings total by just nine runs. Roshen Silva was unbeaten on 87 alongside skipper Dinesh Chandimal, 37 not out, when stumps were drawn at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam gave Bangladesh a rare occasion for joy on an arduous day when he removed Mendis just before the tea break. Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman earlier broke Mendis´ 308-run second wicket stand with de Silva, who added 69 runs to his overnight 104. De Silva and Mendis dominated the Bangladesh bowlers for nearly two sessions after Sri Lanka resumed their innings on 187-1. The hosts had to wait for the second new ball to get their first success as Mustafizur got a leading edge from de Silva and wicketkeeper Liton Das took a high catch. De Silva faced 229 balls and hit 21 fours along with a six in his fourth Test century and the second in as many Tests. Mendis, who faced 327 balls for his career best innings as he turned 23, added another 107 runs with Roshen Silva for the third wicket before he gave a catch to Mushfiqur Rahim at midwicket. "I think he is so disappointed," said Sri Lanka batting coach Thilan Samaraweera. "The bigger picture is that if he had scored those two double-hundreds, it would have been very special for a 23-year old," Samaraweera said of Mendis, whose previous career best was 194 runs. Mendis survived a run-out when he had a mix-up with Silva in the middle of the pitch after crossing the 150-run mark. But an awkward throw from Mehidy Hasan from extra cover allowed him to return to safety before Das could break the stumps. Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud admitted that Sri Lanka were now in the driving seat. "(It) is very important for us to see how quickly we can bowl them out (tomorrow) and then bat well in the second innings," he said. Bangladesh were also unlucky in the morning when de Silva survived a strong lbw appeal on 119 off Taijul when the ball hit him on his toe before going to the slips. Having already used both their reviews, the hosts had no choice but to accept the decision of the on-field umpire. Mendis hit left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam for a boundary to bring his fourth Test hundred off 200 balls. De Silva reached his 1,000 runs in Tests on 154, joining Roy Dias as the quickest Sri Lankan to achieve the feat in his 23rd innings.
  12. French President Emmanuel Macron meets megastar Rihanna. Photo: File DAKAR: French President Emmanuel Macron promised on Friday a major boost in foreign aid for education in developing nations, at a conference joined by megastar Rihanna that aimed at putting millions of children back in school. Macron co-hosted the event organised by the Global Partnership for Education with Senegalese President Macky Sall, while Rihanna attended as the organisation?s global ambassador. The French leader told delegates that countries where the world had witnessed ?democracy being rolled back?, were also where ?girls were being pushed out of school?. He promised 200 million euros ($249 million) for the partnership?s activities. The pledge represents a massive increase on the 17 million euros pledged at the last conference in 2014. It brings France closer to Britain, which contributes $430 million, and the European Union, which gives $400 million. Macron spoke to Rihanna on the sidelines of the event after she challenged him to contribute more to the project in a tweet on Thursday. It is not the first time the young French leader and the singer of ?Umbrella? have met: she visited the Elysee Palace in July after tweeting him on the same issue. The Dakar conference, which brings together governments and the private sector, aims to raise $3.1 billion (2.5 billion euros) over the coming three years to support education for 870 million children around the world. The French presidency said the partnership was ?well on the way? to reaching this goal on Friday afternoon. Children?s futures at stake Some 264 million school-age children and youths are living without any education owing to poverty, conflict and social barriers including bias against girls, according to the United Nations Children?s Fund (Unicef). ?This is one of the, if not the, largest gatherings of its kind to really demonstrate political will, financial investment, urgency of the education crisis,? Alice Albright, CEO of Global Partnership for Education told AFP. ?We are here to raise money; we are here to build political will; we are here to draw attention to the urgency of the problem,? she added. Partner countries in the GPE scheme are required to earmark 20% of their national budgets to education ? a tough goal for developing nations battling militants or civil conflicts. Literacy in sub-Saharan Africa hovers around 65%, according to UNESCO, the UN?s culture and education agency, and girls lose out disproportionately. ?People feel education is not that important because you are not losing lives,? Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore told AFP on Friday. ?But education must be seen with the same urgency,? she added. Without it, ?you lose a child?s future?. Development and security Ahead of the conference, Macron met Sall at the presidential palace in the Senegalese capital and signed agreements on the sale of two Airbus planes for $214 million and the creation of a Franco-Senegalese university campus. Senegalese police made several arrests on Friday afternoon when dispersing a protest march by ?France Degage?, a group which wants the former colonial power to reduce its role in Senegal. Macron has visited Africa six times already in his nine months as president, spending time in several former French colonies and reaffirming support for the Barkhane counter-terror force rooting out jihadists across the Sahel region. A rapid reaction force of Senegalese troops was recently deployed to Mali as part of a UN peacekeeping mission with France?s blessing, as the international community attempts to contain al-Qaeda-linked groups wreaking havoc in the unstable desert nation. Macron will visit the northern Senegalese city of Saint Louis on Saturday, which is threatened by coastal erosion. He will be accompanied by President Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank, which along with France is financing protective measures for the former capital of what was known until 1902 as French West Africa.
  13. Kohli gestures after reaching his century/BCCI DURBAN: Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 189-run third wicket partnership and took India to a comfortable six-wicket win in the first one-day international against South Africa at Kingsmead on Thursday. Kohli made 112 -- extending his record of centuries in one-day run chases to 20 -- and Rahane scored 79 as India reached the winning target of 270 with 27 balls to spare. "It was quite special," said Kohli. "The first game of the series is always important and we wanted to take the confidence of the last Test into here." Kohli, who now has 33 one-day centuries, said he enjoyed batting in a chase. "It´s easier. You can break down a total when you have a number on the board, you know exactly what you want to do against each bowler. It suits my game plan." The India captain praised Rahane after their partnership took India to within 14 runs of victory before both fell to catches in the deep. "He capitalised on that number four spot which we have been wanting to sort out for a while now," said Kohli. India ended a sequence of 17 successive home wins by South Africa and comprehensively outplayed the team that went into the match as the top-ranked one-day international team. Second-ranked India controlled most of the match despite a century by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. India´s decision to pick two wrist spinners paid off as Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared five wickets and were mainly responsible for restricting South Africa to 269 for eight. Du Plessis made 120 off 112 balls but it was only late in the innings that South Africa were able to lift their scoring rate on a slow pitch after slumping to 134 for five in 27.5 overs. Du Plessis shared partnerships of 74 with Chris Morris and 56 with Andile Phehlukwayo for the sixth and seventh wickets. "Those two wrist spinners have been the difference for us," said Kohli. "Breaking that middle order was very crucial." Leg-spinner Chahal took two for 45 and left-arm wrist spinner Yadav took three for 45. Du Plessis admitted: "We didn´t bat well enough. India bowled really well and we were 50 to 70 runs short." He said of the Kohli-Rahane partnership: "We tried everything but Virat and Rahane played really well and had all the answers." Kohli made his runs off 119 balls with ten fours, while Rahane struck five fours and two sixes in an 86-ball innings. There was a scare for India early in the South African innings when Kohli jarred his left knee when attempting a sliding stop on a soft outfield. He left the field twice to receive treatment. He said he had also strained his groin. "I´m fine for now," he said. Du Plessis reached his ninth one-day international century off 101 balls with 11 fours and added two sixes before being caught at long-off in the last over after a 112-ball innings. Du Plessis left the field with a finger injury during India´s innings but said he expected to be fit for the remaining five matches.
  14. Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan of Irish band The Cranberries performs onstage during the 23rd edition of the Cognac Blues Passion festival in Cognac, France, July 7, 2016. AFP/Guillaume Souvant/Files DUBLIN: Dolores O?Riordan ? the lead singer of rock group The Cranberries ? died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a trip to London for a recording session, her publicist said. The Irish group ? which combined indie guitar with O?Riordan?s distinctive Irish lilt and yoddle ? shot to fame with hits like ?Linger? and ?Zombie? to become one of the most successful bands of the 1990s, selling over 40 million records. ?Irish and international singer Dolores O?Riordan has died suddenly in London today,? publicist Lindsey Holmes said in a statement. ?Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time,? Holmes said. O?Riordan ? who had three children ? was recently divorced. Holmes said O?Riordan died after travelling to London for a short recording session, but she declined to comment on the possible cause of death. O?Riordan struggled at times with fame after the spectacular success of the Cranberries 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can?t We?, cutting short a tour in 1996, citing exhaustion and disillusionment. She left the Cranberries in 2003 and recorded two solo albums, before the band reformed in 2009. In 2015, O?Riordan pleaded guilty to headbutting and spitting at an Irish police officer following an alleged air rage incident. The Cranberries ? the second bestselling Irish band after U2 ? last year cancelled a number of concerts in North American and Europe, saying O?Riordan was suffering from back problems. In a statement, Irish President Michael D. Higgins described O?Riordan?s death as a big loss to Irish music, describing her influence as ?immense?.
  15. In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 100 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, in just 15 days. FILE photo: Foreign Office of Pakistan ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has warned New Delhi over its deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas across the Line of Control (LoC), saying ceasefire violations by India may lead to a "strategic miscalculation." "The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas and troops carrying out maintenance activities is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws," a statement by Pakistan's Foreign Office said Monday. "The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation." Indian army chief's statement amounts to 'invitation for nuclear encounter', says Asif Foreign minister responds to a recent statement by Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat The statement came after Islamabad summoned Indian Deputy High Commission JP Singh to its Foreign Office following the martyrdom of four Pakistani troops in unprovoked Indian firing across the LoC. The Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces. Indian forces have continued to indulge in ceasefire violations, despite repeated calls for restraint by Islamabad. "In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 100 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in just 15 days," the statement said. "This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed more than 1900 ceasefire violations." Dr Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace along the LoC and the Working Boundary. He urged that the Indian side should permit United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions. Four soldiers martyred in unprovoked Indian firing across LoC The army troops were working on communication lines in Jandrot and Kotli sectors when they were attacked Last week, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said the Indian forces were ready to call Pakistan's 'nuclear bluff' and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government. "We will call the [nuclear] bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff," General Rawat said at a press conference. Islamabad strongly reacted to the "very irresponsible" statement, with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Asif saying that it wasn't befitting the office of Indian army chief and "amounts to invitation for nuclear encounter." "If that is what they desire, they are welcome to test our resolve. The general's doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah,? the foreign minister said in a tweet.
  16. Folks on Twitter are known for their killer sense of humor. They can turn anything and everything into a meme and within minutes, it'll viral over the internet. Also, if someone commits a mistake, Twitterati can be as unforgiving as it can get. Especially if you are a celebrity. Karan Johar has been trolled a number of times in the past but this time, he saw it coming. At least we think he should have. He went on to his Twitter account to announce the female lead of his upcoming film 'Kesari'- Parineeti Chopra. It is highly likely that you have heard it by now. But what you might not know is that with this announcement came a picture of Akshay Kumar's bearded look from 'Kesari' and not of Parineeti's. The lead actress in #KESARI is ........PARINEETI CHOPRA! @ParineetiChopra pic.twitter.com/kP2VV1fqp9 — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 10, 2018 Now we have to agree that this does look a little absurd but we could've let this slide because maybe, Parineeti's hasn't started shooting for the film or they didn't want to reveal her 'look' yet. But Twitter didn't spare a minute to troll the hell out of KJo which compelled the director-producer to tweet an apology later and re-announce her addition to the cast. Ok guys that was meant to be an image of #KESARI whilst announcing the lead actress of the film! Clearly Twitter is quick to Jump and attack! Apologies!!!!! This is to re announce the wonderfully talented @ParineetiChopra as lead cast of #KESARI pic.twitter.com/5IXYjjDcgy — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 10, 2018 Karan, we hate to break it to you, but the damage is already done. Here are the most hilarious and sarcastic memes that started floating over Twitter: 1. “Stunning Action”, Hmmm…. Here is @akshaykumar 's stunning action pic from Ishaqzaade! pic.twitter.com/0sEThUvgAy — Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) January 10, 2018 2. Such A Cute Couple! Akshay kumar biting Dhoni pic.twitter.com/IaQQdFlvHS — KETAN (@ketanpunekarrr) January 10, 2018 3. Brb, Lauging My Ass Off. Leonardo Di Caprio in Titanic pic.twitter.com/yrtnK43nwJ — ankitk (@Kramu56) January 10, 2018 4. Editing Skills On Point. perfect ð pari roxxx pic.twitter.com/FRu7J9hX8o — kunal #HBD HERO MKD (@kunnu_kick) January 10, 2018 5. LMAO Here is @vindiesel new look in movie.... pic.twitter.com/zDqOIjOV4L — Tipu ð¤ (@PR1CELES5) January 10, 2018 6. True Story Bruh! It's not your fault karan, even Arbaaz khan and Roger Federer are as identical as Akshay and Parineeti pic.twitter.com/BtB5N6DcwW — Nationalist Joker (@EkAkeleSbkoPele) January 10, 2018 7. So Much For “Sister Love” Parneeti Chopra loves her sister priyanka Chopra pic.twitter.com/O7JSrlDv3m — swagpur ka chaudhary (@Ashlil_purush) January 10, 2018 8. Definitely Looks The Same. Here is nana patekar in krantikari. pic.twitter.com/JDz2dYd4rC — Heerahee (@Heerahee) January 10, 2018 9. They Look So Much In Love Here is first look of Brad Pitt and Angelina jolie from the movie Golmal 6 ðððð pic.twitter.com/Ixibm0eeWT — ð¤ (@Rajniikaanth) January 10, 2018 10. Couldn't Have Missed This One Hope you did not miss Arjun from Zindagi na milegi dobara pic.twitter.com/qHN1n7i0TE — Kitinthenorthdelhi (@007nikhilsharma) January 10, 2018 11. Once More Akshay Kumar having fun with Dhoniðð pic.twitter.com/Ca1YctB15q — Bottle_Neck (@bottleneck53) January 10, 2018 12. Gotta Love Twitter Sir you posted wrong pic. Here it is.. pic.twitter.com/yQm1unHdJM — ÉeÉ¡ï½η (@ItsOnkarx) January 10, 2018
  17. GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala is to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, President Jimmy Morales said Sunday, following US President Donald Trump's controversial lead on the holy city. After speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Morales wrote to Guatemalans on his Facebook page that "one of the most important topics was the return of Guatemala´s embassy to Jerusalem," from Tel Aviv where it is currently located. "For this reason, I am informing you that I have given instructions to the foreign ministry that it start the necessary respective coordination to make this happen," Morales wrote. Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon thanked Guatemala for the "important decision." "Wonderful news and true friendship!", he wrote on Twitter. Guatemala´s leader made the announcement on Christmas Eve, three days after two-thirds of UN member states rejected Trump´s decision to have the United States recognise Jerusalem as Israel´s capital. In all, 128 nations voted to maintain the international consensus that Jerusalem´s status can only be decided through peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Only eight countries stood with the United States in voting no to the resolution held in the UN General Assembly, among them Guatemala and fellow Central American country Honduras. Guatemala and Honduras are both reliant on US funding to improve security in their gang-ridden territories. The two nations are, along with El Salvador, in what is known as the Northern Triangle of Central America. Violence, corruption and poverty have made them the main source of illegal migration to the United States, which is giving them $750 million to provide better conditions at home. Morales, like Trump, was a television entertainer with no real political experience before becoming president of Guatemala in 2016. Guatemala is 'pro-Israeli' On Friday, Morales foreshadowed the decision he was to make regarding Jerusalem, as he defended his government´s vote at the UN backing the United States. "Guatemala is historically pro-Israeli," he told a news conference in Guatemala City. "In 70 years of relations, Israel has been our ally," he said. "We have a Christian way of thinking that, as well as the politics of it, has us believing that Israel is our ally and we must support it. Despite us only being nine in the world (in the UN vote), we have the total certainty and conviction that this is the right path." Morales´s position has become fragile in recent months because of allegations of corruption against him being investigated by a special UN-backed body working with Guatemalan prosecutors. The United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, had said her country would "take names" of the states opposing its position, and Trump threatened to cut funding to countries "that take our money and then vote against us." Several significant US allies abstained from the UN vote, among them Australia, Canada, Mexico and Poland. Others, such as Britain, France, Germany and South Korea were in the majority of 128 nations denouncing any unilateral decision to view Jerusalem as Israel´s capital. The eight countries on the US side of the vote were: Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. Following the US decision on Jerusalem, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said he would "no longer accept" any peace plan proposed by the US, dealing a pre-emptive blow to a new initiative expected by Washington next year. Trump has tasked his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who had no prior experience in government, with spearheading the complicated peace plan efforts.
  18. ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal remarked on Tuesday that only peace and stability can ensure Pakistan?s progress. ?We must work together to bring Pakistan on the path of progress. Poverty must be eliminated on an immediate basis and we have to become a strong economy.? He also urged that the nation must work together to eliminate hate narrative from Pakistan. ?We must follow Quaid-e-Azam?s vision, who wanted people of all religions to reside peacefully in the country,? he said. ?We have to learn to live in harmony.? While addressing the inauguration ceremony of a police facilitation centre, Iqbal remarked: ?our churches are being attacked, our imambargahs are being attacked, our mosques are being attacked, our temples are being attacked.? We have to fight the enemies of humanity, he stressed. Ahsan remarked that there are certain people who are hampering country?s progress by spreading the narrative of hate and staging protests. ?I just want to tell these people to wait for another six months. After elections, you will get your turn. Stop hampering country?s progress by staging protests,? he added. ?Countries across the world are pacing towards progress and what are we doing? We are staging protests,? he said. 'We must learn from China?s economic vision' Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal remarked that it has become necessary for Pakistan to follow China?s economic vision. We must learn from China?s economic vision, says Ahsan Iqbal Interior minister remarked that China has proven to be the most trusted friend of Pakistan "We have to learn from China, how China with its political stability, how China with its social solidarity and harmony, and how China with the pursuit of its economic policies and vision has become a success story in the world." Speaking at the launch of China Pakistan Economic Corridor long-term plan on Monday, Iqbal praised the ability of Chinese leadership to uplift its economy and make it the biggest economy in the world. ?We need to learn from the wisdom Chinese leadership have shown, and the path Chinese leadership have followed to bring about [the] biggest miracle of human civilization,? he said, explaining that China went from being the least developed country to world?s fast-developing country. The Chinese leadership realised that if ?they are not able to defeat poverty then it will have no dignified position in the world.?
  19. KARACHI: Minister for Railway Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday said political stability in the country will lead to better economic results and creating hurdles will impede progress. The minister was speaking to the media at the metropolis' City Station. Rafique said Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) was not a victim of political differences with the Pakistan Peoples Party. He added that earlier provincial governments were not interested in the project but the incumbent chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, has shown interest. He further said that he had met Shah on Friday and the project is heading in the right direction for the first time. Referring to Main Line 1 (ML1), the track running from Karachi to Peshawar, the minister said he will tread carefully on the upgradation of track. "My first priority is to tread carefully on ML1," said Rafique. He added that the cost should suit Pakistan Railways (PR) and the conditions of the loan should also suit the organisation. Rafique further said that the project will take time to complete but will serve the country for the next century. Speaking of PR's revenue, the minister said that the profit for the year was Rs40 billion, and the target for next year is Rs50bn. Earlier in May, Pakistan signed an agreement with China to upgrade Karachi-Peshawar railway track. The framework agreement of upgradation of Karachi-Peshawar track was signed at a ceremony at the Chinese Ministry of Transport office. During the signing ceremony, the Chinese minister for transport had also assured of expediting work on Karachi Circular Railway, and other projects in Quetta and Peshawar.
  20. Barcelona restored their lead at the top of La Liga to five points as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi struck in the final 20 minutes to edge out 10-man Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday. Daniel Raba's red card on the hour mark for a wild lunge on Sergio Busquets handed Barca the initiative. And their pressure told when Suarez rounded off a fine team move before Messi blasted home a second to get the Catalans back to winning ways after successive draws with Valencia and Celta Vigo. "In the second half after the sending-off we had more chances to win the game," Suarez told Movistar TV. "They played a very good game tactically and we weren't precise enough, but in the second half we came out with a different mentality to take the three points." Valencia remain Barca's closest challengers five points back, but Atletico Madrid also maintained their title charge with a 1-0 win at Real Betis to stay six points off the top. Real Madrid are eight points behind in fourth and Barca will have the chance to go into El Clasico away at Real in two weeks' time with an 11-point lead over their rivals. Barca host Deportivo la Coruna next weekend, whilst Madrid are in action at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi. "I will be calm when the season is over and we have won everything," said coach Ernesto Valverde of Barca's commanding lead. "There is a long way to go, but winning at places like this is important." Indeed, Barca had drawn on their previous two La Liga visits to the Ceramic Stadium, but nearly had the perfect start when Gerard Pique's header came off the bar just four minutes in. However, Barca dominance of possession was largely stale before the break as Villarreal posed the greater threat on the counter-attack. Nicola Sansone had the hosts' best effort that forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a stunning one-handed stop high to his left. Messi orchestrated the visitors' attacking threat after the break as he constantly freed Jordi Alba down Barca's left. Paco Alcacer was denied by Sergio Asenjo from Alba's low cross before the left-back teed up Messi for a cushioned effort that drifted inches wide. Villarreal had to survive the final half hour a man light when Raba was dismissed for connecting with his studs on Busquets' ankle as the Spanish international cleared. Another Alba cross was turned onto the post by Suarez on the stretch. However, the Uruguayan finally broke Villarreal's resistance after exchanging a neat one-two with Alcacer to round Asenjo and net his seventh goal of the season. And Messi secured all three points seven minutes from time as he was played in by Busquets to smash past the helpless Asenjo. Atletico bounce back Earlier, Atletico bounced back from the disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League in midweek to keep their title challenge afloat at Betis. The hosts dominated possession throughout but were made to pay for their lack of cutting edge, as well as some fine goalkeeping by Jan Oblak. By contrast, Atletico were clinical even in the absence of the injured Antoine Griezmann as Saul Niguez slid in at the back post to turn home Sime Vrsaljko's cross with their first serious attack on the half-hour mark. "They played some spectacular football today, but we took advantage of the chance we had," Atletico midfielder Koke told BeIN Sports Spain. Betis posed more of a goal threat after the break but were denied by Oblak, who produced a wonder save to turn Cristian Tello's sweetly struck half-volley behind for a corner. "One team had the ball, which was Betis, and they tried many different ways to damage us, but the team was very strong defensively," said Atletico boss Diego Simeone. At the other end of the table, Malaga and Athletic Bilbao secured big away wins to ease their relegation fears. Malaga remain in the drop zone but moved off the foot of the table with a 2-0 victory at Real Sociedad. Athletic, meanwhile, bagged their first league win in nearly two months 2-1 at Levante to move up to 13th.
  21. WASHINGTON: The White House responded to speculation about Rex Tillerson's imminent departure as Secretary of State Thursday, saying he was still in the job and "there are no personnel announcements at this time." "Secretary Tillerson continues to lead the State Department and the entire cabinet is focused on completing this incredibly successful first year of President Trump's administration," press secretary Sarah Sanders added in a statement. Trump fuels Tillerson firing speculation US President Donald Trump on Thursday passed up an opportunity to publicly back his embattled Secretary of State, fueling rumors that Rex Tillerson may be on his way out the door. Asked if he wants Tillerson to remain in his post, Trump said only that "Rex is here" at the White House, a break from the usual expression of confidence in such a circumstances. A senior White House official earlier did not deny reports that Tillerson would be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo - a rumor that has been circulating for weeks but which was firmly reported by the New York Times and other US media. The newspaper quoted unnamed senior administration officials as saying Trump had soured on Tillerson and was ready for a change at the State Department, probably around the end of the year. The two men have aired striking differences in public. Trump surprised many observers when he tweeted that Tillerson was "wasting his time" pursuing contacts with North Korea, and Tillerson was quoted as having said that the president was a "moron." The former ExxonMobil executive has also defended the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump last month disavowed. Under the purported plan, Pompeo would be replaced at the CIA by Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a hawk on Iran and an important Trump ally on national security issues. A Cotton aide told AFP that "Senator Cotton's focus is on serving Arkansans in the Senate." His departure would leave Republicans with another seat to defend, at a time when their Senate majority already in question. Cotton won his seat easily in 2014, and is tipped as a future presidential contender, but Trump´s unpopularity means Republicans can no longer assume victory in even deep red states.
  22. The White House responded to speculation about Rex Tillerson's imminent departure as Secretary of State Thursday, saying he was still in the job and "there are no personnel announcements at this time." Photo: AFP WASHINGTON: The White House responded to speculation about Rex Tillerson's imminent departure as Secretary of State Thursday, saying he was still in the job and "there are no personnel announcements at this time." "Secretary Tillerson continues to lead the State Department and the entire cabinet is focused on completing this incredibly successful first year of President Trump´s administration," press secretary Sarah Sanders added in a statement.
  23. LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Wednesday questioned if an individual with bad character can head a party, why can't a disqualified individual do so. Addressing a press conference here at the Punjab Assembly, the minister said the Parliament Nawaz a symbol of resistance against anti-democratic forces. He was referring to the National Assembly's rejection of a constitutional amendment seeking to bar a disqualified member from heading a political party. Criticising Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, he said Imran Khan has come to the fore as a character, which is against the interests of the people. NA rejects constitutional amendment barring disqualified member from heading party 163 members of the National Assembly voted against the amendment "After the Parliament, 210 million people of Pakistan would also announce the same verdict in 2018," Sanaullah said. Taking exception to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman, he said Asif Ali Zardari was previously bent on 'damaging others, but now he intends to do the same to democracy.' It is pertinent to mention here that the PPP presented the draft of proposed amendment in the National Assembly on Tuesday, which was aimed at depriving Nawaz Sharif of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's leadership. Commenting on the ongoing sit-in by religious parties in Islamabad, the minister advised them to go to the Parade Ground to fulfill their desires. He said the deadlock on Law Minister Zahid Hamid's resignation would be ended after talks with religious scholars.
  24. Luis Suarez ended a five-game goal drought with a double as Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga with a flattering 3-0 win at Leganes on Saturday. Barca now lead second-placed Valencia by seven points ahead of their trip to the Mestalla next weekend, with both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid 11 points adrift before they face off in the Madrid derby later on Saturday (1945 GMT). However, two simple Suarez finishes from close range either side of half-time and Paulinho´s late tap-in glossed over another under-par performance from Ernesto Valverde´s men, who were again thankful to a fine display from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. "The important thing was to win," Suarez told BeIN Sports Spain. "We always try to play our best in every game but sometimes it is not possible." Refreshed Suarez Suarez was refreshed after sitting out international duty with Uruguay over the past fortnight and had the ball in the net after just four minutes, but Jordi Alba had already been flagged for offside as he supplied the cross for the former Liverpool striker. Leganes have enjoyed a fine start to just their second ever season in the Spanish top flight and a repeat of the 5-0 thrashing Barca dished out on their visit to Butarque last season was never likely as the hosts went onto enjoy the better of the opening half. "Perhaps 0-3 is a bit excessive. They played well enough for the gap between the teams to not be so great," said Barca boss Valverde. The busy Nordin Ambrabat fired a shot over after a positive run at the Barca defence before Gabriel Pires also dragged an effort wide when well-placed at the edge of the box. However, Leganes´ good work in the opening half hour was undone by a goalkeeping error when Ivan Cuellar limply palmed Paco Alcacer´s driven cross into the path of the grateful Suarez to smash home his first goal for a month. "I wasn´t anxious. The important thing was to feel good again and help the team," added Suarez. Barca´s joy was tempered moments later when Gerard Pique was booked for bringing down Amrabat meaning he will be suspended for next weekend´s clash at Valencia. Amrabat was the creator once more for Leganes´ best chance before the break when he released Alexander Szymanowski inside the area, but the Argentine´s curling effort was turned to safety by the in-form Ter Stegen. The German goalkeeper was called into action again early in the second period when Leganes substitute Claudio Beauvue was too quick for the Barca defence only to fire straight at Ter Stegen. In contrast, just as in the first half, Barca were ruthlessly efficient in front of goal to double their lead on the hour mark. Lionel Messi´s dinked pass released Alcacer and after Cuellar parried his first effort, Suarez drilled home the rebound for his second of the afternoon. Barca rode their luck to hold out for a 12th clean sheet in their last 17 games as Ter Stegen saved one-on-one from Amrabat and Beauvue blasted well over when unmarked 10 yards out. However, Barca piled more pressure on the chasing Atletico and Real ahead of the Madrid derby and rubbed salt into Leganes´ wounds when Paulinho rolled into an empty net when a loose ball broke off Messi in stoppage time.
  25. LEFT: A flag is pictured on the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files; RIGHT: A donation box can be seen at a London Oxfam shop, December 2, 2008. REUTERS/Simon Newman/Files LONDON: As sexual harassment scandals hit Hollywood and beyond, reports of abuse have also rocked the charity sector, with two major aid groups revealing they sacked dozens of staff members over sexual misconduct in the last year. Save the Children ? an international humanitarian group ? said it fired 16 staff members over reports of sexual harassment in the past year. The aid agency was the only charity contacted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week that publicly revealed these figures. British aid group Oxfam last week said it dismissed 22 staff in the year ending April 2017. Other charities declined to reveal the number of *** abuse cases they had received, with some saying these figures were not centrally collated or were handled by a third party. There has been heightened global attention around sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace in the wake of dozens of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual *** with anyone. Save the Children said it received 31 allegations of *** abuse over the last year and referred 10 cases to authorities. "Unfortunately, there are incidents of sexual harassment in every sector and every country around the world, and the aid sector is no exception," a spokeswoman for Save The Children said in an email to the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "We welcome transparency and accountability in the international development and humanitarian sector," added the group, which employs about 25,000 people around the world. Aid groups International Committee of the Red Cross, Plan International, CARE International, Norwegian Refugee Council, and Mercy Corps said in email statements that they had strict policies to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace but most admitted it remained an under-reported issue. The International Rescue Committee and World Vision had not responded to requests for comment at the time of publishing. Trust Britain's charity regulator said aid groups must do more to foster a culture of safety to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace. "The public places high levels of trust in charities, and expects those running them to strive for the highest standards of management and care," a spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said in an email statement. "Any incidents or allegations of abuse or harassment within charities risk undermining a charity's reputation and public trust in charities generally, particularly if they are not handled with the due care and attention." Oxfam said it dealt with 87 claims of sexual exploitation and abuse involving its workers in the year ending April 2017 ? a 36 percent increase on the previous year. The charity employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. It said it referred 53 of the complaints to police and other services, while 33 were internally investigated, with about three-quarters resulting in disciplinary action. The United Nations last week said 31 new sexual abuse cases were filed between July and September for events stretching back at least three years. Most of the cases involved staff at UN refugee agency UNHCR but personnel from children's agency UNICEF and migration agency IOM were also included, though not all of the allegations have been verified and some are in the preliminary assessment phase. The new type of data collection ? that began in January ? is part of a UN initiative to increase transparency with regards to allegations of sexual abuse, the agency said. A 2016 survey of 1,000 female aid workers at 70 organisations found about one in two had experienced persistent sexual advances or unwanted touching at least once in their careers while on a mission. Less than a third reported the incidents, with most saying they remained silent out of fear for their career. Others cited shame, lack of trust in the system, and the absence of a reporting mechanism. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation