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  1. We wait for Christmas, we wait for Diwali. Little did I know we'd start waiting for Halloween as well, because, 'Stranger Things' is coming back! If you are a fan, then you are a part of the club obviously. The trailer has dropped and our minds are already busy contemplating so many questions. Besides our excitement meter shooting high, one question that has been hovering over like a helicopter is how the hell does our favourite character Eleven come back to life. The MCM Comic Con aired a small clip which basically answers one major question. How does Eleven find her way back home into the real world? Here we go! @milliebbrown introduces world exclusive, never before seen footage from @Stranger_Things 2! pic.twitter.com/ibaEkLNr9l — MCM Comic Con (@MCMComicCon) October 16, 2017 She punches her way back through the wall with a lot of drama that is simultaneously unloading itself around her. Will Byers is back but is clearly not the same boy who left as he still suffers from the consequences of his tryst with the 'other side' even though the doctors say 'it's all in his head'. We still need to know what happens to poor Barb! Winona Ryder is wonderful as the hysterical mom as usual. © netflix The entire town is now aware of the darkness that hangs over their heads but like them, even we are clueless about what the future holds. The plot is offcourse mind boggling, all thanks to amazing work by the writers. Talking about the brilliance of storytelling, let's take out a minute to bestow some serious appreciation on the crazy soundtrack that this show has. Even before the second season airs, the show has been renewed for another season. Well, as a fan, I am the last one to complain about it.
  2. PPP leader Dr Asim speaking in a press conference at Karachi Airport, after his return from London. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples? Party leader Dr Asim Hussain said on Friday that the government?s clash with army leadership is not good for Pakistan. Speaking at Karachi?s Jinnah International Airport after his return from London, he said that the Pakistan Peoples? Party will react to any action taken against the armed forces of the country. ?If you don?t stop your actions against it, then you will see what PPP will do to you. We stood with armed forces before, and we are standing with them today as well,? Dr Hussain said. I will be back, says Dr Asim before leaving for London Former petroleum minister, out on bail in two cases of corruption and one of terrorists' support, was recently allowed by the Supreme Court to travel abroad for treatment The PPP leader said that he wants to tell the Pakistan Muslim League-N leader that he is not one of those who run away from the country. ?Our politics is for Pakistan. We saved the country in past and we will save it again,? adding, ?the PML-N wants to push back the progress of Pakistan.? The former petroleum minister said that that there is a difference between the actions and words of PML-N leadership. Responding over a question, the PPP leader alleged that the PML-N leadership wants to put into action, their design of ?Greater Punjab?. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader, who is out on bail in two cases left for London on September 10 for medical treatment, after his name was struck off the Exit Control List (ECL). Dr Asim hospitalised in London for surgery Medical reports had recommended that Asim undergo disc replacement surgery in London On August 29, the Supreme Court ordered the relevant authorities to remove Dr Asim's name from the ECL, overturning an earlier Sindh High Court ruling. His name was placed on the ECL in November 2015. Asim has been allowed to leave for abroad for one month for medical treatment and had to submit a surety of Rs6 million. Dr Asim faces trial in two cases of alleged corruption of over Rs450 billion and another of allegedly facilitating and treating terrorists at his medical facility ? Dr Ziauddin Hospital. He was released from the sub-jail at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi on March 31 this year after obtaining bail in all the cases lodged against him. He was initially arrested by the Rangers in August 2015 and then transferred into police custody.
  3. De Villiers gave up the one-day captaincy after the Champions Trophy in England earlier this year JOHANNESBURG: AB de Villiers will be back in South African colours for the three-match one-day international series against Bangladesh starting on October 15. Star batsman De Villiers was not available for the Test series against Bangladesh, but is due to play for the Titans in a first-class match this weekend - his first appearance in a first-class match since January 2016. De Villiers gave up the one-day captaincy after the Champions Trophy in England earlier this year, enabling Faf du Plessis to be captain in all three international formats. Left-handed batsman JP Duminy, who retired from Test cricket after a poor tour of England, will also be in what looks a powerful batting line-up. Fast bowler Dane Paterson is the only player in the squad who has not yet appeared in a one-day international. South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wkt), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada. Fixtures October 15, Kimberley October 18, Paarl October 22, East London
  4. India's Shikhar Dhawan celebrates as he reaches his century during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match against the West Indies at The Oval cricket ground. Image Courtesy: Sportzwiki NEW DELHI: Opener Shikhar Dhawan has been added to India's Twenty20 squad for the three-match series against Australia starting this week in Ranchi. The left-handed batsman, who missed the five-match ODI series against the Steve Smith-led Australia to be with his ailing wife, returns to the 15-member T20 team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the side on Sunday after the hosts wrapped up the one-day series 4-1 in Nagpur. Batsman Dinesh Karthik made his way back after leading his domestic side India Red to victory in the recent Duleep Trophy competition. Veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra also made the cut while rookie paceman Shardul Thakur and batsman Ajinkya Rahane were kept out. India, who are currently ranked number one in ODI and Test cricket, are scheduled to play the first T20 against the visitors on Saturday. Indian cities of Guwahati and Hyderabad will host the second and third match on October 10 and 13 respectively. Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.
  5. ISLAMABAD: The deadline for filing of income tax returns has been extended till October 31. Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar on Friday approved extension in the due date for filing of Income Tax Returns/Statements by Companies, salaried individuals, other individuals and AOPs, till October 31, 2017. The minister approved the extension in view of requests made by tax bars and various trade and other associations due to Eid-ul-Azha and Muharram holidays, both falling in September. It was felt that the taxpayers could not find ample time for filing their tax returns. A recent study of the World Bank has found that Pakistan suffers an annual tax loss of Rs3.2 trillion due to weak enforcement and low compliance by taxpayers.
  6. LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif returned to country from London on Tuesday, the same day former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the accountability court in relation to the corruption references against the Sharif family. Shehbaz Sharif returned to Lahore early today via PK-758 flight. Shehbaz arrived in London on Saturday, his second trip this month and held a detailed meeting with Nawaz at his son Hasan?s residence. During his stay, Shehbaz rejected reports of a rift in Sharif family, emphasising his unrelenting support for his brother, the ousted former prime minister. ?Those trying to create misunderstandings, note this: I will always stand with Nawaz Sharif,? he said, stressing that he has always been and will always be sincere with his brother. Nawaz reaches accountability court to appear for corruption hearing Around 1,500 security personnel have been deployed to secure the route from Punjab House to Sector G-11, where the court is located, as well as the courts complex On the other hand, Nawaz has been residing in London since August 30 to spend time with his wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. The Nawaz family is wanted by the Islamabad Accountability Court which is hearing corruption cases against it. Nawaz, his daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan, and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar have all been summoned by the accountability court. However, only Nawaz appeared in person today. The cases have been filed by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case.
  7. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned to country early Monday morning as the ex-premier once again questioned his disqualification by the Supreme Court. Sharif, who was in London on account of his wife's treatment for cancer, decided to immediately return to country. Reports previously suggested the former premier would stay in London until complete recovery of his wife. Confirming Sharif's return to country, PML-N spokesman Mushahidullah Khan said that Nawaz Sharif is the most popular leader in the country. "He is the leader of PML-N and the people of Pakistan and is returning to country to play the very role," Mushahidullah said, adding that opponents' claims that Nawaz would now be working from London have proven wrong. Sources said that Sharif made the decision following a consultation meeting with PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif in London. They said the former PM wanted to appear before the accountability court to face references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). NAB has filed three references against Nawaz Sharif and his children, pertaining to which an accountability court summoned them on September 19. However, Sharifs failed to appear before the court. At this, NAB moved the court to issue arrest warrants for the former prime minister, but the court rejected NAB's request and again issued summons for Sharifs to appear on 26 September. Sharif will appear before the accountability court on September 26, sources said, where he would present his stance on the references filed against him. They said the former premier will appear before the court without his lawyers and will represent himself in the case. After no-show, NAB court again summons Sharif family on Sept 26 According to sources, the former prime minister has been advised by his lawyers to appear before the accountability court and seek exemption in cases against him. However, other members of his family will be staying away from court proceedings, sources said. The ex-premier is returning with his staff, while his children, Hasan, Hussain and Maryam, will be staying with their mother in London. Upon reaching the country, Sharif will reportedly hold a high-level party meeting to decide on future strategy and establishing contacts with rest of the political parties. Sharif questions his disqualification over Iqama Speaking to newsmen before leaving for London's Heathrow airport, the ex-prime minister said they have not done any corruption in public funds. "We have repeatedly said this is not a case of corruption or kickbacks. If it was about Panama Papers, then I should have been disqualified on same grounds, but we need to think over as to why was I sentenced over Iqama (employment contract)." Sharif also questioned the references filed against him saying, "What kind of references are they? References are filed if someone has received kickbacks in giving contracts to people or done any corruption." Disqualified by SC, Nawaz Sharif steps down as prime minister He said things were revolving around their family business dating back to 1972. "They announced the verdict; they were the ones to listen to our appeal and now they would also be supervising the [NAB] proceedings," the former premier said. "What kind of accountability and justice is this," he questioned. Asked about his decision to immediately return to country, Sharif said he did not intend to stay there for long and not to return home. 'Battle of 200 million people' Maryam Nawaz, Sharif's daughter, hailed her father in a tweet stating, "It takes great amount of courage & valour to be willing to pay the price for challenging what needs to be changed." "It is not about his person anymore. It is the battle of 200 million (people)," she said further. 'Nawaz, Shehbaz fail to agree on political issues' Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Shehbaz Sharif, failed to agree on any political issue during the meeting in London, sources informed. Sources said that Shehbaz reached London to speak to the former premier about a complete agenda. But the Punjab CM failed to convince his elder brother. Shehbaz was even unaware of Nawaz?s decision to return to Pakistan, sources said. The Punjab CM is expected to return to country sometime between September 28 to 30.
  8. Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor after her pregnancy is back to the acting arena, starting with her comeback film 'Veere Di Wedding'. Though the Bollywood diva had the spotlight the entire time, from her early pregnancy to giving birth to son Taimur, Kareena is finally back in her element by acting in the film co-produced by Rhea Kapoor. In a video, Kareena speaks how she?s back to acting and introduces the director of Veere Di Wedding, Rhea Kapoor, who is the sister of Sonam Kapoor. Later on, Kareena answers the question on everyone?s mind ? where?s tiny Taimur? The ?Jab We Met? actress said in the video that ?her baby is in the hotel?. Kareena then lauds Rhea Kapoor, saying that when the film is out Rhea will be known as the biggest female producer in India. The movie also stars Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Sumeet Vyas and Shikha Talsannia. Apart from Rhea, Ekta Kapoor is also a co-producer of Veere Di Wedding.
  9. A record-shattering NASA astronaut returns to Earth on Sunday, finishing a 288-day mission that put her over the top as the American who has spent the most cumulative amount of time in space. Peggy Whitson, 57, is also the oldest female astronaut in the history of space exploration, was the first female International Space Station commander, and holds the record for number of spacewalks by a woman. The biochemist is completing a mission at the International Space Station that began in November 2016, covering 122.2 million miles (196.7 million kilometers) and 4,623 orbits of Earth. She and crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russian space agency Roscosmos were expected to land in Kazakhstan at 9:22 pm (0122 GMT Sunday) in a Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft. Upon her return, Whitson will have racked up 665 days in space in her career, more than any other American astronaut. She is eighth on the all-time space endurance list, NASA said. After earning a doctorate in biochemistry in 1985, Whitson worked as a NASA scientist for seven years before starting as an astronaut in 1997. On this most recent mission, Whitson conducted experiments with human stem cells, blood samples and grew several crops of Chinese cabbage, according to posts on her Facebook page. "The best part, was that after we harvested for the science, we got to eat the rest!" she said of her greens. In an interview before departing the space station, Whitson said she was looking forward to flush toilets ("Trust me, you don't want to know the details") and pizza. But, "I will miss seeing the enchantingly peaceful limb of our Earth from this vantage point. Until the end of my days, my eyes will search the horizon to see that curve," she said, according to a transcript of the interview posted on the NASA website. She noted that she's not totally comfortable with the attention she receives for her various records and her status as a role model. "I honestly do think that it is critical that we are continuously breaking records, because that represents us moving forward in exploration," Whitson said. The scientist also has a silly side. To celebrate the July Fourth holiday, she posted photos and a video of herself and Fischer wearing loud red, white and blue outfits, striking poses in zero gravity. "I am not sure what the future holds for me personally, but I envision myself continuing to work on spaceflight programs. My desire to contribute to the spaceflight team as we move forward in our exploration of space has only increased over the years," she said of her plans. The astronauts' return comes as the Texas city of Houston, home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, has been struggling to get back to normalcy after a week of deadly flooding triggered by Hurricane Harvey. "As a result of the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, NASA is reviewing return plans to Houston of Whitson, Fischer and the science samples landing in the Soyuz spacecraft," the space agency said.
  10. KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has extended the deadline to file annual income tax returns and wealth statements to September 30. The last date for filing the returns for 2016-17 was earlier announced to be August 31. All those whose annual salary from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 is above Rs.400,000 are required to e-file their income tax returns along with wealth statement for the financial year 2016-17. Usually, the FBR extends the deadline many times a year to encourage people to file their returns.
  11. Dr Tahir ul Qadri addressing media at Lahore Airport. Source: Geo News LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chairperson Dr Tahirul Qadri arrived in Lahore on Thursday morning after a brief stay in London. Speaking to the press at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Qadri said that he hopes that the courts will make Justice Ali Baqar Najafi Commission report public, adding that as according to the NAB ordinance National Accountability Bureau cases against Sharif family should be heard on daily basis and their decision should come within a month. The PAT chief said that the institutions don?t hold power to give justice to the poor segment of the society. LHC seeks govt response on Model Town incident report by Sept 12 Families of Model Town incident victims have filed petition demanding commission report be made public "It is difficult for a common man to get a clean chit from NAB but despite being served three notices Sharif family didn?t appear before it," he said. Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday summoned a response from the government by September 12 on a petition filed for the release of a judicial inquiry report conducted by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi into the killings of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT)?s workers in 2014. The petition is filed by the families of victims killed in Model Town during an ?anti-encroachment? operation conducted by police. At least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured in the police action. Report cannot be made public: Rana Sanaullah Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanullah, however, talking to Geo News earlier, said that the case is still being heard by the court and the report cannot be made public till then. If the court deems fit it can make the report public, he added. Sanaullah said that lawyers representing PAT had themselves challenged the constitution of the commission, adding that Qadri is using the incident for political means.
  12. Spain's Garbine Muguruza returning a shot. ? AFP NEW YORK: Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza advanced and British seventh seed Johanna Konta was ousted Monday at the US Open as Maria Sharapova´s long-awaited return to Grand Slam tennis neared. Spanish third seed Muguruza defeated American Varvara Lepchenko 6-0, 6-3 for her first triumph in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which celebrated its 20th anniversary on the first day of New York hardcourt matches. Muguruza, last year´s French Open champion, can reach the US Open third round for the first time Wednesday by defeating China´s Duan Ying-Ying. "Very happy I´m in the second round," said Muguruza. "I´ve been here so many times and I´ve never done very well. I will try again and hopefully it will happen." Serbia´s 78th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic upset Australian-born Konta 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, ending her slim hopes at taking the world number one ranking at the tournament. "I´m happy I had everything together and was able to put some serves in," said Krunic, whose deepest Slam run was to the last 16 here in 2014. "It´s definitely not an easy loss to take. I would have liked to have been here much longer," Konta said. "She played consistently much better than I did." Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova was set to face Romania´s second-ranked Simona Halep in the night feature, the Russian´s first Grand Slam match since serving a 15-month doping ban and only her second on hardcourts. Former world number one Sharapova is 6-0 lifetime against Halep, although she last played the 25-year-old Romanian in the 2015 WTA Finals. "It´s going to be a big challenge, first round of a Grand Slam, to face her," Halep said. "I feel better and I feel that I´m ready to face her again." Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion and last month´s Wimbledon runner-up, had not played since losing the All England final to Roger Federer due to an adductor strain. But the Croatian fifth seed ousted 105th-ranked American Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. "I feel just a little bit rusty," Cilic said. "I need a few matches to get into the rhythm. It´s a matter of me getting consistency point after point and match after match and I´ll be working on that." Serena gives ´great advice´ Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, this year´s Australian Open and Wimbledon runner-up, outlasted Slovakia´s 135th-ranked Viktoria Kuzmova 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Williams won only 4-of-16 break chances in the match but denied WTA-level debutant Kuzmova´s four chances in the final set to advance. Younger sister Serena Williams, a 23-time Slam champion on pregnancy leave, talks with Venus "only all the time" and warned her to be ready for a fight from Kuzmova. "She gives me great advice," said Venus. Sharapova, whose major titles include the 2006 US Open, tested positive for the banned drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open but returned in April and was given a wildcard into the field. Sharapova, ranked 146th, has played only one hardcourt tuneup match due to a forearm injury. Halep has lost three times in three months with a chance to claim the world number one ranking, falling in the French Open final and Wimbledon semi-finals and to Muguruza in the Cincinnati final. ´A dark past´ at US Open Muguruza improved to 17-2 since the start of her London Grand Slam title run, but the 23-year-old Spaniard resists the notion she can be favored with a poor US Open history. "Coming to US Open and having a dark past in the results, I keep it with low expectations," Muguruza said. "I take every match as a final." US 10th seed John Isner blasted 22 aces in eliminating France´s Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Herbert won 14 points in a row at one stage, including the final 12 of the third set, but Isner took the next 10 and advanced to a second-round affair with South Korea´s Chung Hyeon. "I was playing well out there," Isner said. "He won the third set but I just had to have faith in what I was doing and I´m moving on."
  13. Taylor Swift returns to social media with cryptic snake clip. Photo: Getty Images Taylor Swift, on Monday morning, returned to social media with a cryptic, 10-second video of what appears to be a snake slithering against a black backdrop. The video was posted to all of her social media accounts without a caption. Excited fans were unable to express themselves on the singer?s Insta account after she turned off the commenting feature for the post. Director Joseph Kahn ? who has previously worked with the pop star on her "Blank Space," "Bad Blood," ?Wildest Dreams" and "Out of the Woods" videos ? retweeted the video with a smiling emoji. In a tweet, he said, "In 30 minutes, as a show of power, @taylorswift13 will blot out the sun." Swift's post comes just days after the "Blank Space" singer went blank on social media Friday, clearing out the entirety of her Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr accounts. Speculations about the announcement of her sixth album are rampant. An Australian radio show cited a Swift ?expert? on the singer making a big announcement at 2pm on Monday ? during the solar eclipse.
  14. Amazon.com Inc is quickly ramping up the billions of dollars a year it spends on creating and licensing TV shows and films, signaling the retailer plans to be in show business for the long haul. The issue came to the forefront of investors' attention last week, when Amazon said a step up in its spending on video projects could be one of several reasons it might report a loss this quarter, even as it expects more than $39 billion in overall sales. The company's shares, though up 33 percent this year, have dipped 5 percent since that warning. Wall Street analysts estimate Amazon's spending on content will have tripled to more than $4.5 billion by the end of this year from 2014. Catching customers' attention with video now represents one of the company's biggest investments, people familiar with the matter said. Amazon does not break out spending figures, and it declined comment on the subject. The company has visibly increased its footprint in Hollywood since opening a nearby studio in 2010, and picked up its first Academy Awards earlier this year. "We expect Amazon to quickly exceed Netflix's annual spending on video," said Needham & Co analyst Laura Martin, who estimates that Netflix Inc, the top online television service, will spend $6 billion on content this year. Means to an End? The fast-growing investment in original video is just one of many simultaneous moves by Amazon into new areas, including brick-and-mortar retailing with its planned acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc. Amazon has offered little detail for investors on where it is spending extra on content, or why, making it hard to evaluate if the investment is working. Broadly, it has said video is a key benefit of its money-spinning Prime shopping club, whose members tend to buy more goods from Amazon on top of paying a yearly fee. "When we win a Golden Globe, it helps us sell more shoes," Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said at a Recode tech conference last year. "People who use Prime Video ... renew at higher rates, and they convert from free trials at higher rates." One of the people familiar with the company's operations said Amazon has data scientists and economists running computer models to determine how video influences whether shoppers sign up for Prime after a free trial period. In turn, deciding the budget for video spending involves a complicated set of factors, including subscription fees and the value of extra spending by Prime members, the person said. Success Not Assured Despite its award wins for distributing "Manchester by the Sea" and producing TV shows such as "Transparent," Amazon's Hollywood push has not been entirely successful. An early plan to let anyone submit scripts online and crowd-source opinions on what shows to produce - an effort to disrupt Hollywood's lengthy and expensive greenlight system - has effectively been abandoned. Some have expressed concern that Amazon is focusing on niche audiences that likely are already Prime Video users, such as recent projects with director Woody Allen. Meanwhile, costs mount. Amazon paid $10 million to score distribution rights to "Manchester by the Sea" - one of the largest deals ever at the Sundance Film Festival. And it is paying about $50 million to stream 10 Thursday-night games for the U.S. National Football League this year, five times what Twitter Inc had paid for the same rights. The famously frugal company threw lavish awards show parties, too, a sign it has not been able to shave off as much of Hollywood's notoriously high costs as it may have hoped. "The bets they have to make on content are subject to the vagaries of the movie business," said Paul Verna, an analyst at research firm eMarketer. Being in Hollywood is "entirely different from being a data company or a tech company or a devices company."
  15. Wayne Rooney made his second competitive 'debut' for his boyhood club Everton on Thursday, as Leighton Baines grabbed a 1-0 Europa League third-round qualifying victory over Slovakian side MFK Ruzomberok. The former Manchester United and England captain had revealed in the build-up to the match at Goodison Park that it had been a lifelong ambition to play for Everton in Europe. Thirteen years after leaving Merseyside for Old Trafford, Rooney finally fulfilled that ambition although it was a frustrating evening for manager Ronald Koeman and his new-look Everton side. "It's something I've been looking forward to for the last few weeks," said 31-year-old Rooney. "It's obviously great to be at Goodison wearing the blue shirt, it was a great feeling. "But it was an important game for us so I had to put my emotions to one side. I've done that now and can get down to focusing more on the football." The £75-million ($98m) sale of Romelu Lukaku to United has funded a close-season of big expenditure by the club and Rooney joined England defender Michael Keane, former Ajax captain Davy Klaassen and ex-Southampton full-back Cuco Martina in making debuts. And while Rooney's return was greeted with the expected enthusiasm by a sold-out, if reduced-capacity, Goodison Park crowd, last season's third-placed Slovakian team provided dogged opposition. It was not until the 65th minute, when a Kevin Mirallas corner was headed out to Baines 25 yards from goal, that Evertonians could finally relax in this first leg tie. Baines struck a magnificent shot but it still required a kind deflection off Erik Daniel to wrong foot goalkeeper Matus Macik and fly into the visitors' goal. Early signs had been promising for Everton when Ruzomberok captain Dominik Kruzliak sliced the ball horribly as Klaassen surged into the area and almost put the ball into his own goal before the keeper cleared. Then, on 19 minutes, Rooney spied his first sight of goal back in an Everton shirt after another flowing attack, which ended with Klaassen sweeping the ball wide for Baines to pick out the striker who spun and sent a powerful shot wide. Just before the half-hour, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, hero of England's under-20 World Cup win this summer, showed great skill to win a tackle on his way into the box and his short cross found Rooney who slipped as he shot goalwards. Calvert-Lewin was involved again a minute later, this time setting up Klaassen with an intelligent pass, but the Dutchman shot into the side-netting with the goal seemingly at his mercy. Wins for Milan, Marseille It was looking an increasing danger that those misses might prove costly and before the break Daniel was given acres of room to deliver a 22-yard shot which Maarten Stekelenburg kept out, diving sharply to his right. Everton's concerns continued after the restart when uncertain defending allowed Daniel a shot which, fortunately for the home side, he miskicked wide. Yet Rooney, and Everton's, big occasion might have been spoiled just before the hour when Dalibor Takac's free-kick picked out Jan Maslo, whose powerful header was tipped onto the bar by Stekelenburg although replays showed the defender was clearly offside. That was a scare that prompted Koeman into bringing on another new signing, Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez, and his pace and energy enlivened his team with the goal coming soon afterwards. Mirallas might have claimed the second goal Koeman would have wished for, ahead of next week's second leg, but Macik made a superb reflex stop before Ruzomberok substitute Milos Lacny wasted a glorious late chance to equalise. Elsewhere in qualifying on Thursday, AC Milan began their new era under Chinese ownership with a scrappy 1-0 over Universitatea Craiova in Romania, as Swiss full-back Ricardo Rodriguez scored the winner on his debut. Marseille forward Valere Germain scored a debut hat-trick after joining from French champions Monaco, as his new team beat Ostend 4-2, while PSV Eindhoven suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home by Croatians Osijek.
  16. ISLAMABAD: Nawab Laghari, former adviser in the Sindh government, returned home on Monday after remaining missing for weeks. Relatives have said Laghari's health has suffered during his disappearance. Unidentified men left Laghari in a car near Sawan. A case for his recovery was underway at the Islamabad High Court. Laghari was whisked away by unidentified men in Islamabad in April. He was taken after his identity was confirmed by his national identity card.
  17. Kesha attends the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event on December 9, 2016, in New York City, US. AFP/Angela Weiss/File Photo NEW YORK: The singer Kesha ? who galvanised the music industry with her legal battle against a producer she alleges raped her ? returned Thursday with an impassioned ballad about finding spiritual strength. The 30-year-old pop star became a radio fixture with her 2012 album Warrior that featured the feel-good hits "Die Young" and "Tik Tok" but said she afterwards plunged into debilitating depression as she fought in vain to exit a contract with producer Dr. Luke. "Praying" ? her first solo song in more than four years ? is anything but a party anthem. She announced that it is the first single off her next album Rainbow, which will come out on August 11. Driven by a piano as Kesha's voice builds in volume into a plaintive cry, the song unmistakably reflects on her experience with Dr. Luke as she sings that she is "proud of who I am" despite a person who "told me that I was nothing without you". "I don't need you / I found a strength I've never known / I've been thrown out, I've been burned / When I'm finished, they won't even know your name," she sings. "Some say, in life, you're gonna get what you give / But some things only God can forgive," she sings. The video for "Praying" quickly became a top trending item on YouTube. A kaleidoscope of colours and spiritual imagery, with nods to Brazil and India, the video shows Kesha climbing a beachside hill to find solace in prayer, with pig-faced men in suits trying to drag her down. "I hope this song reaches people who are in the midst of struggles, to let them know that no matter how bad it seems now, you can get through it," Kesha wrote on the feminist blog Lenny Letter. Kesha in her lawsuit said that Dr. Luke ? a prominent producer whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald ? drugged and raped her in 2005 and 2008 and tormented her psychologically. She sought to suspend her contract with Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records, part of the Sony Music conglomerate. Dr. Luke denied the charges and countersued, accusing Kesha ? whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert ? of lying to get out of the record deal. A court last year rejected Kesha's lawsuit, enraging feminists. The singer enjoyed public shows of support from top women in music, including Adele and Taylor Swift. But Sony Music quietly parted ways with Dr. Luke earlier this year. Kesha remains on the Kemosabe label but wrote "Praying" with new collaborators ? Ryan Lewis, who is one-half of a hip-hop duo with Macklemore, and Australian folk singer Ben Abraham.
  18. Former US President Barack Obama waves while walking with his daughter Mali and his wife Michelle during a visit to the 9th-century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Indonesia, June 28, 2017/Reuters From white water rafting in Bali to visiting temples on Java, former US President Barack Obama's private family holiday is being closely tracked in Indonesia where he spent four years as a child. Obama was six when he moved to Jakarta after his American mother, Ann Dunham, married an Indonesian man following the end of her marriage to Obama's Kenyan father. "I feel proud that my friend became a president," said Sonni Gondokusumo, 56, a former classmate of Obama at the Menteng 01 state elementary school in Jakarta. Gondokusumo showed a class photograph of himself standing behind a young Obama, who was wearing a school beret. Barack Obama (2nd L), his wife Michelle (3rd L) along with his daughters Sasha (C) and Malia (2nd R) go rafting while on holiday in Bongkasa Village, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia, June 26, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Wira Suryantala/ via Reuters "He was a clever boy. Whenever a teacher asked him to solve a problem in front of the class, he could do it," Gondokusomo told Reuters, adding he hoped to meet the former president again. Obama remains popular in the world's most populous Muslim nation and his trip has been splashed across the media during an extended public holiday to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The Rakyat Merdeka newspaper carried a headline "Obama loves Indonesia". Obama returned for an official visit as president in 2010 with his wife, Michelle, but this time has brought daughters Malia and Sasha as well. Indonesians are avid social media users and snaps of the former US president walking with his family in rice fields and rafting on Bali's Ayung River have gone viral. Barack Obama visits the 9th-century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, June 28, 2017. Reuters/Pius Erlangga Obama kicked off the holiday on the island of Bali, where he stayed at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Bali near the cultural center of Ubud. On Wednesday, Obama and his family arrived in the city of Yogyakarta on Java island, and visited the ancient temple of Borobudur. According to CNN Indonesia, Central Java police deployed 700 officers to secure his visit to Borobudur, a Buddhist temple dating from the 8th and 9th centuries. Obama is due to meet President Joko Widodo on Friday at the palace in Bogor, south of Jakarta, and visit the capital on Saturday.
  19. KARACHI: Players of Pakistan cricket team returned home, in the wee hours of Tuesday, to a grand welcome, after winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. A young Pakistan team stunned the world and created history on Sunday, thrashing an in-form and star-studded Indian side by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval. Players begin to return separately to their hometowns after unavailability of tickets barred them from boarding a flight together. Four Cricketers have arrived in Lahore, Two will land in Karachi, while two others in Islamabad. Faheem Ashraf, Babar Azam Ahmad Shahzad along with player of the tournament Hasan Ali land at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore. Captain Sarfraz Ali and Rumman Raees to arrive back home in Karachi. While Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim will be arriving at the Benazir International Airport in Islamabad around 7:30 AM.
  20. Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio confirmed Friday that he has turned over an Oscar won by Marlon Brando, along with other gifts, amid an inquiry into a multibillion-dollar money-laundering scheme involving a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. US authorities are seeking to recover billions in money and assets allegedly embezzled by businessmen with political connections in Malaysia. The scandal has rocked the Malaysian governing class, exposing Prime Minister Najib Razak to allegations of corruption, which he has denied. A spokesman for DiCaprio said in a statement that the 42-year-old actor had contacted the US Justice Department last July after learning of a civil action against "certain parties involved in the making of 'The Wolf of Wall Street,'" a movie in which DiCaprio starred. He offered to surrender to US authorities any gifts "from the parties named in the civil complaint." DiCaprio "initiated return of these items," said the statement provided to AFP. It said he did so before the US government on Thursday filed a new complaint that cited the Red Granite production company behind "The Wolf of Wall Street." "He has also returned an Oscar originally won by Marlon Brando, which was given to Mr DiCaprio as a set gift by Red Granite to thank him for his work on "The Wolf of Wall Street.'" Jets, apartments and royalties US authorities announced Thursday that they intended to seize more than a half-billion dollars in additional assets acquired with money embezzled from the 1MDB Malaysian sovereign fund, at the heart of a vast international scandal. Those assets include a $261 million yacht purchased by Malaysian businessman Jho Low, as well as paintings by Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat; and the royalties of "Dumb and Dummer To" and "Daddy's Home." Those films were also produced by Red Granite, a Los Angeles company co-founded by Riza Aziz, son-in-law of Razak. In a statement received Friday, Red Granite said it was in "active" discussions with the Justice Department. The US authorities first moved in July 2016 to recover some $1 billion in assets, including private jets, luxury apartments and royalties from "The Wolf of Wall Street." The Justice Department said those assets had been acquired as part of an "international conspiracy" intended to launder billions of dollars embezzled from 1MDB, or 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a public fund created in 2009. Razak is its advisory chair. Razak created the fund shortly after coming to power in 2009, saying it would help modernise the country. 1MDB now carries debt of some 10 billion euros ($11.2 billion). The prime minister and fund officials have consistently denied any wrongdoing.
  21. It’s official. 'Assassin’s Creed' is back and its official trailer was released at E3 last night where Ubisoft showed how the game has re-invented itself. The game has a new combat system and is a true open world RPG when compared to previous iterations. Your character is Bayek, who is basically an Egyptian police officer who is tasked with protecting the people of Egypt from local and foreign threats. The game is a origin story of how the Brotherhood was formed and the story is a far cry from what we are accustomed to from 'Assassin Creed' games. The game is no longer an action game as it embraces the RPG model to take the franchise further. © Ubisoft The game puts a heavy emphasis on exploration and you also need to craft your weapons and armour in order to progress in the story.The game is heavily populated with NPCs and animals that bring Ancient Egypt to life. Being an open world game, it has a series of side quests for players to complete in any order. The game has a brand new skill tree that unlocks key abilities and improve combat as you upgrade your character. There are three categories where you can upgrade skills i.e. warrior, rogue and archer. These skills can be customised and can be used in various combinations much like in a true RPG such as 'Fallout'. © Ubisoft The combat system has also changed where you will need to plan your movements and time your counters in order to defeat your enemies. This time around 'Origins' has actual boss fights where you an use the environment to your advantage to inflict major damage. 'Assassin’s Creed: Origins' will launch on October 27 and will also support 4K gaming on the Xbox One X. We can be assured that more gameplay and story trailers will be revealed closer to the launch date. You can watch the full reveal trailer below: For more news on 'Assassin’s Creed: Origins', make sure you keep a look out for more features in the Technology section of MensXP.com
  22. ISLAMABAD: The Samjhauta Express sent to Attari, Amristar for Sikh pilgrims was returned empty as Indian authorities stopped them from coming to Pakistan for the Jor Mela, according to the foreign office spokesperson. A statement issued from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Indian authorities returned the train saying Pakistan had agreed on sending a special one for the pilgrims, not Samjhauta Express. The Indian authorities intercepted the pilgrims at the Attari border in Amritsar, read the statement. They were coming to Pakistan for the Jor Mela to observe the death anniversary of Guru Arjun Das, for which around 100 pilgrims were issued visa by the High Commission for Pakistan, it added. Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria stated Pakistan had made all the arrangements keeping in consideration the religious values of Sikhs. The statement further read that India did not hold human values important. Even the medical visa process was troublesome for Pakistanis, it added. ?In occupied Kashmir, human beings are used as shields,? it read. ?India has also targeted civilians along the Line of Control and Working Boundary.?
  23. PM Nawaz will return to Pakistan after a two-day successful visit to Kazakhstan. Photo: file ASTANA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan on Saturday afternoon after a two-day successful visit to Kazakhstan. However, the PM landed in Lahore due to bad weather conditions in Islamabad. Before their departure, the PM, accompanied by his wife, visited Pakistan's stall at Astana's expo centre. Pakistan had set up a green energy stall at the expo. In an unofficial conversation, PM Nawaz had remarked that the Kashmir issue needs to be resolved immediately. Millions of Indian troops have been deployed in Indian occupied Kashmir, he said. In order to improve relations with India, talks should be held on all relevant issues. During the visit, PM held important meetings with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and United Nations Secretary General António Guterres. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/66200251dd36f183aa092ace8e2bfd66.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8xMC8yMDE3IDY6MTA6MzMgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1Halp5bG1LOEZjSGNobG9weXgxNzV3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] The prime minister also remarked that Pakistan has always tried its best to ensure that there is peace in Afghanistan, adding that the Afghan president agrees on the positive role played by Pakistan. ?We hope that Pakistan and Afghanistan relations become normal soon,? he added. It is a historic day today, says PM as Pakistan joins SCO Pakistan, along with India, has become permanent member of SCO According to sources, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Pakistan has played an important role in eliminating terrorism from the region. Russian extended its help to Pakistan in overcoming different challenges being faced by the country in this regard, he said. During the visit, Pakistan was officially included in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which now has a total of eight states as permanent members ? after China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Other observer states and governments and international organisations are also part of the group. The group will then represent nearly half of the world?s population after the inclusion of the subcontinental neighbours
  24. Mark Zuckerberg is back to where it all started! Thirteen years ago, he famously dropped out of Harvard to focus on Facebook. Now he has returned to his old dorm room and the birthplace of Facebook. And, what better way to document his return than a Facebook live video? © Facebook He gave a spontaneous 23-minute walkthrough of his old Kirkland house college dorm, and you can see in the video how excited he is to be back. With his wife Priscilla Chan right by his side, he seemed to have a lot of fun reminiscing about his college days, telling stories of college snack food, bad roommates, and more. "It's my first time being back here since I left 13 years ago. This has been a place where a lot of really special things happened in my life," says Mr Zuckerberg during the 23-minute Facebook Live video. "I'm really grateful." © Facebook “This is where my desk was and this is literally where I sat and I had my little laptop here,” he explained. “This is kind of where it happened.” Today, he will be giving the commencement speech at Harvard's graduation ceremony and will even receive an honorary degree. © Facebook "It's pretty personally meaningful to me to actually get a degree from here (Harvard)," he says during the Facebook live. "I promise it means even more to my parents who really wanted me to graduate. This might be the thing they're going to be most proud of me for." Watch the whole video here: Mark has literally come full circle now!
  25. Ariana Grande returned to the United States on Tuesday, one day after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at the pop singer's concert in Manchester, England, People magazine reported, as questions lingered over whether she would continue her European tour. Grande, 23, was photographed landing at an airport in her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, and being met by family members, the magazine said. The pop star has not been seen publicly since an explosion ripped through the packed Manchester Arena at the end of her performance there. Some of the 22 people who died in the attack were teens or young girls. Grande was apparently unharmed. British police have identified the man suspected of carrying out the massacre as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who was born in Manchester to parents of Libyan origin. Daesh claimed responsibility for what it called revenge against "Crusaders," but there appeared to be contradictions in its account of the operation. In her only statement so far, Grande took to Twitter some five hours after the bombing to describe herself as "broken" in the aftermath of the attack. "from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words," she said in the tweet. Grande was performing in Manchester during the European leg of a tour to promote her third album, "Dangerous Woman," which also has her scheduled to perform in London, Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland in the coming weeks. Despite speculation that she would cancel the rest of the tour, no formal announcement had been made as of Tuesday afternoon. Grande's manager, Scooter Braun, did not respond to requests for comment by Reuters. "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act," Braun said in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday evening. "We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers." Grande, a native of Boca Raton, starred in the Broadway musical "13" and on the Nickelodeon TV series "Victorious" before releasing her solo debut album, "Yours Truly." Best known for her singles "Problem" and "Break Free," Grande is credited with having an exceptionally broad vocal range for a pop star.