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  1. NICOSIA: Holders Real Madrid sealed a place in the Champions League last 16 with a thumping 6-0 victory at APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday but will still finish runners-up to Tottenham Hotspur in Group H. Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped up Real?s biggest Champions League away win with two goals at the start of the second half. He has 18 in the competition this year, extending his record from 16 and taking his overall Champions League scoring record to 113. Zinedine Zidane?s side, who have been inconsistent in La Liga this season, were already coasting thanks to first-half goals from Luka Modric, a Karim Benzema double and Nacho strike. Spurs? 2-1 win at Borussia Dortmund means they have claimed top spot on 13 points, with a game to spare, ahead of Real on 10 points. APOEL will fight it out with Dortmund for third place and a Europa League spot, with both teams on two points. Modric opened the scoring for Real in the 22nd minute with a bouncing volley from the edge of the penalty area after APOEL?s Vinicius failed to clear a Dani Carvajal cross from the right. Benzema doubled the lead in the 39th when he was put clean through by Toni Kroos, following neat interplay between the German, the Frenchman and Portuguese Ronaldo. APOEL?s defence appeared to freeze in the build-up after they thought the referee would blow for a foul on Ronaldo. Benzema made no mistake though ending his recent goal drought. In the 41st minute Real made it 3-0 when Nacho prodded home from close range, after his central defensive partner Raphael Varane knocked down Marco Asensio?s corner from the left. Real scored again when Benzema doubled his tally following a lightning break in first-half added time, Ronaldo unselfishly finding the Frenchman who passed the ball into an empty net. Ronaldo finally got on the scoresheet himself, scoring his 112th Champions League goal in the 48th with a simple header off Marcelo?s cross from the left. He then netted again in the 54th, firing home after Perez? clearance struck the onrushing Benzema.
  2. Jeffrey Tambor. Image Courtesy: The Wrap via Getty Images/Kevin Winter It has only been slightly more than a week ? after Jeffrey Tambor?s former assistant accused the actor of sexual harassment ? but the Transparent star is now facing the second allegation of sexual harassment. This time, however, actress Trace Lysette ? who has worked with Tambor, 73, on Amazon?s comedy TV show as a guest star ? has claimed that at one point on the set, during a break from filming, he pressed himself against her in a ?sexually aggressive manner?. Lysette plays the role of yoga instructor Shea on Transparent. According to a statement by Lysette and published by Deadline ? which first reported the news ? the actor made ?lewd, sexually suggestive, and unwelcomed? comments towards her ?on a number of occasions?. During a scene when Lysette?s character was to come out in underwear, Tambor remarked, "My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually," The Hollywood Reporter said. Alexandra Billings ? a third actor in that particular scene ? was close enough to listen to the actor?s comment and confirmed the validity of the claim. They "laughed it off because it was so absurd," Lysette commented. Amazon ? the company behind the successful comedy series ? has already launched a probe into the sexual harassment allegations made by Tambor?s ex-assistant Van Barnes. It subsequently noted that the new developments will be considered in the current investigation. On the other hand, Emmy Award-winning Tambor ? denying the accusations ? told Variety that he has not ?been a predator ? ever?. ?For the past four years, I?ve had the huge privilege ? and huge responsibility ? of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood,? the statement reads. ?Now, I find myself accused of behaviour that any civilised person would condemn unreservedly,? it continued. ?I know I haven?t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact.? ?I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.? Interestingly, however, Lysette says she wants Amazon to ?remove the problem? from Transparent and ?let the show go on?. Rumours abound that the character of Maura Pfefferman may consequently be written out of the show. The whole debacle becomes even more noteworthy considering the fact that Roy Price ? the former president of Amazon Studios ? was let go from the company after accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him surfaced.
  3. Community members take part in a protest ? to demand to stop hate crime ? in the Queens borough of New York City, US, August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Files WASHINGTON: The number of hate crimes committed in the United States rose in 2016 for the second consecutive year, with African-Americans, Jews and Muslims targeted in many of the incidents, the FBI said on Monday in an annual report. There were 6,121 hate crime incidents recorded last year, an almost 5 percent rise from 2015 and a 10 percent increase from 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation?s Hate Crimes Statistics report said. It did not give a reason for the rise. Black Americans were targeted in about half the 3,489 incidents based on race, ethnicity or ancestry, the report said, followed by whites who were targeted in 720. About half the 1,273 incidents that involved religion were against Jews. Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes, up 19 percent from 2015 and double the number in 2014. There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with almost two-thirds of those targeting gay men. The hate crimes recorded last year included nine murders and 24 rapes, the report said. Of the 5,770 known offenders, 46 percent were white, and 26 percent were African-American. The report was based on data voluntarily submitted by about 15,000 law enforcement agencies.
  4. (L-R) Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Ruffalo at the world premiere of 'Thor: Ragnarok' in Los Angeles, California, US, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni LOS ANGELES ( Showing plenty of staying power, Disney-Marvel?s Thor: Ragnarok is dominating the North American box office with $56.6 million at 4,080 locations in its second weekend. The figure give the third Thor movie the 29th highest second weekend of all time and the fifth best of 2017. It also took in nearly the combined total of the two new titles ? Paramount?s family comedy Daddy?s Home 2 with $30 million from 3,575 sites and Fox?s mystery Murder on the Orient Express with $28.2 million at 3,341 venues. Thor: Ragnarok ? starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Taika Waititi ? declined 54% from its $122.7 million opening last weekend and is already the ninth highest domestic grosser of 2017 with $211.6 million in its first 10 days. It?s also been a stellar international performer with $438 million in less than three weeks ? topping $650 million worldwide. On November 8, Thor: Ragnarok became the 12th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe film to top $500 million worldwide. The movie has reversed a box-office slump that persisted through October and left 2017?s overall domestic moviegoing down 5% from last year at $9.14 billion as of Sunday. With Warner Bros.? Justice League opening next weekend, Disney-Pixar?s Coco on November 22, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi launching on December 15, the industry is now poised to end the year on an upbeat note. The overall weekend totalled about $148 million, down 6% from the same frame in 2016, according to comScore. ?Now it will take the dream team of Justice League, Coco, and, of course, The Last Jedi ? and a host of other films big and small ? to rally the industry toward a year end total that could rival last year?s record $11.4 billion,? comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. ?The clock is ticking and there?s not a lot of time left on the calendar to make up the difference,? he added. Daddy?s Home 2 is performing at the high end of recent forecasts and is finishing about 23% below the original?s $38.7 million opening in 2015. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell reprise their roles as fathers ? co-parenting the children of Wahlberg?s character ? who struggle to cope when their fathers, played by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow, arrive during the holiday season. The film carries a $70 million budget. The original went on to gross $150 million domestically. Paramount?s distribution president Kyle Davies pointed to an A- CinemaScore as an indication that the Daddy?s Home 2 is resonating with all demographics ? and should perform well in coming weeks. ?We are well-positioned heading into the holiday season with a movie for audiences from 8 to 80,? he added. Murder on the Orient Express has also launched above expectations. Kenneth Branagh stars as detective Hercule Poirot in the latest adaptation of Agatha Christie?s story of a murder mystery on a luxury train in the 1930s. The cast has plenty of star power with Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Hamilton?s Leslie Odom Jr., and Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley. Murder on the Orient Express ? which has a $55 million budget ? also pulled in $45.8 million in 25,903 international screens, lifting its overseas total to $57.2 million. STXfilms? A Bad Moms Christmas finished fourth with $11.5 million at 3,615 locations in its second weekend, showing impressive holding power with a decline of only 31%. The film has grossed nearly $40 million in its first 12 days. A24?s expansion of Greta Gerwig?s Lady Bird cracked the top 10 with $1.2 million on 37 screens for an impressive $33,776 per screen average. The comedy-drama posted the best 2017 platform opening last weekend with $364,437 at four sites. Fox Searchlight?s platform release of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ? starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson ? opened with a strong $320,000 at four locations. McDormand plays a small town mother taking on the local police force after her daughter?s rape and murder goes uninvestigated for several months.
  5. General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Several parties have dissociated themselves from Awami Ittehad alliance only a day after the announcement of its formation under the leadership of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. After Pakistan Awami Tehrik distanced from Awami Ittehad on Saturday, Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) also denied being part of the alliance. MWM Central Spokesman Allama Mukhtar Imami said his party has not decided to join any alliance. MWM officials said their leaders are focused on the recovery of their missing party leader Nasir Sherazi. "Neither anyone has consulted us over an alliance nor any of our leaders attended meetings of any political or electoral alliance," they said, adding that the party has not approved participation in any alliance. Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza also clarified that his party's alliance with Awami Ittehad is not meant for the election. He said the election politics will be conducted from the platform of the grand alliance of Ahl-e-Sunnat parties: 'Nizam-e-Mustafa Muttahida Mahaz'. He asked the Punjab government to stop arresting Ulema Ahl-e-Sunnat involved in the ongoing Islamabad sit-in. It should be noted that over a dozen parties among 23 which claimed to be members of Musharraf's Awami Ittehad are non-functional while activities of several others are very limited.
  6. Mukhammadzoir Kadirov ? who the FBI is seeking in relation to the Tuesday's deadly attack in the Tribeca neighbourhood of New York City, New York, US ? is shown in this image released on November 1, 2017. Courtesy FBI New York/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON: A second Uzbek man wanted for questioning in the investigation of Tuesday?s fatal truck attack in New York City has been located, an official of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said on Wednesday, though no details were provided on where the man was found or why he was wanted. The FBI on Wednesday issued a wanted poster on Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, a 32-year-old native of Uzbekistan. Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbekistan immigrant who has been living in New Jersey, was charged Wednesday with committing the attack in the name of Daesh. U.S. law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, separately on Wednesday said Saipov had been in contact with Kadirov and one other person. The officials, who asked not to be identified because the investigation is ongoing, did not provide further details. Kadirov was located after the wanted poster went out, William Sweeney, assistant director-in-charge of the New York FBI office, told a news conference. He declined to disclose any details. ?Earlier as we came in this evening, we were seeking information about an individual,? Sweeney said. ?Many of you in this room received that alert. ?We are no longer seeking that individual,? he said. The New York FBI office on Twitter said it was still seeking any information the public might have on Kadirov. Tuesday?s attack on a bike path in Manhattan killed eight people.
  7. ABU DHABI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and sent Sri Lanka into bat in the second Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Pakistan kept the same team which won the first match by seven wickets, also played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, on Thursday. Sri Lanka also decided to keep the same combination as they look to level the three-match series. The third and final match will be played in Lahore on Sunday. Teams: Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Shinwari Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (capt), Dilshan Munaweera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ashan Priyanjan, Mahela Udawatte, Dasun Shanaka, Sachith Pathirana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Isuru Udana, Vikum Sanjaya
  8. Captains pose with the T20I series trophy Unstoppable Pakistan, after winning the opening T20 international by seven wickets on Thursday, will face Sri Lanka in the second, and series-deciding, T20I match at Abu Dhabi today. Medium pacer Hasan Ali finished with a career best bowling to once again anchor Pakistan's convincing victory over Sri Lanka in the first T20I, taking 3-23 in 3.3 overs as Pakistan skittled Sri Lanka out for a paltry 102 in 18.3 overs. The Green Shirts were seen through to the target by Shoaib Malik 42 not out and Mohammad Hafeez 25 not out, with 16 balls to spare. All six Pakistan bowlers took wickets with spinner Mohammad Hafeez (2-10) and pacer Usman Shinwari (2-24) supplementing Hasan to the best effect. It was the 70th T20I win for Pakistan, the most by any team in the shortest format of the game. It also marked 10th victory in 12 T20Is for Sarfraz Ahmed as captain, bringing his win percentage to 83.33%. The teams will fly to Lahore for the third and final T20I at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday, October 29. The day will mark the return of top-flight cricket to Pakistan, as Sri Lanka become the first major cricket team to visit the country since they were targeted in a deadly ambush in 2009 -- with attack survivors among those returning to the scene. Sunday´s game comes after Lahore also hosted this year´s Pakistan Super League final and the Independence Cup series between Pakistan and World XI last month.
  9. India has officially beaten the US to become the world's second largest-ever smartphone market in the world. This was thanks to two smartphone brands selling smartphones that would amount to almost half of total shipments in the country. © BCCL Demand for mid and high-end smartphones has been increasing at a steady rate over the past few years and has finally surpassed the US smartphone market. According to Canalys, India's smartphone market is controlled by five major companies with Samsung and Xiaomi on top. The two companies have shipped almost half of all smartphone shipments in the third quarter of 2017. © Canalys Xiaomi saw an increase in shipments by 290 percent, highest by any company while Vivo saw a similar increase even though the company has a smaller market share. Canalys analyst Rushabh Doshi points out, “Xiaomi's growth is a clear example of how a successful online brand can effectively enter the offline market while maintaining low overheads,” He adds, “But Xiaomi focuses on the low end. It struggles in the mid-range (devices priced between INR15,000 and INR20,000 [US$230 and US$310]), where Samsung, Oppo and Vivo are particularly strong. Nevertheless, we predict Xiaomi's continued go-to-market innovations will allow it to overtake Samsung within a couple of quarters.” © Reuters According to Canalys, India has low barriers of entry that enables smartphone manufactures to compete strongly in India. Currently, Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and Lenovo are the top five vendors in the country, who now make up 75% of its total smartphone shipments. Mr. Doshi also said, “The Indian economy is proving very strong in the second half of 2017, now that the twin shocks of GST and demonetisation are behind it.” India has enjoyed a 23 percent increase in smartphone shipments in the past quarter which is far more than any other country except China. China currently holds the number one spot, but India's gradual increase in shipments show the country's stable and growing market might dethrone China one day. Source: Canalys
  10. [embed_video1 url= style=center] RAWALPINDI: The second of phase of Pakistan Motor Rally, organised by the Pakistan Army to commemorate 70th year of the country's independence, concluded in South Waziristan on Thursday, with The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and army chief participating in it. The rally, which includes more than 300 jeeps, 500 bikers and 150 vintage cars drawn from 23 motor clubs across the country, started on October 21 and will culminate upon reaching Gwadar on October 31. An SUV speeds up during the car race held in Gomal Zam, South Waziristan on October 26, 2017. ? Geo News screengrabAnother SUV speeds past during the car race held in Gomal Zam, South Waziristan on October 26, 2017. ? Geo News screengrab It reached Gomal Zam in South Waziristan from Islamabad on Wednesday. The locals in the area accorded a warm welcome to participants of the rally upon reaching the area, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Paratroopers demonstrating their skills in Gomal Zam on October 26, 2017. ? Geo News screengrab A car and motorcycle race was also held among the participants in Gomal Zam on Thursday, the ISPR said in a statement. Speaking on the occasion, General Qamar Javed Bajwa said organising the car rally in terrorism-affected areas is a clear evidence of their claims for peace. Motorcyclists during the race in Gomal Zam on October 26, 2017. ? Geo News screengrab "With the efforts and sacrifices of Pakistan Army, these areas have returned to normal," he said. The COAS praised the morale of the participants, the statement read. General Bajwa handing cash prize to a participant of the race. Geo News screengrab General Bajwa and Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra also distributed prizes among participants for best performances.
  11. Inc has received 238 proposals from cities and regions across North America vying to host the company?s second headquarters, it said on Monday. The number of applicants underscores the interest in the contest, which Seattle-based Amazon announced last month. The world?s largest online retailer said it would invest more than $5 billion and create up to 50,000 jobs for ?Amazon HQ2?. The deadline for submitting proposals was Thursday. Amazon said 54 states, provinces, districts and territories in the United States, Canada and Mexico were represented in the bids. Some said this month they could offer Amazon billions of dollars in tax breaks if they were chosen. New Jersey proposed $7 billion in potential credits against state and city taxes if Amazon locates in Newark and sticks to hiring commitments, for instance. Amazon did not disclose the range of incentives it was offered in the proposals. Others took different tactics. The mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Stonecrest, Jason Lary, said his city would use 345 acres of industrial land to create a new city called Amazon. Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos would be its mayor for life, Lary said. Amazon is expected to choose a city that will help it recruit top talent to stay competitive with rivals such as Alphabet Inc?s Google. The company has said it will make a decision next year.
  12. SYDNEY: The parliament of Australia?s second largest state passed legislation on Friday to allow terminally ill patients to seek medical help to end their lives, a bill that is expected to act as a catalyst for the rest of the country to adopt similar laws. Any resident of Victoria state over 18, with a terminal illness and with less than 12 months to live can request a lethal dose of medication, the bill permits. Anyone that is too ill to administer the dosage can ask for a doctor to help. Many countries have legalised euthanasia or physician-assisted deaths, including Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and some states in the United States. But Australia?s federal government has opposed legalising euthanasia even though the remote Northern Territory became the first jurisdiction in the world to do so in 1995. The federal government enacted its own legislation to override the Northern Territory law in 1997 under rules allowed by the constitution. State law can not be overridden. The passage of the bill in Victoria is expected to herald assisted death legislation in other Australian states. ?It is a landmark moment. Other states are likely to follow. We have seen this in other jurisdictions and I expect once politicians see how the system works, they will adopt similar models,? said Ben White, director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology. The issue has divided lawmakers and medicinal professionals. Victorian premier Daniel Andrews introduced the bill following his father?s death from cancer in 2016. An opponent of the legalisation, Michael Gannon, president of the Australian Medical Association, which represents medical practitioners, said state law should not change because of the death of Andrews? father. He later apologised for the comment. Members of the state assembly debated the emotive bill through the night in a 26-hour session that ended with approval by 47 votes to 37. The legislation needs the approval of Victoria?s senate, though analysts expect it to pass into law. The legislation will not come into effect for 18 months to allow time to properly implement the assisted dying scheme.
  13. Known as a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, Yescarta modifies a patient´s white blood cells so they can attack and kill lymphoma. Photo: AFP file WASHINGTON: US regulators have approved a second form of gene therapy to fight cancer. The treatment, called Yescarta, is the first immunotherapy on the US market for certain kinds of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a cancer that attacks the lymph nodes. Known as a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, Yescarta modifies a patient´s white blood cells so they can attack and kill lymphoma. The treatment is expected to cost about $373,000, and is only approved for people who have relapsed twice after at least two other kinds of treatment. "Today marks another milestone in the development of a whole new scientific paradigm for the treatment of serious diseases," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement late Wednesday. "In just several decades, gene therapy has gone from being a promising concept to a practical solution to deadly and largely untreatable forms of cancer," he added. "This approval demonstrates the continued momentum of this promising new area of medicine." The FDA approved the first gene therapy against cancer in August, a leukemia treatment called Kymriah, made by Novartis. Its cost is estimated at $475,000. Yescarta was initially developed by researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Washington, DC. A deal was struck with Kite Pharma to develop the drug. Gilead Pharmaceuticals purchased Kite for $11.9 billion this year. About 3,500 patients in the United States may be candidates for treatment with Yescarta, including those with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), the most common type of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in adults. Patients must first have their immune cells removed, then modified in a lab for re-infusion. Side effects can be severe, even fatal, particularly in the first couple of weeks after treatment. These include cytokine release syndrome (CRS), when the body reacts negatively to the infusion of CAR-T "cells causing high fever and flu-like symptoms," as well as the risk of brain damage. "Both CRS and neurologic toxicities can be fatal or life-threatening," the FDA warned. "Other side effects include serious infections, low blood cell counts and a weakened immune system." In a trial involving more than 100 patients with refractory or relapsed large B-cell lymphoma, 51 percent went into complete remission after treatment with Yescarta, according to the FDA.
  14. Demonstrators at a #NoMuslimBanEver rally and march "to protest discriminatory policies that unlawfully target and hurt American Muslim and immigrant communities across the country", Washington, October 18, 2017. AFP/Jim Watson WASHINGTON: A second judge ordered a freeze on President Donald Trump's newest travel ban order on Wednesday, saying it was essentially targeted at Muslims in violation of the US Constitution. Maryland federal judge Theodore Chuang said the ban affecting travellers from six majority-Muslim countries and North Korea, as well as many officials from Venezuela, essentially had not changed from the first two versions, which were shot down in lower courts as discriminating against a single religion. He pointed out, as in earlier rulings, that Trump had repeatedly promised a ban on Muslims coming into the country during last year's presidential election. Chuang was the second judge this week to order a block on the open-ended ban, issued in a White House executive order in September and which was to come into effect on Wednesday. Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the White House Wednesday, chanting "no Muslim ban," and "no ban, no wall, freedom for all" ? referencing Trump's plans to build a wall on the Mexican border. A march to the Trump International Hotel, a few blocks away, was also planned. Yemeni Fathi al-Huthaifi, 41, told AFP his wife is stranded in Saudi Arabia as a result of the ban. "She's waiting for her visa but the travel ban makes it delayed, delayed," explained Huthaifi, who has five children, all with US citizenship. "When we allow one group to get banned, then we allow other groups to get banned," civil rights activist Linda Sarsour said, adding, "This is part of a standing campaign of this administration, a white supremacist agenda." Isra Chaker ? a refugee camp adviser for Oxfam America ? branded the ban "an affront to the American tradition". "This decision impacts life of real people... no one (chooses) to become a refugee," she said. On Tuesday, Hawaii federal district judge Derrick Watson also objected to the ban, saying it illegally discriminated against the entire populations of six countries ? Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen ? and would not, as it claimed, add to US national security. Trump has battled with the courts since the first version of the ban, and in June finally gained Supreme Court approval to implement an amended second version for 90 days, which ended last month. On Tuesday the White House said it would fight the newest ban by Watson, pointing to yet another likely fight in the Supreme Court.
  15. The latest version of US President Donald Trump's travel ban is slapped down by two US federal judges, suggesting the measure is heading to the Supreme Court for resolution. ? AFP WASHINGTON: A second US judge ordered a freeze on President Donald Trump?s newest travel ban order Wednesday, saying it was essentially targeted at Muslims in violation of the US Constitution. Maryland federal judge Theodore Chuang said the ban of travelers from six majority-Muslim countries and North Korea, and on many officials from Venezuela, essentially had not changed from the first two versions, which were shot down in lower courts as discriminating against a single religion. He pointed out, as in earlier rulings, that Trump had repeatedly promised a ban on Muslims coming into the country during last year?s presidential election. Chuang was the second judge this week to order a block on the open-ended ban, issued in a White House executive order in September and which was to come in effect on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Hawaii federal district judge Derrick Watson also objected to the ban, saying it illegally discriminated against the entire populations of six countries -- Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- and would not, as it claimed, add to US national security. Trump has battled with the courts since the first version of the ban, and in June finally gained Supreme Court approval to implement an amended second version for 90 days, which ended last month. On Tuesday, the White House said it would fight the newest ban by Watson, pointing to yet another likely fight in the Supreme Court. "We are therefore confident that the judiciary will ultimately uphold the president?s lawful and necessary action and swiftly restore its vital protections for the safety of the American people," the White House said.
  16. KARACHI: The thick forests in Upper Dir?s Usheri area continue to be engulfed in flames even after 24 hours, destroying hundreds of trees and wood. According to the police, locals, Levies and police personnel have been attempting to put out the fire that took place yesterday but have failed due to the magnitude of the fire. Scores of pine trees and tree houses were burnt and several feet of wood destroyed. Police said that fire continues to grow, posing a threat to the wildlife and local population.
  17. MOSCOW: Maria Sharapova was swept away in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Tuesday by Magdalena Rybarikova, while sixth-seeded Daria Gavrilova beat Kristyna Pliskova to make it to the round of 16. Slovakian Rybarikova spoiled Sharapova?s first appearance at the Kremlin Cup in a decade, winning 7-6(3) 6-4 in just under two hours to set up a second-round meeting with France?s Alize Cornet. Later on Tuesday Australia?s Gavrilova beat Pliskova in three sets and will face Belarusian qualifier Vera Lapko in the second round. Seventh-seeded Julia Goerges, of Germany, currently 27th in the WTA rankings, beat Russian qualifier Polina Monova in straight sets and will face Kazakhstan?s Yulia Putintseva in the second round. Twenty-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina also upset compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, seeded fifth, beating her 7-6, 6-1. Kasatkina, who served up four aces in Tuesday?s match, will face Katerina Siniakova, of the Czech Republic, in the second round. Russia?s Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Irina-Camelia Begu, of Romania, also move on to the second round after wins on Tuesday.
  18. Pakistan rejoice during the first ODI An unchanged Pakistan side will take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the five-match series in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Pakistan, nursing a 2-0 Test whitewash against Sri Lanka, avenged the defeat by outclassing the tourists with an 83-run win in the ODI opener on Friday. Shoaib Malik´s swashbuckling 61-ball 81 and a return to form 103 by Babar Malik lifted Pakistan to 292-6 in the first ODI in Dubai, before they kept Sri Lanka to 209-8. The match was Pakistan´s first since winning the Champions Trophy in England in June this year. Fast-rising paceman Hasan Ali -- declared player of the Champions trophy with 13 wickets -- finished with 3-36 while left-armer Rumman Raees took 3-49 to derail Sri Lanka. Pakistan will retain the same combination despite opener Ahmed Shehzad failing to score on Friday. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have been at their worst, winning just four ODIs all year and now having lost eight in a row. Pakistani bowling, Babar's ton topple Sri Lanka in first ODI Sarfraz XI hoping to change their fortunes after 2-0 upset in the preceding Test series Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas is demanding his players snap the losing streak. "We have not been very good in this format for a while now," said Pothas, a former South African wicket-keeper. "We have to find answers and find them quick." "From a batting point of view, the currency of your batting is runs. If you don´t keep making them, the shop is going to close down at some point. We have to ask the batters to take some responsibility." The remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 18) and Sharjah (October 20 and 23). The two teams will also play three T20 internationals, two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) while the last is scheduled for Lahore on October 29.
  19. PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Photo: Reuters/File ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Friday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz attacked the country's judiciary today for the second time. Posting his comments on Twitter, Imran said the commotion in the accountability court today was carried out protect the more that Rs30 billion 'loot' of the Sharif family that is stashed abroad. "Now we know the drama of darbari Ahsan Iqbal over the Rangers' presence in NAB court ? it was to leave the NAB judge unprotected," said Imran. He was referring to the October 2 incident when the Rangers took control of the Federal Judicial Complex and did not allow anyone, including Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, to enter the premises. Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar's indictment deferred until Oct 19 due to lawyers' commotion Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar were both in court today but the judge halted the proceedings after lawyers protested against police high-handedness The Accountability Court-I is hearing three corruption references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. Today, as the court was set to indict Nawaz (in absentia), his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar, lawyers stormed the courtroom in protest against police action against them, causing the judge to adjourn proceedings. The police had disallowed the lawyers from entering the judicial complex. Continuing his comments, Imran said clearly the PML-N is bent on destroying all state institutions. He asked the public to be "prepared to stand up and defend our state institutions". He said the destruction of state institutions means the disintegration of the state. "This is the Sharif agenda which nation must counter," he added. On November 28, 1997 activists and leaders of the PML-N stormed the Supreme Court, manhandling judges and damaging the premises, while the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Sajjad Ali Shah was hearing a contempt case against then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Reacting to today's incident in the court, PTI Spokesman Fawad Chaudhry called for the resignation of State Interior Minister Tallal Chaudhry ? who was present in the court today ? and placing of Maryam and Safdar's name in the Exit Control List. He claimed that today's ruckus in the court was a thought-out conspiracy by the PML-N to delay the Sharif family members' indictment. PPP hits out at PML-N Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) spokesperson Chaudhry Manzoor said the PML-N today has repeated its past of battling the courts instead of facing them peacefully. He said there is no law and order in the country, adding that Nawaz Sharif is taking the country towards a state of anarchy. "He?s [Nawaz] is proving true the Supreme Court?s statement that he is a godfather," said Manzoor.
  20. The ‘Echoes Of Earth' music festival is back to blow minds with its second edition. After a successful first year that immediately garnered an enthusiastic audience in its first leg itself, the festival promises to be bigger and better, boasting of a stellar lineup. Those who are to be in Bangalore on 18th and 19th November, 2017 you will not want to miss this. © Facebook/Beardyman at Echoes of Earth 2016 In its second edition this year, ‘Echoes of Earth' is getting even closer to the pulse of great live music, promising a strong International and Indian line-up with sounds of Electronic live, Soul, Indian fusion, Jazz, Techno, Blues, Reggae, Rock etc. Artists like Emancipator (USA), Youngr (UK) , Hilight Tribe (FRA), Agents Of Time (ITA), Manu Delago (AUT), Thaalavattam (IND), Arjun Vagale (IND), BLOT (IND), Prateek Kuhad (IND), The Jazz B'stards (IND), Sid Vashi (IND), Rishabh Seen & Band(Khoj) (IND), Kutle Khan (IND), Generation Ft. Esani Dey & Mohini Dey (IND), Komorebi (IND), Dreamstates (IND) and many more, will convene in the lap of 150 acres of sprawling nature – which serves as the perfect location for a truly unique music festival experience. © Nilgiri Stage by artist Jordan Rakei A convergence of music, arts and culture, ‘Echoes of Earth', as the name suggests, is a celebration of the environment and a platform where artists and eco-conscious people can showcase their ecological ideas and concepts to the larger audience and create awareness of an alternate way of life. The entire festival is largely produced using upcycled & recycled concepts which present themselves as large stages and installations. In addition to great music, the two-day festival will also see workshops on music, wellness, and the green lifestyle. © Echoes Of Earth Festival Speaking to MensXP, Festival Director Roshan Netalkar said, “Echoes of Earth is a showcase of great music from around the world to the Indian audience, which is evolving in its music taste. At the same time, we want the festival to stand for something more. As you know, music is a universal language and it brings communities together. At ‘Echoes of Earth', we would like to use the power of communities to create awareness on sustainability, preservation and green living, which is need of the hour”. Tickets are available for sale on BookMyShow and start as cheap as Rs. 1,180. That gives you more than enough reason to attend the festival.
  21. [embed_video1 url= style=center] DUBAI: Paceman Wahab Riaz took three wickets in a fiery spell but Sri Lanka were still in the driving seat after the third day of the second day-night Test in Dubai on Sunday. Riaz grabbed 3-10 to derail Sri Lanka´s second innings -- 34-5 at close -- but the visitors were still in a strong position with an overall lead of 254 runs with five wickets intact. Riaz dismissed Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal leg before for nought in the last over before close to give Pakistan a faint hope of upsetting the tables, but it will be an uphill task for their faltering batsmen to improve in the second innings. Pakistan were dismissed for 262 in their first innings, conceding a big 220-run lead following Sri Lanka´s first innings 482. It was paceman Mohammad Abbas who started the slide, having opener Kaushal Silva caught behind for three before Riaz dismissed first innings centurion Dimuth Karunaratne for seven. He then had debutant Sadeera Samarawickrama out for 13 in a hostile spell of 3.3 overs. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah had nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal out for one as Pakistan started to stage a fightback. At close Kusal Mendis was unbeaten on eight. Sri Lankan spinners Dilruwan Perera (3-72) and Rangana Herath (3-84) had bundled Pakistan out just after dinner to put Sri Lanka in sight of a series win. They won the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi. Only Azhar Ali (59) and Haris Sohail (56) offered some resistance as the Pakistani batsmen once again flopped on a batting friendly Dubai Stadium pitch, losing their last six wickets for 82 runs. It was 21 runs short of the follow-on mark but Sri Lanka did not enforce it. Ali and Sohail lifted Pakistan from a precarious 109-4 during a battling fifth-wicket stand of 71, but once Ali was gone the innings unfolded. Herath trapped Ali leg-before and reviewed it to overturn a not-out decision, triggering the collapse. Ali hit six boundaries in his patient knock. Sohail was the eighth wicket to fall, trapped in front by Perera to end any hopes of Pakistan reaching a respectable total. He smashed four boundaries and two sixes. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed made 14 before he miscued a sweep and was caught off Perera. When Pakistan resumed at 51-0, paceman Lahiru Gamage who took his first wicket in Test cricket, bowling Shan Masood through the gate after the opener had made 16. Sami Aslam was trapped leg before by Perera for 39 to leave Pakistan two down with 65 runs on the board. Asad Shafiq fell for 12 when he edged Lakmal to slip to continue his wretched form in the series. Babar Azam made eight. Lakmal finished with 2-41 while Gamage had figures of 2-38.
  22. The second one-day international between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge was abandoned because of heavy rain on Thursday. Only 2.2 overs were possible after West Indies won the toss and elected to field first. England reached 21 without loss when the rain arrived. England lead the series 1-0 after a seven-wicket victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
  23. Shantanu Bhowmick, the reporter who was killed while covering political unrest in India´s northeast NEW DELHI: A reporter covering political unrest in India´s northeast was beaten to death during violent clashes, officials said Thursday, two weeks after the high-profile murder of another prominent journalist. Shantanu Bhowmick was set upon with sticks as he reported on violence Wednesday between warring political factions and police outside Agartala, the capital of remote Tripura state. State police superintendent Abhijit Saptarshi said more than a dozen officers were also injured in the fracas and tensions remained high in the troubled region. "We later found the journalist´s body at the site of the clashes," he told AFP from Tripura. No arrests have yet been made in connection with the reporter´s death, but four people were detained on separate charges related to the political violence, Saptarshi said. Bhowmick´s death brings the number of reporters killed in India since the early 1990s to 29, according to figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists. It comes just a fortnight after the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a newspaper editor and outspoken critic of the ruling Hindu nationalist party whose death sparked an outpouring of anger. The 55-year-old was shot dead by three unknown gunmen as she entered her home in the southern city of Bangalore in Karnataka state on September 5. No one has yet been identified or arrested in connection with the killing. In 2015 India was ranked the deadliest country in Asia for journalists by Reporters Without Borders -- although most deaths occur in remote rural areas away from the major urban centres. And in April, the press freedom group ranked the country 136th of 180 countries in its world press freedom ratings, blaming "Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of ´anti-national´ thought from the national debate".
  24. LONDON: A second man has been arrested by police investigating Friday?s bomb attack on a London underground train, police said. The 21-year-old man was arrested in the west London suburb of Hounslow just before midnight on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police force said in a statement. He was detained under Britain?s Terrorism Act and taken to a south London police station, the force added on Sunday. Earlier, police arrested an 18-year-old man in relation to the London train bombing that injured 30 people. He was also arrested under the Terrorism Act in the southern port area of Dover. Four previous attacks in London and Manchester this year claimed the lives of 35 people. A home-made bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 29 people on Friday, but apparently failed to fully explode, in Britain?s fifth major terrorism incident this year. Some suffered burns and others were injured in a stampede to escape the station ? one of the above-ground stops on the underground ?Tube? network ? but health officials said none were thought to be in a serious condition.
  25. [embed_video1 url= style=center] JAMRUD: The Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing at Torkham remained closed on the second day after two blasts on Friday hit close to the border in Khyber Agency. At least five security personnel and two Afghans were injured in the blast. The injured were shifted to CMH Landikotal, security officials had confirmed. The incident came a day after Pakistan and Afghanistan held meetings at the Ministry of Defence in Kabul. 11 martyred, 46 injured in firing by Afghan forces at Chaman border Afghan border police opened fire on FC soldiers deployed for security of census team in the area: ISPR According to the Inter-Services Public Relations on Thursday, the six-member Pakistan military delegation, headed by DGMO Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, held a bilateral meeting where important issues such as cross-border fire and attacks, counter terrorism, coordinated actions on the respective sides along the border and exchange of detainees were discussed.