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  1. KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Saturday issued notices to Secretary, Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Director General (Maritime Affairs), Shipping Master of Government Shipping Office, Director General (Immigration Wing) Federal Investigation Agency, and Federal Ombudsman of Pakistan and Deputy Attorney General on a constitutional petition filed by a Mariner Syed Murawat Haider through his counsel Agha Zafar Ahmed. The court summoned the respondents to appear on the second week of March. The counsel for the petitioner submitted that Pakistani Shipping Master is violating Pakistan Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 2001 with particular reference to Sections 123 & 127, in which it is demanding the agents to force Pakistani seafarers joining foreign ships to sign Pakistani article of agreement at shipping office and two yearly medical checkup at port health Karachi so that his staff could blackmail seafarers to get illegal gratification. The petitioner said that the illegal and unlawful demands of the respondents are a major cause of loss of thousands of jobs and millions of foreign exchange remittances, adding that the present antiquated system is not only against the clear wordings of the MSO, 2001 but also against the spirit of the MSO, 2001. According to petition the act of the Shipping Master of requiring the Petitioner to sign-on Pakistan Article of Agreement under section 125 of MSO, 2001 for joining foreign flag ship is illegal, without lawful authority. The provisions of 125 or section 126 of MSO, 2001 applies only to Pakistani ships and not for foreign ships. It said that the Secretary, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Shipping Master have no jurisdiction over foreign flag ships while they are not in any Pakistani ports and the rules/laws of the ?Flag? state applies to such foreign vessels. In terms of section 127 of MSO, 2001 it is not necessary for the Pakistani seamen to sign-on Pakistani Article of Agreement to join foreign flag ship when the Master, or Owner or Agent of a foreign ship engages a Pakistani seaman, from any port or place in Pakistan. The act of officers of Director General (Immigration Wing) Federal Investigation Agency posted at the Airports not permitting Pakistani seamen for boarding any aircraft for joining foreign flag ships, despite that the Petitioner (and other seamen intending to join foreign vessels) have all the relevant documents including Employment Agreement of foreign flag ships in their possession, on the alleged ground that the Petitioner has not signed-on Pakistan Article of Agreement before the Shipping Master under section 125 of MSO, 2001 is illegal, unlawful and against the law. The Immigration Ordinance, 1979 does not apply to the departure of a person who is engaged as a crew on board a foreign vessel in accordance with (erstwhile Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1979) now MSO 2001 as per section 27(iv) of the Immigration Ordinance, 1979. The aforesaid act of the Respondents also violates Articles 18 and 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan, which fundamental rights are guaranteed by the Constitution.
  2. LEFT: First Lady of the United States Melania Trump in Manchester, New Hampshire, US, February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files; RIGHT: US President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One, November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files WASHINGTON: US First Lady Melania Trump on Friday chose not to leave the White House with her husband as planned to catch a flight to Florida after a second woman claimed she had an affair with the now president. The 47-year-old Slovenian-born model skipped the helicopter ride from the White House to Joint Base Andrews, deciding instead to take the longer motorcade on her own to meet Donald for the flight to the Sunshine State for a long holiday weekend. Reporters travelling with Trump were prevented from seeing the First Lady arrive on the plane, but she did exit the plane at West Palm Beach with Trump. The pair walked down the stairs together, Melania in dark sunglasses, but she did not smile. The flight came just hours after former Playboy model Karen McDougal claimed she and Trump had a sexual relationship in 2006, months after Melania Trump gave birth to the president?s youngest son Barron. McDougal also described complex legal and financial agreements that were used in an alleged bid to cover it up. The White House did not reply to a request for comment. But in a statement to The New Yorker, an unnamed spokesperson said the president had denied having a relationship with McDougal, calling the claims "fake news". And the first lady?s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham tried to pour cold water on any speculation about the first couple?s relationship, saying: "With her schedule, it was easier to meet him on the plane." Deal with a tabloid According to The New Yorker, the nine-month relationship between Trump and McDougal ended quietly, but years later ? during the 2016 presidential campaign ? she sold her story. The New Yorker reported that on August 5, 2016, McDougal agreed to give the company ? which owns the National Inquirer tabloid ? exclusive rights over "any romantic, personal, or physical relationship she has ever had with any ?then-married man.?" The deal is alleged to have been worth $150,000, but the story never ran. "I?m the one who took it, so it?s my fault, too. But I didn?t understand the full parameters of it," McDougal told The New Yorker of the alleged payment. The National Enquirer is owned by David Pecker, who has claimed to be a friend of Trump?s. The tabloid endorsed Trump?s bid for the presidency. In a statement, the tabloid?s owner, AMI, said that the suggestion that it "engages in any practice that would allow it to hold influence over the President of the United States is laughable". The model?s story strongly echoes allegations of an affair between Trump and the porn star Stephanie Clifford ? known as Stormy Daniels ? during the same period. In that case, the president?s personal lawyer Michael Cohen admitted to paying Daniels $130,000 but refused to say why. After that admission, Daniels? agent has said she feels free to speak out. "Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story," manager Gina Rodriguez told US media. ?Lawful? payment to porn star Good governance groups believe that Cohen?s payment could constitute a campaign donation and breach election financial rules. Cohen has refused to say why he paid Daniels the vast sum but he claims he was not reimbursed by the "Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign." "The payment to Ms Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone," Cohen said. Trump declined to comment on the issue. The White House has dodged questions about whether allegations of an affair are true, claiming the matter was dealt with during the campaign.
  3. First dates can be unnerving. Even after managing the Herculean task of landing a date with your crush, your ordeal is not over. An expensive haircut, sticky hair spray and tons of cologne later, you'd think you are all set to charm her pants off. No sire, a date is not a success until you two have talked enough to know each other's embarrassing nicknames. Now you know you can carry on a great conversation, but somehow breaking the ice always throws you off balance. How do you start? What is the first question you ask? How do you break the ice? © Dharma Productions A lot has been said about the 36 questions one should ask on a date, and they do work well. But what if you don't want to make your first date into this heavy mush-fest?! What about breaking the ice with some light quirky harmless fun? The good people of Reddit revealed their go-to questions to ask on a first date and we think these will definitely leave a lasting impression on your date. 1. When You Can't Believe You Got Lucky. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 2. Let's Cut The Crap. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 3. If She Can Understand Your Jokes, She Will Understand You. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 4. Pray She Gets It. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 5. A Great Excuse To Hold Hands Without Being Cheesy. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 6. A Girl Loves A Good Challenge. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 7. If She Does, Marry Her! © Thinkstock/Getty Images 8. If She Is A 'FRIENDS' Fan, This One's Gonna Take You Home! © Thinkstock/Getty Images 9. She Will Be Torn Between Knowing And Not Knowing. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 10. If She Says 'I Don't Know', Tell Her It Said She'd Meet Someone Amazing Today. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 11. Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 12. When All Else Fails, Weather Comes To The Rescue. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 13. Always Does The Trick, Always. © Thinkstock/Getty Images 14. We Have Strong Beliefs. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Women love a good sense of humour in their men and nothing works better than a well-timed harmless joke or two on the first date. The boring “where do you work, where do you live, what are your hobbies?” conversations are only for job interviews, boys. What's your favourite funny question to ask on a first date? Help your brothers a little and tell us in the comments section below!
  4. People protest for immigration reform for DACA recipients and a new Dream Act in Los Angeles, California, US, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files A second US judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump?s decision to end a program that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation. US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program cannot end in March as the Republican administration had planned, a victory for Democratic state attorneys general and immigrants who sued the federal government. The decision is similar to a January 9 ruling by US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco that DACA must remain in place while litigation challenging Trump?s decision continues. The legal battle over DACA complicates a debate currently underway in Congress on whether to change the nation?s immigration laws. The Supreme Court on Friday is due to consider whether to take up the administration?s appeal of the San Francisco ruling. The court could announce as soon as Friday afternoon whether it will hearing the case. Garaufis said the administration could eventually rescind the DACA program but that the reasons it gave last September for rescinding it were too arbitrary and could not stand. The judge ordered the administration to process DACA renewal applications on the same terms as had been in place before the president took his action. In a statement, US Justice Department spokesman Devin O?Malley said DACA was implemented unilaterally by Trump?s Democratic predecessor Barack Obama and thus unlawfully circumvented Congress. ?The Justice Department will continue to vigorously defend this position, and looks forward to vindicating its position in further litigation,? O?Malley said. Often called ?Dreamers,? hundreds of thousands of young adults, mostly Hispanics, have been granted protection from deportation and given work permits under DACA, which was created in 2012.
  5. Steve Smith shows off the Allan Border Medal/Getty Images SYDNEY: Australia cricket captain Steve Smith capped off a golden 12 months by winning his second Allan Border Medal in Melbourne on Monday. Smith, hailed as the country´s finest batsman since Donald Bradman, polled 246 votes, well ahead of two-time medal winner David Warner (162 votes) and Nathan Lyon (156 votes). Smith, who had earlier been named Australia´s Test Player of the Year for his dominant 12 months with the bat, won his first Border Medal in 2015. The skipper was the hot favourite to take the award following a year in which he played 24 international games across limited overs and Test cricket and scored 1754 runs at 67.46 with seven centuries. He captained a hard-fought series loss in India, a drawn series in Bangladesh and a triumphant 4-0 Ashes victory over England at home in which he was also named man of the series. Smith, 28, is also the reigning ICC Test Cricketer of the Year after earning that accolade last month. He joins Ricky Ponting (2004, 2006-07, 2009), Michael Clarke (2005, 2009, 2012-13), Shane Watson (2010-11) and David Warner (2016-17) as multiple winners of the annual award. Allrounder Ellyse Perry won the Belinda Clark Award for a second time, confirming her as Australia´s best female cricketer over the past 12 months. Ellyse Perry with the Belinda Clark Award/Getty Images Perry, who previously won the award in 2016, capped off a 12-month period that also saw her named the ICC´s Cricketer of the Year. The crowning moment of Perry´s year was her memorable double-century in the historic day-night Ashes Test against England in Sydney. Her unbeaten 213 was part of a year that saw her score 756 runs across all forms of the game to go with 20 wickets at an average of 32.
  6. Larry Nassar ? a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges ? raises his hand to be sworn in for his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Michigan, US, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files WASHINGTON: US lawmakers on Thursday began a second congressional investigation into the US Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics (USAG) and other gymnastic organizations over a sexual abuse scandal that led to the conviction of the sport?s former top medical doctor. A US House of Representatives committee asked the organizations for training materials, other documents regarding medical consent procedures, and how complaints and reports of abuse are handled, according to letters sent by the panel. Larry Nassar ? the former sports doctor ? last year pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes under the guise of medical treatment for nearly 20 years and has been given two prison sentences in Michigan of 40 to 125 years and 40 to 175 years. Nassar is also serving a 60-year federal term for child pornography convictions. A Michigan judge said on January 31 that so far 265 girls and women had accused Nassar of sexual misconduct. More than 150 girls and women recounted their stories of abuse in court. Dozens of the victims, including international stars such as Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles have accused officials at the USOC, USAG, and Michigan State University ? where Nassar also worked ? of failing to investigate complaints stretching back decades. Republicans and Democrats on the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Thursday said they want to understand what failed within each of the groups and why. Letters requesting the information were sent to the gymnastics governing bodies, Michigan State University, Karolyi Training Camps, and Gedderts? Twistars USA Gymnastics Club. ?The Committee is investigating how Nassar?s crimes were able to occur, let alone persist, for over two decades,? the committee said in its letters. Each is ?at the centre of many of these failures,? the panel said. Another panel, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is investigating sexual abuse in organized sports more broadly. The governing bodies have until Friday to submit written responses on questions from that panel about their handling of sexual misconduct cases. On Wednesday, 18 senators asked to create a special panel on sexual misconduct issues in athletics to investigate USAG and the USOC. The board of directors of USA Gymnastics stepped down after US Olympic officials threatened to decertify the governing body. The USOC has announced an independent investigation into its own conduct and that of USA Gymnastics.
  7. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/c0f2f84bac07343317a59ea54d43c96e.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8yLzIwMTggODoxMzo0NyBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPUltNkdZTHdVdDZPMWNBSThaNys5c3c9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] ISLAMABAD: The protest sit-in demanding justice in the Naqeebullah killing case in front of the National Press Club entered its second day on Friday. The protesters reached Islamabad Thursday in the form of a rally from Dera Ismail Khan demanding the arrest of suspended Malir SSP Rao Anwar. Anwar is wanted to the authorities for the extrajudicial killing of Mehsud, a 27-year-old native of Waziristan who was killed along with three others in a fake encounter in Karachi on January 13. The protesters have stated that their sit-in will continue till the arrest of Anwar and his accomplices. A video of the rally entering Islamabad on Feb 1 ? posted by Nizamuddin Khan Salarzai on Twitter The participants of the sit-in said that the decision on whether the sit-in should continue till Anwar's arrest or not will be taken in consultation with their jirga. The protesters include residents of DI Khan, FATA and other areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as Islamabad. Owing to the protest, the road from Melody Food Park to NPC and another leading to Sector F-6 from NPC has been closed for traffic. Hearing the suo motu case on the killing on Thursday, the Supreme Court had directed the country's intelligence agencies to assist the Sindh Police in nabbing Anwar. It also gave the Sindh police chief ten additional days to trace Anwar. Read more: Intelligence agency raids Rao Anwar's Malir residence
  8. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat in the second T20 Still searching for their first win on this gloomy tour, Pakistan were off to an attacking start after opting to bat first against New Zealand in the second T20 international at Eden Park, Auckland. Ahmed Shehzad returned to the playing XI, displacing all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz. High-flying New Zealand will look to seal the three-match T20 series whereas Pakistan need a win to avoid another series loss, after suffering a 5-0 clean sweep in the ODI series earlier this month. The Kiwis beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the first T20 in Wellington, as the tourists? batting woes persisted. The Green Shirts could only manage a total of 105, with only Babar Azam and Hasan Ali reaching double figures. New Zealand chased down the target with seven wickets in hand and 25 balls remaining, driven by a power batting show by Colin Munro (49*). Also read: Frustrating to lose but not giving up on youngsters, says Arthur The Green Shirts did a warm-up session ahead of the match today. Playing XI Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance, Trent Boult
  9. Pakistan openers head out to bat in the opening T20, Wellington Still searching for their first win on this gloomy tour, Pakistan face New Zealand in the second T20 international at Eden Park, Auckland today. High-flying New Zealand will look to seal the three-match T20 series whereas Pakistan need a win to avoid another series loss, after suffering a 5-0 clean sweep in the ODI series earlier this month. The Kiwis beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the first T20 in Wellington, as the tourists? batting woes persisted. The Green Shirts could only manage a total of 105, with only Babar Azam and Hasan Ali reaching double figures. New Zealand chased down the target with seven wickets in hand and 25 balls remaining, driven by a power batting show by Colin Munro (49*). Also read: Frustrating to lose but not giving up on youngsters, says Arthur Ahmed Shehzad is expected to return to the playing XI, along with veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez. Pakistan team trained at Eden Park yesterday.
  10. Nicole Ballantine, 26, holds a "rise up as 1" sign while participating in the second annual Women's March in Los Angeles, California, US January 20, 2018. REUTERS WASHINGTON: Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women?s March, a nationwide series of protests against US President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urged voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. Sister rallies were staged in cities overseas. ?Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,? actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally. ?Everybody who has the privilege of voting must do so.? Trump responded on Twitter by touting what he said were economic gains of the past year that benefited women. ?Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March,? he wrote. ?Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!? Joblessness among women was 3.7 percent in December, below the overall U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, according to the Labor Department. Even so, Katie O?Connor, a 39-year-old lawyer from Knoxville, Tennessee, who traveled to Washington?s National Mall, said she wanted Trump out. ?I don?t believe this administration is going to do anything good for women,? she said. Many of the protesters wore pink knit ?***** hats,? which were created for last year?s march as a reference to a comment made by Trump about female genitalia. The caps quickly became a symbol of women?s empowerment and opposition to the new president in the early days of his administration. Saturday?s march follows what many see as a pivotal year for women?s rights, with the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp social media campaigns against sexual harassment and misconduct. The movements sprang up after a string of scandals involving powerful men in Hollywood, Washington and elsewhere. Many of Saturday?s speakers highlighted the theme of sexual assault, urging all Americans to fight back against what they see as a culture that tolerates the mistreatment of women. ?When it happens to a girl, it often means that she has to stand alone,? actress and model Olivia Munn said in Los Angeles, referring to sexual assault. ?We will always support you, stand beside you, so you don?t have to stand alone.? LA crowd largest Los Angeles Mayor Mayor Eric Garcetti estimated the crowd at 600,000, and that it was largest march in the country. In Washington, Democratic leaders addressed a gathering that appeared much smaller than the massive crowd that flooded the nation?s capital on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after Trump?s inauguration. ?So while we have this president celebrating his one-year anniversary, let?s give him an ?F? (grade) for his performance,? House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said while flanked by fellow Democrats. ?We don?t agonize, we organize.? An estimated 5 million people participated in the nationwide rallies in 2017, making it one of the biggest protests in American history. In Chicago, thousands of mostly female marchers gathered in Grant Park, with many carrying protest signs with slogans such as ?Strong women raising strong women.? City officials had put the size of the crowd at between 200,000 and 300,000, and organizers said it was at the higher end and slightly larger than the 2017 rally. Michelle Saunders, 41, a software saleswoman from Des Plaines, Illinois, came to the rally with her 14-year-old daughter, Bailey. They attended last year?s march. ?We are unhappy with the current administration and what it stands for, and want our voices to be heard,? Saunders said. Since the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump has had sharply lower approval ratings among women than among men. A Pew Research Center poll in May showed 46 percent of men approving of Trump?s job performance, while only a third of women did. March organizers hope to build on the energy felt by Trump opponents after his surprise election victory and channel it into gains for progressive candidates in November?s midterm elections, using the theme ?Power to the Polls.? Organizers want to register 1 million new voters and get more strong advocates for women?s rights into office. Activists say Trump?s policies rolling back birth control and equal pay protections have propelled many women into activism for the first time. In Virginia state legislative polls, 11 of the 15 newly elected Democrats were women.
  11. Alex Hales notched a half-century, Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Brisbane, January 19, 2018/AFP BRISBANE: England turned in an impressive all-round team performance to beat Australia by four wickets in the second one-day international at the Gabba on Friday. After restricting Australia to 270 for nine from their 50 overs, the English cruised past the total with 5.4 overs to spare. "I thought our bowlers were exceptional," England captain Eoin Morgan said. "On a really hot day they coped very well." All of England´s batsmen contributed to the run chase, which was always in control following a 117-run second wicket partnership between Jonny Bairstow (60) and Alex Hales (57). Joss Buttler (42), Morgan (21) and Chris Woakes (39 not out) all made handy contributions, while Joe Root held the innings together with a measured 46 not out. "We did enough to win," Morgan said, adding: "It´s far from our best performance with the bat. "I suppose that´s exciting in a way. We´re two-nil up in the series and we´re still looking for a complete performance as a batting unit. "Hopefully that comes in Sydney in Sunday." The Australians went into the match without leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who proved expensive in the opening ODI in Melbourne on Sunday, opting for batsman Cameron White instead. They also handed debuts to paceman Jhye Richardson and wicketkeeper Alex Carey. However, the decision to go into the match without a recognised spinner proved costly on a pitch that helped the slow bowlers. Joe Root guided the chase as wickets fell, Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Brisbane, January 19, 2018/Getty Images Finch, who blasted his 106 from 114 balls, helped Australia get away to a quick start alongside David Warner. The burly opener looked like he was leading Australia to a score well past 300 but his dismissal, soon after that of Mitchell Marsh, ensured England were able to keep the Australian scoring under control. Finch and Warner both dominated the English fast bowlers, who pitched too short on the Gabba wicket. England captain Morgan turned to his spinners with immediate effect. Moeen Ali had Warner caught at slip for 35, bringing Steve Smith to the crease. The Australian captain struggled to 18 from 25 balls before part-time off-spinner Root trapped him lbw. Root then enticed Travis Head into charging down the wicket, only to chip a return catch to the bowler to leave the Australians on 124 for three. Marsh and Finch consolidated but the scoring rate slowed as they struggled to get Ali, Root and leg-spinner Adil Rashid away. The Australians then lost three wickets for nine runs to allow the English to take control. Debutant Carey made a quickfire 27 before he was brilliantly run out by Woakes, who used his football skills to kick the ball into the stumps as the batsman attempted a quick single. Woakes then had Mitchell Starc caught in the deep before running out Andrew Tye on the last ball of the innings. Smith conceded Australia were well beaten. "We´re not playing good enough one day cricket at the moment," he said. "We were in a good position at 3-209 with 11 overs to go and we only scored 60 with seven wickets in hand," he added. "That´s not enough against a quality English batting line up."
  12. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference after the talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool CAIRO: Egypt?s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Friday he will run for a second term in office in an election in March, which the former military commander is widely expected to win. Sisi?s rule has brought some stability to the country, but critics say his popularity has been eroded by tough economic reforms that have hit people?s livelihood?s hard and by a crackdown on dissidents. His supporters, on the other hand, say measures are needed to keep the country stable as it faces security challenges including attacks by Daesh militants in the North Sinai region. ?Today ... I tell you frankly and transparently that I hope you would allow and accept my candidacy for the president?s post,? Sisi told a cheering crowd. The vote will be held on March 26-28, with a run-off vote on April 24-26 if no candidate wins more than 50 percent in the first round. Candidates will register from Jan. 20 to 29. In the televised announcement, Sisi listed Egypt?s achievements during his first term, including a nascent financial recovery after years of political turmoil and economic instability. ?Building the state takes 16 to 20 years, I am trying to finish it in 8 years, God willing,? Sisi said. Sisi came to prominence when he led the army?s ouster of President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 - Egypt?s first freely elected leader - two years after the downfall of longtime ruler President Hosni Mubarak in the ?Arab Spring? uprisings that swept the Middle East. The former general became president himself in 2014, winning 96.91 percent of the vote, although turnout was only about 47 percent of the 54 million voters, after voting was extended for a day. Sisi?s critics say his popularity has been hurt by austerity reforms, security problems, a crackdown on dissidents and his decision to hand two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, which showered Egypt with billions of dollars of aid, touching a nationalistic nerve. Rights groups say he has led an unprecedented crackdown on political opponents, activists and critical media. ?I pledge that the upcoming presidential election will be free and transparent .. and be characterized by equal opportunities between candidates,? Sisi said. Those challenging Sisi describe a sweeping effort to kill off their campaigns before they have begun, with media attacks on candidates, intimidation of supporters, and a nomination process stacked in favour of the former general. ?There are people I know who are corrupt, I will not allow them to come near this chair,? Sisi said earlier in the ceremony without elaborating. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, seen as the most serious potential challenger to date, said he was no longer considering a bid following a firestorm of criticism from state-aligned media and speculation that he was being held by authorities in a Cairo hotel. His most high-profile challengers are former army chief of staff Sami Anan and human rights lawyer Khaled Ali, but neither is expected to garner enough votes to oust him. Thousands of Sisi?s supporters gathered at the Cairo stadium calling for the former military commander to run for a second term. Public figures, actors and parliamentarians were amongst the crowd. ?We wanted Mr. President to continue with us,? Medhat al-Adl, a famous scriptwriter and poet, said from the podium as people cheered and waved the Egyptian flag and Sisi?s portrait. ?This is not his will, this is the will of all of us,? he added. Egyptian presidents have often ?used false organic displays of popularity as part of their political propaganda toolkit,? said Timothy Kaldas, non-resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. ?Events like these seek to signal to the public that Sisi has enthusiastic popular support and this message is protected by the fact that anyone with access to the media is rarely allowed to suggest otherwise,? Kaldas added.
  13. MELBOURNE: World number two Caroline Wozniacki kept her bid for a first Grand Slam title on course as she stormed into the last 16 of the Australian Open on Friday. The second seed only scraped through to the third round by the skin of her teeth, saving two match points at 5-1 down in the third set against 119th ranked Jana Fett. But on Friday she gave her most assured performance of the tournament so far, cruising past Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 26 minutes. Wozniacki had called her second round comeback her "greatest escape" but she was never in need of a rescue act as she easily dealt with the challenge from the number 30 seed, who was playing in the third round for the first time. "Right now I'm playing with house money, playing with nothing to lose," said the Dane. "I was already out of the tournament." And it showed as the former world number one was fast out of the blocks, breaking Bertens´ opening service game. Apart from one dropped serve of her own in the first set and a row with the umpire over a slippery patch on the court, she remained composed and in control throughout, taking the opener in 41 minutes. Wozniacki, unlike her previous match, kept the unforced errors to a minimum, committing just 12, while forcing her opponent into making 34. The Dane, who is drawn to face fourth seed Elina Svitolina in the semi-final, raced into a 4-0 lead in the second. She had a brief moment of anxiety at 0-30 when leading 4-2 but banged down two unreturned first serves to quell any nerves. Serving for the match, however, Wozniacki wobbled again. She had to save four break points and at one point slammed her racquet to the ground after another altercation with the umpire about an overrule. Eventually, she secured victory in on her fourth match point. She next faces 19th seed Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia for a place in the quarter-finals and said she expected a similar challenge. "She has a good forehand and a good serve so I will need to be ready for everything. Serve well and get my returns in," said Wozniacki.
  14. Illness rules Josh Hazlewood out of second ODI v England SYDNEY: Australian quick Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of Friday´s second one-day international against England in Brisbane with illness, while gloveman Alex Carey has been called up to cover for Tim Paine. The Aussies lost the first of the five-match series against the tourists in Melbourne last Sunday, and with Hazelwood Thursday determined too unwell to play, paceman Jhye Richardson appears set to make his debut on a Gabba pitch expected to provide plenty for fast bowlers. "You´re always confident as an Australian batsman when you come and look at this wicket, that´s for sure," Australian vice captain David Warner told Cricket Australia´s official website on Wednesday. "It´s always got good bounce and carry for the bowlers as well." Hazlewood is among several players in both the Australian and English locker rooms to be hit by illness in recent weeks, with team mates Paine, Warner, Steve Smith and Patrick Cummins all stuck down by a bug. England Test captain Joe Root suffered through stomach problems during the Ashes test series, while batsman James Vince has also been affected during the tour. Paine remains in doubt for Friday´s clash, with Carey on standby, after he made a dashing century off just 56 balls for the Adelaide Strikers in Australia´s Twenty20 Big Bash League Wednesday, to beat the Hobart Hurricanes. The 26-year-old, who was previously floated as a potential wicketkeeper for the Ashes, is set to make his international ODI debut if Paine is not cleared to play. "He´s taken his game to another level," Australia opener Aaron Finch told reporters. "To come out this year when there was a lot of talk about the Ashes´ keeping spot -- and who was going to play -- the way that he put his hand up and has continued to do so for such a young guy is really impressive." Squads Australia: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa. England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
  15. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/e560ce932d7600e433acba0c7472ab2e.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8xNy8yMDE4IDEyOjA0OjUwIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9aGhSTWhYNVBiMUhRdzBXL2tBT3gxUT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] PRETORIA: Debutant Lungi Ngidi took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs for victory in the second test in Pretoria on Wednesday and also claim the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match contest. Seamer Ngidi, 21, recorded figures of 6-39, his best in first-class cricket, as South Africa bowled India out for 151 in their second innings just before lunch, as the youngster completed match figures of 7-90. India are the top-ranked side in test cricket according to the International Cricket Council rankings with South Africa second, though the Proteas will not be able to overhaul the sub-continent side even with a 3-0 series win. The third test starts at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Jan. 24.
  16. PARACHINAR: Two suspected militants were killed in the day's second drone strike, this time in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Wednesday, Geo News reported citing sources. The latest drone attack took place in Shanqilay area of Afghanistan near the Pak-Afghan border. Earlier today, at least one person was injured in a drone strike in Lower Kurram Agency, sources said. A missile fired from a drone landed outside a house in Badshah Kot area of the agency ? one of the seven tribal agencies in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In December last year, at least two people were reported killed in a drone attack near Pak-Afghan border. In November, three people were reported dead in a drone strike targetting a Taliban commander near the Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency. In October, at least 31 people were killed in three drone strikes targetting areas near the Pak-Afghan border in Afghanistan over a span of 24 hours. At least 12 others were reported injured in the multiple drone attacks.
  17. To honour the sacrifice of Shaheed Second Lieutenant Abdul Mooed, Punjab government announced on Wednesday to name a medical ward in Vehari after the martyred soldier. Photo: file VEHARI: To honour the sacrifice of Shaheed Second Lieutenant Abdul Mooed, Punjab government announced on Wednesday to name a medical ward in Vehari after the martyred soldier. The newly-constructed medical ward of District Headquarters Hospital Vehari has been named as ?Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed Shaheed Medical Ward?. On December 12, 2017, Inter Services Public Relations informed that Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat were martyred after terrorists fired on their vehicle from the surrounding mountains in North Waziristan. Two army officials martyred in North Waziristan attack 2nd Lt Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat's vehicle was attacked by terrorists Twenty-one-year-old Moeed hailed from Burewala, Vehari and had recently graduated from the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Kakul. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa stated that "Freedom isn't free, it costs sons of the soil. Freedom that we enjoy today is owed to so many such bravehearts. Salute to our Martyrs," said a tweet sent out by DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor.
  18. A car hit a centre divider, went airborne and ploughed into the second floor of a dentist's office – this is honestly something you don't see every day. © Twitter You might have already seen this picture floating around the internet, and if your first thought about this bizarre incident was – – then we have some answers, kind of; the whole thing is still pretty weird. So basically, this freak incident took place in Southern California where a white sedan somehow managed to get partially wedged into the second floor of a building, and stayed there for hours. Is this real life, or just a scene out of a movie? According to Capt. Stephen Horner, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority, officials received a call about a crash in Santa Ana, California, at about 5:30 a.m. Reportedly, the car was at a really high speed and hit the concrete median. Horner said that the driver, who was apparently on drugs, was not driving parallel to the divider. Coming from a side street, the car slammed into the median and the impact was enough to make car 'fly' into the air and crash into the small office building. There was also a small fire but it was extinguished immediately. Amazingly, no one was hurt. Out of the two people in the car, one managed to get out quickly but the other one was trapped for around an hour as authorities used a heavy piece of equipment to stabilize the vehicle, Horner said. After that, both of them were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Wow, that was wild from the start to the finish, wasn't it? A speeding car was left dangling off the second floor of a building in Santa Ana after it hit a median and went airborne. https://t.co/YKTMdRWqTV pic.twitter.com/oWOqeBWcja — NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) January 14, 2018 As if the story wasn't crazy enough, there's a video of it also and you just NEED to watch it to understand what happened. Unbelievable new surveillance video shows a car hitting a median and launching into the second story of a Santa Ana dentist office. Driver and passenger transported with minor injuries. @NBCLA @ChristineNBCLA pic.twitter.com/Yw4poZXUNR — Kenny Holmes (@KHOLMESlive) January 15, 2018 As soon as the pictures and videos from the incident landed on the internet, they went viral, well obviously. This is such a rare occurrence that people couldn't help themselves but poke fun at it and crack jokes. 'The Simpsons' Can Predict Everything. pic.twitter.com/rjyM1379k7 — Christopher Roy K (@cdeuce33) January 14, 2018 Damn Ron, Back At It Again. RON WEASLEY BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH THE FLYING CAR https://t.co/VyfCKD6GEC — :The Charls of Water (@ChRD_2017) January 14, 2018 How It Really Happened. Left, Right, Left, Left, Triangle, Circle, Circle, Square, Down, Down, Up - Flying Car Mode Activated #GTA3 https://t.co/mPdvekZ57O — Loleni Taufetee (@Lolenii) January 14, 2018 Another Possibility. - bae come over - I can't. I'm in flying car and can't land it - my parents aren't home - pic.twitter.com/0fTsO8sZxr — ÐгаÑеÑа (@iceking_kpst) January 15, 2018 What Exactly Happened. When Salmam bhai took 'Unchi hai building lift teri band hai, kaise main aaoo' too seriously pic.twitter.com/JTSPAXu8fJ — Indian National Con (@desimojito) January 15, 2018
  19. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow poses at the 2015 amfAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles, California October 29, 2015. Photo: Reuters LOS ANGELES: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow on Monday announced her engagement to US television producer Brad Falchuk, saying she had decided to give marriage a second shot after accepting ?the soul-stretching, pattern-breaking opportunities? of intimacy. Paltrow, 45, who famously described her 2014 separation from her Coldplay frontman husband Chris Martin as a ?conscious uncoupling,? confirmed the engagement in an interview for the latest edition of her lifestyle magazine Goop. ?I have tried to accept how complex romantic love can be. I have decided to give it (marriage) a go again, not only because I believe I have found the man I was meant to be with, but because I have accepted the soul-stretching, pattern-breaking opportunities that (terrifyingly) are made possible by intimacy,? she said. Paltrow and Falchuk posed for the cover of her magazine, Goop. Photo: Goop Paltrow and Falchuk, 46, have been dating for about two years. Falchuk was the co-creator with Ryan Murphy in 2009 of the popular TV series ?Glee.? The two also worked together on the TV series ?American Horror Story? and ?Scream Queens.? Paltrow won a best actress Oscar in 1999 for ?Shakespeare in Love,? but is now better known as the creator of Goop, a lifestyle website and product store that promotes healthy eating and stress-free living. She and Martin finalised their divorce in 2016 after 13 years of marriage. They have two children. Paltrow and Falchuk posed for the cover of the magazine with his arms wrapped around her. Falchuk also answered the popular ?How goopy are you?? quiz in a video on goop.com. The interview appears in the issue of Goop that hits newsstands on Tuesday.
  20. NELSON: Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has been ruled out from the second ODI against New Zealand today. In a statement issued by Pakistan Team Physiotherapist, Vib Singh, it said: ?During the first ODI in Wellington Farkar Zarman sustained a contusion to his right thigh while fielding. He was assessed after the match and was diagnosed as having a contusion of the right thigh.? The statement added that the opener has been receiving treatment and was reassessed early in the morning, but as he is not 100% match fit, he will not be playing in the second ODI in Nelson. Pakistan eye early wickets of Guptill, Munro in second ODI Pakistan have set their eyes on getting New Zealand batting powerhouses Martin Guptill and Colin Munro out early in the second one-day international in Nelson on Tuesday. Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, speaking to media during a team practice session in Nelson today, said he has faith in the team?s bowling attack to get the key wickets of openers early in the game. ?Both [Guptill and Munro] are in great form and playing well. We need to get them out early. We will bowl to get wickets,? he said, noting the distinct playing styles of the two batsmen. ?Munro likes hitting. Guptill is a [great] batsman, takes his time. We will aim to get them out.?
  21. Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur (L) and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood/File photo Pakistan have set their eyes on getting New Zealand batting powerhouses Martin Guptill and Colin Munro out early in the second one-day international in Nelson on Tuesday. Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, speaking to media during a team practice session in Nelson today, said he has faith in the team?s bowling attack to get the key wickets of openers early in the game. ?Both [Guptill and Munro] are in great form and playing well. We need to get them out early. We will bowl to get wickets,? he said, noting the distinct playing styles of the two batsmen. ?Munro likes hitting. Guptill is a [great] batsman, takes his time. We will aim to get them out.? To a question, the coach said failing to get the openers out early would not take the match out of Pakistan?s hands. ?I don?t believe so, I have complete faith in our bowling. Our bowlers can take wickets [at any point in the match]. The new ball will also be key. Our bowling is strong and we will perform [better] in the next match.? Mahmood lamented the rain intervention in Wellington, where New Zealand beat Pakistan by 61 runs (D/L method). But he was quick to laud the Black Caps? performance. ?It was obviously frustrating. But rain wasn?t in our control. Credit to New Zealand, who played really well,? he said, adding that playing in the cold, windy conditions was a challenge. He also rued the missed chance for Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson. ?A class player like him, if he gets a chance then obviously it will create difficulties for us.? Asked if this New Zealand side was the toughest challenge for Pakistan in a while, Mahmood said it was not. ?No doubt, New Zealand are a very good team. But we have defeated top teams [in the past], we are capable of beating very good sides,? said the bowling coach.
  22. Ambanis are the richest people in India, all thanks to the multi-billion empire called Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), which is managed by Mukesh Ambani. The family's fortune is so big that one can easily understand why the Ambani residence 'Antilia' is estimated to be the world's second most expensive after the Buckingham Palace. The inside view of the mansion is lavish and a symbol of the extravagant lives of the richest family in India. Let us throw light on what makes 'Antilia' the most expensive home in India. © Twitter 'Antilia' Is Located On The Most Expensive Street The major reason behind the mansion being the costliest one is the fact that it is located on Altamount Road in South Mumbai, which is believed to be one of the most expensive residential areas in the world. Also known as the mini Beverly Hills of India, the price of land per square foot here is as high as â¹800,000. Surprised? Each Floor Is No Less Than A Two Story Building! You will be astonished to know that 'Antilia' has a total number of 27 stories. The mansion is designed to survive natural calamities and earthquakes (8 Richter scale). The ceilings are higher than the regular ceilings, walls made of imported stones and materials strong enough to keep the house stand tall. © Twitter A House With Its Own Car Service Station It is a well know fact that Mukesh Ambani loves expensive cars. In fact, his mansion has dedicated 6 floors to accommodate his cars, other than a big garage which can hold as many as 168 cars. Ample Space For Three Helipads At the top of the mansion, there is ample space for three helipads. We know that Ambanis are VIPs and so their guests. Who wants to travel in a car when you have ample space for a helicopter in your home? The Entire House Has Elevators Who wants to take the stairs when you have elevators, no one or two but nine of them! How easy that sounds if someone wants to take a little trip inside the mansion. © Twitter 'Antilia' Is Another Version Of A Luxury Hotel Imagine a house that is equipped with incredible recreational spaces including gyms, spas, yoga and dance studios, a personal theatre for at least 50 people, a salon and an ice cream parlor too. What a life! And A Dreamy Ballroom This appears right from a Disney princess film. Every now and then the Ambanis throw parties and get together gigs for their high profile guests. For such occasions, the ballroom must be a place to hang around. No Floor Is A Repetition Of The Other It is believed that Ambanis love to be unique and doing things which make them different from others. This is evident from the fact that no room in their lavish mansion is a copy of the other room. Neither the style nor the structure and architecture of any of the rooms match. The mansion has a big garden and hundreds of plants indoors to keep the house cool in summers. But who must be taking care of this billion dollar sky-scrapper? There's a team of 600 people employed inside 'Antilia'.
  23. An EU flag and Union flag are seen flying together during an anti-Brexit protest near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, December 8, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files LONDON: Eight out of 10 grassroots members of Britain?s opposition Labour Party want a referendum on the terms of the country?s exit from the European Union, according to a survey published on Thursday. That is at odds with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn?s official policy, which calls for parliament, not the public, to have the final say on the terms of the deal. It indicates a strong desire among the party?s rank and file members for a chance to demand a rethink on Brexit, or even overturn the outcome of the June 2016 vote to leave the EU. Eighteen months after voting 52 to 48 percent to withdraw from the EU, Britons remain deeply divided over leaving a bloc which has defined much of the country?s laws, trade policy and international outlook over more than four decades of membership. Theresa May?s Conservative minority government has dismissed the idea of a second referendum. But ministers have already been forced to give parliament a greater say in the Brexit process than they initially wanted to after members of May?s own party rebelled on the issue in December. Thursday?s survey of attitudes within Britain?s main political parties showed 49 percent of Labour members definitely wanted a second referendum on the exit deal and a further 29 percent said they were more in favour of the idea than against it. The poll of more than 4,000 members of political parties was conducted shortly after last June?s national election as part of a three-year academic project by the Mile End Institute at the Queen Mary University of London to discover more about people who belong to political parties. It showed even higher demand for a second vote on Brexit among members of the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party. By contrast, only 14 percent of Conservative Party members wanted a referendum on the exit deal. Opinion polls measuring the views of the wider electorate show similar divisions over Brexit. In December, one survey showed 50 percent of voters supported a second referendum while 34 percent did not. Labour?s official stance on Brexit gained new significance after last year?s general election saw them perform better than expected. That helped reopen a national debate about Brexit, depriving May of the unequivocal mandate she was seeking for her plan to take Britain out of the EU, its single market and the bloc?s customs union.
  24. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the family of Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said, who was martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan Agency last month. The 21-year-old army officer embraced martyrdom along with a soldier after their vehicle came under terrorists' fire from surrounding mountains in North Waziristan on December 11. Moeed had recently graduated from the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Kakul. Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed hailed from Burewala, Punjab. ? Abdul Moeed/Facebook General Bajwa praised resolve of the martyred officer's family and paid tribute to the second lieutenant for his glorious sacrifice for the motherland, the ISPR said in a statement. Corps Commander Lahore Lieutenant General Amir Riaz was also accompanied the army chief during the visit, it added. Moeed earned respect for himself and us: mother Following his martyrdom, Moeed's mother had told Geo News that she was proud of her son and the profession he chose. Speaking of her son, she had said that Moeed "earned respect for himself and us." Moeed had recently graduated from the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul. ? Abdul Moeed/Facebook The eldest of four siblings, Moeed would always get gifts to them and repeatedly ask his mother to tell him what she wanted, the mother had recalled. "He took really good care of all of us. He would always serve me and fill my plate before his own," she had said.
  25. U.S. Navy sailors stand in the audience as President Donald Trump participates in the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. July 22, 2017. REUTERS WASHINGTON: A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday rejected a bid by President Donald Trump?s administration to prevent the US military from accepting transgender recruits starting Jan. 1, the second court to issue such a ruling this week. Four federal judges around the country have issued injunctions blocking Trump?s ban on transgender people from the military, including one that was also handed down on Friday. The administration has appealed the previous three rulings. In a six-page order, the three-judge-panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the administration had ?not shown a strong likelihood that they will succeed on the merits of their challenge? to a district court?s order blocking the ban. On Thursday the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals said it was denying the administration?s request while the appeal proceeds. The two courts? actions could prompt the administration to ask the conservative-majority US Supreme Court to intervene. Also on Friday, a federal trial court in Riverside, California, blocked the ban while the case proceeds, making it the fourth to do so, after similar rulings in Baltimore, Seattle and Washington, D.C. US District Judge Jesus Bernal said without the injunction the plaintiffs, including current and aspiring service members, would suffer irreparable harm. ?There is nothing any court can do to remedy a government-sent message that some citizens are not worthy of the military uniform simply because of their gender,? he added. The administration had argued that the Jan. 1 deadline for accepting transgender recruits was problematic because tens of thousands of personnel would have to be trained on the medical standards needed to process transgender applicants, and the military was not ready for that. The Obama administration had set a deadline of July 1, 2017, to begin accepting transgender recruits, but Trump?s defense secretary, James Mattis, postponed that date to Jan. 1. In an August memorandum, Trump gave the military until March 2018 to revert to a policy prohibiting openly transgender individuals from joining the military and authorizing their discharge. The memo also halted the use of government funds for ***-reassignment surgery for active-duty personnel.