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  1. 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.
  2. 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".
  3. 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.
  4. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/38ed3dee9e78a19a2f38acef7d95c2fa.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8xNi8yMDE3IDU6NTg6MjMgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1WZ2VKdVdCRStHdzJvaTNBYzliRHpBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= 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.
  5. World XI batsmen Hashim Amla (2R) and Thisara Perera (C) shake hand with Pakistani cricketers at the end of the second Twenty20 international cricket match between the World XI and Pakistan at The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 13, 2017. Photo: AFP World XI beat Pakistan team by seven wickets in the second T20 match of the historic Independence Cup. Following the match, many cricketers, celebrities, and politicians took to Twitter to express their excitement and congratulate World XI for winning the second match of the tournament.
  6. The second match of the Independence Cup, in which World XI is playing against Pakistan, is currently under way at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Here are some of the highlights of the match. First Innings Second Innings
  7. Independence Cup marks the return of international cricket to Pakistan. The second match of the tournament was played between Pakistan and World XI on Wednesday. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. Here are some of the highlights from the match. Pakistani and World XI cricket players pose for a photograph at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 13, 2017, before the start of the second Twenty20 international match between the World XI and Pakistan. Photo: AFP Spectators cheering the players as they watching the 2nd Twenty20 international match played between the World XI and Pakistan at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium.Photo: APP A Pakistani spectator arrives at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 13, 2017, before the start of the second Twenty20 international match between the World XI and Pakistan. Photo: AFP Pakistani army helicopter patrols over the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 13, 2017, before the start of the second Twenty20 international match between the World XI and Pakistan. Photo: AFP A Pakistani policeman stands guard at the entrance of the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 13, 2017, before the start of the second Twenty20 international match between the World XI and Pakistan. Photo: AFP
  8. KARACHI: The Institute of Bankers Pakistan (IBP) on Monday announced the Second Banking Awards 2017 to be held in September. The aim of the awards is to encourage the financial sector of the country to extend better services and enhance outreach to unbanked segment of the society, said the press release issued by the institute. "Awards will be held with an aim to highlight the fundamental development of the banking sector achieved through technology based services," said Chief Executive IBP Husain Lawai. He added that 18 banks were participating in the award ceremony. On the basis of performance, awards will be given in eight different categories. Lawai also said that the financial sector of the country was performing efficiently and the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) had directed banks to provide services to 50 per cent of the population by 2020. The jury for the awards comprises people who possess relevant expertise and are undoubtedly institutions in themselves, he said. The institute aims to adopt a transparent and impartial evaluation process to select the best performers for the awards, added the press release. The Pakistan Banking Awards were launched in 2016 and are now an annual event. Awards are given to individual banks based on their performance, broadly in the developmental, financial, and customer service related spheres
  9. Switzerland?s Martina Hingis and Taiwan?s Chan Yung-Jan won the US Open women?s doubles title on Sunday when they rolled past the Czech partnership of Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2. It was the first grand slam title for Chan but the second in as many days for Hingis, who won the mixed doubles with Britain?s Jamie Murray on Saturday. The victory took Hingis?s career grand-slam tally to 25, including five singles titles, 13 doubles and seven mixed doubles. ?Two in two days; I was Michael Jordan?s number 23 when I started here and now 25 sounds even sweeter,? said Hingis, who played the U.S. Open singles final on the same Arthur Ashe Stadium court 20 years ago, beating Venus Williams. ?It was an amazing feeling to play here in the singles final against Venus Williams,? Hingis said. ?We were two teenagers making the finals playing here for the first time at Ashe Stadium and coming back 20 years later it is a wonderful journey.? Hingis and Chan stormed through the draw without dropping a set and in the final did not face a breakpoint as they simply overwhelmed Hradecka and Siniakova. Fittingly it was Hingis who sealed victory with a thundering forehand down the line. Hingis and Chan had met the Czech duo twice before this season, winning both meetings including the final in Indian Wells.
  10. For the first time, Huawei has officially surpassed Apple as the second largest smartphone brand in the world. The Chinese company has taken the lead in terms of smartphone sales according to analysis firm, Counterpoint Research (June and July 2017). © BCCL Being second on the list means that Huawei is now behind Samsung in sales and the reason why Huawei overtook Apple was thanks to their consistent investment in research and development. Other attributes such as aggressive marketing have also contributed to the company's success. It's worthy to note that Apple's new iPhone releases in a matter of days and sales figures for August have not released yet. Apple is expected to take the second spot as soon as the new iPhone goes on sale and may give Huawei healthy competition. © Facebook Huawei can maintain the momentum as the Chinese company can increase their presence in India, North America and other regions. Huawei is a popular smartphone brand in Europe, Latin America and China, and its success can be emulated in other markets to compete for greater sales and a top position on the list. © Youtube “While Huawei climbed to be the world's second largest brand overall, it is surprising to see none of its models breaking into the top rankings,” said Counterpoint Research senior analyst, Pavel Naiya in a statement. “While Huawei has trimmed its portfolio, it likely needs to further streamline its product range like Oppo and Xiaomi have done — putting more muscle behind fewer products.” A report by IDC reveals Apple shipped 41 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2017 while Huawei shipped over 38 million devices. Numbers for the June and July sales have not been revealed yet and the research firm is expected to releases figures soon.
  11. Rami Malek just completely redefined Queen for us with the unveiling of his first looks as Freddie Mercury for the legendary singer's biopic. The ‘Mr Robot' actor looks like an exact replica of Mercury, complete with his signature styled vest and the moustache as well as the attitude he embodies. Freddie Mercury becomes him. Exclusive: @ItsRamiMalek is #FreddieMercury in this 'Bohemian Rhapsody' first look: https://t.co/xfpQKXgVNZ pic.twitter.com/cplCnggZtW — Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 5, 2017 The photos that were released yesterday on Entertainment Weekly coincide with Mercury's birthday and pay the perfect homage to the late legend. The film is titled ‘Bohemian Rhapsody', after one of Freddie's most iconic songs of the same name and is being directed by Bryan Singer who has also directed the majority of the X-Men franchise movies, as well as the Oscar-winner, ‘The Usual Suspects'. © NY Times Talking about donning the role of Freddie Mercury, Rami told Entertainment Weekly, “When you're able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it's a very affirming.” The movie is said to be detailing Freddie Mercury's rise to success and fame right from the dawn of the personality, back in 1970 to the historic performance at Live Aid in 1985. © BBC UK “We're going to use Freddie as much as possible and use myself as much as possible. I'm in Abbey Road right now if that should say anything to you. I'm not working on my acting,” said Malek when asked about how he plans to recreate Freddie's iconic voice. Singer also added that the film won't so much be a biopic as he would be the documenting of a series of historic events in the life of the famed singer. We can't wait to see the movie!
  12. Reshuffling of the Union cabinet has been making headlines for quite some time now, with speculations and suggestions flowing in from all directions around who will take charge of which ministry. Yesterday, all these doubts were put to rest when the final list of inductees was announced and as many as nine ministers took oath for their respective duties and roles they will be performing in the Narendra Modi led government. Having said that, of all the ministries, defence had everyone's eyes glued to it and the moment Niramala Sitharaman was announced as the new Defence Minister, internet was abuzz with cheers and applauses. And why not? She is the first woman to take full-time charge of this coveted position and only second after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Gandhi had taken defence ministry as an additional charge. © Reuters People are visibly elated and overjoyed with the Sitharaman's selection and hailing it as a great step towards women empowerment. But this is not the only reason to rejoice. This is momentous also because two of the major positions in the Cabinet for Security are being held by women and not to forget, two really strong women who have shown the world what we are capable of. While, Sitharaman is yet to prove her mettle, the other minister has already won our hearts with her prompt and efficient working style. We are talking about none other than External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who has rescued many Indians stuck abroad for various reasons. From ministers, commoners to celebrities, Twitter was flooded with praises and applauds for Sitharaman, hailing this as a monumental step towards women empowerment. Actor Randeep Hooda too took to Twitter to appreciate this move and congratulate Sitharaman. A woman #Defence minister is one of the biggest signs of #womenempowerment in any country #NirmalaSitharaman ðððð #cabinetreshuffle pic.twitter.com/LCnUz2rz73 — Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) September 3, 2017 A special mention of the 1 st full time female defence minister @nsitharaman ji. Take a bow ððð — Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) September 3, 2017 #NirmalaSitharaman is India's new #DefenceMinister. A lady of few but firm words. A game changer. — Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) 3 September 2017 So Nirmala Sitharaman joins CCS. Excellent news for this no-nonsense hardworking minister — Minhaz Merchant (@MinhazMerchant) 3 September 2017 Wow! India's defence minister is a woman! Breaking with convention! — taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) 3 September 2017 So all the generals will be doffing their hats to a lady boss. That's a big one. Huge. Way to go. Kudos. #NirmalaSitharaman — Joyeeta Basu (@eeta) 3 September 2017 Strong. Bold. Honest. Hardworking. Intelligent. Meticulous. The world knows and respects these traits in @nsitharaman . A role model. — Shyam Sekhar (@shyamsek) 3 September 2017 Dear world, Wanna negotiate with us? You need to be as smart as Sushma Swaraj. Wanna fight us? You need to be as tough as Nirmala Sitharaman — Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) 3 September 2017 Modi's choice of #NirmalaSitharaman would have been guided not just by her competence but also her integrity. Non-negotiable for Defence. — GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) September 3, 2017 Women Empowement in Modi Govt.ðð 3 Competent Women at Helm#SushmaSwaraj -MEA#NirmalaSitharaman -Defence#SmritiIrani -I&B #CabinetResuffle pic.twitter.com/qMkR0XqRw3 — Rosy (@rose_k01) 3 September 2017 . @nsitharaman Congrats Mam on a well deserved promotion as the Defense Ministerð Indian Forces welcomes youð @adgpi #NirmalaSitharaman pic.twitter.com/tcWldoPFid — Yatendra Singh (@MrYatendrasingh) September 4, 2017 Call it a move towards women empowerment or a fresh change in the cabinet, Indians are loving their new Defence Minister already and only time will tell how she excels in fulfilling the responsibilities that have already been laid down on her plate.
  13. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/da0cb311362424ce2e8215845eb594b4.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8zLzIwMTcgNzozODoyOSBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPXg5UExaSGMxSjdNZjdYUnRBNlBYbUE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] QUETTA: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa will be spending the second day of Eid-ul-Azha in Balochistan, the Inter Services Public Relations said on Sunday. The military's media wing said the army chief will meet troops and locals in Turbat and Gwadar, in the southern region of the province. On Saturday, the first day of Eid, the army chief visited troops deployed in Rajgal Valley on the Pak-Afghan border. Army chief spends Eid with troops in Rajgal 'Eid on duty for the security of Pakistan and its people is the best festivity for us,' the COAS said "Eid on duty for the security of Pakistan and its people is the best festivity for us," the COAS said, according to a tweet by ISPR Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor. "Pakistan is our passion & our life; our lives are for Pakistan. 'Nothing/no one is above [our] country. Inshallah together we'll make it the best country," Bajwa said. Earlier in the day, Gen Bajwa extended greetings to the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. In July this year, during a visit to Quetta Garrison, Gen Bajwa reiterated his support for Balochistan and said the province was his prime focus. ?Balochistan is my prime focus and prosperity of people in Baluchistan at par with other provinces is the main objective," the COAS said during his visit, according to the ISPR.
  14. US President Donald Trump gives remarks during an appearance at the Loren Cook Company on August 30, 2017, in Springfield, Missouri. AFP/Getty Images/Michael B. Thomas WASHINGTON: The US economy grew at its fastest pace in more than two years in the second quarter, hitting President Donald Trump's goal for the first time since he took office, according to data released Wednesday. Higher consumer spending and business investment prompted a sharp upward revision in gross domestic product (GDP) which increased three percent in the April-June period, the Commerce Department said in its updated report. The rate surpassed analyst expectations, which called for an increase of 2.7 percent. But growth in the first half of the year was just 2.1 percent, still below the 2.2 percent average recorded over the last three years. Analysts said the data ? with an unusually large upward revision of four tenths from the GDP estimate published last month ? show an economy on a sturdy footing, enough to keep unemployment at the current low trend. But they do not expect it to be sustained at this level, and they warned that the drag on growth from Hurricane Harvey is likely to be substantial given the extent of the damage wrought by rains and flooding. The Trump administration has pledged to return the world's largest economy to sustained annual growth of three percent or more by slashing taxes and regulations while boosting trade. Economists have said this may be unrealistic in the best of times, and Trump's growth agenda remains stalled in Congress. Trump has alienated members of his own party, who face bruising battles in Congress next month over borrowing authority, the budget and reconstruction aid for areas battered by Hurricane Harvey. A three-percent economy? Trump hailed the GDP report during an appearance in Springfield, Missouri, as he pushed for his tax reform plan, saying "we're really on our way". "If we achieve sustained three percent growth, that means 12 million new jobs and $10 trillion of new economic activity over the next decade," he said. "That's some numbers. And I happen to be one that thinks we can go much higher than three percent." This second GDP estimate for the April-June period, which remains subject to further revision, reflected higher sales of durable goods, such as autos ? a sector that has struggled in the first half of the year after a record 2016. The new figures also showed higher business spending on intellectual property products like computer software. But analysts said with the first quarter of the year running a sluggish 1.2 percent growth, they already were expecting a stronger second quarter, meaning the gain in pace could derive more from statistics than reality. Mickey Levy of Berenberg Capital Markets said the three percent figure "should not be taken at face value". "The US is not a three percent economy ? some of it is due to a rebound from the quirky first quarter GDP estimate," he wrote in a research note. The faster growth rate could relieve the pressure on the Federal Reserve which has been divided over the course of monetary policy in recent months. The central bank has raised interest rates twice this year but some market players doubt the Fed will hike a third time by December in light of persistently weak inflation. The Fed has written off the low price pressures as merely "idiosyncratic" or "transitory" blips on the radar and the stronger second quarter could lend weight to this view.
  15. Rain from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey falls in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 29, 2017 - AFP HOUSTON: Five days after slamming into the US Gulf Coast as a major hurricane, Harvey made a second landfall on Wednesday, hitting Louisiana, a state that still bears deep scars from 2005´s Hurricane Katrina. Now a tropical storm, Harvey made landfall just west of the town of Cameron, the National Hurricane Center said, with "flooding rains" drenching parts of southeastern Texas and neighbouring southwestern Louisiana. Meanwhile, rescuers in Texas were racing against time Wednesday to find survivors of Harvey's wrath and take them to safety, with Houston's mayor declaring a nighttime curfew to head off looting as rains persisted and the raging floodwaters continued to rise. Five days after the monster storm slammed onshore as a Category Four hurricane, turning roads into rivers and neighbourhoods into lakes in America's fourth-largest city, emergency crews were still struggling to reach hundreds of stranded people in a massive round-the-clock rescue operation. The curfew declared by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner went into effect at 10:00 pm (0300 GMT) and was to last until 5:00 am (1000 GMT), to aid search efforts and thwart potential looting in the flood-ravaged city. At least one bridge had crumbled, one levee had breached and dams were at risk in the Lone Star State, where Harvey, now a tropical storm, has so far driven more than 8,000 people into emergency shelters. The full scale of the catastrophe's impact -- including the number of deaths and the extent of destruction -- remained difficult for authorities to gauge, as rescue efforts were ongoing and the storm was expected to strike once more. Residents of low-lying New Orleans -- which bore the brunt of Katrina's devastation in 2005 -- are bracing for up to 10 inches (25 centimetres) of rain over the next 36 hours, with a risk of flash floods. US media reports indicated the death toll could have risen to 30, and authorities feared confirming more once the worst had passed and search teams could again travel roads. A Houston police officer was confirmed the latest victim of the storm after the body of Steve Perez, who went missing after reporting for duty in the early hours of Sunday, was recovered by divers two days later. Harvey was previously known to have left at least three people dead, with six more fatalities potentially tied to the storm. 'Overwhelming' Everywhere, the figures from the storm are staggering. The National Weather Service said over six million Texans have been impacted by 30 inches or more of rain since Friday. Residents living around a chemical plant in the county that includes Houston were evacuated as a precaution, over fears that some of the chemicals at the facility -- which produces organic peroxides -- might react or cause an explosion. Local residents are evacuated on an air boat operated by volunteers from San Antonio, in the Clodine district after Hurricane Harvey caused heavy flooding in Houston, Texas. - AFP The NASA space flight centre in Houston said it was closing until Monday because of the storm. Andrea Aviles, 16, fled her home along with her family on Tuesday. She and some 30 extended family members were now crammed into a hotel in the small town of Winnie. "I've never seen it like this," she said of the flooding. "All our yard is full of water." Hugging the road's central median in their Suburban vehicle -- water reaching halfway up the tires -- they passed ditches full of abandoned cars. "It was sad," she said. "It's overwhelming." Trump visits President Donald Trump toured the Harvey disaster zone in Texas on Tuesday as he sought to project an image of leadership in America's first major natural disaster since he took office. On Air Force One bringing Trump back to Washington, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president will return to Texas Saturday and perhaps go to Louisiana, too, depending on the weather there. Trump visited the coastal city of Corpus Christi, praising the work of state and federal officials in responding to the disaster. "It's historic, it's epic, but I tell you, it happened in Texas -- and Texas can handle anything," he told a mix of supporters and banner-waving protesters after a briefing held inside a fire station. The US leader and First Lady Melania avoided visiting Houston -- swathes of which remain under water -- to avoid disrupting recovery efforts. But the president was nevertheless seeking to make a political statement, learning from the mistakes of former Republican leader George W. Bush, whose response to Hurricane Katrina -- which walloped New Orleans exactly 12 years ago -- was widely seen as botched. "It is really sort of a wild card right now," meteorologist Eric Holthaus told AFP of the outlook for New Orleans. The farthest reaching rain bands have already dumped as much as six inches of water in parts of the city famous for its jazz music and Cajun cuisine. 'Long way to go' The National Weather Service tweeted Harvey appears to have broken a US record for most rain from a single tropical cyclone, with nearly 52 inches (132 centimetres) recorded in the town of Cedar Bayou. The Texas bayou and coastal prairie rapidly flooded after Harvey struck the coast on Friday, but the region's sprawling cities where drainage is slower were worst hit. Highways were swamped and homes were rendered uninhabitable, with power lines cut and dams overflowing, sparking massive floods across Houston -- a city of 2.3 million people -- and its wider metropolitan area of six million. The National Hurricane Center said Harvey is expected to dump an additional six to 12 inches of rain to the north and east of Houston from far east Texas into southwestern Louisiana. Federal officials estimate up to half a million people in Texas will ultimately require some form of assistance -- but for now the focus remains immediate disaster relief, with many lives still at stake. "Recovery is a slow process," Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said as he welcomed Trump in Corpus Christi along with Texas Governor Greg Abbott. "We've got a long way to go."
  16. LEEDS: Moeen Ali´s rapid 84 helped England turn the tide on the fourth day of the second Test against the West Indies at Headingley on Monday. At stumps, the West Indies were five without loss in their second innings, needing a further 317 runs to reach a challenging victory total of 322. Only one side has made more in the fourth innings to win a Test at Headingley, with Australia´s celebrated ´Invincibles´ scoring 404 for three at the Leeds ground in 1948 thanks mainly to opener Arthur Morris´s 182 and an unbeaten 173 from Donald Bradman, widely regarded as cricket´s greatest batsman. West Indies did make 344 for one to beat England in a Test at Lord´s in 1984, with opener Gordon Greenidge making 214 not out, but they will likely need similarly brilliant innings from one of their current top order if they are to level this three-match series at 1-1. It was fresh evidence of England´s batting strength in depth that No 8 Ali top-scored and put on 117 for the eighth wicket with No 9 Chris Woakes, the recalled all-rounder himself making 61 not out before England captain Joe Root declared with his side on 490 for eight. That left the West Indies with a tricky six overs to bat until the close but openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell survived. The whole day´s play represented a remarkable turnaround in the match given the West Indies had a first-innings lead of 169 runs -- a testament to a vastly improved batting and bowling, if not fielding, display after their embarrassing innings and 209-run defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston. Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel proved expensive, however, on Monday, his 26 overs costing 125 runs -- including nine wides and 10 no-balls. England had started Monday´s play just two runs ahead and already three wickets down. But brisk fifties from Root (72)-- his second of the match on his Yorkshire home ground -- and Ben Stokes (58), following up his first-innings score of exactly 100, plus a painstaking 61 from Dawid Malan laid the platform for Ali´s late-order assault. Left-handed batsman Ali faced just 93 balls and hit 14 fours. Ali reprieve A dispiriting day for the West Indies was summed up when Ali was reprieved on 32. He bottom-edged a catch off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and was superbly caught by wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich only for Indian umpire S Ravi to make a desperately tight no-ball call. It seemed almost cruel that the West Indies, who had dropped several catches this Test at a potentially match-losing cost of 238 runs, should have their best effort of the game chalked off this way. Ali, whose elegant cover-driven four off Gabriel saw him to fifty, holed out off Bishoo in sight of his sixth Test hundred. Off-spinner Roston Chase (three for 86) removed Stokes, Malan and Jonny Bairstow in quick succession before tea but that simply paved the way for Ali and Woakes´s quickfire stand. England resumed on 171 for three after the West Indies had made 427 in their first innings following hundreds from Shai Hope (147) and Brathwaite (134). Root, dropped in the gully on 10, was 45 not out and Malan, who had a lucky break on four when the West Indies opted against reviewing a potential catch, was unbeaten on 21. Root, dropped on eight en route to 59 in England´s first-innings 258, completed his second fifty this Test in 87 balls after he edged two fours off Kemar Roach. But the breakthrough the West Indies so badly needed came when Root, cramped for room trying to cut Gabriel, steered the ball to gully where Shai Hope, succeeding where brother Kyle had failed on Sunday, clung on to a juggled catch. But first slip Powell missed Malan, then on 32, although the blame lay with wicket-keeper Dowrich for bailing out late on.
  17. SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife welcomed their second daughter -- August -- to the world on Monday with a post on the leading social network. As they did with after the birth of their first daughter, Maxima, in late 2015, the couple wrote the girl a letter, but this one spoke of reveling in the wonder of childhood instead of visions of a better world on the horizon. "You only get to be a child once, so don´t spend it worrying too much about the future," said the letter signed by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. "You´ve got us for that, and we´ll do everything we possibly can to make sure the world is a better place for you and all children in your generation." A Zuckerberg Chan Initiative established by the couple has pledged billions of dollars to improving life for their children´s generation with goals such as eliminating disease. The Facebook co-founder is among billionaires who have vowed to donate most of their wealth to charitable causes. "With all the advances in science and technology, your generation should live dramatically better lives than ours, and we have a responsibility to do our part to make that happen," the couple wrote, referring back to a letter written to their first daughter after her birth. "But rather than write about growing up, we want to talk about childhood. The world can be a serious place. That´s why it´s important to make time to go outside and play." And, like many parents, they expressed hope their new baby would sleep soundly and take frequent naps.
  18. LONDON: The turbulent marriage of boxer Amir Khan took a turn seemingly for the better when an excited Faryal Makhdoom revealed that she is expecting her second child. Makhdoom posted on social media early on Sunday that she was waiting to announce the special news. The mommy-to-be is quite exhilarated, happily sharing her sentiments with her social media followers. Her husband, boxer Amir Khan, is yet to share his opinion on the subject with his fans. After an ugly Twitter spat that led to what appeared to be a split between the couple, the two now apparently rekindled their relationship. Faryal Makhdoom had tried to patch things up with husband Amir Khan hours after the two took their fight to Twitter, with the British-Pakistani boxer accusing Makhdoom of cheating with fellow boxer Anthony Joshua. "The screenshots sent to Amir were 'fake' and Amir thought Joshua and I were speaking? when we have never even met," Faryal had written in a social media post. "Anger took the better of him and he tweeted away without thinking there was absolutely NO truth to it.? Faryal deleted tweets in bid to resolve feud with Amir Makhdoom's family also reached out to the boxer's family to help resolve the feud "It's all cleared up with both teams now and again, there was NOTHING like that going on. Apologies for all this nonsense. Let's get on with life now?" Amir appeared to have accepted her apology, as he tweeted Joshua her note acknowledging that there was no "truth to it" and wished him "all the best".
  19. Being the CEO of Facebook, one of the world's most valuable and influential corporations, Mark Zuckerberg is bound to be an extremely busy man. But, he still understands what's more important. Keeping his priorities in check, he said that he plans on taking a two-month paternity leave after the birth of his second daughter, just like he did when his daughter, Max, was born. © Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg “I will always be grateful I could spend so much time with her in the first months of her life,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook. “Our new daughter is coming soon, and I'm planning to take two months of paternity leave again.” This is an incredibly important step in setting an example to show how important it is for parents to spend the first months with their newborns. © Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg Because of their paternity leave policy, Facebook has been named one of the best places for new dads to work. The company offers four months of paternity and maternity leave because “because studies show that when working parents take time to be with their new-borns, it's good for the entire family.” © Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg This caption was accompanied by an adorable picture of his daughter Max wearing a backpack and reaching for a doorknob, next to the family dog, Beast. He wrote, “I'm looking forward to bonding with our new little one and taking Max on adventures.” Well, sure looks completely ready to go an adventure.
  20. Supporters surrounding the truck carrying Nawaz Sharif's container on August 9, 2017. Photo: Geo News RAWALPINDI: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will begin the second leg of his 'homecoming rally' shortly. On Wednesday, Sharif, the chief of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), set out from Punjab House, Islamabad after deciding to go home to Lahore via the GT Road. The amassing of supporters, however, could only get him as far as Rawalpindi ? forcing him to spend the night in the city's Punjab House. Sources said the former premier is expected to set off on his journey around 11am. Supporters from across Rawalpindi have begun gathering near Kacheri Chowk, close to where Nawaz is residing, to officially begin the 'GT Road' part of the journey. Nawaz Sharif vacates PM House; off to Murree with family Senators Pervaiz Rasheed and Asif Kirmani were reportedly at the PM House to see-off the former prime minister The former premier is expected to move through Jhelum, Kharian, Lala Musa and Gujrat to Gujranwala, and then move through Kamoke, Muridke, Kala Shah Kaku, Ferozwala and Shahdra to enter his hometown of Lahore. It is unclear whether Nawaz will be able to reach Lahore, or even Gujranwala, today ? based on the pace of the rally on Wednesday. After being disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28 in its verdict in the Panama Papers case, Nawaz has gone to the 'people's court' to seek their verdict. Addressing supporters at Rawalpindi late Wednesday night, he took a pledge from the people that they would get their mandate respected. "Promise me you would get your mandate respected. Promise me you won?t allow your prime minister to be humiliated this way," he stated. "If you do not protect your rights, they will continue to be snatched away from you," he told his supporters. "The judges said there is no corruption case against Nawaz Sharif, so why was I disqualified? I leave this for history to determined," noted the three-time premier. We have to change Pakistan, respect public's mandate: Sharif Sharif's has been rallying to his home in Lahore via the GT Road, following his disqualification as prime minister by the Supreme Court Day One Earlier, the former prime minister's caravan entered Rawalpindi surrounded by scores of supporters. Strict security preparations were made for the rally, with a significant number of police personnel, including elite force commandos, deployed. A helicopter also followed the procession to provide safe passage for the rally. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ? the new prime minister and a close ally ? said the former leader was alert to security threats. "The bigger a leader is, the bigger the threat is," Abbasi told Geo.tv. The ex-premier departed from Punjab House around noon. Senior government officials ? including Abbasi, members of the federal cabinet, and PML-N leaders ? were present to see him off. GT Road rally: Nawaz's caravan moving through Rawalpindi Nawaz is expected to spend the night in Rawalpindi tonight, will address party workers at Committee chowk Chaudhry Nisar ? the disgruntled party leader and former interior minister ? was conspicuous through his absence from the procession. The event remained largely peaceful, though Sharif's supporters assaulted the crew of two local TV stations that had been critical of him during the court proceedings, police official Hafeez Khan said.
  21. Guards outside the bank. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: As many as five robbers looted millions of rupees from a private bank in Kharadar Cloth market and managed to flee along with the guards' weapons on Wednesday, in the second bank robbery within two days in the metropolis. According to reports, the robbers entered the bank with their faces covered with masks and helmets. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah expressed displeasure over the bank robbery and demanded an immediate report from Additional IG Karachi. He questioned the police to inform him about the group behind the bank robberies. Shah has also reportedly said why police have chosen to remain silent over the unfortunate developments and questioned what is the intelligence network doing in the city? The chief minister has also demanded security details of all banks and markets in the metropolis. On Tuesday, the branch manager of a private bank was shot dead by robbers in Karachi's Tariq Road vicinity. Abdul Rahim Motiwala, 40, was shot in the head twice after he attempted to stop the four robbers as they left the branch after looting nearly Rs0.65 million rupees in cash, SP Jamshed Town Dr Rizwan said. Robbers used a red car for their getaway, sources told Geo News. Security guards Muhammad Hanif and Ghulam Rasool were taken into custody by law enforcement agencies for further questioning.
  22. Iran´s President Hassan Rouhani officially sworn in for a second term on Thursday. PHOTO: Getty Images TEHRAN: Iran´s President Hassan Rouhani vowed to continue his efforts to end the country´s isolation as he was sworn in for a second term on Thursday by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei. "We will never accept isolation," Rouhani told a packed audience of Iranian political and military officials in Tehran. "The nuclear deal is a sign of Iran´s goodwill on the international stage," he said, referring to the 2015 agreement with world powers to curb its atomic programme in exchange for an easing of sanctions. However, his inauguration came less than 24 hours after fresh sanctions were imposed by US President Donald Trump, who has threatened to tear up the nuclear deal entirely. Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate who has faced fierce criticism from conservatives for his efforts to rebuild ties with the West, issued a call for unity. "I declare once again that with the election concluded, the time for unity and cooperation has begun," he said. "I extend my hand to all those who seek the greatness of the country." Among those in attendance at the ceremony was hardline former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who fell out of favour with the establishment and was sensationally barred from standing as a candidate this year. Khamenei applauded the high turnout and "enthusiastic participation" in the May election as "signs of the success of the Islamic regime in reinforcing the republican and popular character of the revolutionary regime." He called on Rouhani to emphasise the "resistance economy" focused on increased employment and national production at a time when the official jobless rate has reached 12.6 percent.
  23. Sharapova hadn´t played in the US since March 2015 LOS ANGELES: Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova made a battling return to US hardcourts on Monday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 victory over American Jennifer Brady in Stanford, California. "I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you," Sharapova told fans in a post-match interview. "It´s my first match in the States in a really long time, and it´s the closest thing to home for me." The former world number one from Russia hadn´t played in the US since March of 2015, before serving a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium. She returned to competition in April, but her comeback has been disrupted by a hip injury that forced her to withdraw from Wimbledon qualifying. Sharapova, whose ranking has fallen to 171 in the world, received a wild card into the premier level tournament in Stanford, where she was tested Monday by the 80th-ranked Brady. Sharapova got off to a brisk start. Although she needed to save three break points in the sixth game to take a 5-1 lead in the opening set, she broke in the next game to seize the set before Brady won the second. "I had a bit of a letdown but that´s the way it is," Sharapova said. "You finish a set and think you´ve got it, but she came out firing, capable of hitting winners and big serves." Early in the third Sharapova fought off two break points to consolidate her lead, and wrapped up the match after two hours and two minutes. "I feel like I face a lot of things: not competing for a long time, an opponent who´s able to play some great tennis ... I feel like I´m playing catch-up against everyone who´s had a head start," Sharapova said. "All that matters is that I keep playing." Sharapova, who has also accepted a wildcard into the WTA tournament in Cincinnati -- another key warmup for the US Open -- booked a second-round meeting with seventh-seeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Spain´s Lara Arruabarrena. Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, who stunned Venus Williams in the final at the All England Club, is the top seed. She will open with a second-round match against American Kayla Day, who defeated Japan´s Misaki Doi 6-4, 6-2 on Monday.
  24. US President Donald Trump speaks during a "Made in America" products showcase event at the White House in Washington, US, July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria NEW YORK: About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump's tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters. While most of the people who voted for Trump on November 8 said they would back him again, the erosion of support within his winning coalition of older, disaffected, mostly white voters poses a potential challenge for the president. Trump, who won the White House by the slimmest of margins, needs every last supporter behind him to push his agenda through a divided Congress and potentially win a second term in 2020. The poll surveyed voters who had told Reuters/Ipsos on Election Day how they had cast their ballots. While other surveys have measured varying levels of disillusionment among Trump supporters, the Reuters/Ipsos poll shows how many would go as far as changing the way they voted. The survey was carried out first in May and then again in July. In the July survey, 12 percent of respondents said they would not vote for Trump "if the 2016 presidential election were held today" ? 7 percent said they ?don?t know? what they would do, and the remaining 5 percent would either support one of the other 2016 presidential candidates or not vote. View the detailed analysis here: tmsnrt.rs/2vkyX7C Eighty-eight percent said they would vote for Trump again, a slight improvement over the May figure of 82 percent. Taken together, the polls suggest that Trump?s standing with his base has improved slightly over the past few months despite his Republican Party?s repeated failures to overhaul the healthcare system and multiple congressional and federal investigations into his campaign?s ties to Russia. To be sure, most presidents lose support among core supporters the longer they are in the White House. According to the Gallup polling service, former President Barack Obama saw his popularity dip among Democrats and minority voters, though it did not come until later in his first term. But Obama, who won the Electoral College with greater margins than Trump, was not as reliant on retaining his core supporters. The minority of Trump voters who said they would not vote for him again gave varying reasons in interviews for why they had changed their minds. Some were tired of his daily trolling of Democrats, the media, and the judiciary. Some were disappointed that the Trump administration has not yet swept illegal immigrants out of their communities. Others said the president has not ended the mistrust and hyper-partisanship in Washington as much as they had hoped. T-Shirt politics "If I had to walk around wearing a T-shirt saying who I voted for, I may have voted differently,? said Beverly Guy, 34, a Trump voter who took the poll in July. If the election were held today, Guy said she would vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Guy said she picked Trump mostly because she did not support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. She never cared that much for Trump and now finds herself rationalising a decision that has angered many of her friends. "I care more about my neighbours than I do about politics,? she said. Another poll respondent, Brian Barnes, said he was standing by his choice to vote for Trump. He thinks the media is focusing too much on the Russia investigation and not enough on Trump?s accomplishments like his elevation of another conservative justice to the Supreme Court. "I think he?s doing all he can," Barnes said, "even though the Republicans in the House and Senate are creating a lot of problems" by not passing a healthcare bill. Experts in American politics said it makes sense that a transformative political figure like Trump would retain a high degree of loyalty from his supporters no matter what negative headlines are swirling around the White House. Political winds do not shift quickly in a strong economy, they said, especially when many of the president?s decisions have yet to take root. "People are still invested in the choices they made" on Election Day, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia?s Center for Politics. "They?re not about to admit that they?re wrong, at least not yet." Elaine Kamarck, an expert in American electoral politics at the Brookings Institution, said the erosion in Trump?s base could certainly hurt his chances of re-election, though it is too early to say so for sure. The most important question is whether he loses support where it counts ? in battleground states that he barely won last year. "If these disenchanted Trump voters are in California, it doesn?t matter," Kamarck said. "If they live in Wisconsin or Michigan or Pennsylvania, it matters." The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States and has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of about 5 percentage points. The July 11-12 poll gathered its sample from 1,296 people, including 541 Trump voters, while the May 10-15 poll gathered its sample from 1,206 people, including 543 Trump voters. In both cases, Ipsos weighted their responses according to voter profiles gathered from the US Census? voting and registration supplement to the Current Population Survey.
  25. Well, it goes without saying that when Chacha-Bhatija Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor share screen space together, something epic is bound to happen. And as expected, that's exactly what you witness in the latest trailer for their upcoming movie ‘Mubarakan'. Amazing Anil Kapoor introduces us to his crazy Punjabi family. And we just can't wait to see their impeccable comic timing on the 70mm screen. After watching this latest trailer of Anees Bazmee's film, we are convinced that this will be one hell of a movie that will lead to a laughter riot. After all, what less can we expect from the director who has given us films like ‘No Entry', ‘Welcome' and ‘Singh Is King'? Coming back to the trailer, we really loved how Anil Kapoor keeps laughing at his own jokes, making you laugh despite the fact that those jokes are not that funny. But then that's an art, right? Arjun's characters Karan and Charan are both remarkable and we can't figure out yet who is our favourite. Well, the trailer also introduces us to gorgeous Neha Sharma, who will be seen playing Charan's girlfriend. However, soon we will see him falling head over heels in love with Athiya. The film is supposed to release on July 28th and we will finally meet this crazy-mad family.