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  1. LAHORE: Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif celebrated the spirit of Independence Day by taking out his grandchildren shopping for the occasion. In a Facebook post, the CM Punjab shared his views saying that passing on traditions to children and future generations is an important part of independence day celebrations. In his message he wished everyone a good day. "Passing on the traditions to our children and succeeding generations is an important part of celebrations marking independence day... Took my grandchildren out to buy them flags and badges... This outing revived the memory of my own childhood ... Hope you all had a great day! - Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif," he posted.
  2. Pilot Somasekhara Pemmireddy (L) and passenger Adam Nicholas park the plane after a flight over the capital in a Cessna 172 plane, at the London North Weald airfield on August 1. PHOTO: AFP A French start-up is reaching for the skies with a flight-sharing app, matching pilots with passengers looking for a low-cost way to take off in a private aircraft. "It's a great way to get on planes. It's quite a unique experience. It's something new," says Adam Nicholas, 27, at an airfield close to London. He is readying for his second trip with Wingly, a French firm connecting passengers and pilots for short flights, and the undisputed market leader in Europe with a community of more than 80,000 members. In Nicholas' first experience he took his girlfriend on a surprise day trip to Le Touquet, across the Channel in France. "We flew there in the morning, had some lunch, had some wine and then flew back again in the evening," he says. This time the Londoner will be flown by pilot Somasekhara Pemmiredy, 34, above the British capital aboard a Cessna 172 aircraft. Pemmiredy has clocked up more than 290 hours since gaining his pilot's licence in 2011. Working in security at a London airport during the evenings, he flies for Wingly in the daytime as a way to add more flight hours which are vital to achieving his ambition of working for an airline. Pemmiredy describes the set-up as a "win-win situation", as he prepares an eager Nicholas with the details of the altitude, speed and flight path they are about to take. But not before the pilot checks out another flight request on his phone, using the Wingly app which allows clients to contact pilots directly. "A month ago, I received a request for a flight with one-hour notice and I managed to fly," says Pemmiredy. "The guy was very lucky as it was my day off, so I could fly the couple to celebrate their anniversary in France." After the technical checks have been meticulously carried out, Pemmiredy and his passenger board the small aircraft which is owned by a flying club. The duo return an hour later after their flight over the city, both smiling. 'Leisure and discovery' Adopting a low-cost approach, Wingly co-founder Emeric de Waziers says he wants to "demonstrate that private aviation is accessible" and should not be restricted to a privileged few. Himself a pilot, Waziers explains that the flight-sharing model "allows you to fly cheaper and enjoy this passion without money being an obstacle". Rather than compete with commercial airlines or other modes of transport, he explains the focus is on "leisure and discovery" through picking destinations which are usually hard to reach. Wingly flights only cover short distances and, given the size of the aircraft used, can be cancelled at short-notice due to poor weather conditions. The London to Le Touquet route is among the most popular -- costing around £100 ($133, 112 euros) per person each way -- along with Paris to French islands Belle Ile or Ile d'Yeu. Rather than be likened to car service Uber, Waziers prefers to be the "BlaBlaCar of the skies" because Wingly allows passengers to divide the costs of a flight. While flight-sharing is proving popular in the UK and Germany, it has been slower to take off in France owing to restrictions on short flights by the civil aviation authority (DGAC), which were lifted in June. Between the three countries over 80,000 people have registered with Wingly, including 6,000 pilots, and each month the community is growing by 20 percent. The Parisian start-up attracts around 600 monthly passengers, while there are more than 30,000 flights listed on the platform. Its smaller competitors include Coavmi in France, SkyUber in Portugal and FlightClub in Germany. The Federal Aviation Administration has banned private pilots from offering flight sharing to the public in the United States, ruling out competition from across the Atlantic for now. Waziers has his eyes on the horizon, predicting an increasing number of people will come to understand the private planes "are not reserved for the elite". With Wingly's expansion, he hopes "everyone can enjoy it in the next ten years".
  3. Law enforcement officials investigate an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, August 5, 2017. Time via Star Tribune/David Joles/AP The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Saturday took over the investigation of an early-morning bombing of a mosque outside Minneapolis that caused no injuries. Anti-Muslim incidents have risen sharply in the United States over the past year, according to a review by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Minneapolis area bomber. Police in Bloomington, Minnesota, were called at 5:05 AM CDT (3:05 PM PST) about an explosion at the Dar Al Farooq mosque after a bomb was thrown through the window of the imam's office while worshipers were gathered for morning prayers. Mohamed Omar ? the mosque's executive director ? told reporters in Bloomington that a member of the congregation saw a pickup truck speeding away from the building's parking lot just after the blast. "Preliminary investigation indicates the explosion was caused by a destructive device in violation of federal law," the FBI's Minneapolis division said on Twitter. The Bloomington Police Department said on Twitter that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had also joined the probe. "When officers and fire personnel arrived, what they found there was some smoke, some damage to the building, but no one was injured," Police Chief Jeff Potts said at a news conference broadcast by local media. Several other area religious leaders joined members of the mosque on Saturday to express support. "It's a tragedy that we have to gather here today," Curtiss DeYoung ? executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches ? told reporters shortly after Omar spoke. "We are here showing solidarity and support for Muslims, not only in this centre but Muslims across our state and our country that are under these kind of attacks," DeYoung added. A May analysis by the Council on American-Islamic Relations found 2,213 anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States last year, up 57 percent from 2015. The council urged US mosques to increase their security following the Bloomington incident.
  4. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's 46-member cabinet was sworn-in by President Mamnoon Hussain at a ceremony on Friday morning. The new cabinet includes 28 federal ministers and 18 ministers of state, according to sources. Apart from retaining most members of the previous cabinet, the new cabinet includes six new federal and 12 state ministers. A new ministry of 'energy' will also be formed, sources added. The oath-taking ceremony took place at the Presidency and was attended by PML-N members and senior government officials, as well as people from other walks of life. The members of the cabinet, speaking after the president, repeated their oath of office submitted the signed oaths to the president. Following the oath-taking, the new prime minister will chair the first session of his cabinet. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/5b3000fc7041bb411bb83d96db3fe3fc.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8zLzIwMTcgNjoxMjoxMiBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPVBPTklraE9kZVYxRVBuZzB2cklCNHc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] Who's who The portfolios for the new federal cabinet were finalised on Thursday evening following hectic consultations in Murree by PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, the new premier and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, among other party leaders. Had decided to resign, but changed mind after consultations with friends: Nisar Interior ministry clarifies that Nisar's statement regarding resignation was about his earlier decision Senior Pakistan Mulsim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has excused himself from being part of the new cabinet. Nisar had hinted at the move in a much-anticipated press conference last week. In his stead, the portfolio of the interior ministry will be assigned to Ahsan Iqbal, the former development minister. After having no foreign minister for four years, former defence, water and power minister Khawaja Asif will be the new foreign minister of the country. Khurram Dastagir ? the commerce minister in Sharif's cabinet ? will be taking over as the defence minister. NAB to file four references against Sharif family, Dar References would be filed by NAB Rawalpindi, will be pursued in an accountability court Senior PML-N leader Ishaq Dar will retain his previous portfolio as the finance minister. Dar, a close aide of Nawaz, will soon face trial in an accountability court as the National Accountability Bureau will soon file references against him and other Sharif family members in light of the Supreme Court's verdict in the Panama Papers case. PM Nawaz accepts Mushahidullah?s resignation PM Nawaz accepts Mushahidullah?s resignation Senator Mushahidullah Khan will be the minister for climate change, the portfolio he lost when he resigned around two years ago after a controversial interview alleging the military's role in scheming against the civilian government. Pervaiz Malik will become minister for commerce. Arshad Laghari will be the state minister for industries and production, Junaid Anwar will take oath as state minister for communication, Talal Chaudhry will become the state minister for interior while Marriyum Aurangzeb will retain her portfolio as state minister for information and broadcasting. PML-N's Danial Aziz addressing the media. Photo: File Daniyal Aziz, who along with Talal Chaudhry vociferously defended the government, party and Sharif family during the last year or so in light of the Panama Papers case, will also be included in the cabinet as a state minister. Anusha Rahman will retain her portfolio as state minister for IT and Telecommunication, Saira Afzal Tarar will also retain her portfolio as state minister for health. Earlier consultations It was reported earlier that the upcoming federal cabinet will include five new faces, according to sources familiar with the proceedings of the high-level PML-N huddle in Murree. Sources said Nawaz Sharif had directed prime minister Abbasi and Shehbaz to include natives of South Punjab and the smaller provinces in the cabinet. Cabinet oath-taking delayed as consultations continue in Murree The new federal cabinet was expected to be sworn-in Wednesday evening Nawaz, PM Abbasi and Shehbaz, among others, were holding a meeting on Thursday at Shehbaz's residence near Murree to finalise names of cabinet members. At the conclusion of the meeting, the newly sworn-in prime minister left for Islamabad. The PML-N's consultative session in Murree on Wednesday failed to finalise members of the Khaqani's cabinet, which led to the postponement of the oath-taking which had been scheduled for 5:30pm. During the session, it was decided that a meeting of the PML-N's central working committee would be called in the next few days to decide the party's internal matters. Sources said that Nawaz Sharif will likely be given a ceremonious title as the party's head since his present position of party president cannot continue owing to the Panama Papers case verdict. Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif addressing the media after appearing before the Panama case JIT in June. Photo: File Sources added that Shehbaz Sharif could be nominated as the party's president. Speaking outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Babar Awan asked why Nawaz Sharif continues to occupy the PML-N presidency. He said only a person who is eligible to be an MNA can head a party. Since the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz in the Panama Papers case, he no longer should be the party?s president, he contended.
  5. ISLAMABAD: A delegation of over two hundred young students from various educational institutions of Pakistan visited Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) on Tuesday as part of ongoing annual internship program by the Pakistan Army's Inter-Services Public Relations wing. According to a handout issued by the ISPR, students were given a tour highlighting the production potential of the defence industry. Chairman HIT, Lt Gen Naeem Ashraf also interacted with the students and highlighted contributions of HIT towards self-reliance in defence equipment. During the visit, students showed a keen interest and asked questions related to defence capabilities of Pakistan vis a vis existing and emerging security challenges, the ISPR statement concluded.
  6. <p>Start convincing your alcohol virgin friend to donate his liver because you won't be able to resist this beer if you have ever loved beer in any form.</p> <p> Whether you were the Beer Chug Champ during college days or simply a beer worshipper, the world's strongest beer takes a lot more than any Tom, Dick, and Harry's capacity. Snake venom, a beer true to its name was rightly declared the world's strongest beer in 2017. In 2013, Brewmeister decided to up their game by creating a beer with ABV(Alcohol By Volume) of 67.5 percent while the average beer is of 4.5 percent. This beer does not only outperform in the comparison to other beers but also crushes most hard liquors. One bottle of Snake Venom has the alcohol equivalent of 15 shots of hard liquor. A typical vodka is 40 percent ABV. Gin is 40 to 50 percent. Whiskeys aren't past 46 percent.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Snake Venom Is Declared The Worlds Strongest Beer" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/snake-venom-is-declared-the-worlds-strongest-beer1-1501572725.jpg" alt="Snake Venom Is Declared The Worlds Strongest Beer" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/snake-venom-is-declared-the-worlds-strongest-beer1-1501572725.jpg" />© Pexels</p> <p>Snake's Venom left Armageddon (with 65 percent ABV), now the world's second strongest beer behind in terms of not only the alcohol percentage it contains but also in the taste. Both of these beers belong to the same brands; Brewmeister. The consumers of Armageddon complained that it was gentler than their expectations and some had issues with the sweetness of the product. The Scottish brewery figured that they were definitely doing something wrong since they were the best (or worst, a matter of perception) in the field (quite literally) and still couldn't satisfy the customers. The remedy was simple, serve people Snake's venom, well not literally but close enough. It does not actually contain Snake's venom but the alleged taste seems equally scary, if not more.</p> <p>Since Brewmeister is a Scotland based brewery, it is available for order in most parts of England but sadly not in India. A single bottle goes for US$80 (excluding shipping). The beer comes with its own set of user instructions like the fact that you cannot consume more than 35 ml at once and the suggestion of diluting it like you would any really strong spirit. Seems only fair. The list doesn't end here, while ordering you cannot buy more than one at once. And what cracked us up was how this person's doubt was answered.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="nolazy" title="Snake Venom Is Declared The Worlds Strongest Beer" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/snake-venom-is-declared-the-worlds-strongest-beer2-1501572774.jpg" alt="Snake Venom Is Declared The Worlds Strongest Beer" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/snake-venom-is-declared-the-worlds-strongest-beer2-1501572774.jpg" /></p> <p>Always believe a man with experience is all we would suggest. It all boils down to this question, are you brave enough to try Snake's Venom and tag the biggest alcohol enticed friend in the comments to see if he is ready for the challenge.</p>
  7. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/1c3fc95c27c28552f45a139f82dc500c.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny8yNy8yMDE3IDU6MTE6NDAgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT01eEZrRUxVY2h0UXp2cU1TRUJvQjZRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] MULTAN: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken suo motu notice of the Multan panchayat rape case, Geo News reported on Thursday. The Supreme Court chief justice directed the Punjab inspector general of police to submit a report in this regard. Also on Thursday, police claimed to have arrested all the main accused in the case. A horrific incident took place in Multan?s Muzaffarabad locality when members of a panchayat (council of elders) ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment for a rape allegedly committed by her brother. According to local police, a man had complained to the panchayat that his 12-year-old sister had been raped by their cousin. The panchayat then ordered the complainant to rape the 16-year-old sister of the accused in revenge. "A jirga had ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment, as her brother had raped a 12-year-old," said Allah Baksh, a local police official, while talking to AFP. Police, upon hearing of the incident, arrested 10 members of the panchayat, including its head. Some of the accused behind bars. Photo: Geo News In the following days, police were able to nab all main accused, said to be around 20. Speaking to Geo News, SHO Muzaffarabad Malik Rashid said the First Information Report (FIR) for both cases had been registered at the women crisis centre. The SHO also questioned the authority of the panchayat for ?ordering such a crime?. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif also took notice of the incident and sought a report from the Multan city police officer (CPO). "When the first FIR was lodged and investigated we came to know that there was more to the case which was being hidden. When we investigated further and chased the accused during the last 2-3 days, the entire incident was unearthed," said the CPO. Panchayat's consist of local elders and are a traditional means of settling disputes in Pakistan's rural areas, where courts and lawyers are not always accessible or trusted. Additional input from AFP
  8. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jehangir Khan Tareen. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) takes up the disqualification petition against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jehangir Khan Tareen today for allegedly owning offshore companies in the name of his children, sharing gifts worth over Rs1.6 billion among family members, and involvement in insider trading in the shares of United Sugar Mills Limited in 2005. Tareen?s family members? hidden offshore companies were unearthed by The News on April 30, 2016. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with his sons and daughter exchanged gifts worth Rs544 million among themselves in four years, starting from 2011 as revealed before the Supreme Court. Tareen, as disclosed in his wealth statements from 2009-13, gifted Rs72.8 million to his son Ali Khan Tareen (tax year 2009) and the children gifted a sum of Rs45.6 million to their father. In 2010, Tareen?s children gifted Rs63.5 million to their father and his wife Amina Tareen gifted Rs7 million to her son Ali Tareen. In 2012, Tareen gifted Rs129.9 million, his wife gifted Rs27.9 million while their children gifted Rs153 million. In 2013, Tareen gifted Rs29.9 million while the children gifted Rs104.8 million. The petition alleges that the actual owner of the offshore companies owned by Tareen?s children is Tareen himself. However, The News reported last year that he had admitted to owning an offshore company registered in the name of his four children who own property in the UK and the offshore company linked with this property is managed through a trust. In response to a question about why his family owns offshore companies, Tareen said it was necessary for managing assets in the UK, as serious problems regarding inheritance of property could emerge in case of any untoward situation. Regarding exchange of gifts, Tareen said earlier this year that, ?I have one of the best records as a taxpayer and all my records regarding gifts to the family and vice versa are furnished in the tax statement. I have nothing to hide as I always do legal transactions. It?s a normal thing to transact such gifts under the Pakistani law. All these gifts are duly mentioned and explained in the tax records of mine as well as my children who run independent businesses.? ?Questions are being asked whether the Sharifs used these transactions to whiten their money from abroad. I just want to point out, and this question should be asked from the Sharifs that why don?t they pay dividends to shareholders in the case of the two sugar mills, Chaudhry and Ramzan Sugar mills? That is just to conceal profits. While I pay all the dividends to shareholders of my mills, JDW,? he added.
  9. Cosplayers prepare for a cosplay event at a mall in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin JAKARTA: After donning a blue Cinderella dress, Sind Yanti carefully arranges her pale yellow "hijab", or traditional headscarf, into folds that resemble hair. "Wearing a hijab should not be a barrier for anything. We are free to be creative," said the 24-year-old Indonesian designer after posting selfies of her latest "cosplay" outfit. She is among a growing number of young Muslim women in Southeast Asia who are taking part in "hijab" costume play, finding creative ways to incorporate the head covering into colourful fantasy costumes. Yanti's fashions are inspired by Disney and Japanese anime characters, with artful hijab designs that resemble wigs or hoods. She can express herself while preserving the Islamic requirement of modest dress for women, Yanti said. Her made-to-order designs cost between 250,000 rupiah ($18.79) and 500,000 rupiah each. The fashion play is also popular in neighbouring Muslim-majority Malaysia, where young people dressed as superheroes, warriors, and princesses flocked to a cosplay show in Kuala Lumpur, the capital. Among them was 20-year-old film student Nursyamimi Minhalia, who wore a black hijab cut to form a fringe with two buns on either side. She did not include the hijab when she began cosplaying in 2012 but was later inspired by others wearing the headscarf. "It's quite challenging. Usually, I pick a character that covers most of my body, so it's easier for me to wear it in the 'Muslimah' style," Minhalia said, employing the Arabic term for Muslim women. Costumed roleplay, which can feature revealing outfits and elaborate hair styles, has long been part of the fan culture linked to anime and comics. Hijab cosplay is a new phenomenon that appears to be growing in appeal among the wider Muslim community. Sharifah Maznah Syed Mohd, 48, whose son is an avid cosplayer, said the role-playing hobby was acceptable as long as participants stuck within religious boundaries. Yanti says hijab cosplay has helped her stay true to her faith even while enjoying the cosplay experience. "If I took off my hijab just because of cosplay, I'd feel sorry for myself," she added. "It would feel like there is a conflict inside my heart."
  10. For the past couple of days, two people have been making headlines because of promotional posters released by Yash Raj Films. For those who couldn't figure it out yet, we are talking about the newcomers Anya Singh and Aadar Jain, who are all set to floor us with their upcoming movie ‘Qaidi Band'. Aadar Jain is Ranbir Kapoor's cousin andRaj Kapoor's grandson. The movie's much-awaited trailer was finally released today and in all honesty, the trailer gave away the whole gist of the film and did not intrigue us at all. © Yash Raj Films The trailer starts with a scene of jail inmates fighting and placing bets and doing all sorts of random things to make money. The plot then gradually shifts to the under-trials forming an orchestra band to perform on Independence Day. The under-trials soon put their hopes of freedom on music and start giving their best, but right when they are about to be released, something unexpected happens. While, at some places it looks like a combination of Ranbir Kapoor's ‘Rockstar' and Farhan Akhtar's ‘Rock On', there is another movie that is based on similar lines. The movie is ‘Lucknow Central' and talks about a jail inmate who forms his band inside the jail. It stars Farhan Akhtar, Diana Penty, Gippy Grewal, Ronit Roy and Deepak Dobriyal among others. Check out the trailer here. The concept is interesting and different from what YRF usually delivers, but the trailer did not impress us at all. Further, the lead pair failed to stand out, although some of their dialogues were really amazing. It is written and directed by Habib Faisal and produced by Aditya Chopra. Whether this movie manages to leave an impact on the audience will be known on August 25, when it hits theatres.
  11. US pop superstar Madonna on Tuesday took her four adopted Malawian children back to their home country for the opening of a paediatric hospital wing that her charity has built. Standing alongside President Peter Mutharika, she unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of the 50-bed facility in Malawi's second city of Blantyre. The Mercy James Institute of Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care -- named after one of her children -- has taken two years to build and includes three specialist operating theatres. It is the first health unit for children in the southern African nation, and will double the capacity for paediatric care at the Queen Elizabeth hospital. Earlier this year Madonna, 58, adopted twin girls from an orphanage in Malawi, where she has been a regular visitor for several years. Twins Estere and Stella, four years old, joined her other Malawian children, Mercy James and David Banda, both aged 11. "I am a freedom fighter and a feminist with a rebel heart... so I would not accept the word 'no'," a smiling Madonna told a crowd of well-wishers as she described the challenges of adopting the children. "I never gave up or backed down. I fought for Mercy and won," she said, adding the hospital was built because "children should never die of terrible diseases we can easily cure." Madonna, who set up her "Raising Malawi" charity in 2006, joined in with local dancers to celebrate the opening after a one-hour tour of the hospital, which was decorated with national flags and bunting. The wards have been designed with murals including images of Nelson Mandela and archbishop Desmond Tutu, while US actor Leonardo DiCaprio was listed on a wall as a major benefactor. Mutharika cut a blue ceremonial ribbon, and held it up to the cheering crowd. Mercy James gave a short speech saying it was "a great honour that the centre will save many lives," while David Banda joined a performance by an orphans' acrobatic dance group. 'A chance of survival' Madonna has not always been welcomed with open arms in Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, where some activists accuse her of using her wealth to short-cut the adoption process. In 2013, she was stripped of her official VIP status by then president Joyce Banda's government, which accused her of being "uncouth" and expecting gratitude for her adoptions. President Mutharika has since moved to repair the relationship. On Tuesday he praised Madonna for building "the first and best child care centre" in Malawi and described her as a "symbol of motherly spirit." The singer, who divorced film director Guy Ritchie in 2008, now has six children after adopting her twins. Court documents detailed how the twins were taken in by an orphanage supported by Madonna's charity. Their mother died soon after childbirth, their father left to marry another woman, and their grandmother struggled to look after several children. "Malawi needs such kind-hearted people to prosper," Malita Ndau, a 20-year-old woman selling doughnuts in Blantyre, told AFP. "Malawian children will now have a chance of survival because of this hospital." But some Malawians said the hospital highlighted the country's failures. Malawi should "be ashamed for begging from her to build this facility because we have failed to tame corruption," said Mumbo Phiri, who sells second-hand clothes. The new hospital wing opened to patients last week and has already performed its first surgery.
  12. When it comes to editing pictures, Photoshop is the unchallenged ruler that can make or break any f**king image and turn it into an art piece or just a piece. However, cropping the images or making subtle changes here and there, does not really bring out the magic that Photoshop contains in it, hilarious memes do that. We are sure even the developers didn't anticipate that Photoshop will be put to such a good use. However, you need someone influential to fuel the virality of your meme. Earlier, eminent personalities like PM Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump acted as fodder; this time around it was French President Emmanuel Macron who became the latest target of the trolls. But, we aren't really complaining, we are actually loving the creativity of these people. Portrait officiel. pic.twitter.com/fAhSZJvPa5 — Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 29, 2017 On one hand where Macron confidently posed for his official portrait, Twitteratis were busy trolling the picture that literally had ‘crop me' written all over it! Here are some of the most brutal and hilarious tweets. We guess Jack loves France more than he loves Rose. Eh ben on commence en douceur ahah#PoseTonMacron pic.twitter.com/yycBfuf4D5 — Kiking (@LeMendibilien) June 29, 2017 We can do it boys, we can do it. #PoseTonMacron pic.twitter.com/A0oqnAqsZn — airwone17 (@airwone17) June 29, 2017 They actually make a cool pair. #PoseTonMacron @topito_com Macron In Black pic.twitter.com/ArV3rHBIaF — Max B (@MaxBook59) June 29, 2017 And we can never see Foosball in the same light again! pic.twitter.com/0lS6p99Gx1 — JuCarnon (@JuCarnon) June 29, 2017 France is way ahead of its time with their latest Fidget Spinner. Le macron spinner, pour calmer nos nerfs pendant la réforme du code du travail. pic.twitter.com/2yin9qZskz — Freud_is_alive (@Freud_is_alive) June 29, 2017 The Mat…Macrox Alors, pilule rouge ou pilule bleue? #PoseTonMacron@topito_com pic.twitter.com/Rogx0pgLAG — Dr. Twisto (@balloo67) June 29, 2017 Ugh, one Pina Colada please! Ivre, la photo officielle d'@EmmanuelMacron by night. (par @julibelluIe_) pic.twitter.com/X6ybr5zQsG — IvreVirgule (@IvreVirgule) June 29, 2017 All hail Captain French! Captain French ! pic.twitter.com/nuxD2kR59W — Thaiv (@Gregoire_bzh) June 29, 2017 Fitness goals anyone… .@topito_com on en est où ? #PortraitOfficiel pic.twitter.com/EefAUnR8RW — Ronan (@RonanTopito) June 29, 2017 And their Gold medal is confirmed now! On va pas à la salle, nous ? pic.twitter.com/UVMUXgApyx — Franck (@franckb22) June 29, 2017
  13. Without further ado, here's a fact: Ranbir Kapoor possibly does nothing wrong. He opts out of relationships when he realises its time, turns producer 'cause bank balance and takes style risks incessantly, because clearly...the kid knows his thang. Something tells me—it's the Kapoor in him we could blame. Our bugs recently spotted him, making rounds of an airport terminal and of course, in no ordinary attire (once again)... ©Viral Bhayani With separates thrown-on in a jiffy (hence, another last minute #OOTD)—Ranbir's recent airport look represented our mood this Saturday afternoon. I bet you're sitting with a slimmie amidst your fingers, and chanting the code of three-drags-and-pass. The T-shirt's a cult-basic, the layering is utilitarian and the denims are gracing thrones of distressed/ripped royalty. All in all, perfectly tossed. ©Viral Bhayani The shoes, however, have caught my fancy here. The platform adds elevation to his height, are supremely comfortable anyway, feature a lacing detailing, zip-ups to fasten but most importantly, they're f-ing Yeezys. We're now looking forward to his next big outing AKA yet another example of his daring decision-making process.
  14. Protestors rally in New York against President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries - AFP WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from six mainly Muslim countries went into effect late Thursday, after a Supreme Court decision allowed it to go forward following a five-month battle with rights groups. The Trump administration says the temporary ban is necessary to block terrorists from entering the country, but immigrant advocates charge that it illegally singles out Muslims. The 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and a 120-day ban on refugees, will allow exceptions for people with "close family relationships" in the United States. But activists said the government has defined that too narrowly, excluding relationships with grandparents and grandchildren, aunts and uncles and others. And many were concerned about a possibly chaotic rollout of enforcement of the ban, like that in January when it was first announced. Immigration rights activists and lawyers were waiting to help arrivals at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and other airports to be sure those from the six countries with valid US visas were allowed in after the ban went into effect at 8 pm Thursday Eastern time (0000 GMT Friday). The Department of Homeland Security, which was heavily criticized for mishandling many arrivals when the ban was first attempted in January, promised a smooth rollout this time. It stressed that anyone with a valid visa issued before the ban begins would still be admitted, and that all authorized refugees booked for travel before July 6 will also be allowed. "We expect business as usual at the ports of entry starting at 8 pm tonight," said a DHS official. "Our people are well prepared for this." The Trump administration insists the ban was necessary to protect the country from terror threats, and to give immigration authorities more time to tighten vetting of travelers and refugees. "As recent events have shown, we are living in a very dangerous time, and the US government needs every available tool to prevent terrorists from entering the country and committing acts of bloodshed and violence," a senior administration official told reporters Thursday. Trump claims political victory But implementing it, even with exceptions, was also claimed as a political victory by Trump, after federal appeals courts twice blocked his order saying it violated constitutional protections of religion and overshot his own presidential powers. Immigrant rights groups and Democrats in Congress continued to label Trump's order "illegal" and said the exemptions provided in a Supreme Court ruling on Monday remained unfair. According to guidelines issued by the State Department, people with "close family relationships" would be exempt from the ban. It defined that to include parents, spouses, children, sons- and daughters-in-law, siblings and step- and half-siblings. But "close family" does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, fiances and any other "extended" family members, the guidelines say. People with formal relationships with a US entity -- who have for instance been offered a job or been accepted to study or lecture at a university -- will also qualify for visas during the ban. But a hotel reservation, even if already paid for, does not qualify. Even as travel officials across the US were making final preparations for putting the ban into place, opponents were preparing new legal maneuvers. Late Thursday, Hawaii asked federal district Judge Derrick Watson to clarify the scope of the travel and refugee bans in the Pacific island state -- and who, specifically, the ban refers to when stating that only an immigrant´s close family members can travel to the US. "In Hawaii, 'close family' includes many of the people that the federal government decided on its own to exclude from that definition. Unfortunately, this severely limited definition may be in violation of the Supreme Court ruling," Attorney General Douglas Chin, said in a statement. 'Redefining family' Democratic legislator Bennie Thompson blasted the government for a "lack of preparation and transparency" in putting the ban into place. "Just hours before the president´s unconstitutional and misguided travel ban takes partial effect tonight, administration officials briefing Congress were unwilling or unable to provide meaningful answers about how they determined whom the ban would affect," said Thompson, the senior Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee. Rama Issa, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, said the government is redefining what a family is. "I was raised by my grandparents, so the idea of grandparents not being part of a family is very foreign to me," she said at Kennedy International, preparing to help arrivals after the ban takes effect. "I'm engaged to get married. I have family who lives in Syria today -- not only my father, but my aunts and uncles who I would love to be at this wedding, and unfortunately are not going to be able to be here."
  15. Dasti has said he was being tortured in the jail. -Geo News Chief justice of Lahore High Court has taken notice of alleged torture of MNA Jamshed Dasti?s in jail on Thursday. The LHC chief justice has demanded a report on the matter from the sessions judge Sarghoda and the anti-terrorism court. The judges will send their report after visiting the jail on June 30. Dasti has said he was being tortured in the jail where he was imprisoned for forcefully opening a canal gate. He had also requested for protection. Taking action on Dasti`s claim, Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has constituted a medical board to check the veracity of his claims. The MNA was put behind bars by the Punjab police for forcibly opening a canal gate in Muzaffargarh on May 28, following which the irrigation department lodged a case against him.
  16. DUBAI: The ruler of Dubai has taken to verse to urge Qatar to concede to the demands of Saudi Arabia and its allies for an end to a crippling embargo. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, who is also vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, is the latest in a long line of world leaders to turn to poetry to convey their message. In the poem, posted on Instagram late on Wednesday, Sheikh Mohammed urged Qatar to abandon its independent foreign policy and return to the Gulf fold. "Of one origin, people, existence/one flesh and blood, one land and faith," he wrote. "Yet Qatar turns to the nearby stranger, to the weak," he added, alluding to Doha's refusal to join the Riyadh-led boycott of Tehran. "Now is the time to unite, one heart/to protect one another beyond hate." The poem garnered more than 80,000 likes overnight. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and its allies Egypt and Bahrain severed all ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of support for extremist groups -- a claim Doha denies. They closed their airspace to Qatari carriers and blocked the emirate's only land border, a vital route for its food imports. They also ordered all Qataris to leave and their own nationals to return home. Last week, Riyadh laid down a list of 13 "non-negotiable" demands for Doha, including ending its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate. The UAE ambassador to Russia Omar Ghobash warned in comments published by Britain's Guardian newspaper on Tuesday that Qatar could face further sanctions if it failed to meet the demands. Sheikh Mohammed is by no means the first world leader to turn to poetry. Former US president Jimmy Carter is a published poet. Barack Obama dabbled in poetry in the 1980s and his successor Donald Trump is now the unintentional author of a compilation of tweets and quotes entitled "Bard of the Deal: The poetry of Donald Trump". Bosnian Serb psychiatrist-turned-politician Radovan Karadzic, sentenced to 40 years in jail by a UN court last year for his part in the 1995 genocide of Muslims in the town of Srebrenica, also fancied himself as a poet, releasing a collection of poetry and a novel, "Miraculous Chronicles of the Night".
  17. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Photo: AFP ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has taken serious notice of a social media campaign to fan sectarianism in the country. The minister directed the cybercrime wing of the Federal Investigation Agency to trace the elements behind this ?malicious? campaign and take strict action against them. He said the country is facing multiple challenges at this time and there is dire need of national unity and harmony. Nisar appealed to religious leaders of all sects to play their due role for inter-sect harmony and raise their voice against elements promoting sectarianism through their nefarious designs. He also contacted the religious affairs minister to prepare a strategy in consultation with religious leaders of all sects. In a press release on Wednesday, the army said enemies of Pakistan, hostile intelligence agencies and anti-state elements are deliberately trying to create ethnic and sectarian divide through recent terrorist attacks. The army statement, released by the Inter-Services Public Relations, further said that ?our enemy is now trying to target and fragment us along sectarian, ethnic lines which merits a unified national response?. The statement by the military?s media wing comes after a spate of attacks in Quetta and Parachinar claiming more than 70 lives and leaving scores injured. The attacks, all on June 23, shook the country after it had witnessed a period of relative calm. Enemies trying to create ethnic, sectarian divide through recent attacks: ISPR COAS meets clerics of all sects for their involvement in defeating 'ongoing sinister campaign' ?The ongoing malicious campaign of enemies of Pakistan which is also being spread on social media is highly regrettable and we all need to be cognizant of it,? added the statement. ?For us every Shaheed/injured is equal regardless of sect/ethnicity and indeed is a great loss,? ISPR quoted Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa as saying. The army chief added that the religious rights of minorities are fully respected. COAS meets clerics from all sects Gen Bajwa has met clergy from all sects in the previous few days for their positive involvement in defeating this ?ongoing sinister campaign?, said ISPR. The statement further added that those responsible for the attacks in Parachinar will be brought to justice and the families of the victims will be compensated without any discrimination. ?Alhamdulillah, we have brought the security situation in country including FATA under control and shall not allow its regression under any cost,? said the army chief. Last month, the FIA launched a nation-wide crackdown on social media activists for allegedly indulging in 'anti-state' activities. Opposition parties, however, criticised the interior minister for targeting the government's opponents.
  18. Although Jackie Chan's movie ‘Kung Fu Yoga' with actor Sonu Sood failed to impress audiences, after watching the trailer of his upcoming movie, ‘The Foreigner', we can now say that he is finally back and how! Directed by ‘Casino Royale's' Martin Campbell and starring Pierce Brosnan as well, Chan will be playing one of the most badass characters he has ever played in his entire movie career. © STX Entertainment Set in the backdrop of London, this movie revolves around a businessman who goes to great lengths to find the terrorists behind the blast that took his daughter away from him. Fueled with cold revenge and a brutal vendetta after watching his daughter die, he sets out to unravel the real reason and the culprits who might be connected to a British government official, played by Brosnan. What happens when you push a good man into a corner, especially when that person has a long-buried past which is better left untouched; weaves the rest of the plot. When you have two of the biggest stars in one movie, it becomes difficult to give equal attention to both. But our James Bond and Martial Arts expert proved us wrong with their phenomenal performance and great chemistry (even when they are foes). The movie is slated to release on October 13. We can't wait!
  19. Bollywood Beauty Kangana Ranaut once again, opened up on nepotism while taking a dig at Karan Johar. The Queen actress who is quite famous for her blunt and bold style said that her much-talked about the debate with Karan Johar on nepotism did not affect her at all. During a recent interview with Anupam Kher, on his show, The Revolver Rani star said that she felt KJo's blog on nepotism was "more of a brainwash than being objective." "Honestly, the debate did not affect me at all. I am quite self-sufficient at this point of time in my life as I have also launched my own production house. I want to propagate my story and there should be nothing wrong about it. When Karan Johar posted a blog on nepotism, I felt it was more of a brainwash than being objective," she said. In one of the episodes of the last season of 'Koffee with Karan,' Kangana accused the filmmaker of favouring star kids. Karan Johar who at that moment took it sportingly on the show, later confessed that he was offended by Kangana's remark. As a result, a blog 'In Defence Of My Nepotism,' was published. Karan Johar also tweeted, "Dear Nepotism...can you pave the way for skepticism and cynicism....both these words also want to be famous!!!!" Kangana, during the interview, said that the 'privileged' star kids effortlessly get audience and critics from the very beginning of their career, whereas, it takes a lifetime for an outsider to reach that starting point. Kangana said, "Do these Bollywood kids know that it takes almost 10 years to build an audience and to get a critic. These star kids already start from a point where they have everything and they are not aware of the fact that for an outsider, it can take his entire lifetime to reach the starting point." "I got one critic after struggling for 10 years and no one cared whether I was alive or dead prior to me becoming a star. One has to earn their critics, so you are privileged, let me put this way and yes, it is not your fault. But at the same time, it is a democracy and we cannot let the society be segregated in this extreme manner and we have to make sure everyone is given the equal opportunities." she added.
  20. Along with the Pakistan team trending and emerging as the surprise winners, Shoaib Akhtar is also taking social media by the storm. Before you jump to conclusions and wonder if he is back to balling , then the answer is ‘no’. A new video of Shoaib explaining how he is so energetic is going viral on the internet. © Twitter He is not sharing any health tips in there but is looking different from what he usually does. The reason why the clip is going viral is because he is loaded with makeup. Yes, celebrities do wear makeup to look fine on camera and while there is a thin line in being hideous and scary, Shoaib turned to the other side as he flaunts a dark shade of lipstick and even eyeshadow. © YouTube Needless to say, the world is confused. Seems like his own Rawalpindi express of life has walked past his sanity.
  21. KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples? Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday expressed complete satisfaction on the performance of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and his entire team while lambasting PTI over its performance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Speaking to the media after inaugurating a fly-over in Malir the PPP chairman lauded the progress in Sindh including Karachi under his party?s government. He highlighted that sanitation work was improving and multiple roads were being built. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari added that if progress continued at the same pace, his party would surely secure its share in Karachi in the next elections. Taking a swipe at the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Bilawal said that they are complaining that they have been held accountable during his mother Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto?s tenure and during the rule of Pervez Musharraf. The PPP leader said that every time the PML-N was held accountable during PPP rule they colluded with the establishment to remove the PPP government. He asked what accountability the PML-N leadership faced during the Musharraf years, highlighting that they had signed a document and fled the country. Training his sights on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Bilawal Bhutto said he met with the young doctors who informed him that PTI is destroying the health services setup in the province. Taking a jab at the PTI Chairman Imran Khan, who is quite active and has a massive following on social media, Bilawal said the change Khan had promised is limited only to Twitter.
  22. Pakistan-origin British MP Nusrat Munir ul Ghani - popularly known as Nus Ghani - who recently retained her constituency in the general elections - surprised many by taking her oath in Urdu. ?Oath proudly taken in both English and Urdu to honour my mum,? she wrote on Twitter. The Conservative Party MP retained her Wealden constituency securing 61.2 per cent of the total votes. She won the seat with a majority of over 24, 000 votes. Ghani is one of the twelve British-Pakistanis who won the June 8 snap general elections. ?I?m so proud of @Nus_Ghani a great patriot and great MP. Our country has room for all languages, they enrich us and help us know our world,? Tonbridge MP Tom Tugendhat wrote on Twitter. Ghani came into the media's focus after she proposed a legislation to ban the term ?honour killing? in official publications as it was being used by abusers as ?pathetic self-justification? for their violence. Speaking in the House of Commons she said ?Language matters,? adding, ?the use of the term ?honour? to describe a violent criminal act ? sometimes committed against a man, but more often against a woman ? can be explained only as a means of self-justification for the perpetrator. It diminishes the victim and provides a convenient excuse for what in our society we should accurately and simply call murder, rape, abuse or enslavement,? she was quoted by BBC.
  23. oga instructor Meridith Lana teaching her students during a "Goat Yoga" class organised by Lavenderwood Farm in Thousand Oaks, California. PHOTO: AFP LOS ANGELES: Adonna Ebrahimi is stretched out on her yoga mat, struggling to maintain a cobra pose -- and her composure -- as a couple of baby goats do a balancing act on her back. Welcome to "Goat Yoga," the latest fitness craze sweeping the United States, where young and old are lining up for the popular classes that leave participants not only saying "namaste" but also in stitches. The new workouts taking place on farms across the country involve Nigerian Dwarf goats -- miniature goats of West African origin -- roaming about as yogis practice their exercise routines. "At first, it was a bit scary because I didn´t know the goats were going to jump on my back," Ebrahimi, 53, said on a recent afternoon after completing her first "Goat Yoga" class outside Los Angeles. "But then they were there and you felt the warmth of the animal and you´re on the straw, in the sun, with the trees and the blue skies around you, and it just felt so calming and peaceful." Some 20 people and 15 goats -- 11 kids and four moms -- took part in the class that was organised outdoors in a pen covered with straw. As yoga instructor Meridith Lana encouraged participants to "exhale," "pull your navel to your spine" or "watch your posture," the sound of bleating reverberated in the background, the nimble animals skipping about, jumping on people´s backs, munching on their hair or a beard and licking their faces. A few also answered the call of nature. Priceless therapy "They´re adorable and they´re friendly," said Lana after the class. "They do eat your hair, they do leave you presents on your mat but it´s all in fun. "The therapy you get here is priceless." Danette McReynolds, whose family owns the goats, said she decided to host the classes to raise money for her 16-year-old daughter and a friend who are planning to showcase the animals at a farm show in Wisconsin this summer. "We didn´t know how it was going to go but it´s taken off, we´re booked solid," she said. "People love it. They decompress, they cuddle the goats and relax." Lana said interacting with the goats is an experience similar to playing with a pet, which has clinically been proven to relieve stress and improve well-being. "The happiness the goats bring is great," she said. "All animals are therapeutic but there is something about these goats that is just incredible. "You can be in a child´s pose position and the next thing you know, you don´t want to get up because there is a goat on your back. "If there´s anything these goats allow you to be it?s conscious." Several of her students said while the goats did admittedly get in the way of the yoga stretches and poses, they were a welcome distraction that had everyone giggling and vowing to come back for more. "It was a pure release of tension, a pure release of frustration," said Judy Waters, who attended a class with her husband and several other friends, one of whom was celebrating her birthday. "You can´t really be upset when you´re around a bunch of baby goats climbing around and being silly." There was also one added bonus, she said. "I didn´t think about the administration in Washington once during this entire hour," Waters chuckled. "I would love to do this every week if I could."
  24. It’s official. 'Assassin’s Creed' is back and its official trailer was released at E3 last night where Ubisoft showed how the game has re-invented itself. The game has a new combat system and is a true open world RPG when compared to previous iterations. Your character is Bayek, who is basically an Egyptian police officer who is tasked with protecting the people of Egypt from local and foreign threats. The game is a origin story of how the Brotherhood was formed and the story is a far cry from what we are accustomed to from 'Assassin Creed' games. The game is no longer an action game as it embraces the RPG model to take the franchise further. © Ubisoft The game puts a heavy emphasis on exploration and you also need to craft your weapons and armour in order to progress in the story.The game is heavily populated with NPCs and animals that bring Ancient Egypt to life. Being an open world game, it has a series of side quests for players to complete in any order. The game has a brand new skill tree that unlocks key abilities and improve combat as you upgrade your character. There are three categories where you can upgrade skills i.e. warrior, rogue and archer. These skills can be customised and can be used in various combinations much like in a true RPG such as 'Fallout'. © Ubisoft The combat system has also changed where you will need to plan your movements and time your counters in order to defeat your enemies. This time around 'Origins' has actual boss fights where you an use the environment to your advantage to inflict major damage. 'Assassin’s Creed: Origins' will launch on October 27 and will also support 4K gaming on the Xbox One X. We can be assured that more gameplay and story trailers will be revealed closer to the launch date. You can watch the full reveal trailer below: For more news on 'Assassin’s Creed: Origins', make sure you keep a look out for more features in the Technology section of MensXP.com
  25. US President Donald Trump took sides in a deep rift in the Arab world on Tuesday, praising Middle East countries' actions against American ally Qatar over Islamist militants even though the tiny Gulf state hosts the largest US air base in the region. Trump wrote on Twitter that his recent trip to the Middle East was "already paying off" and cast an anti-Islamist speech he made in Saudi Arabia as the inspiration for a decision by Arab powers to sever ties with Qatar in protest at what they say is the Gulf nation's support for terrorism. "So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" Trump wrote on Twitter. Qatar vehemently denies the accusations. Trump later spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman and stressed the need for Gulf unity, a senior White House official said. "His (Trump's) message was that we need unity in the region to fight extremist ideology and terrorist financing. It's important that the Gulf be united for peace and security in the region," the senior official told Reuters. US officials were blindsided by Saudi Arabia's decision to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar in a coordinated move with Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), current and former officials in Washington told Reuters. The United States was not informed of the decision until just before it was announced, the State Department said. Even as Trump applauded the Arab countries' move, the Pentagon on Tuesday renewed praise of Qatar for hosting US forces and its "enduring commitment to regional security." Some 8,000 US military personnel are stationed at al Udeid in Qatar, the largest US air base in the Middle East and a staging ground for US-led strikes on the Islamic State militant group that has seized parts of Syria and Iraq. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke on Tuesday by phone with his Qatari counterpart, a Pentagon spokesman said, without disclosing the details of their discussion. Trump's tweet appeared at odds with comments from US officials who had said on Monday that the United States would quietly try to calm the waters between Saudi Arabia and Qatar because Qatar is too important to US military and diplomatic interests to be isolated. Qatar has for years parlayed its enormous gas wealth and media strength into broad influence in the region. But Gulf Arab neighbours and Egypt have long been irked by its maverick stances and support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which they regard as a political enemy. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday that Qatar needed to take several steps, including ending its support of Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, to restore ties with other key Arab states, which also cut transport links. "We've decided to take steps to make clear that enough is enough," Adel Al-Jubeir told journalists in Paris. He said the "fairly large cost" on Qatar's economy would convince it to change its policies. The campaign to isolate Qatar disrupted trade in commodities from crude oil to metals and food, and deepened fears of a possible shock to the global natural gas market, where it is a major player. Qataris crowded into supermarkets to stock up on goods, fearing shortages. Maersk, the world's biggest container shipping line, said it was unable to transport goods in or out of Qatar because it could not take them through the UAE port of Jebel Ali. Jordan joined the pressure on Qatar, downgrading its diplomatic representation and revoking the license of Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera. Mediation and consequences White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the United States is communicating with all the parties in the Middle East "to resolve issues and restore cooperation" over the Qatar dispute. "The US still wants to see this issue de-escalated and resolved immediately, in keeping with the principles that the president laid out in terms of defeating terror financing and extremism." Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah flew to Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi and Kuwaiti state media reported, but gave no details on the discussions. Russian President Vladimir Putin told Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in a phone call that crisis situations should be solved by political and diplomatic means, "in dialogue", the Kremlin said. The rift has affected global oil prices, hit travel plans and sown confusion among businesses. Saudi Arabia's central bank advised banks in the kingdom not to trade with Qatari banks in Qatari riyals, banking sources said. Oil prices fell on concern that the rift would undermine efforts by OPEC to tighten output. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV that Qatar would not retaliate, hoping Kuwait would help resolve the dispute. "We are willing to sit and talk," he told CNN later, and said his country was "protecting the world from potential terrorists". A Qatari official said the rift was pushing Doha in the direction of leaving the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council, "with deep regret". The split among the Sunni Muslim states erupted last month after the summit of Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, where Trump denounced Shi'ite Muslim Iran's "destabilising interventions" in Arab lands, where Tehran is locked in a tussle with Riyadh for influence. Bans on Doha's fleet using regional ports and anchorages threatened to halt some of its exports and disrupt those of liquefied natural gas. Traders on global markets worried that Riyadh's allies would refuse to accept LNG shipments from the Gulf state, and that Egypt might even bar tankers carrying Qatari cargoes from using the Suez Canal as they head to Europe and beyond. Saudi Arabia's aviation authority revoked the license of Qatar Airways and ordered its offices to be closed within 48 hours. Qatar's stock market slid to its lowest close since January 2016 and the Qatari riyal came under pressure. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said isolating Qatar, including the use of sanctions, would not resolve any problems. The Muslim Brotherhood has close ties with Turkey's ruling AK Party, which Erdogan co-founded. Late on Tuesday, the West African country of Mauritania, a member of the Arab League, severed ties with Qatar over allegations it "supports terrorists", the state news agency reported. "The state of Qatar has linked its policies ... in support of terrorist organisations and the propagation of extremist ideas", said the statement from the ministry of foreign affairs published in Arabic by the Mauritanian Information Agency. "This has resulted in heavy losses to human life in these Arab countries, in Europe and throughout the world".