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The 'Sharknado' phenomenon: making America bait again

A still from Sharknado 3, which is the most-watched repeat of an original movie in the SyFy channel´s history. Photo: Sharknado  SAN DIEGO: With its airborne sharks, over-the-top gore and endless cheesy cameos from fading stars it ought to have flopped -- but the viral Sharknado franchise shows no signs of losing its bite. A fifth film in five years, Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, is due for release on August 6, building on social media buzz that has turned the series into one of the most popula

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Asian shares slip as risk appetite ebbs, dollar sulks

Women, dressed in ceremonial kimonos stand in front of an electronic board at the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: REUTERS/file SINGAPORE: Asian stocks slipped on Monday as demand for riskier assets ebbed after their recent strong gains, while the European Central Bank's apparent equanimity at the euro's two-year highs left the dollar languishing. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent. Japan's Nikkei dropped 0.9 percent, pressured by

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Car bomb in Afghan capital kills at least 12: Kabul officials

Acting interior ministry spokesman said at least 12 people had been killed but the casualty toll could rise further. Photo: Twitter/HafizullahOmarl KABUL: A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 10, and the death toll could rise, an Interior Ministry spokesman in the Afghan capital said. Police cordoned off the area, located near the house of the deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq but they said the t

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Five killed in Mexico City shootings

MEXICO CITY: Five people were killed and nearly a dozen injured in separate shootings in Mexico City on Sunday, authorities said, adding to a growing death toll in the capital which has largely been spared the criminal violence plaguing the country. Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot four people in a bar in the gritty Llano Redondo neighbourhood on the city's southwestern fringe early on Sunday morning, according to the local attorney general's office. A woman of 23, and two men aged 23 and 38 di

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Beijing police in search after man stabs 5, ploughs 9 with van

SHANGHAI: Beijing police are hunting for a man suspected of stabbing five people and then ploughing into a group of nine others with a van, killing one and injuring eight, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The attack took place mid-afternoon on Sunday in the suburban district of Miyun in Beijing's northwestern outskirts. The suspect attacked the group of five people with scissors and then fled in a van, police said. Xinhua said late on Sunday the injured were being treated in hospital,

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China cashing out as mobile payment soars

Yang Qianqian holds out her smartphone to scan a barcode on the mobile of a vendor selling fresh fruit and vegetables at a bustling outdoor market in Beijing. The dance student is part of an explosion in the use of mobile payment platforms in China as consumers increasingly take out phones instead of cash to pay for everything from a coffee to a language class or a gas bill. "Even though I have cash on me it's not convenient to get it when I am carrying a lot of bags," said Yang, 25, clutching

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Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning on July 21 shows a part of the pedestal wall inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima nuclear power plant Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotte

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Hottest day ever in Shanghai as heat wave bakes China

Shanghai sweltered under a new record high of 40.9 degrees Centigrade (105 F) on Friday, authorities said as they issued a weather "red alert" over a stubborn heat wave that has plagued much of the country. Hospitals in the city have reported increased numbers of patients suffering from heat-related illnesses, according to state media, and the Shanghai zoo said it was putting large blocks of ice into some animal enclosures to help them beat the heat, while providing frozen apples to its pandas.

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Manchester United edges Real Madrid on penalty kicks

Anthony Martial offered Jose Mourinho a timely reminder of his attacking prowess Sunday despite missing from the spot in Manchester United's penalty shootout victory over Real Madrid. After a hugely impressive debut campaign at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, Martial struggled to consistently produce the goods under Mourinho last season -- prompting speculation throughout the summer that the French international could depart. But a stunning individual run saw Martial lay-on Jesse Lingard's

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Sri Lanka navy rescues two elephants washed out to sea

Two young elephants washed out to sea were saved from drowning Sunday by the Sri Lankan navy in the second such incident off the island in as many weeks. The navy said the pair of wild elephants were brought ashore after a "mammoth effort" involving navy divers, ropes and a flotilla of boats to tow them back to shallow waters. Photos showed the elephants in distress, barely keeping their trunks above water in the deep seas about one kilometre off the coast of Sri Lanka. "Having safely guided

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'Dunkirk' captures North American box office

Big-budget World War II epic "Dunkirk" stormed to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend on the strength of stellar reviews and a sterling big screen debut by pop star Harry Styles, industry estimates showed Sunday. The film directed by Briton Christopher Nolan -- which took in an estimated $50.5 million in the United States and Canada, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations -- has been hailed by many critics as a masterpiece. It stars One Direction singer

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First Hajj flight carrying 328 pilgrims sets off from Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The first Hajj flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 328 pilgrims took off from Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad en route to Madina, in the wee hours of Monday. According to sources, Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf was present at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad to see off the 328 intending pilgrims who would perform Hajj under the government scheme. Sardar Muhammad Yousaf was also present on t

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White House says open to legislation toughening Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON: The White House said on Sunday it was open to legislation toughening sanctions on Russia as momentum increased in the US Congress for stronger action against Moscow. Two US senators said they believe the legislation that allows for new sanctions against Russia would pass with enough votes to override a veto should US President Donald Trump decide not to sign the bill. Republicans and Democrats reached agreement allowing new sanctions targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea in a bill

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Venezuela congress going ahead despite 'imperial' threat: Maduro

CARACAS: Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that an election would go ahead next weekend for a controversial new congress his foes fear will institutionalise dictatorship. "The imperial right wing believes it can give orders to Venezuela, the only ones who give orders here are the people," Maduro said in reference to a threat from U.S. President Donald Trump to impose economic sanctions if the vote is not aborted. "This time next week

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Blink-182 calls off shows after Linkin Park's Chester suicide

Rockers Blink-182 on Saturday called off stadium shows they had planned with Linkin Park whose singer Chester Bennington hanged himself. The bands, two of the top-selling rock acts at the turn of the century, had been set to team up for "Blinkin Park" concerts at New York's Citi Field baseball stadium Friday and two days later at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. A day after Linkin Park scrapped its tour in light of its frontman's suicide, Blink-182 said it would not go ahead on its own and that t

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Eight found dead in Texas truck, human traffickers blamed

SAN ANTONIO: Eight people were found dead on Sunday inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of "ruthless" human traffickers. Another 30 people, many in critical condition and suffering from heat stoke and exhaustion, were also in the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Temperatures outside the vehicle topped 37.8 Celsius. The truck's driver was

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Ben Affleck denies being dropped as Batman

SAN DIEGO: Ben Affleck dismissed speculation that he is being dropped as Batman during a Warner Bros. presentation Saturday that introduced the "Justice League" and announced a sequel to summer smash hit "Wonder Woman." Rumours have been swirling in the US entertainment press that the studio was casting around for a replacement for 44-year-old Affleck to lead a standalone Batman franchise. "Let me be very clear -- I am the luckiest guy in the world," Affleck told a crowd of 6,000 cheering fa

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Erdogan kicks off Gulf crisis diplomacy with Saudi visit

King Salman and Erdogan discussed "efforts to combat terrorism and its sources of funding DUBAI: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Saudi Arabia and met King Salman on Sunday, Saudi state news agency SPA reported, his first stop on a Gulf diplomatic tour aimed at healing an Arab rift with Ankara's ally Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties and imposed sanctions on Qatar last month, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Doha denies the charges. The bo

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AD Khawaja writes letter to CM Sindh, decries measures belittling authority

KARACHI: Inspector General of Police Sindh AD Khawaja wrote a letter to Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah on Sunday, stating that certain measures are becoming a hurdle in his administrative control. The IG Sindh in his letter said that the Home Department and Services, General Administration and Coordination Department have been granting leaves to employees without his knowledge. He also said that the home minister Sindh has also unnecessarily summoned several employees. AD Khawaja said th

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As US weighs Afghan strategy, hopes set on fledgling Air Force

U.S. and Afghan air crew prepare for a flight at the Kabul military airport in Kabul, Afghanistan July 9, 2017-Reuters KABUL: As the US administration prepares its new strategy for Afghanistan, the Kabul government and its Western allies are working hard to develop an air force that gives government forces the advantage in their war against Taliban militants. The level of equipment, training and assets falls far short of matching the air assets the Americans still maintain in Afghanistan, but b

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Train drivers withdraw strike call

LAHORE: The Train Drivers' Association has withdrawn its call for strike after they were assured by the authorities of increase in salaries and perks, and release of arrested fellows. The call for strike had cast doubts on schedule of trains across the country, after passengers suffered on Saturday in the wake of protest by train drivers. On Saturday night, several engine drivers of Pakistan Railways stopped their trains at Rohri Station, causing distress and inconvenience to passengers. The

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Shah sees Imran in trouble in case of PM?s disqualification

Khursheed Shah addressing media in Sukkur SUKKUR: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said on Saturday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s disqualification would have repercussions for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan too. ?Imran would definitely be out if the prime minister is disqualified,? Shah claimed. Speaking to media here, the opposition leader said he has advised the prime minister to step down as his ouster would be inevitable after the Supreme Court v

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Journalists' protest mars PML-N press conference

Journalists protests at PML-N press conference ISLAMABAD: The press conference of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders was marred by journalists protesting against the manhandling of two journalists at the PIMS hospital in Islamabad. Journalists resorted to protesting and chanting slogans against manhandling of two journalists at the PIMS hospital allegedly by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for reportedly taking pictures and making videos of Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakis

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Pakistan win silver medal in Asian Cadet Wrestling Championship

Pakistani wrestler Inayat Ullah on Sunday won the silver medal in Asian Cadet Wrestling Championship being held in Thailand. Inayat won his first fight against wrestlers from Tajikistan, Iran and Mangolia. He lost his final fight against a Kazakhstani wrestler.  With Inayat`s performance in the tournament, Pakistan will be receiving a silver media after a span of28 years. Inayat Ullah was the only wrestler representing Pakistan in the tournament.

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Army clears terrorist strongholds in Rajgal valley: ISPR

Photo: File Security forces have cleared two terrorist strongholds in Rajgal valley, Khyber Agency as army aviation and the artillery target hideouts as part of Operation Khyber 4, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said on Sunday. First phase of Operation Khyber-4 successfully completed: ISPR Valley associated with Brekh Top is now being cleared, says ISPR The forces have also secured the Spinkai top dominating Saprai pass as well as Star Kille. The statement

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