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  1. Bayern severed ties with Kovac on Sunday night after winning just three of their last six games. Photo: AFPBayern Munich are looking for a new head coach after Niko Kovac was sacked in the wake of their 5-1 drubbing at Eintracht Frankfurt ? their...
  2. On Monday, the truck?s driver Maurice Robinson appeared in court accused of manslaughter and money laundering ? File photoLONDON: British police said on Tuesday they were hunting for two brothers from Northern Ireland over the deaths of 39...
  3. Tencent Games recently pushed an update for PUBG Mobile, which introduced zombies in the game as a part of their limited time event. It's a result of a collaboration between 'Resident Evil 2' and Tencent, and it's quite intense. You might want to check out some tips and tricks to survive the zombie attack. If the YouTube creator MrGhost Gaming is to be believed, then it looks like we'll be getting a new zombie mode where the players themselves might get to become zombies. © PUBG Corporation Yes, you read that right. PUBG Mobile could soon be getting an update following which you'll be able to play as a zombie and hunt down other normal players. There's no official word from PUBG Corp. or Tencent as of now, but the mode is being speculated to arrive with the next update. © PUBG Corporation In one of his recent video, MrGhost Gaming claims that PUBG Mobile published a Facebook post last month collecting feedback and new ideas for the zombie mode. The post seems to have been deleted now as we couldn't find it on PUBG Mobile's official page, but the video does suggest that the developers were onto something similar. © PUBG mobile/MrGhostGaming As a zombie, you won't be able to pick up any weapons or other items, and you'll be dealing with the human opponents using only melee attacks. It's also being speculated that this new mode might be made available in custom rooms, so you can play with your friends. It is said to arrive with the version 0.13 or the 0.14 of the game, so keep your eyes peeled for the same.
  4. I still remember how a lot of people, including yours truly, were sceptical about Ben Affleck stepping into the formidable shoes of Christian Bale as the caped crusader of Gotham. via GIPHY It made no sense to watch the role be handed over to someone, who in no way, showed any traits of being able to pull off such an iconic role, which was revered by both the DC and Marvel fandoms with scary devotion. via GIPHY However, when Affleck showed up in 'Batman v Superman' as the brooding Bruce Wayne, with a hint of dark humour thrown in, I was pleasantly surprised. Sure he did not bring the same magic as Bale, not that anyone expected him to, but he brought in something else altogether new, and the people were liking what they were seeing. via GIPHY Of course, there was the usual parade of complainants, ranting on about what a colossal disappointment Affleck was and how he was a disgrace to the legacy of Bale, but that did not deter the next string of his movies as Batman from making a big splash. via GIPHY And now, in a recent development signalling tectonic changes in the DC franchise, Affleck has officially hung his cape as Batman, giving way to a new Dark Knight to take his spot. via GIPHY The next Batman movie, which is slated for release on June 25th 2021, will now star a new actor in the lead role, as Warner Brothers want a younger looking Bruce Wayne, according to Deadline. via GIPHY Affleck took to Twitter to confirm the development. Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life. https://t.co/GNgyJroMIO — Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019 Obviously, fans have begun flooding Twitter with their tributes to Affleck's significant contribution in the franchise: Writing has been on the wall for a while with Ben Affleck and Batman. But even still, finally getting the confirmation still feels like a gut punch His role in Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad was the closest to comic book Batman we've seen. Kinda missed out on something special — Sheraz Farooqi (@SherazFarooqi_) January 31, 2019 Thank you @BenAffleck for bringing Bruce Wayne/Batman to life. Wishing you all the best. pic.twitter.com/PT8kse9mgX — ~Oracle (@4eyedRaven) January 31, 2019 friendly reminder that ben affleck gave us the best performance of bruce wayne and batman ð¢ pic.twitter.com/WCafPoqKQ2 — bri loves batfleck :( (@jxsticeleagues) January 31, 2019 *Ben Affleck steps down as Batman* pic.twitter.com/jqK6tPnQes — TARS' (@RedDead2Arthurr) January 31, 2019 Ben Affleck is no longer Batman:( pic.twitter.com/VHBH95Tvih — Cutting Room Floor (@WTP_cuttingroom) January 31, 2019 Ben Affleck isn't Batman anymore pic.twitter.com/ga2gNLH24C — Ash (@Ashpilicueta) January 31, 2019 they could have had Ben Affleck looked younger. And why, why the **** are the rebooting Suicide squad! This ruins everything The flash movie, wonderwoman, Aquaman everything. Ben Affleck was the best Batman EVER!! pic.twitter.com/Sxzc8QiE0h — Kunal Munj (@KunalMunj1) January 31, 2019 remember when that lil boy met ben affleck at comic con and he could barely contain his emotions bc he couldn't believe he met batman? :') pic.twitter.com/el4agx7o4D — jade. ð¦ (@sydneybaretts) January 31, 2019 “Men are still good, we fight, we kill, we betray one another, but we can rebuild we can do better, we will. We have to.” You will always be my Batman, @BenAffleck. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/8Q8GSUybwi — Sergio-EL (@SergioEES) January 31, 2019 Affleck will most definitely be missed and we hope his successor fills out his large shoes in the next instalment. via GIPHY
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  6. Australian wildlife authorities have been hunting the monster saltwater crocodile for eight years. Photo: AFPSYDNEY: An elusive monster saltwater crocodile weighing 600 kilograms (1,328 pounds) has finally been caught after an eight-year hunt in...
  7. French helicopter Alouette II abandoned in Gonesse by French armed robber Redoine Faid after his escape from prison in Reau, France, July 1, 2018. AFP/Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt REAU: French police across the country have launched a massive manhunt...
  8. File photo showing Loch Ness located in the highlands of Scotland. The earliest chronicles of a creature in Loch Ness are attributed to Saint Columba, who brought Christianity to Scotland in the sixth century.PHOTO: VISIT BRITAININVERNESS: Tales of...
  9. This 1934 image, known as ?the surgeon?s photograph?, featured on the front page of several newspapers. Photo: FileAhead of the DNA monster hunt for the Loch Ness monster, a new video has emerged of the Irish mythical creature.A tourist who...
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  12. Iraqi civil defence search for bodies under the rubble of buildings in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Photo: AFPMOSUL: Atop an enormous mound of rubble under blistering sun in Iraq?s second city Mosul, fire crews and police chip away at a grim...
  13. Relatives of passengers onboard a plane that crashed in Iran gather near Tehran's Mehrabad airport TEHRAN: The hunt for a plane that disappeared with 66 people onboard in Iran´s Zagros mountains was stopped until morning as blizzard conditions made progress impossible for rescue teams, state television said Sunday. "With the wind intensifying, and with snow, rain and darkness, it is not possible for rescue and relief teams to reach high altitudes and the search operation has been postponed until tomorrow," broadcaster IRIB announced. "Five helicopters are on alert to resume the search at dawn if the weather conditions are better." Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 disappeared from radar 45 minutes after taking off from Tehran. The ATR-72 twin-engine plane, in service for 25 years, left the capital´s Mehrabad airport at around 8:00 am (0430 GMT) and was heading towards the city of Yasuj, some 500 kilometres (300 miles) to the south. The Red Crescent said 45 teams had been deployed to the Dena mountain of Iran´s southwestern Zagros range, but there was still no sign of any wreckage. "The mountainous terrain is impassable. Thick fog and snow and rain have made it impossible to use helicopters," said Morteza Salimi, head of its rescue and relief section. The airline said 60 passengers, including one child, were on board flight EP3704, as well as six crew. It was the third disaster to strike Iran in recent months, after an earthquake that killed at least 620 people in Kermanshah in November and 30 Iranian sailors were lost in an oil tanker collision off China´s coast last month. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sent a message of condolence, saying the news had "left our hearts overwhelmed with sadness and sorrow", according to state television. Ageing fleets Families of the passengers gathered at a mosque near Mehrabad airport. "I can´t bring myself to believe it," said a woman whose husband was on board. A man who missed the doomed flight told reporters of his conflicting emotions. "God has been really kind to me but I am so sad from the bottom of my heart for all those dear ones who lost their lives," the unnamed man told the Tabnak news website, which showed a picture of his unused ticket. A Greek seismologist was also scheduled to take the flight but missed it after getting stuck in traffic, Greece´s ANA news agency reported. "I had planned to go to Yasouj on this flight, or the next if I missed it, but because of huge traffic jams in Tehran, I didn´t get on board the plane in the end," Akis Tselentis was quoted as saying. Decades of diplomatic isolation have left Iran´s airlines with ageing fleets of passenger planes which they have struggled to maintain and modernise. Aseman´s fleet includes at least three ATR-72s that date back to the early 1990s, according to the IRNA news agency. France´s air safety agency BEA said it would take part in the investigation led by Britain´s Air Accidents Investigation Branch. "Three investigators and our technical advisers will go to the site," a BEA spokesman told AFP. President Hassan Rouhani ordered the transport ministry to set up a crisis group to investigate the crash and coordinate rescue efforts, ISNA reported. Aseman´s three Boeing 727-200s are almost as old as the country´s 1979 Islamic revolution, having made their first flights the following year. Iran has suffered multiple aviation disasters, most recently in 2014 when 39 people were killed when a Sepahan Airlines plane crashed just after take-off from Tehran, narrowly avoiding many more deaths when it plummeted near a busy market. All 66 passengers, crew feared dead in Iran plane crash Aseman Airline?s Tehran-Yasuj flight crashed in Isfahan province, according to reports Lifting sanctions on aviation purchases was a key clause in the nuclear deal Iran signed with world powers in 2015. Following the deal, Aseman Airlines finalised an agreement to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets for $3 billion (2.4 billion euros) last June, with an option to buy 30 more. However, the sale could be scuppered if US President Donald Trump chooses to reimpose sanctions in the coming months, as he has threatened to do. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his condolences over Sunday´s crash, just moments after he launched a blistering attack on Tehran´s government. "I take this opportunity to send condolences to the families of the 66 civilians that lost their lives," Netanyahu said at the Munich Security Conference. "We have no quarrel with the people of Iran, only with the regime that torments them," he added. The US Treasury Department, which must approve aviation sales to Iran, has done so for 80 Boeing jets and 100 Airbus planes for national carrier Iran Air. The first few Airbus jets have already arrived in Tehran.
  14. Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after victory in his men's singles third round match against France's Richard Gasquet MELBOURNE: Defending champion Roger Federer continued his dominance over Richard Gasquet to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open on Saturday and keep his quest for a 20th Grand Slam title on track. The Swiss star beat the Frenchman 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 in just under two hours in a night match on Rod Laver Arena. Federer has unheralded Hungarian and one-time training partner Marton Fucsovics up next and a potential quarter-final with Tomas Berdych, who upset Juan Martin Del Porto in straight sets earlier Saturday. Federer, rated the favourite to win his 20th major even at the venerable age of 36, progressed to the fourth round at the Australian Open for the 16th time. The Swiss has only lost twice to the stylish Frenchman in their 19 meetings, winning all their four Grand Slam encounters. Significantly, Gasquet hasn't won a set against Federer since 2011, a run of 22 sets to the Swiss. "I was able to stay more on the offensive than he was and maybe I was protecting my own serve better than him," Federer said. "I was hoping I could play at that level. I´m very happy that I was able to rise to a level that I needed to beat Richard. "It was tough. The score shows it, as well. I could have done it maybe a bit faster. "At the same time I'm happy to have done it the way it happened. I was pleased. I think I had some good shots. I was happy the way I played. I also thought we both played a good level again, so it was fun." Federer, who did not face a break point in 26 games, lost his only serve in the match late in the third set on his second break point, such was his dominance. "I like to see the way he saved match point. The first one was a backhand down the line," Federer said of Gasquet late resistance. "Feels like he can do that in his sleep. I admire that. I take pleasure out of him making that shot even though for a second I thought that this could have been the match point I had and end up losing the match." The Swiss legend broke Gasquet's serve five times and hit 42 winners with 30 unforced errors. He improved his Australian Open record to 90-13. Federer is coming off an extraordinary 2017, when he won a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth at Wimbledon, after returning from an injury lay-off. It was in Melbourne a year ago where he lit the fuse on his late-life tennis renaissance, beating Berdych, Kei Nishikori, Mischa Zverev and Stan Wawrinka before downing great rival Rafael Nadal in a five-set final classic.
  15. The Malaysian airline MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board. Photo: MH370 KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia signed a deal with an American firm on Wednesday to resume the search for MH370 almost four years after the plane disappeared, with the company to receive up to $70 million if successful. The new hunt, which will last 90 days, is expected to start in mid-January when a high-tech vessel leased by the seabed exploration firm, Ocean Infinity, reaches a new search zone in the southern Indian Ocean. The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people -- mostly from China -- on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, triggering one of the world´s greatest aviation mysteries. No sign of the plane was found in a 120,000 square kilometre (46,000 square miles) search zone selected by satellite analysis of the jet´s likely trajectory. The Australian-led sea search, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January last year. But three firms submitted bids to resume the hunt privately and after lengthy negotiations, the Malaysian government agreed to engage Ocean Infinity on a "no find, no fee" basis. "I would like to reiterate our unwavering commitment towards solving the mystery of MH370," Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Wednesday at a signing ceremony for the deal. The new search zone is an area of approximately 25,000 square kilometres in the Indian Ocean. If the company finds the Boeing 777, the amount they are paid will depend on where it was located, said Liow. If it is found within the first 5,000 square kilometres, they will receive $20 million. The amount rises gradually to a maximum of $70 million if the jet is found outside the 25,000 square kilometre search zone. Relatives of MH370 passengers welcomed the decision. "We are grateful the Malaysian government is resuming the search for MH370," VPR Nathan, whose wife Anne Daisy was on the plane, told AFP. "We do not know what happened, we need to know what happened before we can get closure." The ship that will conduct the hunt is a Norwegian research vessel named Seabed Constructor, which is carrying 65 crew members and set off from South Africa in early January for the search zone. It is carrying eight autonomous drones, equipped with sonars and cameras, that will scour the waters in the hunt for the wreckage and can operate in depths up to 6,000 metres (20,000 feet). Only three confirmed fragments of MH370 have been found, all of them on western Indian Ocean shores, including a two-metre wing part known as a flaperon.
  16. Journalist Ahmed Noorani in hospital. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: The investigation team probing the attack on journalist Ahmed Noorani is sifting through the CCTV footage of the incident and has also sought the help of the Federal Investigation Agency and the National Database and Registration Authority. Noorani, a senior reporter with The News, was critically injured after he was attacked by unidentified assailants on Friday near Zero Point. Following the incident, the prime minister had formed a two-member committee comprising the commissioner and the capital's police chief, Inspector General (IG) Khalid Khattak. After that, a five-member investigation team was formed, supervised by Special Branch Additional IG Capt (retd) Ilyas, that will submit a daily progress report to the commissioner and IG. Journalist Ahmad Noorani attacked in Islamabad Six unidentified attackers beat up the senior journalist and his driver near Zero Point The team has also been empowered to consult all law enforcement and intelligence agencies to assist in their probe. At present, the team is going through footage of cameras from the Safe City Project. The commissioner has given investigators the orders to nab the attackers at all costs. Noorani, whose health has improved, is presently in the Intensive Care Unit of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and no decision has been made yet on shifting him to a ward. Noorani's car, driven by his driver, was stopped on Khayaban-e-Suharwardy near Zero Point by three men travelling on a motorcycle. Interim report of Ahmad Noorani attack to be submitted in three days: Ahsan Iqbal Attackers would be arrested and punished according to law, says interior minister The attackers got down from their unmarked motorcycle after chasing down Noorani's car while three more of their accomplices, who were standing where the car was stopped with another unmarked motorcycle, joined in and severely beat up Noorani and his driver with iron rods after throwing out the keys from the ignition. The incident prompted condemnations from noted political and social figures, and media representatives. DG Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor also condemned the incident. Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi and Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai were also among the ones who denounced the cowardly act. Journalist bodies condemned the incident and called for a thorough probe into the incident.
  17. NEW DELHI: Indian police said Thursday they were still hunting for two men suspected of murdering a Muslim folk singer because his performance angered a Hindu priest, sparking communal tensions. Adam Khan was murdered in late September in western Rajasthan state after the priest complained the singer's rendition of a particular tune failed to invoke the spirit of a temple goddess. A group of men set upon the 45-year-old singer in Jaisalmer, breaking his instruments before beating him to death, police said. Khan's relatives reported the murder to police despite warnings from the powerful Hindu community. Nearly two dozen Muslim families have since fled the area, fearing retribution, in what police say is a dispute within India´s complex caste system. One of the accused, Ramesh Suthar, was arrested in early October but two other suspected attackers remain on the run, police said. "Several teams of police are working to arrest the accused. We will nab them soon," Gaurav Yadav, Jaisalmer police chief, told AFP. Khan belonged to Manganyar caste, a largely Muslim community of folk singers from Rajasthan and neighbouring Pakistan. The Manganyar traditionally sing at Hindu temples and are popular with tourists in the far western Thar desert region. Yadav said the death has sown divisions between Hindus and Muslims, adding police were trying to persuade Muslim families that fled to return, assuring their protection, he added. But the incident is the latest in a string of vigilante attacks by Hindu hardliners on the Muslim minority in western Rajasthan state ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party. In April, a Hindu mob killed a Muslim cattle trader in Alwar district after he was accused of smuggling cows for slaughter. Cows are considered sacred by many Hindus and beef consumption is a flashpoint issue in Hindu-majority India. Vigilantes raided a hotel in Rajasthan´s capital Jaipur in May after the owners were accused of serving beef. Critics of Modi´s ruling BJP say Hindu radicals have been emboldened since the party swept to power in 2014, with dozens of Muslims lynched by mobs across India.
  18. A manhunt has begun for the killer of a giant saltwater crocodile in Australia, as authorities warned its death would trigger more aggressive behaviour among younger crocs in the area. The carcass of a 5.2-metre (17-foot) adult male was found in the Fitzroy River in central Queensland on Thursday with a single gunshot wound to the head, the environment department said. "It is illegal to 'take' and kill a crocodile without authority and police will work closely with (the environment department) to locate the person responsible," Queensland police said. Under the state's conservation laws, the maximum penalty for the unlawful killing of a crocodile is Aus$28,383.75 (US$22,530). The incident sparked warnings about heightened aggression among younger crocodiles in the wake of the giant predator's death. "People need to clearly understand the death of this animal has changed the balance of the crocodile population in the Fitzroy," the environment department's diversity operations director Michael Joyce told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "And we can expect increased aggressive activity by younger male crocodiles. That's because they will be competing to take the dominant position which is now vacant." Joyce said. "He is a crocodile that does spend a fair bit of time controlling the river and controlling the young animals that are in the river." Joyce added that he didn't think the crocodile had posed a problem but rather, was "an important part of our ecosystem". Saltwater crocodile numbers have exploded since they were declared a protected species in the 1970s, with recent attacks reigniting debate about controlling them. The "salties", which can grow up to seven metres long and weigh more than a tonne, are a common feature of the vast continent's tropical north and kill an average of two people a year.
  19. English football club Manchester United said recent signings put it in a strong position on the pitch as it backed itself to match last year?s record revenue off the field. However, United forecast core profit for the current year would dip from a record of almost 200 million pounds ($270 million) in 2016-17 as its wage bill rose because of higher payments on its return to the European Champions League. United, whose top players include Paul Pogba and summer signing Romelu Lukaku, are currently joint top of the English Premier League. They have also qualified for the Champions League after winning the second-tier Europa League last season. ?We believe we have improved the balance and depth of our squad and are well placed to challenge for trophies,? Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward told financial analysts. Controlled by the American Glazer family and with its shares traded in New York, United forecast revenue of between 575 million pounds and 585 million pounds in 2017-18. That would be broadly in line with record revenue of 581 million pounds in the year to June 30. United shares traded 3.7 percent higher at $17.85 in New York at 1500 GMT, valuing the club at around $2.8 billion. FLYING START As well as the Europa League, United won the League Cup last season, their first under manager Jose Mourinho. However, they had to settle for fifth place in the 20-team Premier League. United reported core profit of 199.8 million pounds in the year to the end of June. That figure was likely to slip to between 175-185 million pounds in the current year as higher costs are felt. United have started the season well on the pitch, crushing Basel 3-0 last week in the Champions League and winning four out of five Premier League games so far. The Champions League, Europe?s top soccer tournament, is widely popular around the globe and garners significant revenue for the participating clubs via pooled TV payments and higher matchday receipts. Woodward welcomed signs that groups such as Facebook and Amazon were interested in streaming rights for live sports, a move that could drive values ever higher. ?We will welcome the interest as it is important to digitally engage with fans and we think we can be complementary to partners like these coming in to the mix,? Woodward added. In September, Facebook made a $600 million losing bid to buy the streaming rights to Indian Premier League cricket and analysts believe it could look at soccer next.
  20. Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola holds a ballot box during a pro-independence rally in Barcelona, Spain, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files MADRID: Armed police in Spain have raided several print works and newspaper offices in Catalonia in recent days in a hunt for voting papers, ballot boxes and leaflets to be used in an October 1 independence referendum that Madrid vehemently opposes. The searches ? which have so far yielded nothing ? are part of a concerted effort by the government to prevent the ballot from going ahead, amid fears that a vote to break away could trigger a political crisis even if Spain does not recognize the outcome. On Friday, the government passed measures to tighten control over the region?s spending to stop it using state cash to pay for the ballot, and earlier this week Madrid summoned over 700 Catalan mayors for questioning over their support for the vote. ?They?ve lost the plot,? Albert Batet ? the mayor of the town of Valls and one of those summoned for questioning ? said. ?They are persecuting mayors, the press, printers. They are stretching the limits of democracy.? Catalonia?s president Carles Puigdemont, who faces criminal charges for organizing the referendum, says he has over 6,000 ballot boxes ready to deploy next month, but their whereabouts are a secret. Toni Castejon ? the spokesman for the Catalan police force union ? said it was like finding a needle in a haystack. ?Right now, we have no idea where they are,? he said. A spokesperson for the Catalan regional government declined to say where the ballot boxes were or how the government was going to get them out of hiding to voting stations on October 1. At the offices of Catalan newspaper El Vallenc in Valls ? some 50 kilometres west of Barcelona ? six armed police knocked on the door last Saturday with a warrant to search the offices, said editor Francesc Fabregas. The search lasted five-and-a-half hours. ?They didn?t say what they were looking for,? Fabregas told Reuters, adding that he had not printed any voting papers. The raid led to an impromptu crowd gathering outside the building, with people singing the Catalan anthem and waving slips of paper chanting ?Where are the ballot papers?'. ?When people saw that the streets had been cut off they started coming over with banners, they handed out roses to the police - the street turned into a party,? said Fabregas. Market jitters For some supporters of the independence movement, the search for the ballot boxes and voting papers has become a symbol of what they see as state repression. Images of the Catalan police force ? the Mossos d?Esquadra ? seizing what for many are symbols of democracy would be highly inflammatory, police say. The Mossos report to the Catalan regional government and are highly regarded by Catalans, particularly after their handling of the Islamist militant attacks in the region in August that killed 16. But Spanish state prosecutors have ordered all police ? including the Catalan force ? to act. ?What no one wants is the image of the Mossos taking away the ballot boxes,? said Castejon of the police union. ?That would lead to a lot of anger and even civil unrest.? Madrid has the constitutional power to take over a regional government or send in the police to force Catalonia to drop the vote, but either step would rock Spain?s decentralized model of government where power is devolved to 17 self-governed regions. Although polls show less than half of Catalonia?s 5.5 million voters want self-rule, most in the wealthy northeastern region want the chance to vote on the issue, causing unease that is beginning to be felt in financial markets. The Budget Ministry said that uncertainty created by the stand-off could damage the economy and push up sovereign borrowing costs. Some investors sold Spanish government bonds and switched to Italian debt earlier this week. Puigdemont and Barcelona mayor Ada Colau on Friday appealed to the Spanish government for dialogue to avert a crisis. But Puigdemont has shown no signs of backing down. ?Does anyone think we?re not going to vote? What kind of people do they take us for?? he said to cheering crowds from a stage in a bull-ring in Tarragona to launch the referendum campaign on Thursday.
  21. KARACHI: Police were Tuesday hunting a tribal elder who allegedly ordered a teenage couple to be electrocuted by their families as punishment for eloping. The couple fell foul of their families after eloping last month. But police said the man´s family persuaded them to return home so they could be married. A tribal jirga (council) then ordered the couple´s execution after the families had put their case to the influential group of elders. The couple were tied to a wooden bed and electrocuted by family members. Police said the girl was aged 15 or 16 and the man was around 18 years old. "The (jirga) decided that the girl would be electrocuted by her own father and uncle and the boy by his father and uncle," police officer Amanullah Marwat told AFP, adding that the families later buried the bodies in secret. Police have arrested the relatives behind the killings, charging them with murder and tampering with evidence. However the leader of the jirga who ordered the murders remains at large. "We are raiding different places to arrest him," Marwat said. Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives each year after allegedly bringing shame on their families in Pakistan. Under the previous legislation, the culprits could escape punishment if they were pardoned by members of their family. But in July last year the high-profile murder of social media star Qandeel Baloch, whose brother confessed to the killing, reignited calls for reform. Parliament has since passed a law aimed at scrapping the ability to forgive "honour" killers. But critics contend some loopholes still exist.
  22. KARACHI: Police have registered a case against three suspected terrorists over a police encounter on Monday. The FIR, lodged at the Counter Terrorism Department, was registered on the complaint of SHO Sohrab Goth. Suspected terrorists Sarosh Siddiqui, Muzammil and Mohammad Talha have been nominated as the suspects. On Monday, police raided a house in Scheme 33, Rufi Bungalows, Kaneez Fatima Society on a tip-off about the presence of militants. However, the militants present inside opened fire on the raiding party, killing one police official and injuring another. The suspected terrorists also managed to escape from the scene. Karachi police claim killing TTP chief Fazlullah's cousin in shootout Police are searching for suspected terrorist Sarosh Siddiqui, who escaped after killing a policeman during raid earlier today Police said Siddiqui, a senior figure of militant outfit Ansarul Shariah, was among those who escaped. Siddiqui is said to be the mastermind of the Eid-day attack on Khawaja Izharul Hassan, the opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly. Later in the day, police teams, led by Malir SSP Rao Anwar, conducted raids across the city, nabbing around a dozen people. The raids also resulted in another shootout, in which SSP Anwar claimed the death of four suspected terrorists, including a cousin of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mullah Fazlullah. Speaking at Geo Pakistan Tuesday morning, Geo News Karachi Bureau Chief Fahim Siddiqui said Ansarul Shariah is a relatively new, mostly Karachi-based outfit; formed by former members of Daesh and other banned groups. Terror outfit Ansar-ul-Sharia behind recent attacks in Karachi: sources The outfit is influenced by Al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, security sources say He said most of its cadres left for Syria to fight in the civil war but returned when the fighting intensified, adding that most of them are thus 'battle hardened'. The group first made headlines in Karachi in April this year in the targeted killing of a retired army colonel. Police officials also believe the group is behind several attacks on police officials in Karachi in the past few months. Siddiqui also revealed that most of the group?s members come from ?educated backgrounds?.
  23. The fourth and final day of the County Championship match between Surrey and Middlesex was abandoned as an arrow landed near the Surrey fielder Ollie Pope and close to the pitch LONDON: Police have appealed to members of the public to help them with their investigation as they continue their hunt for the person behind Thursday´s extraordinary arrow attack at The Oval. The fourth and final day of the County Championship match between Surrey and Middlesex was abandoned as a draw after the arrow, reported to have a metal tip, landed near the Surrey fielder Ollie Pope and close to the pitch. The players alerted the umpires, who promptly halted play, with fielders and batsmen running to the safety of the changing rooms before a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators was advised to take cover. Police evacuated the ground, with the umpires eventually abandoning the First Division fixture as a draw. No one was injured and, according to the Metropolitan Police, it is believed the arrow was fired from outside The Oval in Kennington, south London. Scotland Yard added they were not treating the incident as terrorism-related. A police update issued Friday said: "Detectives from Lambeth (in south London) are appealing for anyone with footage of the moments up to and including the loose of a crossbow bolt at the Oval to come forward." Police were made aware at 16:35hrs (1535 GMT) on Thursday, 31 August, of reports that a crossbow bolt had been loosed into the Oval Cricket Ground. Detective Constable Dominic Landragin added: "There were significant crowds watching the match and it is likely that a number of those present will have footage of the incident that could assist in our investigation. "Although nobody was injured, this was a reckless action taken with no regard for the safety and well-being of the spectators or the players. "It is important that we trace those responsible and I urge anyone who has footage of the incident to get in touch as soon as possible." Surrey captain Gareth Batty, who was fielding about 25 yards from where the pink-coloured bolt landed, said Thursday: "It was a pretty tasty arrow with a proper metal end. "I did archery as a kid and that was not a normal archery arrow. "Someone saw it in flight, there was a noise when it landed but it happened so quick. It is a deadly weapon for sure, if it had hit someone it would have caused some serious damage. It just shows the world we live in."
  24. BACKGROUND IMAGE: Public prosecutor Peter Sticher (L) and head of police Ravi Landolt attend a press conference in the town of Schaffhausen, northern Switzerland, where a man armed with a chainsaw injured at least five people in an attack on July 24, 2017. AFP/Michael Buholzer; SUPERIMPOSED IMAGE: This handout combination of pictures released on July 24, 2017, by Swiss Police of the Canton of Schaffhausen (Schaffhauser Polizei) shows portraits of a man suspected to have injured at least five people in a chainsaw attack in the old town of Schaffhausen on July 24, 2017. AFP/Schaffhausen Police SCHAFFHAUSEN: Swiss police were searching Monday for a man who went on a rampage while armed with a chainsaw in an attack police said was not "a terrorist act". Officers have identified the assailant as Franz Wrousis, a 51-year-old man, with a criminal history and no fixed address, who reportedly has spent significant time living in a forest. Late Monday, he remained on the run from police. The attack began shortly after the suspect entered an office building in the northern town of Schaffhausen at 10:30 AM (0130 PST, Tuesday), local police said in a statement. Schaffhausen prosecutor Peter Sticher told reporters that an insurance company with offices in the building was the apparent target, indicating the attacker had a grievance with the firm. The authorities were alerted about 10 minutes after the attack began and rushed officers, ambulances and helicopters to the scene. The injured included one employee of the insurance company who suffered serious wounds, Schaffhausen police said, adding that all the victims had been hospitalised. The town's historic old quarter was sealed off by a large deployment of officers who evacuated all nearby businesses and pedestrians, but the barricades were later removed and regular traffic returned to the area. 'Dangerous and aggressive' Police distributed photos of Wrousis that show him looking dishevelled. He is pictured standing alone in what appears to be a forested area. A local official in Zurich canton, Ruedi Karrer, told the 20Minuten website he had seen Wrousis in the Uhwiesen forest while walking his dog and believed the suspect had been staying there for about two weeks. Several other residents told the site they had also passed by Wrousis in the forest ? about two kilometres from Schaffhausen ? and that his behaviour had been threatening. "This is a dangerous and aggressive man," the chief of security in Schaffhausen, Ravi Landoldt, told reporters. "This was not his first contact with police." The suspect was convicted in 2014 and again in 2016 for weapons offences, police said. Despite relatively low crime rates, Switzerland has one of the highest rates of firearm ownership in the world and police said it was likely that the suspect was carrying weapons. The manhunt involving roughly 100 police officers is being carried out by Schaffhausen authorities and supported by forces from Zurich as well as Germany, police said. The suspect's vehicle, a white Volkswagen, has been found although he remains on the run. In statements to local media, police underscored that the attack was not "a terrorist act." Schaffhausen, just north of Zurich near the German border, has an estimated population of 36,000.
  25. WASHINGTON: The CIA has named the hardline chief of its hunt for Osama bin Laden and head of its lethal drone program to lead Iran operations, the New York Times reported Friday. The choice of Michael D?Andrea to run the Central Intelligence Agency?s spying on Iran is the newest sign of the Trump administration?s turn to tougher stance against the country, the Times said, quoting intelligence community sources. Although officially under cover and not acknowledged by the CIA, D?Andrea, a convert to Islam who is around 60 years old, has been a key figure in the fight against extremists groups. He was chief of the agency?s Counter-Terrorism Center during the 2000s, in which he oversaw the hunt for Al-Qaeda head bin Laden. He also led the Obama administration?s controversial "targeted killing" program using drones that left thousands of militants and civilians dead, mainly in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His identity was publicly exposed by the Times in 2015 in the wake of a drone attack on a suspected militant house in Pakistan that killed two Western hostages, an American and an Italian, whose presence in the house had not been known. That led to his being moved out of the Counter-Terrorism Center that year, according to various news reports at the time. The choice of D?Andrea to run the CIA?s Iran operations was made by Mike Pompeo, who took a hard line against Iran and the Iran nuclear deal as a Republican congressman before President Donald Trump appointed him to be CIA director in January. Pompeo and D?Andrea could be key to administration attempts to ensure Iran is sticking to its commitments under the nuclear deal, or find violations that would support Trump?s campaign pledge to tear up the agreement. The report Friday also comes after Trump?s trip to Saudi Arabia two weeks ago. The CIA declined to comment on the Times report.
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