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Daily Archives: December 21, 2016

Aussies head to Melbourne as winners but not grinners

MELBOURNE: Australia head to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan with some festive cheer after winning the series opener in Brisbane but Steve Smith’s side will not find many Christmas presents under the tree from local media. Pundits described Australia’s 39-run win in the first day-night Test held ...

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Brisbane rearguard can help Pakistan beat Australia: Haroon

KARACHI: Former chief selector Haroon Rashid insisted on Tuesday that Pakistan were capable of beating Australia despite the tourists losing the day-night series opener in Brisbane, provided they learned quickly. Haroon, also an ex-Test batsman, told Dawn the conditions in Melbourne will offer a big contrast to what Misbah-ul-Haq’s men ...

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US Africa command ends operation in Daesh bastion in Libya

The US military has formally announced the end of operations in the Libyan city of Sirte following the recent capturing of the coastal city from the clutches of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group (ISIL). Washington began its military campaign in Libya – known as Operation Odyssey Lightning – on August 1, ...

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Gambia’s president clings on to power

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared he will not step down despite losing to opposition leader Adama Barrow in a presidential election earlier this month. In comments on state television late on Tuesday, Jammeh also condemned mediation by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, which has been trying to persuade ...

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Malaysia hosts forum for Muslim science award

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is hosting a forum of the Science and Technology Exchange Program among Muslim Countries (STEP). The forum has been organized by the University of Putra Malaysia (UPM) in collaboration with the Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF). A number of prominent Muslim scientists from ...

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Kuwait envoy denies Trump pressure over hotel choice

The Kuwaiti ambassador to the United State denies reports that he has been pressured by President-elect Donald Trump over his hotel choice for a recent event. Ambassador Salem al-Sabah said in a Washington Post interview on Tuesday that he was not pressured by Trump people to switch venues from a ...

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US sanctions Russian companies, Moscow responds

The United States has blacklisted several Russian companies and individuals over their alleged connection to the Ukrainian crisis and the 2014 reunification of the Crimean peninsula with the Russian mainland. The US Treasury Department said in statement on Tuesday that the sanctions were against eight Russian infrastructure, shipping and construction ...

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