Tuesday, 22 October 2019

AFP

EU calls for Afghan ceasefire as Esper visits Kabul

KABUL: European Union officials called Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in US-Taliban talks presented an opportunity to push for a truce, as the US defense secretary made an unexpected visit to Kabul. US President Donald Trump last month declared talks with the insurgents “dead”, citing a ...

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Transgender councillor elected in Bangladesh first

DHAKA: A transgender candidate has been elected as councillor for a rural Bangladeshi town, the first in the ultra-conservative Muslim-majority nation where laws still discriminate against sexual minorities. Pinki Khatun was elected as vice chair of a town council in the country’s west on Monday after beating her nearest rival ...

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Marcus says Libra won’t be controlled by a single company

WASHINGTON: Facebook executive David Marcus tried to calm the fears of officials threatening to block its proposed digital currency, saying Libra won’t be controlled by a single company. The head of Facebook’s Libra currency project sought to address the main issue raised by France’s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire: the ...

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The Hundred Draft – Amir picked by London Spirit for £100,000

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan’s bowling trio of speedster Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi and leggie Shadab Khan were picked for The Hundred Draft. Amir led the Men in Green into the draft, becoming the first Pakistani player picked in The Hundred Draft. The fast bowler was picked by London Spirit for a ...

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Bangladesh sacks coaches for not playing leg-spinners

DHAKA: Bangladesh has upped in the ante in its quest for a quality leg-spin bowler, with two domestic first-class coaches sacked for not fielding one in the National Cricket League. The unusual requirement was introduced as Bangladesh desperately look for a decent leggie for their national team as it struggles ...

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Lindsay Lohan to attend Melbourne Cup

HOLLYWOOD: Lindsay Lohan is planning to attend the Melbourne Cup in November. The ‘Mean Girls’ actress has begged fans to be ‘’nice’’ to her as it will be her first time attending the horse racing event in Melbourne, Australia, on November 5. Speaking on Australia’s radio show ‘Hughesy& Kate’, the ...

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Azhar Ali aims at improving team’s ranking

LONDON: Pakistan’s newly-appointed Test captain Azhar Ali has said that his main aim is to improve the team’s international ranking and turn make it a winning combination by displaying fearless cricket. Addressing his maiden press conference as Test captain here at Gaddafi Stadium, Azhar said: “There are a lot of ...

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Macron criticises NATO reaction over Turkish offensive

BRUSSELS: France’s president bemoaned Turkey’s offensive into northern Syria as “madness” and decried the North Atlantic Organisation’s (NATO) inability to react to the assault as a “serious mistake.” “I consider what’s happened in the last few days as a serious mistake from the West and NATO in the region and ...

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Shoaib Malik signs for South African T20 franchise Jozi Stars

JOHANNESBURG: Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik will join Johannesburg-based Jozi Stars for the latter stages of the Mzansi Super League Twenty20 tournament this season. The franchise announced on Thursday that Malik would take over from West Indian Chris Gayle, the franchise s marquee overseas signing. Gayle is only available for the first ...

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US imposes record USD 7.5 billion tariffs on European goods

WASHINGTON: The United States imposed tariffs on a record USD 7.5 billion worth of European Union goods on Friday, despite threats of retaliation, with Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies among the high-profile targets. The tariffs, which took effect just after midnight in Washington (0401 GMT), came after talks between ...

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