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  • UN Council to endorse Syria ceasefire agreement

    United Nations : The UN Security Council will vote on a resolution that would endorse the cease-fire agreement in Syria brokered by Russia and Turkey, and reiterate support for a roadmap to peace that starts with a transitional government, reports AP.

  • FB temporarily bans journalist for slamming Trump fans

    New York : In a latest incident of censorship, Facebook on Friday temporarily restricted journalist Kevin Sessums’s account, after he called US President-elect Donald Trump’s supporters “a nasty fascistic lot” in a post, reports IANS.

  • Taiwan leader urges China for ‘calm’ talks as pressure grows

    Taipei : Taiwan’s leader today urged China to engage in “calm and rational” dialogue to maintain peace, vowing not to give in to Beijing’s recent moves to “threaten and intimidate” the self-ruled island.

  • Greek envoy to Brazil killed by wife’s lover

    Rio De Janeiro : Greece’s ambassador to Brazil was murdered in a plot hatched by his Brazilian wife and her police officer lover, who confessed to the crime, officials have said, reports AFP.

  • Oz kicks off global New Year party defying terror threat

    Sydney :  Australia rang in the new year with a spectacular fireworks display in Sydney, sending rainbow-coloured showers into the night sky and defying the global terror attacks that cast a pall over 2016.

  • Baghdad blasts kill 28

    Baghdad : A pair of bomb blasts targeting a market in central Baghdad today killed at least 28 people and wounded at least 54, according to police and medical officials, reports AP.

  • Boko Haram leader urges fighters to kill and abduct

    Maiduguri (Nigeria) : Boko Haram’s leader urges his fighters to “kill, slaughter and abduct … and detonate bombs everywhere,” in a new video that denies Nigerian government claims that his Islamic extremist group has been crushed.

  • US blacklists 7 Pakistanis

    Islamabad : The US has slapped sanctions on seven Pakistani entities associated with the country’s missile programme, said a media report. An official notification by the US Department of Commerce said that the entities added to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) list “have been determined by the US government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the US,” Dawn reported.   All seven have been placed on

  • Obama lines up a meeting with lawmakers, a speech in Chicago

    Honolulu : Eager to stop Republicans from destroying his signature health care law, President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers will meet next week to try to forge a common strategy, reports AP.

  • British-Indian professor knighted in New Year’s honours

    London : Shankar Balasubramanian, an Indian- origin British professor of chemistry and DNA expert at Cambridge University, has received a Knighthood along with Olympic stars Andy Murray and Mo Farah among others by Queen Elizabeth II for their contributions, says PTI report. Balasubramanian, 50, Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at Cambridge University, has been recognised for his work as a co-inventor of Next Generation DNA sequencing, described as the most transformational advance

  • Irfan looks to target ‘in-form’ Smith in coming ODI series

    Mohammad Irfan (L) , who was recalled in the ODI squad after he was earlier ruled out of the fifth ODI and the subsequent T20 series against England due to fitness issues has revealed that he is aiming to target in-form Australian skipper Steve Smith (R) in the five-match ODI series between two sides beginning January 13 at the Gabba, Brisbane. Continue Reading ...-->

  • Azhar Ali achieves career-best sixth spot in ICC Test rankings

    Dubai: Pakistan opener Azhar Ali has moved up ten places to his career-best sixth spot in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen even as top-ranked Australian skipper Steve Smith has finished the year-end rankings with a personal best in terms of rating points. Azhar’s scores of 205 not out and 43 in the second Test against Australia in Melbourne, which ended on Friday, could not prevent Pakistan from going 2-0

  • Smith ends 2016 as top-ranked Test batsman

    Dubai: Australia skipper Steve Smith consolidated his position atop the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings with 937 rating points after his match-winning century against Pakistan in the Boxing Day Test.

  • KP demands ‘life bans’ for match-fixers

    Johannesburg : Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen has lashed out at players who ‘take shortcuts’ and get involved in illegal activities like match-fixing, saying these cricketers should be banned for life.

  • Ashwin ends year as No.1 Test bowler and all-rounder

    Dubai : The Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja held on to the top two positions in the ICC Test bowlers rankings, while the national team ended the year as the numero uno side in the latest list issued here.

  • Will assess IOA’s situation: IOC

    IOA President N Ramachandran said that he will take up the issue of IOA’s suspension with the government after consulting the IOC and Olympic Council of Asia. (more…)

  • Andy Murray, Mo Farah knighted

    Johannesburg : World number one Andy Murray and Olympic gold medallist sprinter Mo Farah have been knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honour list.

  • Guj aim to end Jharkhand’s dream run in Ranji semi-final

    Nagpur : The Ranji Trophy semi-final tie between Gujarat and first-timers Jharkhand may not be a battle between two traditional cricket powerhouses but it promises to be an even contest at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground starting here on Sunday.

  • Mumbai take on Tamil Nadu in high octane Ranji semi-final

    Rajkot : Defending champions Mumbai’s quest for their 42nd Ranji Trophy title will go through a stern test when they take on Tamil Nadu in the semi-final, starting at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.