Monty Panesar gets England recall for Ashes

LONDON: Controversial spinner Monty Panesar was given a chance to revive his England career after being named yesterday in a 17-man squad for the forthcoming Ashes tour of Australia. England also selected uncapped trio of batsman Gary Ballance, all-rounder Ben Stokes and seamer Boyd Rankin for a tour where they will bid to win a fourth straight Ashes series against Australia. ...

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Malala challenges world leaders to educate Syrian refugees

NEW YORK: Teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai and other youth activists challenged world leaders on Monday to come up with 5 million to educate 400,000 Syrian children who fled to neighboring Lebanon to escape a civil war in their homeland. As leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, Yousafzai, 16, who was shot in the head by the ...

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Study abroad: ‘Decline in enrolment due to strict visa procedures’

KARACHI:  Despite an unprecedented decline in the annual levels of enrolment of Pakistani students at United States colleges in the last two decades, US officials and educational institutes’ representatives asserted on Sunday that visa applications of nearly 100 per cent of qualified and legitimate students are approved. With enrolment rates recorded at a meagre 4,600 students in the academic session ...

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Will Obama buy Iran charm offensive?

This week’s United Nations meeting could mark a turning point in the acidic relationship between Iran and the United States.

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Peshawar church bombings: PPP, MQM, PML-F united against talks with Taliban

KARACHI:  In a Sindh Assembly session on Monday, majority of the members of the provincial assembly (MPAs) demanded the federal government should revisit its policy of dialogue with the Taliban and start action against extremist elements without any delay. This decision came in the aftermath of the Sunday’s barbaric suicide attacks on a church in Peshawar’s Kohati gate area. The ...

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Hague meets Iranian counterpart

Foreign Secretary William Hague holds his first meeting with Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif since President Hassan Rouhani was elected.

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AFC President’s Cup: KRL defeat FC Dordoi 1-0 in opener

KARACHI: Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) Champions KRL began their campaign at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President’s Cup in style, defeating Kyrgyzstan’s FC Dordoi 1-0 in Malacca yesterday. The team faced its toughest competitors in Group B yesterday, in the form of two-time President’s Cup champions FC Dordoi. The win, according to assistant coach Sajjad Mehmood, has set the tone ...

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Iran, world powers to huddle at U.N.

Iran’s foreign minister is to meet with Britain’s foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief on Monday on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting, officials said.

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Precautionary measures: Health officials prepare to tackle Congo virus

KARACHI: The Sindh health department has issued guidelines to all district health officials to expedite preparations to tackle the spread of the Congo virus ahead of Eidul-Azha. In a letter issued on Monday, the department has directed the officials to take appropriate measures as cattle markets are being set up at various sites across the province. The letter stated that there ...

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Financial services: Ufone launches ‘Upaisa’

KARACHI:  Ufone, an Etisalat group company, recently launched its branchless banking services under the brand name ‘Upaisa’. Ufone being one of the most progressive telecom companies of Pakistan, promises to deliver financial services like never before. With Upaisa, customers have access to yet another way to conduct their financial transactions. The financial services include mobile account, money transfer and utility ...

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