Sultan of Johor Cup: Pakistan clinch 3-0 win in opener

KARACHI: The Pakistan junior hockey team got off to flyer at the Sultan of Johor Cup, defeating South Korea 3-0 in its campaign opener at Johor Bahru, Malaysia yesterday. Both sides played a goalless first-half, but Pakistan dominated the final session to secure winning points, thanks to a brace from Mohammad Dilber. Both teams started cautiously however  the match gained momentum ...

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‘Are you listening? Mom is dead!’

PESHAWAR:  “Are you listening? Mom is dead!” a boy yelled on the phone. He had been looking for his mother at the Lady Reading Hospital. When he found her body, he called home. His hands were trembling and he got the number right after several attempts. Only a few cities in the world have seen as much grief as Peshawar. ...

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Suicide attack aftermath: Protesters out in force on streets

PESHAWAR / QUETTA / KARACHI / LAHORE / ISLAMABAD:  Indignant, and at places violent, protests erupted in many cities of the country as enraged people took to the streets following the brutal suicide attacks at the All Saints’ Church in Peshawar. The Christians in Peshawar staged protests at the GT Road, blocking it for hours three times, intermittently. Staging a ...

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And then they were gone

PESHAWAR:  Through the tapered flight of stairs, down the narrow lane of Khalid Town, all were silent. All were still. A mass of people – all Christians – sat outside their homes. Everyone knew what had happened. Every third house in the locality had lost a family member – breadwinners, fiancés, wives, children, along with the hope of future sons ...

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Vettel cruises to Singapore Grand Prix hat-trick

SINGAPORE: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel cruised to a third straight Singapore Grand Prix victory yesterday and moved 60 points clear of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso after a dominant drive under the floodlights at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The German led from pole to flag to finish 32.6 seconds clear of Alonso and take another big step towards a fourth successive title ...

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Man cheats death in train near-miss

CCTV footage shows the moment a man accidentally steps into the path of a speeding train … and survives. No audio.

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Targeted attack: ANP, peace committee leader killed in Buner

BUNER:  Awami National Party (ANP) leader Anwar Khan was killed on Sunday when unidentified militants opened fire at him in Balo Khan, Buner district. Wakeel Khan, an official of Pir Baba police, told journalists the incident occurred at around 7:00am. Wakeel said the politician’s son Israr Khan filed a report with the police stating that his father was on his ...

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Sunday Mass murder

PESHAWAR: It was a peaceful Sunday Mass at All Saints’ Church in the old city quarters. Over 400 parishioners – among them many women and children – had just outstretched their hands to each other as part of the ‘sign of peace’. Some minutes later, when most of them had filed out of the church two blasts struck down nearly a ...

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Ja, wir koennen! U.S.-style campaign

Germans have learned a lot about Chancellor Merkel in this election cycle: we now know she has a drivers’ license, but feels too insecure to drive herself.

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Casualties: Four LI militants die in IED explosion in Khyber Agency

BARA / JAMRUD: Four militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Islam (LI), including a spokesperson and two commanders, were killed on Sunday when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Bara tehsil, Khyber Agency. A security forces official said the incident occurred around 2:30pm when militants had gathered at a house at Malikdin Khel for a meeting. “They were making an IED which ...

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Balls asks OBR to check his ‘sums’

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls wants to draft in the Office for Budget Responsibility to scrutinise Labour’s election manifesto in an effort to boost Labour’s economic credibility.

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Arsenal storm into top spot after beating Stoke

LONDON: Arsenal went to the top of the English Premier League table after a 3-1 victory at home to Stoke yesterday. Victory left the Gunners two points in front of both Chelsea and Liverpool. Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey made it seven goals in eight games when he gave Arsenal a fifth-minute lead at the Emirates Stadium with a close-range strike after ...

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Angela Merkel: Europe’s Mrs. Nein

She is widely liked in Germany but hated in the troubled countries of the eurozone. As the leading figure in the fight against the region’s financial crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel is used to saying no.

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