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Hollywood honors father-son filmmakers Carl and Rob Reiner

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Father and son filmmakers Carl and Rob Reiner were honored Friday for a combined 130 years in show business when they sunk their hands and feet into wet cement on Hollywood Boulevard. The celebration marked the first time in the 90-year history of the imprint ceremonies at the TCL Chinese Theatre -- originally Grauman s Chinese Theatre -- that a father and son had been honored together. The event was part of the TCM Classic Film Festival.
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Mahira Khan makes her singing debut in film ‘Verna’

LAHORE (APP): Film star Mahira Khan has started singing after performing as heroine in many films. She recorded her first song in film Verna of famous film director, Shoaib Mansoor. She is also performing as heroine in this movie. She told reporters here Thursday that if people would like her voice, she would continue singing along with acting.
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Legendary classical singer Asad Amanat Ali being remembered on 10th death anniversary

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) - The tenth death anniversary of renowned classical and Ghazal Singer Ustad Asad Amanat Ali Khan is being observed today (Saturday). The popular classical, semi-classical and ghazal singer died young of a heart attack on April 8, 2007 in London and was laid to rest in Mominpura Graveyard in Lahore. Asad was born in Lahore on September 25, 1955 and was son of famous musician Ustad Amanat Ali Khan. He started his musical career performing "Thumri" and then went on to record some of his most popular numbers and Ghazals. He recorded his first song at the…
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Pearl Jam, Joan Baez press activism at Rock Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AFP) - Grunge icons Pearl Jam and folk legend Joan Baez pushed Friday for a new generation of activism as they entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tupac Shakur was honored posthumously as the first solo rapper in the rock shrine, which also inducted progressive rock pioneers Yes, arena packers Journey and the experimental Electric Light Orchestra at a New York concert. Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder seized on the platform to issue a call to arms on climate change -- saying that rising temperatures were not, in the phrasing of industry-friendly President Donald Trump, "fake…
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Tennis: Kerber downs defending champ Watson in Monterrey

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – World number one Angelique Kerber defeated defending champion Heather Watson 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Monterrey, Mexico. Germany’s Kerber saved all eight break points she faced in a gritty display against Britain’s Watson, setting up a semi-final clash with fourth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, who was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over French seventh seed Alize Cornet. "I think it was a good match, especially at the end," said Kerber, who made early breaks in each set stand up despite the pressure applied by Watson. Three-time champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova,…
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Formula One: Vettel sets blistering pace in China

SHANGHAI (AFP) – Sebastian Vettel blazed to the fastest time in Saturday practice at the Chinese Grand Prix, ahead of Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton. Vettel, who won Formula One’s season opener in Melbourne two weeks ago, laid down another marker before afternoon qualifying as he sped around the Shanghai circuit in a blistering time of one minute seconds. That was faster than the quickest pole-position time ever in China, which the German four-time world champion himself set for Red Bull back in 2011. Raikkonen was close on his heels, clocking one minute , with Valtteri…
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Formula One: Hamilton romps to pole position in China

SHANGHAI (AFP) – Lewis Hamilton roared to pole position in Saturday’s qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix as Mercedes look to avenge a stunning defeat by Ferrari in the Formula One season opener. The Briton, stung by Sebastian Vettel in Melbourne two weeks ago, pipped his German rival by two tenths of a second in Shanghai with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen filling row two for Sunday’s race. Hamilton jumped onto the pit wall to soak in the adulation of the crowd after clocking the fastest lap of one minute, seconds to capture his fourth Chinese pole…
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US win doubles to keep tie alive at Davis Cup

BRISBANE (AFP) – US pair Steve Johnson and Jack Sock kept the Davis Cup quarter-final against Australia alive with a gritty five-set win over John Peers and Sam Groth in Brisbane on Saturday. After losing both singles rubbers on Friday, the US needed to win the doubles to give themselves some hope heading into Sunday’s reverse singles. And the American duo made sure the US would live to fight another day when they outlasted the Australian pair 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. The win sets up an intriguing final day, with tennis "bad boy" Nick Kyrgios getting the chance to…
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Fury in Damascus, Moscow as US strikes Syria airbase

BEIRUT (AFP) - Damascus and its ally Moscow furiously condemned an American air strike on a Syrian airbase Friday that marked the first direct US assault on President Bashar al-Assad s government. US allies rallied around Washington after President Donald Trump launched the massive strike in retaliation for a "barbaric" chemical attack he blamed on Assad. But Assad s office called the strike "foolish and irresponsible" and Moscow announced a series of retaliatory steps including plans to strengthen Syrian air defences. Russia also demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council and US diplomats said it was to meet at 11:30…
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