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Formula One: McLaren’s Alonso to miss Monaco for Indy 500

LONDON (AFP) – McLaren’s former two-time world champion Fernando Alonso will miss next month’s Formula One Monaco Grand Prix to race for them in the Indianapolis 500, the British-based team said Wednesday. The two showpiece races take place on May 28 and McLaren -- whose fortunes have plummeted in F1 -- "will enter a single car in the 101st Indianapolis 500," said a team statement. McLaren did not say who will take the Spaniard’s place for the Monaco race, one of the highlights of the grand prix calendar. However, his absence sparked speculation that his position could be filled in…
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Tennis: Czechs call up reserve Fed Cup team against US

PRAGUE (AFP) – Defending champions the Czech Republic on Wednesday named a reserve team to compete in the Fed Cup semi-finals against the United States after their top stars decided to skip the tie. Czech captain Petr Pala called up world number 38 Katerina Siniakova, 58th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova, Denisa Allertova (107) and Marketa Vondrousova (233) for the tie in Tampa on April 22-23. "The girls have done an awful lot so I’m happy to oblige," Pala said after his top three players Karolina Pliskova, Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova asked to be left out because of either tough programme or…
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National weightlifting championship to start from today

LAHORE (APP): The 62nd edition of the National Weightlifting Championship will be held here from Wednesday at Railways Stadium under the auspices of Pakistan Railways Sports Board. “Country’s top lifters will exhibit their prowess and lifting abilities during the two-day premier activity,” said Sports Officer, Pakistan Railways Sports Board, Rashid Mehmood Butt, while talking to APP on Tuesday. The participating teams are Wapda, Army, Police, Higher Education Commission, host Railways and all the four provinces. He said that the competition would help in further popularising weightlifting among the people, especially the youth which is taking keen interest in taking up…
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International

Alexandria church suicide bomber identified: Egypt

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt s interior ministry said on Wednesday it had identified the suicide bomber behind a deadly attack at the weekend outside a church in the coastal city of Alexandria. The ministry also said it was "pursuing its efforts" to identify another attacker who targeted another church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta hours earlier on Sunday. The Palm Sunday bombings killed 45 people and were claimed by the Islamic State group.
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International

Malala Yousafzai has become an honorary Canadian citizen

OTTAWA (AFP) - Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai became only the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship Wednesday, as she called on the country to be bold in advocating for girls’ education. Wearing a bright orange scarf to cover her head in accordance with Muslim tradition, the Pakistani activist was welcomed to the seat of Canada’s democracy by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. At age 19, Yousafzai is the youngest person to speak to Canadian members of parliament and senators in a joint session. She is also the youngest to receive honorary Canadian citizenship -- a privilege previously granted to…
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International

Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria gas attack probe

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - Russia on Wednesday vetoed a UN resolution demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of a suspected chemical attack, blocking Security Council action against its ally for an eighth time. Britain, France and the United States had put forward the measure in response to the suspected sarin gas attack in rebel-held Khan Sheikhun on April 4 that left 87 dead, including 31 children. The Russian veto came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared following talks in Moscow that there was a "low level of trust" between the United States and Russia.…
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International

United States’ first female Muslim judge found dead in Hudson River

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A groundbreaking black jurist who became the first Muslim woman to serve as a judge was found dead in New York’s Hudson River on Wednesday, police said. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a 65-year-old associate judge of New York’s highest court, was found floating off Manhattan’s west side at about 1:45 EDT (1545 GMT), a police spokesman said. Police pulled Abdus-Salaam’s fully clothed body from the water and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family identified her and an autopsy would determine the cause of death, the spokesman said. Abdus-Salaam, a native of Washington, , became the…
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US, Russia ready for ‘uncompromising’ fight against terrorism: Lavrov

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday Moscow and Washington were committed to fighting terrorism after talks with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson. "We confirmed our common intention of leading an uncompromising fight against international terrorism," Lavrov said at news conference following the talks. "Despite the quantity of existing there are considerable prospects for joint work," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference after talks with Tillerson and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Russia is open to this, open to dialogue with the US in all different areas, not only to dialogue but to joint action…
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Pakistan

Will restrict gas supply to all if the province did not receive any: Sindh CM

- Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah has threatened the federal government and Sui Southern of halting their gas supply if the province fails to receive their adequate share of gas. While giving a three-day deadline to the federation, Sindh CM asserted in the assembly that the province is not even receiving their approved share of gas. Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM) member Sardar Ahmad and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) supported Murad Ali Shah’s statement which was welcomed by the provincial government. He said that the provision of gas to them is their right. On the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz…
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Kulbhushan Jadhav confessed of spreading terrorism in Pakistan: FO

- Pakistan says Kulbushan Jhadav episode is an irrefutable proof of Indian state’s involvement in terrorism, subversion and terror financing. At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said RAW agent Kulbushan was arrested red-handed, he identified himself and made repeated confessions about his involvement in terrorist and anti-State activities in Pakistan. The spokesperson said arrest of four terrorists by Sindh Rangers yesterday is also a case in point of Indian involvement in Pakistan. Asked to comment on Indian External Affairs Minister’s reaction to award of capital punishment to RAW agent, the spokesperson said India stands…
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