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Pakistan Consulate in Birmingham holds classic bodybuilding contest

ISLAMABAD (APP): Consulate of Pakistan, Birmingham has organized a bodybuilding contest titled “Azadi Celebration Classic 2017” at Birmingham’s most historic and iconic building, the Town Hall on Sunday in connection with 70th year of Pakistan’s independence celebrations- one of the many events planned for 2017. According to a message received here from Consulate of Pakistan, Birmingham, Councillor John Clancy, Leader of the Birmingham City Council was the chief guest on the occasion. The event was organized in cooperation with the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) – the apex organization of bodybuilding represented through its national affiliates in more than 192…
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Tennis: Sock topples Haas to reach Houston quarters

HOUSTON (AFP) - Top seed and former winner Jack Sock defeated Germany’s Tommy Haas 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the US Clay Court Championships on Thursday. Sock will next face sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain, who beat Chung Hyeon of South Korea in three sets 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. Sock is seeking his third title of the year to go with victories at Delray Beach, Florida and Auckland, New Zealand. The 2015 champ in this event, Sock is one of four Americans seeded in the tournament’s top five. Number-two seed John Isner survived an upset bid from qualifier…
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Football: Board debate no bother to Wenger

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had insisted any discussions the Gunners board may be having about his future will not distract him from his job, with the debate about his position showing no sign of stopping. Wengers contract is up at the end of the season and there has been intense speculation about whether the veteran French manager, in post at north London giants Arsenal since September 1996, will carry on. Poor recent results, including Mondays 3-0 defeat by a Crystal Palace side battling to avoid relegation, have only fuelled talk about Wengers Gunners prospects. Wenger has indicated…
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International

Kashmiris completely boycott sham re-polling in IOK

SRINAGAR- In occupied Kashmir, the re-polling at thirty eight polling stations in Srinagar constituency was marked by a total boycott, curfew, restrictions and complete shutdown. No vote was cast at many polling stations including Bagh-e-Mehtab in Srinagar and Repora, Chrar-e-Shareef, Khansahib and Galwanpora in Badgam district. Officials confirmed that 519 votes out of around 35,000 were cast at 38 polling stations in the constituency during today’s re-polling. Out of 7,106 votes, only three votes were polled in Badgam until the filing of the report. The eyewitnesses said that at many places non-Kashmiris were seen casting votes with the security of…
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International

US strike in Afghanistan: What is the ‘Mother of All Bombs’?

KABUL, April(AFP) - The United States has dropped a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb, otherwise known as the ‘Mother of All Bombs’, on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province. It is the first time the bomb, developed in the early days of the Iraq war, has been used in combat.
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International

Huge US bomb kills dozens of Daesh militants: Afghan officials

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AFP) - The US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb killed dozens of Daesh militants as it smashed their mountain hideouts, Afghan officials said Friday, ruling out any civilian casualties despite the weapon’s destructive power. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb -- dubbed the "Mother Of All Bombs" and unleashed in combat for the first time-- hit Daesh positions in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday. The bomb is expected to further erode Daesh’s capabilities in Afghanistan and sends a warning to the much bigger Taliban group ahead of their annual spring offensive. "As a result of the bombing, key Daesh…
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International

Buses evacuate hundreds from four besieged Syria towns

RASHIDIN, Syria (AFP) - Hundreds of civilians and fighters who have been under crippling siege for more than two years left four Syrian towns in fleets of buses Friday under a delayed evacuation deal. There has been a string of such agreements through Syria’s six-year civil war. They have been touted by the government as the best way to end the fighting but have been controversial with the rebels who say they are starved out. Critics say the population movements are permanently changing the ethnic and religious map, but in an exclusive interview with AFP on Wednesday President Bashar al-Assad insisted…
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Shocking video shows Kashmiri man tied in front of Indian army’s jeep

SRINAGAR- In a brutal and inhumane move, Indian army used a man in occupied Kashmir as human shield to prevent stone hurling at them. Expressing shock at the incient, the former chief minister of the state Omar Abdullah posted images on twitter showing a man tied to the front of an Indian army jeep.
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Pakistan

Opposition leader accuses govt of ‘authoritarian style’

ISLAMABAD  Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Friday accused the government of  authoritarian style  as he professed that someone like Raza Rabbani cannot carry on in the prevailing environment. He expressed that not only is the government style authoritarian but it is also adopting the same kind of behavior with the parliament. It is pertinent here to mention that the Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani while being unhappy over the absence of leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN), stopped performing his duties in protest and returned the vehicle and protocol provided by the…
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Pakistan

Temperature to remain high in most areas of Sindh: Met Office

KARACHI – Pakistan Meteorological Department said on Friday that a high temperature would remain in most areas of Sindh. However, the provincial capital Karachi witnessed a moderate weather. 43 to 45 degree Celsius Temperature was recorded in Hyderabad. Also, the downtown areas of Sindh had similar recordings of weather. The Met Office recorded up to 47 degree Celsius in Nawabshah and Larkana. On the other hand, the temperature rose in Punjab. 40 degree Celsius was recorded in Lahore. Most cities in Punjab suffered from hot and humid climate by which the residents suffered from sweat and thirst. According to PMD,…
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