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Syria army presses fight near Damascus despite truce

BEIRUT (AFP) – Syria s army advanced Monday as it battles to capture a rebel region that is key to the capital s water supply, launching strikes and artillery fire threatening a fragile nationwide truce. Brokered by regime ally Russia and opposition supporter Turkey, the ceasefire is now in its fourth day despite sporadic violence and continued

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Syrian rebels announce freeze of talks about peace negotiations

BEIRUT (AFP) – About 10 Syrian rebel groups announced Monday they were suspending talks about planned peace negotiations this month in the Kazakh capital Astana, due to “violations” by Damascus of a four-day old truce. “As these violations are continuing, the rebel factions announce… the freezing of all discussion linked to the Astana negotiations,” they

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First winter rain, snowfall hit different parts of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk) – The country received first rain of the current winter season on Tuesday. Light drizzle in the twin cities, Lahore, Peshawar and other cities made the weather further cold and ended the prolonged dry spell.  Meanwhile, heavy rainfall is being taking place in Astore, Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Neelum, Chitral, Hattian and Rawalkot. Snowfall

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Renshaw nearing century at tea after Warner ton in Pakistan Test

SYDNEY (AFP) – David Warner fell for 113 after becoming the first batsman to score a Test century before lunch in Australia on the opening day of the third Test against Pakistan. The dashing left-hander raised his 18th Test hundred off 78 balls in just 117 minutes with 17 fours before he was out after lunch

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PSL releases audit report of first PSL, reports profit

LAHORE: (Web Desk) – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has on Monday released the audit report of the first edition of Pakistan super League (PSL). According to the report, PCB earned Rs 2.6 million US dollars in total from the first edition of PSL and passed on Rs 2 million out of these to the five

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Adil Murad, Sarish Khan, Shehroz Sabzwari to appear in Syed Noor’s next film

KARACHI (Monitoring Desk) – Film director and producer Syed Noor is all set to make his new film ‘Chain Aye Na’. The filmmaker has casted the current title holder of Miss Pakistan USA Sarish Khan, late legendary actor Waheed Murad’s son Adil Murad and Shehroz Sabzwari in lead roles. Sarish Khan is the granddaughter of

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Misbah postpones retirement decision

SYDNEY (AFP) – Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said Monday he will lead the side in the third Test against Australia in Sydney, dismissing suggestions he is about to retire. Misbah, 42, raised the possibility following his team’s abject innings defeat in the second Melbourne Test last week to lose the series, when he said he would

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Tennis: Gasquet leads France to Hopman win

Gasquet beat rising star Alexander Zverev in their men’s singles match. PERTH (AFP) – Cagey veteran Richard Gasquet led France to a 2-1 win over Germany at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday. Gasquet beat rising star Alexander Zverev in their men’s singles match and then teamed with Kristina Mladenovic to win

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Football: Record signing Oscar lands in Shanghai to join SIPG

SHANGHAI (AFP) – Brazilian midfielder Oscar landed in Shanghai on Monday where the 25-year-old was set to smash the Asian transfer record with a reported 60 million euros ($63 million) deal with Shanghai SIPG. Dozens of supporters chanting club songs swarmed the former Chelsea player at the city’s Pudong airport.  Oscar’s arrival in the Chinese Super

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Baghdad suicide car bomb blast kills 32: police

BAGHDAD (Web Desk) – A suicide car bomb attack in a densely-populated neighbourhood of Baghdad on Monday killed at least 32 people and left dozens wounded, police and hospital officials said. Many of the victims were daily labourers waiting for jobs at an intersection in Sadr City, a sprawling neighbourhood in the northeast of the

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