Tehran denies involvement in oil tanker attacks, urges US forces to leave the regionPresident Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday Iran would not wage war against any nation, sounding a note of restraint after the United States announced more troop deployments to the Middle East. Its top diplomat warned that the world should not open a “Pandora’s Box” in the Middle East, as he denounced US pressure on Iran and called on it not to drop out of the landmark nuclear deal. “Iran will not wage war against any nation,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state TV. The nuclear deal seeks to head off any pathway to an Iranian nuclear bomb in return for the removal of most international sanctions. Pompeo said on Sunday the United States did not want to go to war with Iran but would take every action necessary, including diplomacy, to guarantee safe navigation through Middle East shipping lanes.
June 18, 2019 07:18 UTC
The Folha de S.Paulo newspaper reported that Brazilian authorities blocked 36 properties in Brazil as they seek 69 million reais ($18 million) in back taxes. Folha cited an unspecified court ruling as approving the action by Brazil tax authorities. In addition to his tax fight, Neymar in recent weeks has been accused of rape, an allegation that Brazilian police are investigating. PSG owner doesn’t want ‘star behaviour’ as reports of Neymar sale surfaceA Brazilian woman accused Neymar, 27, of raping her at a Paris hotel last month. On Sunday, a report in L’Equipe said that Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to sell Neymar, as chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi warned that irresponsible behavior from players won’t be tolerated anymore.
June 18, 2019 07:07 UTC
Actor Arjun Kapoor has opened up about his struggle with obesity and says it has been a tough journey for him. Kapoor, on Tuesday, posted two photographs of himself on Instagram. The caption of the post read, “It has been a tough journey for me ever since I was a kid when it comes to my battle with obesity. But the whole point of life is that we fall, we get back up and try again. Kapoor’s next Panipat is a historical drama revolving around the Third Battle of Panipat.
June 18, 2019 06:56 UTC
19-year-old, made his first-team debut for Benfica, scoring 15 goals and providing seven assists in 21 startsMADRID: Atletico Madrid are set to sign Portugal midfielder Joao Felix from Benfica for 120 million euros ($135 million), Spanish newspaper Marca said on Monday. Felix, 19, made his first-team debut for Benfica last season, helping the Lisbon side win the Portuguese league title by scoring 15 goals and providing seven assists in 21 starts. Manchester United make last-minute move to sign GriezmannHe made his Portugal debut in this month’s 3-1 win over Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League semi-final. According to Marca, Atletico will pay the player’s full release clause imminently, smashing the club’s transfer record of 72 million euros which they paid last year to sign France winger Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco. The France international’s release clause drops from 200 million euros to 120 million euros on July 1, and Spanish media reported that he has agreed personal terms with La Liga champions Barcelona.
June 18, 2019 06:55 UTC
Chairman NAB can issue warrants of arrests even after the reference is filed, says IHC judgementISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC), in its detailed judgement of PPP co-chairperson’s bail plea dismissal, stated no ulterior motive can be attributed to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for the arrest. However, in its written order, IHC said NAB’s arrest of Zardari was based on the need for further investigation of the accused and as such, there is no ulterior motive involved in his arrest. The judgement also states that arguments on behalf of the petitioners that chairman NAB does not have authority or jurisdiction in the matter are “without substance”. The court maintained that the Supreme Court (SC) fixed a standard for bail in NAB cases in the Avenfield reference. Former president Asif Ali Zardari was arrested by NAB last week after IHC recalled the pre-arrest bail granted to him and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake accounts case.
June 18, 2019 06:47 UTC
Erick Pulgar had opened the scoring for Chile in the first half before Vargas doubled the 2015 and 2016 champions’ advantage with a deflected second-half strike. Vidal says Chile are team to fear ahead of Japan Copa clashThe win saw Chile join Uruguay at the top of Group C, level on points and goal difference. We’re sad to lose but proud that we really took it to them.”Japan had started confidently, dominating territory and possession albeit without threatening the Chile goal. The half closed with Chile threatening to add to their lead, Sanchez’s header from close range saved by Osako. Chile picked up where they left off as the second half got under way, stroking the ball around confidently to deny Japan possession.
June 18, 2019 06:44 UTC
Second seed Zverev came back from 5-2 down in the second set to record his first grass court victory of the season, following an early exit in Stuttgart last week. “The start of the grass season is always a bit tricky. You need practice to get used to the conditions,” said Zverev. Djokovic tops ATP rankings ahead of Nadal, Federer“Steve is someone who has a very good serve and is very good on grass. Third seed Karen Khachanov is also in the second round after beating Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.
June 18, 2019 06:32 UTC
Rights groups called for an independent probe into the detention conditions and death of the former presidentCAIRO: Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Mursi was buried in Cairo on Tuesday, his lawyer said, a day after he collapsed in court and died. Rights groups called for an independent probe into the detention conditions and death of the former president, who was ousted in 2013 after a year of divisive rule. “He was buried in Medinat Nasr, in eastern Cairo, with his family present,” said Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud, one of his lawyer. Egypt’s former president Mursi dies“We heard the banging on the glass cage from the rest of the other inmates and them screaming loudly that Mursi had died,” the lawyer, Osama El Helw, told AFP. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong ally of Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood, paid tribute to the “martyr”.
June 18, 2019 06:22 UTC
Envoys of both the countries pay farewell visit to presidencyISLAMABAD: Pakistan offers unique geographical location and investment friendly regime for Argentinean businesses to explore, said President Dr Arif Alvi. Dr Alvi underscored the need to enhance bilateral trade between the two countries, as it was not commensurate with its actual potential. He hoped that Argentina would extend its support for signing of a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Pakistan and MERCOSUR, Southern Common Market. In a meeting with outgoing Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson, Dr Alvi congratulated her on successful completion of tenure in Pakistan. Arif Alvi said that the bilateral trade between the two countries was not commensurate with its actual potential, therefore, he emphasised that both sides should take steps to further enhance their trade through its existing institutional mechanism.
June 18, 2019 06:11 UTC
'Maintaining two separate brands in the same market is better for competition'DUBAI: Uber and Middle East ride-hailing business Careem will remain separate entities until at least the first quarter of 2020, when Uber’s acquisition is expected to close, Careem’s CFO said on Tuesday. You can now book a Careem without internetThe $3.1 billion dollar acquisition will make Careem a wholly owned subsidiary of Uber, but the Careem brand and app will remain intact, at least initially. Maintaining two separate brands in the same market is better for competition, Ankur Shah said at a financial conference in Dubai. Read full story
June 18, 2019 06:11 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Media reports have emerged that Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser to not issue production orders for the incarcerated members of the National Assembly, including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. As reported by a private media outlet on Tuesday, the prime minister issued the directives during a meeting of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and its coalition parties. While addressing the meeting, he reportedly dubbed opposition members as “thieves” and “robbers”, observing that “nowhere in the world criminals come to the parliament on productions orders to deliver speeches against the prime minister or the government”. The premier also issued directives for the treasury members to interrupt the speech by Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif, rather than gossiping with opposition members in the parliamentary cafeteria, the report claimed. The prime minister further sought a guarantee from the opposition to not hoot during his speech in the lower house.
June 18, 2019 06:11 UTC
While he survived with injuries, his companion did not. Police sources said that ANP leader Maulana Guldad Khan was travelling in the district when his car came under attack from an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the roadside in Nawagai area of Darbano near the Mohmand-Bajaur district border. The attack, which came from the left side of the vehicle, badly damaged it. Maulana Gul was wounded while his companion, tribal elder Abdul Hadi sustained critical injuries. However, no arrests were reported to have been made till the filing of this report.
June 18, 2019 06:00 UTC
Work on one of long-delayed projects, Park Enclave I, has started, officials said. Park Enclave had become yet another stuck up project of CDA. However under the instructions of the government, stalled sectors have been revived and as a first step development activity has commenced at Park Enclave I, they said. On Monday, CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed visited the ground breaking of a bridge at Park Enclave I. Gradually and steadily the pace of development work in the city will pick up, Ahmed said while inspecting the site.
June 18, 2019 05:48 UTC
In May, the Business Express Train, en route to Lahore from Karachi, collided with two motorcycles and a rickshaw near Lahore Kot Lakhpat railway station. On the same section, another incident occurred involving a second coach of Thal Express Train which derailed near Mianwali. Moreover, two incidents of derailment of the Karakoram Express Train, travelling from Lahore to Karachi, occurred within a week at the Faisalabad station this month. Despite so many incidents derailment in the province over the last few months, no measures have been taken to improve train operations. “On the one hand, train incidents are occurring and other passengers are suffering due to a lack of basic facilities in fast trains.
June 18, 2019 05:37 UTC
Defence lawyer says Durrani legally owns land, sugar and rice millsKARACHI: An Accountability Court (AC) reserved its ruling on the maintainability of a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Speaker Sindh Assembly, Agha Siraj Durrani. The court was hearing a reference filed by the NAB against Durrani about his assets beyond known sources of income. His counsel, Raheel Niazi advocate, gave arguments against the reference and maintained that the assets mentioned in the reference were not illegal. No inquiry was conducted nor was any notice served on Durrani.”The NAB had recently filed a reference against Durrani and others. Witnesses summonedAn accountability court has summoned more witnesses in the case of illegal appointments in the police department.
June 18, 2019 05:37 UTC