All posts by Nasir Butt

Djokovic and Murray to face off in another final

05 May, 2016 11:53 am 11:53 am

ROME – Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will face off in a second claycourt final within eight days at the Italian Open after the two in-form players proved on Saturday that they will be the ones to beat at the season’s second grand slam in Roland Garros. Murray made it through to his first Rome … Read More

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Ice hockey: Canada stay perfect, Hungary get first win in 77 years

05 May, 2016 11:18 am 11:18 am

MOSCOW – Canada made it five wins from five with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Slovakia at the ice hockey world championships on Saturday. Derick Brassard and Taylor Hall continued their excellent tournaments, both scoring, while goaltender Cam Talbot stopped 18 shots to earn his second shutout of the event. Canada are equal top of … Read More

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Ukraine’s Jamala takes home Eurovision crown with song about war

05 May, 2016 10:56 am 10:56 am

STOCKHOLM – Ukraine’s Jamala struck a surprise gold in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a song “1944” about war-time deportations of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union in one of the most controversial winners in the competition’s history. In a show known down the years for its playfulness and camp, 32-year-old Jamala struck … Read More

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Venezuela opposition slams ‘desperate’ Maduro state of emergenc...

05 May, 2016 10:19 am 10:19 am

CARACAS – Venezuela’s opposition on Saturday slammed a state of emergency decreed by President Nicolas Maduro and vowed to press home efforts to remove the leftist leader this year amid a grim economic crisis. Maduro on Friday night declared a 60-day state of emergency due to what he called plots from Venezuela and the United … Read More

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Beijing blasts Pentagon report on Chinese military as damaging trust

05 May, 2016 9:44 am 9:44 am

China condemned the US Defense Department’s annual report on the Chinese military on Sunday, calling it deliberate distortion that has “severely damaged” mutual trust. In its annual report to Congress on Chinese military activities, the US Defense Department said on Friday that China is expected to add substantial military infrastructure, including communications and surveillance systems, … Read More

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Australia charges five men over plot to sail to join Islamic State

05 May, 2016 9:05 am 9:05 am

SYDNEY – Australian police have charged five men suspected of planning to travel to Syria to join Islamic State via a journey that would start in a small motor boat taking them to Indonesia and the Philippines. The men, aged between 21 and 31, were charged on Saturday with preparing to enter a foreign country … Read More

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Brazil rebuffs Latin American leftists over Rousseff suspension

05 May, 2016 8:22 am 8:22 am

BRASILIA – Brazil’s interim government dismissed criticism by leftist countries in Latin America, including Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia, over the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff, who was suspended as president by the senate. The leftist president of El Salvador on Saturday added to the regional pressure on Brazil, saying that he would not recognize the … Read More

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Apple, Chinese rideshare deal heats up race for tech-smart cars

05 May, 2016 12:13 pm 12:13 pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) $1 billion investment in Chinese ride sharing company Didi Chuxing intensifies a race to acquire technology, talent and market access in a rapidly evolving global personal transportation market. Apple’s investment comes as auto and technology industry executives and investors are placing bets that self- driving car systems, electric vehicles … Read More

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Facebook launches probe into report of political bias

05 May, 2016 11:38 am 11:38 am

CALIFORNIA – Facebook Inc, the social networking powerhouse, is conducting a full investigation into allegations of political bias, Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said. The company has come under fire after an unnamed former Facebook employee told technology news website Gizmodo that workers often omitted conservative political stories from the company’s “trending” list of … Read More

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Silicon Valley venture capitalists raise more money, give less away

05 May, 2016 11:08 am 11:08 am

SAN FRANCISCO – Venture capitalists are raising money at the fastest rate in a decade, raking in about $13 billion in the first quarter of 2016. But much of that cash won’t flow into new startups anytime soon. Rather, venture firms are bracing for a downturn and boosting reserves to keep companies they have already … Read More

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Obama toasts Nordic nations after Russia-focused summit

05 May, 2016 10:43 am 10:43 am

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama toasted Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland at a star-studded state dinner on Friday, lauding the nations for their global influence on civil rights, humanitarian issues and curbing climate change. The red carpet glamor followed a White House summit where Obama and the leaders of the five nations presented a … Read More

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US sees China boosting military presence after island-building spree

05 May, 2016 9:46 am 9:46 am

WASHINGTON – China is expected to add substantial military infrastructure, including surveillance systems, to artificial islands in the South China Sea this year, giving it long-term “civil-military bases” in the contested waters, the Pentagon said on Friday. In its annual report to Congress on China’s military activities in 2015, the US Defense Department estimated that … Read More

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For Iran and Hezbollah, a costly week in Syria

05 May, 2016 9:16 am 9:16 am

BEIRUT – A rebel onslaught on the town of Khan Touman near Aleppo last week delivered one of the biggest battlefield setbacks yet to the coalition of foreign Shi’ite fighters waging war on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Reports put the death toll among the Iranian, Afghani and Lebanese militiamen as high as … Read More

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Venezuela president declares emergency, cites US, domestic ‘threats&#...

05 May, 2016 8:36 am 8:36 am

CARACAS – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency on Friday due to what he called plots from within the OPEC country and the United States to topple his leftist government. Maduro did not provide details of the measure. A previous state of emergency, implemented in states near the Colombian border last … Read More

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Aleppo fighting rages as US, Russia try to revive Syria truce

05 May, 2016 9:46 am 9:46 am

BEIRUT/PARIS – Syrian government forces and their allies fought insurgents near Aleppo on Monday and jets conducted raids around a nearby town seized by Islamist rebels, a monitoring group said, as Syria’s military said a ceasefire in Aleppo would be extended by 48 hours starting on Tuesday. A recent surge in bloodshed in Aleppo, Syria’s … Read More

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