Wednesday , 24 May 2017

Overseas voters kick off crucial French presidential election

PARIS: French overseas territories and residents in some US states such as Hawaii began voting on Saturday in the French presidential election, a day ahead of a main first-round vote that could change the global political landscape. Of 47 million registered French voters, there are fewer than a million resident …

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Chinese jihadis rise in Syria raises concerns at home

BEIRUT: Many don’t speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organised, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the country’s northern regions. Thousands of …

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Russia tried to use Trump advisers to influence election

WASHINGTON: Rus­sian operatives tried to infiltrate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign through his advisers, including foreign policy aide Carter Page, CNN reported on Saturday. CNN said this emerged through FBI intelligence gathering, which triggered an investigation into any possible coordination between Trump campaign operatives and Russian officials. US officials told the …

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Global march for science to fight ‘alternative facts’

WASHINGTON: Thousands of people joined a global March for Science on Saturday with Washington the epicentre of a movement to fight back against what many see as an “assault on facts” by populist politicians. Hundreds streamed onto the Washington Mall for a festive day of music, speeches and teach-ins by …

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Foul-mouthed Nastase expelled from Fed Cup tie

LONDON: Romanian tennis legend Ilie Nastase was expelled from the Fed Cup tie with Britain on Saturday for ‘serious misconduct’ after a foul-mouthed rant compounded a controversy caused by racist remarks aimed at Serena Williams. The 70-year-old was heard to say about Williams’s pregnancy at Friday’s press conference ahead of …

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Djokovic’s French Open plans take Monte Carlo hit

MONTE CARLO: Novak Djokovic’s preparations for his French Open title defence suffered another setback Friday when he was defeated by Belgium’s David Goffin 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals. The Serb saved four match points but slumped to his first loss to Goffin after five successive wins …

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Late equaliser helps Hoffenheim qualify for Europa League

COLOGNE: Kerem Demirbay scored in the third minute of injury time to qualify Hoffenheim for European football for the first time with a 1-1 draw at Cologne in the Bundesliga on Friday. Demirbay’s late strike ensured third-place Hoffen­heim cannot finish any lower than sixth, guaranteeing the side a spot in …

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Ten-man Hull defy odds to boost survival bid

LONDON: Hull City ignored the controversial dismissal of Oumar Niasse to boost their bid for Premier League survival with a vital 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday. Marco Silva’s side played with 10 men for 65 minutes at the KCOM Stadium after Senegal international Niasse was sent off for a …

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West Indies revival frustrates Pakistan in first Test

KINGSTON: Half-centuries by Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich engineered a West Indies revival in reaching 244 for seven at stumps against Pakistan on the opening day of the first Test at Sabina Park on Friday. Coming together immediately after lunch when opener Kieran Powell became Mohammad Amir’s third wicket with …

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SECP approves first PE fund

KARACHI: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has approved the first private equity and venture capital fund worth $100 million under Private Funds Regulations 2015. Ijara Capital Partners Ltd, a private equity firm licensed by the SECP in October 2016, has been allowed to undertake private equity and …

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