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ICC aims for tougher ball-tampering sanctions in months

Cricket's world body said Thursday it wants tough new sanctions against ball tampering in place within months as it struggles with the fallout from the cheating scandal involving top Australian players. International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson said football-style red and yellow cards would be among the measures considered as it seeks to bring back a "culture of respect" to the game. The leaders of top playing nations demanded harsher punishment and more powers for umpires to act against cheating…

Mohamed Salah aims to shoot down Roma in Champions League semi

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool are banking on Mohamed Salah and the passion of the Anfield crowd to propel them towards the Champions League final on Tuesday but Roma stand in their way in a mouthwatering repeat of the 1984 title decider. Spearheaded by Salah and inspired from the touchline by exuberant manager Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool will look to repeat the blitzkrieg attack that blew Premier League champions Manchester City away in the previous round. But the five-times champions will be wary of the team that staged a…

In diabetes war, Novo Nordisk aims to break mold with new pill

LONDON: After nearly a century building a company worth $125 billion based on injectable drugs, Denmark’s Novo Nordisk - the world’s biggest insulin maker - wants to prove this year it can transform the diabetes market with a pill. Novo’s oral semaglutide medicine is important for ensuring the group’s long-term growth - a critical mission after 2017 results last week revealed mounting price pressure in a crowded market targeting the world’s 450 million diabetics. Rivals, especially Eli Lilly, are watching Novo’s…

With more Islamic schooling, Erdogan aims to reshape Turkey

ISTANBUL: On a hill overlooking Istanbul is a religious school where, 50 years ago, a boy from a working class district attended classes in Islam. The boy was Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s future president. The school was one of the first Imam Hatip schools, founded by the state to educate young men to be preachers. At the start of the 2017-2018 academic year in September, Erdogan returned to his old school, now renamed the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Anatolian Imam Hatip upper school after an $11 million redevelopment. He recalled…

New Saudi ‘Fund of Funds’ aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund on Monday announced a new investment arm to provide financing for small and medium-sized enterprises, the state-owned PIF said in a statement. The four-billion-riyal ($1.1-billion) "Fund of Funds" will invest in venture capital and private equity targeting SMEs, the statement said. The fund is part of "Vision 2030", a broad programme of reforms launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last year and aimed at diversifying the kingdom's oil-dependent economy. The new…

Malik aims to make 250th ODI memorable

CARDIFF: Former Pakistan skipper and senior batsman Shoaib Malik wants to make his 250th one-day international "memorable" when he takes field in the crucial match against Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Monday. The 35-year-old has been key to Pakistan batting since making his comeback in 2015 and would be Pakistan's linchpin against Sri Lanka. Malik admitted he was pumped up for the occasion. "To be honest, I didn't know about the milestone," Malik told ARY News. "I am always committed to the team's cause and if that is…

Meet the man behind the viral Syria photo

ALEPPO: Photo of Mohammed Mohiedin Anis listening to music in his destroyed bedroom touched a chord around the world on eve of sixth anniversary of Syria’s civil war. Here is an AFP interview of the man Car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis gazes sadly at a 1955 Buick Super, one of his collection of vintage cars “wounded” in battles that ravaged the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Heavy bombardment of the eastern district of Shaar had blown massive chunks of concrete off a nearby building, crushing the vintage Buick’s…