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Mother beats son in PP-272 ‘family electoral battle’

MUZAFFARGARH: A woman belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) defeated her son, contesting independently, in an unusual electoral battle in Muzaffargarh's PP-272 on Sunday’s by-elections. Syed Haroon Ahmed Sultan was contesting as an independent candidate against his mother Zehra Batool, who was given the ticket by the PTI. According to unofficial results from all 134 polling stations in the constituency, Ms Batool received 27,752 votes, while her son bagged 18,853 votes. The seat was vacated by Syed Basit…

Nadal beats Nishikori to win 11th Monte Carlo Masters title

Rafael Nadal romped to a record 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside Kei Nishikori in Sunday's final to retain the world number one ranking. The 31-year-old saw off Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to become the first man to win a tournament 11 times in the Open era with his 76th ATP Tour triumph. Nadal's 31st Masters title is also an outright record, pulling him out of a tie with Novak Djokovic. The 16-time Grand Slam champion's era of utter dominance on clay looks unlikely to end any time soon after Nadal took his…

China growth beats forecasts in face of trade row, financial risk

BEIJING: China's economy grew more than expected in the first quarter as it withstood headwinds from Beijing's fight against financial risk and pollution, and trade tensions with the United States. While acknowledging the potential negative impact of a US trade war officials on Tuesday warned the country faced greater downside risk at home, citing the need for reforms. The world's number two economy expanded 6.8 percent in January-March, better than the 6.7 percent tipped in an AFP survey of economists and the same as…

Tottenham’s Harry Kane beats Shearer’s goal record and also topples Messi

LONDON: Harry Kane toppled Alan Shearer’s 22-year-old record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year by scoring a double for Tottenham Hotspur against Southampton on Tuesday, also overtaking Lionel Messi as the top scorer in Europe. England forward Kane, 24, headed in Christian Eriksen’s freekick in the 22nd minute to overtake Shearer’s 36 goals in 1995 with Blackburn Rovers, a tally he had equalled by scoring a hat-trick in Spurs’ 3-0 win at Burnley on Saturday. The double Premier League Golden Boot…

Google AI beats Chinese master in ancient game of Go

BEIJING: A Google artificial intelligence program defeated a Chinese grand master at the ancient board game Go on Tuesday, a major feather in the cap for the firm's AI ambitions as it looks to woo Beijing to gain re-entry into the country. In the first of three planned games in the eastern water town of Wuzhen, the AlphaGo program held off China's world number one Ke Jie in front of Chinese officials and Google parent Alphabet's chief executive Eric Schmidt. The victory over the world's top player - which many thought…

Apple Airpods overtake wireless headphones sales in 2016

Apple started the sale of the wireless AirPod headphones in December, after a two-month delay when they were first announced in September during the launch of the latest iPhone. The long-awaited AirPod, which is priced at $159, capped the the year that headphone buyers cut the cord, as wireless models comprised half of all online headphone sales in 2016. The sale of wireless headphones has been on the rise since the last two years. Data gathered by Slice Intelligence, which measures digital commerce directly from the…

Murray beats Bautista Agut to win third Shanghai Masters title

SHANGHAI: Andy Murray powered his way to a third Shanghai Masters title by beating Spanish 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(1) 6-1 in Sunday's final to close in on Novak Djokovic at the top of the world rankings. Bautista Agut beat world number one Djokovic in the semi-final on Saturday but was brought back down to earth by three-times grand slam champion Murray, who converted all his four break points to wrap up the match in one hour 37 minutes. Murray, who won the China Open in Beijing a week ago, is now 915 points…