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One year after King’s death, Thais prepare for final goodbye

BANGKOK: Monks led sombre ceremonies across Thailand on Friday to mark one year since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as the grieving nation prepares to bid a final farewell to the beloved monarch in a spectacular cremation ceremony this month. Revered as a demi-god and described as a "father" to all Thais, Bhumibol commanded deep devotion during his historic 70-year reign. The past year has drawn out widespread scenes of collective mourning across the kingdom, with many Thais expunging colour from their…

PCB to honour Afridi, Younis, Misbah

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to honour the retired trio of Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan and Misbah Ul Haq in an award ceremony in September. “We plan to arrange a special award ceremony for former captains Misbah ul Haq, Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi,” said Chairman PCB Najam Sethi while talking to a private news channel. “They served Pakistan for a long period and deserve appreciation,” he added. He also revealed that other top performers of the team will also be honoured by the cricket board in…

Sad farewell for injured Bolt as Britain win 4x100m relay

LONDON: Usain Bolt's glittering career swansong came crashing to an end when he pulled up injured on the anchor leg of the world 4x100m relay won by Britain on Saturday. Bolt received the baton with Jamaica in third, but halfway down the finishing straight the towering sprinter pulled up clutching his left thigh, eventually doing a forward somersault to the ground, to gasps from the 60,000 sell out London Stadium. The British quartet of Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake claimed gold…

Afridi thanks Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team for farewell gift

Former cricketer and T20 skipper Shahid Afridi has thanked Indian captain Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team for the heartwarming farewell gift sent to him. The Indian cricket team had gifted Afridi a signed jersey in a show of sportsmanship following his retirement from all forms of cricket. Thank you to you and the entire Indian team for a wonderful farewell gift @imVkohli. Respect superstar, hope to see you soon 😊 pic.twitter.com/DGz8aMs1Xv — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 21, 2017 “Thank you to…

Obama surprises Biden with top civilian honor

WASHINGTON: Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden America's highest civilian honor on Thursday, in an emotional surprise ceremony at the White House. Biden was reduced to tears as the president in his last days in office surprised him by announcing he would be awarding the 74-year-old the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In remarks billed as a joint farewell to family, friends and staff before they leave the White House next week, Obama described Biden as "the finest vice-president we have ever seen" and a "lion…

Michelle Obama issues emotive parting message

WASHINGTON: Michelle Obama urged young Americans not to fear the future but fight for it, delivering an emotive farewell speech Friday in which she said being First Lady was the greatest honor of her life. "For all the young people in this room and those who are watching, know that this country belongs to you, to all of you, from every background and walk of life," she said in the East Room of the White House. After eight years in the White House, Obama will be leaving with her husband on January 20, when Donald Trump…