LAGOS: Online sports betting is booming in soccer-mad Nigeria largely thanks to payment systems developed by homegrown technology firms that are starting to make online businesses more viable. For years, mobile payments failed to take off in Nigeria as they have in countries such as Kenya, where Safaricom’s M-Pesa money transfers have fostered a culture of cashless payments. Fear of electronic fraud and slow internet speeds have held Nigerian online consumers back but betting firms says the new, fast digital payment…
KABUL/WASHINGTON: Prospects have risen for negotiations between the Taliban and the United States after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called a ceasefire and allowed militants to roam into cities in a gamble to encourage peace talks. The Taliban, ousted from power in 2001 by US-led troops, insist that any negotiations with what it calls the “puppet” Afghan government on a peace plan can begin only after talks with the United States about withdrawing foreign forces. Analysts and Western diplomats said Ghani’s offer to…
LAHORE: Billions of rupees have been put at stake on high-voltage clash between Pakistan and India in the World T20 on Saturday, ARY News reported.
KARACHI/CHRISTCHURCH: Chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket team, Moeen Khan on Sunday night gambled nearly 10 to 15 thousand US dollars at a casino in Christchurch, New Zealand, ARY News cited an eye witness as saying.
LONDON: Having just waved goodbye to a player who constantly courted controversy, Liverpool rolled out the welcome mat to Mario Balotelli on Monday, whose maverick if inconsistent talent is perhaps only rivaled by his ability to cause mischief.