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Australia cancels Bangladesh warm-up match over poor ground conditions

DHAKA: Australia has cancelled the only warm-up match of their two-Test tour of Bangladesh due to poor conditions at the ground, officials said Monday. The two-day match at Fatullah, slated to start Tuesday, had been in doubt since heavy rain partially flooded part of the field. It was the only warm-up fixture of the tour, Australia's first to Bangladesh in more than a decade. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) offered alternative venues but the Australians were reluctant to change at the last minute due to security…

Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza Strip

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Israel launched a Gaza ground campaign after 10 days of bombardments from the air and sea failed to stop militants' rocket attacks, stepping up an offensive that already has taken a heavy toll in civilian lives.

Army launches ground offensive in Miranshah; 15 militants killed

MIRANSHAH: The security forces have begun ground operation in Miramshah, a town of North Waziristan Agency, ARY News reported. Director general Inter-Services Public Relations, the public affairs wing of army, announced in a statement that ground offensive had started in Miranshah. The DG ISPR said at least 15 terrorists had been killed in the ground offensive since it's launched. A security personnel was also injured while combating the terrorists. Forces have besieged the Mir Ali area with artillery tanks to capture…