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Khattak wants Japan to participate in CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak on Monday expressed the hope that Japan would help create economic activities in Pakistan through participation in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and investment in maritime and industrial manufacturing sectors. Talking to Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai in Islamabad, the defence minister also appreciated the role of Japan in the promotion of peace and stability in Afghanistan and south Asian region. He also commended the efforts of the Japanese government…

Arthur hopes swing and luck returns for Amir

LONDON: Pakistan's dependence on spearhead Mohammad Amir is natural. In an inexperienced bowling attack they hope Muhammed Amir could lead from the front, more so in the opening Test against England starting at Lord's on Thursday. Having showed his desire to play more limited overs cricket than in Tests, this Test tour of England may set the direction for Amir. Amir has not been in the best of form and fitness since the tour started. Since his return from a spot fixing ban, Amir has 49 wickets in 17 Tests, which is…

Fakhar Zaman hopes to make a mark at Lord’s

Not many followers of the game would have forgotten Fakhar Zaman’s exploits at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Across in England and Wales, playing in that part of the world for the first time, Zaman smashed 31, 50 and 57 in his first three appearances and then came the memorable 114 – in just 106 balls – as Pakistan beat India by 180 runs in the final at The Oval. Zaman, Player of the Match in that final, is back in England, this time as part of the Test side. He has never played Test cricket before, and has in fact 31…

Rashid Khan insists that Afghan World Cup hopes still alive

HARARE: Rashid Khan insisted that "anything can happen" and that Afghanistan are still holding hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup in England and Wales, after beating the United Arab Emirates by five wickets on Tuesday. Rashid took five for 41 as the UAE were bowled out for 177 and team-mates Najibullah Zadran and Gulbadin Naib both hit unbeaten fifties to see Afghanistan home with more than 15 overs to spare in Harare. Afghanistan didn't carry any points into the Super Six round, but two successive victories…

Saudi Arabian oil minister hopes OPEC, allies can ease output curbs in 2019

NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia hopes OPEC and its allies will be able to relax production curbs next year and create a permanent framework to stabilise oil markets after the current supply cut deal ends this year, its oil minister said on Saturday. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is reducing output by about 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) as part of a deal with Russia and other non-OPEC producers. The pact, aimed at propping oil prices, began in January 2017 and will run until the end of 2018.…

AstraZeneca rebuilds cancer drug hopes with new lung data

MADRID: Two AstraZeneca drugs tackling lung cancer in different ways delivered impressive clinical results on Saturday, helping the British group offset July’s big clinical trial setback in the disease. Particularly notable was the success of the infused immunotherapy medicine Imfinzi in helping non-small cell lung cancer patients with inoperable mid-stage disease that has not spread widely around the body. Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said it gave AstraZeneca a chance to intervene earlier in lung cancer,…

Bangladesh hopes to rekindle passion to save rare crocodiles

DHAKA: Bangladeshi conservationists introduced two rare river-dwelling crocodiles to potential mates Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically-endangered species from extinction. A 36-year-old female gharial -- a fish-eating crocodile once native to rivers across the Indian subcontinent -- was brought from a zoo in northeast Bangladesh to the capital Dhaka, where it is hoped she will mate with an older male to repopulate the species. A separate 40-year-old male was returned to the zoo in Rajshahi where…

Pakistan hopes Cardiff lucky charm stays in semi-final

CARDIFF: Pakistan will hope their lucky charm of Cardiff continues as they take on title favourites and hosts England in the first semi-final on Wednesday, having blown hot and cold in the Champions Trophy tournament. Pakistan have lived up to their reputations of being "unpredictable" by going down tamely to India by 124 runs in their opening match at Edgbaston but bounced back strongly by knocking world number one South Africa to remain in contention for the last four in Group B. It took a brilliant but chancy…