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Bangladeshi premier takes big lead as opposition rejects poll alleging vote rigging

DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling party took a big lead over the opposition in a national election on Sunday, early results and trends showed, in a poll that was marred by allegations of vote rigging and violence that killed 17 people. A third straight term for Hasina’s Awami League was widely expected, but the main opposition led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) rejected the election and called for a fresh vote in the country of 165 million people. The Election Commission said it was…

France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

MOSCOW: France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years. The French, playing their third World Cup final, were made to sweat initially and were lucky to go ahead when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic headed an Antoine Griezmann free kick into his own net in the 18th minute, the first own goal in a World Cup final. ALLEZ! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/XZVFIxJMSU — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 15, 2018 Only one stat…

Bismah Maroof to lead Pakistan women team in Asia Cup 2018

KARACHI: Chief Selector Pakistan Women Cricket Team Jalal-ud-Din on Friday announced 15 members squad for Women’s Asia Cup slated to start from 3rd June in Malaysia. The 15-member squad includes Bismah Maroof (Captain), Muneeba Ali Siddiqui (Batswoman), Bibi Nahida (Batswoman), Jaweria Rauf (Batswoman), Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi (Batswoman), Omaima Sohail (Batswoman/ RAOS), Javeria Wadood (Batswoman), Sidra Nawaz (Wicket-keeper), Nida Rashid (Batswoman/Spin), Kainat Imtiaz (Batswoman/ Medium Fast), Sana Mir…

Rahane to lead India against Afghanistan in Kohli’s absence

MUMBAI: Ajinkya Rahane will lead India against Afghanistan, who play their maiden test in Bengaluru in June, in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said on Tuesday. Kohli will represent Surrey in June after signing a one-month contract with the English county side to prepare for the test series against England later this year. He will return to lead India in the limited-overs series in Ireland in June before they head to England for three T20 internationals, three ODIs and a…

T-Mobile, Sprint say $26 billion deal would give US tech lead over China

T-Mobile US and Sprint said on Sunday they had agreed to a $26 billion all-stock deal and believed they could win over skeptical regulators because the merger would create thousands of jobs and help the United States beat China to creating the next generation mobile network. The agreement capped four years of on-and-off talks between the third and fourth largest US wireless carriers, setting the stage for the creation of a company with 127 million customers that will be a more formidable competitor to the top two wireless…

Lead poisoning lurks in scores of New York neighborhoods

In some areas of New York City, children tested high for lead at double the rate in Flint – the latest finding in a Reuters investigation that has identified 3,800 such lead hotspots nationwide. Until now, many have remained hidden. NEW YORK: In public health circles, New York City is known for its long war on lead poisoning. The city outlawed residential lead paint in 1960, 18 years before a national ban. A 2004 housing law targeted “elimination” of childhood lead poisoning within six years. The city offers free lead…

PM to lead Pakistan delegation to UN General Assembly 72nd session from Monday

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will lead Pakistan delegation to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York starting on Monday.   Foreign Office in a statement on Friday said the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres on the sidelines of the General Assembly session. Read More: Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly amid Rohingya crisis It said Shahid Abbasi will…

Sarfraz to lead Champions Trophy team of the tournament

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes players from five of the eight participating sides, with Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed as captain. The side was selected by a jury of cricket experts, which included former captains Michael Atherton of England, India’s Sourav Ganguly, Ramiz Raja of Pakistan as well as Lawrence Booth (Editor, Wisden Almanack and cricket writer, The Mail) and Julian Guyer (cricket correspondent, Agence France-Presse), with ICC…

Venom of tiny fish could lead to new pain treatments

WASHINGTON: Tiny fanged fish called blennies, which swim in the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean, are armed with an unusual venom that could inspire new pain medications, British and Australian scientists said this week. The venom of these fearless 1.5-three inch (four-seven centimeter) swimmers -- which are popular tropical aquarium fish -- numbs would-be predators, rather than causing them pain, said the report in the journal Current Biology. "The fish injects other fish with opioid peptides that act like heroin or…

Kids exposed to lead show less intelligence as adults: study

MIAMI: Children in New Zealand who were exposed to high levels of lead have grown up to be less intelligent adults than their counterparts who were not as affected, researchers said Tuesday. The decades-long study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that the effects of lead, a metal and potent neurotoxin, can be long-lasting. The research involved more than 500 people living in the southeastern city of Dunedin in the 1970s and 1980s, an era when leaded gasoline (petrol) was common…