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With rituals and sweets, Muslims mark Prophet Muhammad (SAWW)’s birth

From sufis in Iraqi Kurdistan, to Libyan children receiving toys and Egyptians swapping sweets -- Muslims across the world celebrated Prophet Mohammed (SAWW)'s birthday on Tuesday. Nearly 1,450 years after the Prophet Mohammed (SAWW) was born at Mecca in modern-day Saudi Arabia, Muslims marked the anniversary with ancestral customs and new traditions on Tuesday. In the Libyan city of Benghazi, the celebration has been under way since late Monday with children unpacking new clothes and plastic toys under strings of…

Root joy as England mark Oval milestone in style

LONDON: Joe Root was delighted with England's all-round effort as they bounced back to hammer South Africa by 239 runs in the third Test at The Oval on Monday. England's Moeen Ali finished things off in style by becoming the first bowler in 100 Test at The Oval to take a hat-trick. "What a way to celebrate the 100th Test at this ground," Root told Sky Sports of off-spinner Ali's hat-trick. Man-of-the-match Ben Stokes, who caught two of Ali's hat-trick victims, had a good view when Morne Morkel fell lbw to complete…

Sanchez, Martial on mark as Arsenal, Man Utd rise

LONDON: Alexis Sanchez brought manager Arsene Wenger some breathing space with a brace of goals as Arsenal overcame Hull City 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. The Chilean forward contentiously scored with his hand in the 34th minute and netted a stoppage-time penalty to get Arsenal back to winning ways following successive defeats by Watford and leaders Chelsea. They provisionally climbed to third place, nine points behind Chelsea, while Manchester United moved to within a point of the Champions League places by…

Attacker in clown mask stabs man in Sweden

STOCKHOLM: A man in Sweden has been stabbed by an attacker wearing a clown mask, police said Friday, as a wave of hysteria about sightings of "creepy" or "killer" clowns sweeps the United States and European nations. "A man born in 1997 was stabbed in the shoulder by an unknown person who ran away," police in Halland county in southern Sweden said on their website. The incident late on Thursday came after two people in clown costumes threatened to kill a young woman in the centre of Sweden on Wednesday. "She was extremely…