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Erdogan calls Ozil, praises exit from German team

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said he had backed Mesut Ozil's decision to quit the German national team on racism grounds in a telephone call with the Turkish-origin football star, wading into a controversy that caused uproar in Germany. Ozil stunned football at the weekend by announcing he planned never to play again for the national team after criticism he deemed to be racist of a meeting with Erdogan two months ago. His move has divided opinion in Germany but received warm applause in Turkey,…

Dinesh Karthik praises Afghanistan’s beautiful journey

India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik has praised Afghanistan’s rise to the top of the sport under tough circumstances, saying it was an honour to face the South Asian nation in their landmark first test starting on Thursday. Afghanistan will play India, the top-ranked test nation, after becoming full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year. They are coming off a commanding Twenty20 series win over Bangladesh this month and Karthik paid tribute to their inspiring journey. “It’s been beautiful,”…

Imran Tahir impressed by PSL standards

DUBAI: South African leg-spinner Imarn Tahir praised the standards and organization of the Pakistan Super League, saying he was proud to have taken wickets against batsmen who play spinners well. Tahir, representing Multan Sultans, took 3-19 to help his team fight hard in the defence of a modest 114-run target against Islamabad United. Tahir jolted Islamabad with wickets of Sahibzada Farhan, Asif Ali and Andre Russell and at one point on a hat trick which was avoided. Islamabad rode on a brilliant 48 not out by Hussain…

Japan praises Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate scourge of terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Japan has praised Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate the scourge of terrorism. This was stated by Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai during a meeting with Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Miftah Ismail in Islamabad on Friday. Miftah Ismail welcomed Japan’s technical support in the spheres of anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing. He said these efforst would supplement Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism. Read More: Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Iran, Japan: PM…

Netanyahu praises Trump’s ‘courageous decision’ on Iran

TEL AVIV: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated US President Donald Trump on his “courageous decision” after he refused on Friday to certify the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. “I congratulate President Trump for his courageous decision today. He boldly confronted Iran’s terrorist regime,” Netanyahu said in a video in English. “If the Iran deal is left unchanged, one thing is absolutely certain. In a few years time, the world’s foremost terrorist regime will have an arsenal of nuclear weapons and that’s a…

WATCH: Katy Perry performs for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA: Hillary Clinton doesn't go out for the weekend without a star or two in tow. Three days before the election, pop singer Katy Perry gave a Philadelphia performance Saturday hoping to boost the Democrat's momentum. Superstar Jennifer Lopez headlined a recent Miami concert hoping to rally voters for Clinton, and Friday night the US secret service said 10,000 hip hop fans turned out in Cleveland, Ohio for a free star-studded rally concert headlined by power couple Beyonce and Jay Z. "All the…