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Senior US admiral found dead in Bahrain: official

WASHINGTON: The admiral leading US Navy operations in the Middle East was found dead Saturday in Bahrain, the military branch said, adding that no foul play was suspected in the case. Vice admiral Scott Stearney, who began his post as commander of US Naval Forces Central Command -- including the US Fifth Fleet -- and Combined Maritime Forces in May, was found dead at his residence in the Gulf country. "This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at Fifth Fleet and for the entire Navy. Scott Stearney…

Senior England players have done ‘next to nothing’: Swann

Former England spinner Graeme Swann was critical of England’s senior players who have done “next to nothing” as Australia regained the Ashes in Perth on Monday. Australia strolled to victory in the third test at the WACA, winning by an innings and 41 runs to take a unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series, with England’s batting line-up again putting up meagre resistance as they were bowled out for 218 in their second innings. While rookie Dawid Malan has made 302 runs in the series, former captain Alastair…

Senior Iran cleric urges Palestinians to rise (intifada) against Israel

TEHRAN: A senior Iranian cleric called during Friday prayers for Palestinians to “rage” against Israel after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. After the prayers Iranians took to the streets of Tehran and other cities to protest against Trump’s decision, calling for “death” to Israel and the United States and burning their flags. Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, an ultra-conservative and a key leader of the main weekly Muslim prayers, said Trump had drawn a line on years of peace…

ARY News anchor Arshad Sharif ‘threatened’ by senior IB officer during PEMRA hearing

RAWALPINDI: A senior officer of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has threatened ARY News anchor Arshad Sharif in presence of the Council of Complaints (CoC) of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and lawyers, ARY News reported on Thursday. “The IB officer, in presence of the CoC members, lawyers and three other senior IB officers, said he would drag me,” senior anchor Arshad Sharif told ARY News. The ARY News anchor was summoned by the PEMRA over the letter he showed in his program on September 25…

Who is Malik Noor Awan? the man who brawled with Sheikh Rasheed

It emerged on Thursday that the man who brawled with Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed in the parliament lodges the same day is a senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N). The accosting of this man, Malik Noor Awan, caught Sheikh Rasheed off guard as the former appeared in guise of an ordinary man and demanded Rs2.2 million from the latter. Malik Noor Awan claimed that Sheikh Rasheed bought a car from him and did not pay him the price. It turned out later that Noor Awan is president of…