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Time ‘Person of Year’ goes to Khashoggi, other journalists

Time magazine on Tuesday named journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer and a pair of Reuters journalists imprisoned by Myanmar’s government, as its “Person of the Year,” in a cover story headlined “The Guardians and the War on Truth.” The honor went to a series of journalists including Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who the government of Myanmar convicted on Sept. 3 under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act in a case seen as a test of democratic freedoms in Myanmar. Also honored was…

‘Pak-China ties must go beyond economic zones’

ISLAMABAD: Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar on Thursday said industrial cooperation between China and Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) should not be limited to special economic zones only. "There will be industrial relocation in Pakistan under larger industrial cooperation between Pakistan and China," he said while talking to media in Islamabad. He said the ongoing projects under the CPEC would be completed within the stipulated time. Khusro Bakhtiar said progress would also be made on the…

I waited for my time, says to-be debutant Usman

Seven years after an inauspicious one-day international debut, Usman Salahuddin is ready to turn those bitter memories as he gears up to play the second and final Test against England at Leeds starting on Friday. The 27-year-old will replace Babar Azam who injured his wrist during Pakistan’s nine-wicket win in the first Test at Lord’s. “It’s exciting,” said Usman. “The win was great and the kind of hard work the team did and the management we were destined to perform, so I will try to do my best. No doubt, it’s a great…

Former England batsman Pietersen calls time on playing career

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen appeared to have brought the curtain down on his cricket playing career on Saturday, announcing his decision to step away from the game in a series of messages on social media. Pietersen, 37, who briefly captained England in 2008-09, was told in 2014 that he was no longer in the national side’s plans and spent the latter part of his career playing for a number of club teams across the world. Boots up! Feet up! Family, animals, golf...! H O M E! A post shared by Kevin…

“Special” time as Pakistan go top of the Twenty20 world

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand: Pakistan laid claim to being the best Twenty20 side in the world Sunday after beating New Zealand in the series-deciding final Twenty20 match in Mount Maunganui. The 18-run victory gave Pakistan a come-from-behind 2-1 series win that will see them overtake New Zealand at the top of the world T20 rankings. An animated captain Sarfraz Ahmed leapt with delight and punched the air after the final ball as Pakistan pulled off back-to-back wins over the hosts. It marked an incredible comeback…

Pigeons may be smarter than you think.

A study out Monday in the journal Current Biology found that pigeons are able to judge time and space, much the way humans and apes can. The report is the latest to show that so-called lower-order animals such as birds, reptiles and fish are capable of intelligent decision-making. "Indeed, the cognitive prowess of birds is now deemed to be ever closer to that of both human and nonhuman primates," said study author Edward Wasserman, professor of experimental psychology at the University of Iowa. "Those avian nervous…

Trump says he turned down Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday said he turned down being named Time's "Person of the Year" after the magazine asked him for an interview and photo shoot but did not confirm he would be chosen. He tweeted: "Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named 'Man (Person) of the Year,' like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. "I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!" Time responded on its own Twitter account: "The President is…

‘Time to declare independence’: 450,000 protest in Barcelona

BARCELONA: Led by Catalonia's separatist president Carles Puigdemont, hundreds of thousands of independence supporters protested in Barcelona on Saturday, shouting "freedom" and "independence" after Madrid announced drastic measures to stop the region from breaking away. "It's time to declare independence," said Jordi Balta, a 28-year-old stationery shop employee, adding there was no longer any room for dialogue. The protest in the centre of the Catalan capital had initially been called to push for the release of the…