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Better with age? Tom Cruise’s latest ‘Impossible’ tops box office

Improbable? Maybe, but "Mission Impossible -- Fallout," the sixth and latest stunt-filled edition of the Tom Cruise action franchise has topped the weekend box office in North America, outperforming the five earlier "Impossibles." The Paramount/Skydance production took in an estimated $61.5 million for the three-day weekend, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations, more than quadrupling the $15 million earned by second-place "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again." "Impossible" has 56-year-old Cruise, who famously…

India tops global pollution deaths of 9 million a year: Study

NEW DELHI: Pollution caused nine million deaths in 2015 - three times more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined - scientists said on Thursday, calling for governments in poor countries to act. India fared worst, with 2.5 million people dying early because of pollution, followed by China with 1.8 million deaths, according to The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, a two-year initiative seeking to highlight the issue. One in six of all deaths worldwide are caused by pollution, and the vast majority occur…

Jailed Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah’s daughter tops CBSE exams in occupied Kashmir

“My father was a source of inspiration for me and my mother a source of strength, so that I was able to focus on my study. Every time this came into my mind that when my father has been fighting for 50 years (out of that 31 years he has spent in jail only) and he’s still strong and he’s still fighting then why will I not study and why not take it as a positive point to make them feel proud,” said Sama, daughter of jailed Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah, who topped Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Examination, India.…

Death toll tops 1,000 in assault on Syria’s Ghouta: monitor

DAMASCUS: More than 1,000 civilians have been killed since Syria's government launched a brutal offensive on the rebel-controlled Eastern Ghouta enclave nearly three weeks ago, a war monitor said on Saturday. "The death toll has gone up to 1,002 civilians, after eight people were killed today in Harasta and Arbin," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Rescue workers on Saturday pulled the bodies of 17 people, including members of three separate families -- from under the rubble of destroyed buildings in Douma.…

Babar Azam tops T20I player rankings

Babar Azam has topped the ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen, following the conclusion of their series against New Zealand which the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 champions won 2-1. Babar was rewarded for finishing as the leading run-scorer in the series (109 runs) with a rise of 11 places that has put him on top for the first time. He now leads Australia’s Aaron Finch (784 points) by two points. Read More: Fast-rising Hasan doubtful for PSL start Babar is the second Pakistan batsman to top the T20I rankings after…

Box Office: ‘Moana’ tops another weekend with $28.4 million

LOS ANGELES: "Moana" sailed to the top of the domestic box office for the second consecutive weekend. The Disney animated adventure picked up $28.4 million to push its stateside haul to $119.9 million. Not that "Moana" faced much in the way of competition. The weekend after Thanksgiving tends to be a slow one for the movie business and this year's edition was in keeping with that tradition. The only major new release, "Incarnate," failed to sell many tickets, earning $2.6 million and falling short of its expected $4…

Instagram tops 400 million users

SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram has rocketed past the 400-million-user mark, with more than 80 million pictures shared daily at the Facebook-owned service.