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January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Paris Opera drops star dancer after homophobic rant

PARIS: The Paris Opera Ballet has dropped controversial Ukrainian-born dance star Sergei Polunin from a production of "Swan Lake" after he made a homophobic and sexist rant on social media. The mercurial "bad boy of ballet", who was compared to Rudolf Nureyev earlier in his career, blasted gay dancers in an Instagram post last month in which he urged

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Polish mayor dies of stab wounds

GDANSK, Poland: The centrist mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday, a day after a man stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event. "Despite all our efforts, we failed to save him," Doctor Tomasz Stefaniak, director of Gdansk University hospital, told Polish media. Anti-violence rallies are being planned

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM Spinner Faisal excels as Pakistan U-16s beat Aussies

ISLAMABAD: Left-arm spinner Faisal Akram bagged five for 26 and fast bowler Ahmed Khan produced an all-round performance (three for 40 and 22 not out) as Pakistan U16 defeated Australia U16 by four wickets in the third 50-over-a-side match to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Sunday. Multan-born Faisal and Swabi-born 2

January 12, 2019 8:05 AM Fatima Bhutto slams Govt of Pakistan Twitter over Bill Gates quote gaffe

The Government of Pakistan’s Twitter handle was immensely criticised after it posted a grammatically incorrect quote attributing it to Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Friday. The quote “if you born poor its not your mistake but if you die poor its your mistake” was met with immense censure after internet users pointed out the grammar as well as the factual 2

January 12, 2019 12:00 AM Sandgren, Norrie sail into final

AUCKLAND: New Zealand-raised Briton Cameron Norrie and American Tennys Sandgren will contest the ATP Auckland Classic title after winning their semi-finals in contrasting fashion on Friday. Norrie outlasted Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in a three-set battle of the big servers 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 while Sandgren comfortably had the measure of Philipp Kohlschreiber 3

January 7, 2019 12:00 AM Under-19 Hockey C’ship in Karachi from Jan 20

KARACHI: Inter-provincial under-19 championship will be held in Karachi from January 20-30 at Abdul Sattar Hockey Stadium in which 12 teams from across the country will participate. There will be three teams from Punjab, two each from Sindh and KP, one from Balochistan, and one each from Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit- Baltistan and FATA. Sindh 1

January 5, 2019 12:00 AM Giantkiller Andreescu sends Venus packing

AUCKLAND: Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu stunned Venus Williams in the WTA Auckland Classic quarter-finals to continue her giant-killing run Friday, while defending champion Julia Goerges survived a match-point scare. The 18-year-old Andreescu, ranked 152nd in the world, beat Williams, 20 years her senior and a seven-time Grand-Slam winner, 6-7 (1/7), 6-1, 6-3.The tournament 1

January 5, 2019 12:00 AM Kaka, Figo to arrive on Jan 10

KARACHI: Ricardo Kaka of Brazil and Luis Figo of Portugal, the biggest names of the football world, will land in Pakistan on January 10 to unveil the World Soccer Stars 2019, the organisers said on Friday. “Two of the biggest iconic names in the world of football, Kaká and Luís Figo, arrive in Pakistan on January 10, 2019, to offer World Soccer Stars 2

January 3, 2019 12:00 AM Justice Asif Saeed Khosa nominated as 26th CJP

ISLAMABAD: Following the retirement of the current Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, the most senior judge of the Supreme Court Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has been named as the 26th Chief Justice of Pakistan. President of Pakistan Arif Alvi has accepted the nomination of Justice Asif Saeed Khosa as the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Justice

January 2, 2019 2:38 PM Justice Asif Saeed Khosa appointed new Chief Justice of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has been appointed new Chief Justice of Pakistan with effect from January 18. The Ministry of Law has appointed Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, after President Dr Arif Alvi approved summary to appoint him as Chief Justice. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will take oath of his office 5