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June 24, 2017 11:00 AM If you think Qatar’s ostracism is an awful misunderstanding, you are dead wrong

For Qatar, to falter towards the Iranian side is the biggest sin in the eyes of nations who have tacitly fought it through proxies. Queen was never my first choice of music when I was an avid music lover during my youth. I guess Freddie Mercury’s antics were not really to my taste. I stopped listening to music over the years because I wanted to choose 3

June 24, 2017 9:10 AM As Modi prepares for Trump meeting, US expected to OK India drone purchase

The United States is expected to authorise India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, two sources familiar with the situation said, ahead of a visit next week by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to try to revitalise ties in his first meeting with President Donald Trump. Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones, worth 2

June 24, 2017 8:26 AM World XI will play in Pakistan, confirm ICC

LONDON: Plans for the full resumption of international cricket in Pakistan moved forward Friday when the sport’s global governing body said it wanted to send a World XI to the country later this year. With the exception of Zimbabwe’s tour two years ago, Pakistan have had to play all of their ‘home’ matches outside of the country since a 2009 terror attack 3

June 24, 2017 7:27 AM Pakistan welcomes ICC decision on ‘Big Three’

LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shahryar Khan and Chairman Executive Committee (ECC) Najam Sethi have warmly welcomed ICC unanimously adopting its revised constitution which ends the Big Three concept and gives it a more democratic and egalitarian model. Chairman PCB and Executive Committee Chairman stated that the PCB has worked assiduously 3

June 23, 2017 10:36 PM ICC gives go-ahead to send World XI to Pakistan for T20 series

KARACHI: The International Cricket Council has approved the plan to send an ICC World XI team in Pakistan this year for a three-match series against Pakistan. The plan, now backed by ICC board, is aimed to bring international cricket back to Pakistan. “Plans for a World XI to play in Pakistan later this year continue to be developed as the ICC Board 6

June 23, 2017 9:55 PM What's on the agenda (and what might be avoided) when Trump meets India's prime minister

When President Trump hosts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Monday, the two leaders will share much in common. Both are political outsiders who champion a muscular, country-first nationalism. They enjoy feverish support from their vote bases while their governments assail critics and ignore — or encourage — hostility toward minority 4

June 23, 2017 9:53 PM Israel Will Not Accept a Single Palestinian Within Old Borders, Says Defense Minister

Israel's defense minister has said that his government will not allow any Palestinians to return to the lands historically settled by them and currently claimed by Israel. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman outright dismissed the possibility that his government would make any deals recognizing Palestinians' claims to territory that was allocated to them by a 1949 armistice 2

June 23, 2017 9:44 AM World should support Pakistan's counter terrorism efforts: China

BEIJING: Terming Pakistan as important country in South Asia, China asked the international community to acknowledge and support the counter-terrorism efforts made by Pakistan on the basis of respecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity. "Pakistan is on the forefront of the global fight against terrorism," said Chinese Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson 5

June 23, 2017 9:41 AM Grenfell Tower inferno was started by a Hotpoint fridge freezer say police who are looking at manslaughter charges as part of the investigation

The Grenfell Tower fire started in a faulty fridge-freezer and the cladding and insulation on the block has failed safety tests, police have revealed. Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said the Hotpoint FF175BP model had not been subject to any product recall. Ms McCormack said the tests carried out as part of the investigation 1

June 23, 2017 2:30 AM Saudi envoy denies Pakistani mediation in Gulf row

ISLAMABAD: Acting Saudi ambassador Marwan bin Radwan Mirdad has denied that Pakistan is mediating between Saudi Arabia and Qatar over their diplomatic row. Speaking at a press conference at the Saudi embassy here on Thur­s­day, the Saudi charge d’affaires said Pakistani “prime minister did not say he was mediating”. He was speaking through a translator 3