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April 19, 2018 12:00 AM Erdogan sends Turkey to snap polls on June 24

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections in Turkey for June 24, bringing the polls forward by over a year-and-a-half to sharply accelerate the transition to a new presidential system. Erdogan's announcement upended the political timetable in Turkey, which had been set to vote in simultaneous presidential and parliamentary

April 19, 2018 12:00 AM Matthysse vows fight ‘to the death’ against Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines: World champion Lucas Matthysse on Wednesday vowed a fight “to the death” in his July title defence against Manny Pacquiao, describing the Philippine boxing legend a diminished star. But the 35-year-old Argentine — who took the vacant World Boxing Association welterweight title in January — said it was still a “dream-come-true” and “an honour

April 18, 2018 7:07 AM Promising to return, Nawaz and Maryam leave for London

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday left for London where Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. The father-daughter duo, who are currently facing accountability hearings, left for London on a Qatar Airlines flight around 9:30am and are scheduled to return on April 22. However, in a tweet 1

April 18, 2018 12:00 AM Stewart wants IPL cut-off date after Surrey lose Curran

LONDON: Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart wants a cut-off date for county players to join the Indian Premier League (IPL) after losing seamer Tom Curran to the Twenty20 tournament just days before the start of their championship campaign. Curran went unsold in February’s IPL auction but Kolkata Knight Riders recruited him for around $247,000 earlier

April 18, 2018 12:00 AM ‘Huge potential for aviation business’

KARACHI: There is a huge potential for aviation business in Pakistan, mainly after the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Kanaporn Apinonkul, country manager of Thai Airways International. Speaking to a group of journalists at the concluding ceremony of two weeks Thailand food festival, he said, at present, Thai Airways operated daily flight

April 17, 2018 9:34 PM China Southern Airlines to start Kunming-Islamabad flights

The China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd will be starting flights between Kunming and Islamabad from mid of this year. This was underlined in a meeting of the Airline’s Executives with Pakistan’s Consul General to Chengdu, Muhammad Mudassir Tipu. The delegation of the airlines Tuesday met the CG in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, and included Hu Yaohui

April 17, 2018 12:00 AM Russian investigative journalist dies after balcony fall

MOSCOW, Russia: A Russian journalist who wrote on Moscow’s "shadow army" in Syria has died after falling from the balcony of his fifth-floor flat, but investigators said Monday they were not treating the death as suspicious. Maksim Borodin fell from his apartment in Yekaterinburg, a major city in the Urals, last week and died from his injuries in hospital 1

April 16, 2018 12:00 AM Shahbaz holds another meeting with Nisar

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif once again met disgruntled party leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday, reportedly their third meeting in a week. Geo News reported quoting sources that the two leaders discussed various party issues, including a strategy for the upcoming general elections

April 16, 2018 12:00 AM Froome continues Giro warm-up despite doping probe

MILAN: Chris Froome continues his preparations for the Giro d’Italia at next week’s Tour of the Alps despite his case remaining under consideration by cycling’s anti-doping unit. The British four-time Tour de France champion returned an adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol at the Vuelta a Espana in September — a race he won in a historic

April 15, 2018 12:00 AM Tennis: Karlovic downs Kyrgios in historic ATP clash

LOS ANGELES: Croatia’s 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic became the oldest ATP semi-finalist since Jimmy Connors in 1993 by rallying past Australian Nick Kyrgios on Friday at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships. World number 88 Karlovic blasted 18 aces to defeat the 22-year-old Aussie fourth seed 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in 92 minutes, advancing to a Saturday matchup