TRIPOLI – At least 18 people, including a baby, were killed in the fighting in the Libyan town of Misrata on Sunday, a doctor in the embattled country said. “We have 18 martyrs but the figure is not final. We also have many people wounded, I cannot even count them,” said the doctor, who worked at Misrata main hospital, adding that the dead included rebels and civilians. Troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, meanwhile, launched counter-offensives against rebel-held towns, increasing fears
LAHORE – Pakistan lost the opening match of the two-match friendly home and away series against Palestine 2-1 here at the Punjab Stadium on Tuesday night. The young Pakistan team fought hard on the field but the visiting team proved to be much superior in ball control, passing and physique, although they, like the Pakistanis, were young players preparing for AFC Cup.
Pakistan went into the match with an attempt on the Palestine goal, only to see mid-fielder Syed Arif Hassan miss
KARACHI – Around 2,500 health conscious people, including professors, doctors, sportsmen and the disabled, participated on Sunday in the annual marathon that was organised by the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA). The slogan of this year’s marathon was ‘Cancer Kills, Early Diagnosis Saves Life’ and it commenced from the PMA House that is located at the Garden Road.
According to a press release issued by the PMA, Sindh Health Secretary Dr Hashim Raza attended the event as the
ATHENS – Greek police clashed with protesters on Wednesday as around 100,000 workers, pensioners and students marched to parliament in protest at austerity policies aimed at helping Greece cope with a huge debt crisis. Riot police fired scores of rounds of teargas and flash bombs at protesters hurling petrol bombs, choking the main Syndagma square with smoke and sending crowds of striking protesters running for cover.
Public and private sector employees’ 24-hour strike grounded
NAGPUR – New Zealand posted a 32-run win after surviving a scare from a feisty Ireland in their high-scoring World Cup warm-up match on Saturday. Martin Guptill struck a fine 130 off 134 balls as New Zealand racked up 311-6 in the day-night game at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur before bowling out Ireland for 279 off 48.2 overs.
Ireland enjoyed a flying start to their chase, with captain and opening batsman William Porterfield hammering a 74-ball 72 containing
LONDON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was facing a second day in a British court on Tuesday fighting an attempt to extradite him to Sweden over allegations of rape and molestation. The 39-year-old Australian’s lawyer Geoffrey Robertson is expected to argue that Assange could face the death penalty if extradited on from Sweden to the US on separate charges relating to the whistleblowing website.
The lawyer spent the first day of the two-day hearing Monday arguing that Assange
BRUSSELS – NATO-led forces have regained the momentum against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan but still face a tough fight this year, the head of the alliance’s military committee said Thursday. Italian Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola told a news conference he was confident the international military mission would complete its objective of handing over security responsibility to Afghan forces nationwide by 2014.
“The tide has been reversed, that is in my humble assessment,” he said
LAHORE – Every year 40,000 people die of breast cancer in Pakistan, mostly due to late diagnosis and the “stigma” attached to the fatal disease, the US National Institute of Health MD Jo Anne Zujewski said in an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today.
Zujewski, who heads the breast cancer therapeutics clinical investigation branch in Washington, visited Pakistan to increase awareness about breast cancer. She visited different public and private health facilities in Lahore,
MELBOURNE – Lleyton Hewitt is far from discouraged from his latest Australian Open heartbreak and is looking forward to playing a full calendar of tournaments on this year’s men’s tour.
The never-say-die Australian went down typically with all guns blazing in a 4hr 48min epic five-setter against fierce rival David Nalbandian in a disappointing first-round exit from his record 15th straight Australian Open.
Hewitt, outside the 32 tournament seedings, played some of his best
LAHORE – Junior tennis star Iman Qureshi went down fighting in the final of the Asian Junior tennis championship at Doha. Iman Qureshi fought gallantly after going down 6-3 in the first set and gave a tough time to her rival from the host countryin the second set, eventually losing 7-6.
Despite having crowd support, Olla Murad of Qatar was having trouble meeting the challenges posed by Iman. By reaching the singles and doubles final, Iman has now moved up to the top five in Asian
ANKARA: Fighting terrorism requires a comprehensive approach and a joint strategy by the international community, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday.
“Terrorism is a phenomenon that knows neither faith nor frontier. In our region, it has roots in the cold war dynamics of the last century… its reach is both global and regional. No state can address this menace alone nor will military means suffice as confronting it requires a concerted, comprehensive and
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Families began trickling back to Pakistan’s South Waziristan on Saturday nearly 14 months after being displaced by fighting between al Qaeda-linked Taliban militants and the military.
The government is eager to re-settle people in volatile areas like South Waziristan along the Afghan border in the northwest to show military offensives are stabilising the country, a strategic US ally. People like electrician Musa Khan, 45, are highly sceptical.
“I don’t want
ABU DHABI: Stand-in South African captain Jacques Kallis said Pakistan deserved the credit for drawing the two-Test series on Wednesday. “We put Pakistan under pressure in both the Tests, but Pakistan performed well and their cricket is looking positive,” said Kallis after the second Test ended in a draw, leaving the two-match series at 0-0.
The first Test also ended in stalemate in Dubai last week. Set a daunting 354-run target in 82 overs, Pakistan were pegged back by South
GENEVA: The UN refugee agency said on Friday that most of the 15,000 people who fled from Myanmar earlier this week have returned from Thailand despite renewed post-election fighting near the border.
A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Adrian Edwards said fighting reportedly erupted again overnight after the Thai army cleared their return, with the potential for more clashes around the Myanmar villages of Maekata and Halokani.
“As of today most of the