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Hafeez suspended from bowling for one year

Dubai: Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was on Friday suspended from bowling in international cricket for the next 12 months following an independent assessment of his action, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced.

The 34-year-old's bowling action was tested at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai on July 6 after the legality of his bowling action came under question during Pakistan's first Test victory over Sri Lanka in Galle (June 17-21).

After Modi-Sharif bonhomie, India, Pakistan trade fire

New Delhi/Islamabad : India and Pakistan on Thursday lodged protests against each other after cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir left one dead and seven injured, days after bonhomie between the prime ministers of both countries in Russia.

Stating that Pakistan was trying to shift blame of ceasefire violations, India cautioned it about "effective and forceful response" to an unprovoked firing.

India, however, also reaffirmed its willingness to take forward the process for improving ties decided at the bilateral meeting at Ufa, in Russia.

UN observer group probing India-Pakistan conflict report

United Nations : The UN observer group for the India-Pakistan border is investigating reports of renewed cross-border firing, a UN spokesperson said on Thursday.

Replying to a reporter's question, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN headquarters has contacted the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) about the border tension.

UNMOGIP was looking into it and the UN headquarters was awaiting its report, he said at his daily briefing.


Geelani's no to Eid party an affront to Pakistan: Daily

Islamabad: Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's refusal to attend an Eid Milan party hosted by the Pakistan High Commission in India is "an affront to Pakistan's diplomatic efforts and will be a setback in the newly-opened talks with India", a daily said on Thursday.

An editorial in The Nation rued that "when it comes to diplomacy over the issue of Kashmir, Pakistan just can’t seem to get it right".

Geelani, has refused to attend the Eid Milan party hosted by the Pakistan High Commission on July 21.

Obama launches 60 day offensive to sell Iran deal

By Arun Kumar

Washington : President Barack Obama launched a 60-day campaign to sell the historic nuclear deal with Iran to lawmakers and the nation at large, challenging its Republican critics to present a better alternative.

Taking his case to the media, he asserted at an hour-long news conference at the White House Wednesday that the deal would prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons and claiming that the alternative is military force.

Myanmar to handover more boat people to Bangladesh

Yangon : Myanmar authorities are slated to handover 165 verified Bangladeshi boat people, an official report said on Thursday.

A total of 733 boat people were rescued by Myanmar navy on May 29 at sea near Pyapon township, and are being provided temporary shelter in the state of Rakhine, Xinhua reported.

The handover is scheduled for July 22, the report added.

Last month, Myanmar had sent back the first batch of 187 verified Bangladeshis out of 200 saved on May 21 off Myanmar's Rakhine coast.

Iran N-deal: Devil’s in detail, so hold the champagne, please

By Aadil Mir

New Delhi : The contentious nuclear deal struck on Tuesday between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) in the Austrian capital city of Vienna has been described as a win-win for everybody.

But an analysis of the 100-page agreement reveals certain cold facts that may dampen celebrations.

Taliban leader approves Afghan peace talks

Kabul: Elusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar on Wednesday described the peace talks with the Afghan government as "legitimate" and announced his outfit's readiness for talks.

In his congratulatory message ahead of Eid-ul Fitr, Omar said the Taliban's political office had been authorized to negotiate with Afghans and foreigners, Xinhua reported.

'Iran n-deal done, yet not a time to celebrate'

Beijing: The Tehran nuclear deal has finally been done, yet this is "not a time to celebrate as Iran and the international community should get ready for even tougher tasks to ensure the hard-earned agreement will not die halfway", China's official news agency Xinhua has said.

A commentary "Tougher work needs to be done to ensure Iran nuclear deal not half-baked" which ran on Wednesday, a day after the Iran nuclear deal took place, said: "After more than a decade of on-and-off talks, a long-anticipated Iranian nuclear deal has finally come into shape."

'India to go by joint statement, not be bothered by Aziz remark'

New Delhi : India will work with Pakistan on the points laid down in the Ufa joint statement after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif, and nothing that Sharif's key advisor Sartaj Aziz said later will affect it.

According to sources here, Aziz's contrary comments to the media in Islamabad on Monday were possibly made keeping in mind his "domestic audience", many of whom had criticised the joint statement, especially at Kashmir not being mentioned in the document.