Herzog becomes first Israeli president to visit Bahrain

MANAMA: Israeli President Isaac Herzog arrived Sunday in Bahrain, the first visit by an Israeli head of state to the small Gulf kingdom since the two countries normalized relations in 2020. Herzog, whose role is largely ceremonial, was greeted at

Fiery Brook leads England charge in first Test against Pakistan

RAWALPINDI: England grabbed a couple of quick wickets Sunday after setting Pakistan a daunting target of 343 for victory with one day to play in a high-scoring first Test at Rawalpindi. Pakistan lost Abdullah Shafique (six) and skipper Babar Azam

Australia thrashes West Indies with 164-run triumph in first test

Australia bowled the West Indies out for 333 on Sunday in the second session of day five to claim a thumping 164-run win in the first test at Perth Stadium and a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Resuming on

Iranian attorney general says Iran has abolished morality police

Iran has scrapped its morality police after more than two months of protests triggered by the death-in-custody of Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating the country’s strict female dress code, local media said on Sunday. “Morality police have nothing to do

West Indies in rearguard battle after Labuschagne history in 1st Test

PERTH: The West Indies survived an Australian bowling blitz Saturday to reach tea without loss on day four of the first Test as they chase 498 to win after Marnus Labuschagne joined rare company in making a double and single

US unveils high-tech B-21 stealth bomber

PALMDALE: The United States on Friday unveiled the B-21 Raider, a high-tech stealth bomber that can carry nuclear and conventional weapons and is designed to be able to fly without a crew on board. The slickly choreographed ceremony at B-21

Musk says Twitter clash with Apple a ‘misunderstanding’

Twitter owner Elon Musk said he met with Apple chief Tim Cook and “resolved the misunderstanding” that prompted him to declare war on the iPhone maker’s App Store. “Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed

OPEC set to stick or slash more amid plan to cap Russian oil price

LONDON: Major oil producers are expected to stick to their current output strategy or even slash production further when they meet on Sunday in the face of falling prices, a potential Russian oil price cap and an embargo on Russian

Babar Azam hopes to target place in World Test Championship

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam vowed his team will target a place in the World Test championship final by winning the series against England starting in Rawalpindi from Thursday. Pakistan are placed fifth in the nine-team World Test Championship (WTC)

Protests across China as anger mounts over zero-covid policy

BEIJING: Hundreds of people took to the streets in Beijing and Shanghai on Sunday to protest against China’s zero-Covid policy in a rare outpouring of public anger against the state. China’s hardline virus strategy is stoking public frustration, with many

US bans gear from China’s Huawei, ZTE over security risk

WASHINGTON: US authorities announced a ban Friday on the import or sale of communications equipment deemed “an unacceptable risk to national security” — including gear from Chinese giants Huawei Technologies and ZTE. Both firms have been on a roster of

Half of Kyiv still without electricity after Russian strikes

KYIV: Nearly half of Kyiv residents were still without electricity on Friday as engineers battled to restore services two days after Russian strikes hammered the country s energy grid. After nine months of war, Russian President Vladimir Putin met for

Russian lawmakers approve bill banning LGBTQ ‘propaganda’

MOSCOW: Russian lawmakers unanimously approved a bill banning all forms of LGBTQ “propaganda” in a final reading on Thursday, as Moscow presses ahead with its conservative drive at home while its troops fight in Ukraine. The legislation passed by the

Ronaldo seeks new club after Man Utd exit

LONDON: Cristiano Ronaldo is searching for a new team after a tumultuous few hours at Manchester United, during which they announced the superstar forward was leaving and the club could be sold. The veteran Portugal forward set the stage for

Qatar signs world’s ‘longest’ gas supply deal with China

DOHA: Qatar’s state energy company announced a 27-year natural gas supply accord with China on Monday, saying it was the longest ever seen in the industry. QatarEnergy will send four million tons of liquefied natural gas annually from its new

Turkey launches air raids against Kurdish militants in Syria, Iraq

Turkey announced early on Sunday that it had carried out air strikes against outlawed Kurdish militant bases across northern Syria and Iraq, which it said were being used to launch “terrorist” attacks on its soil. The offensive codenamed Operation Claw-Sword

FIFA WC: Which music stars will perform in Qatar?

Several global stars have refused to take part in the opening ceremony of the Qatar World Cup, and with two days to go, it is still not clear who will perform. The most likely appearance is Jungkook of K-pop megastars

World Cup fans can survive for 3 hours a day without beer: FIFA chief

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Saturday that World Cup fans can survive for three hours a day without beer after sales were banned around stadiums. “I think personally if for three hours a day you cannot drink a beer, you

US Justice Dept taps independent prosecutor for Trump probes

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department on Friday named a former war crimes investigator as a special counsel to oversee criminal probes into Donald Trump, three days after the former president announced a new White House run in 2024. Trump —

Global population hits 8 billion as growth poses more challenges for the planet

A baby born somewhere on Tuesday will be the world’s eight billionth person, according to a projection by the United Nations. “The milestone is an occasion to celebrate diversity and advancements while considering humanity’s shared responsibility for the planet,” UN

Afghan supreme leader orders full implementation of Islamic law

KABUL: Afghanistan’s supreme leader has ordered judges to fully implement aspects of Islamic law that include public executions, stonings and floggings, and the amputation of limbs for thieves, the Taliban’s chief spokesman said. Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted late Sunday that the

Fans, trophy and teams arrive in Qatar for World Cup countdown

DOHA: One week from kickoff, the World Cup trophy returned to Qatar on Sunday, teams and fans started arriving and safety barriers went up across Doha ahead of one of the most controversial football tournaments ever. The trophy which will

US returns Pakistan artifacts trafficked by Indian-American dealer

NEW YORK: The United States has returned to Pakistan more than 100 antiquities recovered from Indian-American art smuggler Subhash Kapoor, New York prosecutors announced Friday. Kapoor was convicted in India last week of stealing ancient religious idols and trafficking them

Pak vs Eng: T20 World Cup final fact-file

MELBOURNE: Fact-file on Sunday’s Twenty20 World Cup final between England and Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground: T20 World Cup titles England – 1 (2010) Pakistan 1 (2009)   England Top scorer at 2022 T20 World Cup: Alex Hales –

‘England will be hard to beat in World Cup final’, says Jos Buttler

MELBOURNE: Skipper Jos Buttler believes an “incredibly dangerous” England will be hard to beat in Sunday’s Twenty20 World Cup final, but Pakistan say they have “all bases covered” – and then there’s the threat of rain. After 44 matches spanning

China confirms Xi to attend G20 summit, meeting with Biden

BEIJING: Xi Jinping will attend the G20 summit in Indonesia next week and meet his US counterpart Joe Biden in their first in-person talks since the Chinese president sealed a historic third term as leader last month, Beijing’s foreign ministry

India’s top court frees Rajiv Gandhi’s killers

India’s top court Friday ordered the release of six people convicted over the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Gandhi was 46 when he was killed by a woman suicide bomber at an election rally in the southern state

Iran says it has developed hypersonic missile

TEHRAN: Iran has developed a hypersonic missile capable of penetrating all defense systems, General Amirali Hajizadeh, the commander of its Revolutionary Guards aerospace unit, said Thursday. Hypersonic missiles, like traditional ballistic missiles which can deliver nuclear weapons, can fly more

No Pak-India World Cup final as England thrashes India in 2nd semis

India was given a beating for the ages by England in the second semi-final of the World Cup 2022 in Adelaide on Thursday — a result that not only embarrassed their own fans but also disappointed Pakistan supporters hoping for

Injured Lukaku named in Belgium squad for World Cup

TUBIZE: Romelu Lukaku was selected in the Belgium squad for the World Cup announced on Thursday despite coach Roberto Martinez admitting the Inter Milan striker was “medically unfit”. Lukaku has played just twice for Inter since the end of August