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198,509 patients recovered from coronavirus in Pakistan


July 18, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan is constantly becoming  low as the country reported 1,918 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, ARY News reported on Saturday. According to the government’s Covid-19 portal, 47 deaths were also reported during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 259,998 and fatalities to 5,475. 23,011 tests were …

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Russia, despite theft allegations, hails deal to make UK-developed COVID-19 vaccine


July 18, 2020

Russia on Friday unveiled a deal with AstraZeneca to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the pharmaceuticals giant and Oxford University, a move its wealth fund head said showed Moscow had no need to steal vaccine data. Britain, Canada and the United States said on Thursday that hackers backed by the Russian state were trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine …

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Twitter says attackers downloaded data from up to eight non-verified accounts


July 18, 2020

Twitter Inc said on Saturday that hackers were able to download account information for up to eight accounts involved in the hack of its systems this week, but said none of them were verified accounts. The company said the attackers targeted 130 accounts, and were able to reset passwords and take control of 45 of them and tweet from those …

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Major reshuffle looms at FBR


July 18, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday reversed its two-month old decision of posting some taxmen on important positions at the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) as it faces a revenue shortfall in the first month of the current fiscal year. The reshuffle at the apex tax body comes after the government removed FBR chairman and brought back senior officials on key …

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Serena set to play Kentucky event


July 18, 2020

LOS ANGELES: Serena Williams will make her return to the WTA tour at a new hardcourt tournament in Kentucky in August, organisers said on Thursday. The Top Seed Open said Serena, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, and 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens will be in the field when play begins on Aug 10. Serena hasn’t played since representing the …

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IOC’s Bach ready to run for second term as president


July 18, 2020

LAUSANNE: Inter­national Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Friday he was ready to run for a second term at next year’s election. The 66-year-old German, a former Olympic fencer who won a gold medal for West Germany in the team foil event at the 1976 Games, was first elected in 2013 for an eight-year term and is eligible …

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Stokes, Sibley put England on top in second West Indies Test


July 18, 2020

MANCHESTER: All-rounder Ben Stokes piled on the agony for the West Indies with a century in the second Test at Old Trafford on Friday after Dom Sibley’s painstaking hundred finally came to an end. England were 378-5 at tea on the second day, with Stokes 172 not out in a match the hosts need to win to level the three-Test …

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Du Plessis voices support for BLM


July 18, 2020

JOHANNESBURG: For­mer South African captain Faf du Plessis on Friday came out in support of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and said a comment he made in January that ‘we don’t see colour’ had been a mistake. The BLM issue has shown up racial divisions in South African cricket, with 30 black former international players claiming earlier this week that racism …

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Progress on reform pledge emphasised to get IMF plan back on track


July 18, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The government will have to show progress in reforms in the tax system, electricity and gas prices adjustment mechanism, subsidies and structuring of public sector entities to get the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme back on track and give confidence to the market. In background discussions with some journalists on Friday, senior finance ministry officials agreed that while Covid-19 …

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