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  • FIFA backs troubled St Petersburg pitch

    ST PETERSBURG: FIFA on Monday said it was confident problems plaguing the pitch at the new St Petersburg stadium will be fixed in time for the Confederations Cup in June...

    Last year inspectors said the retractable pitch at the 68,000-seater St Petersburg Arena — which is set to hold the opening and final games of the Confederations Cup — was unstable and not fit for matches...

  • Russian authorities say at least 10 dead in Saint Petersburg metro blast

    At least 10 people were killed and 50 injured when an explosion tore through a train carriage in the St Petersburg underground system on Monday, Russian authorities said...

    President Vladimir Putin, who was himself in St Petersburg for a meeting with Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko, said he was considering all possible causes for the blast, including terrorism...

  • Russian security services uncover IS cell in Saint Petersburg

    The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Friday it had uncovered a cell of the militant Islamic State (IS) group that was planning imminent terror attacks in the country's second city Saint Petersburg...

    On Tuesday, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov said Russia was on alert for the possible return of militants from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018...

  • Despite the weather, Islamabad Carnival draws crowds

    ISLAMABAD: Despite Sunday’s high temperatures, 11-year-old Habibullah seemed more than willing to tolerate the heat as he took in the rides and activities at the Islamabad Carnival 2016, at the Arts and Craft Village in Shakarparian...

    Samiullah, his father, agreed that the event was interesting, but didn’t seem convinced it was worth the hot weather, saying it was too hot to stay for long...

  • Extreme weather drives late-night shopping in Rawalpindi, Islamabad

    ISLAMABAD: Extreme weather in Rawalpindi and Islamabad has changed the shopping pattern this Ramazan, and even the corporate brands are keeping their outlets open late at night ignoring the official timings...

    ”The Rawalpindi-Islamabad region has faced a different weather pattern this year, not only due to high temperature but also because the humidity increased the heat index...

  • UAE president’s visit to Islamabad postponed due to ‘weather conditions’

    UAE President HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s one-day visit to Islamabad — scheduled for today — has been postponed due to bad weather conditions, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Monday...

    “Due to weather conditions, President HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s visit to the friendly Islamic Republic of Pakistan scheduled for today has been postponed to a later date,” a PMO statement said...

  • Comedian Sami Shah lands BBC Radio show

    You might have asked this question lately: where in the world is Sami Shah?The answer is: he's planning to take over Britain with a new two-part BBC Radio 4 series called 'A Beginner's Guide To Pakistan'...

    "Just dumb luck basically!"The comic continues: " In 2009 or 2010 a producer at BBC called Ed Morris wanted to do a radio show about comedians around the world...

  • Brahamdagh met Dr Malik Baloch, discussed Balochistan issue: BBC report

    Talking to BBC on Tuesday, Bugti claimed that he discussed the Balochistan issue with the chief minister of the province but said that Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has no 'authority' to discuss the all important issue with him...

    "If our friends, companions, political allies and finally the people are in favour of this, then we are definitely ready to live with Pakistan,” Bugti had said during a BBC interview...

  • BBC reviews staff pay over gender gap

    LONDON: The BBC is reviewing employee pay after it was forced to reveal that male stars were paid far more than their female counterparts, damaging the British public broadcaster’s image and angering women employees...

    “These are difficult and often deep-rooted challenges, and they are not unique to the BBC, but I see this as a moment of real opportunity for us,” Director General Tony Hall said in a speech on Wednesday...

  • Imran slams distorting of BBC interview

    KARACHI: A day after his interview that hit the headlines, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday defended the performance of his party’s government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and criticised a section of media for what he described as “misstating and distorting” his interview to BBC Urdu...

    In the interview which was published on the BBC Urdu website, Mr Khan talked about the four-year performance of Pervez Khattak-led...

  • BBC journalist on trial for Thailand crime reporting

    A British BBC journalist appeared in a Thai court on Wednesday for the start of a criminal defamation trial brought by a lawyer who featured in an investigation about foreigners being scammed of their retirement homes...

    Jonathan Head, the BBC's Southeast Asia correspondent, faces up to five years in jail at the private prosecution on the popular tourist island of Phuket...

  • Thai lawyer drops defamation suit against BBC reporter

    A Thai lawyer has dropped a criminal defamation suit against a BBC journalist over his investigation into foreigners being scammed out of retirement homes in the country, the broadcaster said on Thursday...

    Jonathan Head, the BBC's Southeast Asia correspondent, faced up to five years in jail after his report exposed how two foreign retirees had properties on Phuket island stolen from them by a network of criminals and corrupt...

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