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Breathless Nadal, Serena reach quarters


MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal struggled into his first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2015 at the Australian Open on Monday, as Serena Williams accelerated towards a record title and the number one ranking. Nadal, searching for a revival after injuries wrecked last season, was tested by France’s Gael Monfils before winning 6-3, …

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First day of Syrian peace talks end without breakthrough

ASTANA: A first day of indirect talks between Syrian rebels and the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana ended on Monday without any apparent breakthrough, sources said. “Our delegation’s meetings are over for today,” a source close to the regime said after rebel spokesman Yehya al-Aridi told reporters …

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Panamagate case: JI deliberates validity of PM’s NA speech


The Supreme Court on Monday resumed hearing of the Panamagate case, with Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) lawyer Advocate Taufiq Asif arguing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech in the National Assembly (NA) last year was against the rules of the House. Taufiq Asif maintained the Panamagate case is about the Sharif family, not …

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Wapda cancels Rs5.4bn contracts for Dasu project


ISLAMABAD: Even before the formal launch of $4.5 billion Dasu hydropower project, the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has terminated two of its key contracts with a Chinese firm, citing ‘fundamental breaches’ of the agreement. Moving swiftly, Wapda has not only encashed the performance guarantees of the two contracts …

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