UPDATE 1-India says Pakistan border clashes “extremely serious and provocative”

By Rajesh Kumar Singh Aug 30 (Reuters) – Clashes along India’s border with Pakistan are “extremely serious and provocative” and not conducive to improving relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday. The comments came nearly two weeks after New Delhi called off top level diplomatic talks, protesting against Pakistan’s meetings with separatists from the disputed…

As Above, So Below review – an average shocker, with some big jumps

Panic stations: Perdita Weeks in the subterranean horror As Above, So Below. Photograph: AP Claustrophobes will find their panic buttons pushed by the increasingly confined spaces of this passable found-footage chiller set in the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris. Director and co-writer John Erick Dowdle (who directed the [REC]remake Quarantine and the hell-in-a-lift thriller Devil) has creepy fun with the crawl spaces through…

Pak army confirms played role of ‘facilitator’ on behest of Sharif govt

Pakistani military has claimed that it was acting as a ‘facilitator’ in the current political crisis on the request of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government. The Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations posted on Twitter verifying that the government had asked the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to play the role of a facilitator…

You’ll Need the New 3DS to Play Xenoblade Chronicles’ Upcoming Port

A port of the acclaimed Wii RPG is coming exclusively to the New 3DS. It may simply be an enhanced revision of the 3DS, but the newly announced New 3DS will be receiving at least one game that owners of other 3DS (and 2DS) models won’t be able to play: Xenoblade Chronicles. This is the same Xenoblade Chronicles released on Wii in Japan in…

College football’s Week 1 winners and losers

Sam Ficken had been here before. Two years ago, Penn State lost to Virginia when he missed a field goal on the final play. Flash forward to Ireland on Saturday, and the senior redeemed himself with a 36-yard kick at the gun to lift the Nittany Lions past Central Florida 26-24. Ficken’s fourth field goal of the game gave James…

Michael Sam Has a Spot in History, if Not With the Rams

The St. Louis Rams made history in the spring when they drafted Michael Sam, an all-American defensive end from Missouri, making him the first openly gay player selected by an N.F.L. team. Sam and the Rams made history again on Saturday, this time when Sam became the first openly gay player to be cut by an N.F.L. team. Rams Coach Jeff Fisher, making the…

Pakistan military to mediate amid protest stand-off

Pakistan’s powerful army chief has stepped in to the political deadlock between the PM and two opposition figures leading huge anti-government rallies in the capital, Islamabad. Cleric Tahir ul-Qadri told thousands of his followers that General Raheel Sharif had asked to be given a day in which to mediate. His ally, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, echoed his comments. The two opposition…

America’s priority is to roll back gains made by ISIL: Obama

Terming the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as a “cancer”, US President Barack Obama has said that the top American priority was to roll back the gains made by the terrorist outfit in Iraq. Obama also said that he has directed his Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

Pakistani PM denies asking army to mediate

Pakistan’s prime minister has denied asking the country’s military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped outside parliament in Islamabad for two weeks, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud. Nawaz Sharif’s remarks to the National Assembly on Friday indicate that the negotiations _ with or without army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif’s mediation _ were unlikely to…

Shahid Afridi best man to lead Pakistan at 2015 World Cup, says Shoaib Malik

Pakistan’s senior batsman and former captain Shoaib Malik has said maverick all-rounder Shahid Afridi is the best person to replace Misbah-ul-Haq as skipper for next year’s World Cup. Malik, 32, said that if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wanted to change the captain of the national one-day team it should do it immediately. “I don’t know what the board has in mind but if they…

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