Aaj News - Feed http://aaj.tv Aaj News | Latest Breaking News from Pakistan, Business, Sports, Entertainment Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:30:56 +0500 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.1 The list of celebrities upset by US border policy grows http://aaj.tv/2018/06/the-list-of-celebrities-upset-by-us-border-policy-grows/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:30:56 +0500 yasir kaneria http://aaj.tv/?p=411702

The list of celebrities upset by US border policy grows

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Entertainment

NEW YORK: Country music icon Willie Nelson has extended an offer to meet President Donald Trump at one of the detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border to better understand what's happening, the latest attempt by a celebrity hoping to end the administration's policy of separating families at border crossings. John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, have donated and raised $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a link to groups fighting the policy. And Kate Walsh has pleaded with critics to call their senators and demand a change. The separations stem from a policy that turns all cases of people trying to enter the country illegally over for criminal prosecution. President Donald Trump has defended the policy, which has taken nearly 2,000 immigrant children away from their parents. Stars like Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Alyssa Milano, Mark Hamill, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Judd Apatow, Kumail Nanjiani, Piper Perabo and Common have all denounced the policy. Oprah Winfrey wrote to her 42.7 million followers: "Babies torn from their parents. Can't stand it!" The appeals from celebrities come a few weeks after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West visited the White House to press her case to pardon a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses. Trump later did. Nelson tweeted to the President on Monday, asking him to join him in a visit to the centers "to better understand what's happening there." Nelson's publicist confirmed that the tweet came from the 85-year-old country singer, which was posted on his wife Annie's Twitter account. In a statement last week to Rolling Stone, Nelson was even more critical, saying, "Christians everywhere should be up in arms." He cited lyrics from the song "Living in the Promiseland" from his 1986 album, "The Promiseland." Jennifer Nettles, another country artist, weighed in Tuesday, writing on Twitter: "Speaking of borders, I do believe loving people know that regardless of politics, there are some lines you do not cross. Protecting children seems to be one we can all agree on." Tony and Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner also added his voice to the effort, calling the policy "monstrous" and saying he is "shocked" to find America implementing it. "I could never have imagined a moment when the federal government is involved in putting children in cages, separating them from their families, and really engaging in human rights violations of a criminal nature," Kushner told The Associated Press on Monday night.—AP  

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Coaches of Spain, Iran big fans of each other at World Cup http://aaj.tv/2018/06/coaches-of-spain-iran-big-fans-of-each-other-at-world-cup/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:26:59 +0500 yasir kaneria http://aaj.tv/?p=411701

Coaches of Spain, Iran big fans of each other at World Cup

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Football

KAZAN, Russia: Iran coach Carlos Queiroz was a big fan of Fernando Hierro the player. He believes the former Real Madrid captain has all the qualities to deliver success at the World Cup as Spain's coach too. Among Queiroz's big regrets is having been deprived of the opportunity to coach Hierro during his short stint in the Madrid dugout. When Queiroz was appointed coach in the Spanish capital in 2003, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had just released Hierro following 14 seasons with the club. Queiroz said he tried hard to convince Madrid officials it was a mistake to let Hierro go, but they wouldn't listen. "It's ironic," Queiroz told a news conference Tuesday, on the eve of Iran's World Cup match against Spain. "I've really tried to have Hierro as a player, and I really thought too much about it. Now he is going to be my opponent. I really admire him." Hierro has been hired to lead Spain at the World Cup as a replacement for Julen Lopetegui, who was fired two days before the national team's opening match in Russia. It's his first major coaching job. "I know him quite well. He is a very skilled person. He is the right person to unite the team, a team that could have been divided," said Queiroz, who rates Spain among the tournament's favorites. "Picking him as a coach shows how valuable he is." Queiroz has proved to be a very valuable asset to Iran. His team qualified for the tournament unbeaten and produced its first win at the World Cup since 1998 with a 1-0 win over Morocco in its opening game. Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain in Group B's other game, meaning Iran is leading the pack before Wednesday's match at Kazan Arena. "Carlos is a wonderful man. It's always a pleasure to talk with him about football," Hierro said. "He's a great coach. The Iran team knows exactly what it wants to do, and it's not easy to score against them. They are very strong physically and very good from set pieces." Facing a complex challenge against the 2010 champions, Queiroz has been urging his players to keep playing with passion to stand a chance against Diego Costa and co. "We don't have these players, the super players they have," Queiroz said. "If there was a magic potion to stop the Spanish team, one millions dollars would not be too much to buy it, even though we do have some financial troubles." Confirming that 'keeper David De Gea would start against Iran, Hierro said he wants "a win that would give us an advantage in the group." Spain put on a slick and efficient display against Portugal and Hierro is not expected to make major changes to his lineup. Daniel Carvajal is fit again after recovering from a muscular injury he picked up during the Champions League final, though, and Hierro could be tempted to start him in defense. "Dani is doing well, he has been training with the rest of the team this week. He is available for tomorrow," Hierro said. Iran will be without defender Roozbeh Cheshmi, who will miss the remainder of the World Cup after picking up an injury during training.—AP

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Blatter arrives in Russia for World Cup despite FIFA ban http://aaj.tv/2018/06/blatter-arrives-in-russia-for-world-cup-despite-fifa-ban/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:08:52 +0500 Afshan Zahra http://aaj.tv/?p=411699

Blatter arrives in Russia for World Cup despite FIFA ban

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Football

[caption id="attachment_411700" align="aligncenter" width="800"] —file photo[/caption] MOSCOW: Disgraced former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter defied a ban to attend World Cup matches and arrived in Russia on Tuesday at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin. "I'm not here to comment the game. I'm here to enjoy the World Cup," Blatter told reporters before stepping inside a luxurious Moscow hotel. The 82-year-old is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors for alleged corruption during his 17-year reign as head of world football's governing body. The Swiss national was suspended for six years by FIFA in 2016 from football-related activities over a 1.8-million-euro ($2 million) payment to former UEFA chief Michel Platini. Former FIFA spokesman Thomas Renggli told AFP that Blatter would meet Putin on Wednesday. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday he did not know whether any meeting had been planned. Last October Blatter announced he had received an invitation from Putin to attend the June 14 to July 15 showpiece which Russia is hosting.. The two men developed a close relationship after FIFA's disputed decision in 2010 to award this year's tournament to Russia instead of England. FIFA said it had no comment to make on Blatter's trip. Blatter is slated to watch Wednesday's game between Portugal and Morocco in the Russian capital and might also attend Brazil's match against Costa Rica in Putin's native Saint Petersburg.—AFP  

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Senegal beats Poland 2-1, 1st African win at World Cup http://aaj.tv/2018/06/senegal-beats-poland-2-1-1st-african-win-at-world-cup/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:23:23 +0500 yasir kaneria http://aaj.tv/?p=411696

Senegal beats Poland 2-1, 1st African win at World Cup

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Football

MOSCOW: Senegal became the first African team to win at this year's World Cup, defeating Poland 2-1 Tuesday on a first-half own-goal and a controversial second-half score by Mbaye Niang. Senegal, back in the tournament for the first time since 2002, went ahead in the 37th minute when Thiago Cionek's attempted block of Idrissa Gueye's shot wrong-footed goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who was picked to start over fellow Arsenal castoff Lukasz Fabianski. Niang, who returned to the field from treatment, later beat Szczesny to double the lead in the 60th. Grzegorz Krychowiak, whose backpass led to Senegal's second goal, headed in a free kick in the 86th minute to end Poland's streak of five straight scoreless World Cup openers. Both teams' stars, Senegal's Sadio Mane and Poland's Robert Lewandowski, rarely threatened in quiet World Cup debuts. Senegal is tied for the group lead with Japan, which upset Colombia 2-1 earlier. Senegal will play Japan on Sunday, when Poland meets Colombia.—AP

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4 new mountain lions kittens found in California Mountains http://aaj.tv/2018/06/4-new-mountain-lions-kittens-found-in-california-mountains/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:17:57 +0500 yasir kaneria http://aaj.tv/?p=411693

4 new mountain lions kittens found in California Mountains

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World

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif:  Four new mountain lion kittens have been found by researchers studying the wild cats living in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said Tuesday that the four female kittens are about 5 weeks old. Video posted on Twitter showed the blue-eyed, spotted kittens meowing underneath a crevice while their mother was away. One even hisses and swipes at the researcher filming. They're the first litter of kittens found in the Simi Hills, a small area of habitat between the Santa Monica and Santa Susana mountain ranges north of Los Angeles. Researchers have added the four kittens to their ongoing study of mountain lions in the area. They've taken tissue samples, conducted a general health check and marked the kittens with ear tag which will allow them to keep track of their movements as they grow up. It's the 15th den the researchers have marked as part of their study of mountain lions in the region. Biologists have been studying the cougars to determine how they survive in fragmented wilderness amid metropolitan sprawl. Each member of the species, especially males, requires a very large home territory, and young cats face difficulties dispersing. Jeff Sikich, biologist for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, said the spot where the kittens were found in the Simi Hills is "a critical habitat linkage between the Santa Monica Mountains and larger natural areas to the north." "We are very interested to learn about how they will navigate the fragmented landscape and whether they will remain in the Simi Hills or eventually cross one or more freeways to the north or south," he said. Except for the kittens' mother, researchers say every mountain lion they've tracked in the Simi Hills has crossed either the 101 freeway to the south or State Route 118 to the north. Since 2002, 18 mountain lions have been killed on freeways and roads in the region, most recently a 5-year-old female earlier this year. The area's most well-known mountain lion, P-22, has become famous for having somehow crossed freeways to take up residence in sprawling Griffith Park in the middle of Los Angeles.—AP

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England post new ODI record of 481-6 http://aaj.tv/2018/06/england-post-new-odi-record-total/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:09:09 +0500 Afshan Zahra http://aaj.tv/?p=411691

England post new ODI record of 481-6

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[caption id="attachment_411692" align="aligncenter" width="800"] —file photo[/caption] NOTTINGHAM: England set a new record for the highest total ever scored in a men's one-day international when they went past 444 against Australia at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. When Alex Hales, who already had a hundred to his name, hoisted Jhye Richardson for six in the 46th over it meant England had broken their own world record in men's one-day internationals. It was also at Trent Bridge where England set the previous record total at this level of 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016. Hales eventually holed out for 147 on his Nottinghamshire home ground after opener Jonny Bairstow had made 139. Eoin Morgan, England's ODI captain, became the country's highest run-scorer in this format during a 21-ball fifty -- the fastest by any England batsman in terms of balls faced -- on his way to 67. When Hales and Morgan were dismissed off successive deliveries to leave England 459 for five off 47.3 overs, there were still 15 balls left in the innings.

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Iran player dodges question on women’s rights at World Cup http://aaj.tv/2018/06/iran-player-dodges-question-on-womens-rights-at-world-cup/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:31:58 +0500 yasir kaneria http://aaj.tv/?p=411689

Iran player dodges question on women’s rights at World Cup

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Football

KAZAN, Russia: Women's rights are a sensitive issue within the Iran team at the World Cup. Masoud Shojaei was evasive during his team's news conference Tuesday when the midfielder was asked what he thought of Iranian women in stadiums in Russia. "With all due respect for you and your question, we are not just a team. We are a family, and it's our nation which is playing on the pitch," Shojaei said. "If you want to talk about this issue, this is an internal issue that we prefer to solve problems within our family." Women have been prohibited from attending men's games and other sports fixtures in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. A partial exception to the ban on women was made in June 2015 when a small number were allowed to watch volleyball in Tehran. Iranian fans attending their team's opening game in St. Petersburg last week unfurled banners protesting against the ban.—AP  

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Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup http://aaj.tv/2018/06/ronaldo-and-portugal-look-to-knock-morocco-out-of-world-cup/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:27:40 +0500 yasir kaneria http://aaj.tv/?p=411687

Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup

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Football

MOSCOW: Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal's opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the opening Group B match against Spain, a 3-3 draw that so far stands as the most exciting game of this year's World Cup. Morocco dominated its opening match against Iran but lost 1-0 on an own-goal by forward Aziz Bouhaddouz in stoppage time. If Ronaldo plays at the same level Wednesday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, a Portugal victory would ensure elimination for Morocco. There is history between these teams, as well as Ronaldo and Morocco center back Mehdi Benatia. Morocco and Portugal played each other at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, and the Moroccans won 3-1 to enter the round of 16 while Portugal finished last. The last time Ronaldo and Benatia faced each other was in April in a Champions League quarterfinal match. Benatia, playing for Juventus, pushed a Real Madrid player to draw a penalty. Ronaldo scored and Madrid advanced on its way to a record 13th European title. Although Ronaldo was spectacular against Spain and his tally included a late free kick, Morocco's defense has not let an opposing player score in World Cup qualifying since 2015. Against Portugal, Morocco must earn at least one point before Spain plays Iran in Wednesday's late game in Kazan. —AP

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Trump insists crime rising in Germany, questioning official data http://aaj.tv/2018/06/trump-insists-crime-rising-in-germany-questioning-official-data/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:27:34 +0500 Afshan Zahra http://aaj.tv/?p=411684

Trump insists crime rising in Germany, questioning official data

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World

[caption id="attachment_406666" align="aligncenter" width="800"] —file photo[/caption] WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on the false assertion that immigration is driving up crime in Germany, casting doubt on the country's official statistics. "Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted," Trump tweeted, a day after he claimed German people were "turning against their leadership" over immigration. "Be smart America!" said the president, who is under mounting pressure to end the separation of immigrant families on the southern US border. While several high-profile crimes by migrants have fuelled public anger in Germany, which has admitted more than one million asylum seekers since 2015, the country's crime rate is at its lowest since 1992, according to official figures released last month. Data from the German interior ministry does indicate that the proportion of crimes committed by foreigners has gone up in the past five years, but this cannot be attributed specifically to migrant arrivals. On Monday, Trump tweeted that crime in Germany "is way up" as he assailed what he called a "big mistake" by Europe "in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!" Trump's intrusive comments have poured fuel on the fire as hardliners in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc gave her an ultimatum to tighten asylum rules or risk a political crisis that would rattle Europe.—AFP  

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Colombian singer at World Cup reports hotel theft in Moscow http://aaj.tv/2018/06/colombian-singer-at-world-cup-reports-hotel-theft-in-moscow/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:23:45 +0500 yasir kaneria http://aaj.tv/?p=411685

Colombian singer at World Cup reports hotel theft in Moscow

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Entertainment

MOSCOW: Russian police say that $800,000 worth of valuables have been stolen from Colombian singer Maluma's hotel room in Moscow while he's visiting Russia to support the Colombia team at the World Cup. Russian news reports quoted local police as saying that the stolen items included a variety of luxury watches, numerous pieces of jewelry and other belongings. They said a thief apparently got into Maluma's room posing as his guest while the singer was absent. It wasn't immediately clear when the theft took place. The value of the items was estimated at more than 50 million rubles (about $800,000). An official investigation is underway. —AP

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