Murray sent packing by Thiem in Barcelona semi-final

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, Apr 29 : World number one Andy Murray was knocked out 6-2 3-6 6-4 by Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open today. Thiem became the first Austrian since Thomas Muster in 1996 to reach the final of the claycourt tournament after subduing Murray for the first time […]

Pakistan PM fires advisor over newspaper leak, army rejects actions

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Apr 29 : Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today sacked one of his special advisers and sanctioned another bureaucrat after an inquiry into a newspaper leak, but the country’s powerful army rejected Sharif’s directive as “incomplete”. The report’s findings and recommendations threaten to reopen a rift between the army and the […]

Pakistan PM fires advisor over newspaper leak, army rejects actions

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Apr 29 : Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today sacked one of his special advisers and sanctioned another bureaucrat after an inquiry into a newspaper leak, but the country’s powerful army rejected Sharif’s directive as “incomplete”. The report’s findings and recommendations threaten to reopen a rift between the army and the […]

Albanian split deepens as Socialists force through election of president

By Benet Koleka TIRANA, Apr 28 : Albania’s Socialist party used its majority in parliament to force through the election of a new president of the Balkan country today, leaving its politics polarised as the opposition maintains a two-month-old boycott. The new president, Ilir Meta, has twice served briefly as a Socialist prime minister before […]

US spy agency stops gathering some messages from Americans -sources

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Apr 28 : The US National Security Agency has halted a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect the digital communications of Americans that mentioned a foreign intelligence target without a warrant, three sources told Reuters. The decision to stop the program, which collected messages sent or received internationally and […]

US renews Belarus sanctions relief

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, Apr 28 : The United States today extended sanctions relief for Belarus for another six months, continuing a policy begun during the Obama administration meant to encourage a country traditionally in Russia’s orbit to turn to the West. The waivers to US economic sanctions for nine major Belarus companies began in […]