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Two Koreas discuss reducing military tension amid reports of N.Korea missile activity

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31

SEOUL (Reuters) – North and South Korea discussed reducing tension but didn’t announce any detailed agreements after military talks on Tuesday, while the United States detected renewed activity at a North Korean missile factory, casting more suspicion over the North’s intentions.

The meeting, the second since June and held in the border village of Panmunjom, was designed to follow on from an inter-Korean summit in April at which leaders of the two Koreas agreed to defuse tension and halt “all hostile acts”.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also vowed during his separate summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore in June to work toward denuclearisation, but there has been no concrete agreement to accomplish that goal. The North had pursued its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions and increasingly severe sanctions.

Generals from the two Koreas exchanged views on a possible cut in firearms and personnel to “demilitarise” the

heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ), as well as joint excavation within the area of the remains of soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

They also discussed ways to turn the skirmish-prone West Sea by ceasing firing exercises and withdrawing artillery along the shore, according to South Korea’s defence ministry.

But they did not agree on details, which will be further discussed through working-level talks, the ministry said.

The ministry said last week it plans to reduce guard posts and equipment along the heavily fortified border as an initial step.

The talks were meaningful in “creating understanding” in ways to implement the summit agreement, said Kim Do-gyun, the South’s chief negotiator who is in charge of North Korea policy at the ministry.

CRUCIAL TO LOWERING TENSION

Ahn Ik-san, the general leading the North Korean delegation at the military talks, said both sides agreed on “some issues”, without elaborating.

At the start of the meeting, Ahn noted South Korean news reports suggesting that he might try to persuade the South to push for a joint declaration with the United States to formally end the war.

“Before determining whether it is true or not, I realised the people of the North and South regard our talks as important,” Ahn said.

The Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the U.S.-led United Nations forces, including South Korea, technically still at war with the North.

Pyongyang sees an official end to war as crucial to lowering tension. It accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of making a “gangster-like” demand for denuclearisation during his visit to Pyongyang earlier this month, while rejecting its wish to discuss declaring an end to the conflict.

The U.S. State Department has said it is committed to building a peace mechanism in place of the armistice when the North denuclearises.

Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi had travelled to South Korea “not long ago” and held talks with Chung Eui-yong, Director of the National Security Office, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular news briefing on Tuesday,

The two discussed various bilateral issues, officials said, but neither Beijing, which supported North Korea in the war, nor Seoul confirmed whether they discussed a declaration ending the war.

A senior official at South Korea’s presidential Blue House said Seoul was open to China’s involvement in any peace agreement, but said no decisions had been made.

MISSILE ACTIVITY

On Monday, a senior U.S. official told Reuters that U.S. spy satellites had detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

Pompeo said last week that North Korea was continuing to produce fuel for nuclear bombs.

Trump declared soon after his summit with Kim that North Korea no longer posed nuclear threats, but Pyongyang has offered no details on its plan to denuclearise and subsequent talks have not gone smoothly.

The North’s state media has in recent days chastised the South for failing to move more swiftly to improve inter-Korean relations while paying too much heed to Washington.

The Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s official party newspaper, accused Seoul of “wasting time” waiting for sanctions to be lifted only after denuclearisation is completed, without “taking a single action” on its own.

It called for steps to facilitate a restart of the previously jointly-run but now closed programmes, such as the Kaesong Industrial Complex and tours to the North’s Mount Kumgang resort.

Seoul has said those projects can be resumed when there is progress on denuclearisation and sanctions are eased.

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North Korea’s propaganda website, Uriminjokkiri, also criticised South Korea for its stance of keeping sanctions, saying “sanctions and conversation cannot exist side by side”.

Reporting by Joyce Lee, Hyonhee Shin and Joint Press Corps, additional reporting by Michael Martina in Beijing; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

Photo: Salman Khan clicked with a fan on the sets of ‘Bharat’

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This day in Engadget history: The iPhone jailbreak era begins

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Back in 2007, however, the walled garden of Apple’s ecosystem was firmly in place; there wasn’t even an App Store to go find third-party apps in. On July 19, 2007 — just a few weeks after the iPhone launch — a hacker called “Nightwatch” compiled and launched the iPhone’s first third-party app, a “Hello World” program. A typical first program on any computing platform, the app didn’t do much but display those words. It did, however, usher in a whole new era of “jailbreaking” iPhones, along with app repositories like Cydia and the like.

So, whenever you bemoan Apple’s fierce gatekeeping around the apps it allows on the iOS App Store, remember it wasn’t that long ago when there weren’t any at all. And pour one out for Nightwatch, the one who started it all.

Club cricketer helps England prepare for spin but turn could be watered down

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Jul
30

Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali back together in whites © Getty Images

The sight of three left-arm wrist spinners bowling at England in the nets at Edgbaston underlined the extent to which the talk of spin bowling has dominated the lead-up to this series.

It’s not just England’s reputation against such bowling or the dramatic impact made by Kuldeep Yadav at the start of the limited-overs series between these sides. It is that England has experienced a prolonged spell of unusually hot and dry weather. Even if the squares were heavily watered, it was argued, the dry outfields would draw moisture out of them and leave the pitches dry and dusty.

So, Akhil Patel (the brother of Samit Patel), William Blackwell (a club cricketer at Coggeshall in Essex) and Sam Wisniewski (a Yorkshire Under-17 cricketer) were all recruited to bowl to England’s batsmen in the nets. And, had Jake Lintott, a left-arm wrist-spinner of the fringe of the Hampshire side been available, he would have done so, too. Dom Bess and Jack Leach also took part.

But a first look at the Edgbaston surface suggests such talk may have been overplayed. The pitch looks similar to the surfaces seen here for the 2015 Ashes – when England’s seamers took 19 of the 20 wickets to fall – and the 2016 Test against Pakistan, when England’s spinner, Moeen Ali, took just two of the 20 Pakistan wickets.

Not only has Birmingham seen the dry spell end in recent days – the city experienced minor flooding in some areas on Saturday after torrential rain – but the groundstaff at Edgbaston have pumped millions of litres of water onto the outfield in recent weeks. At one stage, they were putting as many as 47,000 litres of water on to the outfield in 36-minute bursts. Even on Monday night, the groundstaff were spraying seaweed onto the outfield in order to ensure the grass retained moisture even if another hot spell occurs during the game.

As a result, conditions are remarkably similar to usual despite the extreme weather. Indeed, it might be the sort of surface where the captain winning the toss has a tricky decision to make over whether to bat or bowl first. The first session is likely to prove hard work for batsmen and the pitch is unlikely to deteriorate much over the first three days at least.

It therefore seems most unlikely that India will play three spinners and means there is every chance that Kuldeep will not be selected.

The Edgbaston surface two days before the first Test © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

It is also quite possible that, even after the furore into Adil Rashid‘s selection, he could be omitted. While Moeen was informed a few weeks ago that he would subsequently be considered only as a second choice spin bowler, he looked back to his best in the recently concluded Championship match against Somerset – he claimed the 10th five-wicket haul of his first-class career – and has, at least, had a chance to play some first-class cricket. Rashid has not played a first-class match since September.

It is 25 years since England played two frontline spinners (Moeen is being classified as a frontline spinner for the purposes of clarity) in an Edgbaston Test. On that occasion, England fielded two offspinners against Australia – Peter Such and John Emburey – and slumped to an eight-wicket defeat.

While Jeetan Patel has enjoyed a good season with Warwickshire – who are based at Edgbaston – he usually gains little help from the surface and sometimes benefits from the footmarks left by Keith Barker, the club’s left-arm swing bowler. The legspinner Josh Poysden also claimed a five-wicket haul at the ground when playing as a second spinner, though he would be the first to admit than some poor batting from Glamorgan played a large part in that haul.

With Moeen and Ben Stokes offering all-round depth, England are blessed with many options. They could play two spinners without weakening their seam bowling. If, for example, they omitted a batsman – Dawid Malan – they could bat Moeen at No. 7, with Rashid at No. 8 and James Anderson, Stuart Broad and, probably, Jamie Porter to follow.

While Sam Curran could also come into the equation, it could be that his left-arm angle counts against him: England, despite the possibility of playing five left-handers in their top seven, are unlikely to want to provide R Ashwin and co. with any help from Curran’s footmarks. Malan, it might be noted, averages 29 in Test cricket. Moeen averages 32.40.

Either way, it seems spin may not play the prominent role in the match that was originally anticipated. Whether by accident or design, Edgbaston appears to have survived the warm spell with its characteristics intact. It looks, in short, a good, English, Test surface with some encouragement for seamers but where batsmen can also prosper.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Zimbabwe votes in first post-Mugabe poll, opposition cries foul

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Jul
30

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabweans voted on Monday in the first election since former president Robert Mugabe was ousted in a de facto coup, with allegations of voter suppression raising fears of a disputed result.

Nelson Chamisa, the main challenger to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time Mugabe ally, gave no evidence for his claim that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) was impeding voting in urban areas where he enjoys strong support.

“The people’s will being negated undetermined due to these deliberate unnecessary delays,” Chamisa tweeted.

The ZEC was not immediately available to comment. It has denied Chamisa’s previous allegations of bias.

A credible election is essential if Zimbabwe is to exit painful sanctions and secure the donor funding needed to stem chronic cash shortages.

Chamisa said his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would win if there was no “ballot mischief”, making it likely he will challenge the outcome if Mnangagwa prevails, something likely to lead to street protests and possible violence.

Dozens of people were killed ahead of a runoff in 2008 between Mugabe and MDC-founder Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of cancer in February.

While absent from the ballot paper for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980, Mugabe emerged from eight months of obscurity on the eve of the election to announce he would vote for the opposition, surprising former ally Mnangagwa who accused him of striking a deal with Chamisa.

Mugabe, 94, one of the last “Big Men” of African politics, made no comment to reporters as he cast his ballot around lunchtime accompanied by his wife, Grace. A huge crowd gathered outside, some cheering, many booing.

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Mnangagwa denied Mugabe’s claim that the vote would not be free since it was being run by a “military government”.

“I can assure you that this country is enjoying democratic space which has never been experienced before,” Mnangagwa told public television after voting.

RUNOFF POSSIBLE

Opinion polls give the 75-year-old former intelligence chief only a slim lead over Chamisa, 40. There will be a runoff on Sept. 8 if no candidate wins more than half the votes.

Nicknamed “the Crocodile”, an animal famed in Zimbabwean lore for stealth and ruthlessness, Mnangagwa, of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), has been president since the military ousted Mugabe in a bloodless coup.

Elections under Mugabe were often marred by intimidation, rigging and violence but the consensus is the build-up to this vote has been better than before, although Chamisa complained about a flawed voters’ roll and opaque ballot paper printing.

Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor, has attracted young and unemployed voters frustrated with nearly four decades of ZANU–PF rule.

“Victory is certain, the people have spoken,” Chamisa said after casting his ballot in Harare as a cheering crowd chanted: “President! President! The president is here!”

“I have no doubt that by end of day today we should be very clear as to an emphatic voice for change,” Chamisa said.

Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) and were due to close at 7 p.m. Zimbabweans are also electing 210 members of parliament and more than 9,000 councillors.

“I’ll vote for Chamisa because it is a vote for change, it is a vote for the youth. Tomorrow we will have a new president,” said Fabian Matsika, a security guard in Harare.

CREDIBILITY

“ZANU-PF is the only party that I have voted for,” said Elizabeth Kamhunga, 67, after casting her vote at a school in the Harare suburb of Malbereign.

“We may have made some mistakes but I think President Mnangagwa is the only person who has the interests of Zimbabwe at heart.”

The European Union, the United States and the Commonwealth have sent observers.

“It is exciting to see so many Zimbabweans casting ballots,” said former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, co-leader of the National Democratic Institute’s observer mission.

“However the public’s faith in the secrecy of the ballot is essential for the credibility of the process. We urge the authorities to do everything possible to ensure the secrecy of today’s vote.”

Mnangagwa has made a big effort to win over foreign opinion; hosting Western ambassadors, courting investors and patching up relations with white commercial farmers who were violently evicted from their farms under Mugabe.

Whoever wins will face the mammoth task of putting Zimbabwe back on track after 37 years of Mugabe rule tainted by corruption, mismanagement and diplomatic isolation, sending one of Africa’s most promising economies into crisis.

Click here for a graphic on the economy tmsnrt.rs/2zFGGlq, and here for one on Zimbabwe’s electronic dollars. here

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Reporting by Macdonald Dzirutwe and Joe Brock; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

Salim Khan reveals that Salman Khan is not upset with Priyanka Chopra for opting out of ‘Bharat’

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Yesterday, Ali Abbas Zafar confirmed the news of Priyanka Chopra’s exit from his next ‘Bharat’. He posted on Twitter that the actress is no more part of the film and the reason is “very special”.

Soon, the Twitterati started questioning that who will be brought on board for the film now? They even gave a few suggestions to the director. Ali then took to his Twitter to answer all their question in a single tweet.

He posted, “Yes yes yes … we will announce the leading lady of Bharat soon.. We have been shooting Non stop and the simultaneously preparing for international schedules ….”

Meanwhile, there are various reports doing rounds of the real reason for Priyanka opting out of the film. Few suggested that it was due to her marriage plans with pop singer Nick Jonas while few other said that it was Salman ways as he gets many actors on board, which in turn will take away the focus from her. Also, it was being said that PC’s role was chopped, however, to this, Nikhil Namit, the CEO of Reel life production Pvt Ltd while speaking to an entertainment portal said that all the rumours are false.

‘Bharat’, also stars Disha Patani, Tabu and Nora Fatehi in pivotal roles apart from Salman. The film has been slated for Eid 2019 release.

This day in Engadget history: The iPhone jailbreak era begins

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Jul
30

Back in 2007, however, the walled garden of Apple’s ecosystem was firmly in place; there wasn’t even an App Store to go find third-party apps in. On July 19, 2007 — just a few weeks after the iPhone launch — a hacker called “Nightwatch” compiled and launched the iPhone’s first third-party app, a “Hello World” program. A typical first program on any computing platform, the app didn’t do much but display those words. It did, however, usher in a whole new era of “jailbreaking” iPhones, along with app repositories like Cydia and the like.

So, whenever you bemoan Apple’s fierce gatekeeping around the apps it allows on the iOS App Store, remember it wasn’t that long ago when there weren’t any at all. And pour one out for Nightwatch, the one who started it all.

Have told Thisara how important he is for 2019 World Cup

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Jul
29

Persevered with for so long for his potential rather than his form, Thisara Perera has started to turn his game around. This, at least, is what Sri Lanka batting coach Thilan Samaraweera believed, after Thisara struck 49 off 30 balls to assist Sri Lanka’s recovery after they had careened to 36 for 5.

Thisara’s innings was to be of little consequence – South Africa ended up sauntering to a five-wicket victory. But it was another solid contribution from a player who, in the past, has been a source of great frustration. For years selectors kept picking him because the idea of a seam-bowling, big-hitting allrounder was too much to resist, but his performances since 2014 had largely been mediocre. This year, though, he has seemingly rediscovered the form that had made him such an exciting prospect in the early years of this decade. Having averaged an abysmal 14.50 – at a strike rate of not much more than 100 – between January 2015 and December 2017, Thisara has now averaged 45.75 with a strike rate of 156, in five innings in 2018.

“In the last six months he’s improved a lot as a batsman,” Samaraweera said. “I gave a lot of space to him, and he’s getting there. The good thing is, after his dismissal he showed a lot of disappointment in the dressing room, because this was one of the best opportunities for him to get an ODI hundred.”

A performing Thisara has always been an alluring proposition, but now, with Angelo Mathews seemingly unable to bowl due to injury concerns and a World Cup in England in less than a year, Sri Lanka’s desperation for a seam-bowling allrounder has rarely been so acute. What is heartening for Sri Lanka is that Thisara’s bowling turnaround is also impressive. Having taken 29 wickets at an average of 48.24 in the three years from 2015 till the end of 2017, Perera has claimed his wickets at an average of 17.63 this year.

“We had a lot of discussions, and we emphasised to Thisara how important he is to the 2019 World Cup,” Samaraweera said. “I think you have to give a lot of credit to bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake also. He changed Thisara’s bowling approach. He was very slow to the crease before Rumesh came, and in the last seven months, we can see how much faster he is to the stumps. We had strong discussions, and sometimes disagreements. But Thisara is heading in the right direction at the moment.”

That Thisara had had to come to the crease as early as the ninth over in this match, was down partly to Sri Lanka’s inability to withstand Kagiso Rabada’s new-ball spell. Rabada’s first five overs brought him three wickets for 22 runs, while Lungi Ngidi struck once at the other end, and Upul Tharanga was run out.

“We talked about what South Africa’s strengths were, and their strength is in the first eight to ten overs – we have to get through that period,” Samaraweera said. “After that, they have a very inexperienced bowling attack. Unfortunately, they got five wickets. We were thinking a score of 275-280 would be good, because we have three spinners to defend that. But when you are 30-odd for five, it’s very hard to win games from there. We recovered well, but the match was decided in the first ten overs because of our very poor batting.”

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Doctors say jailed former Pakistani PM Sharif should be transferred to hospital

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29

LAHORE (Reuters) – Doctors are concerned about the health of jailed former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and have requested prison authorities in Rawalpindi to transfer him to a hospital, a government official said on Sunday.

Sharif and his daughter Maryam were arrested on July 13, minutes after they returned to Pakistan seeking to revitalise their flagging party ahead of a July 25 national election. They were moved to Adiala jail in the garrison town of Rawalpindi and face lengthy sentences.

“Doctors at Adiala jail have observed changes in the ECG of Nawaz Sharif,” Punjab Chief Minister Hasan Askari Rizvi told Reuters. An ECG, or electrocardiogram, is a test that checks the heart’s electrical activity.

“We cannot take any risk about Sharif’s health and have directed the jail authorities to shift him to either Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology or PIMS (Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences) immediately.”

Sharif, who returned from Britain, was handed a 10-year jail term on July 6 by an anti-corruption court in Pakistan, while his daughter and political heir was sentenced to seven years in prison over the purchase of luxury flats in London in the 1990s.

COALITION BUILDING

In the run-up to the July 25 general election, Sharif alleged the Pakistan military of influencing the judiciary to deny it a second term.

The military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half of the country’s history since its founding in 1947, has denied interfering in modern-day politics.

Last week’s election saw Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice, emerge as the largest single party.

PTI did better than expected to scoop up 16.86 million votes, trouncing the Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which finished second with 12.89 million.

PTI opened coalition talks with at least one smaller party and independent politicians on Saturday.

European Union observers were critical of the political climate in the run-up to the vote, saying that some parties had been disadvantaged. The United States voiced similar concerns.

Reporting by Mubasher Bukhari; Writing by Idrees Ali; Editing by Susan Fenton

Kangana unhappy with PC’s engagement news?

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Jul
29

Kangana Ranaut rocked the headlines after she visited a show judged by filmmaker Karan Johar, putting all feuds between them to a rest.

Reportedly, on the sets also she was in a good mood and didn’t shy away from answering any question. According to a report, when Kangana was quizzed about her marriage plans, she reportedly said, “I don’t know why our society wants women to marry by the age of 30. It is very unfortunate. I am not getting married anytime soon and I am not even 30,” ending with a hearty laugh.


Post watching a romantic act on the show, she was asked about her love story and she answered that question in a witty way. She reportedly said that her story was written about in all the newspapers. “Mere ishq ke kisse toh saare newspapers mein likhe gaye hain.” She also added, “Ishq ki aankhon mein khuda dekha hai humne, na woh roshni thi na andhera, na jaane kaunsa manzar dekha hai humne.” The ‘Queen’ actress recited the poem saying she had written it when she was in love.

This day in Engadget history: The iPhone jailbreak era begins

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Jul
29

Back in 2007, however, the walled garden of Apple’s ecosystem was firmly in place; there wasn’t even an App Store to go find third-party apps in. On July 19, 2007 — just a few weeks after the iPhone launch — a hacker called “Nightwatch” compiled and launched the iPhone’s first third-party app, a “Hello World” program. A typical first program on any computing platform, the app didn’t do much but display those words. It did, however, usher in a whole new era of “jailbreaking” iPhones, along with app repositories like Cydia and the like.

So, whenever you bemoan Apple’s fierce gatekeeping around the apps it allows on the iOS App Store, remember it wasn’t that long ago when there weren’t any at all. And pour one out for Nightwatch, the one who started it all.

Sylhet set to become Bangladesh’s eighth Test venue

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Jul
28

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Sylhet is set to become Bangladesh’s eighth Test venue. The BCB has announced that the north-eastern city will host the first Test of the Bangladesh-Zimbabwe series later this year, from November 3 to 7. It will also host its first ODI, between Bangladesh and West Indies, on December 14.

The venue so far has staged seven T20I games, six of them during the 2014 World T20, and one in February this year between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Zimbabwe, whose tour had to be rescheduled due to the BCB’s plan to shift the Bangladesh Premier League from October to January, will play the second Test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

Zimbabwe will arrive in Dhaka on October 16, and start the tour with a 50-overs practice match at the BKSP ground in Savar on October 19. The three-match ODI series begins on October 21 in Dhaka, before the two sides move to Chittagong for the second and third ODIs on October 24 and 26.

Zimbabwe will play a three-day practice match in Chittagong from October 29 to 31, before going to Sylhet for the first Test, which begins on November 3. The second Test will be held from November 11 to 15.

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Pope accepts McCarrick resignation as cardinal following sex abuse scandal

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Jul
28

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation as a cardinal of Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C. and one of the U.S. Catholic Church’s most prominent figures, who has been at the centre of allegations of sex abuse with minors and young seminarians.

McCarrick was the first cardinal to lose his red hat in living memory. The scandal surrounding him has stunned the American Church because he was a widely respected leader for decades and was a confidant of popes and presidents.

“Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial,” a statement said.

Last month, American Church officials said allegations he sexually abused a teenager almost 50 years ago were credible.

Since then, several men have come forward to allege that McCarrick had forced them to sleep with him at a beach house in New Jersey when they were adult seminarians studying for the priesthood.

McCarrick has said he had “absolutely no recollection” of the alleged abuse of the teenager 50 years ago but has not commented on the allegations of abuse of adult men and another minor that were brought forward later.

Reporting by Philip Pullella; editing by Agnieszka Flak

Are Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas already engaged?

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Jul
28

Ever since Priyank Chopra and Nick Jonas made their first appearance together on the red carpet of Met Gala, 2017, a lot has been said about their rumoured relationship. The two have been spending a lot of time together. Recently, Priyanka even celebrated her birthday in London with Nick and his older brother Joe Jonas with his fiancee Sophie Turner.

Now the actress is back in the city to begin shooting for her upcoming Bollywood projects. While Priyanka Chopra is busy in Mumbai, Nick is busy working out at the gym. He recently posted a picture on his Instagram story in which he can be seen sweating it out to be in shape.

Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra will soon begin with the shooting for Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Bharat’ along with Salman Khan. The movie also stars Disha Patani and Tabu in key roles. ‘Bharat’ will hit the screens next year on the occasion of Eid.

Apart from this, she will also be seen in Shonali Bose’s next ‘The Sky is Pink’.

This day in Engadget history: The iPhone jailbreak era begins

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Jul
28

Back in 2007, however, the walled garden of Apple’s ecosystem was firmly in place; there wasn’t even an App Store to go find third-party apps in. On July 19, 2007 — just a few weeks after the iPhone launch — a hacker called “Nightwatch” compiled and launched the iPhone’s first third-party app, a “Hello World” program. A typical first program on any computing platform, the app didn’t do much but display those words. It did, however, usher in a whole new era of “jailbreaking” iPhones, along with app repositories like Cydia and the like.

So, whenever you bemoan Apple’s fierce gatekeeping around the apps it allows on the iOS App Store, remember it wasn’t that long ago when there weren’t any at all. And pour one out for Nightwatch, the one who started it all.

Amy Satterthwaite leads way as Lancashire Thunder turn tables on Yorkshire

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Jul
27

Lancashire Thunder 134 for 4 (Satterthwaite 57*, Threlkeld 53*) beat Yorkshire Diamonds 101 (Ecclestone 3-11, Hartley 3-19) by 33 runs
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An unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 109 between Amy Satterthwaite and Ellie Threlkeld was the second-highest partnership in KSL history and helped Lancashire Thunder secure a notable 33-run win in the Roses match at Emerald Headingley.

The Thunder recovered from 25 for 4 to post 134 for 4, with New Zealander Satterthwaite 57 not out and wicketkeeper Threlkeld unbeaten on 53 amidst a standout afternoon. The 19-year-old later claimed a record four stumpings and affected a run out as Diamonds replied with 101 all out.

The Diamonds got off to a bright start in reply with a 43-run opening stand between captain Lauren Winfield and Australian Beth Mooney. But they were two of four wickets to fall for 16 runs inside four-and-a-half overs as the score slipped to 59 for 4.

Both sides, who lost their opening fixtures on Sunday, had success with pace off the ball. In the end, England left-arm spinners Sophie Ecclestone and Alex Hartley were the pick with 3 for eleven off 3.2 overs and 3 for 19 from four as the Thunder won for only the second time across the two-and-a-bit seasons of the KSL. It also broke a run of two successive Roses defeats.

After eight overs, this looked set to be a procession for the Diamonds as spin duo Chamari Atapattu and Katie Levick struck, while Alice Davidson-Richards’ medium-pacers claimed two wickets in three balls in the seventh.

Lancashire reached halfway at 33 for 4, with left-handed Satterthwaite and Threlkeld, who has replaced Sarah Taylor behind the stumps this year, in the early stages of a 12.2-over alliance. And they batted confidently without taking too many risks before expanding.

In the 16th over, Threlkeld slog-swept legspinner Levick for six before Satterthwaite lofted her straight for a second maximum. The pair reached their fifties in the penultimate over – Threlkeld off 40 balls and Satterthwaite off 30.

They were only Lancashire’s second and third fifties in KSL history, while their stand has only been bettered by the unbroken 161 opening stand between Rachel Priest and Heather Knight for Western Storm against the Diamonds at York last August.

Winfield then helped the Diamonds get off to a bright start in reply, twice handsomely driving Kate Cross for four, although she was dropped at point on 19 by Emma Lamb off the same bowler.

The England World Cup winner hit a brisk 28 before miscuing her international team-mate Ecclestone to mid-on as the score fell to 43 for 1 in the sixth over. That became 56 for 2 in the ninth when Mooney hold out to deep midwicket off Hartley in her first over.

Ecclestone then had Davidson-Richards stumped by Threlkeld at the end of the 10th before Hartley bowled Sri Lanka’s Atapattu at the start of the 11th. The run-out of talismanic England allrounder Katherine Brunt in the 14th over following a mix-up with Delissa Kimmince left the score at 71 for 5 and was a key blow.

Kimmince later fell the same way before Threlkeld’s second stumping helped Hartley remove Thea Brookes. She then ran out Alice Monaghan and had Levick stumped off Danielle Hazell and Helen Fenby stumped off Ecclestone to wrap things up.

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