A deadlock between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and national cricket team players has ended after the two reached an agreement under which clauses of the central contract will not be changed.

According to reliable sources in the PCB, the players have dropped their demands to be given a bonus for a triumph in every match while the board has agreed to improve their pay scales and also give cash prizes to top individual performances in all three formats.

“In the new contracts that would be announced this week, the players will get around 25 to 50 per cent more in their match fees and central contract monthly retainers,” said a source, according to the Press Trust of India.

“And the clauses of the contracts would not be changed and there will be an annual increase of 10 per cent in the players’ retainers and fees,” he said.

Under the new set up, there will be no bonus on winning a match; however, bonuses will be granted for winning a series. For example, if Pakistan defeats India or any of the top three International Cricket Council (ICC) ranked teams then the players will get a bonus which will amount to 350 per cent of their match fees.

If the team beats a lower ranked team then their bonus will be equivalent to 100 per cent of their match fees.

The board has stated that for individual performances they will award Rs325,000 to the batsman scoring a century in any format and Rs575,000 if a cricketer scores a double century.

Similarly bowlers taking five wickets in an innings will get a bonus of Rs325,000 and Rs1.1 million for capturing 10 wickets in a match.

Although the previous central contracts granted in 2014 had expired on December 31, due to the World Cup and some other issues with players over negotiations, the board had extended the same contracts for six months.

“The new contracts will be awarded from July 2015 to June 2016,” the source added.

Further, it has been decided that all former and present captains will be allotted category A contracts, including Misbahul Haq, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Younus Khan and Muhammad Hafeez.

This article originally appeared on NDTV.

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A school boy shot dead his female classmate early on Tuesday morning before turning the pistol to himself in a private Karachi school, Express News reported.

According to reports, 16-year-old Nafroz opened fire on his classmate, Saba, during the assembly session at a private school in Karachi’s Patel Para area which resulted in her immediate death. However, soon after killing his classmate, the boy committed suicide with the same pistol he used to kill her.

Both died on the spot and their bodies were shifted to a nearby hospital for performing legal formalities which were later handed over to their respective parents, sources said. The motive for the killing is not yet established.

Read: Karachi school comes under grenade attack

“Police have recovered a 9mm pistol and two casings of its bullets from the crime scene,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Jamshed Town Police Station Akhtar Farooq said.

In February, at least seven unidentified assailants had hurled two hand grenades at a school situated in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. Allegedly retaliating to government’s decision to hang terror convicts, the miscreants – riding motorbikes – threatened the residents and school staff early morning. The assailants had also left a threat letter before escaping from the scene.

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Two murder convicts were hanged early Tuesday morning in jails across Punjab, Express News reported. 

Murder convicts, Ashraf and Jamma Khan were hanged at Sahiwal Central Jail and Bahawalpur Central Jail respectively.

Ashraf was sentenced to death for the murder of his neighbour over a minor dispute in 1994, while Jamma was sentenced to death for murdering his mother-in-law over a domestic dispute in 2000.

Read: Two murder convicts hanged in Multan as Ramazan moratorium ends

Since the moratorium on executions was lifted, in the aftermath of the Army Public School, Peshawar, terrorist attack, hundreds of death row prisoners have been hanged in the country – 23 of them had been convicted of terrorism charges.

Of those convicted of terrorism, 11 had been tried under the Anti-Terrorism Act and 12 by the Field General Court Martial. Eight people have been hanged for attacking former president Pervez Musharraf, one was hanged for attacking the US Consulate in Karachi and one for attacking the Rawalpindi GHQ.

Of those convicted by the Field General Court Martial, three were former officials of the Pakistan Air force, three of the Pakistan Army, one was the son of a retired army official and one was an army sepoy who had killed a colleague while on duty in Peshawar Cantt.

Read: Eight murder convicts executed in the Punjab

Of the 11 people convicted by Anti-Terrorism Courts, eight belonged to the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi/Sipah-i-Sahaba and were convicted of sectarian killings. Three had tried to hijack a PIA plane traveling from Turbat to Karachi in 1998.

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Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, last year’s runner-up, crashed out Monday in the first round of the US Open while Serena Williams’ path to tennis history lost several major obstacles.

The year’s final Grand Slam tournament began with drama on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts as 41st-ranked Frenchman Benoit Paire saved two match points and rallied to defeat Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4.

“To beat Nishikori, for me, it was impossible to imagine this,” Paire said. “I’m really happy.”

Top-10 women’s seeds Ana Ivanovic, Karolina Pliskova and Carla Suarez Navarro exited with opening-match losses, leaving 12th seed Belinda Bencic as the top-rated foe in Williams’ half of the draw.

Three-time defending champion Williams, who lost to Bencic in a Toronto semi-final, could face the Swiss teen again in the quarter-finals.

Williams is chasing the first calendar Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988 and a 22nd career major title to match Graf’s Open Era record. She opens against Russia’s 86th-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko.

Williams and former US Open winners Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were set for later matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Paire, who had never before beaten a top-five foe, fired 21 aces to only three for Nishikori and blasted 64 winners, 30 more than Nishikori, with 67 unforced errors, 31 more than the Asian number one.

“He was very aggressive, so there were many rallies and it was tough to get rhythm,” Nishikori said.

Nishikori enjoyed his highest seed for any Grand Slam event all-too briefly, walking off Louis Armstrong Stadium with his head down after his third first-round exit in New York in five years.

Nishikori led the tie-breaker 6-4 but swatted a forehand long, watched Paire smack two service winners and then netted a forehand to force a fifth set.

Paire, who won his first ATP title last month at Bastad, broke for a 3-2 lead and held to the finish after three hours and 14 minutes.

“To be honest, I think I’m lucky,” Paire said. “Today, for me, it’s a good day. I’m really happy to win.”

Nishikori had won three titles this year included a US Open warm-up win at Washington that saw him avenge last year’s US Open final loss to Croatian Marin Cilic.

“It’s very sad always to lose first round,” Nishikori said. “I think it was more because of him I wasn’t playing 100 percent.”

Cilic won his opener 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/3) over Argentine qualifier Guido Pella.

On the women’s side, Slovakia’s 50th-ranked Dominika Cibulkova ousted seventh-seeded Ivanovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, delivering the Serb star’s first US Open first-match exit since 2009.

“It’s definitely very disappointing with the loss because I felt like I had great preparation,” Ivanovic said. “I felt like I’ve been improving. That’s why it’s so disappointing. I just have to keep working.”

After the injury-forced withdrawal of Russian third seed Maria Sharapova, Ivanovic had been Williams’ top-ranked rival.

That status fell to Czech eighth seed Pliskova, who lost to American Anna Tatishvili 6-2, 6-1, and to 10th seed Suarez Navarro, who lost to Czech Denisa Allertova 6-1, 7-6 (7/5).

“My return (was crucial),” Tatashvili said. “I felt the ball really well. I was trying to get as many first serves back as possible.”

One Williams rival who advanced was her older sister Venus, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and US 23rd seed who outlasted Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig 6-4, 6-7 (7/9), 6-3. Venus could play Bencic in round three.

World number one Djokovic meets Brazil’s Joao Souza while Spanish eighth seed Nadal, a possible quarter-final foe for Djokovic, faces Croatia’s Borna Coric, who won their first meeting last year at Basel.

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Former Pakistan off-spinner Arshad Khan is far from the glory days of his debut against West Indies in 1997-98, recently spotted steering the wheel of a cab in Australia.

On Monday, a social media user, Ganesh Birle, posted a photo on Facebook of the former Pakistan cricketer driving an Uber Taxi in Sydney.

“He was the driver of our cab and we started chatting, he told me that he is from Pakistan and lives in Sydney. Also that he has been to Hyderabad many times when he was playing for Lahore Badshahs something in ICL. After which I asked him his full name and then I was shocked to see his face which I could partially recognise. I shook his hand and left,” the Facebook post read.

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“He was avoiding the conversation all the time, but at the same time he couldn’t help but talk about his India connection. Imagine he introduced himself as ‘I from Pakistan [sic] but I have been here in Sydney for long time now’. Also like a good Uber driver he offered us water and stuff when we sat in the car,” it added.

Arshad Khan played nine Tests and 58 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between 1997 to 2006 with his last last ODI and Test matches against India in Rawalpindi and Bangalore.

The former off-spinner picked up 32 Test wickets and 56 in ODIs.

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Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said on Tuesday two suspects involved in the killing of two journalists and a media worker in August last year have been arrested.

Addressing the media, Bugti claimed two persons namely Shafqat and Ibrahim were arrested in regard to the killings of two journalists and a media worker from a news agency in Quetta on August 28, 2014.

Read: Three media workers gunned down in Quetta

Initial reports suggest that the former is a member of the Balochistan Liberation Army and was receiving funding from the group.

According to SHO Bijli Road police station, two armed men barged into the office of the agency and opened fire on the people inside. Senior journalist Irshad Mastoi, trainee reporter Abdul Rasul and an accountant Mohammed Younus were shot and all died on the spot following the attack.

 

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Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal has been on a continuous media trial over rumours of a rocky relationship with wife, Mehr Jessia. But the actor prefers not to react.

Read: Hrithik to face off with tigers

Arjun and Mehr, who have been married for over 15 years, have been caught in the midst of divorce rumours of late. In the past, Arjun slammed the media for bringing up his personal life but now he seems unaffected by it.

“I don’t have any views, I feel people have more views than I do,” Arjun told IANS when asked about his views on rumours revolving his personal life.

Arjun married Mehr, a supermodel of her time, in 1998. Together, they have two daughters.

Arjun walked the runway for European brand Buggati shoes, that’s making its India foray through e-commerce platform Jabong.

Arjun unveiled the collection on the ramp in a classic pair of Bugatti shoes with his name inscribed on them.

He was even seen walking around the venue with Mehr, they both posed for shutterbugs and later even took a seat next to each other for designer Monisha Jaising’s show, the last presentation of the fourth day of the fashion gala on Saturday.

Asked if Arjun, model-turned-actor, has ever thought about launching his own fashion line, he said: “Offers keep coming to me where people want (me) to do that. It can work out at some point in time, but right now my mind is not there.

“My mind is more in films, so I am focusing more towards that. I am not really focused towards creating a clothing line,” said the actor.

Before stepping into Bollywood in 2001 with Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat, Arjun was a hugely successful model. He says that the fashion ramp has given him everything and if his daughters would like to be a part of this world, he will support them.

Read: Aishwarya Rai, Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin to do film together

“Modelling gave me a lot in my life. I never look down upon modelling as a profession. Whatever my daughters want to do, I’m fine with it. They can act, model, (indulge in) sports… as long as they are passionate towards it. They really need to love it and it should come from within,” he said.

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Protesters went on the rampage in India’s remote northeast overnight over controversial tribal rights laws, leaving three people feared dead and homes burnt, a senior local official said Tuesday.

Police fired on the protesters in Manipur state after they torched the homes of local and federal lawmakers, hours after the bills passed through the local parliament.

Manipur authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in Churachandpur town following the violence late Monday, some 60 kilometres southwest of state capital Imphal, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

“One person was charred to death in one of the MLAs’ (member of legislative assembly) house,” Manipur home secretary J Suresh Babu told the NDTV network.

“Subsequently, there was police firing done… in which one person has been killed and another person has been suspected to have been killed,” he said, adding that up to eight others were injured.

Babu said the situation had been “brought under control”.

Tensions have been rising in recent weeks ahead of a vote on three bills aimed at giving more rights to indigenous groups who accuse “outsiders” of taking land and jobs.

Concerns have been mounting over a clause setting 1951 as the base year for classing residents as indigenous, with those settling in the state before then given land rights, rights activist Babloo Loitongbam said.

Those who fled rebel fighting in neighbouring Mizoram state in the 1960s for Manipur along with ethnic Chins who fled Myanmar in the same decade fear they will classed as “outsiders”, he said.

Manipur, which borders Mynamar, has long been mired in separatist violence, with rebels claiming to be fighting for the rights of neglected tribals and ethnic groups.

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Bono has become the world’s richest pop star after amassing a near $1.5 billion fortune from his shares in social media site Facebook.com.

The U2 frontman bought a 2.3 per cent share in the site for $89.6 million in 2009, with his investment group Elevation Partners, and now the UK’s Sunday Mirror reports his share is worth a whooping $1.5 billion. The singer has made more money through his investment than he did from all his music and recordings.

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As a result, he overtakes Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney – who has a $1.16 billion fortune – as the world’s richest pop star.

However, The Independent states, that the investment has not made Bono the world’s wealthiest musician; the $1.4 billion will be divided among the six founding members of the investment group which only gives each of them 20 per cent of the profits.

Facebook.com went public and was floated on the stock market in 2012, and is now worth around $200 billion.

Read: Bill Gates tops Forbes richest tech billionaires list

Bono is currently working towards a women empowerment campaign. He will be recording a remix of Strong Girl with top African male musicians D’banj, Diamond and Banky W. The song is a rallying cry for women’s empowerment which features top African female talent.

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It is Test cricket’s equivalent of a lonely hearts advert: experienced opener seeks partner for meaningful relationship.

Yet for England captain Alastair Cook it is no joke.

Since former skipper and first-wicket colleague Andrew Strauss retired in 2012, left-hander Cook has had six partners at the top of the order.

This season saw Adam Lyth join a list that includes Nick Compton, Joe Root, Michael Carberry, Sam Robson and Jonathan Trott, who has since retired from Test duty

Compton’s nine appearances and 17 innings are the most any of the sextet have so far managed alongside Cook, although Root has flourished at four and five.

Yorkshire’s Lyth made a Test hundred against New Zealand at his Headingley home ground but struggled during the Ashes, averaging a mere 12.77 in England’s 3-2 series win over Australia.

Lyth’s place is now under threat ahead of England’s departure to the United Arab Emirates in October for three Tests against Pakistan.

Before the year is out, England also head to South Africa — where fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel will be waiting for Cook’s men.

Moeen Ali has been touted as a possible replacement for Lyth in the UAE, a move that would allow England to play two spinners on pitches known to aid turn.

Read: England’s Moeen Ali wants to bat as opener against Pakistan in Tests

Ali, however, has struggled against out-and-out quick bowling in Test cricket, suggesting he may not be suited to opening in South Africa.

With no stand-out candidate to bat alongside him at the top of the order, Cook told BBC Radio Five on Monday: “That is a really interesting decision the selectors have to make.

“I think there’s a selection meeting in the next 10 days,” added the 30-year-old Cook, whose 9,330 runs and 27 hundreds are both England Test records.

“The conditions in Abu Dhabi will be different to what we have just played in here where it nipped all over. I’d love someone to jump out and nail that slot.

“Adam didn’t quite score the amount of runs he’d liked to have done (this season) but he played a major part in the side — he was a brilliant catcher.

“He’s obviously scored a lot of runs for Yorkshire over the last couple of years and he’s gone in his first seven Test matches and found it tough against two very good attacks, and yet he’s scored a hundred in one of them.

“The selectors have tough calls. They have made some big calls in the summer and were proved right.”

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A suicide bomber struck outside a local government office in Jamrud area of Khyber Agency on Tuesday, killing at least six people and wounding 31 others, officials said.

“At least six people were killed and 31 others were wounded after a suicide bomber detonated himself at the entrance of office,” top Khyber tribal administration official Shahab Ali Shah told AFP.

There were four tribal policemen among the dead and more than 15 personnel were wounded, four of them critically, Shah said.

Nek Mohammad, another tribal administration official confirmed the attack. Further, security officials cordoned off the area and started a search operation.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Read: Three officials killed in Khyber Agency IED attack

On August 12, three officials of the army, including a captain, were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Sandana area of Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency.

Captain Farooq of the Punjab regiment-35 was killed and two soldiers were injured when the IED exploded.

Pakistan Army has been waging a major offensive against insurgent hideouts in the tribal northwest for over a year in a bid to quell an insurgency that has raged for more than a decade.

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Spanish international goalkeeper David de Gea’s proposed move to Real Madrid was halted on Monday night as the documentation needed to formalise the transfer from Manchester United wasn’t completed in time according to reports.

Madrid seemed set to conclude the long-running transfer saga with a deal that would see the Spanish giants pay up to 25 million euros ($28 million, £18.2 million) and send Costa Rican international ‘keeper Keylor Navas to United as part of the deal.

However, Spanish media reported that United failed to send the completed documentation before the Spanish transfer deadline at midnight on Monday night.

De Gea hadn’t featured in any of United’s six games so far this season with manager Louis van Gaal claiming the 24-year-old wasn’t focused at the English giants due to Madrid’s interest.

The 10-time European champions were in the market for a goalkeeper after Spain captain Iker Casillas ended his 25-year association with the club by moving to Porto in July.

De Gea joined United from Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid in 2011 and despite a shaky start went on to shine, winning the club’s fans’ and players’ player of the year awards for the past two seasons.

However, he refused to sign a new deal with United due to his desire to return back to Spain with Real.

A standoff between the two clubs ensued with United also expressing their interest in Real captain Sergio Ramos over the summer before he ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal with Los Blancos.

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The summer scourge of sticky hands could become a thing of the past as British researchers announced the discovery of an ingredient to make slow-melting ice cream on Monday.

The protein BslA, which occurs naturally in some food, helps to blend the components of ice cream to make it smoother and more resistant to melting.

“The protein binds together the air, fat and water in ice cream, creating a super-smooth consistency,” the University of Edinburgh announced in a statement.

Developed by researchers at the Scottish universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, the ingredient could be available within three to five years.

“We’re excited by the potential this new ingredient has for improving ice cream, both for consumers and for manufacturers,” Professor Cait MacPhee, of the University of Edinburgh’s school of physics and astronomy.

It can also help to keep ice cream frozen, so it remains creamy and smooth without gritty ice crystals forming.

Manufacturers could also be enabled to make ice cream with fewer calories and saturated fat, according to the research.

The scientists developed a way to produce the protein using friendly bacteria.

“Childhood memories of sticky hands from melting ice cream cones could soon become obsolete,” the university statement read.

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A Turkish court on Monday formally charged three employees of Vice News with having links to a terrorist organization, the online news channel said, days after they were detained while reporting from the mainly Kurdish southeast.

Security sources and local media identified the three as two British reporters and their translator. Their arrest is likely to intensify concerns about press freedom as Ankara takes on a bigger role in the US-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria and cracks down on Kurdish militants at home.

Read: Turkey to offer rewards for ‘denouncing terrorists’

“Vice News condemns in the strongest possible terms the Turkish government’s attempts to silence our reporters who have been providing vital coverage from the region,” Kevin Sutcliffe, Vice’s head of news programing for Europe, said in a statement.

“We continue to work with all relevant authorities to expedite the safe release of our three colleagues and friends.”

Security sources and local media said last week that Britons Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendelbury and their translator were detained in Diyarbakir where they were filming clashes between security forces and Kurdish militants.

The banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has fought a three-decade insurgency for greater Kurdish autonomy, in which some 40,000 people have been killed. Turkey and the United States consider the group a terrorist organization.

In a statement, the Diyarbakir chief prosecutor said: “Although the suspects were not involved in the terrorist organization’s hierarchy, it was decided that they were arrested for helping the organization willingly”. The chief prosecutor did not name the PKK outright.

Vice News, which has won a large following among younger viewers for its irreverent reportage and documentaries from global trouble spots, has declined to identify the journalists or the translator.

Security sources told Reuters the three were in close contact with the PKK. On his Twitter feed last week, Hanrahan posted photos which he said had been taken in an area of the southeast under the control of the PKK’s youth arm.

Read: British reporters detained in Turkey questioned by prosecutors

The shaky peace process between Ankara and the PKK begun by President Tayyip Erdogan in 2012 has fallen apart over the last month as the government resumed air strikes on PKK camps in northern Iraq and Kurdish insurgents hit police and military targets.

Critics worry that press freedom will be one casualty of the fighting. Turkey languishes near the bottom of international press freedom tables. The European Union, which Turkey aspires to join, has said harassment of the press violates its human rights criteria.

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Apple and computer network titan Cisco on Monday announced a partnership aimed at putting more iPhones and iPads to work at businesses.

The companies said in a joint release that they will optimize Cisco networks to provide a “fast lane” for devices and applications running on Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.

“Nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in the release.

“Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love.”

Businesses have long been dealing with employees using their personal smartphones or tablets to get work done.

Making company computer networks more friendly to iPhones and iPads holds the promise of helping Apple achieve further inroads in workplaces with devices that have been hits with consumers.

Microsoft has long dominated business computing with its software. But it has seen its position threatened by lifestyle shifts to mobile lifestyles in which devices powered by Apple or Android software are the leaders.

Cisco said that its networks, which serve as backbones for company computer systems, will be modified to work more efficiently and reliably with iPhones and iPads with the goal of enabling higher levels of performance.

Improvements will include weaving iPhone into Cisco phone and video systems, according to the release.

“Ninety-five per cent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive,” said Cisco executive chairman John Chambers.

“Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we’re offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices.”

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About 150 more of Hillary Clinton’s work emails have recently been designated as containing classified information, the US State Department said on Monday ahead of the public release of the latest batch of emails Clinton handed over last year.

The department does not know for sure if any information was classified at the time it was sent or received on the private email server Clinton used for work, department spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters.

Read: Donald Trump attacks Clinton’s Muslim aide over ‘leakage of classified information’

“It’s not an exact science,” Toner said in a media briefing, where he described the 150 emails as being “upgraded.” “When we’ve upgraded, we’ve always said that that certainly does not speak to whether it was classified at the time it was sent.”

The latest finding brings the total number of Clinton emails considered to contain classified information to more than 200 when prior batches are included.

The US government forbids transmitting classified information outside secure, government-controlled networks. Clinton, the front-runner to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for next year’s presidential election, has said her use of a private email account connected to a server in her New York home broke no regulations.

She has said she sent no information via email that was classified at the time and received none marked that way.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation now has Clinton’s server and is investigating.

Clinton gave the State Department about 55,000 pages of work emails from her four years as secretary of state in December.

Earlier this year, she asked for them to be made public, and the State Department is now releasing them in monthly batches through January.

Read: I did not send or get classified emails on private account, says Hillary Clinton

The latest batch, due to published on the department’s website late Monday evening, contains more than 7,000 pages, Toner said. The 150 emails with classified information will have sensitive passages redacted.

In earlier releases, more than 60 emails from Clinton and her senior staff were redacted because they contained classified information, though none was originally marked as classified.

More than half of those emails consisted of a special category of classified information, according to the State Department: information shared in confidence by foreign government officials to US counterparts.

The department’s regulations say this information “must” be safeguarded as classified. Asked whether Clinton followed these regulations, Toner demurred on Monday.

“I’m just not going to answer that question,” Toner said, citing “other reviews” that were under way. “It’s not our goal, it’s not our function.”

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Pop singer Taylor Swift, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, R&B singer Beyonce, and DJ-producer Mark Ronson lead the nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards.

Swift, whose 1989 was the best-selling album of 2014, earned nine nominations for the awards to be handed out on Aug 30. Sheeran garnered six nominations, while Beyonce and Ronson each scored five nods.

Read: Red carpet round-up: 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

Swift’s superhero-themed video for Bad Blood, a collaboration with hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar, which also features cameos by more than a dozen other celebrities, will compete for the coveted Video of the Year award against Beyonce’s 7/11, Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, Ronson’s Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars, and Lamar’s Alright.

Swift also earned nominations for her music video Blank Space in the Best Female Video and Best Pop Video categories.

PHOTO: Getty / Kevork Djansezian

The awards show, which MTV bills as “music’s most unexpected night,” hands out “Moonman” statuettes for achievements in music videos. The event has made headlines in recent years for singer Miley Cyrus’ provocative “twerk” performance with a foam finger in 2013, and hip-hop artist Kanye West’s interruption of Swift’s 2009 acceptance speech.

Cyrus tweeted on Monday that she will host this year’s awards, showing pictures of her with placards saying: “MTV won’t let me perform” and “So I’m hosting this year’s VMAs.”

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The show, which attracts a young audience prized by advertisers, will air live from the Microsoft Theater, formerly the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Video Music Awards began in 1984 and helped propel the young cable channel, now owned by Viacom Inc, as a player in the entertainment industry.

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President Mamnoon Hussain departed on Tuesday for a four-day visit to Beijing to discuss matters of mutual interest and bilateral relations with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. 

The president, along with 30 heads of state will attend the military parade of China’s People’s Liberation Army, being held in commemoration of World War II.

Read: Armed Forces to represent Pakistan in China’s WW-II parade

“A 75-member contingent of Pakistan’s Armed Forces will also march along the Chinese army and other foreign troops,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khalid said.

The contingent has been in Beijing for the past two weeks and is undergoing constant training and rehearsal for the parade.

During the four-day visit, the president will also meet with the executive vice premier and member of standing committee of political bureau of Communist Party.

According to the ambassador, the president will also attend a dinner to be hosted by the Chinese president.

Read: Bilateral relations: ‘Chinese premier to visit Pakistan in September’

“The president’s visit will prove helpful in fast-tracking the development on China Pakistan Economic Corridor,” the ambassador said.

The visit is further set to further consolidate the existing “all-weather” relations between Pakistan and China in all areas of importance, especially political, economic and strategic.

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