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Clinton defends Taliban talks

BERLIN – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday voiced understanding for talks with the Taliban, as she mourned late diplomat Richard Holbrooke, an avid proponent of reconciliation in Afghanistan.
At a memorial service, Clinton credited Holbrooke – who died unexpectedly at the age of 69 in December – with setting the troubled US relationships with Pakistan and Afghanistan on the right track as special envoy to the countries. “Those who found negotiations with the Taliban

Ancelotti defends Torres selection

MANCHESTER – Carlo Ancelotti defended his decision to pick Fernando Torres despite another disappointing display from the Spanish striker as Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League. Torres, who has not scored in more than 11 hours of football since joining Chelsea for a record £50 million in January, was substituted at half-time as Manchester United powered into the semi-finals with a 2-1 victory. Ancelotti was unrepentant.
“I thought a lot of time to take this decision,”

Aqeels defends Honda Cup title

LAHORE – Pakistan’s number one player Aqeel Khan defended his title at the 2nd Atlas Honda Cup National Tennis Championship at the lush green grass courts of K-21 Club Model Town, Lahore on Saturday.
He retained the title by beating his younger brother and second seed Jalil Khan. Jalil won the toss and served, but went into the defensive with consistent ground strokes. Aqeel, too, took the same approach, taking no risks. In the first set, they both had good serve percentages,

Moratti defends Leonardo

MILAN – Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has insisted he still has faith in coach Leonardo despite Tuesday’s Champions League debacle against Schalke 04.
“It was a defeat due to tiredness. I was surprised by the size of the defeat but you could already see the tiredness on Saturday (against Milan) and it’s impossible to rediscover freshness in so few days,” he said.
“Now we’re feeling down but this can help to push us on even more, however my opinion of Leonardo

Rutgers University defends Snooki’s $32,000 appearance

NEW YORK – A US university defended spending about $32,000 to bring reality television star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi to campus this week, despite several students questioning if it was a wise use of money. The speaking fee Rutgers University in New Jersey paid to the star of the MTV reality television series “The Jersey Shore” is $2,000 more than Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison will receive to speak at graduation on May 15.
“We have more than 200 events on

Miandad defends Afridi’s comments

LAHORE – Pakistan cricket legend Javed Miandad feels captain Shahid Afridi’s comment about making Sachin Tendulkar wait for his 100th international century shouldn’t be made an issue. “Don’t take Afridi’s comment too seriously. No captain or team will want runs scored off them. Every team has its strategy after all and Pakistan will try their best to restrict batsmen like Tendulkar,” said Miandad, who figured in six Cups (1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992 and 1996). “He (Tendulkar) will

Klitschko defends WBC crown

BERLIN – World champion Vitali Klitschko defended his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday amid farcical scenes with a first-round knock-out of Cuban challenger Odlanier Solis.
The fight was just three minutes old when Klitschko caught the Cuban on the top of the head and the 30-year-old rocked briefly before tumbling awkwardly to the canvas for the first defeat of his career. The referee ruled the Cuban had injured his knee in the fall and was unable to continue, awarding Klitschko

Aaqib defends Pakistan’s World Cup strategy

LAHORE – Pakistan assistant coach Aaqib Javed has defended Pakistan’s strategy in the ongoing World Cup, questioned by greats Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. Imran, Wasim and other former Test players believe that Pakistan can land into trouble against stronger oppositions in the World Cup as they are playing one bowler short in the competition.
But Aaqib believes the team’s inconsistent batting line-up needs a boost. “No team goes in with five specialist bowlers.
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Opposition slams, govt defends release

ISLAMABAD – Condemning the release of Raymond Davis on Wednesday, the PML-Q, JI, JUI-F, PTI and PML-Q Likeminded alleged that both the federal and Punjab governments were responsible for clandestine arrangements to save the Raymond Davis. PML-Q Information Secretary Kamil Ali Agha said both the federal and provincial governments had played their role to get Davis released.
“The Punjab government pressurised the heirs of victims to accept blood money,” he said, adding that both

UK defends stringent visa policy for students

LONDON – Britain’s interior ministry Sunday said its plans to tighten the visa system for foreign students would not damage the country’s universities. An alliance of chief executives from 16 universities has written to the interior minister, Home Secretary Theresa May, urging her to abandon plans to restrict the number of visas and impose strict English language requirements. Students represent almost two-thirds of non-European Union migrants coming to Britain. The government thinks

Amir Mazhar of Savvy PR defends himself

In a press conference held in order to clarify his position, Amir Mazhar said that he had been defamed, and has had to face several financial losses because of certain allegations being pinned onto him. He said that this was done by Asim Yar Tiwana along with his friends, and a TV host Ayesha Sana.
Mazhar said that these allegations started when he went to Dubai to set-up his company, Savvy PR. In his absence, AYT, who has a segment in a morning show hosted by Ayesha Sana, said

Taiwan’s Tseng defends Australian title

MELBOURNE – Taiwan’s Yani Tseng dominated a high-class field to successfully defend her Women’s Australian Open title by seven shots at Melbourne’s Commonwealth course on Sunday. The three-time major champion was in control throughout the final 18 holes to close with a two-under 71 for a 72-hole aggregate of 16-under 276.
Tseng, 22, voted the 2010 LPGA Player of the Year, ran away from the field with the anticipated challenge from South Korean rival and world number one Jiyai