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  •  How to watch and stream Tottenham against Manchester City in the Premier League on TV and online in the United States United Kingdom amp India Manchester City will renew hostilities with familiar rivals Tottenham in the Premier League at the Tottenham Hotspur Arena on Sunday after getting the better of them just two weeks ago Antonio Conte will not be on the sidelines as he has undergone surgery to remove his gallbladder and his assistant Christian Stellini will be in charge Spurs won against Fulham in their last league outing and stand fifth with 36 points from 21 matches However with Newcastle United dropping points against West Ham United they can close the gap further against Pep Guardiola s side The north London stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for Guardiola as he has lost on all four of his visits in all competitions it s the away ground he s managed at the most without ever winning in his managerial career His team are chasing Arsenal who are five points ahead of them at the top of the table and another slip up will definitely hurt their title ambitions GOAL brings you details on how to watch the game on TV in the US UK and India as well as how to stream live online In the United States US the game can be watched live on Telemundo Telemundo Deportes En Vivo NBC and can also be streamed on Peacock The match will be available to watch across the Sky Sports network in the United Kingdom UK It will be telecast on Star Sports Select 1 SD HD and streamed on Disney Hotstar in India Richarlison is making a comeback against Manchester City and Lucas Moura is also available for selection Richarlison has trained all week He had a small problem before the game against Preston but he recovered immediately so he s available for the next match informed Stellini before the match We have also recovered Lucas and we are happy to say that He s been training and played 40 minutes with the youth team He needs time to work but he s back Pape Sarr is the only player whose availability remains doubtful as he is still recovering from a hip injury Skipp Hojbjerg Bentancur Bissouma Sessegnon Perisic Kane Gil Son Danjuma Kulusevski Moura Richarlison City will be boosted with the return of Phil Foden but will miss John Stones with a thigh injury The rest of the squad is fit for selection Credit goal com You can read the original article here
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     How to watch and stream Tottenham against Manchester City in the Premier League on TV and online in the United States United Kingdom amp India Manchester City will renew hostilities with familiar rivals Tottenham in the Premier League at the Tottenham Hotspur Arena on Sunday after getting the better of them just two weeks ago Antonio Conte will not be on the sidelines as he has undergone surgery to remove his gallbladder and his assistant Christian Stellini will be in charge Spurs won against Fulham in their last league outing and stand fifth with 36 points from 21 matches However with Newcastle United dropping points against West Ham United they can close the gap further against Pep Guardiola s side The north London stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for Guardiola as he has lost on all four of his visits in all competitions it s the away ground he s managed at the most without ever winning in his managerial career His team are chasing Arsenal who are five points ahead of them at the top of the table and another slip up will definitely hurt their title ambitions GOAL brings you details on how to watch the game on TV in the US UK and India as well as how to stream live online In the United States US the game can be watched live on Telemundo Telemundo Deportes En Vivo NBC and can also be streamed on Peacock The match will be available to watch across the Sky Sports network in the United Kingdom UK It will be telecast on Star Sports Select 1 SD HD and streamed on Disney Hotstar in India Richarlison is making a comeback against Manchester City and Lucas Moura is also available for selection Richarlison has trained all week He had a small problem before the game against Preston but he recovered immediately so he s available for the next match informed Stellini before the match We have also recovered Lucas and we are happy to say that He s been training and played 40 minutes with the youth team He needs time to work but he s back Pape Sarr is the only player whose availability remains doubtful as he is still recovering from a hip injury Skipp Hojbjerg Bentancur Bissouma Sessegnon Perisic Kane Gil Son Danjuma Kulusevski Moura Richarlison City will be boosted with the return of Phil Foden but will miss John Stones with a thigh injury The rest of the squad is fit for selection Credit goal com You can read the original article here
    Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time & where to watch
    Foreign3 days ago

    Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time & where to watch

    How to watch and stream Tottenham against Manchester City in the Premier League on TV and online in the United States, United Kingdom & India.

    Manchester City will renew hostilities with familiar rivals Tottenham in the Premier League at the Tottenham Hotspur Arena on Sunday after getting the better of them just two weeks ago.

    Antonio Conte will not be on the sidelines as he has undergone surgery to remove his gallbladder and his assistant Christian Stellini will be in charge.

    Spurs won against Fulham in their last league outing and stand fifth with 36 points from 21 matches. However, with Newcastle United dropping points against West Ham United, they can close the gap further against Pep Guardiola's side.

    The north London stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for Guardiola as he has lost on all four of his visits in all competitions – it's the away ground he's managed at the most without ever winning in his managerial career.

    His team are chasing Arsenal who are five points ahead of them at the top of the table and another slip-up will definitely hurt their title ambitions.

    GOAL brings you details on how to watch the game on TV in the US, UK and India as well as how to stream live online.

    In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC, and can also be streamed on Peacock.

    The match will be available to watch across the Sky Sports network in the United Kingdom (UK).

    It will be telecast on Star Sports Select 1 SD/HD and streamed on Disney+ Hotstar in India.

    Richarlison is making a comeback against Manchester City and Lucas Moura is also available for selection.

    "Richarlison has trained all week. He had a small problem before the game against Preston, but he recovered immediately, so he's available for the next match," informed Stellini before the match.

    "We have also recovered Lucas, and we are happy to say that. He's been training and played 40 minutes with the youth team. He needs time to work, but he's back."

    Pape Sarr is the only player whose availability remains doubtful as he is still recovering from a hip injury.

    Skipp, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Bissouma, Sessegnon, Perisic.

    Kane, Gil, Son, Danjuma, Kulusevski, Moura, Richarlison.

    City will be boosted with the return of Phil Foden but will miss John Stones with a thigh injury. The rest of the squad is fit for selection.

    Credit: goal.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  The Biden administration lauded the Pentagon for shooting down an alleged Chinese spy balloon off the US Atlantic coast on Saturday but China angrily voiced its strong dissatisfaction at the move and said it may make necessary responses The craft spent several days flying over North America before it was targeted off the coast of the south eastern state of South Carolina with a missile fired from an F 22 plane Pentagon officials said falling into relatively shallow water just 14m deep US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin called the operation a deliberate and lawful action that came in response to China s unacceptable violation of our sovereignty But China s Ministry of Foreign Affairs blasted the US action in a statement on Sunday morning saying the downing of the civilian aircraft was clearly overreacting and seriously violating international practice Saturday afternoon was the military s first chance to take down the balloon in a way that would not pose a threat to the safety of Americans a senior defence official told reporters while still allowing authorities to collect the fallen debris from US territorial waters In eyewitness video posted to social media the balloon appeared to disintegrate in a white puff before its remnants dropped vertically into the Atlantic Ocean below Twitter user Haley Walsh posted that she heard and felt the explosion in Myrtle Beach a popular resort town in South Carolina US President Joe Biden who earlier on Saturday had promised to take care of the balloon congratulated the fighter pilots involved The controversy erupted on Thursday when American officials said they were tracking a large Chinese surveillance balloon in US skies That led Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday to scrap a rare trip to Beijing designed to contain rising US China tensions After initial hesitation Beijing admitted ownership of the airship but said it was a civilian weather balloon that had been blown off course and that it regrets the episode But after Saturday s operation the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed China s strong dissatisfaction and protests against the use of force by the United States to attack the unmanned civilian airship Instead of responding in a restrained manner the ministry said in its statement the United States insisted on using force clearly overreacting China will resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of relevant enterprises and reserve the right to make further necessary responses the statement added The balloon first entered US airspace over Alaska on 28 January Pentagon officials told reporters on Saturday before drifting over Canada and then back into the US days later Three balloons were spotted during Donald Trump s presidency and another one earlier in the Biden administration Biden told reporters he had on Wednesday ordered the craft shot down as soon as possible They decided without doing damage to anyone on the ground that the best time to do that was as it got over water Biden said According to the senior defence official the military determined the airship was not a major threat to the US during its flight and the surveillance balloon s overflight of US territory was of intelligence value to us he added without providing details Teams were already working on recovering the balloon s remains a senior military official said on Saturday The balloon had flown over parts of the north western US including the state of Montana that are home to sensitive airbases and strategic nuclear missiles in underground silos Republican lawmakers had quickly pounced on the balloon incident casting Biden who has largely preserved and at times expanded Trump s hawkish policies on China as weak By late Saturday afternoon the Federal Aviation Administration had opened the airspace off the coast of the Carolinas after three south eastern airports were temporarily shut down over a national security effort Another suspected Chinese spy balloon was seen over Latin America the Pentagon said on Friday without providing details Over the past several years Chinese balloons have previously been spotted over countries across five continents including East Asia South Asia and Europe the senior defence official said on Saturday Get the Sport Report every Thursday to stay up to speed with everything you need to know in the world of sport Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists complaints queries or suggestions about articles on News24 Credit news24 com You can read the original article here
    US shoots down Chinese spy balloon, drawing Beijing’s ire
     The Biden administration lauded the Pentagon for shooting down an alleged Chinese spy balloon off the US Atlantic coast on Saturday but China angrily voiced its strong dissatisfaction at the move and said it may make necessary responses The craft spent several days flying over North America before it was targeted off the coast of the south eastern state of South Carolina with a missile fired from an F 22 plane Pentagon officials said falling into relatively shallow water just 14m deep US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin called the operation a deliberate and lawful action that came in response to China s unacceptable violation of our sovereignty But China s Ministry of Foreign Affairs blasted the US action in a statement on Sunday morning saying the downing of the civilian aircraft was clearly overreacting and seriously violating international practice Saturday afternoon was the military s first chance to take down the balloon in a way that would not pose a threat to the safety of Americans a senior defence official told reporters while still allowing authorities to collect the fallen debris from US territorial waters In eyewitness video posted to social media the balloon appeared to disintegrate in a white puff before its remnants dropped vertically into the Atlantic Ocean below Twitter user Haley Walsh posted that she heard and felt the explosion in Myrtle Beach a popular resort town in South Carolina US President Joe Biden who earlier on Saturday had promised to take care of the balloon congratulated the fighter pilots involved The controversy erupted on Thursday when American officials said they were tracking a large Chinese surveillance balloon in US skies That led Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday to scrap a rare trip to Beijing designed to contain rising US China tensions After initial hesitation Beijing admitted ownership of the airship but said it was a civilian weather balloon that had been blown off course and that it regrets the episode But after Saturday s operation the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed China s strong dissatisfaction and protests against the use of force by the United States to attack the unmanned civilian airship Instead of responding in a restrained manner the ministry said in its statement the United States insisted on using force clearly overreacting China will resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of relevant enterprises and reserve the right to make further necessary responses the statement added The balloon first entered US airspace over Alaska on 28 January Pentagon officials told reporters on Saturday before drifting over Canada and then back into the US days later Three balloons were spotted during Donald Trump s presidency and another one earlier in the Biden administration Biden told reporters he had on Wednesday ordered the craft shot down as soon as possible They decided without doing damage to anyone on the ground that the best time to do that was as it got over water Biden said According to the senior defence official the military determined the airship was not a major threat to the US during its flight and the surveillance balloon s overflight of US territory was of intelligence value to us he added without providing details Teams were already working on recovering the balloon s remains a senior military official said on Saturday The balloon had flown over parts of the north western US including the state of Montana that are home to sensitive airbases and strategic nuclear missiles in underground silos Republican lawmakers had quickly pounced on the balloon incident casting Biden who has largely preserved and at times expanded Trump s hawkish policies on China as weak By late Saturday afternoon the Federal Aviation Administration had opened the airspace off the coast of the Carolinas after three south eastern airports were temporarily shut down over a national security effort Another suspected Chinese spy balloon was seen over Latin America the Pentagon said on Friday without providing details Over the past several years Chinese balloons have previously been spotted over countries across five continents including East Asia South Asia and Europe the senior defence official said on Saturday Get the Sport Report every Thursday to stay up to speed with everything you need to know in the world of sport Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists complaints queries or suggestions about articles on News24 Credit news24 com You can read the original article here
    US shoots down Chinese spy balloon, drawing Beijing’s ire
    Foreign3 days ago

    US shoots down Chinese spy balloon, drawing Beijing’s ire

    The Biden administration lauded the Pentagon for shooting down an alleged Chinese spy balloon off the US Atlantic coast on Saturday, but China angrily voiced its "strong dissatisfaction" at the move and said it may make "necessary responses".

    The craft spent several days flying over North America before it was targeted off the coast of the south-eastern state of South Carolina with a missile fired from an F-22 plane, Pentagon officials said, falling into relatively shallow water just 14m deep.

    US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin called the operation a "deliberate and lawful action" that came in response to China's "unacceptable violation of our sovereignty".

    But China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs blasted the US action in a statement on Sunday morning, saying the downing of the "civilian" aircraft was "clearly overreacting and seriously violating international practice".

    Saturday afternoon was the military's first chance to take down the balloon "in a way that would not pose a threat to the safety of Americans", a senior defence official told reporters, while still allowing authorities to collect the fallen debris from US territorial waters.

    In eyewitness video posted to social media, the balloon appeared to disintegrate in a white puff before its remnants dropped vertically into the Atlantic Ocean below.

    Twitter user Haley Walsh posted that she "heard and felt the explosion" in Myrtle Beach, a popular resort town in South Carolina.

    US President Joe Biden, who earlier on Saturday had promised "to take care" of the balloon, congratulated the fighter pilots involved.

    The controversy erupted on Thursday, when American officials said they were tracking a large Chinese "surveillance balloon" in US skies.

    That led Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday to scrap a rare trip to Beijing designed to contain rising US-China tensions.

    After initial hesitation, Beijing admitted ownership of the "airship", but said it was a civilian weather balloon that had been blown off course and that it "regrets" the episode.

    But after Saturday's operation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed China's "strong dissatisfaction and protests against the use of force by the United States to attack the unmanned civilian airship".

    Instead of responding in a "restrained manner", the ministry said in its statement, "the United States insisted on using force, clearly overreacting."

    "China will resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of relevant enterprises and reserve the right to make further necessary responses," the statement added.

    The balloon first entered US airspace over Alaska on 28 January, Pentagon officials told reporters on Saturday, before drifting over Canada and then back into the US days later.

    Three balloons were spotted during Donald Trump's presidency and another one earlier in the Biden administration.

    Biden told reporters he had on Wednesday ordered the craft shot down "as soon as possible".

    "They decided - without doing damage to anyone on the ground... that the best time to do that was as it got over water," Biden said.

    According to the senior defence official, the military determined the airship was not a major threat to the US during its flight, and "the surveillance balloon's overflight of US territory was of intelligence value to us," he added, without providing details.

    Teams were already working on recovering the balloon's remains, a senior military official said on Saturday.

    The balloon had flown over parts of the north-western US - including the state of Montana - that are home to sensitive airbases and strategic nuclear missiles in underground silos.

    Republican lawmakers had quickly pounced on the balloon incident, casting Biden - who has largely preserved, and at times expanded, Trump's hawkish policies on China - as weak.

    By late Saturday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration had opened the airspace off the coast of the Carolinas, after three south-eastern airports were temporarily shut down over a "national security" effort.

    Another suspected Chinese spy balloon was seen over Latin America, the Pentagon said on Friday, without providing details.

    "Over the past several years, Chinese balloons have previously been spotted over countries across five continents, including East Asia, South Asia and Europe," the senior defence official said on Saturday.

    Get the Sport Report every Thursday to stay up to speed with everything you need to know in the world of sport.

    Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

    Credit: news24.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  How to watch and stream Forest against Leeds in the Premier League on TV and online in the United States United Kingdom amp India Nottingham Forest will be looking to bounce back from their Carabao Cup disappointment when they return to Premier League action against Leeds United at City Ground on Sunday Forest lost 5 0 against Manchester United in a two legged Carabao Cup semifinal and were knocked out of the competition In the Premier League though they are unbeaten in their last four matches which include a win against Leicester City and a draw against Chelsea Meanwhile Leeds are yet to win a game in the league since the season resumed after the 2022 World Cup They are currently placed 17th on the league table tied on points 18 with Everton who are in the relegation zone GOAL brings you details on how to watch the game on TV in the US UK and India as well as how to stream live online In the United States US the game can be watched on USA Network and streamed live on FuboTV Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will broadcast the game in the United Kingdom UK with live streaming on Sky Go and NOW TV In India the Star Sports Network has the Premier League broadcasting rights with streaming services on Disney Hotstar and JioTV Morgan Gibbs White Taiwo Awoniyi Cheikhou Kouyate and Moussa Niakhate remain unavailable for selection while Ryan Yates Chris Wood and Jack Colback are doubtful for the clash against Leeds New signing Keylor Navas who joined them from Paris Saint Germain is likely to make his debut in the Premier League today Jesse Marsch will miss Rodrigo Adam Forshaw Crysencio Summerville and Stuart Dallas due to injuries while Robin Koch is suspended after he picked up five yellow cards Credit goal com You can read the original article here
    Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time & where to watch
     How to watch and stream Forest against Leeds in the Premier League on TV and online in the United States United Kingdom amp India Nottingham Forest will be looking to bounce back from their Carabao Cup disappointment when they return to Premier League action against Leeds United at City Ground on Sunday Forest lost 5 0 against Manchester United in a two legged Carabao Cup semifinal and were knocked out of the competition In the Premier League though they are unbeaten in their last four matches which include a win against Leicester City and a draw against Chelsea Meanwhile Leeds are yet to win a game in the league since the season resumed after the 2022 World Cup They are currently placed 17th on the league table tied on points 18 with Everton who are in the relegation zone GOAL brings you details on how to watch the game on TV in the US UK and India as well as how to stream live online In the United States US the game can be watched on USA Network and streamed live on FuboTV Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will broadcast the game in the United Kingdom UK with live streaming on Sky Go and NOW TV In India the Star Sports Network has the Premier League broadcasting rights with streaming services on Disney Hotstar and JioTV Morgan Gibbs White Taiwo Awoniyi Cheikhou Kouyate and Moussa Niakhate remain unavailable for selection while Ryan Yates Chris Wood and Jack Colback are doubtful for the clash against Leeds New signing Keylor Navas who joined them from Paris Saint Germain is likely to make his debut in the Premier League today Jesse Marsch will miss Rodrigo Adam Forshaw Crysencio Summerville and Stuart Dallas due to injuries while Robin Koch is suspended after he picked up five yellow cards Credit goal com You can read the original article here
    Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time & where to watch
    General news3 days ago

    Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time & where to watch

    How to watch and stream Forest against Leeds in the Premier League on TV and online in the United States, United Kingdom & India.

    Nottingham Forest will be looking to bounce back from their Carabao Cup disappointment when they return to Premier League action against Leeds United at City Ground on Sunday.

    Forest lost 5-0 against Manchester United in a two-legged Carabao Cup semifinal and were knocked out of the competition. In the Premier League, though, they are unbeaten in their last four matches which include a win against Leicester City and a draw against Chelsea.

    Meanwhile, Leeds are yet to win a game in the league since the season resumed after the 2022 World Cup. They are currently placed 17th on the league table, tied on points (18) with Everton who are in the relegation zone.

    GOAL brings you details on how to watch the game on TV in the US, UK and India as well as how to stream live online.

    In the United States (US), the game can be watched on USA Network and streamed live on FuboTV.

    Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will broadcast the game in the United Kingdom (UK) with live streaming on Sky Go and NOW TV.

    In India, the Star Sports Network has the Premier League broadcasting rights, with streaming services on Disney+ Hotstar and JioTV.

    Morgan Gibbs-White, Taiwo Awoniyi, Cheikhou Kouyate and Moussa Niakhate remain unavailable for selection while Ryan Yates, Chris Wood and Jack Colback are doubtful for the clash against Leeds.

    New signing Keylor Navas, who joined them from Paris Saint-Germain, is likely to make his debut in the Premier League today.

    Jesse Marsch will miss Rodrigo, Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville and Stuart Dallas due to injuries while Robin Koch is suspended after he picked up five yellow cards.

    Credit: goal.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  We re sorry this feature is currently unavailable We re working to restore it Please try again later Islamabad Pervez Musharraf the four star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999 has died aged 79 Musharraf died in Dubai hospital following a long illness after spending years in self imposed exile Pakistan s military and the country s mission in the United Arab Emirates announced the death of the former army chief who was pushed from power in 2008 I can confirm that he passed away this morning Shazia Siraj spokesperson for Pakistan s consulate in Dubai and embassy in Abu Dhabi told Reuters The chiefs of Pakistan s army navy and air force expressed condolences on his death the public relations wing of the military said President Arif Alvi expressed condolences in a statement A special flight will be made to Dubai on Monday to return Musharraf s body back to Pakistan for burial local TV channel Geo News reported The former four star general who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999 oversaw rapid economic growth and attempted to usher in socially liberal values in the conservative Muslim country Musharraf enjoyed strong support for many years with his greatest threat al Qaeda and other militant Islamists who tried to kill him at least three times But his heavy handed use of the military to quell dissent as well as his continued backing of the United States in its fight against al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban ultimately led to his downfall In his early years in government Musharraf won plaudits internationally for his reformist efforts pushing through legislation to protect the rights of women and allowing private news channels to operate for the first time His penchant for cigars and imported whisky and his calls for Muslims to adopt a lifestyle of enlightened moderation increased his appeal in the West in the aftermath of the September 11 2001 attacks in the United States He became one of Washington s most important allies after the attacks allowing US forces to operate armed drones from secret bases on Pakistani soil that killed thousands and ordering domestic troops into the country s lawless tribal areas along the Afghanistan frontier for the first time Pakistan s history That helped legitimise his rule overseas but also helped plunge Pakistan into a bloody war against local extremist militant groups Later in 2007 a suicide attack that assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto triggered waves of violence His efforts to strong arm the judiciary also led to protests and a besieged Musharraf postponed elections and declared a state of emergency In 2008 the country s first democratic elections in 11 years were held Musharraf s party lost and facing impeachment by parliament he resigned the presidency and fled to London He returned to Pakistan in 2013 to run for a seat in parliament but was immediately disqualified He was allowed to leave for Dubai in 2016 In 2019 a court sentenced him to death in absentia for the 2007 imposition of emergency rule but the verdict was later overturned Credit smh com au You can read the original article here
    Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf dies after long illness
     We re sorry this feature is currently unavailable We re working to restore it Please try again later Islamabad Pervez Musharraf the four star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999 has died aged 79 Musharraf died in Dubai hospital following a long illness after spending years in self imposed exile Pakistan s military and the country s mission in the United Arab Emirates announced the death of the former army chief who was pushed from power in 2008 I can confirm that he passed away this morning Shazia Siraj spokesperson for Pakistan s consulate in Dubai and embassy in Abu Dhabi told Reuters The chiefs of Pakistan s army navy and air force expressed condolences on his death the public relations wing of the military said President Arif Alvi expressed condolences in a statement A special flight will be made to Dubai on Monday to return Musharraf s body back to Pakistan for burial local TV channel Geo News reported The former four star general who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999 oversaw rapid economic growth and attempted to usher in socially liberal values in the conservative Muslim country Musharraf enjoyed strong support for many years with his greatest threat al Qaeda and other militant Islamists who tried to kill him at least three times But his heavy handed use of the military to quell dissent as well as his continued backing of the United States in its fight against al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban ultimately led to his downfall In his early years in government Musharraf won plaudits internationally for his reformist efforts pushing through legislation to protect the rights of women and allowing private news channels to operate for the first time His penchant for cigars and imported whisky and his calls for Muslims to adopt a lifestyle of enlightened moderation increased his appeal in the West in the aftermath of the September 11 2001 attacks in the United States He became one of Washington s most important allies after the attacks allowing US forces to operate armed drones from secret bases on Pakistani soil that killed thousands and ordering domestic troops into the country s lawless tribal areas along the Afghanistan frontier for the first time Pakistan s history That helped legitimise his rule overseas but also helped plunge Pakistan into a bloody war against local extremist militant groups Later in 2007 a suicide attack that assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto triggered waves of violence His efforts to strong arm the judiciary also led to protests and a besieged Musharraf postponed elections and declared a state of emergency In 2008 the country s first democratic elections in 11 years were held Musharraf s party lost and facing impeachment by parliament he resigned the presidency and fled to London He returned to Pakistan in 2013 to run for a seat in parliament but was immediately disqualified He was allowed to leave for Dubai in 2016 In 2019 a court sentenced him to death in absentia for the 2007 imposition of emergency rule but the verdict was later overturned Credit smh com au You can read the original article here
    Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf dies after long illness
    Foreign3 days ago

    Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf dies after long illness

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    Islamabad: Pervez Musharraf, the four-star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999, has died aged 79.

    Musharraf died in Dubai hospital following a long illness after spending years in self-imposed exile.

    Pakistan’s military and the country’s mission in the United Arab Emirates announced the death of the former army chief, who was pushed from power in 2008.

    “I can confirm that he passed away this morning,” Shazia Siraj, spokesperson for Pakistan’s consulate in Dubai and embassy in Abu Dhabi, told Reuters.

    The chiefs of Pakistan’s army, navy and air force expressed condolences on his death, the public relations wing of the military said.

    President Arif Alvi expressed condolences in a statement.

    A special flight will be made to Dubai on Monday to return Musharraf’s body back to Pakistan for burial, local TV channel Geo News reported.

    The former four-star general, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999, oversaw rapid economic growth and attempted to usher in socially liberal values in the conservative Muslim country.

    Musharraf enjoyed strong support for many years, with his greatest threat al-Qaeda and other militant Islamists who tried to kill him at least three times.

    But his heavy-handed use of the military to quell dissent as well as his continued backing of the United States in its fight against al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban ultimately led to his downfall.

    In his early years in government, Musharraf won plaudits internationally for his reformist efforts, pushing through legislation to protect the rights of women and allowing private news channels to operate for the first time.

    His penchant for cigars and imported whisky and his calls for Muslims to adopt a lifestyle of “enlightened moderation” increased his appeal in the West in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

    He became one of Washington’s most important allies after the attacks, allowing US forces to operate armed drones from secret bases on Pakistani soil that killed thousands and ordering domestic troops into the country’s lawless tribal areas along the Afghanistan frontier for the first time Pakistan’s history.

    That helped legitimise his rule overseas but also helped plunge Pakistan into a bloody war against local extremist militant groups.

    Later in 2007, a suicide attack that assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, triggered waves of violence. His efforts to strong-arm the judiciary also led to protests and a besieged Musharraf postponed elections and declared a state of emergency.

    In 2008, the country’s first democratic elections in 11 years were held. Musharraf’s party lost and facing impeachment by parliament, he resigned the presidency and fled to London.

    He returned to Pakistan in 2013 to run for a seat in parliament but was immediately disqualified. He was allowed to leave for Dubai in 2016.

    In 2019, a court sentenced him to death in absentia for the 2007 imposition of emergency rule, but the verdict was later overturned.

    Credit: smh.com.au. You can read the original article here.

  •  This week DraftKings Reignmakers is offering up 1 Credit https luckytrader com articles ufc fight night imavov vs gastelum draft kings reignmakers breakdown125 000 in total prizes between its five tiers of contests CORE RARE ELITE LEGENDARY and REIGNMAKER All players from DraftKings Heatwave UFC 281 UFC 282 UFC 283 Genesis and UFC Fight Night sets are eligible to compete in these contests This card was originally scheduled for Korea so don t be surprised by either the number of Korean fighters on the card or the timing of the card Prelims start at 10pm EST Below are the best fighters to roster in Reignmakers for the upcoming UFC Vegas 68 Fight Night event Taira is an undefeated whirlwind of a fighter who is kicking off this UFC Fight Night Card against Jesus Aguilar As a 1300 betting favorite he is the most expensive card in Reignmakers for this week and carries the best DFS Floor Ceiling combination for this UFC Fight Night card Currently 2 0 in UFC Taira is 12 0 with 10 finishes seven of which have come in the very first round While he s competent wrestling his main advantage in this fight in his striking where he outpaces his opponent by 1 25 Strikes Per Minute and has a much higher percentage of significant strikes than Aguilar Taira possesses rare fantasy upside for a Flyweight with the ability to earn Takedowns and Knockdowns on his way to a finish win Join the DraftKings Discord here for updates on upcoming live and past drops Connect with the Reignmakers UFC conversation on Twitter Spivak was supposed to face Derrick Lewis at the end of 2022 until Lewis came down with an unknown illness during the card Now the two face in Las Vegas in the main event of this Fight Night Card My pick is Spivak but most of the rationale behind the pick is about his opponent The Black Beast UFC s Knockout King Derrick Lewis is nearing the end of his UFC career He turns 38 next week is coming off an undisclosed illness and is only 1 3 in his last four fights with that win against similarly slumping Chris Daukaus His cardio has always been a concern but he did lose a significant amount of weight and looked much leaner today on the scale at the UFC Heavyweight limit of 265 pounds Spivak is the younger lighter and more well rounded fighter at this point in his career He outstrikes Lewis by 1 22 per minute and has a massive edge in wrestling earning four takedowns per three round fight This five round championship fight is not projected to go the distance with Under 1 5 Rounds set at 125 I m taking the favorite Spivac to win by early KO Sub and to pay off his 1 Credit https luckytrader com articles ufc fight night imavov vs gastelum draft kings reignmakers breakdown14 Rare price tag handsomely For anyone worried about a long layoff for Doo ho Choi the last time we saw a Korean return to UFC from their military service break was the Korean Zombie in 2017 That fight lasted a whole 2 49 with the Korean Zombie earning a sneaky uppercut KO against Dennis Bermudez Doo ho Choi is also known as the Korean Superboy and is already in the UFC Hall of Fame for his 2016 war against Cub Swanson If you haven t watched that fight I would strongly recommend it He is a disciplined warrior earning 79 of his wins by KO behind some slick patient and powerful striking I believe that Kyle Nelson is very beatable and Doo ho Choi should return to prominence in the Featherweight win after this stoppage victory on Sunday Let me know your thoughts on this Fight Night card and make sure to follow me over at JeffGailius for more MMA and DraftKings content The DraftKings Marketplace is currently only available in the United States and Canada You must be 18 located in any of the 50 US states or Canada to buy and sell NFTs on DraftKings Marketplace Must be 19 in Alabama and Nebraska Must be 21 in Iowa Louisiana and Massachusetts You must have a verified DraftKings account You must agree to our DraftKings Marketplace Terms of Use and DraftKings Marketplace Privacy Policy before transacting on DraftKings Marketplace Searching for more information on the DraftKings Marketplace Visit the DKNation info page For more details and FAQs please reference our About page or help center with FAQs Marketplace amp Daily Fantasy Sports age and eligibility restrictions apply Reignmakers contests not available in CT HI ID LA select parishes MT NV PA WA and CA ONT See marketplace draftkings com or draftkings com for details Credit luckytrader com You can read the original article here
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     This week DraftKings Reignmakers is offering up 1 Credit https luckytrader com articles ufc fight night imavov vs gastelum draft kings reignmakers breakdown125 000 in total prizes between its five tiers of contests CORE RARE ELITE LEGENDARY and REIGNMAKER All players from DraftKings Heatwave UFC 281 UFC 282 UFC 283 Genesis and UFC Fight Night sets are eligible to compete in these contests This card was originally scheduled for Korea so don t be surprised by either the number of Korean fighters on the card or the timing of the card Prelims start at 10pm EST Below are the best fighters to roster in Reignmakers for the upcoming UFC Vegas 68 Fight Night event Taira is an undefeated whirlwind of a fighter who is kicking off this UFC Fight Night Card against Jesus Aguilar As a 1300 betting favorite he is the most expensive card in Reignmakers for this week and carries the best DFS Floor Ceiling combination for this UFC Fight Night card Currently 2 0 in UFC Taira is 12 0 with 10 finishes seven of which have come in the very first round While he s competent wrestling his main advantage in this fight in his striking where he outpaces his opponent by 1 25 Strikes Per Minute and has a much higher percentage of significant strikes than Aguilar Taira possesses rare fantasy upside for a Flyweight with the ability to earn Takedowns and Knockdowns on his way to a finish win Join the DraftKings Discord here for updates on upcoming live and past drops Connect with the Reignmakers UFC conversation on Twitter Spivak was supposed to face Derrick Lewis at the end of 2022 until Lewis came down with an unknown illness during the card Now the two face in Las Vegas in the main event of this Fight Night Card My pick is Spivak but most of the rationale behind the pick is about his opponent The Black Beast UFC s Knockout King Derrick Lewis is nearing the end of his UFC career He turns 38 next week is coming off an undisclosed illness and is only 1 3 in his last four fights with that win against similarly slumping Chris Daukaus His cardio has always been a concern but he did lose a significant amount of weight and looked much leaner today on the scale at the UFC Heavyweight limit of 265 pounds Spivak is the younger lighter and more well rounded fighter at this point in his career He outstrikes Lewis by 1 22 per minute and has a massive edge in wrestling earning four takedowns per three round fight This five round championship fight is not projected to go the distance with Under 1 5 Rounds set at 125 I m taking the favorite Spivac to win by early KO Sub and to pay off his 1 Credit https luckytrader com articles ufc fight night imavov vs gastelum draft kings reignmakers breakdown14 Rare price tag handsomely For anyone worried about a long layoff for Doo ho Choi the last time we saw a Korean return to UFC from their military service break was the Korean Zombie in 2017 That fight lasted a whole 2 49 with the Korean Zombie earning a sneaky uppercut KO against Dennis Bermudez Doo ho Choi is also known as the Korean Superboy and is already in the UFC Hall of Fame for his 2016 war against Cub Swanson If you haven t watched that fight I would strongly recommend it He is a disciplined warrior earning 79 of his wins by KO behind some slick patient and powerful striking I believe that Kyle Nelson is very beatable and Doo ho Choi should return to prominence in the Featherweight win after this stoppage victory on Sunday Let me know your thoughts on this Fight Night card and make sure to follow me over at JeffGailius for more MMA and DraftKings content The DraftKings Marketplace is currently only available in the United States and Canada You must be 18 located in any of the 50 US states or Canada to buy and sell NFTs on DraftKings Marketplace Must be 19 in Alabama and Nebraska Must be 21 in Iowa Louisiana and Massachusetts You must have a verified DraftKings account You must agree to our DraftKings Marketplace Terms of Use and DraftKings Marketplace Privacy Policy before transacting on DraftKings Marketplace Searching for more information on the DraftKings Marketplace Visit the DKNation info page For more details and FAQs please reference our About page or help center with FAQs Marketplace amp Daily Fantasy Sports age and eligibility restrictions apply Reignmakers contests not available in CT HI ID LA select parishes MT NV PA WA and CA ONT See marketplace draftkings com or draftkings com for details Credit luckytrader com You can read the original article here
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    Taira is an undefeated whirlwind of a fighter who is kicking off this UFC Fight Night Card against Jesus Aguilar. As a -1300 betting favorite, he is the most expensive card in Reignmakers for this week, and carries the best DFS Floor/Ceiling combination for this UFC Fight Night card.

    Currently 2-0 in UFC, Taira is 12-0 with 10 finishes, seven of which have come in the very first round. While he’s competent wrestling, his main advantage in this fight in his striking, where he outpaces his opponent by 1.25 Strikes Per Minute and has a much higher percentage of significant strikes than Aguilar. Taira possesses rare fantasy upside for a Flyweight with the ability to earn Takedowns and Knockdowns on his way to a finish win.

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    Spivak was supposed to face Derrick Lewis at the end of 2022, until Lewis came down with an unknown illness during the card. Now, the two face in Las Vegas in the main event of this Fight Night Card.

    My pick is Spivak, but most of the rationale behind the pick is about his opponent. The Black Beast, UFC’s Knockout King, Derrick Lewis is nearing the end of his UFC career. He turns 38 next week, is coming off an undisclosed illness and is only 1-3 in his last four fights, with that win against similarly slumping Chris Daukaus. His cardio has always been a concern, but he did lose a significant amount of weight and looked much leaner today on the scale at the UFC Heavyweight limit of 265 pounds.

    Spivak is the younger, lighter, and more well rounded fighter at this point in his career. He outstrikes Lewis by 1.22 per minute, and has a massive edge in wrestling, earning four takedowns per three-round fight. This five-round championship fight is not projected to go the distance, with Under 1.5 Rounds set at -125. I’m taking the favorite Spivac to win by early KO/Sub, and to pay off his $1

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    For anyone worried about a long layoff for Doo-ho Choi, the last time we saw a Korean return to UFC from their military service break was the Korean Zombie in 2017. That fight lasted a whole 2:49, with the Korean Zombie earning a sneaky uppercut KO against Dennis Bermudez.

    Doo-ho Choi is also known as the Korean Superboy, and is already in the UFC Hall of Fame for his 2016 war against Cub Swanson. If you haven’t watched that fight, I would strongly recommend it. He is a disciplined warrior, earning 79% of his wins by KO behind some slick, patient, and powerful striking. I believe that Kyle Nelson is very beatable, and Doo-ho Choi should return to prominence in the Featherweight win after this stoppage victory on Sunday.

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  •  How to watch and stream Forest against Leeds in the Premier League on TV and online in the United States United Kingdom amp India Nottingham Forest will be looking to bounce back from their Carabao Cup disappointment when they return to Premier League action against Leeds United at City Ground on Sunday Forest lost 5 0 against Manchester United in a two legged Carabao Cup semifinal and were knocked out of the competition In the Premier League though they are unbeaten in their last four matches which include a win against Leicester City and a draw against Chelsea Meanwhile Leeds are yet to win a game in the league since the season resumed after the 2022 World Cup They are currently placed 17th on the league table tied on points 18 with Everton who are in the relegation zone GOAL brings you details on how to watch the game on TV in the US UK and India as well as how to stream live online In the United States US the game can be watched on USA Network and streamed live on FuboTV Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will broadcast the game in the United Kingdom UK with live streaming on Sky Go and NOW TV In India the Star Sports Network has the Premier League broadcasting rights with streaming services on Disney Hotstar and JioTV Morgan Gibbs White Taiwo Awoniyi Cheikhou Kouyate and Moussa Niakhate remain unavailable for selection while Ryan Yates Chris Wood and Jack Colback are doubtful for the clash against Leeds New signing Keylor Navas who joined them from Paris Saint Germain is likely to make his debut in the Premier League today Jesse Marsch will miss Rodrigo Adam Forshaw Crysencio Summerville and Stuart Dallas due to injuries while Robin Koch is suspended after he picked up five yellow cards Credit goal com You can read the original article here
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     How to watch and stream Forest against Leeds in the Premier League on TV and online in the United States United Kingdom amp India Nottingham Forest will be looking to bounce back from their Carabao Cup disappointment when they return to Premier League action against Leeds United at City Ground on Sunday Forest lost 5 0 against Manchester United in a two legged Carabao Cup semifinal and were knocked out of the competition In the Premier League though they are unbeaten in their last four matches which include a win against Leicester City and a draw against Chelsea Meanwhile Leeds are yet to win a game in the league since the season resumed after the 2022 World Cup They are currently placed 17th on the league table tied on points 18 with Everton who are in the relegation zone GOAL brings you details on how to watch the game on TV in the US UK and India as well as how to stream live online In the United States US the game can be watched on USA Network and streamed live on FuboTV Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will broadcast the game in the United Kingdom UK with live streaming on Sky Go and NOW TV In India the Star Sports Network has the Premier League broadcasting rights with streaming services on Disney Hotstar and JioTV Morgan Gibbs White Taiwo Awoniyi Cheikhou Kouyate and Moussa Niakhate remain unavailable for selection while Ryan Yates Chris Wood and Jack Colback are doubtful for the clash against Leeds New signing Keylor Navas who joined them from Paris Saint Germain is likely to make his debut in the Premier League today Jesse Marsch will miss Rodrigo Adam Forshaw Crysencio Summerville and Stuart Dallas due to injuries while Robin Koch is suspended after he picked up five yellow cards Credit goal com You can read the original article here
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    Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time & where to watch

    How to watch and stream Forest against Leeds in the Premier League on TV and online in the United States, United Kingdom & India.

    Nottingham Forest will be looking to bounce back from their Carabao Cup disappointment when they return to Premier League action against Leeds United at City Ground on Sunday.

    Forest lost 5-0 against Manchester United in a two-legged Carabao Cup semifinal and were knocked out of the competition. In the Premier League, though, they are unbeaten in their last four matches which include a win against Leicester City and a draw against Chelsea.

    Meanwhile, Leeds are yet to win a game in the league since the season resumed after the 2022 World Cup. They are currently placed 17th on the league table, tied on points (18) with Everton who are in the relegation zone.

    GOAL brings you details on how to watch the game on TV in the US, UK and India as well as how to stream live online.

    In the United States (US), the game can be watched on USA Network and streamed live on FuboTV.

    Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will broadcast the game in the United Kingdom (UK) with live streaming on Sky Go and NOW TV.

    In India, the Star Sports Network has the Premier League broadcasting rights, with streaming services on Disney+ Hotstar and JioTV.

    Morgan Gibbs-White, Taiwo Awoniyi, Cheikhou Kouyate and Moussa Niakhate remain unavailable for selection while Ryan Yates, Chris Wood and Jack Colback are doubtful for the clash against Leeds.

    New signing Keylor Navas, who joined them from Paris Saint-Germain, is likely to make his debut in the Premier League today.

    Jesse Marsch will miss Rodrigo, Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville and Stuart Dallas due to injuries while Robin Koch is suspended after he picked up five yellow cards.

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  •   Pakistan s former President General Pervez Musharraf has died in Dubai after a prolonged illness at Dubai American Hospital according to a statement from the Pakistani military He was 79 years old In a statement sent to CNN senior military officials expressed their heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of General Pervez Musharraf May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family the statement read Tributes and messages of condolences have poured in from Pakistani politicians Pakistan s prime minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his condolences and sympathy to the family of the former leader in a statement Sunday The chairman of Pakistan s Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani also expressed his deep sorrow and grief while the Tehreek e Insaf party led by former prime minister Imran Khan who was ousted in a vote of no confidence last year said Our prayers and condolences go to his family and we share their grief The former leader who had been living in self imposed exile in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates since 2016 seized power from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Shehbaz Sharif s older brother in a military coup in 1999 and appointed himself president in 2001 while remaining head of the army He continued to lead Pakistan as president until 2008 Musharraf became a key ally of the United States following the 9 11 terror attacks and he tried to become an indispensable figure in combating Islamic extremism But his time in power was marred with controversy and he was accused of widespread human rights abuses and oppression His term was punctuated by two failed assassination attempts in 2003 In November 2007 he declared a state of emergency suspended Pakistan s constitution replaced the chief judge and blacked out independent TV outlets Musharraf said he did so to stabilize the country and to fight rising Islamist extremism The action drew sharp criticism from the United States and democracy advocates Pakistanis openly called for his removal Under pressure from the West Musharraf later lifted the state of emergency and called elections held in February 2008 in which his party fared badly He stepped down in August 2008 after the governing coalition began taking steps to impeach him Musharraf then went into exile but returned to Pakistan in 2013 with the aim of running in the country s national elections Instead his plans unraveled as he became entangled in a web of court cases relating to his time in power In 2019 he was sentenced to death in absentia for high treason The ruling was later overturned Musharraf had been living in Dubai since March 2016 when Pakistan s Supreme Court lifted a travel ban allowing him to leave the country to seek medical treatment there He was married to Sehba Musharraf and had a son and a daughter Credit cnn com You can read the original article here
    Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf dies in Dubai
      Pakistan s former President General Pervez Musharraf has died in Dubai after a prolonged illness at Dubai American Hospital according to a statement from the Pakistani military He was 79 years old In a statement sent to CNN senior military officials expressed their heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of General Pervez Musharraf May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family the statement read Tributes and messages of condolences have poured in from Pakistani politicians Pakistan s prime minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his condolences and sympathy to the family of the former leader in a statement Sunday The chairman of Pakistan s Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani also expressed his deep sorrow and grief while the Tehreek e Insaf party led by former prime minister Imran Khan who was ousted in a vote of no confidence last year said Our prayers and condolences go to his family and we share their grief The former leader who had been living in self imposed exile in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates since 2016 seized power from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Shehbaz Sharif s older brother in a military coup in 1999 and appointed himself president in 2001 while remaining head of the army He continued to lead Pakistan as president until 2008 Musharraf became a key ally of the United States following the 9 11 terror attacks and he tried to become an indispensable figure in combating Islamic extremism But his time in power was marred with controversy and he was accused of widespread human rights abuses and oppression His term was punctuated by two failed assassination attempts in 2003 In November 2007 he declared a state of emergency suspended Pakistan s constitution replaced the chief judge and blacked out independent TV outlets Musharraf said he did so to stabilize the country and to fight rising Islamist extremism The action drew sharp criticism from the United States and democracy advocates Pakistanis openly called for his removal Under pressure from the West Musharraf later lifted the state of emergency and called elections held in February 2008 in which his party fared badly He stepped down in August 2008 after the governing coalition began taking steps to impeach him Musharraf then went into exile but returned to Pakistan in 2013 with the aim of running in the country s national elections Instead his plans unraveled as he became entangled in a web of court cases relating to his time in power In 2019 he was sentenced to death in absentia for high treason The ruling was later overturned Musharraf had been living in Dubai since March 2016 when Pakistan s Supreme Court lifted a travel ban allowing him to leave the country to seek medical treatment there He was married to Sehba Musharraf and had a son and a daughter Credit cnn com You can read the original article here
    Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf dies in Dubai
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    Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf dies in Dubai

    Pakistan’s former President General Pervez Musharraf has died in Dubai after a prolonged illness at Dubai American Hospital, according to a statement from the Pakistani military. He was 79 years old.

    In a statement sent to CNN, senior military officials expressed their “heartfelt condolences” on the “sad demise of General Pervez Musharraf.”

    “May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family,” the statement read.

    Tributes and messages of condolences have poured in from Pakistani politicians.

    Pakistan’s prime minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his “condolences and sympathy to the family” of the former leader in a statement Sunday.

    The chairman of Pakistan’s Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, also expressed his “deep sorrow and grief,” while the Tehreek-e-Insaf party, led by former prime minister Imran Khan who was ousted in a vote of no confidence last year, said: “Our prayers and condolences go to his family and we share their grief.”

    The former leader, who had been living in self-imposed exile in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates since 2016, seized power from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – Shehbaz Sharif’s older brother – in a military coup in 1999 and appointed himself president in 2001, while remaining head of the army. He continued to lead Pakistan as president until 2008.

    Musharraf became a key ally of the United States following the 9/11 terror attacks, and he tried to become an indispensable figure in combating Islamic extremism.

    But his time in power was marred with controversy and he was accused of widespread human rights abuses and oppression.

    His term was punctuated by two failed assassination attempts in 2003. In November 2007, he declared a state of emergency, suspended Pakistan’s constitution, replaced the chief judge and blacked out independent TV outlets.

    Musharraf said he did so to stabilize the country and to fight rising Islamist extremism. The action drew sharp criticism from the United States and democracy advocates. Pakistanis openly called for his removal.

    Under pressure from the West, Musharraf later lifted the state of emergency and called elections, held in February 2008, in which his party fared badly.

    He stepped down in August 2008 after the governing coalition began taking steps to impeach him.

    Musharraf then went into exile but returned to Pakistan in 2013 with the aim of running in the country’s national elections. Instead, his plans unraveled as he became entangled in a web of court cases relating to his time in power.

    In 2019, he was sentenced to death in absentia for high treason. The ruling was later overturned.

    Musharraf had been living in Dubai since March 2016, when Pakistan’s Supreme Court lifted a travel ban, allowing him to leave the country to seek medical treatment there.

    He was married to Sehba Musharraf and had a son and a daughter.

    Credit: cnn.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  The suspected Chinese spy balloon drifts to the ocean after being shot down off the coast in Surfside Beach S C on Saturday The U S military shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday afternoon the Pentagon said while China called the downing an overreaction On Wednesday President Biden gave his authorization to take down the surveillance balloon as soon as the mission could be accomplished without undue risk to American lives under the balloon s path U S Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement Austin said military commanders had determined downing the balloon while over land posed an undue risk to people across a wide area due to the size and altitude of the balloon and its surveillance payload Speaking on Saturday President Biden told reporters he gave the order on Wednesday U S officials said to me Let s wait til the safest place to do it he said They successfully took it down and I want to compliment our aviators who did it Biden added The downing came shortly after the Federal Aviation Administration said it had paused departures from and arrivals to three East Coast airports in Wilmington N C Myrtle Beach S C and Charleston S C to support the Department of Defense in a national security effort Flights through these airports resumed shortly after 3 p m U S and Chinese officials have given conflicting information on the balloon s purpose The Chinese government said the balloon is strictly used for meteorological research and accidentally went adrift into U S airspace China s foreign ministry on Saturday expressed strong dissatisfaction and protest over what it called the U S s use of force to attack a civilian unmanned airship It called the shooting down an obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international practice The Pentagon has said the balloon was being used for surveillance Its presence already led Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday to postpone a historic trip to Beijing as tensions continue to rise between the two countries over national security U S officials earlier this week decided against shooting down the balloon after the Biden administration said it did not pose a national security threat The Pentagon shared reports on Friday of a second balloon belonging to China that could be seen floating over Latin America Colombia s Air Force said on Saturday that an object with characteristics of a balloon had traveled through its airspace on Friday The balloon traveling through the U S quickly became an internet celebrity as meteorologists storm chasers and others shared sightings on social media as it continued on its path across the U S Others criticized the Biden administration for not taking quicker actions to stop it The China balloon flying over the U S is a direct assault on our national sovereignty Texas Gov Greg Abbott tweeted on Friday Biden s refusal to stop it is a dereliction of duty From flying balloons to open borders Biden has no regard for our national security and sovereignty After its downing on Saturday Republican Sen Tim Scott of South Carolina said it should have been shot down before it crossed the continental United States not after We still don t know what information was collected and where it was sent he said This was a dereliction of Biden s duty and let s hope the American people don t pay a price Austin praised Biden s decision to shoot down the balloon The Canadian government assisted in the tracking and analysis of the balloon according to Austin Today s deliberate and lawful action demonstrates that President Biden and his national security team will always put the safety and security of the American people first while responding effectively to the PRC s unacceptable violation of our sovereignty he said in the statement On Saturday people shared sightings of the balloon on social media Earlier in South Carolina the York County Sheriff s Office tweeted that the balloon was more than 60 000 feet in the air and urged people not to take matters into their own hands Don t try to shoot it the office tweeted Your rifle rounds WILL NOT reach it Be responsible What goes up will come down including your bullets Credit npr org You can read the original article here
    The U.S. has downed a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina
     The suspected Chinese spy balloon drifts to the ocean after being shot down off the coast in Surfside Beach S C on Saturday The U S military shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday afternoon the Pentagon said while China called the downing an overreaction On Wednesday President Biden gave his authorization to take down the surveillance balloon as soon as the mission could be accomplished without undue risk to American lives under the balloon s path U S Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement Austin said military commanders had determined downing the balloon while over land posed an undue risk to people across a wide area due to the size and altitude of the balloon and its surveillance payload Speaking on Saturday President Biden told reporters he gave the order on Wednesday U S officials said to me Let s wait til the safest place to do it he said They successfully took it down and I want to compliment our aviators who did it Biden added The downing came shortly after the Federal Aviation Administration said it had paused departures from and arrivals to three East Coast airports in Wilmington N C Myrtle Beach S C and Charleston S C to support the Department of Defense in a national security effort Flights through these airports resumed shortly after 3 p m U S and Chinese officials have given conflicting information on the balloon s purpose The Chinese government said the balloon is strictly used for meteorological research and accidentally went adrift into U S airspace China s foreign ministry on Saturday expressed strong dissatisfaction and protest over what it called the U S s use of force to attack a civilian unmanned airship It called the shooting down an obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international practice The Pentagon has said the balloon was being used for surveillance Its presence already led Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday to postpone a historic trip to Beijing as tensions continue to rise between the two countries over national security U S officials earlier this week decided against shooting down the balloon after the Biden administration said it did not pose a national security threat The Pentagon shared reports on Friday of a second balloon belonging to China that could be seen floating over Latin America Colombia s Air Force said on Saturday that an object with characteristics of a balloon had traveled through its airspace on Friday The balloon traveling through the U S quickly became an internet celebrity as meteorologists storm chasers and others shared sightings on social media as it continued on its path across the U S Others criticized the Biden administration for not taking quicker actions to stop it The China balloon flying over the U S is a direct assault on our national sovereignty Texas Gov Greg Abbott tweeted on Friday Biden s refusal to stop it is a dereliction of duty From flying balloons to open borders Biden has no regard for our national security and sovereignty After its downing on Saturday Republican Sen Tim Scott of South Carolina said it should have been shot down before it crossed the continental United States not after We still don t know what information was collected and where it was sent he said This was a dereliction of Biden s duty and let s hope the American people don t pay a price Austin praised Biden s decision to shoot down the balloon The Canadian government assisted in the tracking and analysis of the balloon according to Austin Today s deliberate and lawful action demonstrates that President Biden and his national security team will always put the safety and security of the American people first while responding effectively to the PRC s unacceptable violation of our sovereignty he said in the statement On Saturday people shared sightings of the balloon on social media Earlier in South Carolina the York County Sheriff s Office tweeted that the balloon was more than 60 000 feet in the air and urged people not to take matters into their own hands Don t try to shoot it the office tweeted Your rifle rounds WILL NOT reach it Be responsible What goes up will come down including your bullets Credit npr org You can read the original article here
    The U.S. has downed a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina
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    The U.S. has downed a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina

    The suspected Chinese spy balloon drifts to the ocean after being shot down off the coast in Surfside Beach, S.C., on Saturday.

    The U.S. military shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday afternoon, the Pentagon said, while China called the downing an overreaction.

    "On Wednesday, President Biden gave his authorization to take down the surveillance balloon as soon as the mission could be accomplished without undue risk to American lives under the balloon's path," U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement.

    Austin said military commanders "had determined downing the balloon while over land posed an undue risk to people across a wide area due to the size and altitude of the balloon and its surveillance payload."

    Speaking on Saturday, President Biden told reporters he gave the order on Wednesday. U.S. officials "said to me, 'Let's wait 'til the safest place to do it,' " he said. "They successfully took it down, and I want to compliment our aviators who did it," Biden added.

    The downing came shortly after the Federal Aviation Administration said it had "paused departures from and arrivals to" three East Coast airports — in Wilmington, N.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Charleston, S.C. — "to support the Department of Defense in a national security effort." Flights through these airports resumed shortly after 3 p.m.

    U.S. and Chinese officials have given conflicting information on the balloon's purpose.

    The Chinese government said the balloon is strictly used for meteorological research and accidentally went adrift into U.S. airspace. China's foreign ministry on Saturday expressed "strong dissatisfaction and protest" over what it called the U.S.'s "use of force to attack a civilian unmanned airship." It called the shooting down an "obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international practice."

    The Pentagon has said the balloon was being used for surveillance. Its presence already led Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday to postpone a historic trip to Beijing, as tensions continue to rise between the two countries over national security.

    U.S. officials earlier this week decided against shooting down the balloon after the Biden administration said it did not pose a national security threat. The Pentagon shared reports on Friday of a second balloon, belonging to China, that could be seen floating over Latin America. Colombia's Air Force said on Saturday that an object with characteristics of a balloon had traveled through its airspace on Friday.

    The balloon traveling through the U.S. quickly became an internet celebrity as meteorologists, storm chasers and others shared sightings on social media as it continued on its path across the U.S.

    Others criticized the Biden administration for not taking quicker actions to stop it.

    "The China balloon flying over the U.S. is a direct assault on our national sovereignty," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted on Friday. "Biden's refusal to stop it is a dereliction of duty. From flying balloons to open borders, Biden has no regard for our national security and sovereignty."

    After its downing on Saturday, Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina said it "should have been shot down before it crossed the continental United States, not after. We still don't know what information was collected and where it was sent," he said. "This was a dereliction of Biden's duty, and let's hope the American people don't pay a price."

    Austin praised Biden's decision to shoot down the balloon. The Canadian government assisted in the "tracking and analysis of the balloon," according to Austin.

    "Today's deliberate and lawful action demonstrates that President Biden and his national security team will always put the safety and security of the American people first while responding effectively to the PRC's unacceptable violation of our sovereignty," he said in the statement.

    On Saturday, people shared sightings of the balloon on social media.

    Earlier, in South Carolina, the York County Sheriff's Office tweeted that the balloon was more than 60,000 feet in the air and urged people not to take matters into their own hands.

    "Don't try to shoot it!!" the office tweeted. "Your rifle rounds WILL NOT reach it. Be responsible. What goes up will come down, including your bullets."

    Credit: npr.org. You can read the original article here.

  •  The balloon spotted earlier this week over the western United States was brought down when an F 22 fighter jet fired an air to air missile at it off the coast of South Carolina WASHINGTON The United States shot down a Chinese spy balloon on Saturday that had spent the last week traversing the country an explosive end to a drama that put a diplomatic crisis between the world s two great powers onto television screens in real time The balloon which spent five days traveling in a diagonal southeast route from Idaho to the Carolinas had moved off the coast by midday Saturday and was shot down within moments of its arrival over the Atlantic Ocean I told them to shoot it down President Biden told reporters in Hagerstown Md on his way to Camp David on Saturday afternoon They said to me let s wait until the safest place to do it That time and place came at 2 39 p m Pentagon officials said some six miles off the coast of South Carolina The Federal Aviation Administration had paused departures and arrivals at airports in Wilmington N C and in Myrtle Beach and Charleston in South Carolina One of two F 22 fighter jets from Langley Air Force Base fired a Sidewinder air to air missile downing the balloon which was flying at an altitude of 60 000 to 65 000 feet The F 22s were at 58 000 feet with other American fighters in support The Pentagon said that Navy and Coast Guard personnel would conduct a recovery effort to retrieve the debris of the balloon which had landed in relatively shallow water American national security agencies hope the material they collect will add value to their database of Chinese intelligence gathering The Chinese foreign ministry declared its strong discontent and protest about the United States downing of the balloon In a statement the ministry said that China had told Washington repeatedly that the balloon was a civilian aircraft that had inadvertently flown over the United States and its presence was totally accidental In these circumstances for the United States to insist on using armed force is clearly an excessive reaction that seriously violates international convention the statement said China will resolutely defend the legitimate rights and interests of the enterprise involved and retains the right to respond further The president was alerted by the Pentagon on Tuesday that a spy balloon had entered continental American airspace near Idaho White House officials said and asked for military options By Wednesday the balloon was hovering over Montana and a full blown diplomatic crisis was underway puncturing recent efforts in Washington and Beijing to lower U S China tensions Pentagon officials advised then against shooting down the balloon whose belly structure was roughly the size of three buses because of the possibility of harm to civilians and infrastructure while it was over land Pentagon officials also said they did not view the intelligence threat from the balloon as any more extensive than what China could glean from a satellite But the arrival and extended stay of the balloon over American territory prompted furious calls from senior U S officials to their Chinese counterparts criticism from Republican lawmakers of the White House response and on Friday the cancellation of a visit to China by Secretary of State Antony J Blinken It would have been the first trip by a Biden Cabinet secretary to Beijing In announcing the cancellation of his trip Mr Blinken said the entry of the spy balloon was a clear violation of U S sovereignty and international law U S officials conveyed to Chinese officials several times in recent days that the U S military might shoot down the spy balloon Mr Blinken told a Chinese diplomat in Washington on Wednesday evening that the American government had the right to take any actions to protect its interests and he said the same thing on a phone call on Friday with Wang Yi the top Chinese foreign policy official a senior administration official said Evan Medeiros a Georgetown University professor who was senior Asia director on President Barack Obama s National Security Council said the episode underscored the risks of accidents or miscalculation as well as the role of domestic politics in American debates about China and the role of Congress in interpreting Chinese strategic intentions including by constraining the administration s options Pentagon officials said the spy balloon which was remotely maneuverable to some degree by the Chinese but still dependent on the jet stream for travel began its controlled drift into American territory on Jan 28 when it entered Alaskan airspace near the Aleutian Islands It first appeared to trackers at United States Northern Command to be just another one of China s probes around the edges of America s defensive borders A senior administration official said that China had developed a fleet of balloons to conduct surveillance operations that have been spotted over countries across five continents They typically orbit at about 60 000 feet and have occasionally strayed into American territory Earlier a senior defense official said that had happened three times during the Trump administration and one previous time during the Biden administration Officials said the most recent balloon equipped with solar panels to power propulsion and cameras and surveillance technology exited American territory on Monday and spent the day over Canada s Northwest Territories But it was back over the United States on Tuesday after entering through northern Idaho much to the surprise of officials at Northern Command as well as at the Pentagon Gen Mark A Milley the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff alerted Mr Biden By Wednesday when the balloon had made its way to the skies above Billings Mont Pentagon officials were alarmed because the state is home to the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base one of three U S Air Force bases that operate and maintain intercontinental ballistic missiles One Pentagon official described shock at what officials viewed as a blatant and poorly concealed effort at spying A senior Biden administration official called the move audacious Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III in the Philippines at the time called a meeting on Wednesday of senior military and defense officials to review military options per Mr Biden s order General Milley and Mr Austin advised against shooting down the balloon while it was over land They also did not alert the public as officials at the Pentagon the White House the State Department along with the intelligence agencies discussed what to do Mr Blinken s trip to China was scheduled to begin in days and the administration had decisions to make State Department officials began intense discussions on Wednesday about whether Mr Blinken should make the trip a senior administration official said Later that day Wendy Sherman the deputy secretary of state summoned Zhu Haiquan a senior Chinese diplomat to the State Department He arrived around 6 30 p m Ms Sherman and Mr Blinken told Mr Zhu his government s spying activities were unacceptable and demanded that China remove the balloon from U S airspace American officials said Ms Sherman and Mr Blinken told Mr Zhu that the balloon would have a serious impact on Mr Blinken s planned trip Mr Blinken also said the United States had the right to take action to protect its national interests alluding to the possibility of shooting down the machine In Beijing the U S ambassador R Nicholas Burns also told the Chinese Foreign Ministry that its government had to remove the balloon officials said Discussions continued behind closed doors But the balloon was hard to hide By Wednesday afternoon there were eyewitness reports out of Montana and a ground stop at the airport in Billings Mont At around the same time Gen Glen VanHerck the commander of Northern Command abruptly canceled a lunch with reporters only 45 minutes before it was to start arousing suspicions By Thursday afternoon Courtney Kube of NBC had reported that the military was monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over Montana A short time later the Pentagon held a news conference confirming that report Biden administration officials said they had planned to notify the public regardless We acted to notify the public as quickly as possible as to the facts regarding the balloon said Brig Gen Pat Ryder the Pentagon press secretary Some Republicans began criticizing the president for not ordering that the balloon be shot down immediately Then they turned on Mr Blinken for not canceling his trip At a meeting Thursday evening Mr Blinken Mr Austin General Milley and Jake Sullivan the national security adviser decided that the trip did not make sense officials said On Friday morning Mr Biden affirmed their decision The Chinese foreign ministry tried to salvage the situation by issuing its statement expressing regret and asserting that the balloon was an off course civilian machine Mr Blinken called Mr Wang to tell him the trip was off and admonish his government over what the U S secretary called an irresponsible act By that day the balloon was over Kansas and heading helped in part by the jet stream to the Eastern Seaboard Pentagon officials were able to gauge its projected path and made plans to shoot it down once it reached the Atlantic Officials wanted to do it while it was still technically in American airspace After the balloon s first sighting over Montana some residents in its path had taken to social media to promise they would shoot it down themselves The threats prompted the York County sheriff s office in South Carolina on Saturday to post a warning on Twitter Don t try to shoot it Your rifle rounds WILL NOT reach it Be responsible What goes up will come down including your bullets Hours later a Sidewinder missile did the job Zolan Kanno Youngs contributed reporting from Syracuse N Y and Michael Crowley from Washington Credit nytimes com You can read the original article here
    Downing of Chinese Spy Balloon Ends Chapter in a Diplomatic Crisis
     The balloon spotted earlier this week over the western United States was brought down when an F 22 fighter jet fired an air to air missile at it off the coast of South Carolina WASHINGTON The United States shot down a Chinese spy balloon on Saturday that had spent the last week traversing the country an explosive end to a drama that put a diplomatic crisis between the world s two great powers onto television screens in real time The balloon which spent five days traveling in a diagonal southeast route from Idaho to the Carolinas had moved off the coast by midday Saturday and was shot down within moments of its arrival over the Atlantic Ocean I told them to shoot it down President Biden told reporters in Hagerstown Md on his way to Camp David on Saturday afternoon They said to me let s wait until the safest place to do it That time and place came at 2 39 p m Pentagon officials said some six miles off the coast of South Carolina The Federal Aviation Administration had paused departures and arrivals at airports in Wilmington N C and in Myrtle Beach and Charleston in South Carolina One of two F 22 fighter jets from Langley Air Force Base fired a Sidewinder air to air missile downing the balloon which was flying at an altitude of 60 000 to 65 000 feet The F 22s were at 58 000 feet with other American fighters in support The Pentagon said that Navy and Coast Guard personnel would conduct a recovery effort to retrieve the debris of the balloon which had landed in relatively shallow water American national security agencies hope the material they collect will add value to their database of Chinese intelligence gathering The Chinese foreign ministry declared its strong discontent and protest about the United States downing of the balloon In a statement the ministry said that China had told Washington repeatedly that the balloon was a civilian aircraft that had inadvertently flown over the United States and its presence was totally accidental In these circumstances for the United States to insist on using armed force is clearly an excessive reaction that seriously violates international convention the statement said China will resolutely defend the legitimate rights and interests of the enterprise involved and retains the right to respond further The president was alerted by the Pentagon on Tuesday that a spy balloon had entered continental American airspace near Idaho White House officials said and asked for military options By Wednesday the balloon was hovering over Montana and a full blown diplomatic crisis was underway puncturing recent efforts in Washington and Beijing to lower U S China tensions Pentagon officials advised then against shooting down the balloon whose belly structure was roughly the size of three buses because of the possibility of harm to civilians and infrastructure while it was over land Pentagon officials also said they did not view the intelligence threat from the balloon as any more extensive than what China could glean from a satellite But the arrival and extended stay of the balloon over American territory prompted furious calls from senior U S officials to their Chinese counterparts criticism from Republican lawmakers of the White House response and on Friday the cancellation of a visit to China by Secretary of State Antony J Blinken It would have been the first trip by a Biden Cabinet secretary to Beijing In announcing the cancellation of his trip Mr Blinken said the entry of the spy balloon was a clear violation of U S sovereignty and international law U S officials conveyed to Chinese officials several times in recent days that the U S military might shoot down the spy balloon Mr Blinken told a Chinese diplomat in Washington on Wednesday evening that the American government had the right to take any actions to protect its interests and he said the same thing on a phone call on Friday with Wang Yi the top Chinese foreign policy official a senior administration official said Evan Medeiros a Georgetown University professor who was senior Asia director on President Barack Obama s National Security Council said the episode underscored the risks of accidents or miscalculation as well as the role of domestic politics in American debates about China and the role of Congress in interpreting Chinese strategic intentions including by constraining the administration s options Pentagon officials said the spy balloon which was remotely maneuverable to some degree by the Chinese but still dependent on the jet stream for travel began its controlled drift into American territory on Jan 28 when it entered Alaskan airspace near the Aleutian Islands It first appeared to trackers at United States Northern Command to be just another one of China s probes around the edges of America s defensive borders A senior administration official said that China had developed a fleet of balloons to conduct surveillance operations that have been spotted over countries across five continents They typically orbit at about 60 000 feet and have occasionally strayed into American territory Earlier a senior defense official said that had happened three times during the Trump administration and one previous time during the Biden administration Officials said the most recent balloon equipped with solar panels to power propulsion and cameras and surveillance technology exited American territory on Monday and spent the day over Canada s Northwest Territories But it was back over the United States on Tuesday after entering through northern Idaho much to the surprise of officials at Northern Command as well as at the Pentagon Gen Mark A Milley the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff alerted Mr Biden By Wednesday when the balloon had made its way to the skies above Billings Mont Pentagon officials were alarmed because the state is home to the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base one of three U S Air Force bases that operate and maintain intercontinental ballistic missiles One Pentagon official described shock at what officials viewed as a blatant and poorly concealed effort at spying A senior Biden administration official called the move audacious Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III in the Philippines at the time called a meeting on Wednesday of senior military and defense officials to review military options per Mr Biden s order General Milley and Mr Austin advised against shooting down the balloon while it was over land They also did not alert the public as officials at the Pentagon the White House the State Department along with the intelligence agencies discussed what to do Mr Blinken s trip to China was scheduled to begin in days and the administration had decisions to make State Department officials began intense discussions on Wednesday about whether Mr Blinken should make the trip a senior administration official said Later that day Wendy Sherman the deputy secretary of state summoned Zhu Haiquan a senior Chinese diplomat to the State Department He arrived around 6 30 p m Ms Sherman and Mr Blinken told Mr Zhu his government s spying activities were unacceptable and demanded that China remove the balloon from U S airspace American officials said Ms Sherman and Mr Blinken told Mr Zhu that the balloon would have a serious impact on Mr Blinken s planned trip Mr Blinken also said the United States had the right to take action to protect its national interests alluding to the possibility of shooting down the machine In Beijing the U S ambassador R Nicholas Burns also told the Chinese Foreign Ministry that its government had to remove the balloon officials said Discussions continued behind closed doors But the balloon was hard to hide By Wednesday afternoon there were eyewitness reports out of Montana and a ground stop at the airport in Billings Mont At around the same time Gen Glen VanHerck the commander of Northern Command abruptly canceled a lunch with reporters only 45 minutes before it was to start arousing suspicions By Thursday afternoon Courtney Kube of NBC had reported that the military was monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over Montana A short time later the Pentagon held a news conference confirming that report Biden administration officials said they had planned to notify the public regardless We acted to notify the public as quickly as possible as to the facts regarding the balloon said Brig Gen Pat Ryder the Pentagon press secretary Some Republicans began criticizing the president for not ordering that the balloon be shot down immediately Then they turned on Mr Blinken for not canceling his trip At a meeting Thursday evening Mr Blinken Mr Austin General Milley and Jake Sullivan the national security adviser decided that the trip did not make sense officials said On Friday morning Mr Biden affirmed their decision The Chinese foreign ministry tried to salvage the situation by issuing its statement expressing regret and asserting that the balloon was an off course civilian machine Mr Blinken called Mr Wang to tell him the trip was off and admonish his government over what the U S secretary called an irresponsible act By that day the balloon was over Kansas and heading helped in part by the jet stream to the Eastern Seaboard Pentagon officials were able to gauge its projected path and made plans to shoot it down once it reached the Atlantic Officials wanted to do it while it was still technically in American airspace After the balloon s first sighting over Montana some residents in its path had taken to social media to promise they would shoot it down themselves The threats prompted the York County sheriff s office in South Carolina on Saturday to post a warning on Twitter Don t try to shoot it Your rifle rounds WILL NOT reach it Be responsible What goes up will come down including your bullets Hours later a Sidewinder missile did the job Zolan Kanno Youngs contributed reporting from Syracuse N Y and Michael Crowley from Washington Credit nytimes com You can read the original article here
    Downing of Chinese Spy Balloon Ends Chapter in a Diplomatic Crisis
    Foreign3 days ago

    Downing of Chinese Spy Balloon Ends Chapter in a Diplomatic Crisis

    The balloon, spotted earlier this week over the western United States, was brought down when an F-22 fighter jet fired an air-to-air missile at it off the coast of South Carolina.

    WASHINGTON — The United States shot down a Chinese spy balloon on Saturday that had spent the last week traversing the country, an explosive end to a drama that put a diplomatic crisis between the world’s two great powers onto television screens in real time.

    The balloon, which spent five days traveling in a diagonal southeast route from Idaho to the Carolinas, had moved off the coast by midday Saturday and was shot down within moments of its arrival over the Atlantic Ocean.

    “I told them to shoot it down,” President Biden told reporters in Hagerstown, Md., on his way to Camp David on Saturday afternoon. “They said to me, let’s wait until the safest place to do it.”

    That time and place came at 2:39 p.m., Pentagon officials said, some six miles off the coast of South Carolina. The Federal Aviation Administration had paused departures and arrivals at airports in Wilmington, N.C., and in Myrtle Beach and Charleston in South Carolina. One of two F-22 fighter jets from Langley Air Force Base fired a Sidewinder air-to-air missile, downing the balloon, which was flying at an altitude of 60,000 to 65,000 feet. The F-22s were at 58,000 feet, with other American fighters in support.

    The Pentagon said that Navy and Coast Guard personnel would conduct a recovery effort to retrieve the debris of the balloon, which had landed in relatively shallow water. American national security agencies hope the material they collect will add value to their database of Chinese intelligence gathering.

    The Chinese foreign ministry declared its “strong discontent and protest” about the United States’ downing of the balloon. In a statement, the ministry said that China had told Washington repeatedly that the balloon was a civilian aircraft that had inadvertently flown over the United States and its presence was “totally accidental.”

    “In these circumstances, for the United States to insist on using armed force is clearly an excessive reaction that seriously violates international convention,” the statement said. “China will resolutely defend the legitimate rights and interests of the enterprise involved, and retains the right to respond further.”

    The president was alerted by the Pentagon on Tuesday that a spy balloon had entered continental American airspace near Idaho, White House officials said, and asked for military options. By Wednesday, the balloon was hovering over Montana and a full-blown diplomatic crisis was underway, puncturing recent efforts in Washington and Beijing to lower U.S.-China tensions.

    Pentagon officials advised then against shooting down the balloon, whose belly structure was roughly the size of three buses, because of the possibility of harm to civilians and infrastructure while it was over land. Pentagon officials also said they did not view the intelligence threat from the balloon as any more extensive than what China could glean from a satellite.

    But the arrival — and extended stay — of the balloon over American territory prompted furious calls from senior U.S. officials to their Chinese counterparts, criticism from Republican lawmakers of the White House response, and on Friday, the cancellation of a visit to China by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. It would have been the first trip by a Biden Cabinet secretary to Beijing. In announcing the cancellation of his trip, Mr. Blinken said the entry of the spy balloon was a “clear violation of U.S. sovereignty and international law.”

    U.S. officials conveyed to Chinese officials several times in recent days that the U.S. military might shoot down the spy balloon. Mr. Blinken told a Chinese diplomat in Washington on Wednesday evening that the American government had the right to take any actions to protect its interests, and he said the same thing on a phone call on Friday with Wang Yi, the top Chinese foreign policy official, a senior administration official said.

    Evan Medeiros, a Georgetown University professor who was senior Asia director on President Barack Obama’s National Security Council, said the episode underscored the risks of accidents or miscalculation, as well as “the role of domestic politics in American debates about China — and the role of Congress in interpreting Chinese strategic intentions, including by constraining the administration’s options.”

    Pentagon officials said the spy balloon, which was remotely maneuverable to some degree by the Chinese but still dependent on the jet stream for travel, began its controlled drift into American territory on Jan. 28, when it entered Alaskan airspace near the Aleutian Islands. It first appeared to trackers at United States Northern Command to be just another one of China’s probes around the edges of America’s defensive borders.

    A senior administration official said that China had developed a fleet of balloons to conduct surveillance operations that have been spotted over countries across five continents. They typically orbit at about 60,000 feet, and have occasionally strayed into American territory. Earlier, a senior defense official said that had happened three times during the Trump administration and one previous time during the Biden administration.

    Officials said the most recent balloon, equipped with solar panels to power propulsion and cameras and surveillance technology, exited American territory on Monday and spent the day over Canada’s Northwest Territories. But it was back over the United States on Tuesday after entering through northern Idaho, much to the surprise of officials at Northern Command as well as at the Pentagon.

    Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, alerted Mr. Biden.

    By Wednesday, when the balloon had made its way to the skies above Billings, Mont., Pentagon officials were alarmed because the state is home to the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, one of three U.S. Air Force bases that operate and maintain intercontinental ballistic missiles. One Pentagon official described shock at what officials viewed as a blatant, and poorly concealed, effort at spying. A senior Biden administration official called the move audacious.

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, in the Philippines at the time, called a meeting on Wednesday of senior military and defense officials to review military options, per Mr. Biden’s order. General Milley and Mr. Austin advised against shooting down the balloon while it was over land.

    They also did not alert the public, as officials at the Pentagon, the White House, the State Department, along with the intelligence agencies, discussed what to do. Mr. Blinken’s trip to China was scheduled to begin in days, and the administration had decisions to make.

    State Department officials began intense discussions on Wednesday about whether Mr. Blinken should make the trip, a senior administration official said.

    Later that day, Wendy Sherman, the deputy secretary of state, summoned Zhu Haiquan, a senior Chinese diplomat, to the State Department. He arrived around 6:30 p.m. Ms. Sherman and Mr. Blinken told Mr. Zhu his government’s spying activities were unacceptable and demanded that China remove the balloon from U.S. airspace, American officials said.

    Ms. Sherman and Mr. Blinken told Mr. Zhu that the balloon would have a serious impact on Mr. Blinken’s planned trip. Mr. Blinken also said the United States had the right to take action to protect its national interests, alluding to the possibility of shooting down the machine.

    In Beijing, the U.S. ambassador, R. Nicholas Burns, also told the Chinese Foreign Ministry that its government had to remove the balloon, officials said. Discussions continued behind closed doors.

    But the balloon was hard to hide. By Wednesday afternoon there were eyewitness reports out of Montana and a ground stop at the airport in Billings, Mont. At around the same time, Gen. Glen VanHerck, the commander of Northern Command, abruptly canceled a lunch with reporters only 45 minutes before it was to start, arousing suspicions.

    By Thursday afternoon, Courtney Kube of NBC had reported that the military was monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over Montana. A short time later, the Pentagon held a news conference confirming that report.

    Biden administration officials said they had planned to notify the public regardless. “We acted to notify the public as quickly as possible as to the facts regarding the balloon,” said Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary.

    Some Republicans began criticizing the president for not ordering that the balloon be shot down immediately. Then they turned on Mr. Blinken for not canceling his trip.

    At a meeting Thursday evening, Mr. Blinken, Mr. Austin, General Milley and Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, decided that the trip did not make sense, officials said. On Friday morning, Mr. Biden affirmed their decision.

    The Chinese foreign ministry tried to salvage the situation by issuing its statement expressing regret and asserting that the balloon was an off-course civilian machine. Mr. Blinken called Mr. Wang to tell him the trip was off and admonish his government over what the U.S. secretary called an “irresponsible act.”

    By that day, the balloon was over Kansas and heading, helped in part by the jet stream, to the Eastern Seaboard. Pentagon officials were able to gauge its projected path and made plans to shoot it down once it reached the Atlantic. Officials wanted to do it while it was still technically in American airspace.

    After the balloon’s first sighting over Montana, some residents in its path had taken to social media to promise they would shoot it down themselves. The threats prompted the York County sheriff’s office in South Carolina on Saturday to post a warning on Twitter: “Don’t try to shoot it!! Your rifle rounds WILL NOT reach it. Be responsible. What goes up will come down, including your bullets.”

    Hours later, a Sidewinder missile did the job.

    Zolan Kanno-Youngs contributed reporting from Syracuse, N.Y., and Michael Crowley from Washington.

    Credit: nytimes.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  Ryan Bader and Fedor Emelianenko will square off in the main event of Bellator 290 as the heavyweight icon Emelianenko says goodbye to the world of MMA after this fight Bader the defending champion is putting his title on the line in this much anticipated rematch but a victory will not persue the challenger to stay If he defeats Bader for the title Emelianenko will still retire That alone makes this a must see show but Emelianenko s Fedor Team compatriot Anatoly Tokov will look to win the Bellator middleweight championship from Johnny Eblen Should Emelianenko and Tokov both win then Fedor Team will hold three titles with Vadim Nemkov the current light heavyweight champion in Bellator The card is stacked and the hype is real The hype is so real it s outpacing the hype and interest surrounding UFC 284 at the moment This is a card that can make new fans in an instant so if you re a new fan or a returning one and you want to watch this show for free how can you do that Most Bellator preliminary cards are on YouTube or Pluto TV making them free to anyone who has an internet connection but most main cards are on Showtime which you can watch via cable satellite or streaming service Luckily for those who aren t interested in buying yet another streaming service Bellator 290 is completely free in the United States as it will air on your local CBS station at 9 PM ET For international viewers it will air on BBC iPlayer and in Australia it ll be on 10 Play Credit fansided com You can read the original article here
    How to watch free
     Ryan Bader and Fedor Emelianenko will square off in the main event of Bellator 290 as the heavyweight icon Emelianenko says goodbye to the world of MMA after this fight Bader the defending champion is putting his title on the line in this much anticipated rematch but a victory will not persue the challenger to stay If he defeats Bader for the title Emelianenko will still retire That alone makes this a must see show but Emelianenko s Fedor Team compatriot Anatoly Tokov will look to win the Bellator middleweight championship from Johnny Eblen Should Emelianenko and Tokov both win then Fedor Team will hold three titles with Vadim Nemkov the current light heavyweight champion in Bellator The card is stacked and the hype is real The hype is so real it s outpacing the hype and interest surrounding UFC 284 at the moment This is a card that can make new fans in an instant so if you re a new fan or a returning one and you want to watch this show for free how can you do that Most Bellator preliminary cards are on YouTube or Pluto TV making them free to anyone who has an internet connection but most main cards are on Showtime which you can watch via cable satellite or streaming service Luckily for those who aren t interested in buying yet another streaming service Bellator 290 is completely free in the United States as it will air on your local CBS station at 9 PM ET For international viewers it will air on BBC iPlayer and in Australia it ll be on 10 Play Credit fansided com You can read the original article here
    How to watch free
    Foreign3 days ago

    How to watch free

    Ryan Bader and Fedor Emelianenko will square off in the main event of Bellator 290, as the heavyweight icon Emelianenko says goodbye to the world of MMA after this fight. Bader, the defending champion, is putting his title on the line in this much-anticipated rematch but a victory will not persue the challenger to stay. If he defeats Bader for the title, Emelianenko will still retire.

    That alone makes this a must-see show, but Emelianenko’s Fedor Team compatriot, Anatoly Tokov, will look to win the Bellator middleweight championship from Johnny Eblen. Should Emelianenko and Tokov both win, then Fedor Team will hold three titles, with Vadim Nemkov the current light heavyweight champion in Bellator.

    The card is stacked and the hype is real. The hype is so real it’s outpacing the hype and interest surrounding UFC 284 at the moment. This is a card that can make new fans in an instant, so if you’re a new fan or a returning one and you want to watch this show for free, how can you do that?

    Most Bellator preliminary cards are on YouTube or Pluto TV, making them free to anyone who has an internet connection, but most main cards are on Showtime, which you can watch via cable, satellite, or streaming service.

    Luckily for those who aren’t interested in buying yet another streaming service, Bellator 290 is completely free in the United States as it will air on your local CBS station at 9 PM ET. For international viewers, it will air on BBC iPlayer, and in Australia, it’ll be on 10 Play.

    Credit: fansided.com. You can read the original article here.

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