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Cricket security officials will gather in Bangladesh later this week to decide whether it is safe to stage the World Twenty20 there. They may decide on a last-ditch switch to another country, possibly Sri Lanka, if there are enough concerns that it will be dangerous to run a tournament in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong, where there has been severe civil unrest recently.

PAKISTAN WRESTLER: Pro wrestling legend Muhammad Hussain Inoki, on left standing in the back of the vehicle, visited Qayyum Stadium in Peshawar, Pakistan. Still known in his native Japan by his performing moniker of Antonio Inoki, he came to Pakistan with several Japanese pro wrestlers as part of the Wrestling for Peace festival held under his name.

Pakistan welcomes back a flamboyant Japanese hero of the ring

A motorized glider circled the stadium, dropping shiny shards of confetti. Male dancers from the fearsome Mehsud tribe whipped their long black hair to-and-fro in a celebratory frenzy. Boy Scouts released a balloon-bedecked "Wrestling for Peace" banner into the sky.

Ricky Ponting led Australia to 48 wins in 77 Tests as captain

Kevin Garside: Everyman Ponting bows out as legend of Australian grit

You need a rope and crampons to scale the stats mountain he compiled

13 killed by 'toxic cough syrup' in Pakistan

Police officer Multan Khan said the dead were all drug addicts

Students take lessons on the pavement outside the Farooqi school

Daughters of Pakistan take to the streets for an education

Students at a school torched by religious fanatics are back in lessons – on the pavement outside

Are women-only parks the answer to street harassment in Pakistan?

Lahore is following cities as diverse as London, Tehran and Moscow in introducing women-only facilities. But do 'gender ghettos' make women more or less free?

First Night: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Venice Film Festival, Venice

From master of the universe to Islamist: a fresh view on war on terror

Patrice Christine Ahmed traveled for 18 hours and completed a 12,000 kilometer round trip on Pakistan International Airlines

Talk about long haul: Paris bound woman falls asleep on plane, wakes up in Lahore

Woman takes 18-hour, 12,000 kilometre round trip after falling asleep on plane

Nine dead as gunmen attack police compound in Pakistan

At least half a dozen Taliban gunmen opened fire on a compound housing policemen in eastern Pakistan today, killing nine of them, officials said.

Characters in the Pakistani version of Sesame Street, called Sim Sim Hamara, which is made in Lahore

US backers pull funding from Sim Sim Hamara - a Pakistani version of Sesame Street

Foreign aid agency ends theatre group deal amid allegations money is not being used appropriately

Ex-CIA man on assault charge

A former CIA contractor who caused an international incident when he shot dead two men in Pakistan last year has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting a man in a dispute over a parking spot outside a bagel shop in Colorado.

‘Agent Vinod’, starring the Indian actor Saif Ali Khan has had lukewarm reviews

You're not licensed to thrill: Pakistan bans new movie by Bollywood's James Bond

His name is Vinod ... Agent Vinod. He can shoot two pistols simultaneously while diving through the air, disarm nuclear weapons and drive sports cars at terrifying speeds through narrow streets without breaking sweat.

Lonely this winter: England enter a deserted stadium to bat in the First Test against Pakistan in Dubai last week

The Last Word: Test cricket running on empty

Dwindling crowds have put five-day game in crisis but Pakistan's revival offers some hope

IMRAN KHAN: Pakistan’s former cricket captain is the country’s most popular politician

Khan closer to leadership as big names join his party

The former cricketing legend Imran Khan took another stride closer to his ambition of becoming Pakistan's next leader after a fresh slew of prominent politicians joined his Movement for Justice Party.

Empty spaces, drifting lives: Night scene in Kreuzberg, Berlin

My Mother's Lover, By Urs Widmer, trans. Donal McLaughlin<br />The Shadow-Boxing Woman, By Inka Parei, trans. Katy Derbyshire<br />Summer Resort, By Esther Kinsky, trans. Martin Chalmers

When looking for an excellent translation of a work of fiction from Switzerland or Germany, a volume of philosophy from France, or narratives from the languages of the African continent, do your thoughts turn to Kolkata? Perhaps they should. Long regarded as a city of literature and learning, the metropolis by the Hooghly has another string to its erudite bow, still too well-kept a secret in Britain: Seagull Books.

Begum Nusrat Bhutto: First Lady of Pakistan who fought to keep her family together

Begum Nusrat Bhutto was the wife of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan between 1973 and 1977. She suffered not only his loss, when he was hanged in April 1979 by General Zia ul Haq, but the early deaths of both her sons and of her daughter Benazir, leaving only one child, a daughter, to survive her. The beautiful Iranian-born matriarch became a focus for Bhutto's supporters during his trial and after, and petitioned the country's Supreme Court against the imposition of martial law, but lived to see her children and grandchildren bitterly divided.

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