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KABUL, Afghanistan — Some of the children walked for two hours. Others paid about 30 cents for the bus ride. Some left home in their faded blue uniforms, backpacks and all, but skipped school rather than risk missing anything. Now they are here, at the Kabul International Cricket Ground, among a crowd of roughly 300 who are watching the final of a local league, with a $15,000 prize up for grabs. It is 75 degrees in the intense sun of early afternoon. Most of the older people in the crowd sit in the stands, in the shade of pop-up marquees. But not these children. They are pressed against the blue railing, their eyes intent above its spearlike tips, and just below the razor wire that is supposed to prevent anyone from entering the field. They are not just cricket fans — they are fanatics, commentator-mimics, encyclopedias of often-imagined trivia about their favorite players. And just curious, demanding children. For hours, they remain intent on every play, almost immediately returning to the railing each time they are chased up the stands by a Taser-carrying guard. Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE CRICKET Afghan Cricket Team Takes Aim at Bigger Stage MARCH 23, 2012 CRICKET The Trials and Triumphs of the Afghan Cricket Team FEB. 16, 2011 CRICKET Cricket Success Astonishes Even Afghans FEB. 16, 2010 Advertisement Continue reading the main story Many of the players in front of them are stars: celebrities propelled by the game from villages and dusty refugee camps to the highest national, and even international, stage. So when the fans demand, they oblige. This is the love they play for

KABUL, Afghanistan — Some of the children walked for two hours. Others paid about 30 cents for the bus ride. Some left home in their faded blue uniforms, backpacks and all, but skipped school rather than risk missing anything.

Now they are here, at the Kabul International Cricket Ground, among a crowd of roughly 300 who are watching the final of a local league, with a $15,000 prize up for grabs. It is 75 degrees in the intense sun of early afternoon.

Most of the older people in the crowd sit in the stands, in the shade of pop-up marquees. But not these children. They are pressed against the blue railing, their eyes intent above its spearlike tips, and just below the razor wire that is supposed to prevent anyone from entering the field.

They are not just cricket fans — they are fanatics, commentator-mimics, encyclopedias of often-imagined trivia about their favorite players. And just curious, demanding children. For hours, they remain intent on every play, almost immediately returning to the railing each time they are chased up the stands by a Taser-carrying guard.

Continue reading the main story

Many of the players in front of them are stars: celebrities propelled by the game from villages and dusty refugee camps to the highest national, and even international, stage. So when the fans demand, they oblige. This is the love they play for

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Ayesha Takia, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra: List of Bollywood actresses ‘Before and After’ plastic surgery pictures are quite shocking!

Plastic surgery is that word which must not be named (you clearly are not a Potter fan to not understand) in Bollywood. The latest to join the brigade of actresses undergoing the knife is Ayesha Takia, yes, Salman Khan’s leading lady in 2010 film Wanted. The 30-year-old, mother of one, Ayesha shocked everyone with her drastic transformation. Ayesha Takia was known for her cute face, and pleasing features is unrecognisable in the pictures splashed all over the social media. Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a personal choice, but it is sad to see the female celebrities succumbing to the pressure of the downside of beauty standards. Ayesha is neither the first nor will be the last in the long list of actresses who opted for plastic surgery to enhance their beauty. From yesteryear stars like Sridevi to new-age divas like Kangana Ranaut, Anushka Sharma, Vaani Kapoor, everyone seems to be in a rush to get lip, nose, breast and god-knows-what job done. Obviously, some confess of the truth while majority chose to remain mum on the topic. Ayesha Takia, latest victim of plastic surgery gone wrong in Bollywood? Actress’ pictures post lip job keep Twitterati abuzz!

Justin Bieber India concert: Sorry singer enthralls India as Bollywood attends in large numbers. See pics, videos

Justin Bieber landed in India late on Tuesday, ahead of his maiden performance in India. And after weeks of rigorous preparation from the organisers in Mumbai, the DY Patil Stadium played host to over 45,000 people who had come from all across the country to be a part of this memorable show. Bieber’s concert was a part of his Purpose World Tour. His show was kicked off my artistes like Alan Walker, Sartek and Zaeden.

Bollywood came in large numbers too and occupied the VVIP box. From Alia Bhatt to Jacqueline Fernandez, Sridevi, Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover, Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan, and Arjun Rampal, were some of the stars from the big list of B-town celebs who attended the show. After performing for two hours, Bieber closed the show with “Baby” and thanked his fans in India. He said, “Thank you India. You have been great. I would like to come again!”

Prior to his act, Justin Bieber had also visited an orphanage in Mumbai.

Obama warned Trump against hiring Michael Flynn in Oval Office meeting

WASHINGTON – Former President Obama warned his successor Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as national security adviser because of his ties to Russian officials, officials in both camps said Monday.

The warning came just two days after the presidential election, during the incoming president’s meeting with Obama in the Oval Office on Nov. 10.

Despite Obama’s warnings, Trump appointed Flynn as national security adviser anyway – and dismissed him less than a month into his presidency, saying that Flynn misled the White House about his conversations with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump’s inauguration.

Though he did not comment in detail about the Oval Office meeting, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that Obama made it clear that “he wasn’t exactly a fan of Gen. Flynn’s.”

That “shouldn’t come as a surprise,” Spicer said, noting the outgoing president had fired Flynn as the head of the military’s intelligence unit. If Obama was so concerned, he should have suspended Flynn’s security clearance when he had the authority to do so, Spicer added.

A former aide to President Obama also confirmed the warning, first reported by NBC News.

Another Trump official who confirmed the warning also requested anonymity in order to discuss the private conversation between Obama and Trump, and because of the sensitivity of discussing Flynn, currently the subject of ongoing federal investigations over his contacts with Russians.

During the November meeting, that official said, Obama seemed aware of Flynn’s contacts with the Russians, including a 2015 trip to Moscow.