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Pakistan police arrest Thai man trying to board plane with pistol

Authorities at Lahore airport in Pakistan arrested four men suspected of trying to smuggle a foil-wrapped pistol and bullets onto a flight to Thailand in hand luggage, security officials said on Thursday.

The men, all Thais who had been studying at a religious school in Pakistan, were trying to catch a flight on Monday night when they were intercepted, four officials said.

It was not clear why one of the four men was carrying the pistol and several bullets wrapped in foil, or if any of the men have militant links.


Rupert Murdoch set to step down as Fox CEO: CNBC

Rupert Murdoch will step down as chief executive of his media-entertainment conglomerate 21st Century Fox and hand the job to his son James, his news channel said Thursday.

Fox News confirmed the succession plan shortly after other media reports, starting with CNBC television.

The 84-year-old tycoon will remain executive chairman of the group with his other son Lachlan as co-chairman in the move.

No timetable was given, but CNBC said the change would take place later this year or in early 2016.


UN peacekeepers buy sex with cellphones, TVs: Report

UN peacekeepers routinely buy sex with everything from jewellery and TVs to shoes in countries where they are deployed, a draft UN report says, in the latest damning revelations tarnishing its operations.

A third of sexual abuse allegations targeting UN personnel involve children and teenagers under 18, according to the report by the Office of Internal Oversight Services, obtained by AFP on Thursday.

Interviews done with victims in Haiti and Liberia suggest that the United Nations is downplaying the scale of the problem by underreporting cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeeping personnel.


Football: Liverpool reject City's $50m bid for Raheem Sterling - reports

Liverpool have rejected Manchester City's £25 million (S$50 million) offer for unsettled England forward Raheem Sterling, according to reports on Thursday.

Sterling has told Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers he wants to leave Anfield to join a club who can offer him Champions League action next season and City have made the first move in what could prove a lengthy saga to settle his future.

But Liverpool are determined to keep hold of their most gifted youngster and have snubbed the approach for the 20-year-old, who has two years remaining on his current £35,000-a-week contract.


Oculus virtual reality Rift headsets set to ship in 2016

Facebook-owned Oculus on Thursday unveiled Rift virtual reality headsets that it will begin selling early next year.

Oculus showed off Rift along with a dazzling array of video games promised to be ready at launch, the exact date of which was not disclosed.

"In virtual reality, you are going to find yourself reminding your brain that this is not real," Oculus chief executive Brendan Iribe said during a media event at a studio space in San Francisco. "It is a paradigm change."


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