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Ahmed Ali Akbar discusses his perception of ‘Parizaad’ Season 2

Ahmed Ali Akbar, a renowned and talented Pakistani theatre, television and film actor, gained recognition through his hit Pakistani drama serials like “Guzarish” and “Yeh Raha Dil.” Fans adored his pairing with Yumna Zaidi in both dramas. He also starred in other notable dramas such as “Mera Yaar Mila De,” “Phir Wohi Muhabbat,” “Nazo,” “Paiwand,” “Tajdeed E Wafa,” “Dusri Bivi” and “Idiot.” Ahmed Ali Akbar’s popularity surged after the blockbuster drama serial “Parizaad” aired in July 2021. Following the success of “Parizaad,” Ahmed Ali Akbar appeared only in the drama serial “Idiot” and featured in the film “Gunjal,” both offering unique storylines. Discussing taking a long gap after the success of his blockbuster drama serial Parizaad, Ahmed Ali Akbar said, “Parizaad was inside of me, so deeply interwoven into who I am, I wanted to shed some of Parizaad before I could talk to people. It was a yearlong shoot, you become part of the character; the character becomes part of you, so! I wanted to take some time. I needed a break, I needed it”. Talking about Parizaad 2, Ahmed Ali Akbar said, “I remember Hashim Nadeem putting up a story on his official Instagram account. I also found out through his Instagram post. It is going to be tough to go back into it. I mean it’s only once I read it and I feel it. I will know if I want to dive back into it. And deep down inside, a part of me wants to go back and I am very curious to know what his life would be like, let’s see what Hashim Bhai is concocting in his mind, I am very curious, I have no idea”.

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Gigi reacts after Bella takes a break from modelling

Gigi Hadid is “so happy” for her sister Bella Hadid for prioritizing her mental health and well-being over her career after the latter announced break from modeling. According to Us Weekly, the supermodel, who is currently dating Bradley Cooper, “could not be more prouder” of her sister for “making the decision to step away from modelling.” “She knows it wasn’t a decision Bella took lightly, but something that will make her feel more fulfilled than ever,” the insider added of the Hadid sisters. Recently, in an interview with Allure, Bella opened up about taking a step back from modelling and finding authenticity in her new life with beau Adan Banuelos. The model talked about starting fresh as she focuses on prioritizing her joy and happiness almost 10 years after she stepped into the world of modelling. She said, “After 10 years of modelling, I realized I was putting so much energy and love and effort into something that, in the long run, wasn’t necessarily giving it back to me.” The insider went on to add that Gigi knows it’s a temporary break and Bella would make a return to the world of fashion. “Plus, she knows this is just a break and it’s more than likely Bella will return to modelling at some point,” they said. “Bella is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry and although it won’t be the same for a little while, Gigi is so happy for her little sister.”

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F1: Lewis Hamilton’s troubles continue with woeful sprint qualifying showing in Miami

Lewis Hamilton’s troubled season continued in Miami after he qualified only 12th for Saturday’s sprint race at the Hard Rock Stadium. As Max Verstappen put his Red Bull on pole position, Hamilton, who has so far failed to finish in the top six this season, grazed the wall as he was eliminated in Q2. Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell also failed to make it into the final phase, taking 11th place, on another disappointing afternoon for Mercedes in the Sunshine State. “I have got nothing,” said Hamilton over the radio following his premature exit from qualifying which determines the grid for Saturday’s 19-lap dash. The dejected seven-time world champion then shook his head as he departed his Mercedes. The Silver Arrows have brought a revised machine to Florida, fast-tracking an upgraded floor originally due for the next round in Imola in a fortnight’s time. But the new package failed to reverse the fortunes of a team labouring in fourth place in the constructors’ standings. Team principal Toto Wolff put his forehead in his hands after seeing both drivers fail to make it out of Q2. Verstappen is on course to waltz to his fourth world championship in as many years and the Dutchman put the team’s off-track troubles to one side – after designer Adrian Newey announced he is leaving Red Bull at the end of the year – to take spot. Charles Leclerc qualified second for Ferrari with Sergio Perez third and Daniel Ricciardo fourth for RB. However, Verstappen, who appeared to be struggling with the handling of his all-conquering Red Bull machine, was surprised he had managed to see off his rivals. “Lol,” he said over the radio after edging out Leclerc by 0.108 seconds. “What happened to the others? This was terrible but I will take it.” Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz qualified fifth, with Oscar Piastri sixth for McLaren. Lando Norris could manage only ninth after he finished eight tenths off the pace.

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Douglas Luiz keen to keep taking penalties despite miss against Olympiacos

Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz has vowed to stay on penalty-taking duties despite his costly miss in Thursday’s Europa League Conference semi-final first-leg defeat to Olympiacos. Villa’s hopes of reaching a first European final since 1982 are hanging by a thread after a damaging 4-2 loss at Villa Park on Thursday night. It should have been a one-goal deficit they have to overturn in Athens next week, but Luiz saw his late spot-kick hit the post. The Brazil midfielder, who also gave away a penalty after raising his arm at a corner, has been reliable from the spot this season and will carry on stepping up if needed. “Yes, of course. I am confident. I have scored, I think, six penalties,” said Luiz, who apologised to Villa fans after the game. “This is the first I have missed but that is football. “I need to train with penalties and change my hand and then try to make things positive. “I was not very happy with my handball but I saw the picture and it was a clear penalty. “Then I missed the penalty as well. I am not happy today but I need to get my head up and really focus in the Premier League too.” Villa were uncharacteristically poor at the back but still created chances going forward, which gives Luiz hope they can turn the tie around next week. “Of course, the game is not over. We can come back strong,” he added. “I feel so sad because I think we played really well. We didn’t deserve to lose 4-2 but we have to try and change the result next week. “I think we played so good. The truth, my opinion, is we played so good. But we conceded four goals so we need to go next week, keep a clean sheet and score two goals.” While it was a bad night on the pitch for Villa, it was a good one off it as Tottenham’s defeat to Chelsea sent Unai Emery’s side another step closer to Champions League qualification. Villa could seal their place in the top four on Sunday if they beat Brighton and Spurs lose at Liverpool. “Today is good because Tottenham lost, so we are happy there,” Luiz said. “We need to train more.”

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England ‘on the verge’ of winning a major championship – Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola believes England are ready to take a leaf out of Manchester City’s book and achieve European success. Guardiola finally guided City to Champions League glory last season after a number of near misses in the preceding years. He feels Gareth Southgate’s national team have been following a similar trajectory and are now ready to take the top prize as they head to Euro 2024 this summer. The City manager said: “They are really good. It’s not just the talent of the strikers, it’s the whole package, the whole group and Gareth knows perfectly what he has to do. “So I have the feeling, everyone has the feeling, that the England national team, (from) the last events – the World Cup and European Championship – they make steps, they are on the verge, they are really close. They lost a final, got to a semi-final. “When you arrive at these stages every two years, it’s going to happen. It’s quite similar to us, we were close, and in the end we lifted it. “I see the reaction when they play European Cups or World Cups, people go crazy on the streets. They go crazy for the national team. “That proves how proud they are and, at the end of the day, as a football player, that is the best, your country is proud of what you are doing for your country, and the way you are playing, reaching the last stages. “Just believe it. If they believe it, they can do it. Believe it, believe it, they can do it.” City midfielder Phil Foden could have a key role to play for England after an outstanding season at club level. The 23-year-old’s performances were recognised as he was named the Football Writers’ Association men’s Player of the Year on Friday. Guardiola believes Foden, who has progressed through the club’s youth ranks to become one of their most important players, could go on to become one of City’s greatest ever. “This club has a long, long history,” said Guardiola at a press conference. “You can’t forget what happened with the players who played at Maine Road, like everyone knows. I think the club has been built with many, many top-quality players. “But I have the feeling if he continues his career until the end here, and continues that level, he can be one of the best, that’s for sure.” Foden is one of a strong squad that has consistently delivered and are now chasing a fourth successive Premier League title and second consecutive domestic double. Guardiola insists his impression of his players will not change even if they fall short this time. The Spaniard, whose side host Wolves on Saturday, said: “It’s not going to change at all my opinion, if we win or don’t win the title. “Of course we want it but we are fighting for something no team in this country has done ever – ever – so of course it’s a big challenge and we want it. “But (change) opinion? No chance. I love them so much.”

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Kyren Wilson takes commanding lead to close on Crucible final place

Kyren Wilson needs three more frames to reach a second World Snooker Championship final after opening up a 14-10 lead over David Gilbert. The pair were tied at 8-8 after the morning session but Wilson, the only seed left, won six of the eight frames in the evening to take a commanding lead. It would have been virtually game over had Gilbert not won the final frame with a break of 101, but he goes into Saturday’s final session as a big underdog, with the winner to face either Stuart Bingham or Jak Jones, who are locked together at 8-8. Wilson, a beaten finalist at the Crucible in 2020, took the opening frame of a seesaw morning session after a brilliant plant on a red helped him on his way to a break of 70 before Gilbert levelled it up at 5-5 by edging a scrappy 10th frame. Gilbert drew level again with a superb 129, and came from behind twice more to make it 7-7 and then 8-8 thanks to another century break. The pattern initially continued when the match resumed in the evening, with Wilson knocking in a break of 85 to take the lead once more before Gilbert responded. But from there Wilson took control, reeling off five frames in a row as costly misses from Gilbert hurt his chances. Wilson was making errors, too, but Gilbert was not able to make him pay through a series of scrappy frames, with the balls just not falling right for the frustrated 42-year-old. Earlier, Bingham clinched the final frame of a tense and cagey session to level his semi-final against Jones. Jones, who battled back from a nervy start and 3-0 down to finish Thursday night’s session level at 4-4, saw Bingham take Friday’s opening two frames. Bingham opened up a 6-4 advantage with scores of 70 and 107 – the first century of the match – with the latter break punishing a risky missed plant on a red by Jones. The Welsh qualifier was struggling to take his limited chances, but pulled it back to 6-5 with the help of a fluked pink before both players missed pots in the 12th frame. Jones missed a pink with the reds nicely spread, but Bingham failed to punish him by missing a black while at full stretch and the world number 44 drew level at 6-6. Bingham then fell behind for the first time in the match, losing a safety exchange before a score of 68 from Jones was enough to edge him 7-6 ahead. Both players agreed to a re-rack in the 14th frame after another scrappy safety battle, but neither could find fluency and 30 cagey minutes later Bingham made it 7-7. Jones edged ahead with a break of 69, but in the final frame of the session he gave away 49 points in fouls as Bingham levelled it up once again.

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Jets’ Aaron Rodgers will have ‘no restrictions’ from Achilles injury at this month’s OTAs, coach says

Saturday, May 11, will mark eight months since New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers ruptured his Achilles. When OTAs start nine days later, he will be a full-go. According to Jets head coach Robert Saleh, the four-time MVP will have “no restrictions” once the practices begin on May 20. “Once phase three hits, we’re not anticipating any restrictions from what we can and can’t do with him,” Saleh said Friday at rookie minicamp, via ESPN. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Phase three will be 10 practices in a four-week period when teams do 11-on-11 non-contact work. “The guy can still sling it,” Saleh said of Rodgers. “Obviously, he’s still working through his rehab, but there are no issues on the trajectory on which he’s going.” The news should come as no surprise, as Rodgers even returned to practice in November. On Dec. 1, the quarterback wasn’t worried about an early return at all. “My thing is: What’s the worst that can happen?” he told reporters at the time. “Something unfortunate again, and then you just slow the rehab down. I think by my own timetable that if you take the rehab slower and a little more deliberate — five months, six months max — is probably the length to get back to 100 percent if you really take it slow. So, in my opinion, there’s not, like, a downside to coming back and reinjuring it.” KNICKS FANS BOO SAQUON BARKLEY DURING GAME AGAINST 76ERS IN PHILLY, LEADING TO SOCIAL MEDIA RANT But the Jets’ losing continued, and everyone decided it didn’t make sense for him to get back on the field. Rodgers has said that if the Jets were in the playoff hunt by the time of his hopeful return date of Christmas Eve, he may have returned. New York acquired Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers last year after he spent 18 seasons there, but on the fourth play as a Jet, Rodgers was sacked by Buffalo Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd. Rodgers stood up, but sat down and rolled onto his back in what became an instant nightmare instead of what was supposed to be a party (the Jets did go on to win the game on a walk-off punt return for a touchdown in overtime). CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The Jets ultimately finished 7-10, missing out on the playoffs for a 13th straight season, the longest active playoff drought in professional sports. Follow Fox News Digital’s sports coverage on X, and subscribe to the Fox News Sports Huddle newsletter.

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Jewish orgs drop out of antisemitism meeting with Education Dept after surprise addition of left-wing groups

Several Jewish organizations pulled out of a high-level meeting with the Department of Education about antisemitism on campuses on Friday morning after finding out far-left groups were added at the last minute, Fox News Digital has confirmed. The groups, which “either did not participate in or dropped off the call,” the Jewish Insider reported, included the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of North America, Hillel International, the Orthodox Union, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The decision was made shortly before the 10 a.m. meeting between the Jewish groups and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, White House Domestic Policy Adviser Neera Tanden and other senior officials. According to Jewish Insider, government officials sent out a list of participating organizations only 20 minutes prior to the meeting, which “included a number of left-wing groups not usually included in White House convenings,” prompting the last-minute withdrawal. The morning meeting with the Department of Education continued as scheduled, but a separate meeting for the objecting organizations took place Friday afternoon. COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW EDITORS URGE SCHOOL TO CANCEL FINALS AFTER POLICE RAID LEFT STUDENTS ‘HIGHLY EMOTIONAL’ According to Jewish Insider, the mainstream Jewish organizations took particular issue with the invitation of the Diaspora Alliance, which is “closely aligned with the far-left Jewish activist group IfNotNow.” The group IfNotNow is an anti-Israel Jewish organization that has staged several protests to block highways. Its website accuses Israel of having an “apartheid system” and states that the Jewish nation “massacres Palestinians in Gaza.” IfNotNow also released a letter of support for the anti-Israel agitators at Columbia University and other New York colleges this week, calling them, “brave students [who] have spoken up in solidarity with Palestinians as they face a genocide in which our country and their universities are complicit.” “The groups who had requested the meeting found out at the last minute that the meeting was not going to proceed as planned,” one source told Jewish Insider. The meeting was originally set up last Friday when the groups – including the National Council of Jewish Women and the conservative Rabbinical Assembly – emailed Cardona seeking an audience with him to find ways to protect Jewish students amid the ongoing anti-Israel demonstrations on American college campuses. BIDEN RIPPED FOR DECRYING ‘ISLAMOPHOBIA’ AMID ANTISEMITIC CAMPUS PROTESTS: ‘YET ANOTHER EQUIVOCATION’ The Jewish organizations wanted to “discuss concrete actions the Department can take to support the restoration of order, compliance with civil rights laws and the protection of Jewish students,” the email obtained by Jewish Insider stated. The email also voiced their complaints that the Department had not taken actions proposed by these groups to protect students, adding, “and now we confront the current crisis.” Jewish Insider reported, “Representatives of the groups that pulled out were frustrated to see the inclusion of some progressive organizations that oppose the use of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, including T’ruah, the Nexus Leadership Project and Bend the Arc.” The IHRA’s definition of antisemitism was also the basis for the Antisemitism Awareness Act, which was recently passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. House of Representatives in order to crack down on antisemitism on campuses. However, many lawmakers and commentators have criticized the bill, claiming that basing anti-discrimination laws on the IHRA’s definition would result in crackdowns on free speech in America. A joint statement was released by the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of North America, Hillel International, the Orthodox Union, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the National Council of Jewish Women about the separate afternoon meeting. The groups said, “We directly raised our urgent concerns surrounding the current climate of antisemitism on campus and the lack thus far of effective response. In this moment of crisis, we asked the Department to be specific in their follow up and implementation of this week’s clear statement made by President Biden and to provide universities with a clear path to effective enforcement of that statement. By sharing specific recommendations, we urged the Administration to do more to protect Jewish students and the broader student community from intimidation, harassment, and violence.” The White House did not immediately reply to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

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Hope Hicks breaks down on witness stand, defends Trump and Melania’s relationship

Donald Trump’s former top aide Hope Hicks broke down on the witness stand Friday at his hush money trial, during testimony where she also defended the former president’s relationship with wife Melania. Hicks, 35 — former press secretary then top White House spokesperson to the ex-president — began crying after the first few questions by Emil Bove, a lawyer for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. During the emotional moment Hicks dabbed her eyes with a tissue as Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan offered her a short break, which she accepted. Althought it is not clear why she started to cry, Hicks had first become visibly flustered at the end of questioning by the prosecution, while answering questions about the $130,000 payment to porn star Stromy Daniels which is at the center of the trial. She had testified she thought Trump thought felt “it was better to be dealing” with the situation in 2018 than before the 2016 presidential election. Hicks also choked up when she got back on the witness stand while recalling her time working for the Trump Organization. Hicks had been on the stand for roughly four hours displaying composure while prosecutors grilled her on her time working for the ex-president beginning in 2015 and ending in 2022 — which she said is the last time she saw him. Earlier, Hicks told jurors how Trump tried to ensure a Wall Street Journal article from Nov. 4, 2016 detailing allegations of an affair with Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal wouldn’t be seen by Melania. “He was concerned about the story. He was concerned how it would be viewed by his wife,” Hicks said. “And he wanted to make sure the newspapers weren’t delivered to his residence that morning.” Later, during follow-up by Bove, Hicks explained the reason Trump didn’t want Melania to see the McDougal article was because of how much he cares and respects her. “President Trump really values Mrs. Trump’s opinion and she doesn’t weigh in all the time but when she does it’s really meaningful to him,” Hicks said. “He really, really respects what she has to say. I think he was really concerned about what the perception of this would be and, yeah, I know that was weighing on him.” Hicks added Trump didn’t want anyone from his family to “be hurt” by stories that were “going on in his campaign.” Trump wished Melania a happy birthday from the courthouse last week while she was in Florida. She has not attended the first two weeks of trial. Hicks — a former teen model, who admitted to having no experience before coming onto Trump’s team — also took a jab at Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who is expected to be the star prosecution witness against his longtime boss. “He liked to call himself a fixer, or Mr. Fix It,” Hicks said. “It’s only because he first broke it so he could fix it,” she added, to chuckles from the courtroom. Earlier, Hicks laid out how Cohen was very involved in Trump’s media response denying the allegations of his affair with McDougal. She explained that Cohen “wasn’t supposed to be on the campaign in any official capacity,” but he tried to “insert himself” anyway. Cohen “wasn’t looped in on the day-to-day of campaign strategy” Hicks said of Cohen, adding he would go “rogue” and would do things that frustrated the campaign. Hicks’ testimony wrapped later Friday afternoon. Trump is on trial for allegedly falsifying business records to try to hide that he had Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 in the run-up to the 2016 election to keep her quiet about claims she had slept with Trump while he was married. He has pleaded not guilty to 43 charges of falsigying business records realted to the payment. He’s repeatedly attacked the trial as political motivated meant to interfere with his election bid. Leaving the court he railed against Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and the Department of Justice. “They’ve been after us for years — Democrats, the radical left — they’ve destroyed people’s lives. “It’s a shame what they’ve done to this country. … These are vicious, vicious radical left lunatics,” he added. The trial is set to resume with a new witness Monday morning.

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Ex-KKR official reveals reason behind Shahrukh Khan’s Wankhede outburst

After beating Mumbai Indians in May 2012 at their home ground, Kolkata Knight Riders’ co-owner Shah Rukh Khan was involved in an ugly spat with the security staff at Wankhede Stadium. It was the only and last time KKR beat MI at the stadium when they defended 140 on the back of a brilliant spell by Sunil Narine who took four crucial wickets, an Indian media outlet reported. However, Shah Rukh Khan got into an altercation with the security staff and was accused of abusing officials leading to a ban for five years from the stadium which was lifted three years later. While the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which administers the stadium, accused Khan of forcing his way to the ground after the match and manhandling guards after he was stopped, SRK said that his children were “physically manhandled in the name of security” by guards. Now after 12 years, former KKR director Joy Bhattacharjya said that Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan was verbally abused. “The last time KKR beat MI at the Wankhede, I was still a part of that dugout. It’s been a while, but today might just be the day!” Bhattacharjya wrote in a post on X. After a user claimed that KKR were cursed ever since the incident, Bhattacharjya reminded him that the team won the IPL the same year and then in 2014. While claiming that Shah Rukh Khan did not abuse anyone, he said that the actor’s daughter Suhana Khan was catcalled. “KKR won two championships after that incident. And he did not abuse, I was there. And the next time, stay calm when someone catcalls your young daughter,” he added.

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