Actor Kit Harington, who played Jon Snow on the hit HBO show Game of Thrones has sparked rumours of his characters' return after he was seen sporting Jon Snow's iconic locks at Wimbledon.

    Back in January, Harington -- who had revealed that he is contractually obligated to keep his hair long for the duration of the show -- appeared, with shorter hair at the premiere of his movie Testament of Youth. The fact that he has now grown his hair back has sparked speculation that he will reprise his role as Jon on the fantasy drama series, reports aceshowbiz.com.

    Jon was last seen bleeding out after he was betrayed and stabbed in the fifth season finale.

    Addressing his character's fate on the show, Harington said in June: "I'm quite dead. It's over for Jon Snow - at the very least, he gets to join his family and kin and leave this terrible world behind."

    However, his co-star Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, believes there is a chance that Jon would return to the upcoming season six.

    "There are some helpful people there, who could bring Jon back to life. If I had to bet, I would say it's a 50/50 chance," she said in an interview.

US looking forward to timely, free and fair elections in Pak

  • PTI, Washington
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  • Updated: Mar 23, 2013 08:32 IST

The United States is looking forward to timely, free and fair elections in Pakistan, a State Department official said on Thursday, after the announcement of the schedule of the national elections in Islamabad.

"We do understand that Pakistan has announced the date for the National Assembly elections of May 11th. We look forward to timely, free and fair elections that are going to result in the first civilian democratic transition of power in Pakistan's history," said Victoria Nuland spokesperson of the State Department.

"We obviously will look to the government of Pakistan with regard to any help or support they might need," she said when asked if the US would be sending any observers for the elections" she said.

"It is up to the people of Pakistan to decide who their representatives should be according to their democratic process," Nuland said when asked about the participation of the former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, in the coming elections.

"The US has a number of ongoing programs that support elections, clean, fair elections, in Pakistan," she said.

"We provide support through local organizations to encourage voter participation among groups that have historically low turnout, such as women.

She said that the US also provides grants for two-way communication forums for citizens to discuss the election process. "We also fund training for poll workers," Nuland said.

"The total amount of that assistance is about $6.5 million, but to date we haven't had any requests from the government of Pakistan for concrete support for the election itself," she added.

According to another State Department spokesperson, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US government currently provides indirect non-partisan support to Pakistan's elections, just as we do in many parts of the world.

"The US has also funded training of polling officials and is providing support for domestic and international elections observers," the official said.

 

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