Mothers in Argentina march to remember, four decades on

30 Apr

The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo marked four decades Sunday of marching for accountability in the abductions of their kin by Argentina’s last dictatorship.”Stay alert, Stay alert; they’re alive … the ideals of the abducted” and presumed dead, thousan…

Matteo Renzi, a reformer ready to seize a second chance

30 Apr

Matteo Renzi, the former Italian premier who regained control of his centre-left ruling party on Sunday, appears ready to live up to his reputation as an ambitious leader trying to revamp Italy’s gridlocked political system.Nicknamed “Il Rottamatore” (…

Refugees-turned-language teachers learn new life

30 Apr

When Hadi Bakkour fled Syria’s civil war, he lost almost everything except one precious gift that gave him new life on the other side of the world: his language.Bakkour, 22, escaped Aleppo in 2014 for fear he’d be forced to serve in President Bashar al…

Balotelli strikes to give Monaco big helping hand

30 Apr

Mario Balotelli hit his 14th league goal of the season and Ricardo Pereira scored a cracker as Nice blew a big hole in Paris Saint Germain’s title defence with a 3-1 win on Sunday.PSG are chasing a third consecutive sweep of domestic honours but finish…

Trump set for first meeting with Palestinian president

30 Apr

US President Donald Trump meets Mahmud Abbas Wednesday for their first face-to-face talks, with the Palestinian leader hoping the billionaire businessman’s unpredictable approach can inject life into long-stalled peace efforts.Abbas makes the trip to W…

Metallica replaces cover band’s stolen gear

30 Apr

A Metallica cover band distraught after its equipment was stolen has been able to return to stage after a gift from surprise benefactors — the metal legends themselves.Blistered Earth, a four-piece band from Spokane, Washington that covers Metallica c…

Maduro welcomes papal interest in Venezuela mediation

30 Apr

President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday welcomed an offer by Pope Francis for Vatican mediation in crisis-torn Venezuela but opposition leaders rebuffed the overture.The pope’s call for a “negotiated solution” came in response to waves of protests by Venezu…

Millions see Pauwels wins Tour of Yorkshire

30 Apr

Serge Pauwels won the Tour of Yorkshire after hanging on to win Sunday’s final stage for the first title success of his career with police estimating a million fans turned up to watch.Pauwels, riding for Team Dimension Data, attacked on the second of f…

Nationals likely lose outfielder Eaton for season

30 Apr

Washington Nationals centerfielder Adam Eaton has suffered a torn left knee ligament and will likely miss the remainder of the Major League Baseball season, general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday.Eaton, obtained for three young pitchers in a December t…

Higgins shocks Selby with early lead in snooker world final

30 Apr

John Higgins upset the form book by surging into a four-frame lead against title-holder Mark Selby in the World Championship final on Sunday.Selby, bidding to win his third world title, found himself 6-2 down against four-time champion Higgins come the…

‘Furious 8’ charges ahead to outpace 3 new releases

30 Apr

Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” continued to dominate the North American box office over the weekend, easily fending off three newcomers at home while also passing the $1 billion mark worldwide, industry data showed Sunday.The eighth installment …

Strikes destroy seven hospitals in Syria’s Idlib: medics

30 Apr

Seven hospitals and clinics in northwestern Syria have been knocked out of action this month in air strikes by the regime or its ally Russia, medical sources said on Sunday.”In April, hospitals in the south of the province of Idlib were systematically …

Federer says he plans to play at French Open

30 Apr

Roger Federer, coming off victories at the Australian Open and ATP events in Miami and Indian Wells, said Saturday he plans to play in next month’s French Open.After defeating John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (9/7) in an exhibition at Seattle, Washington, to benefi…

Five memorable Sharapova quotes at Stuttgart comeback

30 Apr

Maria Sharapova made her controversial return from tennis this week at Stuttgart’s WTA tournament following her 15-month ban after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.The former world number one and five-time Grand Slam winner re…

Augsburg rout Hamburg in Bundesliga relegation battle

30 Apr

Augsburg climbed out of the Bundesliga relegation zone with a 4-0 hammering of Hamburg on Sunday as Turkey international Halil Altintop netted twice.Hamburg took Augsburg’s place in 16th after the away defeat as the hosts climb to 13th, giving themselv…

Trump vows to win ‘battles’ ahead, at home and abroad

30 Apr

After what he called a “very productive” first 100 days, President Donald Trump is vowing to roll out a new health plan and to completely renegotiate the NAFTA continental trade pact.His remarks, in a CBS interview broadcast Sunday, touched on daunting…

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Neuville pips Evans by 0.7sec for Argentina Rally win

30 Apr

Thierry Neuville of Hyundai dug deep to edge Ford’s long-time leader Elfyn Evans by just 0.7 seconds to win a thrilling Rally of Argentina on Sunday.It was a second consecutive rally win for the 28-year-old Belgian after his success in Corsica last tim…

Israel says 300 Palestinian inmates end hunger strike

30 Apr

An Israeli minister said Sunday that 300 Palestinians have agreed to end an almost two-week-old hunger strike launched in protest at the conditions of their detention.The Palestinians, for their part, said 1,500 prisoners were keeping up their fast in …

Milan slip-up hands Europa impetus to Inter

30 Apr

AC Milan suffered a second league setback since their takeover by a Chinese consortium to boost rivals Inter’s bid for one of two Europa League spots in Italy’s Serie A.Milan travelled to relegation-haunted Crotone looking to make up for a shock 2-1 Sa…

West Indies top order exposed again by Pakistan

30 Apr

West Indies’ vulnerable top-order batting was again exploited by Pakistan as the home team reached 72 for three at lunch after choosing to bat first on the opening day of the second Test at Kensington Oval on Sunday.Despite a surface that offered very …

Wild card Siegemund wins Stuttgart WTA title

30 Apr

Germany’s Laura Siegemund was the shock winner of Stuttgart’s WTA tournament on Sunday after her three-set win over France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the final.Siegemund, ranked 49th in the world and a wild card entry for the main draw, sealed a 6-1, 2-6…

McLaren ‘sad’, ‘bad’, dangerous to know for Alonso

30 Apr

Fernando Alonso said he felt “sad” and “bad” after yet another Honda power failure forced him out of Sunday?s Russian Grand Prix, this time before the race had started.”It’s sad, but (there?s) nothing I can do now,” said the two-time world champion who…

Red-hot Nadal wins 10th Barcelona Open

30 Apr

Rafael Nadal romped to his 10th Barcelona Open title on Sunday as he swept aside Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 for a 51st clay-court crown.The Spaniard has made the perfect start to the clay-court season and will aim for a 10th French Open next mont…

Trump says North Korea’s Kim is ‘a pretty smart cookie’

30 Apr

US President Donald Trump offered some backhanded praise for North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, calling him “a pretty smart cookie” in a television interview that aired Sunday.Trump’s almost admiring remarks came amid soaring tensions with North Korea ov…

New Hamas chief to be announced soon: officials

30 Apr

The new leadership of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas will be announced in the coming days, officials said Sunday, while it also prepared to unveil a new version of its charter.Ismail Haniya, until recently head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, said the…

Elon Musk teases future plans at TED talk

30 Apr

Elon Musk paused while chatting about his series of potentially world-changing endeavors to say he isn’t in it to provide salvation.It was during a talk on Friday at a prestigious TED Conference in Vancouver, where the tech entrepreneur was discussing …

German chancellor in Saudi for G20, cooperation talks

30 Apr

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Saudi King Salman on Sunday, state media said, as she began a visit focused on bilateral relations and preparations for the next G20 meeting.King Salman received Merkel in his palace in the western city of Jeddah, SP…

Qatar upholds rare death sentence in UK teacher’s murder

30 Apr

A Doha court on Sunday upheld the death penalty in the retrial of a Qatari man convicted of murdering a 24-year-old British female teacher.Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah al-Jabr was found guilty of stabbing Lauren Patterson and then burning her body in th…

Sri Lanka rescues 30 Rohingya aboard Indian boat

30 Apr

Sri Lanka’s coastguard Sunday detained an Indian boat which had illegally entered the island’s territorial waters and rescued 30 Rohingya refugees including 16 children who were on board, an official said.The dhow operated by two Indians had entered Sr…

France’s Pouille wins Budapest title

30 Apr

France’s Lucas Pouille won a second career title on Sunday when he beat Britain’s Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-1 in Budapest.The world number 14 lived up to his top seeding in the Hungarian capital as he dispatched the Slovenian-born Briton, 68th in the world, …

Sigurdsson dents United Champions League ambitions

30 Apr

A sublime free-kick by Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson gained Premier League strugglers Swansea a deserved point in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, dealing a blow to the latter’s Champions League hopes.Sigurdsson’s 10th goal of th…

Microsoft creates ‘Dubai Font’ typeface for the city

30 Apr

The Dubai government on Sunday announced the launch of “Dubai Font”, the first typeface developed by Microsoft for a city, which will be available in 23 languages.The font was developed simultaneously in Latin and Arabic script and is available to 100 …

Richie Porte wins Tour of Romandy

30 Apr

A powerful final day time-trial from Richie Porte saw the Australian BMC leader clinch the Tour of Romandy on Sunday by relegating Britain’s overnight leader Simon Yates into second.The 32-year-old Porte is only the second Australian to win the one wee…