US urges China to take ‘action’ against North Korea

The United States will “put pressure” on China to take action against North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the US ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday, days before a high profile visit by China’s president.”The only country that can stop Nort…

April 2, 2017

Pakistan win toss, elect to field against Windies

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and put the West Indies in to bat in the closing fourth T20 International at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Sunday.Having completed a convincing seven-wicket win in the third match on Saturday to keep t…

April 2, 2017

Madrid open up five-point lead over Barcelona

Real Madrid moved five points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga despite a lacklustre performance as goals from Karim Benzema, Isco and Nacho secured a 3-0 win over Alaves on Sunday.Benzema volleyed home Dani Carvajal’s cutback for the opening go…

April 2, 2017

Ten-man Rennes frustrate misfiring Lyon

Firmin Mubele struck a fine late equaliser as Rennes held Lyon to a 1-1 draw in Ligue 1 on Sunday despite playing 85 minutes with 10 men.Ramy Bensebaini was sent off with just five minutes played at Roazhon Park after handling Sergi Darder’s goal-bound…

April 2, 2017

Stuttering Milan suffer European setback

AC Milan’s hopes of a return to European football next season suffered a setback Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Serie A’s bottom side Pescara.The dropped points left Vincenzo Montella’s squad in seventh place in the table, two places and f…

April 2, 2017

French Guiana protesters reject France’s €1 billion aid offer

A protest group that has led two weeks of general strikes in French Guiana has dismissed France’s offer of €1 billion to tackle persistent social problems as “unsatisfactory” and is instead demanding a “new status” for the overseas territory.

April 2, 2017

Putin, friend or foe? Russia looms over French election

Russia looms large over France’s presidential election, with candidates on the hard left, right and far right all promising to improve ties with the Kremlin, accused by some of meddling in the vote.As US authorities press their investigation into alleg…

April 2, 2017

Policeman killed in Kashmir hours after Modi visit

A grenade explosion killed a police officer and injured 10 other security personnel in Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday, police said, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the tense region.Suspected rebels lobbed a grenade at a group of…

April 2, 2017

Sindhu beats Marin to lift India Open badminton title

India’s PV Sindhu defeated top seed Carolina Marin of Spain in straight games to win the final match of the India Open badminton tournament in New Delhi on Sunday.Third seed Sindhu beat the Spaniard 21-19, 21-16 in a match that lasted 46 minutes at the…

April 2, 2017

Philippe Gilbert wins maiden Tour of Flanders

Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert carried his bike over the line above his head as he won the prestigious Tour of Flanders for the first time on Sunday with a remarkable solo breakaway.Gilbert, 34, attacked alone with 55km of the 261km race to go and h…

April 2, 2017

Tsipras says deal with creditors hinges on debt relief

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday that “significant steps” would be needed on reducing his country’s debt in order for Athens to finalize a long-delayed deal with its international creditors.”The deal’s closure and the vote on measures (d…

April 2, 2017

Critics of islands accord suffer blow in Egypt court

An Egyptian court ruled Sunday that a judicial decision to block the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia was invalid, lawyers said, in a blow for opponents of a handover.The urgent matters court in Cairo invalidated a verdict by Egypt’s hig…

April 2, 2017

Venter named Springboks defence coach

In a bid to rebuild from a disastrous 2016 South Africa appointed former centre Brendan Venter as defence coach on Sunday giving him two months to prepare for a three-Test home series against France in June. A South African Rugby statement said the …

April 2, 2017