Solidarity on show as Monaco fans adopt Dortmund’s black and yellow

12 Apr

After Borussia Dortmund’s fans opened their doors to Monaco rivals stranded by a bomb attack that postponed their match, the visitors returned the solidarity gesture Wednesday decked out in the German squad’s black and yellow.All day Monaco fans piled …

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Clipper fatality report wants more support for race skippers

12 Apr

Organisers of the Clipper Round the World Race have been urged to give captains of competing yachts more support by a report commissioned after two sailors died during the event.Andrew Ashman, 49, from Kent, southeast England, suffered a fatal neck inj…

Aviation poised for ‘third revolution’: Airbus boss

12 Apr

The aerospace industry is on the brink of a “third revolution” and Airbus boss Tom Enders is determined his giant company will play a leading role in its future.”I do genuinely believe that we are at a point where those technological changes and breakt…

Steam train hits 100mph in UK in 50-year first

12 Apr

A steam train clocked 100 miles (161 kilometres) per hour on Britain’s mainline railway network for the first time in almost 50 years on Wednesday.Tornado, a Peppercorn-class A1 steam locomotive, reached the landmark speed during a test run aimed at pr…

Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria gas attack probe

12 Apr

Russia on Wednesday vetoed a UN resolution demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of a suspected chemical attack, blocking Security Council action against its ally for an eighth time.Britain, France and the United States had pu…

George, Henderson fined over clash by the NBA

12 Apr

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Philadelphia 76ers guard Gerald Henderson were fined $25,000 each by the NBA on Wednesday following their stormy on-court duel earlier this week.George was hit with a fine after lambasting the officiating in the P…

Brazil’s central bank cuts key rate to 11.25 percent

12 Apr

Brazil’s Central Bank cut the key interest rate by one percentage point on Wednesday in an accelerating strategy of trying to inject life into the floundering economy.This was the fifth straight cut, taking the key Selic rate to 11.25 percent.”The evid…

Boy among four killed in Venezuela riots: officials

12 Apr

A teenage boy was shot dead in renewed protests against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, one of four people killed in a week of unrest, officials said Wednesday.State prosecutors said a 13-year-old boy was one of two new victims in recent clashes….

Russia’s vetoes of UN resolutions on Syria

12 Apr

Russia, Syria’s top military ally, on Wednesday used its veto power for the eighth time at the UN Security Council to block action directed at its ally in Damascus since unrest erupted there in 2011.The draft UN resolution had demanded that the regime …

Van Niekerk to have shot at 200/400 world double

12 Apr

South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk will have the chance to emulate Michael Johnson’s feat of winning the 200 and 400 metres at the same World Championships following changes to the schedule for August’s edition in London.The first day of a two-day meetin…

Greece to probe suspected health scandals

12 Apr

Greece’s parliament on Wednesday voted to open an investigation into alleged health scandals going back two decades, involving bribes and inflated prices for medical equipment and medicine.A broad majority of 187 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament ap…

Trump says it is time to end Syria’s ‘brutal civil war’

12 Apr

US President Donald Trump told allies it was time to end Syria’s “brutal” civil war Wednesday, as he branded the country’s leader Bashar al-Assad a “butcher” and questioned Russia’s role in a suspected chemical attack.Trump, standing alongside NATO Sec…

Brazil’s mega corruption scandal: what we know

12 Apr

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered corruption probes against around 100 politicians, including at least eight government ministers and a third of the Senate.Here’s what we know so far:- What are they accused of? -The probes expand an existing investiga…

Trump says China is not manipulating currency

12 Apr

US President Donald Trump reversed himself Wednesday and said China is not manipulating its currency to gain a trade advantage.In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump appeared to lay to rest a simmering issue that threatened to erode relati…

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Broad accepts need to play waiting game

12 Apr

Stuart Broad has accepted the decision of the England and Wales Cricket Board to prevent him playing in Nottinghamshire’s second match of the new season even though he wanted to continue to appear for his county.Fast bowler Broad is a centrally contrac…

Griezmann gives Atletico Madrid slender Leicester lead

12 Apr

Antoine Griezmann’s penalty handed Atletico Madrid a slender 1-0 advantage over Leicester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.In a game of very few chances, Griezmann proved decisive as it was he who also won the …

UN chief names German to head UNDP

12 Apr

UN chief Antonio Guterres has named a German with extensive experience at the world organization, Achim Steiner, as the new administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Steiner, who previously served at the UN Environment Programme and headed t…

Egypt says Alexandria church suicide bomber identified

12 Apr

Egypt’s interior ministry said on Wednesday it had identified the suicide bomber behind a deadly attack at the weekend outside a church in the coastal city of Alexandria.The ministry said Mahmud Hassan Mubarak Abdullah had carried out the attack outsid…

US and Russia still far apart as Syria haunts talks

12 Apr

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin hosted US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Kremlin on Wednesday but the rival powers failed to bridge a deep gap of trust.In the wake of the meeting Russia then vetoed a US-backed resolution at the UN demanding …

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Ebdon edges into snooker World Championship

12 Apr

Former title-winner Peter Ebdon just did enough to gain a place in this year’s snooker World Championship with a 10-9 win over Michael Holt in the final qualifying round on Wednesday.The 2002 world champion prevailed in the all-English contest at Sheff…

Dutch panda mania as giant bears arrive from China

12 Apr

Two giant pandas arrived by plane at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport Wednesday after a marathon 8,000 kilometre journey from China, the first breeding pair on Dutch soil in three decades. Female panda Wu Wen (Beautiful Powerful Cloud) and her male compan…

Russia vetoes West’s Syria resolution at UN Security Council

12 Apr

Moscow has vetoed a draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council which demands that Damascus grant full access to UN inspectors at any military site in Syria, under the threat of military action. Read Full Article at RT.com

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British tests point to sarin use in Syria: ambassador

12 Apr

British scientists have analyzed samples from the site of a suspected chemical attack in Syria and concluded that sarin or a sarin-like substance was used, the British ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday.”The United Kingdom therefore shares…

Spanish professors arrested for ‘selling fake cancer drugs’

12 Apr

Five people, including two academics, have been detained by Spanish police on charges of fraud, after allegedly selling a fake cancer drug that had neither sales authorization nor any proven beneficial effects. Read Full Article at RT.com…

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Tesla investor group seeks to limit Musk sway on board

12 Apr

A group of Tesla shareholders has urged the electric-car maker to recruit two independent directors to add to the company’s board to limit the influence of co-founder and chief executive Elon Musk. The shareholders, who together manage $721 billion thr…

Monaco beat Dortmund 3-2 day after bus attack

12 Apr

Kylian Mbappe struck twice as Monaco claimed a 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday’s rescheduled Champions League quarter-final first leg, a day after a bomb attack on the German team bus led to the game’s postponement.Police ramped up security i…

Qualcomm to refund BlackBerry $815 mn in royalties

12 Apr

US mobile chip giant Qualcomm is to refund BlackBerry $814.9 million in royalties overpaid by the Canadian company, according to a tentative arbitration award announced on Wednesday.A final award expected to include interest and legal fees will be dete…

Astronomers piece together first image of black hole

12 Apr

After training a network of telescopes stretching from Hawaii to Antarctica to Spain at the heart of our galaxy for five nights running, astronomers said Wednesday they may have snapped the first-ever picture of a black hole.It will take months to deve…

Bull versus the girl: iconic NY statues at loggerheads

12 Apr

A battle is heating up between two iconic New York statues, the legendary “Charging Bull” and new kid on the block “Fearless Girl,” with gender equality, artistic integrity and copyright issues at stake.The Italian-American artist who created “Charging…

US and Russia struggle to overcome rifts in Moscow

12 Apr

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson battled to overcome differences with his Russian opposite number Wednesday, but they remained split over an alleged chemical attack in Syria after talks in Moscow. “Despite the quantity of existing problems… the…

Aussie prospect Humphries declares for NBA draft

12 Apr

Australian prospect Isaac Humphries declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, opting to skip his final two years at the University of Kentucky to pursue his dream of professional basketball.The 19-year-old 7ft (2.1m) tall power forward confirmed his pla…

No easy way for US to back military threats to Pyongyang

12 Apr

President Donald Trump is raising pressure on North Korea, touting the US naval “armada” he ordered to the troubled peninsula and promising America will “solve the problem” if China won’t help.He wants to stop Pyongyang from developing a long-range nuc…

Bangladesh hangs three Islamist extremists for UK envoy attack

12 Apr

Bangladesh hanged three Islamist extremists including the leader of a banned militant outfit on Wednesday, after they were sentenced to death over a 2004 grenade attack on the British ambassador.The explosion at a 14th century Sufi shrine in the northe…

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Noah faces shoulder surgery – Knicks

12 Apr

New York Knicks center Joakim Noah faces an extended period on the sidelines after failing to recover from a shoulder injury which requires surgery, the NBA team said Wednesday. A statement from the Knicks said Noah, who is serving a 20-game ban over a…

Russian 2016 Paralympic ban appeal rejected

12 Apr

Russia’s appeal against being banned from the 2016 Rio Paralympics due to widespread doping was rejected by the Swiss federal tribunal on Wednesday in the latest foiled legal challenge.”The appeal is dismissed,” said a statement by Switzerland’s highes…

Migrant rescuers accuse EU border agency of conspiracy

12 Apr

A Spanish group which has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean since 2016 accused the EU’s border control agency Frontex Wednesday of plotting to discredit private aid organisations in order to put off donors.Allegations by Frontex that donor-fu…