Prince Harry suffered ‘total chaos’ over Diana’s death

16 Apr

Britain’s Prince Harry suffered “total chaos” before eventually seeking help to deal with the death of his mother Princess Diana, he said in an interview published Monday.Speaking to The Telegraph newspaper, the 32-year-old prince said he had spent yea…

What changes under Turkey’s new constitution

16 Apr

Turkey on Sunday narrowly voted in a historic referendum to approve a new constitution granting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers, according to almost complete results.Critics have long denounced the move as part of a grab by Erdogan for on…

British MPs call for Assad’s wife to lose citizenship

16 Apr

UK lawmakers are calling on the government to strip Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s wife of her British citizenship, for supporting her husband’s regime during the country’s ongoing war.The Liberal Democrats’ foreign affairs spokesman, MP Tom Brake,…

Dozens of children dead in Syria evacuees bombing

16 Apr

Nearly 70 children were among those killed when a suicide car bombing tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, a monitor said on Sunday.Saturday’s blast hit a convoy carrying residents from the northern towns o…

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Bottas sad over Hamilton free pass

16 Apr

A deflated Valtteri Bottas admitted that he felt very disappointed to be asked to let his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pass him during Sunday?s Bahrain Grand Prix.The 27-year-old Finn had started the race from his maiden pole position, but lack…

Sainz blamed for ‘dive bombing’ Stroll

16 Apr

Carlos Sainz was handed a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix after being blamed for the collision that took him and Lance Stroll out of the Bahrain race on Sunday.The Spaniard, of Toro Rosso, and the Canadian rookie, driving a Williams…

Latest “Furious” film opens strongly, especially overseas

16 Apr

Universal’s action thriller “The Fate of the Furious” hit the ground in super-high gear this weekend, taking in $100.2 million on North American screens while roaring to record global revenues of more than a half-billion dollars, industry analysts esti…

Hayle targets Boston Marathon repeat

16 Apr

Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa face daunting challenges on Monday as they seek repeat titles in the Boston Marathon.Hayle, defending the men’s crown he won last year in a time of 2hr 12min 45sec, will have to contend with eight other me…

Racing hold on to end Toulouse’s play-off hopes

16 Apr

French champions Racing 92 held on with just 13 players for a crucial 10-8 victory at Toulouse on Sunday that put them in the driving seat for a play-off spot.Racing had Samoan prop Viliamu Afatia sent-off and New Zealander front-row Ben Tameifuna yell…

Revenge for Mourinho as Man Utd stun Chelsea

16 Apr

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho masterminded a brilliant and unexpected 2-0 home victory over former club Chelsea on Sunday to breathe new life into the Premier League title race.Mourinho gambled by resting Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Marcus Rashfo…

IS attacked Iraq forces with chemical weapons: military

16 Apr

The Islamic State group used chemical weapons against Iraqi forces taking part in the operation to recapture Mosul, injuring some security personnel, the military said on Sunday.IS has periodically carried out attacks using chemical weapons, but both t…

Vettel wins Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of Hamilton

16 Apr

Sebastian Vettel moved into a clear lead in this year?s world championship on Sunday when he claimed a well-judged victory for Ferrari in the Bahrain Grand Prix for his second win of the season.The 29-year-old four-time champion came home seven seconds…

Child among seven migrant bodies found off Libya

16 Apr

The bodies of seven migrants, including a small boy, were found during the latest rescue operations off Libya, a Maltese NGO and the Italian coastguard said Sunday.”Imagine to carry an eight-year-old boy’s lifeless body into your house on Easter Sunday…

‘Angry’ Steve McClaren desperate for coaching comeback

16 Apr

Former England manager Steve McClaren cannot wait to return to football after saying on Sunday he was “really angry” at his sacking by Derby County for a second time.McClaren was dismissed by the English second-tier club last month, after going back to…

Trump hits back at tax protests, asks ‘who paid’ for rallies

16 Apr

US President Donald Trump on Sunday hit back at nationwide protests calling for him to release his tax returns, questioning “who paid for” the “small” rallies.”Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is…

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ETA launches internal debate after disarmament move

16 Apr

The Basque separatist group ETA said on Sunday it would consult its members on “future decisions” following its unilateral disarmament, a Basque newspaper reported.In a statement issued on Basque “homeland day,” ETA said it had entered a phase in which…

Mother, daughter die in grisly Czech sauna accident

16 Apr

Two women died in a sauna in the northern Czech Republic after the door handle came off, trapping them inside, police said Sunday.”The mother and daughter aged 65 and 45 were taking a sauna at their friends’ place in a garden colony,” police spokeswoma…

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Firmino lifts Liverpool back to third at West Brom

16 Apr

Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool to a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday that moved Jurgen Klopp’s men back into third place in the Premier League.Firmino settled a scrappy game with a close-range header in first half stoppage-time to condemn…

Plenty on the line in Monte Carlo for Murray, Djokovic

16 Apr

The top two players in the world, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, both have something to prove as the pair return to the tour from injury to play this week’s Monte Carlo Masters.Both have been struggling with elbow injuries, but world number one Murray…

Chelsea without Courtois at United, Ibrahimovic benched

16 Apr

Chelsea received a setback ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United at Old Trafford when goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was forced to withdraw from their squad through injury.The Belgium international, who is reported to have suffered an ankle in…

Lady Gaga, sensual and acrobatic, debuts song at Coachella

16 Apr

Lady Gaga debuted a R&B-tinged love song Saturday as she headlined the Coachella festival, where the pop diva cast herself as sensual rather than sensational.

The first woman in a decade to top the lineup at the premier music event, Lady Gaga unleashed an action-packed spectacle of acrobatic choreography that culminated in confetti, fireballs and fireworks on her dance anthem “Bad Romance.”

Gaga seized upon the spotlight to introduce a new song, “The Cure,” that is built off an unadorned R&B rhythm before rising into a pop chorus with the lines, “If I can’t find the cure, I’ll fix you with my love.”

She released the song commercially as she left Coachella in the California desert, marking her first new music since her latest album “Joanne” came out in October.

Coachella offered a preview of the global tour the pop superstar will launch in August for “Joanne,” an album that brought a more classic pop and even country sound to the 31-year-old artist long associated with synthpop.

Gaga made clear at Coachella that her old spirit remained undiminished. On “John Wayne,” one of her most country-driven songs in which she admits an attraction to rugged masculinity, Gaga paradoxically sang astride a human pyramid of her sweaty, topless and ethnically diverse crew of male dancers.

Sensuality oozed throughout Gaga’s set. She beckoned one dancer by grabbing his jeans in the waist, as both male and female dancers rubbed her leotard-clad body seductively.

“Have you all found someone you want to sleep with yet?” she teasingly asked the 100,000-strong crowd, most of them young and many of them clad only in the bare minimum of clothing after a long day in the sun.

Yet for a singer once talked about as much for her outrageous outfits as her songs, she stepped back and put the emphasis on her music — giving herself space to show off her glowing, rich voice on tracks such as “The Edge of Glory.”

Her biggest fashion message may have come as she played piano. She struggled to take off her sweater mid-song, in an endearing display of authenticity.

– Surprise guests –

Lady Gaga played her first Coachella after original headliner Beyonce canceled on doctors’ orders as she expects twins.

One of the most lucrative events on the global cultural calendar, Coachella takes place over back-to-back three-day weekends with identical lineups.

In a Coachella hallmark, Saturday saw a slew of surprise performers — delighting fans who avidly posted to social media.

The rapper Future, who recently made history with back-to-back albums debuting at number one on the US chart, drew cheers when he brought to stage Migos, the Atlanta trio behind the hit “Bad and Boujee.”

But an even bigger name soon came on — rap superstar Drake, a sometime collaborator with Future, who turned the crowd into a sea of waving arms as he performed his hit “Fake Love.”

Migos then crossed the lawn to make a cameo with DJ Snake, the successful but largely behind-the-scenes force behind mega-hits such as “Lean On.”

The French DJ pulled off a second surprise as Lauryn Hill walked on, singing the Fugees emblematic song “Killing Me Softly.”

– Non-Gaga fashion –

Bon Iver, once a crowd favorite with indie folk tunes such as “Skinny Love,” brought to stage the band’s turn into deep experimentation in a set of loop effects and references to numerological riddles from its latest album, “22, A Million.”

Frontman Justin Vernon performed in headphones at a soundboard but by the end of the set brought the crowd into a frenzy as he knelt before his sound pedals and clamped aggressively onto his electric guitar’s bridge as abstract images flashed on screen.

While Lady Gaga toned down her outfits, one artist who embraced costumes was Roisin Murphy. The Irish trip-hop singer took the stage with her face covered by a mask made of interjoined dolls and later carried over her head a faceless, zebra-colored dummy.

If Coachella handed out fashion awards, one could also go to frontman Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest, the prolific indie rockers with a unique talent to work songs down to quiet and back up to intensity.

The 24-year-old Toledo, long pictured as a scraggly younger, donned a tight, sky-blue suit with a black shirt and necktie.

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Fugitive Mexican ex-governor arrested in Guatemala

16 Apr

A fugitive former governor of Mexico’s Veracruz state suspected of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars has been detained in Guatemala after six months on the run, officials said Saturday.Javier Duarte was arrested arond 8:00 pm at the reception …

Court acquits US-Egyptian in charity abuse case

16 Apr

A court in Cairo on Sunday acquitted a US-Egyptian charity worker imprisoned for nearly three years in a case that drew alarm from Washington and international rights groups.Supporters broke into applause as the judge announced that Aya Hejazi, her hus…

Melenchon, France’s ‘unbowed’ hard left candidate

16 Apr

Jean-Luc Melenchon, a fiery Communist-backed eurosceptic vowing to return “power to the people” as France’s next president, says he has mellowed after years spent giving the establishment a tongue-lashing.”I’m less of a hothead,” said the bespectacled …

Five ways the referendum could change Turkey

16 Apr

Turkey was voting on Sunday in a referendum on expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But the outcome could more broadly influence all aspects of the country’s future.Coming 94 years after the foundation of modern Turkey by …

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Taiwan’s Tai beats Marin to win Singapore Open

16 Apr

Tai Tzu Ying cemented her status as the world?s top female shuttler as she beat reigning Olympic champion and world number two Carolina Marin in straight games at the Singapore Open on Sunday.World number one Tai took just 38 minutes to seal a clinical…

Turkey’s Kurds vote in key referendum battleground

16 Apr

Hoping above all for peace after months of violence as well as fair representation, Turkey’s Kurds on Sunday voted in a key referendum whether to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. Turkey’s Kurdish minority — estimated to make-up around a…

French presidential hopefuls battle for votes with a week to go

16 Apr

A week before France’s high-stakes presidential election, the four top candidates began a final push Sunday to woo undecided voters who will determine the outcome of the tight race between the hard left, centre, right and far right.On April 23, the Fre…

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Ibrahimovic says drained by Man Utd fixture pile-up

16 Apr

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he is feeling the effects of being Manchester United’s main man in a hectic first season at Old Trafford. Ibrahimovic has already made 44 appearances and scored 28 goals as United reached the latter stages of three cup c…