Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, Istanbul’s best of enemies

For over a century, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce have been battling for football supremacy in Turkey's largest city Istanbul, in the world's only transcontinental derby.Watched by a voracious media and unforgiving fans, it's a game where losing simply ca...

Dream debut for Abbas as Windies limp to 71-4

Mohammad Abbas had a dream debut as Pakistan reduced the West Indies to 71 for four at lunch on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Friday.Sharing the new ball with Mohammad Amir after their captain,...

Ousted Fox host O’Reilly could get $25 mn

Former Fox anchor Bill O'Reilly will receive an exit payout of as much as $25 million after being ousted over sexual harassment allegations, according to American media reports.Fox did not confirm the sum, equal to about a year's salary for the populis...

Venezuela death toll soars to 20 in weeks of protests

The number of people killed in three weeks of street protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro soared to 20 on Friday after one of the deadliest nights of unrest in Caracas.Eleven people died -- some reportedly electrocuted while looting a b...

Israel targets Syria positions after Golan mortar fire

Israel's army said Friday it had targeted positions inside Syria in retaliation for mortar fire that struck the northern part of the Golan Heights."The Israeli army targeted the source of the fire," an army statement said without giving further details...

Consensus in G20 that protectionism ‘damaging’ for global economy

The Group of 20 major economies have reached a "broad consensus" that a continued rise in protectionism would be damaging to the global economy, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Friday."The general mood of the discussion was a broad agre...

Spanish king’s brother-in-law to appeal jail sentence

The Spanish king's brother-in-law, who was sentenced to over six years in jail for syphoning off millions in a case that shamed the royals, will appeal to the Supreme Court, judicial authorities said Friday.Inaki Urdangarin was one of seven who formall...

Trump meets freed US-Egyptian

President Donald Trump on Friday hosted a US-Egyptian charity worker in the White House who was freed after nearly three years in detention in Egypt on charges human rights groups denounced as "arbitrary."A Cairo court acquitted Aya Hijazi last weekend...

Hidden Michelangelo drawing goes on show in Rome

A newly-discovered drawing by Renaissance master Michelangelo, found during the restoration of his "Sacrifice of Isaac", is to go on show in Rome, along with another drawing found by restorers 30 years ago."The discovery of this drawing is a really lov...

RFU chief in favour of shortened rugby Six Nations

The chief executive of the Rugby Football Union insisted Friday the English game's governing body remained in favour of plans to reduce the duration of the Six Nations from seven weeks to six despite opposition from leading players.Harlequins prop Joe ...

Sky rider Thomas gets Giro boost with Alps win

Britain's Geraint Thomas gave himself and Team Sky a major boost ahead of the Giro d'Italia when he swept to victory at the Tour of the Alps on Friday.Thomas finished the five-stage race with a seven-second lead over France's Thibaut Pinot of the FDJ t...

Belgian linked to drugs, not Paris attack: prosecutors

A man questioned in Belgium after the Champs Elysees attack in Paris is wanted in a drugs case and has no link to the fatal shooting in France, Belgian prosecutors said Friday.French sources said Belgian police who searched the suspect's home in the po...

Tunisia beach massacre case set for April 28: court

The first public hearing into the June 2015 attack in the Tunisian resort of Sousse that killed 38 foreign tourists has been set for next week, the court said Friday."The trial on the attack at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel will begin on April 28," court ...

US judge orders VW to pay $2.8 bln criminal penalty

A US judge on Friday sentenced Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the diesel emissions cheating scandal, in line with a deal struck between the automaker and the US government.The district court judge in Detroit also placed the German...

UN chief holds first meeting with Trump

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday held a brief first meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House, ahead of a visit of Security Council ambassadors to Washington next week.Guterres, who took over from Ban Ki-moon ...

Hasty IS claim for Paris attack raises questions

The Islamic State group's rushed claim of responsibility for Thursday's Paris shooting suggests it wanted to heighten the attack's impact, but in its haste may have mixed up the attacker's identity.IS's initial claims of responsibility are usually rele...

French election: what you need to know

Nearly 47 million French voters go to the polls on Sunday in the first round of the country's presidential election.- Why is it important? -France is the EU's second-biggest economy and also one of the world's biggest military and diplomatic powers. Wi...

Saracens boss wary of Williams as Munster lose Murray

Saracens chief Mark McCall believes Munster's Duncan Williams is more than capable of making up for the absence of star scrum-half Conor Murray when the teams meet in a European Champions Cup semi-final in Dublin on Saturday.Murray was missing Friday f...