Wenger aims to silence critics with Euro push

11 May

There is nothing Arsene Wenger relishes more than confounding his doubters and the Arsenal manager will know on Saturday whether he has a strong chance of doing so once again.Wenger’s side travel to Stoke having boosted their chances of qualifying for …

Canada maintain perfect record at worlds

11 May

Titleholders Canada maintained their perfect record at the world ice hockey championships on Thursday sealing a late 3-2 win over tournament co-hosts France at a sold-out Paris-Bercy Arena.France had been riding high after beating world silver medallis…

Venues on show as Olympic officials inspect LA bid

11 May

Iconic venues from across Los Angeles’s sporting skyline took center stage on Thursday as a team of International Olympic Committee officials scrutinized the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics.Members of the IOC Evaluation Commission, visiting Los Angele…

Microsoft making mobile connection with Windows update

11 May

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a forthcoming Windows update aimed at keeping its desktop and laptop computers at the heart of lifestyles increasing reliant on smartphones.Enhancements to the widely used operating system to roll out later this year are …

Shakira plans new album this month

11 May

Shakira announced Thursday that she will release a new album later this month after the superstar sported a reggaeton sound on her first single.Shakira, one of the top-selling Latin artists of all time, told her nearly 45 million Twitter followers that…

Bailly off as Man Utd squeeze into Europa final

11 May

Manchester United survived a sizeable scare to reach their first Europa League final after a nervy 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo on Thursday completed a 2-1 aggregate victory.Marouane Fellaini’s 17th-minute header put United 2-0 up on aggregate, but Celta h…

Brazil calls off Zika emergency

11 May

Brazil’s government on Thursday declared an end to a national emergency over the Zika virus which was detected in the Latin American country late in 2015 before becoming a global concern.Brazil has informed the World Health Organization, citing “the de…

Microsoft aims at ‘mixed reality’ with new devices

11 May

Microsoft on Thursday debuted hardware for reaching into virtual worlds powered by its technology as it looked to “mixed reality” as the next big computing platform.An update coming to Windows 10 operating system later this year will “see the magic of …

Rod Rosenstein: a grey man in the American spotlight

11 May

The dramatic sacking of the FBI director has left a bespectacled 52-year-old most Americans have never heard of holding the credibility of the US justice system — and possibly even its democracy — in his hands.Rod Rosenstein, a man more used to beave…

NFL rejects Gordon’s reinstatement request

11 May

NFL officials have denied a reinstatement petition by Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who has not played since 2014 after banishment under the NFL substance-abuse policy, a league website report said on Thursday.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell re…

Design breakthrough kickstarts Dutch ocean clean-up plan

11 May

A Dutch inventor aiming to clean up vast ocean “garbage patches” of plastic Thursday unveiled a radical design breakthrough, enabling his ambitious project to start two years early.Boyan Slat’s innovative scheme seeks to use ocean currents to help gath…

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Myth busted: People smell as well as dogs

11 May

People’s sense of smell is just as sharp as those of rats and dogs, a US researcher said Thursday, calling for an end to a century-old “myth” to the contrary.Rutgers University neuroscientist John McGann reviewed research and historical writings he say…

World’s tallest building delayed to 2019: Saudi prince

11 May

The completion date for the world’s tallest tower has been pushed back to 2019, a Saudi Arabian billionaire said Thursday, almost six years after launching the record-breaking project.Jeddah Tower is to rise more than a kilometre (almost 3,300 feet), p…

Egypt cleric suspended, faces trial for non-Muslim remarks

11 May

An Egyptian Muslim cleric has been barred from preaching and is set to appear before a court for saying Christians and Jews followed corrupt religions and would not go to heaven.Salem Abdel Galil, a former religious endowments ministry official, had ma…

Penguins face Ottawa and Ducks meet Predators in NHL semis

11 May

Sparked by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the Pittsburgh Penguins continue their quest to become the NHL’s first back-to-back champions since 1998 when they meet Ottawa in the Stanley Cup playoff semi-finals.The Penguins host the Senators to open the be…

Father of Fatima ‘miracle’ boy recounts recovery

11 May

The father of a Brazilian boy who recovered at lightning speed after a serious fall on Thursday recounted what he called a “miracle” brought about by two child shepherds in Portugal’s Fatima.This reported miracle is what prompted the Church to decide t…

Uneasy compromise found for France’s ex-PM Valls

11 May

France’s embattled former prime minister Manuel Valls escaped fresh humiliation on Thursday, with president-elect Emmanuel Macron’s party saying it would not field a candidate against him in June’s general elections.Valls’ announcement Tuesday that he …

Tillerson hosts Arctic forum in shadow of Russia spat

11 May

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Alaska to play host to the eight nations of the Arctic Council on Thursday, trailed by burning questions about Russia and climate change.The policy forum for the countries of the great white north got underway in…

Miley Cyrus transforms anew with lo-fi ballad

11 May

Miley Cyrus, whose young career has already undergone marked transformations, on Thursday released a lo-fi rock ballad in a departure from her previous sound.”Malibu,” the first single of an album expected later this year, is driven by a lo-fi, jam-roc…

Dior to show cruise collection in Los Angeles

11 May

The glamour of France’s fashion industry hits Los Angeles Thursday as Dior lures a bevy of stars including Charlize Theron and Brie Larson to the Santa Monica mountains for its latest runway show.The couture house’s 2018 cruise collection presentation …

Trump says he was always going to fire FBI director

11 May

Donald Trump claimed Thursday he always intended to fire FBI director James Comey, undercutting the initial White House explanation that he acted on the recommendation of top justice officials.”I was going to fire him regardless of recommendations,” Tr…

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Toulon confirm All Black McAlister signing

11 May

New Zealand international fly-half Luke McAlister will join Toulon next season, the French Top 14 outfit confirmed on Thursday.The 33-year-old former Blues outside half will join on a one-year deal from Toulouse with an option for a second season.McAli…

Embattled Bardiani focused, says Andreetta

11 May

Italian Simone Andreetta said his embattled Bardiani team are focused on capping their controversy-hit Giro d’Italia with a stage win after he finished fourth in a sixth stage thriller on Thursday.Second division Bardiani, invited as one of four ‘wildc…

Hamilton seeks boost after Sochi blip

11 May

Lewis Hamilton is hopeful his Mercedes team have solved the performance problems that hit him at last month?s Russian Grand Prix.The three-time champion finished fourth behind triumphant team-mate Valtteri Bottas and both Ferraris in Sochi, leaving the…

Thoroughbreds lose out in ‘Ben Hur’ duel

11 May

Two thoroughbredspulling a Roman style chariot just lost out to a top racing driver in an unusual duel Thursday on the same piste used for the chariot race in the “Ben Hur” remake.Fabio Barone finally drove his “prancing horse” Ferrari to victory by a …

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Imam accused in Denmark of calling for murder of Jews

11 May

Denmark’s Jewish community has filed a complaint over an imam accused of calling for the murder of Jews in a case sparking political opprobrium, it emerged Thursday.Imam Mundhir Abdallah preaches in the working class Copenhagen suburb of Norrebro at th…