Light plane crash in Bosnia leaves five dead

13 May

Five people, including three children, were killed when a light plane crashed in southern Bosnia on Saturday, police said.The police were alerted at 3:50 pm (1550 GMT) “that a plane had crashed near Mostar. Five people were killed: the pilot, three chi…

Cavaliers, Warriors eye third NBA finals showdown in a row

13 May

Defending champion Cleveland and powerhouse Golden State enter Sunday’s start of the playoff semi-finals pushing toward an unprecedented third consecutive NBA Finals showdown, adding more sparks to an already historic rivalry.Golden State entertains Sa…

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile

13 May

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, the Seoul army said, the first since South Korea’s new president took power. The missile was launched from the country’s northwestern city of Kusong at around 5:30 am (2030 GMT) and flew about 700 k…

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Aussie Power captures Indy Grand Prix title

13 May

Australia’s Will Power captured his 30th career IndyCar victory on Saturday, winning the Grand Prix of Indianapolis by 5.2 seconds over New Zealand’s Scott Dixon for his first 2017 triumph.Pole-sitter Power led 61 of the 85 laps over the 14-turn, 2.439…

Swiss stun holders Canada at world ice hockey championships

13 May

Switzerland stunned two-time defending champions Canada with a 3-2 win after extra time in their Group B clash at the world ice hockey championships on Saturday.It was the first defeat for the Canadians who remain top of Group B with 13 points after fi…

Sacked South Sudan army chief returns to Juba

13 May

Sacked South Sudanese army chief Paul Malong, returned to the capital Juba on Saturday claiming he had been asked to return by the authorities and insisting that he’d never had any intention of rebelling.”If I want to rebel I can rebel here (in Juba)…..

Farrell receives Foley trophy as Europe’s rugby best

13 May

Owen Farrell became the inaugural winner of the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy for the European player of the year after guiding Saracens to a second successive Champions Cup title at Murrayfield on Saturday.England playmaker Farrell received the award …

Halep thanks Nastase after retaining Madrid tennis title

13 May

Simona Halep thanked under-fire Fed Cup coach Ilie Nastase after defending her Madrid Open title by edging out Kristina Mladenovic on Saturday in a thrilling near three-hour final 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2.The Romanian, who rises to fourth in the world ranki…

Pope ‘won’t judge’ Trump before hearing him out

13 May

Pope Francis said Saturday he was hopeful of finding common ground with US President Donald Trump at their upcoming Vatican meeting, despite the leaders being starkly at odds over issues from migration to climate change.”I have never judged anyone with…

China hosts summit on new Silk Road

13 May

China opens on Sunday a summit to promote its massive global trade infrastructure project, highlighting Beijing’s ambitions to spearhead a new era of globalisation as Washington shifts toward inward-looking policies.President Xi Jinping will host leade…

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Four civilians killed in Ukraine ahead of Eurovision: Kiev

13 May

A top Ukrainian official said on Saturday that “Russian occupying forces” had killed four civilians in the war-torn east just hours before the Eurovision Song Contest final kicked off in Kiev.The Kiev-appointed head of the conflict-riven Donetsk region…

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Tietjens drives Samoa into Blitzbokke quarter

13 May

Defending champions Samoa, coached by sevens guru Gordon Tietjens, set up a Cup quarter-final against series leaders South Africa after both finished undefeated on the first day of the World Rugby Sevens Series on Saturday.Samoa belied their current 13…

Deal reached to evacuate rebel-held Damascus district: SANA

13 May

Syria’s government has reached a deal with rebels in the Qabun neighbourhood of Damascus for the evacuation of opposition fighters, Syrian state media and a monitor said on Saturday.The deal comes after similar evacuations from neighbouring rebel-held …

Tunisians protest over corruption amnesty bill

13 May

More than 2,000 Tunisians protested Saturday in the capital against a bill that would allow officials being prosecuted for alleged corruption to be amnestied in exchange for reimbursing embezzled funds.”Corruption will not pass!” shouted demonstrators …

Dancing in the dark: New York club turns lights out

13 May

With flashy lights and lasers increasingly the norm at concerts, a New York promoter is trying a new effect to bring the focus back to the music — darkness.In an experiment Friday night, more than 300 electronic music fans surrendered their smartphone…

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From awkward to icy: Eight French presidential handovers

13 May

French President François Hollande will hand over power Sunday to President-elect Emmanuel Macron in a solemn ceremony full of tradition. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at notable incidents in the transfers of power over the past 60 years.

Goode seals Saracens back-to-back European Cups

13 May

Alex Goode struck the decisive blow as title-holders Saracens retained the European Champions Cup with a 28-17 win over Clermont in a dramatic final at Murrayfield on Saturday.The London club were just a point in front at 18-17 when the ex-England full…

Kings sink Sharks for historic triumph

13 May

Southern Kings defeated a fellow South African side for the first time in Super Rugby when they edged Coastal Sharks 35-32 Saturday after a thriller in Port Elizabeth. It was also the first time the Port Elizabeth outfit have won three consecutive matc…

Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks

13 May

A software that demands a ransom was the weapon of choice used in a wave of unprecedented global cyber attacks Friday that affected 130,000 systems in more than 100 countries. The attacks have raised questions about how this so-called ransomware works…

France’s Macron meets supporters ahead of inauguration

13 May

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron met party supporters Saturday on the eve of his inauguration and told candidates contesting key parliamentary elections next month that they had an “immense responsibility”.The 39-year-old, who beat far-right cand…

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Hunger and fear in Syria’s Tabqa after IS defeat

13 May

When Dalal Ahmad heard that the fighters who expelled the Islamic State group from the Syrian town of Tabqa were distributing food, she began to run, desperate for any scraps.After more than a month of heavy fighting, and a siege that left the city in …

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Windies hit back after Abbas five-wicket haul

13 May

Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas claimed his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket to trigger a West Indies first-innings collapse to 247 all out before lunch on the fourth day of the third and final Test at Windsor Park in Dominica on Saturday.However the t…

Izagirre dashes Italian hopes, Jungels defends pink

13 May

Spain’s Gorka Izagirre kept the hosts waiting for a win at the 100th Giro d’Italia after capturing a thrilling eighth stage victory on Saturday.Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels retained the race leader’s pink jersey with a six-second lead on Britain’s Geraint …

Pakistani, child killed in Saudi Shiite town gunfire

13 May

Saudi authorities blocked roads in a flashpoint Shiite town Saturday, residents said a day after security officials reported that gunmen killed a two-year-old boy and a Pakistani man.The gunfire targeted a redevelopment site in a neighbourhood of the S…

Robben hits Bayern’s winner in nine-goal thriller

13 May

Arjen Robben scored a superb solo goal in the 95th-minute to seal Bayern Munich’s dramatic 5-4 comeback win at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga’s electric top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.Carlo Ancelotti’s star-studded Bayern, who were already confirmed …

Superb Fekitoa try gives Highlanders victory

13 May

All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa scored a brilliant solo try to give Otago Highlanders of New Zealand a 17-10 win over Northern Bulls of South Africa in cold, wet Pretoria on Saturday.A cut-up pitch after heavy pre-match rain meant there was little ru…

Microsoft re-releases security update after cyberattacks

13 May

Microsoft has taken the unusual step of re-releasing security updates for some older versions of its Windows platforms to counter a massive global wave of cyber ransomware attacks.In a blog post, the US tech giant recalled that it had published an upda…

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Mahrez slip spares Manchester City, Swansea close on safety

13 May

Manchester City benefited from two strokes of fortune as they beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to close in on a Champions League qualifying berth.David Silva’s opener was awarded despite an apparent offside against Raheem Sterl…

Nadal crushes Djokovic to reach Madrid final

13 May

Rafael Nadal snapped a seven-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic in commanding fashion as he romped into the final of the Madrid Masters 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday.The Spaniard looks in ominous form with just over two weeks to go till the start of the…

EU could pay Brexit bill to Britain: Johnson

13 May

The European Union could end up paying a Brexit bill to Britain instead of the other way round, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told The Daily Telegraph in an interview on Saturday.

Asked if he believed that Britain might end up receiving a payment, Johnson replied: “I do, I think there are very good arguments”.

“There are assets that we share, that we have paid for over the years and there will need to be a proper computation of the value of those assets,” said Johnson, one of the leading lights in last year’s Brexit referendum campaign.

Johnson dismissed as “absurd” the various estimates for the exit fee that would have to be paid by Britain, which some reports have said could be as high as 100 billion euros ($109 billion).

“They are going to try to bleed this country white with their bill,” he said, threatening that Britain could “definitely” walk away from the negotiations without paying anything.

The payments that London must make to settle financial commitments made when it was a member are considered one of the most difficult Brexit issues and are a top priority for the talks.

A report in the Telegraph earlier this week said British officials estimated that Britain was entitled to £9 billion ($11.6 billion, 10.6 billion euros) in funds held by the European Investment Bank and £14 billion of other EU assets including property and cash.

Johnson also criticised the “shameful” leaking of details of a meeting in Downing Street last month between Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

“Brussels is ruthless in its negotiating techniques. They are going to play dirty. We have got to be very wary and intellectually very firm,” the former London mayor said.

Quoting the famous Eagles hit, he added: “Jean-Claude Juncker thinks it’s the Hotel California where you can check out but you can never leave. He is wrong.”

Tensions between Brussels and London have risen in the run-up to Britain’s general election on June 8, with the government accusing EU officials of “meddling” in the election campaign.

Cyberattack: major cyber attacks over the past 10 years

13 May

A huge range of organisations and companies around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack, described by the EU’s law enforcement agency as “unprecedented”.From “cyberwar” to “hacktivism”, here are some of the major cyberatt…

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More human bones recovered from sunken S. Korean ferry

13 May

More suspected human bones were recovered Saturday from South Korea’s sunken Sewol ferry, officials said Saturday, part of a search that began when the ship was salvaged in March.The 6,800-ton vessel sank off the country’s southwestern coast three year…

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Elaine Thompson blazes to year’s fastest 100m

13 May

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson clocked the fastest 100m of the season at the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday to bolster her claim as sprint favourite for this year’s world championships.One week after posting 2017’s quickest 200m at the Diamond L…