North Korea says Sunday missile launch was new type of rocket

14 May

North Korea’s latest missile launch was a successful test of a new type of rocket, Pyongyang’s state media reported Monday.Sunday’s launch was of a “newly-developed mid/long-range strategic ballistic rocket, Hwasong-12”, the official KCNA news agency s…

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Klopp urges Liverpool to stay focused over top four bid

14 May

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s 4-0 rout of West Ham proves they can cope with the pressure of fighting for Champions League qualification, but he warned his stars to guard against complacency.Liverpool’s destiny is in their own hands after a dominan…

NBA Warriors rally to stun Spurs in series opener

14 May

Stephen Curry scored 40 points and Kevin Durant 34 to power a stunning second-half comeback that lifted Golden State over San Antonio 113-111 Sunday in an NBA playoff thriller.The Spurs squandered a 25-point lead and might have lost star forward Kawhi …

Falcao fires Monaco to brink of French title

14 May

Radamel Falcao scored twice as Monaco strode to within a point of the Ligue 1 title after Sunday’s 4-0 home win over Lille left them on the verge of dethroning Paris Saint-Germain.The Colombian striker netted either side of a Bernardo Silva goal before…

Opposition in Venezuela in desperate plea to military

14 May

Venezuela’s opposition Sunday urged the armed forces to consider dialogue, despite its loyalty to embattled President Nicolas Maduro in the country’s deadly political crisis.”I am appealing to Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez to open the doors o…

Real Madrid, Barcelona set up final day title showdown

14 May

The fight for the La Liga title will go down to the last day of the season after Real Madrid and Barcelona beat Sevilla and Las Palmas respectively on Sunday to remain locked together on 87 points.Madrid remain in the driving seat after the European ch…

NBA Celtics robbed of time in loss to Wizards

14 May

An NBA report on the last two minutes of Boston’s game-six playoff loss at Washington said the Celtics should have had another second to make their last shot to win.The analysis of referee calls in the final two minutes said the Celtics should have had…

Jubilant Portugal celebrates first Eurovision victory

14 May

Jubilant Portugal on Sunday feted the country’s first ever Eurovision song contest victor Salvador Sobral, who suffers from a serious heart condition but triumphed with a melancholy ballad, with hundreds turning up to welcome him home.”When we are very…

Israel dismisses US concern over embassy move to Jerusalem

14 May

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday challenged US concerns over moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, in what Haaretz newspaper called his “first public dispute” with the Trump administration.US President Donald Trump had promised d…

Turkey-US: strained relations

14 May

From the 2003 US invasion of Iraq to Washington’s latest decision to arm Kurdish groups in Syria, relations between Turkey and the US have been tested repeatedly.The two NATO allies often have conflicting goals in the Middle East, and Ankara is now cul…

Nadal edges out Thiem for fifth Madrid Masters

14 May

Rafael Nadal’s flawless record on clay this season continued as he outgunned the impressive Dominic Thiem to win the Madrid Masters for a fifth time 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 on Sunday.The Spaniard is now 15-0 on his favoured surface this year having also picked…

Austria heads for snap elections

14 May

Austria’s new centre-right leader Sebastian Kurz called on Sunday for snap elections, heralding the imminent collapse of the ruling coalition after months of in-fighting.Setting up another nail-biting vote in Europe, that could see the populist far-rig…

Macron vows full backing for Paris 2024 bid

14 May

Emmanuel Macron promised full and enthusiastic support for Paris’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after his inauguration as French president on Sunday.As an International Olympic Committee (IOC) assessment team began a three-day bid inspection, Macr…

Injured Yankees closer Chapman out for month

14 May

New York Yankees star closing relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman was benched Sunday with left shoulder rotator cuff inflammation and could miss at least a month of the Major League Baseball season.Chapman will be shut down with no throwing for two weeks an…

Napoli rout piles pressure on Roma before Juve showdown

14 May

Spaniard Jose Callejon hit a brace as Napoli crushed Torino 5-0 to pile the pressure on Roma ahead of their potential Serie A title-decider with Juventus later Sunday.Juventus, now five points ahead of Napoli in second, require just a draw at the Stadi…

Vettel says Mercedes’ Bottas blocked him from victory

14 May

Sebastian Vettel said he felt he could have won Sunday?s Spanish Grand Prix if Mercedes had not used Valtteri Bottas to ?block? him and help Lewis Hamilton to victory.The series leader and four-time champion German was still smiling, but clearly frustr…

Kane sinks Manchester United in Tottenham’s Lane farewell

14 May

Homegrown hero Harry Kane scored Tottenham Hotspur’s last goal at White Hart Lane as they bade farewell to their home with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.Kane, born up the road in Chingford, added to Victor Wanyama’s early header to sec…

Palestine president in India ahead of Modi Israel trip

14 May

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas landed in New Delhi late Sunday for a three-day visit looking to strengthen ties with India ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic trip to Israel. Abbas arrived with a delegation for his third state visit…

Fatah leads local polls in West Bank cities

14 May

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party was ahead in most of the West Bank’s main cities after municipal elections that highlighted persistent divisions with its rival Hamas, results showed Sunday.Voting took place on Saturday only in the occu…

French president Macron’s top quotes at inauguration

14 May

Emmanuel Macron took over as French president on Sunday, promising to heal the country’s divisions and breathe new life into the European Union.

Here are quotes from his inauguration speech:

– On France –

“The time has come for France to meet the challenges of our time. The divisions and fractures that run through our society must be overcome, whether they be economic, social, political or moral.”

The first of two priorities is “to give back to the French people the confidence that has been flagging for too long.”

“I can assure you I didn’t think for a single second that (the confidence) was restored as if by magic on the evening of May 7 (the night of his election victory). It will be slow, demanding but essential work.”

“I will convince our compatriots that France’s power is not in decline, but that we are at the dawn of an extraordinary renaissance because we have all the qualities which will make, and do make, the great powers of the 21st century.”

– On Europe and the world –

“The world and Europe need France now more than ever and they need a strong France with a sense of its own destiny.”

“We need Europe and it will be reformed and relaunched because it protects us and allows us to project our values in the world.”

“The world needs what French men and women have always taught it: the audacity of freedom, the demand for equality and the desire for fraternity.”

– On his predecessors –

General Charles de Gaulle “restored France’s place among the nations of the world”.

Valery Giscard d’Estaing “helped France and French society enter the modern world”.

Francois Mitterrand “managed to reconcile the French dream and the European dream”.

Jacques Chirac “showed we are a country able to say no to those rushing to war”.

Nicolas Sarkozy “spared none of his energy to resolve the financial crisis which hit the world so violently”.

François Hollande helped bring about the Paris climate warming agreement “and protected the French people in a world hit by terrorism”.

Seven former winners among 33 Indy 500 entries

14 May

Defending champion Alexander Rossi and three-time winner Helio Castroneves are among seven former winners named Sunday as drivers of the 33 cars entered for the 101st Indianapolis 500.The IndyCar namesake classic, 200 laps around the 2.5-mile (4km) Ind…

Bottas surprised by engine failure

14 May

Valtteri Bottas expressed his surprise at an unexpected Mercedes engine failure that forced him to retire from Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, just two weeks after his maiden Formula One triumph.The Finn, who claimed victory in Russia, said he had no inkl…

Early strikes nudge Pakistan towards series win

14 May

Pakistan’s push for an historic series-clinching victory was aided by three wickets in the morning session with the West Indies reduced to 73 for four at lunch on the last day of the third and final Test at Windsor Park in Dominica on Sunday.Set an imp…

Scotland wants to be member of EU: Sturgeon

14 May

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday said she would want Scotland to be a European Union member but not adopt the euro if it ever became independent.But Sturgeon said it may have to be a “phased approach” and Scotland could initially join …

Quintana doubles up as Giro rivals suffer

14 May

Colombia’s Nairo Quintana soared to victory on a dramatic ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia Sunday that secured the race leader’s pink jersey and dented the victory hopes of several key rivals.Quintana, a two-time runner-up at the Tour de France who won…

Tunisia seeks UNESCO status for Jewish pilgrimage isle

14 May

Tunisia plans to seek UNESCO World Heritage status for the island of Djerba, site of Africa’s oldest synagogue and an annual Jewish pilgrimage, its culture minister said on Sunday.Speaking on the last day of the pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue, Moha…

Coutinho masterclass lifts Liverpool back to third

14 May

Philippe Coutinho fired Liverpool within touching distance of the Champions League as the Brazilian’s masterclass inspired a 4-0 demolition of West Ham on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s side took the lead when Coutinho’s sublime pass was converted by Daniel Stu…

Democrats maintain pressure on Trump over Comey firing

14 May

Democrats kept up the pressure on Donald Trump Sunday over his firing of FBI director James Comey, as members of both parties said the president must turn over any secret recordings of the two men’s conversations.Trump tweeted Friday that “James Comey …

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Worldwide ransomware cyberattacks: What we know

14 May

Computers in more than 150 countries have been hit by what experts are calling an unprecedented mass cyberattack using ransomware.Experts were scrambling to determine who was behind the attack, which exploited a security flaw in older versions of Micro…

Lost in translation: Russian TV cuts Putin mention from hit US show

14 May

Russia’s state-controlled Channel One is airing the hit US series “Fargo” with a twist: mentions of President Vladimir Putin have apparently been excised from the dubbed Russian translation.The channel, the most popular in Russia, is showing this month…

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New Zealand set Ireland 290 to win in ODI

14 May

New Zealand set Ireland a target of 290 to win the second match of the ODI tri-series in Dublin with Neil Broom top scoring for the Blackcaps with 79.Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss for the second successive match and although the wick…

Hamilton wins thrilling Spanish Grand Prix

14 May

Lewis Hamilton roared back into serious contention for a fourth drivers’ world title on Sunday when he drove to a well-judged victory for Mercedes in a dramatic Spanish Grand Prix.The three-time champion recovered after losing the lead from his 64th po…