Djokovic seeks answers after decline and fall

Just 12 months ago, Novak Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon with the world at his feet, but he returns to the All England Club with his career in crisis after an astonishing fall from grace.Having finally succeeded in his quest to win the French Open last …

June 28, 2017

Nigerian widows seek to sue Shell in Dutch courts

Four Nigerian women are taking legal action in the Dutch courts against Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell accusing it of complicity in the 1990s executions of their husbands by the Nigerian military, Amnesty International said Thursday.The civil case has bee…

June 28, 2017

UN agency rescues 600 migrants in Sahara, 51 missing, presumed dead

The International Organization for Migration has launched a new initiative aimed at rescuing migrants as they traverse the harsh desert terrain of central North Africa, aimed at assisting highly endangered people struggling to reach the L…

June 28, 2017

Golf: Thomas feels like he has another major 63 in him

Justin Thomas, who joined two of golf’s most exclusive clubs this year by shooting 59 in a PGA event and 63 in a major, insists more low rounds are coming.The 24-year-old American fired a nine-under par 63 in the third round of the US Open two weeks ag…

June 28, 2017

World Bank raises $500 mn with ‘pandemic bonds’

The World Bank raised $500 million to finance rapid response to disease outbreaks, including through sale of its first-ever “pandemic bonds,” the bank announced Wednesday.Drawing on the slow response to the 2013 Ebola outbreak in Africa in which thousa…

June 28, 2017

US Open contenders face tough test as British Open looms

Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler contended for the US Open title two weeks ago and face another formidable test at this week’s US PGA National ahead of July’s British Open.The 7,107-yard, par-70 TPC Potomac layout in suburban Washington has been renovat…

June 28, 2017

US Fed approves large bank investor payout plans

The Federal Reserve gave the green light on Wednesday to plans by all 34 large banks seeking to provide big payouts to shareholders after the firms passed the annual stress tests.It is the first time since the tests were instituted in 2009 the Fed did…

June 28, 2017

Oscar Perez: Venezuela action man in chopper ‘coup’

An elite cop-turned-film star became the man of the hour Wednesday in the disaster movie that is Venezuela’s political crisis.With his tan and muscles, 36-year-old Oscar Perez may seem to have more in common with action fantasy idols like Vin Diesel th…

June 28, 2017

Bravo is Chile’s hero in Confed Cup shoot-out win

Claudio Bravo was Chile’s hero on Wednesday as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.The Manchester City goalkeeper saved all three penalties from Portugal’s Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani, while …

June 28, 2017

McEnroe regrets Serena ‘No. 700 on men’s tour’ remark

John McEnroe said Wednesday he would have been better off never trying to compare Serena Williams to men’s tennis players after the furor over his remark that she would rank “like 700 in the world”.Three days after his comments to National Public Radio…

June 28, 2017

Players praise Tiger for getting help, await return

Tiger Woods won’t be hosting this week’s PGA National tournament as he continues treatment to manage medications following an impaired driving arrest, and players on Wednesday praised his commitment to getting better.”It’s really cool to see what he’s …

June 28, 2017

Israel forces hit Syria army after new stray fire

Israel hit a Syrian regime position on Wednesday night after stray mortar fire from the war-torn country struck the occupied Golan Heights, in the third such exchange within a week.A military spokeswoman said a mortar round had hit open ground in the I…

June 28, 2017

WorldPride festivities kicks off in Madrid

Thousands of revellers, many draped in rainbow flags, packed a Madrid square on Wednesday for the official launch of WorldPride festivities, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay and transgender rights.”We want to shout to the world our joy o…

June 28, 2017

Sunnier weather accelerating Greenland’s ice melt: study

Sunnier weather is significantly accelerating the melting of Greenland’s glaciers, exacerbating the effects of rising global temperatures, according to a British study.For the past 20 years, a marked decrease in cloud cover over Greenland during the su…

June 28, 2017