Froome takes yellow as Aru wins Tour fifth stage

Fabio Aru emulated compatriot Vincenzo Nibali in winning the fifth stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday as reigning champion Chris Froome took over the race lead.Italian Aru won the 160.5km stage that finished on the La Planche des Belles Filles cl…

July 5, 2017

Root ‘excited’ to lead England at last against S. Africa

Joe Root says he feels excited by the prospect of finally leading England in a Test on the eve of the South Africa series opener at Lord’s.Months of waiting will come to an end on Thursday for the 26-year-old Yorkshire batsman, who was named as Alastai…

July 5, 2017

Iraq forces battle IS in Mosul after PM fetes ‘victory’

Iraqi forces battled the last Islamic State group holdouts in Mosul on Wednesday, a day after the country’s premier feted the “major victory” over the jihadists in the northern city.In neighbouring Syria, US-backed forces gained ground after air strike…

July 5, 2017

Child in Germany brings WWII bomb into kindergarten

A child in Germany sparked the evacuation of a kindergarten Wednesday by unearthing a World War II bomb and bringing it back to the classroom, police said.The youngster “found an incendiary bomb on a walk in the woods and carried it into the kindergart…

July 5, 2017

FARC dissidents release UN hostage in Colombia

Dissident FARC rebels in Colombia have released unharmed a UN official whom they kidnapped in May, officials said on Wednesday.”We are very grateful for the decision to release him unharmed. He is in good health,” said the director of the UN Informatio…

July 5, 2017

Azarenka marches on at Wimbledon as Murray, Nadal wait

New mum Victoria Azarenka continued her comeback bid for Wimbledon glory on Wednesday as Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams attempted to join her in the third round.Former world number one Azarenka, playing her first Grand Slam tournament sin…

July 5, 2017

N. Korea’s 1st ICBM launch shown on state TV (VIDEO)

A video of the launch of what North Korea claims is its first intercontinental ballistic missile has been aired on state TV. On Tuesday, Pyongyang launched the Hwasong-14 ICBM, which reportedly flew 933km in 39 minutes, reaching an altitu…

July 5, 2017

US stocks pressured by weak oil shares

Petroleum-linked shares tumbled early Wednesday, on lower oil prices, pressuring US stocks, while some big technology shares were modestly positive.

ExxonMobil and Chevron were among the biggest losers in the Dow as oil prices slid on worries about higher output from members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

But large technology companies including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft advanced modestly. Tech shares have been volatile for the last several weeks, with some analysts describing a rotation to disfavored sectors from after the Nasdaq surged to a series of records this spring.

About 20 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.2 percent at 21,441.82.

The broad-based S&P 500 lost 0.1 percent at 2,425.92, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index was flat at 6,111.05.

US markets were closed Tuesday for the Independence Day holiday.

Key events this week include the release of Federal Reserve meeting minutes, which are expected to shed light on the US central bank’s thinking on raising interest rates further and Friday’s release of the June employment report, expected to show an addition of 173,000 jobs.

July 5, 2017

Music streaming keeps booming in US in 2017

The boom in streaming shows no signs of slowing down in the United States, with music consumption soaring nearly 10 percent so far this year, an analytical firm said Wednesday.BuzzAngle Music, in a report for the first half of 2017, said listeners in t…

July 5, 2017

China’s WeChat fans can chat on the go in Europe

Chinese tourists can now use the popular WeChat messaging app while soaking up the sights in Europe this summer thanks to Dutch telecoms provider KPN.KPN said Thursday it has teamed up with Chinese technology giant Tencent as well as internet video ope…

July 5, 2017

EU, Japan reach ‘political agreement’ on trade deal

The European Union and Japan reached broad political agreement on a historic free trade deal on Wednesday capping four years of negotiations, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said.The hard-won deal marks a big win for free trade two days before…

July 5, 2017