US VP Pence’s hands-on NASA gaffe goes viral

In a goof gone viral, Vice President Mike Pence touched something he should not have as he visited NASA headquarters, and his defense smacked of something his boss might do: blame somebody else.Pence was at Cape Canaveral in Florida Thursday for a spee…

July 7, 2017

G20 nations vow terror funding crackdown

The G20 group of major economies agreed Friday to redouble efforts to tackle the financing of extremist groups, in a rare point of agreement during a fractious summit in Germany. The countries issued a joint statement condemning the “scourge” of terror…

July 7, 2017

All Blacks, Lions in final rugby Test showdown

The British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand reaches its climax Saturday in the winner-takes-all series decider at Eden Park in Auckland.After the All Blacks won the first Test, and the Lions beat them in the second, the outcome of the series has co…

July 7, 2017

Anderson dreams of rematch – with cricket ace de Villiers

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson reached the fourth round of Wimbledon for the third time on Friday but admitted he had cricket on his mind.With his beloved Proteas taking on England in the first Test on the other side of London at Lord’s, the 31-year-old…

July 7, 2017

Barcelona-target Verratti apologises to PSG over transfer talk

Italian international midfielder Marco Verratti has apologised to Paris Saint-Germain officials and fans in a video posted by the Ligue 1 side over the furore whipped up by his desire to leave the club.”I’ve been here for five years, and if I’ve become…

July 7, 2017

Prince videos appear on old foe YouTube

Official videos from Prince started appearing Friday on YouTube, a year after the death of the pop star who was a sworn foe of the omnipresent site.Videos for some of his classic songs — including tracks from his 1984 movie “Purple Rain” such as “When…

July 7, 2017

Salvador teen gets 30 years after baby dies at birth

A court in El Salvador sentenced a teenage rape victim whose baby died at birth to 30 years’ jail for murder, an abortion rights group said Friday.Evelyn Hernandez gave birth in April last year in the makeshift bathroom of her home in the central Cusca…

July 7, 2017

Southern Yemenis rally for independence

Thousands of Yemenis demanding southern secession rallied in the streets of Aden on Friday, waving the flag of the formerly independent south in their third protest since May.Protesters marched through central Aden, Yemen’s second city and home to the …

July 7, 2017

Brazil prices fall for first time since 2006

Brazilian consumer prices fell last month for the first time in more than a decade, a potential boost for President Michel Temer as he faces bribery charges.The inflation rate turned negative, with consumer prices contracting by 0.23 percent in June co…

July 7, 2017

Sock’s tennis shoes tribute to stricken Mattek-Sands

Jack Sock wrote the name of Bethanie Mattek-Sands on his tennis shoes on Friday in tribute to his gold medal-winning Olympic mixed doubles partner who suffered a sickening injury at Wimbledon.Mattek-Sands was undergoing scans in a private hospital in t…

July 7, 2017

Mariners’ Cano among six added to American League All-Stars

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was one of half a dozen players added to the American League squad for Tuesday’s Major League All-Star game in Miami.Cano replaces Starlin Castro of the New York Yankees, who pulled out of the mid-season ex…

July 7, 2017

McIlroy blames ‘silly mistakes’ for Irish Open flop

Rory McIlroy’s British Open preparations were in disarray Friday after the former world number one missed the cut at the Irish Open for the fourth time in five years.Defending champion McIlroy was one under for his round with two holes to play but a do…

July 7, 2017