Dozens of Navalny supporters detained in Russia

At least 70 supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny were arrested in Moscow on Saturday along with many others across the country as they distributed campaign materials, a pro-democracy group said.They were detained for “disturbing publi…

July 8, 2017

Putin eyes new era of cooperation under Trump

President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he expects Russian-US cooperation will improve under Donald Trump and that the American president is “very different” in real life compared to on TV.The comments came a day after the pair held their first fac…

July 8, 2017

From Melania to Merkel’s eye-roll: Five G20 moments

From US First Lady Melania Trump’s travails to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s facial twitches, here are some of the moments that livened up this year’s G20 summit in Hamburg.Mixed day for MelaniaUS First Lady Melania Trump was due to go on a cruise…

July 8, 2017

G20 launches plan to fight poverty in Africa

G20 nations launched an unprecedented initiative Saturday at the group’s summit in Germany to fight poverty in Africa, but critics called the plan half-hearted.Under German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Investment Compacts”, an initial seven African coun…

July 8, 2017

Lukaku arrested after rowdy party in Beverly Hills

Manchester United-bound striker Romelu Lukaku is likely to have to spend a fraction of his extravagant salary on settling a fine in Beverly Hills after being arrested during a noisy party at his rented mansion.A Beverly Hills Police Department statemen…

July 8, 2017

Erdogan warns Syrian Kurds of Turkey’s right to defence

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said Turkey would never allow a Kurdish state in Syria near its border, and warned that if threatened, Ankara would not hesitate to use its right to self-defence.”We will never remain silent or unresponsive to…

July 8, 2017

Erdogan compares detained activists to coup plotters

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused recently detained rights activists of trying to implement the aims of those who failed to oust him in a coup last year.Idil Eser, director of Amnesty International Turkey, was held on Wednesda…

July 8, 2017

Rahm in running to emulate Spanish greats in Irish Open

Jon Rahm heads to the final round sharing the lead and determined to emulate Spanish greats including the late Seve Ballesteros in capturing the Irish Open at Portstewart.Rahm, 22, birdied four holes in succession from his 11th hole in a third round of…

July 8, 2017

Mosul victory announcement ‘imminent’: US general

Iraqi authorities will imminently announce a final victory in the battle to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State group, a US general said Saturday.”An announcement is imminent,” Brigadier General Robert Sofge told AFP by phone from Baghdad.”I don’t w…

July 8, 2017

Stormy G20 ends with opt-outs for Trump on climate, trade

World leaders made concessions on trade and climate language to Donald Trump Saturday at the end of the most fractious and riot-hit G20 summit ever, in exchange for preserving a fragile unity of the club of major industrialised and emerging economies.I…

July 8, 2017

Scuffles, water canon at final anti-G20 march

Small groups of hooded anti-capitalist Black Bloc militants scuffled with German police on Saturday at an otherwise peaceful march against a G20
summit of global leaders in Hamburg, after two days of violent clashes which marred the G20 summit.

July 8, 2017

Thomas chooses to crash bike in hay over trees

Briton Geraint Thomas crashed for the third time this week during the Tour de France on Saturday, but managed to maintain second position to Chris Froome.Thomas actually caused his Sky team leader Froome to go off road as well, around 50km from the end…

July 8, 2017

G20 summit: the highlights

US President Donald Trump’s first G20 summit wrapped up Saturday in Germany, marked by violent clashes outside and political discord inside.Here follows a summary of the main news from the two-day meeting of the leaders of the world’s 19 top economies …

July 8, 2017

IS fighters killed trying to flee west Mosul: commander

A group of jihadists tried to escape across the Tigris River from west Mosul where they hold a dwindling pocket of territory, but were killed by Iraqi forces, a senior commander said Saturday.In the nearly nine months since Iraq launched the massive op…

July 8, 2017

Power hit in Hamas-run Gaza as rivals ‘stop’ payments

Power supplies haven taken a fresh hit in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, with authorities Saturday accusing the rival Palestinian Authority of blocking fuel payments to Egypt from going through banks.The electricity authority said two of the three generator…

July 8, 2017

Wimbledon groundsman defends court conditions

Wimbledon’s head groundsman dismissed claims the tournament’s court conditions are becoming dangerous after sustained criticism from top stars.Several players have said the grass at the All England Club is more slippery than in previous years, with wor…

July 8, 2017

Calmejane avoids ‘catastrophe’ to win Tour de France stage

Frenchman Lilian Calmejane came close to “catastrophe” before winning his maiden Tour de France stage on Saturday.The 24-year-old suffered cramps over the last four kilometres of the 187.5km eighth stage from Dole to Station des Rouses, but kept his ne…

July 8, 2017