Colombia’s coca cultivation is up by 50%: UN

The area devoted to coca cultivation in Colombia grew by more than half last year, with cocaine production up by a third, the UN said Friday in an annual report on the subject. The total coca-growing area rose from 96,000 hectares in 2015 to 146,000 he…

July 14, 2017

On your marks, get set… who goes? The NY baby race

It’s a race of laughter, false starts and wild bottle waving: New York’s Diaper Derby sees 30 infants battle it out for glory in a three-meter crawling contest.There is only one real rule: trying to stumble to your feet is not allowed. From the sidelin…

July 14, 2017

Mayweather, McGregor clash over racism

Conor McGregor celebrated his 29th birthday by defending himself against accusations of racism during a media tour to promote his fight with Floyd Mayweather in London on Friday.The Irish mixed martial arts fighter went on the defensive at the fourth p…

July 14, 2017

Mark Hamill pays tribute to ‘space sis’ Carrie Fisher

“Star Wars” icon Mark Hamill paid emotional tribute to his “space sis” Carrie Fisher Friday, as both were bestowed with Disney’s “Legend” status at the entertainment giant’s D23 fan convention.Fisher — who died at the age of 60 in December — and her …

July 14, 2017

US moves to seize $140 mn from Nigerian oil corruption

US officials said Friday they plan to confiscate $144 million in corruption-tainted assets of Nigerian oil executives found in the United States including an $80 million yacht the “Galactica Star.”The yacht and a $50 million condominium overlooking New…

July 14, 2017

Russia lobbyist at Trump Jr. meeting denies spy past

A Russian-American lobbyist revealed to have attended a meeting by Donald Trump Jr seeking damaging information on Hillary Clinton strongly denied working for Russian intelligence on Friday.It emerged on Friday that Rinat Akhmetshin, a Washington lobby…

July 14, 2017

Lee leads as Trump arrives at US Women’s Open

South Korea’s Lee Jeong-Eun6 fired her second consecutive three-under par 69 to seize the early clubhouse lead in Friday’s second round of the US Women’s Open as US President Donald Trump arrived.Lee finished her round before Trump arrived in a fleet o…

July 14, 2017

Harrington shares lead in Scotland, McIlroy misses cut

Padraig Harrington shared the halfway lead at the Scottish Open on Friday as Rory McIlroy remained optimistic for next week’s British Open at Royal Birkdale despite missing the cut.Harrington, who won the Open at Birkdale in 2008, shot a second-round 6…

July 14, 2017

UN chief calls for urgent national dialogue in Venezuela

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for a national dialogue in Venezuela to end the crisis there just days before a symbolic, opposition-led vote on the government’s plan to rewrite the constitution.”Our concern regarding Venezuela i…

July 14, 2017

Aru team-mate Fuglsang quits Tour de France

Tour de France leader Fabio Aru’s task in holding onto the yellow jersey suffered a blow on Friday as key team-mate Jakob Fuglsang quit the race.Denmark’s Fuglsang was expected to challenge for overall victory after winning the chief pre-Tour warm-up e…

July 14, 2017

Roberts cleared after kisses caused failed doping test

Gil Roberts, who won Rio Olympic gold on the US men’s 4×400-meter relay, was cleared of doping after an arbitrator found he ingested a banned substance by kissing his girlfriend.According to a final US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report in the matter un…

July 14, 2017