New dad Lochte postpones competitive return

Six-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte said Friday he’s not quite ready to plunge back into competition in the wake of his 10-month ban after family duties disrupted his recent training, website reported.Lochte, who was banned by US…

July 14, 2017

Pharmacies in Uruguay to start selling pot next week

Uruguay will allow pharmacies to sell marijuana starting next Wednesday in the final phase of a law making the small South American country the first in the world to legalize and regulate pot from production to sale.Under a law approved in 2013, Urugua…

July 14, 2017

Egypt beach resort attack kills two foreigners

Two foreign women were killed on Friday and four others were wounded when an assailant stabbed them at an Egyptian beach resort in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said.The governor of Red Sea province, where the resort of Hurghada is located, said two “…

July 14, 2017

Russia launches 73 satellites into orbit

An imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites were launched into orbit Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian space agency Roscosmos and research centre Glavcosmos announced.The Soyuz 2-1A rocket successfully lifted off at 0643 G…

July 14, 2017

Turkey again blocks German MPs visit troops: Berlin

Germany on Friday said Turkey once again blocked a visit by its lawmakers to German troops stationed at a Turkish base, a move adding to tension in their relations.Turkey asked the legislators to postpone a scheduled visit next Monday to a NATO base in…

July 14, 2017

Trump to attend US Women’s Open at his resort

US President Donald Trump said Friday he will attend the US Women’s Open tournament at his New Jersey golf resort, where organizers have already taken heat for his host role.”Left Paris for U.S.A. Will be heading to New Jersey and attending the USWomen…

July 14, 2017

Round of UN Syria talks closes with rivals trading blame

The latest round of Syria peace talks wound down Friday with rival sides trading familiar soundbites as the UN envoy maintained his push for incremental progress towards a deal. A delegation from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebel …

July 14, 2017

AT&T could create media division after Time Warner merger: report

Telecoms giant AT&T is likely to create a separate media division upon completion of its planned merger with Time Warner, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

According to the daily, longtime AT&T executive John Stankey would be placed in charge of the Time Warner business while Randall Stephenson, the current chairman and chief executive at AT&T, would keep the title of chairman of the merged entity.

Asked about the report, AT&T said no decisions have been finalized on the management structure of the group after the merger, which remains subject to regulatory approval.

AT&T said Stephenson “will remain chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T after we close the Time Warner deal.”

The tie-up still faces considerable opposition from some lawmakers and consumer groups, who contend it would give too much control to a single entity in the field of broadband and raise potential conflicts of interest for online services.

President Donald Trump said during his 2016 campaign that he opposed the pending merger, which was announced in October. But he has been mum on it since the election.

Some analysts argue, however, that the deal would create an entity sizeable enough to compete with tech industry giants who are now the “gatekeepers” for content on the internet, such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook.

July 14, 2017

US federal judge weakens Trump travel ban

A Hawaii judge has dealt a fresh setback to President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from six mainly-Muslim countries and refugees, saying it unfairly excludes the grandparents and grandchildren of people living in the United States.The decision by Fe…

July 14, 2017

Ocon blocks team-mate?s fans on Twitter  

Force India driver Esteban Ocon has blocked fans of his team-mate Sergio Perez from his Twitter account because of hostile abuse.The two men have clashed on track in recent races, notably at the Canadian and Azerbaijan Grands Prix, but they have settle…

July 14, 2017

Controversy in Turkey over ‘anti-army’ billboards

Giant billboards with paintings representing the defeat of last year’s failed coup have sparked controversy in Turkey, with critics saying they are defaming the once-powerful military.The posters — carrying a presidential logo — have sprung up in Ist…

July 14, 2017

Frenchman Barguil wins Bastille Day Tour de France stage

Frenchman Warren Barguil took an emotional stage 13 victory on Bastille Day at the Tour de France on Friday as Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador resurrected their yellow jersey hopes.Colombia’s Quintana was second and Spaniard Contador third to take …

July 14, 2017

Vettel feels ‘dizzy’ behind new safety shield

World championship leader Sebastian Vettel said he felt ‘dizzy’ while testing Formula One’s new safety shield on his Ferrari during Friday morning practice at the British Grand Prix.The four-time world champion had the car fitted for an installation la…

July 14, 2017

Macron-Trump tussle in new 25-second handshake duel

Their handshakes are becoming a talking point of every encounter and US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron didn’t disappoint on Friday.In their first meeting at a NATO summit in May, 39-year-old Macron crunched Trump’s knuckl…

July 14, 2017

Cilic into first Wimbledon final at 11th attempt

Croatia’s Marin Cilic reached his first Wimbledon final at the 11th attempt on Friday with a 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 win over America’s Sam Querrey.The seventh-seeded Croatian, who was US Open champion in 2014, will face either seven-time Wimble…

July 14, 2017