Depp may face perjury charges in Australia over ‘dog gate’

27 Jun

Johnny Depp could face perjury charges in Australia after the deputy prime minister threatened Tuesday to unleash a new chapter in a pet dog case dubbed the “war on terrier”.The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star and his then-wife Amber Heard fell foul of…

Pregnant Montano runs 800m at US World Championship trials

23 Jun

Five months pregnant and running an 800m in brutal heat, Alysia Montano lived up to the best traditions of the Wonder Woman superhero character on her running vest on Thursday.The 31-year-old from New York shrugged off sweltering conditions to line up …

Cosby planning ‘town halls’ after sex assault mistrial

23 Jun

Bill Cosby is planning to hold a series of “town hall” meetings to talk to young people about his experiences with the US courts, his spokesman said Thursday, less than a week after his sex assault trial ended with a hung jury.”We are still in the plan…

Wall Street Journal sacks top reporter over ethics violations

21 Jun

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday fired a top correspondent over ethics violations after a news agency investigation uncovered potential business dealings with an Iranian-American businessman who was also a source.Jay Solomon, the newspaper’s chief …

Queen’s hat: An ‘anti-Brexit’ message?

21 Jun

Queen Elizabeth II’s choice of headgear for a speech setting out how the government will implement Brexit raised more than a few eyebrows on Wednesday, causing some to draw comparisons to the European Union’s flag.Twitter users posted pictures of the q…

Parole hearing set July 20 for former NFL star O.J. Simpson

21 Jun

Former NFL star running back O.J. Simpson, convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008, has a parole hearing scheduled for July 20 and could be freed from a Nevada prison by October 1.Simpson, who turns 70 on July 9, has been imprisoned at Lovelo…

US Women’s World Cup champion coach DiCicco dies

20 Jun

Tony DiCicco, who coached the US women’s football squad to the 1996 Olympic and 1999 Women’s World Cup crowns, has died, the US Soccer Federation announced Tuesday. He was 68.DiCicco, who died Monday night of undisclosed reasons, was the most successfu…

Self-imposed minimum wage for new leftie French MP

19 Jun

A newly elected radical left member of France’s parliament said Monday he will make good on a campaign promise by accepting only the minimum wage — less than a quarter of an MP’s normal salary.”I made three pledges to voters,” journalist and filmmaker…

‘Worthy son’ Tiote laid to rest

18 Jun

Ivory Coast international Cheick Tiote, whose sudden death in China at just 30 years old shocked his country, was laid to rest Sunday as he was hailed a “worthy son” of the African nation. Tiote, a 52-time capped player who featured at the 2010 and 201…

E.Guinea leader’s playboy son back on trial in France

18 Jun

The high-living son of Equatorial Guinea’s leader, with a taste for supercars, luxury homes and bespoke suits, goes back on trial in Paris Monday on corruption charges after a six-month delay.A French court agreed in January to adjourn the trial of Teo…

Rodman hails North Korea visit as a ‘good trip’

17 Jun

Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman landed in Beijing Saturday after a visit to North Korea, describing the escapade as a “real good trip”. Sporting a baseball cap, sunglasses, green nail polish and a black t-shirt emblazoned with the logo of spon…

French football sensation Mbappe surprised by meteoric rise

14 Jun

At just 18 years of age, Kylian Mbappe is the hottest property in football and the French sensation admits that he has been surprised by how quickly his star has risen.”I always had lots of imagination when I was little, so I am not going to say that I…

New York names street corner after Elie Wiesel

13 Jun

New York on Tuesday renamed a Manhattan street corner after Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, Nobel peace laureate and humanitarian who died last year.The southwest corner of 84th Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side was permanently r…

Late football star Tiote’s body flown back to Ivory Coast

12 Jun

Cheick Tiote’s body will arrive back in the Ivory Coast on Thursday where tributes will be paid to the international by his former teammates, the Ivorian Football Federation (IFF) said on Monday.Tiote — who was a member of the Ivory Coast squad that e…

Seif al-Islam: rise and fall of Kadhafi’s heir apparent

10 Jun

Seif al-Islam, whose release was reported on Saturday, was the likely successor to his father Moamer Kadhafi and had appeared destined to become the modern face of Libya.But the NATO-backed revolution, inspired by the 2011 Arab Spring, swept through Li…

Jussi Halla-aho, Finland’s populist hardliner

10 Jun

Jussi Halla-aho, newly elected leader of the populist True Finns party, is a former medieval language lecturer convicted of hate speech who has openly criticised immigration and Islam. The European Parliament member — whose hobbies include astronomy a…

Macron: modern president with Midas touch

9 Jun

He’s the man with the Midas touch — so far at least. Since taking office four weeks ago French President Emmanuel Macron’s star has shone bright, restoring a sense of national pride.From Germany’s normally inscrutable Angela Merkel to India’s national…

LeBron’s legacy assured but Jordan’s might glow brighter

8 Jun

One loss from his fifth defeat in eight NBA Finals appearances, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is matter-of-fact about his legacy, living in the moment and having nothing left to prove.But when it comes to comparisons to retired Chicago Bul…

Branson petitions UN for oceans protection

8 Jun

British entrepreneur Richard Branson handed over a petition with more than a million signatures to the UN on Thursday, urging governments to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s oceans by 2030.Speaking to reporters after the first Ocean Conferenc…

Three weeks on, Eddie Vedder mourns grunge icon Cornell

7 Jun

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder on Tuesday mourned grunge icon Chris Cornell as someone like a brother to him, breaking a nearly three-week silence that had irked the late singer’s family.The death of Cornell, who had been an early mentor to Vedder, le…

‘I wanted it to stop,’ accuser tells Cosby trial

6 Jun

The main accuser in Bill Cosby’s trial gave emotional testimony in court on Tuesday about the night he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her, in her first public remarks about the encounter 13 years ago.The pioneering black comedian faces three …

Amal Clooney’s parents ‘over the moon’

6 Jun

Amal Clooney’s parents said they were elated Tuesday to welcome their twin grandchildren Ella and Alexander, and added that the birth had gone well.”They are in great health, all is perfect,” Amal’s father Ramzi Alamuddin, who lives in Beirut, told AFP…

Cricket: Tycoon Mallya spotted at Kohli’s charity dinner

6 Jun

Flamboyant business tycoon Vijay Mallya has been causing headaches for India’s cricketers on tour in England, showing up at a match and a red-carpet event while on bail over massive fraud charges.The indebted liquor baron — who fled India in 2016 owin…

Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo dies aged 86

5 Jun

Juan Goytisolo, one of Spain’s most celebrated writers, whose work was banned during the Franco era, has died aged 86, his agent said.Goytisolo died on Sunday at his home in Morocco, surrounded by his family, according to a statement from the Carmen Ba…

Former PM Key, All Blacks great Jones get knighthoods

4 Jun

Former New Zealand prime minister John Key and rugby great Michael Jones were honoured with knighthoods on Monday.Key, who led New Zealand for eight years before stepping down last December, has been made a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Ord…

In Armenia, a peace prize .. and a music festival?

3 Jun

A year after Armenians launched a generous new peace prize, the frontman of rockers System of a Down sees more to come in the country — including perhaps a music festival.Serj Tankian, singer of the chart-topping California hard rock band, composed a …

Tiger Woods looks bewildered in new police breathalyzer video

2 Jun

A new police video broadcast by US media on Thursday shows a handcuffed Tiger Woods trying to blow into a tube as he passes a breathalyzer test.The video footage, taken from inside the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office during Woods’s Monday arrest and…

Japan parliament passes emperor abdication law

2 Jun

Japan’s lower house of parliament passed a bill Friday that allows ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, as it also called for a rare debate on the role of women in the male-dominated monarchy.Japan has not had an imperial abdication in two centuries an…

Messi to launch amusement park in China

1 Jun

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi is to branch out into the leisure industry and launch an amusement park in China in 2019, his partners in the venture said on Thursday.The “Messi Experience Park” will have more than 20 attractions spread out on a site …

Pippa Middleton and husband honeymoon in Sydney

31 May

Pippa Middleton and new husband James Matthews were spotted Wednesday enjoying their honeymoon in Sydney, strolling hand-in-hand near the Opera House before taking a trip on the harbour.The glamorous pair tied the knot this month at an English country …

Clinton the Third? Chelsea courts limelight

30 May

Chelsea Clinton, the 37-year-old only child of Bill and Hillary Clinton, is fueling speculation that she could one day run for office — honing her Twitter profile, publishing a new book and becoming increasingly vocal in the wake of her mother’s presi…

Female zookeeper dies in UK tiger ‘freak accident’

29 May

A female zookeeper died Monday after a tiger entered the enclosure where she was working in southeast England, with the zoo calling it a “freak accident”.A statement from police in the county of Cambridgeshire said they arrived at the scene of the “ser…

Travolta donates his Qantas plane to Australia museum

29 May

Hollywood star John Travolta has donated his “beloved” Boeing 707 plane to an Australian aviation museum and is aiming to be part of the crew to deliver the vintage aircraft.Made for Qantas Airways in 1964, the “Saturday Night Fever” heartthrob and qua…

Hall of Fame pitcher, Congressman Bunning dies

28 May

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who went from baseball to serving in the US Congress, has died at the age of 85, the Philadelphia Phillies said on Saturday.Bunning, a nine-time all-star, pitched for Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers, Phillies, P…

Dodgers say Lasorda ‘doing well’ after pacemaker op

26 May

Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was “doing well” Friday after surgery to replace his pacemaker, the Major League Baseball team said.”Tommy Lasorda underwent surgery to replace his pacemaker yesterday. He’s doing well and looking forwar…

Amazon’s Bezos gives $1 mn to press freedom watchdog

24 May

Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos is giving $1 million to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the largest-ever gift to the media rights watchdog.The gift from Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post newspaper, was announced at the organizatio…

‘I’d never make it in Bollywood,’ says Brad Pitt

24 May

Brad Pitt told Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan that he doesn’t have the moves to star in Bollywood films as he promoted his new movie “War Machine” in Mumbai on Wednesday.”I wouldn’t make it Bollywood because I can’t dance or sing,” said the American actor…

Beckham ‘heartbreak’ as Manchester clubs pay tribute to victims

23 May

Football star David Beckham spoke of his “heartbreak” as former club Manchester United and local rivals Manchester City came together Tuesday to pay tribute after 22 people including children were killed in a suspected suicide bombing in the northern English city.

Britain’s deadliest terror attack in 12 years took place when a bomb went off shortly after the end of a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

Former England captain Beckham, who made his name as a global superstar at United after coming through the club’s youth system, expressed his condolences via an Instagram message, saying: “Heartbreaking news from Manchester. As a father & a human what has happened truly saddens me. My thoughts are with all of those that have been affected by this tragedy.”

Gary Lineker, another former England international and now a television presenter, summed up a mood of widespread revulsion when he tweeted: “To target children at a concert is beyond comprehension. Beyond lunacy. Beyond evil. Heart goes out to all those who’ve lost loved ones.”

A help centre was opened at City’s Etihad Stadium for those affected by the blast, while the United club flag at their Old Trafford ground was flown at half mast.

Both Premier League clubs posted short statements Tuesday on their Twitter accounts, with United saying: “We are deeply shocked by last night’s terrible events at the Manchester Arena. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.”

Meanwhile, City said: “It’s with great sadness we hear of the terrible events at the Arena. Our hearts go out to all affected and to our city’s emergency services.”

Current players from both clubs also sent Twitter messages of support, with City captain Vincent Kompany saying: “I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. It’s a sad day for the great city of Manchester. #Unity’.”

United’s Jesse Lindgard wrote: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by last nights attack on this beautiful city. We will stand together in this dark hour.”

– ‘No specific Europa League final threat’ –

United were due to train Tuesday at their Carrington practice ground ahead of travelling to Stockholm, where they will play Dutch side Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

UEFA, European football’s governing body, said “tight security arrangements” had already been put in place for the final but added they had no knowledge of any direct threat to the match.

“There is currently no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the UEFA Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks,” said a UEFA statement.

“UEFA has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA (Football Association) for many months and the terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project.

“Furthermore, a number of additional security measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April (when a hijacked truck was deliberately driven on to a city street killing five people).”

The statement urged fans to get to the stadium as early to allow time for “detailed checks”.

Amsterdam club Ajax sent their own message of support, saying: “From Amsterdam with love to Manchester. Our thoughts are with the victims and the loved ones of those affected.”

United were due to have a routine pre-match meeting with UEFA on Tuesday at which it is understood they will now ask if their players can wear black armbands in the final as a mark of respect in response to an attack that also left 59 people injured.

The England Under-20s side, one of the first football teams from the country in action after the attack, confirmed they would wear black armbands in their junior World Cup clash with Guinea in Joenju, South Korea on Tuesday.

“Our #YoungLions will remember the victims of the attack in Manchester when we take on Guinea at the #U20WC this morning,” said a message on the official England Twitter account.

O.J. Simpson could be paroled in July

22 May

O.J. Simpson could be released from prison this year after spending nearly a decade behind bars.The former NFL star will be up for parole in July, the Nevada Department of Corrections said Monday, although a date for the hearing has not yet been set.Si…

American war photographer Stanley Greene dies aged 68

19 May

American war photographer Stanley Greene, who won five World Press Photo awards, died in Paris on Friday aged 68, the Noor Images agency he co-founded said.Greene passed away in a hospital in the French capital after a long illness, Noor Images’s manag…

Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor’s abdication

19 May

The Japanese government on Friday approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries.The bill will now be sent to parliament for debate and likely receive sw…

From swashbuckling TV star to French environment minister

18 May

From scuba diving with sharks to almost crashing in a hot-air balloon over Mexico, France’s new environment minister Nicolas Hulot has shown he can face hostile situations and emerge unscathed.Hulot presented the hit nature and environment TV show “Ush…

Kenny: Folksy ‘fixer’ who saved Ireland from the brink

17 May

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who announced on Wednesday he will be resigning, is viewed as a capable if somewhat unspectacular leader who pulled his country’s economy back from the brink.Affable, shrewd and folksy, the 66-year-old has often been de…

After break, Katy Perry announces new album and tour

15 May

Pop superstar Katy Perry on Monday announced a new album and tour, promising a more mature and reflective side after taking time off.The 32-year-old singer said that “Witness,” her first album since 2013’s mega-hit “Prism,” would come out on June 9.She…