The battle to become France’s next president boils down to a sharp clash of contrasting visions.In one corner is centrist Emmanuel Macron, with his pro-globalisation, pro-EU world view.In the other, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who champions “nat…

One year after massive wildfires swept through Alberta province in Canada’s worst natural disaster in history, the future of the oil sands — which contain a third of the world’s oil reserves — remains bleak.Persistently low oil prices have forced com…

A few late-season snowflakes flutter over Fort McMurray, their whiteness contrasting against surrounding forests blackened one year ago by the most destructive wildfire in Canadian history.”You don’t know how it feels until you lose it all”, says Steve…

The All Blacks were Sunday sweating on the availability of captain Kieran Read for the looming British and Irish Lions series after the backrower suffered a broken thumb. Read left the field just before half-time during the Canterbury Crusaders’ 48-21 …

Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith produced a bogey-free four-under par 68 on Saturday, stretching their lead to four strokes entering the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.Sweden’s Blixt and Australia’s Smith have played 54 holes without a b…

Reigning Olympic 110-meter hurdles champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica ignored cold, wind and rain to run the fastest time in the world this year Saturday at the 108th Drake Relays.McLeod defended his title in his specialty with a meet-record 13.04 seconds…

Teenage fly-half Curwin Bosch kicked 18 points as Coastal Sharks of South Africa won 33-25 at Jaguares of Argentina Saturday in a key Super Rugby match.Success gave the Sharks an eight-point advantage in the standings over the Jaguares with six rounds …

Britain’s Anthony Joshua defeated veteran Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in a world heavyweight title fight epic in front of 90,000 people at Wembley on Saturday, taking victory on an 11th round stoppage.Joshua added the WBA title to his IBF belt but onl…

Australian golfer John Senden said Saturday he’ll take an indefinite break from the game to be with his teenage son Jacob, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.”Our son is undertaking the biggest challenge of his life thus far, having been diagnos…

Welsh driver Elfyn Evans was braced for a dogfight at the Rally of Argentina on Sunday’s final stages against fast-charging Thierry Neuville as he targeted a first world championship win.The 28-year-old driver saw his lead of almost a minute at the sta…

Pope Francis on Saturday called for negotiations to resolve tensions surrounding North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.Speaking on board the papal plane on his way back from a two-day visit to Egypt, the pontiff said there was a need for “negotiations with a…