Factfiles on US Open men’s title contenders

Factfiles on US Open men's title contenders ahead of the final Grand Slam tournament of 2016 which gets under way in New York from Monday:NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB)World ranking: 1Age: 29 (22/05/1987)Career titles in total: 66Career Grand Slam titles: 12 -- ...

Hamilton faces penalty on return after summer break

Lewis Hamilton returns to work at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend knowing he faces the prospect of grid penalties in the next few weeks that could dent his prospects of a fourth world championship.After a four-week break for the European summer hol...

Five beachgoers die in Britain on hottest day of year

Five beachgoers died as Britain sweltered on the hottest day of the year Wednesday, officials said, bringing to 12 the number of people to have perished in the past week.Millions have headed to the coast to escape a heatwave that has hit towards the en...

Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande to perform at MTV awards

Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande will reunite to perform at the latest MTV Video Music Awards.

Minaj will join Grande in the pop star's single "Side to Side" at the gala Sunday night at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The pair, along with English singer Jessie J, collaborated together at the 2014 VMAs in one of the night's first and best-received performances.

Minaj again kicked off the awards in 2015 in a performance with pop superstar Taylor Swift -- despite Minaj's criticism of MTV that year for passing over her "Anaconda" in nominations for Video of the Year.

Previously announced performers for Sunday's awards include Rihanna, who will be presented with a career Video Vanguard Award, as well as the rapper Future and Britney Spears, who is releasing a new album.

MTV on Wednesday announced that award presenters for Sunday will include reality television star Kim Kardashian, whose husband Kanye West is up for the top prize with "Famous."

Other presenters will include New York-born hip-hop mogul Puff Daddy, R&B singing great Alicia Keys, second-generation rapper and actor Jaden Smith and British singer Rita Ora.

A year after Miley Cyrus enjoyed much of the focus by presenting the awards, MTV will forego a traditional host.

The gala will instead have a series of presenters including rap producer DJ Khaled, who will appear from a luxury box in the arena.

Britney Spears biopic coming to TV

The turbulent life of Britney Spears -- who went from teenage pop idol to tabloid fodder -- is becoming a television biopic.Lifetime, a US network geared toward women, said Wednesday it had given the green light to a two-hour film on the singer's life,...

Guardiola stands by unpopular Hart decision

Manchester City's fans must accept hardnosed decisions like the sidelining of goalkeeper Joe Hart if the club are to make progress in the Champions League, manager Pep Guardiola has warned.City's 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday sealed their ...

Colombia, FARC rebels reach historic peace deal

Colombia's government and FARC rebels announced Wednesday that they have reached a historic peace deal to end their half-century civil war, the last major armed conflict in the Americas."The Colombian government and the FARC announce that we have reach...

Facebook, Twitter failing on extremist content: UK MPs

Facebook, Twitter and Google are not doing enough to prevent their social networks from being used by extremists for a recruitment drive, a panel of British MPs said Thursday.Failure to act would lead to the sites becoming "the 'Wild West' of the inter...

Post Arab Spring, lifespan drops across region: study

The conflict and civil strife that has erupted across the eastern Mediterranean region since the Arab Spring began in 2010 has shortened lifespans and damaged health, according to a study released Thursday.Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt all lost about three ...

Italy quake toll climbs to at least 159: official

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck a remote area of central Italy climbed to at least 159 late Wednesday, said the head of the country's civil protection agency, Fabrizio Curcio.Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had earlier given a toll of...

Italy mourns quake victims as death toll approaches 160 (PHOTOS)

Rescuers continued to search for survivors in central Italian towns devastated by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake as the number of victims rose to 159 on Wednesday night. Accounts of lucky escapes and tragedies have emerged as communities stru...

Being overweight linked to eight more kinds of cancer

Being overweight can raise the likelihood of being diagnosed with cancers of the stomach and digestive tract, as well as certain brain and reproductive tumors, international researchers said Wednesday.A report in the New England Journal of Medicine add...

French writer Michel Butor dies aged 89: family

French writer Michel Butor, one of the leading figures of the experimental 1950s "Nouveau Roman" literary movement, died on Wednesday aged 89, his family told Le Monde newspaper.A prolific author who tested the boundaries of traditional narrative struc...

Federer, Nadal to team up in Laver Cup

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play doubles together in a new competition pitting Europe against the Rest of the World in a Ryder Cup-style tennis team event.The Laver Cup was launched in New York on Wednesday with Federer and Nadal, who have won ...

Fans hail Hart as Man City reach group phase

Joe Hart played potentially his last Manchester City game as Pep Guardiola's team rubber-stamped their place in the Champions League group phase by beating Steaua Bucharest 1-0 on Wednesday.Leading 5-0 from last week's away leg, City completed a 6-0 ag...