Formula One bosses vote against ‘Halo’ in 2017

Formula One bosses on Thursday voted against the introduction of the 'halo' cockpit head protection device next season.A meeting of the sport's Strategy Group held in Geneva agreed to delay plans for its use until further evaluation and testing had tak...

Syria: five things to know about Aleppo

Once an economic hub, Aleppo and its surrounding countryside have suffered some of the worst fighting in the five-year conflict in Syria that has killed more than 280,000 people.Here are five facts about the northern city which has been roughly divided...

Venice film festival sets up a Hollywood invasion

A battalion of Hollywood heavyweights will lead a US invasion of next month's Venice film festival, the organisers announced Thursday.Six big-name American films led by Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" about a World War II army medic who was the only consc...

Neville, Giggs unveil Manchester building plan

Former football stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs on Thursday unveiled their plan for a multimillion-pound development in Manchester city centre, including a 200-bed hotel, two skyscrapers and a synagogue.Neville, a former England full-back and Manches...

Pink Floyd to put out unreleased tracks in box set

Pink Floyd will put out previously unreleased tracks as part of a giant box set that explores the experimental rock legends' foundations, the band's label said Thursday."The Early Years - 1965-1972," which will go on sale November 11, will feature 27 C...

Ricciardo set for milestone 100th race

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo admitted Thursday that he is starting to feel his age as he prepares for his 100th race in Formula One at Sunday's German Grand Prix.But for the 27-year-old, who is in his fifth full season at this level, the more unsettling...

Vettel calls for common sense over ‘Halo’

Sebastian Vettel made a dramatic and emotional plea for common sense and humanity to prevail on Thursday as Formula One drivers debated the introduction of a semi-enclosed safety cockpit.Speaking at a scheduled news conference ahead of this weekend's G...

US-led coalition raids kill 15 civilians in Syria: monitor

At least 15 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in air strikes by a US-led coalition in Syria on Thursday, a monitor said.The strikes hit a northern town controlled by the Islamic State jihadist group, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights....

The Syrian Al-Nusra Front

Al-Nusra Front, whose leader on Thursday announced its break from Al-Qaeda, is a well-organised, battle-hardened jihadist group allied with rebels fighting the Syrian regime.Abu Mohamad al-Jolani said Al-Nusra would change its name to Jabhat Fateh al-S...

Lack of money threatens World Food Programme work in Niger

The World Food Programme warned Thursday that it could be forced to suspend humanitarian aid for malnourished infants in Niger from September because of a lack of money.WFP said a shortage of funds was threatening all its activities in Niger, one of th...

Miami blood donations halted over Zika fears

US regulators Thursday called for a halt to blood donations in the Miami area as investigators probe four potential non-travel associated cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause birth defects.If confirmed, the cases would mark the first...

Air France strike affects 30,000 passengers on day two

Some 30,000 passengers were affected Thursday on the second day of a weeklong strike by Air France flight crew with the cancellation of one in five flights, a company spokesman said.The disruption was slightly greater than on Wednesday.The new CEO of t...

Argentine FA hope for Messi international U-turn

The acting head of Argentina's FA, Armando Perez, will travel to Spain to try and convince star striker Lionel Messi to reconsider his international retirement, according to reports in Argentina on Thursday."I spoke with Leo's father, we have agreed to...

Contador returns for San Sebastian Classic

Spanish rider Alberto Contador will return to competition in the San Sebastian Classic in the Basque country on Saturday, three weeks after a fall ended his Tour de France ambitions.The 33-year-old Tinkoff rider, a two-time Tour de France champion, qui...

Higuain answers critics, targets Juventus title deluge

Gonzalo Higuain hit back at critics of his controversial move to Juventus as he prepares to justify his 90million-euro price tag by helping the Italian champions to as many titles as possible."In life, you have to make the best decisions and I made min...

Vettel confident of Ferrari future despite Allison exit

The future of Ferrari is in good hands despite this week's departure of technical director James Allison, an optimistic Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday.The four-time world champion, speaking ahead of his home race this weekend, said he had no worries...