DR Congo’s Kabila names opposition figure Tshibala PM

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Trump’s visceral response prompts Syria strikes

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Hafeez answers critics to steer Pakistan to 308-5

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Why would Syria mount ‘chemical attack’?

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US drops bid to out anti-Trump Twitter account holder

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Trump’s Syria strike poses challenge for Kremlin

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Sweden truck attack: What we know

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Trump strikes Syria but no plan yet to oust Assad

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France sweep Britain aside in Davis Cup opener

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India take 2-0 lead against Uzbekistan in Davis Cup

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Former Russian coach Melnikov given life ban

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FIFA poised to seal Qatar Airways deal

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Sympathy for Sweden after Stockholm attack

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18 hurt as train ploughs into lorry in Poland

A train crashed into a lorry at a level crossing in Poland on Friday, injuring 18 passengers, seven seriously.The injured were airlifted to hospitals, Pawel Fratczak, a spokesman for Polish national firefighters, told AFP."The train was carrying betwee...

Trainer Tizzard completes 4,334/1 Aintree treble

Trainer Colin Tizzard saddled three winners on the second day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree on Friday as he completed a spectacular 4,334/1 treble.

Cheltenham Gold-Cup winning jockey Robbie Power was aboard the Tizzard-trained Pingshou as it won the Top Novices Hurdle at odds of 16/1.

The same jockey and trainer combination were involved as Fox Norton, a 4/1 chance, triumphed in the Melling Chase.

Tizzard, who is based in Sherborne, southwest England, had his third winner Friday when teenager Harry Cobden rode 50/1 shot Ultragold to victory in the Topham Chase.

The Topham features some of the extra-large fences used in Saturday's Grand National -- Britain's best-known steeplechase horse race and a gambling bonanza, with Ladbrokes, one of the UK's major bookmakers, forecasting £250 million ($310 million, 292 million euros) will be wagered on this year's edition alone.

Cobden's victory was a huge boost for the 18-year-old, coming just a day before he rides Just A Par, another 50/1 chance, in the Grand National for leading trainer Paul Nicholls.

"That was my first spin over the (National) fences. Unbelievable," Cobden told the BBC after riding Ultragold to victory.

"That was his first run over them too and he was back off his winning mark -- I actually fancied him.

"He was very clever, dancing over ditches. There was a bit of carnage at Canal Turn but he knew what to do."

Both Liam Treadwell and Daryl Jacob suffered falls in the Topham and the two jockeys, along with top lady rider Katie Walsh, who was injured on Thursday's first day of the Aintree meeting, will need to be passed fit by the course doctor on Saturday before they can take up their scheduled Grand National rides.

Treadwell, who won the National on Mon Mome for Venetia Williams in 2009, is due to ride another od the trainer's horses in Tenor Nivernais.

Jacob is due to be abord Ucello Conti for Gordon Elliott, with Walsh down to ride Wonderful Charm for Nicholls.

Willett blows up on first hole, could miss Masters cut

Reigning Masters champion Danny Willett scored a quadruple bogey on the treacherous first hole on Friday at the Masters and could be heading home after just two rounds.Willett, who won the 2016 Masters with a bogey-free final round of 67 at Augusta Nat...