Elon Musk teases future plans at TED talk

Elon Musk paused while chatting about his series of potentially world-changing endeavors to say he isn't in it to provide salvation.It was during a talk on Friday at a prestigious TED Conference in Vancouver, where the tech entrepreneur was discussing ...

German chancellor in Saudi for G20, cooperation talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Saudi King Salman on Sunday, state media said, as she began a visit focused on bilateral relations and preparations for the next G20 meeting.King Salman received Merkel in his palace in the western city of Jeddah, SP...

Qatar upholds rare death sentence in UK teacher’s murder

A Doha court on Sunday upheld the death penalty in the retrial of a Qatari man convicted of murdering a 24-year-old British female teacher.Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah al-Jabr was found guilty of stabbing Lauren Patterson and then burning her body in th...

Sri Lanka rescues 30 Rohingya aboard Indian boat

Sri Lanka's coastguard Sunday detained an Indian boat which had illegally entered the island's territorial waters and rescued 30 Rohingya refugees including 16 children who were on board, an official said.The dhow operated by two Indians had entered Sr...

France’s Pouille wins Budapest title

France's Lucas Pouille won a second career title on Sunday when he beat Britain's Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-1 in Budapest.The world number 14 lived up to his top seeding in the Hungarian capital as he dispatched the Slovenian-born Briton, 68th in the world, ...

Sigurdsson dents United Champions League ambitions

A sublime free-kick by Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson gained Premier League strugglers Swansea a deserved point in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, dealing a blow to the latter's Champions League hopes.Sigurdsson's 10th goal of th...

Microsoft creates ‘Dubai Font’ typeface for the city

The Dubai government on Sunday announced the launch of "Dubai Font", the first typeface developed by Microsoft for a city, which will be available in 23 languages.The font was developed simultaneously in Latin and Arabic script and is available to 100 ...

Richie Porte wins Tour of Romandy

A powerful final day time-trial from Richie Porte saw the Australian BMC leader clinch the Tour of Romandy on Sunday by relegating Britain's overnight leader Simon Yates into second.The 32-year-old Porte is only the second Australian to win the one wee...

Bottas claims maiden F1 win for Mercedes ahead of Vettel

Valtteri Bottas claimed his maiden Formula One victory on Sunday when he resisted intense pressure from championship leader Sebastian Vettel to triumph for Mercedes in a tense Russian Grand Prix.The Finnish driver, starting from third place on the grid...

United top four hopes dealt blow by plucky Swansea

A Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick dealt a blow to Manchester United's hopes of a top four finish whilst boosting his team Swansea's chances of escaping the drop in an entertaining 1-1 Premier League draw on Sunday.Wayne Rooney had scored his first home leag...

India brides get wooden paddles to beat drunk husbands

An Indian state minister has given hundreds of wooden bats to newly-wed brides, urging them to use the paddle as a weapon if their husbands turn alcoholic or abusive.Gopal Bhargava gave the bats -- which are used to get dirt out of clothes in tradition...

Kuwaiti quits FIFA council to fight bribery claim

World sport powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah announced his resignation Sunday from the FIFA council, saying he did not want to be a distraction while fighting corruption allegations. Aside from serving on FIFA's top body, the Kuwaiti heads th...

Erdogan says ‘saddened’ by US flags with Syrian YPG

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Ankara was "seriously saddened" by footage showing American military vehicles operating close to the border with Syrian Kurdish fighters Turkey sees as a terror group.The Syrian Kurdish Peoples' Protection ...

Wanted Iranian TV executive shot dead in Istanbul

The head of an Iranian satellite television network channel who last year was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner, Turkey’s Dogan news agency said on Sunday.

China, Taiwan and Japan strike gold at Asia Championships

Rio Olympic gold medallist Chen Long beat his Chinese team-mate Lin Dan in the men?s singles final on Sunday to win his first Badminton Asia Championship and boost his claims for a berth at the world championships.The 28-year-old Chen had not won a tou...

France’s Le Pen plays green card

With a week to go before France's presidential election runoff, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen played the green card outside a controversial aluminium plant in the south of the country.Le Pen has made a series of targeted campaign stops in a bid to...

‘Billions’ star Lewis reveals Obama acting tips

British acting star Damian Lewis on Sunday revealed that former US President Barack Obama had offered him advice in playing a charismatic hedge fund manager in hit television series "Billions".When asked by the BBC's Andrew Marr if his character Bobby ...

Bike-sharing launched in congested Beirut

Lebanon launched a bike-sharing programme in its capital Beirut on Sunday, hoping to cut down on the congested city's notorious traffic and pollution.The scheme aims to eventually allow users to rent and return bicycles at 25 automated stations distrib...