Evans urges Porte to take Tour opportunity

30 Jun

Australia’s only ever Tour de France winner Cadel Evans has urged compatriot Richie Porte to take advantage of his strengths in his bid to beat three-time champion Chris Froome.Evans caused a sensation in 2011 when he won the Tour, beating top Luxembou…

Beyonce and Jay-Z twins’ names could be Rumi and Sir

30 Jun

The wait may be over for the names of the twins of music power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z. Signs point to the names as Rumi and Sir.The pop diva and rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, have filed to US authorities to copyright “Rumi Carter” and “Sir…

Over 60 students detained in Venezuela protest: leader

30 Jun

Police arrested 62 students during some of the latest in three months of anti-government protests, a student leader said Friday.About half them were detained when trying to march to offices of the electoral authority in Caracas on Thursday, said Daniel…

Spinners on song as India down Windies

30 Jun

Effective spin bowling and indiscreet shot selection combined to give India an ultimately comfortable 93-run victory over the West Indies in a low-scoring third fixture of a five-match One-Day International series on Friday.Set a target of 252 at the S…

Last Colombia rebels eye ceasefire before Pope visit

30 Jun

Colombia’s last rebel force said Friday it is making progress towards a possible ceasefire, which the government hopes will definitively end half a century of civil conflict.”We have now begun discussions about a ceasefire,” said Pablo Beltran, chief n…

Germany beat Spain to win under-21 Euro

30 Jun

Mitchell Weiser scored with a looping first-half header to hand Germany the under-21 European Championship title after a 1-0 win over Spain in the southern Polish city of Krakow on Friday.It is Germany’s second title in the age group following their tr…

Talks in Paris on Sunday on Italy’s migrant crisis

30 Jun

The interior ministers of France, Germany and Italy will meet in Paris on Sunday to discuss a “coordinated approach” to help Italy deal with hordes of migrants arriving in its ports, a source said.Italy on Wednesday threatened to suddenly stop vessels …

Otaegui, Uihlein share lead at French Open halfway stage

30 Jun

American Peter Uihlein survived a late wobble to take a share of the lead with Spain’s Adrian Otaegui into the weekend at the weather-affected French Open near Paris.Uihlein was one of a number of players unable to finish his round until very late in t…

India’s Atwal trying to play well for pal Tiger

30 Jun

Arjun Atwal isn’t even ranked among the world’s top 1,000 golfers, but the 44-year-old from India is carrying the hopes of a legend this week — Tiger Woods.Atwal, a long-time Florida neighbor and practice partner of Woods, fired a three-under-par 67 F…

Turkish dog steals hearts at classical concert

30 Jun

It’s that moment fans of classical music live for, an international orchestra playing a great masterpiece at full pelt.Until an unexpected guest star arrives.A stray, and rather loveable, dog.At the outdoor performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Fourth Sym…

Foo Fighters to rock Acropolis

30 Jun

Foo Fighters will play a televised concert at the Acropolis in a rare rock show at one of the world’s most iconic historical sites, producers announced Friday.The alternative rock icons led by Dave Grohl of Nirvana fame will perform July 10 at the Odeo…

Gunfire cuts short celebrations at recaptured Mosul mosque

30 Jun

Iraqi soldiers snap victorious “selfies” and pose with a captured Islamic State group flag at the Mosul mosque where jihadist chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi once spoke.”Where is Baghdadi?” they say, taunting the absent jihadist leader at the site of his tr…

Portugal makes early 1-billion euro repayment to IMF

30 Jun

Portugal has made an early repayment of one billion euros to the International Monetary Fund and intends to repay a further 2.6 billion euros of bailout loans by August, the government said Friday.As part of a bailout in 2011, Portugal was loaned 29.6 …

UN approves $600 mn budget cut to peacekeeping

30 Jun

The United Nations on Friday approved a nearly $600 million cut to its peacekeeping budget following pressure from the United States to reduce funding to the world body.The General Assembly approved by consensus the annual budget expected to total $7.3…