Forest fires rage in sweltering California

Wildfires raged Sunday across much of California forcing hundreds to evacuate homes as the most populous US state sweltered in record heat. About 5,000 fire crew members were battling 14 large wildfires around the state, according to Cal Fire. Among t...

Cardianl Pell back in Australia to face abuse charges

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell arrived back in Australia on Monday ahead of a court appearance later this month over historical sex abuse charges.The 76-year-old touched down in Sydney and was met by security before being whisked away in a ...

Schauffele claims Greenbrier Classic for his first win

Xander Schauffele fired a three-under 67 to win the Greenbrier Classic by one stroke and claim the first USPGA Tour victory of his career on Sunday. Schauffele, who has been on a roll since contending at the 2017 US Open, finished with a 14-under par 2...

Aussie Kirk wins Thornberry Creek LPGA title

Katherine Kirk birdied the final hole to edge Ashleigh Buhai by one stroke Sunday, claiming a third LPGA tour title at the Thornberry Creek Classic in Wisconsin.Australia's Kirk went into the final round with a four-shot lead over South Africa's Buhai ...

Kuwait airline says US laptop ban lifted

Kuwait Airways said Sunday that a ban on laptops and tablets in the cabins of its US-bound flights had been lifted by Washington."Now our passengers flying from Kuwait International Airport to #JFK in #NY will be able to use all of their personal elect...

Rival Libyan forces battle east of Tripoli

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord on Sunday battled rival forces in the Garabulli region east of the capital, witnesses said, drawing condemnation from the UN.Witnesses said the fighting pitted pro-GNA forces against fight...

Jihadists battle Libya forces in ‘liberated’ Benghazi

Jihadists are still battling Libyan forces in Benghazi days after strongman Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled army declared victory in the eastern city, his forces said Sunday.Colonel Miloud Zwei, spokesman for Haftar's Libyan National Army, said the ...

‘Spider-Man’ casts a wide web to top weekend box office

"Spider-Man: Homecoming," Sony's newest addition to the growing library of summertime superhero yarns, spun up an impressive opening in North American theaters this weekend, with ticket sales for the three-day weekend estimated at $117 million.That wou...

Brazilian port where slaves arrived given UNESCO status

The Valongo wharf in Rio de Janeiro where slaves from Africa first arrived in Brazil has been added to the list of World Heritage sites, UNESCO announced on Sunday.The committee of the UN cultural body, meeting in Krakow, Poland, said Valongo was a rem...

Top NBA pick Fultz recovering from ankle sprain

First overall draft pick Markelle Fultz is not expected to play any more summer league NBA games as he recovers from an ankle sprain suffered on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the US media reported. The Philadelphia 76ers draft pick was helped off the co...

UK warns more to do to combat IS after Mosul victory

Britain's Defence Minister Michael Fallon praised Iraq on Sunday for defeating the Islamic State group in Mosul but warned that more has to be done to combat the jihadists.Earlier on Sunday Iraq announced victory against IS in the northern city, the co...

Tillerson declares his nostalgia for old oil life

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, expressed nostalgia for his former life as an oilman while picking up an industry award in Istanbul on Sunday.Tillerson, often criticised for failing to communicate enough ...

Quintana running out of strength

Nairo Quintana admitted he is running short on fuel after losing more than a minute to race leader Chris Froome on Sunday's brutal mountain Tour de France stage.Quintana started the day ninth overall at 53sec behind the reigning champion and although h...

US-Russian ceasefire deal holds in Syria

A U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire for southwest Syria was holding more than nine hours after it took effect on Sunday, a monitor and rebels said, in the latest international attempt at peace-making in the six-year war.