Crime-tracking tools could point to new mineral reserves

Striking gold used to be a matter of luck, but tools used to track criminals, diseases and social networks could soon uncover vast troves of valuable minerals, researchers said Tuesday.Whether in gold or gemstones, bricks or steel, laptops or iPhones, ...

Saudi coalition blocks fuel for UN aid planes to Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen is obstructing deliveries of jet fuel to UN planes bringing desperately-needed humanitarian aid to the rebel-held capital Sanaa, a UN official said Tuesday.Auke Lootsma, the country director of the UN Developme...

Monfils peaking for Citi defence, eyes US Open

Gael Monfils is fit and raring to go as he prepares to defend the ATP Citi Open title and make another deep run at the US Open.Having shaken off injuries the flamboyant Frenchman meets Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri on Wednesday in a second-round match ...

Sagan keeps yellow, Ewan wins stage in Tour of Poland

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan edged Danny Van Poppel and Peter Sagan in a frantic bunch finish on Tuesday after the 238km fourth stage of the Tour of Poland.The result was enough for world road race champion Sagan to keep the overall leader's yellow j...

At least 20 killed in Shiite mosque attack in Afghanistan’s Herat

A suicide bomber and a gunman killed more than 20 people at a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's main western city of Herat Tuesday, the latest attack to highlight a deteriorating security situation in the country.The assault on the Jawadya mosque in Herat...

‘Underdog’ Bolt ready to fire in 100m defence

Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt labelled himself the underdog as he seeks to round off his glittering individual track career with the defence of his world 100m title this week."That's what I keep reading and what my team keeps telling me, so I've go...

Wu’s rivals take legal action to seize AIBA control

Opponents to embattled amateur boxing chief Wu Ching-Kuo have begun legal proceedings in an attempt to seize control of ruling body the AIBA, executive committee member Pat Fiacco told AFP on Tuesday."We've contacted a court in Lausanne so that the run...

Ronaldo says his ‘brilliance’ bothers people

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo said Tuesday his "brilliance" annoys people, a day after he was quizzed by a Spanish judge investigating whether he evaded paying millions of euros in taxes."What bothers people is my brilliance, insects only attac...

Ten days in the life of Anthony Scaramucci

The late British Prime Minister Harold Wilson is famously cited as having said that “a week is a long time in politics”. For recently ousted White House director of communications Anthony Scaramucci, it was nearly his entire political career.

Trump once again in hot seat over Russia

Allegations that Donald Trump dictated a misleading account of a meeting between his son and a Russian lawyer rattled the White House Tuesday -- and deepened the president's entanglement in the saga.Trump's secretive and personal intervention, first re...

Spiralling costs a major risk for Paris Olympics

Now that the way is clear for Paris to host the 2024 Olympics, one of the organisers' biggest challenges will be to keep within budget -- a task that has defeated many of its predecessors.The French capital has set a relatively modest budget of 6.6 bil...

Europe’s biggest oil refinery shut for two more weeks

Europe's biggest oil refinery will remain shut for another couple of weeks after a power station on the site was hit by a huge fire, oil giant Shell said Tuesday.It is hoped the Shell Pernis refinery in Rotterdam will be back up and running "at the ear...

Dutch deny Belgian demand to hand over drug suspects

The Netherlands on Tuesday refused to hand over eight suspects wanted on drug-smuggling charges by Belgium, seeking more information about the conditions under which they would be detained.The eight are sought by Antwerp prosecutors, suspected of being...