Smash hit ‘Despacito’ becomes most viewed YouTube video

"Despacito" -- the racy Spanish-language global smash hit throbbing with sexual innuendo -- racked up another record Friday, supplanting "See You Again" as the most watched video on YouTube.As of early Friday afternoon on the US East Coast, "Despacito"...

‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli convicted of US securities fraud

A US jury on Friday convicted former hedge fund manager and pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, once dubbed "The Most Hated Man in America," of securities fraud.The 34-year-old, who is best known for jacking up the price of HIV drug Daraprim from ...

Brady mum on concussion claim

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Friday declined to confirm or deny whether he sustained a concussion in 2016, as the superstar's wife Gisele Bundchen said in May."I don't want to get into things that happened in my past, certainly medical...

Semenya safely off on double quest

South African Caster Semenya racked up a season's best as she safely negotiated the first round of the women's 1500m in her audacious bid for a world championships middle-distance double on Friday.Semenya came in second behind Ethiopia's defending cham...

Kim forges two-shot halfway lead in British Open

South Korea's Kim In-Kyung fired a second-round 68 on Friday to lead by two shots at the halfway stage of the Women's British Open, as she seeks to banish the memories of a major meltdown from five years ago.American Lexi Thompson, the world number two...

Oakley accepts plea deal in Madison Square Garden dust-up

Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley accepted a plea deal on Friday to dismiss misdemeanor charges stemming from his run-in with Madison Square Garden security personnel during a Knicks game in February.Oakley was arrested and charged with five m...

DR Congo warlord handed over to Kinshasa authorities

A Congolese rebel warlord wanted for crimes against humanity including mass rape was handed over to the authorities in Kinshasa on Friday, a UN spokeswoman said.Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka "has been handed over to the authorities at Kinshasa," Fabienne Pompey,...

US special forces supporting ops against AQAP in Yemen

US special operations forces are helping Emirati and local forces as they conduct new operations against Al-Qaeda in Yemen, the Pentagon said Friday.The operations center on Shabwa province, where Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has an establi...

Teuns holds on to win Tour of Poland

Dylan Teuns held on to win the Tour of Poland by just two seconds from home favourite Rafal Majka following Friday's seventh and final stage won by Wout Poels.Majka finished third on the 132.5km stage from Bukovina Resort to Bukowina Tatrzanska behind ...

Controversial Venezuela assembly begins first session

Venezuela's controversial "Constituent Assembly," a new legislative body with supreme powers packed with supporters of President Nicolas Maduro, began its first session in Caracas on Friday.The assembly of 500-plus members, which is tasked with rewriti...

Israeli police to ‘examine’ fatal Jordan shooting

Israeli police will conduct an "examination" into the fatal shooting of two Jordanians by an embassy guard that led to ties between the two states worsening, officials said on Friday.On July 23, a security guard for the Israeli embassy in Amman shot de...