Taylor Swift heads to court for groping case

7 Aug

Pop superstar Taylor Swift is expected in court in Denver this week for a trial pitting her against a DJ accused of groping her at a gig.Jury selection was due to commence on Monday afternoon and Swift, 27, could take the stand to give details of the a…

Spieth chases Grand Slam history as PGA practice opens

7 Aug

Jordan Spieth says he isn’t carrying any extra pressure this week trying to become the youngest golfer to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the 99th PGA Championship.But the 24-year-old American, who won his third major title two weeks ago at the…

Caribbean braces for Tropical Storm Franklin

7 Aug

Mexico, Belize and Guatemala braced Monday for Tropical Storm Franklin, expected to make landfall overnight on the southern Mexican coast — possibly at hurricane strength.Packing sustained winds of 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour, Franklin was headi…

Anti-IS operations enter fourth year

7 Aug

The US-led coalition campaign to destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria enters its fourth year this week, and the Pentagon believes the jihadists’ defeat is inevitable.On August 8, 2014 two FA-18 jets launched from the USS George W. Bush air…

Kipyegon wins world 1500m, Semenya bronze

7 Aug

Faith Kipyegon of Kenya added the world title to her Olympic crown after sprinting to victory in the women’s 1500m on Monday.In a fantastic race that erupted on the final lap, Kipyegon held off allcomers down the home straight to clock 4min 02.59sec.Am…

US wants UN mission in Lebanon to report on Hezbollah

7 Aug

The United States wants UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon to take on an expanded mission and investigate alleged violations by Hezbollah militias in the volatile area, Ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday. The UN Security Council is set to vote on rene…

Barcelona move on from Neymar to honour Chapecoense

7 Aug

Barcelona eased into life without Neymar by honouring Chapecoense, the Brazilian side still reeling from a devastating plane crash that killed 19 players and 24 club officials last year, in a 5-0 friendly win on Monday.On an emotional night for the vis…

49ers linebacker Smith to miss 2017 NFL season

7 Aug

The San Francisco 49ers placed linebacker Malcolm Smith, a former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, on the injured reserve list on Monday with a torn pectoral muscle, ending his 2017 season.Smith was injured on Saturday in practice at the team’s Levi’s …

McLeod wins world title, Merritt’s dream dashed

7 Aug

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod added the world 110 metres hurdles title to his Olympic crown in London on Monday.However, world record holder Aries Merritt’s dream of winning at least a medal two years after a kidney transplant were dashed as the American and 2…

New gene study rewrites Neanderthal history

7 Aug

A new way to use DNA to peer into the history of humanity is rewriting what experts know about our long-extinct cousins, the Neanderthals, US researchers said Monday.Previous research has suggested that near the end of their existence some 40,000 years…

Calls for peace on eve of tense Kenya election

7 Aug

Former US president Barack Obama led international calls for peace Monday ahead of Kenyan elections seen as too close to call, with fears that violence could flare in east Africa’s richest economy.Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta gave a televised electi…

Dutch city turns orange as women toast Euro win

7 Aug

Thousands of orange-clad fans flooded the central Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday to celebrate the Netherlands’ first women’s Euro title, a much-needed win to boost the football-mad country’s flagging fortunes.The first “Lioness” supporters — many of …

Neymar parties in Saint-Tropez after record move

7 Aug

Brazilian superstar Neymar partied alongside the jetset in France’s upmarket resort of Saint-Tropez on Monday ahead of his highly-anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain, an AFP photographer said.The 25-year-old, who moved from Barcelona to Paris in …

Injury plagued Kyrgios cruises into Montreal 2nd round

7 Aug

A still-hurting Nick Kyrgios cruised into the second round of the ATP Montreal Masters on Monday with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Viktor Troicki.A 51-minute outing was just what the doctor ordered for 16th-seeded Kyrgios, who had retired from his three pri…

US military bases can now shoot down private drones

7 Aug

The Pentagon has issued new guidance to the military allowing installations in the United States to shoot down commercial or private drones deemed a threat, officials said Monday.Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the various branches of t…