Madrid pushing for Eurozone budget: PM

Spain will call for a eurozone budget and finance minister to oversee it at an August 28 summit with France, Germany and Italy, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Monday."We are going to continue to work to deepen economic and monetary union," conservat...

For guide dogs, ‘tough love’ is best, even as puppies

Only certain canines have the discipline to become guide dogs for the blind, and the best ones had mothers that showed them "tough love" when they were puppies, researchers said Monday.When dog moms allowed their puppies to learn on their own in their ...

Van Niekerk cruises into 200m semis

South African athletics star Wayde van Niekerk set out on his bid to win the 200 metres world title in impressive fashion on Monday, easing into the semi-finals just 24 hours before he runs in the 400m final.The 25-year-old -- who broke the 400m world ...

Kenya president urges peace on eve of tense election

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged peace Monday on the eve of tense elections in which his battle with rival Raila Odinga is seen as too close to call.Kenyatta, 55, who is seeking a second and final term in office, gave a televised speech in a bid t...

MEDIA WATCH

Emmanuel Macron wants to officialise the role of France's first lady, but an online petition has been signed by 220,000 people who say they're against it. Meanwhile Trump is on vacation, but his media firestorm continues. In his latest move, he launche...

Nadal eyes number one in Montreal with Murray sidelined

Rafael Nadal says he'll focus on the foes in front of him at the ATP Montreal Masters this week, and not on his chance to return to number one in the world.A semi-final run in Montreal would see the Spaniard supplant Britain's Andy Murray atop the rank...

Saudi-led coalition agrees to allow fuel for UN aid planes

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen will lift hurdles hampering deliveries of jet fuel for UN planes bringing humanitarian aid to the rebel-held capital Sanaa, the UN spokesman said Monday.The UN Development Program last week said it was having t...

Algae blooms irk Canaries beachgoers

Microalgae blooms proliferating in hot weather in Spain's Canary Islands are irritating beachgoers, who should avoid direct contact with them, local authorities said Monday.Tenerife in particular is awash with visitors at this time of year but some of ...

Pentagon, S.Korea review missile size guidelines

The Pentagon is working with South Korea to review guidelines governing the size of missile warheads Seoul can deploy, an official said Monday, setting the stage for the South to boost its missiles' power.Current guidelines limit the destructive capabi...

Sagan wins opening BinckBank stage

World champion Peter Sagan won the opening stage of the BinckBank Tour in the Dutch town of Venray on Monday.Slovakian Sagan edged out German Phil Bauhaus in a photo finish, with Dane Magnus Cort Nielsen third at the end of the flat 170km stage from Br...

Another Springbok deal boosts SA Rugby coffers

Cash-strapped South Africa Rugby received a boost in Johannesburg on Monday when the Springboks got a second shirt sponsor.While no financial details of the three-year deal were announced at a function, AFP understands it is worth about 20 million rand...

Tainted eggs scandal spreads to France, UK

Britain and France said Monday that some insecticide-tainted eggs may have entered the country, as millions of chickens faced being culled in the Netherlands in a growing European contamination scandal.

Toulouse suffer Bonneval injury blow

Toulouse wing Arthur Bonneval faces nine months on the sidelines after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament, a club source said on Monday.It is a blow to the most successful team in European and French rugby, who are looking to bounce back after a shoc...