Red Sox stay alive with home win over Astros

8 Oct

The Boston Red Sox kept their Major League Baseball playoff bid alive Sunday with a 10-3 victory over the Houston Astros at Fenway Park.The Red Sox offense had sputtered in dropping the first two games of the best-of-five American League division serie…

Teacher who died saving kids in Brazil fire given award

8 Oct

Brazil’s President Michel Temer on Sunday honored a nursery school teacher who died while rescuing children from a blaze set deliberately by a security guard, killing nine people.Temer posthumously awarded the National Order of Merit to Heley de Abreu …

Tom Petty returns near top of chart after death

8 Oct

Rocker Tom Petty returned Sunday near the top of the US album sales chart after his sudden death at age 66.Petty’s 1993 “Greatest Hits” compilation was in second place on the Billboard chart for the week through Thursday, with sales jumping 2,231 perce…

Austrian party chiefs in pre-vote ‘hate duel’

8 Oct

The leaders of Austria’s two main centrist parties hurled accusations at each other Sunday over a murky smear campaign, in their first one-on-one debate a week ahead of a snap election.Sebastian Kurz, the 31-year-old chief of the poll-topping centre-ri…

Germany win historic 10th World Cup qualifier

8 Oct

Midfielder Leon Goretzka netted twice as Germany routed Azerbaijan 5-1 on Sunday to make history with a perfect World Cup qualifying record of 10 wins in as many games.The reigning world champions had already sealed their ticket to Russia last Thursday…

Colts retire Peyton Manning’s jersey

8 Oct

The Indianapolis Colts officially retired the number 18 jersey worn by quarterback Peyton Manning in 14 illustrious seasons with the NFL club.The ceremony honoring Manning came at half-time of the Colts’ home game on Sunday against the San Francisco 49…

US halts Turkey visas after staffer’s arrest

8 Oct

The United States on Sunday indefinitely suspended handling all regular visa applications in Turkey, dramatically escalating a row after one of the mission’s Turkish staffers was arrested.The Ankara embassy said in a statement that until further notice…

Japan’s Murakami, Shirai capture world titles

8 Oct

Japan’s Mai Murakami won the women’s floor exercise crown and compatriot Kenzo Shirai captured the men’s vault for his second title at the injury-hit World Gymnastics Championships on Sunday.Murakami, a disappointing fourth in the all-around, claimed J…

Blaze at Moscow shopping centre forces 3,000 to evacuate

8 Oct

Three thousand people were evacuated from a shopping centre in Moscow on Sunday after a massive fire broke out, Russia’s emergency services ministry said.About 55,000 square metres (592,000 square feet) of the commercial centre, which specialises in bu…

Swiss aid worker abducted in Darfur

8 Oct

A Swiss humanitarian aid worker has been abducted in Darfur, officials said on Sunday, just weeks after the United Nations began downsizing its peacekeeping force in Sudan’s war-torn region.The kidnapping, the first such reported incident since the UN …