Northern Ireland fume, Croatia cruise

9 Nov

Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill said he was “staggered and bewildered” by a controversial penalty decision which gave Switzerland a 1-0 win in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday.Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland team dominated the matc…

Football: jury chosen in FIFA corruption trial

9 Nov

Twelve jurors and six alternates were selected at the FIFA corruption trial in New York on Thursday, tasked with deciding the guilt or innocence of three fabulously wealthy and once powerful South American soccer officials.The impanelling of the jury c…

Koala found with ears cut off in Australia

9 Nov

A koala has been found dead in Australia with both its ears cut off, the latest in a spate of animal mutilations that police Friday called “troublesome and disgusting”.An emergency services worker stumbled across the grisly find on a road at Warrnamboo…

Disney announces new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy

9 Nov

Disney on Thursday announced plans for a new “Star Wars” trilogy as it builds on the beloved and profitable science fiction film franchise.”We have big ambitions for the ‘Star Wars’ franchise,” Disney chief executive Robert Iger said during a quarterly…

Croatia see off Greece to close on World Cup

9 Nov

Croatia cruised to a 4-1 victory over Greece in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday to move to the brink of a spot at next year’s finals in Russia.Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring in Zagreb from the penalty spot in the 1…

Catalan speaker detained over independence bid: court

9 Nov

The speaker of the Catalan parliament will be detained until she pays a bail of 150,000 euros over her role in the region’s independence bid, Spain’s Supreme Court said Thursday. A judge ordered Carme Forcadell to be held following the Catalan parliame…

Top seed Rublev into NextGen semi-finals

9 Nov

Top seed Andrey Rublev reached the ATP NextGen semi-finals on Thursday, edging out Canadian shot-maker and third seed Denis Shapovalov 4-1, 3-4 (8/10), 4-3 (7/2), 0-4, 4-3 (7/3).Russian star Rublev became the third semi-finalist of the inaugural tourna…

News Corp reports profit jump to $87 mn

9 Nov

US media group News Corp said Thursday it returned to profit in the past quarter, as it saw improvements in digital subscriptions at the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers.The media conglomerate led by mogul Rupert Murdoch and his family reported…

German killer nurse’s suspected victims pass 100

9 Nov

A German nurse who used lethal drugs on patients out of “boredom” is responsible for the deaths of 106 people, investigators said Thursday, noting the toll could rise further as more bodies are studied.Niels Hoegel, 41, was convicted in 2015 of two mur…

Catalan parliament speaker arrives in court

9 Nov

The Catalan parliament’s speaker, Carme Forcadell, arrived in court, and five other Catalan lawmakers testified before a Spanish judge on Thursday. They are being investigated over the central government’s claims that they ignored Constitutional Court …

US kills ‘several militants’ in Somalia air strike

9 Nov

The US military announced Thursday it had killed “several militants” in an airstrike against Al-Shabaab jihadists in Somalia.The attack took place early Thursday in the Bay region in the center of the country, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of M…