Syria approves aid to 12 besieged areas: UN

Syria has agreed to allow access for ground convoys to deliver aid to 12 besieged areas during the month of June, the United Nations said Friday.Damascus has also agreed to restricted aid deliveries to three more areas and rejected requests for two oth...

IOC chief fires fresh warning to drug cheats

The International Olympic Committee wants to catch "as many dopers as possible" before the Games in Rio de Janeiro start in two months, president Thomas Bach warned on Friday.Confronted with a fresh series of doping scandals, many centred on Russia, th...

Paris soldier statue is time-honoured flood gauge

For well over a century, the gallant soldier standing below the Alma bridge has been Parisians' favourite way of measuring the rising Seine when floodwaters strike.The "Zouave" statue commemorates the soldiers from one of France's African regiments tha...

Brexit flotilla to hit the Thames after PM bruising

Britain's UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Friday he would lead a flotilla up the Thames to campaign for Brexit, seizing momentum after Prime Minister David Cameron endured a bruising television debate.Farage, who heads the UK Independence Party, said he ...

Murray to play Djokovic in French Open final

Andy Murray will play Novak Djokovic in the French Open final after ending Stan Wawrinka's reign as the champion at Roland Garros on Friday.The second seed reached the title match in Paris for the first time with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 semi...

As abortion barriers grow, US Supreme Court ruling looms

Abortion may be legal in America, but US states are throwing up more and more barriers to the practice. So an upcoming decision from the Supreme Court is keenly awaited.By the end of this month, the nation's highest court is expected to hand down a rul...

Spanish rider Salom dies after crash in Catalonia GP practice

Spanish Moto 2 rider Luis Salom has died from his injuries after crashing in Catalonia Grand Prix practice on Friday, race organisers confirmed.The 24-year-old SAG team rider crashed at Turn 12 at the challenging Montmelo track near Barcelona with 25 m...

Venezuela lets jailed opposition leader Lopez appeal

A Venezuelan court has ruled to allow jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to appeal his 14-year sentence for inciting violence at anti-government protests in 2014, his lawyer said Friday.The ruling comes as embattled President Nicolas Maduro faces ...

Mexican bullfighter dies a month after goring

Rodolfo Rodriguez, a famously eccentric Mexican bullfighter, has died of a heart attack at age 64 a month after being gored by two bulls during a corrida.Rodriguez, nicknamed "El Pana," was left quadriplegic after he was violently struck at a bullfight...

Rebranding move backfires on troubled media group

Troubled newspaper group Tribune Publishing was trying for a new image as it seeks to fend off a takeover bid and adapt to the digital era.Instead, its new name "tronc" -- all in lowercase letters -- drew ridicule, mockery and disbelief.The "rebranding...

International Olympic Committee names first-ever refugee team

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday named 10 members to the first-ever refugee team to compete at the Olympic Games. The Rio de Janeiro-bound team includes two Syrian swimmers, five track athletes from South Sudan, two judokas from the ...

Djokovic reaches fourth French Open final

Novak Djokovic reached his fourth French Open final with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 demolition of Austria's Dominic Thiem on Friday to move one match closer to a career Grand Slam.The world number one will tackle either second seed Andy Murray or defending champi...