Multiple suicide blasts hit Saudi Arabia

4 Jul

Three suicide bombers struck in Saudi Arabia on Monday in a rare incidence of multiple attacks in the kingdom where the Islamic State group has previously staged deadly attacks.There were no immediate claims of responsibility.The latest explosion occur…

Tickling the brain can boost immunity: study

4 Jul

Artificially stimulating the brain’s feel-good centre boosts immunity in mice in a way that could help explain the power of placebos, a study reported Monday.”Our findings indicate that activation of areas of the brain associated with positive expectat…

Murray downs Kyrgios for 50th Wimbledon win

4 Jul

Second seed Andy Murray brushed aside Australia’s Nick Kyrgios to register his 50th Wimbledon match win on Monday and reach his ninth straight quarter-final at the event.Murray, the 2013 champion, eased to a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 win and will face French 12th …

Cavendish slams Froome’s Sky over sprint finish

4 Jul

Speed king Mark Cavendish hit out at the Sky team of Tour de France champion Chris Froome for making sprint finishes dangerous.Cavendish won Monday’s third stage of the Tour in a paper-thin finish ahead of Andre Greipel.It was his 28th Tour stage win a…

Dior goes back to basics as Chiuri waits in wings

4 Jul

With Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri expected to take the reins at Christian Dior within days, the French fashion house went back to its eminently wearable roots in its Paris haute couture show Monday.Swiss pair Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, who…

Prosecutors seek prison terms in ‘Vatileaks’ case

4 Jul

Vatican prosecutors Monday demanded prison sentences for a senior clergyman, a communications consultant and a journalist accused of involvement in the leak of sensitive Holy See documents dubbed “Vatileaks”.The prosecution called for three years and n…

Alitalia strike action cancels 142 flights

4 Jul

Alitalia announced the cancellation of 142 flights scheduled for Tuesday due to strike action which the airline condemned as “incomprehensible”.In a statement Monday it said the flights would be cancelled due to the strike by part of its staff protesti…

Federer wary of Ivanisevic factor in Cilic clash

4 Jul

Roger Federer admits 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic will prove a formidable opponent in Wednesday’s quarter-finals even though the colourful Croatian retired 12 years ago.Ivanisevic masterminded compatriot Marin Cilic’s US Open title triumph …

Drought kills Paraguay’s thirsty alligators

4 Jul

A drought in northern Paraguay has driven thousands of thirsty alligators to crowd around lakes and wells, scaring off cattle from the dwindling water sources, environmentalists and locals say.Parched leathery corpses of the reptiles lie on the cracked…

Aisle be back, says Wimbledon bride-to-be Cibulkova

4 Jul

Dominika Cibulkova insists she doesn’t care about having to postpone her wedding if it means she has taken another step towards an unexpected Wimbledon final appearance.

Cibulkova is due to marry fiancé Miso Navara in her hometown of Bratislava on Saturday.

But the confetti and wedding cake could be put on hold after the Slovakian 19th seed advanced to the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-3, 5-7, 9-7 victory over world number three Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday.

When the 27-year-old planned the wedding nine months ago, she considered her wretched record at Wimbledon, where she had lost by the third round seven times, as solid evidence she wouldn’t still be involved on July 9 — the day of the women’s final.

But remarkably she has been in inspired form on grass over the last month, winning her first title on the surface at Eastbourne before sweeping into the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011.

With little time before she is due to say her wedding vows, Cibulkova has decided the walk down the aisle will have to wait if she defeats Russian world number 50 Elena Vesnina in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

“If I win on Tuesday, then we will change it. We will postpone it because it will be a lot of rush,” Cibulkova said.

“It was just when I was in an ice bath after the match, I said to my team, ‘Okay, now it’s getting more serious’.

“So I told them, If I win tomorrow, then we seriously have to deal with this.

“It’s no problem. We chose this date because I never saw myself as such a great grass court player, you know.

“But I’m still here and I’m playing my match tomorrow.

“If I knew I would win Eastbourne and now, being in the quarter-finals, I would have changed my mind (about the date).”

– Change of plans –

Cibulkova says her friends and family would happily accommodate a change of plans if it means she has reached the second Grand Slam final of her career.

The 2014 Australian Open runner-up said: “They all know I’m here and playing.

“We just wanted to be the wedding in the summer and this was the only okay time to have it.

“It was funny, because last week I woke up and I had a dream it’s already the wedding day,” she said.

“Then I realised and I say ‘no, I have to play a match today’. We are still at Wimbledon.

“But I always said, if we would really have to postpone it, then it will be like a dream come true because nothing better could happen to me in my tennis career.

“It’s no problem to postpone a wedding one week. It will be even more enjoyable.”

Cibulkova’s fiancé was cheering her on from the courtside seats as she saw off former Wimbledon finalist Radwanska in one of the most entertaining matches on the women’s tour this year.

And Cibulkova insisted there was no chance her wedding postponement would bother her fiancé.

“I don’t think he said anything about it. I’m just really happy right now with my tennis and with my private life,” she said.

“You know, you can see it on the court. We are still keeping this date. We’ll see what’s gonna happen.”

Blast outside Prophet’s Mosque in Medina: Saudi media

4 Jul

A blast occurred on Monday in Saudi Arabia outside one of Islam’s holiest sites, the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, a Saudi-owned television channel reported.Al-Arabiya news channel showed images of fire raging in a parking lot with at least one body nearby.

US drone strike kills three Qaeda suspects in Yemen

4 Jul

A US drone attack killed three Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen’s Shabwa on Monday, the second such strike in the southern province in days, a security official said. The suspected militants were travelling in the Al-Musaina region of Shabwa when their vehic…

Iraq pushes IS back, but struggles to secure Baghdad

4 Jul

Iraq may be winning against the Islamic State group on the battlefield, but it is struggling to prevent deadly jihadist attacks in Baghdad that are undermining the government.A suicide bombing claimed by IS ripped through a crowded shopping area in the…

Self-belief powering Gatlin to Rio

4 Jul

Justin Gatlin is preparing to block out the background noise fuelled by his checkered past as he prepares for another assault on the Olympic 100m crown in Rio de Janeiro next month.The 34-year-old American sprinter laid down an ominous marker at the US…

Have mercy! Federer wants 12-12 Wimbledon tie-breakers

4 Jul

Roger Federer believes Wimbledon should introduce tie-breakers at 12-12 in the final set to avoid players seeing their tournament hopes shattered by exhaustion.The seven-time champion reckons 12-12 would be the perfect compromise between the traditiona…