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Sunday's march in Kinshasa has been called by the Lay Coordination Committee, an organisation close to the church, an influential social and spiritual force in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Tensions high as DR Congo ruling party supporters storm cathedral

Kinshasa (AFP) – Tensions soared in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday as hundreds of ruling party supporters stormed Kinshasa cathedral after authorities banned a planned church-backed rally against  President Joseph Kabila. The incident came as the chronically unstable nation

Police officers in riot gear grapple with anti-fascist protesters at a rally in Milan on Saturday

Rival protests across Italy ahead of vote

Milan (AFP) – Tens of thousands of people marched in rival far-right and anti-fascist demonstrations across Italy on Saturday, with isolated clashes flaring as tensions threatened to boil over ahead of next weekend’s election. Italy sent 5,000 police out to

Members of the UN Security Council voted unanimously on a resolution demanding the 30-day ceasefire in Syria

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, as new air strikes on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta took the civilian death toll from seven days of bombing

I'm off: Ireland's wing Jacob Stockdale runs in the late try

Schmidt a mix of emotions after thrilling Irish win

Dublin (AFP) – Joe Schmidt endured mixed emotions after Ireland’s pulsating 37-27 victory over Wales kept their hopes of the Six Nations Grand Slam alive on Saturday at Lansdowne Road. Schmidt was delighted the Irish picked up a bonus point

That's handy: Junior Dala starred with three wickets and a run-out

Dala shines as South Africa put brakes on India

Cape Town (AFP) – South African fast bowler Junior Dala took three wickets and made a direct-hit run-out to keep India’s batting in check in the third and final Twenty20 international at Newlands on Saturday. India, who were without captain

Adina Pintilie says the movie was intended to "invite you the viewer to dialogue" with its frank portrayals of sex, disability and inhibitions

Romanian sex docudrama ‘Touch Me Not’ wins Berlin Golden Bear

Berlin (AFP) – “Touch Me Not”, an experimental Romanian docudrama exploring sexual intimacy and the fears around it, won the Golden Bear top prize at the Berlin film festival Saturday. First-time director Adina Pintilie, 38, clutching the trophy after her

Police officers in riot gear grapple with anti-fascist protesters at a rally in Milan on Saturday

Tens of thousands march in rival protests across Italy

Milan (AFP) – Tens of thousands of people marched in rival far-right and anti-fascist demonstrations across Italy on Saturday, with isolated clashes erupting as tensions threatened to boil over ahead of next weekend’s election. Police estimated that between 15,000 and

Tighazoui scored the winner as Wydad Casablanca won the CAF Super Cup

Wydad win Super Cup as VAR used in Africa for first time

Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) – Amin Tighazoui scored from a free-kick to give Wydad Casablanca a 1-0 CAF Super Cup victory over TP Mazembe Saturday as the video assistant referee (VAR) system was used for the first time in Africa. The

King of Egypt: Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring for the sixth straight game as Liverpool beat West Ham 4-1

Salah takes Liverpool to second, West Brom cut adrift

London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp described a near perfect Liverpool performance as a “joy to watch” as Mohamed Salah scored for the sixth straight game in a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield on Saturday. Klopp’s men moved up

Huw beauty: Scotland centre Huw Jones grabbed two tries in the shock 25-13 win

Huw beauty as Scotland stun England in Six Nations

Edinburgh (AFP) – Huw Jones scored two tries as Scotland produced a huge upset to beat Six Nations champions England 25-13 at Murrayfield on Saturday. It was Scotland’s first victory over their oldest rivals in a decade and just England’s

Sunday's march in Kinshasa has been called by the Lay Coordination Committee, an organisation close to the church, an influential social and spiritual force in the Democratic Republic of Congo

DR Congo ruling party supporters storm cathedral

Kinshasa (AFP) – Tensions soared in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday as hundreds of ruling party supporters stormed Kinshasa cathedral after authorities banned a planned Catholic church-backed rally against the rule of President Joseph Kabila. The incident came as

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani

Armani sets his classical style against theatrical excess

Milan (AFP) – Giorgio Armani launched his new collection “Atmosphere” in Milan on Saturday, proclaiming his deep-rooted classicism against extravagant theatrical trends. “My fashion is not that of a theatre which lasts as long as a catwalk show, which serves

Deeply conservative Pakistan has strict notions of masculinity where men are often expected to be more austere. But savvy entrepreneurs in urban centres have latched on to a new metrosexual trend: male beauty salons

Pakistani men assert their right to be groomed as male beauty booms

Islamabad (AFP) – Nails are buffed, blackheads scrubbed and coffee sipped to the sound of clipping scissors inside the “Men’s” salon in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, where a growing number of male patrons are set on revamping their style.  Deeply conservative

Heads up: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real down Alaves 4-0

Zidane hails selfless Ronaldo after Benzema penalty gesture

Madrid (AFP) – Real coach Zinedine Zidane hailed Cristiano Ronaldo’s selflessness after the forward gave up the chance of a hat-trick by allowing Karim Benzema to take a late penalty in Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of Alaves. Zidane restored Gareth Bale

DR Congo bans anti-Kabila marches in Kinshasa

Kinshasa (AFP) – Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have banned a planned demonstration Sunday against President Joseph Kabila in the capital Kinshasa, according to a letter sent to organisers. Governor Andre Kimbuta said in the letter sent on

DR Congo ruling party supporters storm Kinshasa cathedral: AFP

Kinshasa (AFP) – Hundreds of supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo’s ruling party stormed Kinshasa cathedral Saturday a day before a Catholic church-backed rally against the rule of President Joseph Kabila. “We have come to take possession of Our Lady

A picture taken on February 24, 2018 in the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region, shows the shrouded and prepared-for-burial bodies of civilians killed in regime bombardment

Death toll in Syria enclave tops 500 as UN truce vote stalls

Douma (Syria) (AFP) – New air strikes on the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Saturday took the civilian death toll from seven days of devastating bombardment to more than 500 as the United Nations again struggled to hold

Oliver Fisher was tied for the lead after the third round of the Qatar Masters

Englishmen Pepperell and Oliver Fisher lead Qatar Masters

Doha (AFP) – Two English players, Oliver Fisher and Eddie Pepperell, lead the field heading into a final day at the Qatar Masters that could be complicated by rare rainstorms in Doha. Fisher finished off Saturday’s third round with four

Heads up: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real down Alaves 4-0

Ronaldo strikes twice as Real thump Alaves

Madrid (AFP) – A Cristiano Ronaldo double and Gareth Bale’s first goal in seven matches helped Real Madrid thrash Alaves 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday to strengthen their grip on a top-three spot in La Liga. The reigning

King of Egypt: Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring for the sixth straight game as Liverpool beat West Ham 4-1

Salah takes Liverpool to second, West Brom in danger

London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp described a near perfect Liverpool performance as a “joy to watch” as Mohamed Salah scored for the sixth straight game in a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield on Saturday. Klopp’s men moved up

Police officers in riot gear grapple with anti-fascist protesters at a rally in Milan on Saturday

Tens of thousands march in protests across Italy

Rome (AFP) – Tens of thousands of people marched in rival far-right and anti-fascist demonstrations across Italy on Saturday, with isolated clashes erupting as tensions threatened to boil over ahead of next weekend’s election. Police estimated that between 15,000 and

The draft resolution demands the lifting of all sieges including in Eastern Ghouta, where Syrian government forces are waging a fierce bombing campaign

UN diplomats locked in talks on Syria ceasefire

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – A UN Security Council meeting to vote on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria failed to start as scheduled at 1700 GMT on Saturday as negotiations continued in an effort to avert a Russian veto,

Denmark's Michael Valgren was the surprise winner of the Het Nieuwsblad, the opening one-day spring classic of the season

Valgren stuns classics specialists to win Omloop

Meerbeke (Belgium) (AFP) – Dane Michael Valgren was the surprise winner of the opening one-day spring classic of the season in Belgium on Saturday. The 26-year-old Astana rider profited from a late solo break to win the 196km Omloop Het

Mohamed Salah netted against West Ham and is closing in on Ian Rush's Liverpool scoring record of 47 in a single season

Salah’s hot-streak continues as Liverpool go second

Liverpool (AFP) – Mohamed Salah continued his incredible goalscoring streak as Liverpool eased to a 4-1 victory over West Ham United to move up to second in the Premier League on Saturday. The Egypt international took his tally to 18

Colombian authorities arrested Washington Prado (C), seen as Ecuador's "Pablo Escobar," in April 2017

Ecuador’s ‘Pablo Escobar’ drug kingpin extradited to US

Bogota (AFP) – A drug kingpin dubbed Ecuador’s “Pablo Escobar” who was under arrest in Colombia was extradited to the United States early Saturday, local officials said here. Washington Prado, also known as “Gerard,” faces charges of moving more than

Canada's Kim Boutin received threats online after a clash with South Korean skater Choi Min-jeong.

Canada’s Boutin ‘scared for safety’ after threats

Pyeongchang (South Korea) (AFP) – Canadian short-track speed skater Kim Boutin said Saturday that she had been “really scared” after receiving threats online following the disqualification of a South Korean rival at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The 23-year-old finished the Games

Agony: Robert Lewandowski feels the pain as Bayern Munich are held 0-0 by Hertha Berlin

Lewandowski, Heynckes miss records as Bayern held

Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski and Jupp Heynckes both missed out on records as runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich were held to a lacklustre goalless draw at home to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.  Despite the disappointing result, Bayern are now

King of Egypt: Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring for the sixth straight game as Liverpool beat West Ham 4-1

Salah leads Liverpool up to second in West Ham rout

Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mohamed Salah scored for the sixth straight game as Liverpool took advantage of being the only Premier League top six side in action on Saturday to move into second with a 4-1 thrashing of West

Neymar has scored 19 Ligue 1 goals in as many matches since his world-record move from Barcelona

Neymar fit for PSG squad against Marseille

Paris (AFP) – Neymar has been named in the Paris Saint-Germain squad to face arch-rivals Marseille on Sunday, despite missing Friday’s training session with illness. PSG coach Unai Emery had said that Neymar was “ill”, but that he hoped he

Breaking bad, breaking good: Ireland winger Jacob Stockdale scores the late intercept try

Stockdale double keeps Irish Grand Slam hopes alive in thriller

Dublin (AFP) – Two tries by try machine Jacob Stockdale helped Ireland keep their Six Nations Grand Slam hopes alive with a pulsating 37-27 victory over Wales at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. Stockdale’s double — taking his tally to eight

Champion style: Elina Svitolina on her way to victory

Svitolina joins Henin, Venus as back-to-back Dubai winner

Dubai (AFP) – Elina Svitolina beat Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-0 on Saturday to win the Dubai Championships for the second year in a row. The fourth-ranked Ukrainian becomes only the third woman to defend the title, after Justine Henin (2003-2004)and

Investor Warren Buffett, seen here speaking at an event early last year in New York with fellow billionaire Bill Gates, says in his new newsletter that his company received a $29 billion bonus in 2017 thanks to a new US tax law

New US tax law brings Warren Buffett a nice check: $29 billion

New York (AFP) – Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett, received a stunning $29 billion check last year from the US government, thanks to a new tax law that massively lowered corporate tax rates. In

Anbang has been involved in a number of high-profile deals, including the $1.95 billion purchase of New York's Waldorf Astoria in 2014

China takes over Anbang, prosecutes ex-boss for ‘economic crimes’

Beijing (AFP) – China took over Anbang Insurance Group for a year on Friday and said its former chairman faces prosecution for “economic crimes”, in the government’s most drastic move yet to rein in politically connected companies whose splashy overseas

British actress Tilda Swinton (R) and US actress Greta Gerwig with US director Wes Anderson at the opening of the Berlinale with the premiere of "Isle of Dogs", a favourite to win a top prize.

Wes Anderson, Norway teen massacre lead Berlin film race

Berlin (AFP) – Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs”, an animated movie with political bite, and a controversial dramatisation of 2011 massacre of teenagers in Norway by a neo-Nazi gunman led the award favourites Saturday at the Berlin film festival. The

Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya won figure skating gold at Sochi 2014, before retiring last year aged 19 over health problems related to anorexia.

Eating disorders, figure skating’s ‘dirty little secret’

Gangneung (South Korea) (AFP) – Four years ago, Russia’s Yulia Lipnitskaya had the world at her 15-year-old feet, before the ground crumbled beneath them. The figure skater had emerged as one of the golden athletes of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics,

Turkey called on the international community to end the "massacre" in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta hit by intense regime bombardment ahead of a UN Security Council vote

Turkey urges ‘world to say stop to E.Ghouta massacre’

Ankara (AFP) – Turkey called on the international community to end the “massacre” in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta hit by intense regime bombardment ahead of a UN Security Council vote on Saturday. “The regime is committing massacres

The first Riyadh half marathon drew an international all-male field

Riyadh hosts first international half-marathon

Riyadh (AFP) – Rain-soaked Riyadh hosted its first international half-marathon on Saturday with a top prize of one million riyals ($267,000), as the conservative kingdom seeks to boost sports and entertainment in a far-reaching liberalisation drive. Hundreds of male runners

Chris Kelly and Andrew Ebbett each scored twice as the Canadians captured their first Olympic bronze medal in half a century

Canadians beat Czechs for first Olympic hockey bronze in 50 years

Gangneung (South Korea) (AFP) – Canada earned a measure of Olympic men’s hockey redemption after a shock semi-final loss to Germany by defeating the Czech Republic 6-4 in Saturday’s Pyeongchang bronze-medal game. Chris Kelly and Andrew Ebbett each scored twice

With Roger Federer opting out, Grigor Dimitrov has become the top seed and the top draw in Dubai

Dimitrov becomes top seed and top draw as Federer skips Dubai

Dubai (AFP) – With the withdrawal of Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov will be thrust into the favourite’s role when the Dubai Championships start on Monday. The Bulgarian is ranked No. 4 in the world and won the season-ending ATP Finals

Harold Voster of the Lions could not evade Bautista Ezcurra of the Jaguares

Crusaders open title defence with victory, Waratahs win late

Johannesburg (AFP) – A penalty try ensured the Canterbury Crusaders launched the defence of their Super Rugby crown with a win over the Waikato Chiefs on Saturday while the NSW Waratahs snatched victory in the final minute. The Crusaders beat

Frances Tiafoe of the US toppled second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 7-5, to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament at Delray Beach, Florida, on February 22, 2018

Tiafoe topples del Potro at ATP Delray Beach

Miami (AFP) – Frances Tiafoe turned the tables on Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday, toppling the second-seeded former champion 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament at Delray Beach, Florida. The 20-year-old American needed