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Celtics breeze past slumping Pistons

Los Angeles (AFP) – The Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics avenged a November loss to Detroit on Sunday, handing the slumping Pistons a sixth straight NBA defeat 91-81. Al Horford scored 18 points, handed out six assists and pulled down nine

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gold plated souvenir Bitcoin coins, as the digital currency makes its debut on a major exchange

Bitcoin futures make muted stock exchange debut

New York (AFP) – Bitcoin made a muted debut on a major global exchange Sunday, in a milestone for the controversial digital currency that has some investors excited but others nervous. Trading on a futures contract began at 6pm (2300

Many are wary of embracing bitcoin because it has no central bank backing it and no legal exchange rate

Bitcoin makes muted stock exchange debut at $15,000

New York (AFP) – Cryptocurrency Bitcoin made its debut on a major bourse Sunday, opening at $15,000 per unit at the Chicago board options exchange.  Around 23:20 GMT, the price of the currency had risen to $15,940 dollars on a

A monument built for the victims is seen on December 10, 2017 during a cerenomy marking the first anniversary of the Vodaphone stadium attack, near the stadium in Istanbul

Turkey remembers victims of double bombings one year on

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish football giants Besiktas paid tribute Sunday to 46 people killed in twin bombings near the team’s stadium, as others held commemorations to mark the first anniversary of the attacks. “The pain is as raw as the

Britain's Ronnie O'Sullivan, pictured in July 2017, beat Shaun Murphy to pocket a top prize of £170,000 for his third ranking title of the season, which avenged his defeat by Murphy in the Champion of Champions final last month

O’Sullivan claims record-equalling sixth UK title

York (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Shaun Murphy 10-5 at the Barbican on Sunday to draw alongside Steve Davis with a record-equalling sixth UK Championship title. The five-time world champion struck three centuries in a high-quality final to

Villarreal's midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez (L) vies with Barcelona's forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish league football match December 10, 2017

Suarez, Messi maintain Barcelona’s La Liga lead

Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona restored their lead at the top of La Liga to five points as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi struck in the final 20 minutes to edge out 10-man Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday. Daniel Raba’s red card

Bermuda is a self-governing territory but still often looks to Britain, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2014

Bermuda groups assail vote to rescind same-sex marriage rights

Washington (AFP) – A vote by Bermuda’s lower chamber to rescind same-sex marriage rights granted only months ago has drawn sharp criticism from island groups and many politicians in the British overseas territory. The House of Assembly voted late Friday,

AC Milan's midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against Bologna on December 10, 2017

Bonaventura double gives Gattuso first win

Milan (AFP) – Giacomo Bonaventura struck twice as AC Milan bounced back from last week’s embarrassing draw at Benevento by beating Bologna 2-1 on Sunday to give Gennaro Gattuso his first win as coach. Midfielder Bonaventura opened the scoring early

Around 7,000 Romanians took to the streets on Sunday in fresh protests at the left-wing government and what critics say are its attempts to go easy on corruption

Romanians stage fresh anti-corruption protests

Bucharest (AFP) – More than 10,000 people Sunday braved biting cold to stage protests across Romania to denounce the left-wing government for backtracking on efforts to fight corruption. The demonstrators want the withdrawal of proposed legislation that would overhaul Romania’s

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi (R) celebrates scoring against Manchester United during a game at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 10, 2017

Otamendi gives Manchester City derby delight, Rooney denies Reds

London (AFP) – Manchester City took a giant step towards the title as the leaders beat Manchester United 2-1 to clinch a record-equalling 14th successive Premier League victory, while Wayne Rooney’s late leveller gave Everton a 1-1 draw at Liverpool

Freiburg's Robin Koch (left) and Cologne's Sehrou Guirassy in action during the Bundesliga match in western Germany, on December 10, 2017

Freiburg win basement battle in seven-goal thriller

Berlin (AFP) – Freiburg came from three goals down to win Sunday’s thrilling Bundesliga basement battle 4-3 at Cologne as visiting striker Nils Petersen wrapped up his hat-trick with a 95th-minute penalty. A heavy overnight snowfall created testing conditions at

Manchester United's striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) challenges Manchester City's defender Nicolas Otamendi (L) in the air during the English Premier League football match December 10, 2017

Otamendi wins derby to fire Manchester City 11 points clear

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s defensive deficiencies gifted Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City a 2-1 derby victory on Sunday that allowed them to establish a massive 11-point lead in the Premier League. Romelu Lukaku was United’s fall guy, his

Huthi rebel fighters inspect the damage after a reported air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeted the presidential palace in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 5, 2017

Guterres calls for new push to stop the ‘stupid war’ in Yemen

Washington (AFP) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Sunday for a renewed push to end the “stupid war” in Yemen, saying he hoped the Trump administration could pressure Saudi Arabia to ease the humanitarian crisis there. “I believe this is

A handout picture provided by the Palestinian Authority's press office (PPO) shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the capital Cairo on May 9, 2016

Abbas to Egypt for talks with Sisi on Trump move

Cairo (AFP) – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to meet Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo Monday over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Egypt’s presidency said. Trump’s move has drawn near universal condemnation,

Lyon's forward Houssem Aouar (2ndL) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match against Amiens December 10, 2017

Lyon leave it late, Balotelli with Nice winner

Paris (AFP) – Teenage midfielder Houssem Aouar scored with the last kick of the game as Lyon kept their charge towards the top of Ligue 1 going with a 2-1 win at Amiens on Sunday. Aouar had earlier cancelled out

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the US' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel "risks to compromise" efforts to forge peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Trump decision on Jerusalem could hurt peace process: Guterres

Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital might hinder the US drive for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday. His comments were in stark contrast to those of the US

French President Emmanuel Macron urged visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to "show courage in his dealings with the Palestinians" after the controversy over the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

Paris (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a trip to Europe on Sunday facing widespread criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state and pressure to engage in the peace process.

Roma's Bruno da Silva Peres (left) in action during the Serie A match against Chievo in Verona, on December 10, 2017

Roma’s title hopes dented by Chievo stalemate

Milan (AFP) – Roma failed to take their chance to close the gap on Serie A leaders Inter Milan wasting a host of chances and ending with just a goalless draw in Chievo on Sunday. Eusebio Di Francesco’s side are

Atletico Madrid's midfielder Saul Niguez celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match against Real Betis December 10, 2017

Saul strike keeps Atletico on Barca’s tails

Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid bounced back from the disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League in midweek to keep their La Liga title challenge afloat by grinding out a 1-0 win at Real Betis on Sunday. In

Atletico Madrid's midfielder Saul Niguez celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match against Real Betis December 10, 2017

Saul strike keeps Atletico Madrid on Barcelona’s tails

Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid bounced back from the disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League in midweek to keep their La Liga title challenge afloat by grinding out a 1-0 win at Real Betis on Sunday. In

Napoli's Dries Mertens (left) avoids a challenge from  Fiorentina's Bruno Gaspar during the side's Serie A match in Naples, on December 10, 2017

Serie A top four all draw goalless blanks

Milan (AFP) – It’s as you were at the top of Serie A after the top four all played out goalless draws this weekend, leaving unbeaten Inter Milan still leading the pack. Napoli stay second on 39 points after their

Lyon's forward Houssem Aouar (2ndL) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match against Amiens December 10, 2017

Aouar the hero as Lyon leave it late

Paris (AFP) – Teenage midfielder Houssem Aouar scored with the last kick of the game as Lyon kept their charge towards the top of Ligue 1 going with a 2-1 win at Amiens on Sunday. Aouar had earlier cancelled out

Britain's Brexit Minister David Davis says Britain won't pay up its remaining EU commitments unless a trade deal is secured -- -- contradicting finance minister Philip Hammond

UK won’t pay Brexit bill if no trade deal agreed: Davis

London (AFP) – Brexit Secretary David Davis said Sunday Britain will not honour financial commitments agreed this week with the European Union if they fail to secure a future trade deal, contradicting finance minister Philip Hammond.  “No deal means that

Napoli's Dries Mertens (left) avoids a challenge from  Fiorentina's Bruno Gaspar during the side's Serie A match in Naples, on December 10, 2017

Napoli miss out on top spot with Fiorentina draw

Milan (AFP) – Napoli missed out on the chance to reclaim top spot in Serie A after drawing 0-0 with Fiorentina on Sunday. Napoli stayed second on 39 points, one behind unbeaten leaders Inter Milan, who drew 0-0 at arch-rivals

Freiburg's Robin Koch (left) and Cologne's Sehrou Guirassy in action during the Bundesliga match in western Germany, on December 10, 2017

Freiburg win Bundesliga basement battle in seven-goal thriller

Berlin (AFP) – Freiburg came from three goals down to win Sunday’s thrilling Bundesliga basement battle 4-3 at Cologne as visiting striker Nils Petersen wrapped up his hat-trick with a 95th-minute penalty. A heavy overnight snowfall created testing conditions at

An Israeli soldier fires tear gas towards Palestinian youths during clashes near the West Bank towns of Hebron and Bethlehem, on December 10, 2017

Israeli stabbed in apparent Jerusalem ‘terror’ attack

Jerusalem (AFP) – A Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem on Sunday in what police described as a “terrorist” attack amid unrest over the White House’s Jerusalem declaration. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the guard

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital will help the peace process by simplifying negotiations

Haley insists US move on Jerusalem will ‘move the ball forward’

Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump’s administration insisted on Sunday that its recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital will help the cause of peace, with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley saying it will “move the ball forward.” The new US

The polls for national and provincial parliaments were held in two phases, with the mountainous north voting on November 26 and the rest of the country on Thursday

Communist parties win majority in Nepal vote

Kathmandu (AFP) – An alliance of Nepal’s former Maoist rebels and the main Communist party have won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections and are expected to form the next government, according to preliminary results from the election commission

A freshly-burned forest is seen under the stars at the Lilac Fire in the early morning hours of December 8, 2017 near Bonsall, California

Fire in southern California threatening another city

Ojai (United States) (AFP) – A fierce wildfire raged on north of Los Angeles Sunday, threatening other towns after already charring vast swaths of land, but other blazes were largely contained after burning for days. The so-called Thomas fire is

Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow (C) and Beatrice Fihn (R), leader of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, received the Nobel Peace Prize, warning of the threat of nuclear conflict with North Korea

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war is ‘a tantrum away’

Oslo (AFP) – Mankind’s destruction caused by a nuclear war is just one “impulsive tantrum away”, the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), warned on Sunday as the United States and North