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Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola reacts ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on October 21, 2017

City have found killer instinct, says Guardiola

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have found a more ruthless streak after they overcame stubborn Burnley 3-0 to earn a club record equalling 11th consecutive victory. Sergio Aguero made his own piece of history, becoming

France charges eight over plot targeting politicians

Paris (AFP) – France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far-right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques, prosecutors announced Saturday in Paris. The men — aged between 17 and 29 — are accused

Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar (R) fights for the ball with Napoli's Dries Mertens during their match on October 21, 2017 at the San Paolo Stadium

Inter end Napoli winning streak in stalemate

Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan ended Napoli’s winning streak in Serie A with a goalless draw despite a hard-fought top of the table clash in Naples on Saturday. Napoli — who suffered Champions League disappointment at Manchester City this week

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi celebrates scoring his team's second goal during their match against Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on October 21, 2017

Mourinho tears into Man Utd after shock loss

Huddersfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho launched a withering verbal attack on his Manchester United players following their surprise Premier League defeat at Huddersfield Town and confessed he was shocked by their lacklustre performance. United were beaten for the

Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont delivers a speech in Barcelona on October 21, 2017, after Spain announced drastic measures to stop Catalan leaders from pressing ahead with independence

Catalan leader accuses Spain of ‘worst attack’ since Franco

Barcelona (AFP) – Catalonia’s leader accused Madrid on Saturday of waging the “worst attack” on his region since dictator Francisco Franco after the central government took drastic measures to stop it from breaking away. In a televised announcement, Carles Puigdemont

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage before qualifying for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas

Red Bull chief confident of keeping Ricciardo

Austin (AFP) – Red Bull team chief Christian Horner on Saturday made clear that he is determined to retain Australian Daniel Ricciardo alongside Max Verstappen beyond 2018. One day after the team confirmed Verstappen, 20, had signed a new three-year

Barcelona's players celebrate a goal during their match against Malaga CFin Barcelona on October 21, 2017

Barcelona roll on calmly amidst Catalan chaos

Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona dismissed another day of political chaos in Catalonia to continue on their merry way at the top of La Liga by beating Malaga 2-0 at the Camp Nou. Spanish Primer Minister Mariano Rajoy announced on Saturday

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's appointment as a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador has unleashed a storm of international criticism

Mugabe WHO appointment ‘contradicts UN ideals’: US

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Saturday sharply criticized the appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador, saying it  “contradicts United Nations ideals.” “The United States government has sanctioned President Mugabe due to crimes against his people

​Catalan leaders including regional president Carles Puigdemont join a rally in Barcelona in support of separatists.

Catalan leader blasts Spain move to sack separatists

Barcelona (AFP) – Spain took drastic measures Saturday to stop Catalonia from breaking away, announcing plans to dismiss its separatist government and call fresh elections in a move the region’s leader compared to the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Catalan president

Monaco forward Keita Balde celebrates after scoring a goalagainst Caen on October 21, 2017 at the "Louis II Stadium" in Monaco

Balde off mark for Monaco, Ranieri’s Nantes fly high

Paris (AFP) – Keita Balde netted his first goal since his big-money summer move to Monaco as the reigning French champions eased to a welcome 2-0 victory at home to Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday. Balde got the opener

Maltese journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb outside her home in Bidnjia, Malta, on October 16, 2017

Malta offers 1-million euro reward over journalist’s murder

Valletta (AFP) – Malta’s government offered a one-million euro ($1.2 million) reward Saturday for information to help solve the brutal murder of journalist and anti-corruption campaigner Daphne Caruana Galizia. Announcing the move, the government also promised to protect anyone who

An Islamic State (IS) group flag flutters above heavily damaged buildings in Raqa on October 21, 2017, after a Kurdish-led force expelled the jihadists from the northern Syrian city

IS caliphate’s end ‘in sight’ after Raqa fall: Trump

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump said Saturday a transition can soon being to set conditions for last peace in Syria now that the end of the Islamic State “caliphate is in sight” with the fall of Raqa. The

WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had praised Zimbabwe's health coverage -- but announced a rethink after critics observed its president tends to get his treatment abroad

WHO chief ‘rethinking’ after Mugabe honour outrage

Geneva (AFP) – The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday that he was “rethinking” his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, as global outrage over the move mounted.  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general

​Catalan leaders including regional president Carles Puigdemont join a rally in Barcelona in support of separatists.

Huge crowds protest as Spain moves to sack Catalan government

Barcelona (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded Barcelona’s streets Saturday as Spain took drastic measures to stop Catalonia from breaking away, announcing plans to dismiss the region’s separatist government and call fresh elections. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is poised for a comfortable victory over Yuriko Koike

Abe set for fresh term as Japan votes under N. Korea threats

Tokyo (AFP) – Millions of Japanese head to the polls Sunday in a snap election likely to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a fresh mandate to revive the world’s third-largest economy and press his hardline stance on North Korea. If

Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso (front) celebrates scoring with teammates during their match against Hamburg SV in Hamburg, northern Germany, on October 21, 2017

Bayern edge past Hamburg to go level with Dortmund

Berlin (AFP) – Corentin Tolisso got the winner as defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich squeezed past 10-man Hamburg 1-0 to draw level with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table on Saturday. Both sides have 20 points, but goal

The octogenarian Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, heads covered with white handkerchieves, are joined by others in a protest 40 years after beginning their struggle to identify children stolen by Argentina's former dictatorship

Argentina’s Grandmothers still searching 40 years on

Olavarría (Argentina) (AFP) – Argentina’s campaigning Grandmothers mark their 40th anniversary Sunday vowing that age will not deter them from their struggle to identify hundreds of children stolen by the dictatorship and reunite them with their families. The Grandmothers of

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (R) runs with the ball during their match against Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on October 21, 2017

Guardiola keen to celebrate Aguero milestone

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola invited Sergio Aguero to take the squad out for dinner after the Argentinian striker equalled the club’s all-time scoring record. Aguero, 29, broke the deadlock in Saturday’s 3-0 home win

Everton defender Ashley Williams (L) is kept apart as players clash during a match against Lyon at Goodison Park, in Liverpool on October 19, 2017

Police quiz man over Everton-Lyon trouble

London (AFP) – A man has been interviewed on suspicion of assault and affray over an incident that occurred during Everton’s Europa League game against Lyon, British police said on Saturday. An Everton fan holding a young child appeared to

Monaco forward Keita Balde celebrates after scoring a goalagainst Caen on October 21, 2017 at the "Louis II Stadium" in Monaco

Keita Balde off mark in Monaco win

Paris (AFP) – Keita Balde netted his first goal since his big-money summer move to Monaco as the reigning French champions eased to a welcome 2-0 victory at home to Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday. Balde got the opener

Frankfurt midfielder Mijat Gacinovic (R) vies with Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl (L) during their match in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany, on October 21, 2017

Dortmund throw away two-goal lead in Frankfurt draw

Berlin (AFP) – Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund threw away a two-goal lead in their 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday after another mistake by goalkeeper Roman Burki triggered the hosts’ fightback. Dortmund are winless in their last three games

AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella declared himself undaunted by a string of recent losses and draws that have put his job in doubt, saying risks do not scare him

Under-pressure Montella summons spirit of Churchill

Milan (AFP) – Vincenzo Montella summoned the spirit of Britain’s World War II leader Winston Churchill on Saturday as he remained defiant amid reports his days were numbered as AC Milan coach. Milan host Genoa on Sunday in a must-win

An Egyptian armoured vehicle is seen on the road to the Bahariya oasis after a deadly shootout between police and militants

16 policemen killed in Egypt shootout with militants

Road to El Wahat El Bahariya (Egypt) (AFP) – Sixteen Egyptian policemen were killed in a shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, the interior ministry said Saturday, in a rare flare-up

​(Center) Catalan regional vice-president and chief of Economy and Finance Oriol Junqueras and Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont attend a demonstration on October 21, 2017 in Barcelona, to support two leaders of Catalan separatist groups, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, who have been detained pending an investigation into sedition charges

‘Time to declare independence’: 450,000 protest in Barcelona

Barcelona (AFP) – Led by Catalonia’s separatist president Carles Puigdemont, hundreds of thousands of independence supporters protested in Barcelona on Saturday, shouting “freedom” and “independence” after Madrid announced drastic measures to stop the region from breaking away. “It’s time to

Czech billionaire Andrej Babis, chairman of the anti-migrant ANO movement, casts his ballot at a polling station near Prague in an election that could see the 'Czech Trump' take power.

‘Czech Trump’ clinches election victory, eurosceptics boosted

Prague (AFP) – With voters upset over traditional parties and orders from Brussels,  billionaire populist Andrej Babis, dubbed the “Czech Trump”, clinched victory in the Czech Republic’s election on Saturday, while eurosceptics and an anti-Islam group backed by France’s National

Egyptian security forces' vehicles and armoured personnel carriers (APCs) park on the desert road towards the Bahariya oasis in Egypt's Western desert, near the site of an attack that left dozens of police officers killed in an ambush by Islamist fighters

16 policemen killed in Egypt shootout: official toll

Cairo (AFP) – Sixteen Egyptian policemen were killed in a shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the country’s Western Desert, according to an official toll released Saturday. The figure from the interior ministry was

Former Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant was asked in Paris where he was opening a sports venue if he would accept an invitation from Trump, and he said no

Kobe Bryant would refuse White House invite

Paris (AFP) – Former basketball great Kobe Bryant said on Saturday he would stand up for his beliefs and refuse a White House invitation if one came. The comments come after President Donald Trump triggered a backlash across the US

Japan oil artist back to 'frozen' Iran museum 40 years on

Japan oil artist back to ‘frozen’ Iran museum 40 years on

Tehran (AFP) – Forty years after his “oil pool” sculpture became the centrepiece of Tehran’s first-ever modern art museum, its Japanese creator returned for its restoration Saturday to find a place “frozen in time”. When the Museum of Contemporary Art

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