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FC Nantes' new Italian coach Claudio Ranieri (2-L) speaks to players during a training session at the FC Nantes headquarters in La Chapelle sur Erdre, western France on June 26, 2017

Forget what I did at Leicester, says new Nantes coach Ranieri

Nantes (France) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri insists his incredible achievements at Leicester City count for nothing now that he has taken over at sleeping French giants Nantes, where he was unveiled as their new coach on Monday. “I have missed

Adame's disappearance in May sparked protests in Mexico City by journalists from Michoacan state, where his remains were found

Kidnapped journalist found dead in Mexico: prosecutor

Mexico City (AFP) – Police in Mexico found the burned remains of a journalist who was kidnapped in May, the sixth reporter killed this year in the country, a state prosecutor said Monday. “DNA samples have confirmed that these remains

Attorney Bob Hilliard, representing the family of Mexican teenager Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, speaks in front of the US Supreme Court after oral arguments on February 21, 2017

US top court orders rehearing of cross-border shooting case

Washington (AFP) – The US Supreme Court gave new hope Monday to the family of a Mexican boy shot on the American frontier, ordering a lower court to reconsider their lawsuit against the border patrol agent who killed him. Justices said

FIFA is using the Confederations Cup in Russia to test the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time at a major senior international tournament

FIFA referees chief wants shorter video delays

Saint Petersburg (AFP) – FIFA’s referees chief said Monday he wants less delays caused by the video assistant referee and to reduce disruptions from the system being tested for next year’s World Cup. World football’s governing body is using the

About 1.3 million people have fled their homes to escape the deadly violence in the DR Congo's central Kasai region, according to UN figures

UN denounces DR Congo tribunal’s decision in Kasai trial

Kinshasa (AFP) – The UN on Monday criticised a decision by a Congolese military tribunal not to prosecute seven Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers for crimes against humanity. “We regret” the tribunal’s decision, Jose Maria Aranaz, director of the United

Germany's forward Timo Werner controls the ball during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup group B football match against Cameroon at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 25, 2017

Loew relishes Mexico test at Confederations Cup

Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Germany’s Joachim Loew said he is looking forward to facing Mexico on Thursday in the Confederations Cup semi-finals after the world champions pipped Chile to top spot in Group B. The Germans play Mexico in Sochi

Chile's forward Martin Rodriguez celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2017 Confederations Cup group B football match against Australia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 25, 2017

Chile book Portugal semi at Confederations Cup

Moscow (AFP) – Martin Rodriguez rescued a 1-1 draw for Chile against Australia on Sunday to send the South American champions through to a Confederations Cup semi-final against Portugal. James Troisi steered Australia ahead on 42 minutes in Moscow, but

Germany's forward Timo Werner (R) challenges Cameroon's defender Ernest Mabouka during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup group B football match June 25, 2017

Werner brace fires Germany into semis against Mexico

Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Timo Werner netted twice as Germany set up a Confederations Cup semi-final against Mexico with a 3-1 win on Sunday against 10-man Cameroon, who initially had the wrong player sent off.  Germany midfielder Kerem Demirbay opened

Yemeni children infected with cholera receive treatment at Sabaeen Hospital in the capital Sanaa, on June 13, 2017

Yemen cholera cases could jump to 300,000 by September: UN

Geneva (AFP) – A cholera outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen will probably have infected more than 300,000 people by September, up sharply from the current tally of nearly 193,000 cases, the United Nations said Friday. “Probably at the end of August

Cam Newton led the Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 record in 2015 and a Super Bowl 50 appearance in which they lost to Denver

Newton throws for Panthers for first time since surgery

Washington (AFP) – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the NFL’s 2015 Most Valuable Player, is throwing for the first time since surgery last March to repair a partially torn right rotator cuff. In a video posted Monday on the club’s

Croatia forward Dario Saric (R) pictured during the men's Olympic basketball quarter-final against Serbia at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016

Dario Saric among record four global All-Rookie picks

New York (AFP) – Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric was a unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie team announced Monday, which featured a record four players from outside the United States. Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, also a unanimous pick

Emirates Team New Zealand races against Oracle Team USA in the Great Sound during the 35th America's Cup June 25, 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda

New Zealand humble USA to win 35th America’s Cup

Hamilton (Bermuda) (AFP) – New Zealand won the America’s Cup on Monday, laying the ghost of 2013 with a crushing victory over Oracle Team USA. The gritty Kiwi challengers, led by 26-year-old helmsman Peter Burling, downed the defenders 7-1 in

British Prime Minister Theresa May was accused by opposition lawmakers of using Europeans as "bargaining chips" by refusing to guarantee their rights until a reciprocal deal was struck for around one million Britons living elsewhere in the EU

Britain and EU clash as May outlines Brexit proposals for Europeans

London (AFP) – London and Brussels clashed Monday over future residency rights for millions of Europeans as Britain outlined post-Brexit proposals that included a special new status for EU immigrants. Prime Minister Theresa May fleshed out what she called a

Fiorentina owners Diego (L) and Andrea Della Valle watch the Italian Serie A match against Inter Milan at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence on February 17, 2013

Fiorentina’s owners put club up for sale

Rome (AFP) – Fiorentina’s owners said fan dissatisfaction had driven them to putting the Italian Serie A side up for sale on Monday. Fiorentina, who finished eighth last season, have been owned since 2002 by the Della Valle family, Italian

Bob Corker, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he wanted assurances that Gulf countries were working to end their standoff before approving further arms sales to the region

Key US Republican threatens to block arms to Gulf

Washington (AFP) – A top Republican lawmaker on Monday threatened to block US arms sales to members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council including Saudi Arabia until their escalating rift with Qatar is resolved. “All countries in the region need

Trump said the US Supreme Court's ruling "allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective"

Trump claims victory as Supreme Court partially reinstates travel ban

Washington (AFP) – The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, prompting the president to claim a victory for national security. The court said it would examine the

Avis Budget announce it will clean and maintain self-driving cars used by Waymo in its testing in Arizona.

Waymo teams with Avis to keep self-driving cars going

San Francisco (AFP) – US car rental giant Avis Budget on Monday announced it will team up with Waymo on the self-driving cars being tested on Arizona roads. The rental company said it would provide support and maintenance for Waymo,

"In the Shadows", a political thriller co-written by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe set during the final days of a neck-and-neck presidential election, is being adapted for the screen by one of the country's best-loved actors, according to reports

Political thriller by French PM to be made into film

Paris (AFP) – A novel co-written by France’s new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is to be made into a film, his publisher said Monday. “In the Shadows”, a political thriller set during the final days of a neck-and-neck French presidential

Facebook is ready to spend up to $3 million per episode of its forthcoming series, a budget which puts it at the upscale end of television production in the United States

Facebook to produce own TV series, games

New York (AFP) – Facebook is starting production on high-quality television series and gaming shows to be broadcast on its platform, one of the social media giant’s executives said on Monday. The online platform, which has around two billion monthly

British road cycling star Mark Cavendish is just four victories away from equalling Tour de France great Eddy Merckx's record of 34 stage wins

Mark Cavendish targets Merckx’s Tour de France record

Paris (AFP) – British road cycling star Mark Cavendish will target Eddy Merckx’s Tour de France record of stage wins as he spearheads the Dimension Data team’s challenge despite an illness-plagued season. The sprint king is just four wins away

Tiger Woods was arrested for impaired driving on May 29 near his Florida home

Tiger won’t host PGA event as treatment continues

Potomac (United States) (AFP) – Tiger Woods will miss this week’s PGA National, skipping his usual host role while continuing treatments to manage pain medications after an impaired driving arrest last month, tournament officials said Monday. The former world number

Emirates Team New Zealand races against Oracle Team USA in the Great Sound during the 35th America's Cup June 25, 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda

New Zealand down USA to claim 35th America’s Cup

Hamilton (Bermuda) (AFP) – Team New Zealand won the America’s Cup on Monday, laying the ghost of 2013 with a crushing victory over Oracle Team USA. The gritty Kiwi challengers, led by 26-year-old helmsman Peter Burling, downed the defenders 7-1

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold afternoon talks and a working dinner with US President Donald Trump

Trump hosts ‘true friend’ Modi for first one-on-one

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump hosts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday for a first face-to-face meeting, seeking to forge a chemistry that can add new fizz to a flourishing relationship between the world’s two largest democracies.

The Dutch love their bikes but texting while biking often leads to accidents

Dutch invent phone app to stop kids texting on bikes

The Hague (AFP) – In the bike-mad Netherlands, the national phone company is developing a smart way to stop kids texting while cycling — a growing cause of teenage accidents. A new app from phone company KPN will block internet

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push a revised health care bill through the US Senate by week's end

Republicans launch bid to win support for teetering US health bill

Washington (AFP) – US Senate Republicans on Monday launched into a crucial week seeking to ram through the most consequential legislation of Donald Trump’s presidency to date, but his party’s support for the health care bill has slackened and its

The June 14 inferno at Grenfell Tower, a residential block in west London, left 79 people presumed dead after the fire spread rapidly up its 24 storeys

US firm stops sales of Grenfell Tower cladding for high-rises

London (AFP) – The US supplier of the cladding which encased London’s Grenfell Tower before it was destroyed by a devastating fire announced on Monday it is stopping sales of the material for high-rise buildings. “Arconic is discontinuing global sales

Greenland contains enough frozen water to lift oceans by about seven metres (23 feet), though experts disagree on the global warming threshold for irreversible melting, and how long that would take once set in motion

Greenland now a major driver of rising seas: study

Paris (AFP) – Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported

Trump travel ban proposal

Trump travel ban: journey through the courts

Washington (AFP) – The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban ahead of a full hearing on the case, the latest twist in one of the defining battles of the president’s young administration. Trump’s revised

Trump said the US Supreme Court's ruling "allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective"

Trump claims victory as US Supreme Court partially reinstates travel ban

Washington (AFP) – The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, prompting the president to claim a victory for national security. The court said it would examine the

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