Valbuena speaks out against Benzema in sex-tape scandal
Friday November 27, 2015 11:55 AM
Already facing charges of conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam, Benzema's international career is under increasing strain after teammate Mathieu Valbuena spoke out for the first time against him and the French soccer federation followed up by joining the case as a plaintiff.The investigation, centering on wiretap evidence, started when Valbuena took legal action after being contacted by a man claiming to be in possession ...
Ashwin dozen leads India to test series win over SAfrica
Friday November 27, 2015 8:55 AM
India took a winning 2-0 lead in the four-game series by bowling out South Africa for 185 in the last session of the third day.Ashwin's offspin took 7-66 in the second innings, and 12-98 in the match, to once again lead the charge against a batting lineup that folded for a meagre 79 in the fir ...
Time change for soccer final in Tunisia following attack
Thursday November 26, 2015 10:55 AM
CAIRO (AP) Tunisian organizers have been allowed to change the kickoff time for a continental cup final this weekend to give fans the chance to attend after a state of emergency was declared and a curfew imposed because of Tuesday's deadly bomb attack.The African soccer confede ...
Asada, Hanyu aiming to shine on home ice at NHK Trophy
Thursday November 26, 2015 6:25 AM
For most other skaters competing in Nagano this weekend, the sixth event in the International Skating Union's Grand Prix series is the last chance to qualify for the Dec. 10-13 Grand Prix Final in Barcelona.After taking a year off competitive skating, the three-time world champion won at the Cup ...
Days before summit, Turkey, EU face big hurdles to migration deal
Wednesday November 25, 2015 6:55 AM
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prospects for a grand bargain between Europe and Turkey to stem a flow of migrants into the continent are uncertain days before a summit on Sunday meant to seal a deal and put fraying relations back on a firm footing, EU and Turkish officials say. ...
Hong Kong votes year after protests in test of appetite for democracy
Sunday November 22, 2015 11:25 AM
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong, decked out in colorful posters and flags, voted on Sunday in district-level elections that will mark the first real test of public sentiment since pro-democracy protests crippled parts of the Chinese-controlled city last year. About 900 ...
Turkish Airlines plane diverted to Canada after bomb threat
Sunday November 22, 2015 9:55 AM
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the plane, with 256 passengers and crew, landed at Halifax Stanfield International Airport early Sunday after being alerted to the bomb threat.No bomb was found, however, during an exhaustive search of the aircraft and the passengers' luggage, and the plane was given the all-clear early Sunday to c ...
Queen Elizabeth kicks off Commonwealth summit with climate focus
Friday November 27, 2015 11:25 AM
As the clock ticks to a UN climate conference in Paris starting Monday, leaders at the summit including France's Francois Hollande, Britain's David Cameron and the UN's Ban Ki-moon will try to open the door to a landmark accord for limiting greenhouse gases.Queen Elizabeth, dressed in an aqua blue coat with pink flowers adorning her trademark hat, was serenaded by a harp as she arrived to a red-carpet welcome at a huge sandstone conference centre on the seafront in the Maltese capital Valletta."At this meeting, the Comm ...
Britain's Labour in disarray over Syria air strikes vote
Friday November 27, 2015 5:25 AM
One member of the shadow cabinet, speaking anonymously to the right-leaning Daily Telegraph, said radical leftist Corbyn was "no longer fit to run the Labour Party", citing a "breakdown of trust."Another told the BBC: "There will be resignations among senior members of ...
Outspoken Miss World Canada denied entry to China
Thursday November 26, 2015 8:25 AM
HONG KONG (AP) Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant and accused Beijing of overreach in extending its campaign of censorship even to beauty contests.Chinese-born Anastasia L ...
The Latest: Norway starts ID checks at the border
Thursday November 26, 2015 5:55 AM
1:45 p.m.Norwegian police and border officials have started checking identification papers of passengers arriving and leaving, in a move to stem the flow of asylum-seekers.The measures adopted Thursday are planned to last 10 days. They include checks on ferries arriving from Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Police have advised all travelers to carry proof of their identity, including if they are moving around in border regions.Norway announced the tighter controls after neighboring Sweden proposed tough measures to deal with a huge influx of migrants, expected to reach 200,000 by year's end the highest proportionate rate in Europe. Norwegian expects 33,000 refugees this year, a threefold increase on 2014.Finland, which has see ...
'Brussels bubble' works from home to beat terror alert
Tuesday November 24, 2015 12:12 PM
The headquarters of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation both boosted security after the Belgian government imposed a lockdown on Brussels amid fears of Paris-style attacks.But while schools and the metro system were closed, along with the EU's own nurseries, the two bu ...
Motorcycle gunmen kill Pakistan TV journalist
Sunday November 22, 2015 10:55 AM
Atrackers riding a motorcycle fired on 42-year-old Hafeez Ur Rehman near his home on the outskirts of Kohat, a town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province."He was hit by three bullets and died on the spot," Fazal Naeem, a police spokesman in Kohat, told AFP.The killing came weeks afte ...
In Asia, Obama takes softer tone on human rights, corruption
Sunday November 22, 2015 9:25 AM
Good governance advocates say the countries in this region need public prodding by powerful nations with leverage. But Obama, for the most part, has avoided openly challenging leaders. Instead, he has spoken broadly about the need for transparency and universal rights.White House officials ...
The Latest: Protests in Turkey over Syria support arrest
Friday November 27, 2015 9:25 AM
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The latest developments regarding the war in Syria. All times local. 4:45 p.m. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he supports France's proposal to shut down the Turkish-Syrian border as a way to fight Islamic State fighters in Syria. French President Francois Hollande was in Moscow on Thursday to wrap up a week of international visits in a bid to forge a broa ...
Kremlin says Turkey's Erdogan requests meeting with Putin in Paris
Friday November 27, 2015 4:55 AM
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had requested a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Paris on Nov. 30. "A proposal from the Turkish side about a meeting at the level of heads of state has been delivered to the presi ...
Belgian police mount raid south of Brussels: media
Thursday November 26, 2015 6:55 AM
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian federal police mounted a raid on Thursday in a small town south of Brussels linked to fears of a militant attack, public broadcaster RTBF said, adding that officers were looking for weapons and explosives. RTBF said the information came from federal prosecu ...
Brussels schools, metro reopen under tight security
Wednesday November 25, 2015 7:25 AM
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Schools and much of the Brussels metro system reopened on Wednesday as the Belgian capital started to return to normal after four days of lockdown, but troops on the street were a reminder it remains on the highest alert. With police still hunting a ...
Kerry condemns Palestinian attacks as he meets Israel PM
Tuesday November 24, 2015 12:12 PM
Arriving with scant hopes for a breakthrough, Kerry discussed with Netanyahu ways to calm tensions while reiterating US support for the two-state solution after meeting Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.With the region's focus on the conflict in Syria, where a Russian fighter jet was downed by ...
Two Palestinian attackers killed as civilians intervene
Sunday November 22, 2015 10:25 AM
Three attacks, including one by a teenage girl, were the latest in a nearly two-month wave of violence that had shown signs of subsiding last week before a new series of assaults took place on Thursday.With the violence defying international efforts to restore calm, US Secretary of State John Kerry ...
Palestinian 'killed after attempted attack in West Bank': police
Sunday November 22, 2015 8:55 AM
Jerusalem (AFP) - A Palestinian driving a taxi attempted to ram into civilians in the West Bank and charged at them with a knife before being shot dead, police said Sunday, in the second attack of the day."A Palestinian man at Kfar Adumim junction in a Palestinian taxi tried to run over ci ...