‘Turbo Timo’ Werner gives new-look Chelsea goal threat

London (AFP) Timo Werner's impending move from RB Leipzig to Chelsea seals the German's turbulent rise from national pariah to one of Europe's most feared forwards. Werner, who had a 60 million euro (£53 million, $67 million) release clause, will remain in Germany for the rest of the Bundesliga season. Timo Werner is swapping Leipzig … Continue reading ‘Turbo Timo’ Werner gives new-look Chelsea goal threat

Solskjaer praises campaigning Man Utd star Rashford

London (AFP) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on Marcus Rashford for his work to help feed vulnerable families during the coronavirus crisis, saying it was more important than anything he would do on the pitch. The Manchester United striker has helped raise around £20 million ($25 million) for charity and this week persuaded the British … Continue reading Solskjaer praises campaigning Man Utd star Rashford

UK foreign minister says taking knee is ‘subjugation’

London (AFP) British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday sparked mockery and dismay by suggesting the anti-racism protest of taking the knee was a symbol of "subjugation" that originated with "Game of Thrones". Premier League footballers took a knee on Wednesday evening in solidarity with demonstrations across the world sparked by the killing of an … Continue reading UK foreign minister says taking knee is ‘subjugation’

Burundi swears in Evariste Ndayishimiye as president after predecessor’s death

Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye was sworn in at a colourful ceremony on Thursday, taking the helm of a troubled nation after the sudden death of his predecessor. At a stadium in the capital Gitega where the crowd was dressed in identical outfits, Ndayishimiye pledged to “devote all my force to defending the superior interests of … Continue reading Burundi swears in Evariste Ndayishimiye as president after predecessor’s death

UEFA calls for transfer window to close across Europe on October 5

Lausanne (AFP) UEFA wants a harmonised European transfer window this summer closing on October 5, ahead of next season's Champions League and Europa League group stages, football's continental governing body said Thursday. Following an executive committee meeting held via videoconference, UEFA said clubs would have until October 6 to register players for the group stage … Continue reading UEFA calls for transfer window to close across Europe on October 5

France arrests six Chechens in raids after unrest

Dijon (France) (AFP) French police on Thursday detained six members of the Chechen community on suspicion of taking part in successive nights of violence that rocked the eastern city of Dijon, prosecutors said. From Friday to Monday, Dijon was rocked by clashes and vehicle burnings after an assault this month on a 16-year-old Chechen boy … Continue reading France arrests six Chechens in raids after unrest

Andreescu joins Serena Williams in committing to US Open

Paris (AFP) Canadian Bianca Andreescu has announced that she will defend her US Open title, hours after six-time winner Serena Williams confirmed she would also play. Leading European players have expressed concern about US Tennis Association (USTA) plans to play the tournament in a bubble to minimise coronavirus risks. Last year's women's singles finalists Serena … Continue reading Andreescu joins Serena Williams in committing to US Open

Jordan FM meets Palestinian leader amid Israel tensions

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, amid tensions with Israel over its annexation plans for the territory. Safadi travelled by helicopter for the rare trip to Ramallah, headquarters of the Palestinian Authority, Abbas's office told AFP. Israel's plans to exploit … Continue reading Jordan FM meets Palestinian leader amid Israel tensions

UK war-time ‘icon’ Vera Lynn dead at 103

London (AFP) Legendary British singer Vera Lynn, the so-called "forces sweetheart" who helped keep up morale during World War II, died Thursday aged 103, her family said. Lynn travelled thousands of miles to Egypt, India and Myanmar to entertain British troops with a string of classic songs such as "We'll Meet Again" and "The White … Continue reading UK war-time ‘icon’ Vera Lynn dead at 103

Iran navy test-fires new cruise missiles

Tehran (AFP) Iran test-fired a "new generation" of cruise missiles Thursday, the navy said, in the first such military exercises since 19 sailors were killed last month in a friendly fire incident. The armed forces' website published pictures of the drill in the Gulf of Oman showing missiles being fired from a warship and the … Continue reading Iran navy test-fires new cruise missiles