Mahrez hails Man City goalscoring power

London (AFP) Riyad Mahrez hailed Manchester City's goalscoring power after the dethroned Premier League champions swept Newcastle aside 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium. The Algeria international found the net along with Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and Raheem Sterling, while City benefited from a Federico Fernandez own goal in the victory. Manchester City's midfielder Riyad Mahrez … Continue reading Mahrez hails Man City goalscoring power

Serbian president accuses ‘hooligans’ of violent protests

Belgrade (AFP) Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday accused "criminal hooligans" of driving the violence in protests that have erupted in Belgrade and other cities over his government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Clouds of tear gas and smoke filled central Belgrade on Wednesday evening for a second night after a peaceful gathering descended into … Continue reading Serbian president accuses ‘hooligans’ of violent protests

Millions under Australia lockdown as global cases hit 12 million

Melbourne (AFP) Millions of people in Australia's second-biggest city went into lockdown on Thursday to battle another coronavirus outbreak, as the number of infections worldwide surged past 12 million. Caseloads and death tolls have risen relentlessly in many of the world's biggest nations, with three million confirmed cases in the United States alone. With no … Continue reading Millions under Australia lockdown as global cases hit 12 million

Trump pushes schools reopening as US coronavirus cases top 3 million

US Federal health officials are to issue new guidelines for reopening schools, after President Donald Trump criticized current recommendations as “tough”, “expensive” and “impractical”, also threatening to cut federal funding if they do not reopen by autumn. Adding the country is “in a good place” regarding the coronavirus pandemic. But the number of new cases … Continue reading Trump pushes schools reopening as US coronavirus cases top 3 million

Pogba lauds Man Utd’s ‘beautiful’ attack

London (AFP) Paul Pogba has applauded Manchester United's "beautiful" attack, relishing his role in the team's push for a Champions League spot after a season ravaged by injury. The French World Cup winner's return to fitness has been a key factor in United's run of four wins and a draw in five games since the … Continue reading Pogba lauds Man Utd’s ‘beautiful’ attack

Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge

Tokyo (AFP) Tokyo unveiled plans Thursday to offer nightclubs subsidies to close as new coronavirus infections in the capital hit a single-day record, with many linked to entertainment districts. Under the plan, the Tokyo metropolitan government will give 500,000 yen (US$4,660) to nightclubs and other venues -- including so-called host and hostess bars -- if … Continue reading Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge

Four-time Tour winner Chris Froome to leave Team INEOS at end of season

Britain's most decorated road cyclist Chris Froome will leave Team INEOS at the end of the season to join Israel Start-Up Nation, ending a long association with the British outfit with whom he won the Tour de France four times. Froome, who won the Tour in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 is one win away from matching … Continue reading Four-time Tour winner Chris Froome to leave Team INEOS at end of season

George Floyd told officers ‘I can’t breathe’ more than 20 times, transcript shows

George Floyd said he couldn't breathe more than 20 times, called out for his children and late mother and said officers would "kill" him before he died in Minneapolis police custody, new evidence showed. Floyd, a black man, died on May 25 when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. … Continue reading George Floyd told officers ‘I can’t breathe’ more than 20 times, transcript shows

Can Trump keep his finances secret? US Supreme Court to rule on cases

Washington (AFP) Can Donald Trump refuse to hand over his financial records to Congress and New York prosecutors simply because he is president of the United States? The Supreme Court will rule Thursday on two related cases to answer this, with potentially widespread political implications. The decision by the nine justices could lift the veil … Continue reading Can Trump keep his finances secret? US Supreme Court to rule on cases

S. Korea’s Moon under fire over sex offender’s family funeral

Seoul (AFP) South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who promised to be a "feminist leader" during his election campaign, was under fire Thursday for sending condolence flowers to the funeral of a convicted sex offender's mother. Moon and dozens of senior politicians -- almost all of them male, and from both sides of the aisle, but … Continue reading S. Korea’s Moon under fire over sex offender’s family funeral

Queen’s letters on Australian PM’s sacking to be released in full

Sydney (AFP) Queen Elizabeth II's correspondence on her role in the 1975 sacking of Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam will be released next week, it was announced Thursday, after a lengthy battle to make the documents public. The British monarch's representative in Australia, governor-general John Kerr, sparked a constitutional crisis in 1975 when he dismissed … Continue reading Queen’s letters on Australian PM’s sacking to be released in full

Champions League draw comes with UEFA hoping virus doesn’t ruin plans for Lisbon finale

Paris (AFP) Four months on from the last match in this season's Champions League, the draw for the final eight will be held on Friday amid ongoing uncertainty about how safe it will be to play out the competition in Lisbon as planned, and with four last-16 ties still to be completed. It was on … Continue reading Champions League draw comes with UEFA hoping virus doesn’t ruin plans for Lisbon finale