All Shook Up: Norwegian Elvis impersonator sets world record

Oslo (AFP) A Norwegian Elvis Presley impersonator set a world record on Saturday by singing the legendary entertainer's songs for more than 50 hours straight in an online competition. Kjell Henning Bjornestad, whose stage name is Kjell Elvis, sang non-stop for 50 hours, 50 minutes and 50 seconds, smashing the previous record, recognised by the … Continue reading All Shook Up: Norwegian Elvis impersonator sets world record

Greece, Turkey argue over controversial move to make Hagia Sophia a mosque

Turkey and Greece exchanged harsh words on Saturday over the conversion of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a day after Islamic prayers were held at the ancient site for the first time in nine decades. Greek criticism of the move to convert the site from a museum has been scathing, underlining tense ties between Greece and Turkey. Church bells tolled in … Continue reading Greece, Turkey argue over controversial move to make Hagia Sophia a mosque

Xavi tests positive for COVID-19: club

Doha (AFP) Former Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez has tested positive for coronavirus, his Qatari club Al-Sadd said on Saturday, adding he would miss their league restart fixture against Al-Khor. Xavi, 40, recently quashed rumours that he was preparing to move back to Barcelona and signed on for another season at the helm of the Qatari … Continue reading Xavi tests positive for COVID-19: club

Virus surges worldwide as public loses faith in authorities

Washington (AFP) A surge in coronavirus cases across the United States and Europe has forced governments to strengthen containment measures as a survey released Saturday showed support for the handling of their pandemics has slipped. The disease has now killed almost 635,000 people around the world and infected more than 15.5 million, according to an … Continue reading Virus surges worldwide as public loses faith in authorities

Mass anti-Kremlin rallies grip Russia’s Far East

Khabarovsk (Russia) (AFP) Huge anti-government demonstrations erupted in Russia's Far East on Saturday over the arrest of a popular governor who was replaced this week by a Kremlin appointee who never lived in the fraught region. Residents of Khabarovsk near the border with China took to the streets en masse for the third Saturday in … Continue reading Mass anti-Kremlin rallies grip Russia’s Far East

Harry and Meghan book lifts lid on bitter split with family

London (AFP) Prince Harry and wife Meghan blamed "viper" courtiers for widening their rift with the royal family, according to extracts from a new book published in The Times on Saturday. The couple say they did not contribute to the new biography "Finding Freedom", written by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, but friends of … Continue reading Harry and Meghan book lifts lid on bitter split with family

Vietnam detects first coronavirus case in nearly 100 days

Hanoi (AFP) Vietnam has detected its first locally-transmitted case of coronavirus in nearly 100 days, authorities said Saturday, in a country whose swift and full lockdown won praise for controlling the spread of the disease. "Patient 416" is a 57-year-old retired Vietnamese man in the southern city of Danang, and the first community transmission since … Continue reading Vietnam detects first coronavirus case in nearly 100 days

America divided two months after death of Floyd

Washington (AFP) One after another, statues recalling slavery in America keep coming down, and night after night demonstrators taunt police in a groundswell of anger over brutality against people of color. Two months after African American George Floyd died when a white policeman kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes, triggering a nationwide … Continue reading America divided two months after death of Floyd

Sandro Wagner quits Chinese football for ‘family reasons’

Shanghai (AFP) Former German international striker Sandro Wagner has left Tianjin Teda for "family reasons", just as the Chinese Super League kicks off on Saturday. The 32-year-old joined the club in China's northeast in January last year from Bayern Munich for five million euros and scored 12 goals in 26 matches. Sandro Wagner joined Tianjin … Continue reading Sandro Wagner quits Chinese football for ‘family reasons’

DR Congo’s Kabila prowls the political sidelines

Kinshasa (AFP) Officially, he stepped down in January 2019, retiring after 18 years at the helm of the biggest country in sub-Saharan Africa. But nearly 18 months on, former president Joseph Kabila remains a powerful figure, wielding influence in the murky politics of the Democratic Republic of Congo through a network of followers and a … Continue reading DR Congo’s Kabila prowls the political sidelines

European football and survival up for grabs in Premier League finale

London (AFP) The Premier League will finally reach the end of its longest season on Sunday with plenty still on the line at both ends of the table. Manchester United and Leicester face each other in a shootout for a place in the Champions League next season with Chelsea also hoping to secure their place … Continue reading European football and survival up for grabs in Premier League finale

‘Everyone is worried’: Mbappe on crutches as Champions League looms

Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel said "everyone is worried" after Kylian Mbappe hobbled off in the first half of Friday's French Cup final with an ankle injury after a dreadful tackle by Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin. Mbappe received lengthy treatment but was eventually substituted after his right ankle was caught by a clumsy … Continue reading ‘Everyone is worried’: Mbappe on crutches as Champions League looms