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Crisis-hit UKIP removes latest leader

1 hour 34 min ago
LONDON: Members of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) voted on Saturday (Feb 17) to remove their leader Henry Bolton following a scandal over his private life, plunging the anti-EU, anti-immigration group into fresh crisis. The party, which played a key role in Britain's referendum vote to leave the ...

Kosovo celebrates 10 years since splitting from Serbia

1 hour 34 min ago
PRISTINA: Kosovo on Saturday (Feb 17) celebrates 10 years since it declared independence, a moment of pride for its ethnic Albanian majority, although sovereignty remains fiercely contested by Serbia. The capital Pristina is covered in the blue and yellow colours of the Kosovan flag for a weekend ...

Suarez and Alba strikes give Barca win at stubborn Eibar

2 hours 4 min ago
Barcelona got back to winning ways on Saturday after two consecutive draws, with a 2-0 victory at Eibar, thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba, to go 10 points clear at the top of the Liga standings.

Olympics: Snowboarder Ledecka stuns ski purists

2 hours 14 min ago
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Snowboard star Ester Ledecka turned the world of alpine skiing on its head on Saturday (Feb 17) when she claimed an astonishing gold in the Olympic super-G. The 22-year-old from the Czech Republic, starting number 26 in a race many thought was already over, beat a host of ...

Olympics: Hanyu clinches men's figure skating title

2 hours 15 min ago
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: "Ice Prince" Yuzuru Hanyu clinched the first back-to-back men's Olympic figure skating titles in 66 years on Saturday (Feb 17) as snowboarder Ester Ledecka pulled off an unbelievable shock by skiing to women's super-G gold. Hanyu, back from injury, lost his balance twice ...

Olympics: Kuzmina wins biathlon gold for Slovakia

2 hours 24 min ago
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina collected the third Olympic gold medal of her career when she won the women's biathlon 12.5km mass start at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Saturday (Feb 17). Kuzmina, 33, who is the sister of Russian biathlete Anton Shipulin, clocked ...

Olympics: Stoch retains ski jump title at the death

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:51
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Poland's Kamil Stoch produced a clutch final jump of 136.5 metres to retain his Olympic title in a cliff-hanging men's large hill ski jump final on Saturday (Feb 17). Stoch's team mates hoisted the 30-year-old onto their shoulders after he pipped Andreas Wellinger at the ...

Olympics: Tears of Choi as Korean teen triumphs in short track

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:51
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: South Korea's world record-holder Choi Min-jeong shed tears of joy as she seized her first Olympic title in the women's 1,500m short track on Saturday (Feb 17), making up for her disqualification in the 500m final. Choi, 19, eased to the front with two laps to go and ...

Moscow calls US vote meddling claims 'blabber', 'fantasies'

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:31
The rebuttals, made at the Munich Security Conference, came a day after the United States indicted 13 Russians for running a secret campaign to sway the American vote.

Exclusive: Indian banks may take more than US$3 billion hit from PNB fraud - tax dept

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:30
Indian banks could take a hit of more than US$3 billion from loans and corporate guarantees provided to diamond companies at the center of a massive alleged fraud at the state-run Punjab National Bank, the tax department has estimated.

Strong quake shakes Mexico, minister's helicopter crashes

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:20
MEXICO CITY: A 7.2-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico on Friday (Feb 16), causing little damage but triggering a tragedy when a minister's helicopter crash-landed on the way to the epicentre, killing 13 people. The military helicopter was carrying Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca ...

South Korean filmmaker hopeful Olympics will improve ties with North

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:10
BERLIN: South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk said on Saturday he hoped for an improvement in relations between North and South Korea given both countries were taking part in the Olympics on the southern part of the peninsula. North Korea is participating in the Pyeongchang Games at the invitation of ...

Football: Sheffield Wednesday hold Swansea on Carvalhal's return

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:02
LONDON: Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City will meet again for the chance to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals after an insipid fifth round tie at Hillsborough ended goalless on Saturday (Feb 17). On his return to the club that sacked him after two-and-a-half years on Christmas Eve, Swansea boss ...

Avril says two dead after explosion at oilseed plant in northern France

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:50
PARIS: Two people died after an explosion at an oilseed factory in northern France belonging to Saipol, the oilseed branch of French farmer-owned group Avril, the company said on Saturday. Avril is the largest biodiesel producer in Europe and largest table oil producer in France with brands ...

Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 on ground in wake of earthquake

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:50
At least 13 people on the ground, including three children, were killed when a Mexican military helicopter carrying top officials surveying damages from an earthquake crashed in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca, authorities said on Saturday.

Southgate endures roller-coaster round to share lead in Oman

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:40
England's Matthew Southgate dropped four shots in four holes on Saturday before recovering on the back nine to share the lead with Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and Julien Guerrier of France going into the final round of the Oman Open.

Rhule gets debut try as Stormers beat Jaguares in Super Rugby opener

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:40
CAPE TOWN: Wing Raymond Rhule scored a try on his debut as South Africa’s Stormers secured a scrappy 28-20 victory over the Jaguares from Argentina in the opening game of the Super Rugby season at Newlands on Saturday. The win came in front of a modest crowd and in a game where both sides made ...

Turkey summons Dutch charge d'affaires over Armenian 'genocide' motions

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:20
ANKARA: Turkey summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires to Ankara on Saturday to express its unhappiness with a pair of proposed bills that would see the Netherlands recognise as genocide the 1915 killing of as many as 1.5 million Armenians.     The four Dutch governing parties have expressed support ...

London firefighters tackle blaze at building containing gas cylinders

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:10
LONDON: Firefighters tackled a blaze at a building in central London on Saturday (Feb 17), the fire service said, setting up an exclusion zone around the site due to the presence of gas cylinders that risked exploding. London Fire Brigade said more than 50 firefighters and 10 engines were ...

Gilead wins reversal of US$2.54 billion hepatitis C drug patent verdict

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:00
A federal judge in Delaware has overturned a jury's verdict requiring Gilead Sciences Inc to pay a record US$2.54 billion because its hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni infringed a patent held by rival Merck & Co Inc.