After 20 years, Venus Williams return to Sydney International

Evergreen Venus Williams will headline the Sydney International in January to kick off her 2018 season, returning to the tournament after a 20-year absence. The American veteran, 37, shows no signs of slowing down and enjoyed one of her best seasons this year, making the final of Wimbledon and the Australian Open and the semis […]

Nick Kyrgios blames stomach bug for Shanghai Masters retirement

Nick Kyrgios said a stomach bug and a shoulder problem had forced him to retire after losing the first set in his Shanghai Masters first-round match against American Steve Johnson on Tuesday. The mercurial Australian, who lost to Rafa Nadal in the China Open final on Sunday, took a 4-2 lead in the tiebreak before […]

World Cup Qualifiers: USA fail to qualify for first time since 1986 with 1-2 defeat to Trinidad

The United States has been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss at Trinidad ending the Americans’ streak of seven straight appearances at soccer’s showcase. Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year’s tournament in Russia ended […]

France need to learn to hurt opponents, says coach Didier Deschamps

France achieved their first goal of qualifying automatically for next year’s World Cup by beating Belarus 2-1 on Tuesday but they need to be more controlling if they are to win a second world title in Russia, according to coach Didier Deschamps. Les Bleus won thanks to goals by Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in […]

S. Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

A South Korean lawmaker says North Korean hackers stole highly classified military documents that include U.S.-South Korean wartime “decapitation strike” plans against the North Korean leadership. The United States, meanwhile, staged another show of force meant to deter any North Korean aggression by flying two B-1B supersonic bombers Tuesday night from an air base in […]

Indonesian village gives owls their jobs back

The owls of Tlogoweru have their jobs back. Six years ago farmers in this small Indonesian village were fighting a losing battle against rats and other pests ravaging their crops. They tried smoking out the pests, but it failed. Hunting them was also impractical. The villagers also wanted to avoid using pesticides for fear of […]

China’s Xi looks set to keep right-hand man on despite age

Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to retain his right-hand man, the graft-buster Wang Qishan, in a senior position at a key Communist Party Congress this month even though he has reached retirement age, according to a majority of people with ties to the leadership interviewed by Reuters. The fate of the 69-year-old Wang, who […]

Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow join flood of allegations of sexual abuse against Harvey Weinstein

A flood of allegations poured in Tuesday against Harvey Weinstein in on-the-record reports that detailed claims of sexual abuse and included testimonies from Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, further intensifying the already explosive collapse of the disgraced movie mogul. Three women accused Weinstein of raping them in a story published online by The New Yorker, including […]

Catalonia baulks at formal independence declaration to allow talks

Catalonia’s leader balked at making a formal declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday, calling for talks with Madrid over the region’s future in a gesture that eased fears of immediate unrest in the heart of the euro zone. In a much-anticipated speech to the Catalan parliament, ringed by thousands of protesters and hundreds of […]