Italian conservative Tajani wins race to head European Parliament

Italian conservative Tajani wins race to head European Parliament

Centre-right politician Antonio Tajani was elected the new president of the European Parliament on Tuesday after defeating his socialist rival, a fellow Italian, in a daylong series of votes. The new speaker, 63, a former EU commissioner and an ally of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, succeeds German Social Democrat Martin Schulz at a time of […]

Russia-friendly newcomer wins Bulgaria election, say exit polls

Russia-friendly newcomer wins Bulgaria election, say exit polls

Bulgarian Socialist ally Rumen Radev, a Russia-friendly newcomer to politics, won Sunday’s presidential election by a wide margin, exit polls showed, prompting centre-right Prime Minister Boiko Borisov to pledge to resign. Radev, 53, entered Bulgarian politics on a wave of discontent with the ruling centre-right’s progress in combating corruption, disappointment with the European Union and […]

Tennis world No. 1 Andy Murray wins Paris Masters

Tennis world No. 1 Andy Murray wins Paris Masters

Andy Murray celebrated his rise to No. 1 by beating American John Isner 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4 on Sunday to win the Paris Masters for the first time. It was his career best eighth title this season, his 14th in Masters overall, and ended Isner’s bid for a first Masters title. Murray, who officially replaces […]

Child refugee film ‘Fatima’s Drawings’ wins top award

Child refugee film ‘Fatima’s Drawings’ wins top award

“Fatima’s drawings”, the harrowing tale of a young Syrian refugee’s journey to Sweden, has won the award for the best digital news story at the 2016 Visa pour l’Image photojournalism festival in southern France. The short film by Sweden’s Magnus Wennman, published by the Aftonbladet newspaper with animations by Jenny Svenberg Bunnel, is a delicate […]

Portugal’s Ronaldo wins UEFA award for best player in Europe

Portugal’s Ronaldo wins UEFA award for best player in Europe

Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA’s award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madrid. Ronaldo, a favorite for a fourth world player of the year award, beat club teammate Gareth Bale of Wales and Atletico Madrid’s France star Antoine […]

France’s Yoka wins super-heavyweight boxing gold

France’s Yoka wins super-heavyweight boxing gold

France’s Tony Yoka completed a romantic Olympic double on Sunday, winning the super-heavyweight title just days after his fiancee had secured her own boxing gold medal. The 24-year-old from Paris — the first Frenchman ever to win the Olympic super-heavyweight division — outfoxed Britain’s Joe Joyce to claim a split-points decision. After the victory Yoka […]

Bolt wins 200m at Rio, clinching his eighth Olympic gold

Bolt wins 200m at Rio, clinching his eighth Olympic gold

Usain Bolt won his second gold medal of the Rio Olympics, brushing aside all-comers again in his favourite 200m sprint but failing in his bid to smash his own world record. The Jamaican triumphed as Britain’s Brownlee brothers dominated in triathlon to keep their country ahead of China in the medals race. Meanwhile, an Iranian […]

Olympics: France wins show jumping gold, Tony Parker bows out

Olympics: France wins show jumping gold, Tony Parker bows out

It was a day of mixed emotions for France at the Olympics in Rio on Wednesday as the country won gold in the team show jumping, but said goodbye to one of its top sporting stars as Tony Parker played his last basketball game for Les Bleus. The day also saw a Neymar-inspired Brazil storm […]

France wins Olympic golds in windsurfing and fencing

France wins Olympic golds in windsurfing and fencing

There was a double dose of Olympic glory for France on Sunday as the country took home golds in both windsurfing and fencing. France’s men’s fencing team combined to easily defeat Italy 45-31 in the team epee competition in what was a matchup between two of the sport’s traditional powers. France was already the favourite […]

Usain Bolt wins Olympic gold in 100m for third time

Usain Bolt wins Olympic gold in 100m for third time

Usain Bolt roared into Olympic history here Sunday, capturing an unprecedented third consecutive 100m crown to confirm his place in the pantheon of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. The 29-year-old Jamaican legend, competing in his final Olympics, powered over the line in 9.81sec, vanquishing drug-tainted American rival Justin Gatlin who took silver […]

Fiji wins first ever Olympic gold while cycling records tumble

Fiji wins first ever Olympic gold while cycling records tumble

Thursday proved a night to remember for Fiji as the tiny island nation won its first ever Olympic gold, while there was world-record breaking cycling action in the velodrome on the sixth day of the Games in Rio. Fiji’s gold — in fact its first Olympic medal of any kind — came in style as […]

France wins first golds at Rio as Phelps wins 21st medal

France wins first golds at Rio as Phelps wins 21st medal

France got its first two gold medals of the 2016 Olympics on the board Tuesday as USA swimming legend Michael Phelps added to his own impressive medal haul and Serena Williams crashed out of the tennis in the fourth day at the Games in Rio. After a poor start in Brazil, the first taste of […]

Judoka from the favela wins first gold for Brazil

Judoka from the favela wins first gold for Brazil

A female athlete from the favelas brought joy to Brazil on Monday but there was no let-up in the war between clean and drug-tainted swimmers in the Rio Olympics pool. Rafaela Silva, who grew up in Rio’s notorious City of God slum, sparked pandemonium as she won Brazil’s first gold of the Games in the […]

Britain’s Chris Froome wins third Tour de France title

Britain’s Chris Froome wins third Tour de France title

Chris Froome won his third Tour de France as German Andre Greipel claimed Sunday’s 21st and final stage on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Froome, who was also champion in 2013 and last year, finished ahead of Frenchman Romain Bardet in second and Nairo Quintana of Colombia in third. For Greipel, who pipped world champion […]

UK’s May wins PM battle but faces epic tussle on Brexit

UK’s May wins PM battle but faces epic tussle on Brexit

Theresa May won the race to become Britain’s next prime minister almost without a contest. But she faces tougher challenges when she takes the reins on Wednesday, running a bitterly divided country and overseeing its divorce from the European Union. May, whose only remaining rival quit the race on Monday, will be Britain’s first woman […]

Britain wins Brexit breathing space at gloomy EU summit

Britain wins Brexit breathing space at gloomy EU summit

EU leaders gave Britain breathing space Tuesday by accepting it needed time to absorb a shock Brexit vote before triggering a divorce but insisted the crunch move could not wait months. A humiliated Prime Minister David Cameron came face-to-face with European colleagues for the first time since last week’s vote at a Brussels summit which […]

Clinton wins DC primary ahead of meeting with Sanders

Clinton wins DC primary ahead of meeting with Sanders

Democrat Hillary Clinton won the District of Columbia primary on Tuesday, capturing the party’s last presidential nominating contest as Democrats turn their focus to the November 8 election against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Clinton, who secured enough delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination last week, is to meet in private later on Tuesday […]

Peru’s Kuczynski wins nail-biting presidential race

Peru’s Kuczynski wins nail-biting presidential race

  Former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski won 41,438 more votes than Keiko Fujimori in Peru’s photo finish presidential election, but thousands of disputed or unclear ballots remain uncounted, authorities said on Thursday. Kuczynski, a centrist, won 50.12 percent of all tallied votes over 49.88 percent for Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of a jailed […]

Clinton wins enough delegates to clinch nomination, Sanders vows to go on

Clinton wins enough delegates to clinch nomination, Sanders vows to go on

According to Associated Press projections, Hillary Clinton has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic US presidential nomination. The news comes on Monday, the day before six states were set to vote in nominating contests. But the campaign of her rival, Bernie Sanders, vowed to keep up the fight, saying it was […]