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Roy's bizarre exit turns 2nd T20 South Africa's way

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:44

Jason Roy's bizarre dismissal turned the second Twenty20 international's South Africa's way as the Proteas won by just three runs at Taunton on Friday. The narrow victory at Somerset's headquarters saw South Africa level the three-match series at 1-1 as bounced back from a nine-wicket defeat by England at Southampton two days earlier to set-up a winner-takes-all clash in Cardiff on Sunday. England were on course for an unbeatable 2-0 lead while Roy (67) and Jonny Bairstow (47) shared a second-wicket stand of 110.

Johnny Depp apologizes for Trump assassination joke

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:40

Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about President Donald Trump being assassinated, as his remarks to a music festival audience triggered an angry backlash. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star made the off-color comments late Thursday at the Glastonbury Festival in southwest England, telling the crowd it had "been a while" since an actor had assassinated a president. The remarks drew a stern response from the White House, as Depp said he had intended no malice.

Charlie Sheen sued by ex for exposure to HIV - report

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:00

The former TV sitcom star is reportedly in legal trouble once more.

More than 50 people killed in multiple Pakistan attacks

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:29

Multiple blasts and a gun attack killed more than 50 people and wounded at least 170 in three Pakistani cities on the last Friday of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, as officials warned the toll could rise. Authorities said 37 people were killed and more than 150 wounded when twin blasts tore through a market in Parachinar, capital of Kurram district, a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan's tribal belt. Local official Nasrullah Khan told AFP that the first blast detonated as the market was crowded with shoppers preparing for the Eid ul-Fitr festival marking the end of Ramadan.

Former champs Cilic, Dimitrov into Queen's semi-finals

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:26

Marin Cilic faces a Queen's Club semi-final showdown with Gilles Muller, while Feliciano Lopez eyes revenge against Grigor Dimitrov in the other last four clash at the Wimbledon warm-up event. Having lifted the Queen's trophy in 2012, Cilic fancies his chances of adding a second title as the highest ranked player left in the draw following the shock exits of Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic. The world number seven has yet to drop a set in three matches en route to his fourth Queen's semi-final appearance.

Eight-time champion Federer eases into 13th Halle semi-final

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:01

Roger Federer eased closer to a ninth title at the Halle grass court tournament on Friday when he demolished defending champion Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals. The world number five, building up to an assault on an eighth Wimbledon title in July, will next face Karen Khachanov, who defeated fellow Russian Andrey Rublev 7-6 (10/8), 4-6, 6-3 in his last-eight clash. Federer, 35, has yet to drop a set after three matches in Halle this week while his win on Friday took his head-to-head record against Mayer to 8-0, with five of those wins coming on grass.

Police mull manslaughter charges over London blaze

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:42

Manslaughter charges could be filed over London's deadly tower blaze, police said Friday after finding that exterior cladding on the building had failed safety tests and that the fire started with a faulty fridge. The government ordered immediate checks on the Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer model blamed for the June 14 blaze in west London, which left 79 people presumed dead. Hotpoint-branded fridge freezers were manufactured by Indesit between 2006 and 2009, before Indesit was bought by current owner Whirlpool.

Verstappen completes double, crashes, stays 'positive'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:08

Max Verstappen delivered a practice double and a dramatic crash on Friday and then declared it as his and Red Bull’s ‘most positive’ day of the year. The 19-year-old Dutchman dominated the action in both sessions ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix before he ended up hitting the wall in the final minutes of the afternoon’s action. “Definitely the most positive Friday of the year so far," said Verstappen.

London tower block charity single tops UK charts

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:04

A charity single released to raise money for survivors of the Grenfell Tower block fire reached the top spot in the British charts on Friday after selling more than 170,000 copies. The track is a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by 50 artists including Stormzy, Emeli Sande, Robbie Williams and Paloma Faith. It was released one week after the fire in west London on Wednesday and had the biggest sales of any single this decade on its first day, selling 120,000 copies, the Official Charts Company said in a statement.

Johnny Depp apologises for bad U.S. President assassination joke

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:00

The movie star joined Kris Kristofferson onstage at the Glastonbury festival on Friday.

Demi Lovato snaps back at Halsey over Cool For the Summer lyrics

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:00

Halsey also turned on Demi's pal Iggy Azalea in a Guardian interview, suggesting the rapper has a complete disregard for black culture.

'Passionate' Pellegrino gets Saints job

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:59

English Premier League side Southampton named Argentinian coach Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager on Friday to replace Claude Puel, who was sacked after just one season. The 45-year-old Pellegrino, who had been in charge of Alaves in Spain, has agreed a three-year contract at St Mary’s and will officially join up with Southampton next week, the club said. "I am really happy to become the new coach of Southampton Football Club.

Slip of tongue fuels speculation on Banksy identity

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:42

An unguarded moment in an interview has renewed speculation over one of contemporary art's great mysteries -- could elusive graffiti activist Banksy be Robert Del Naja of band Massive Attack? Goldie, a well-known DJ who was a friend and competitor of Del Naja as the two sprayed Bristol in southwest England with graffiti in the 1980s, made an apparent slip of the tongue in an interview this week. Goldie was speaking with dismay at the high prices that can be fetched for works by Banksy, whose signature style is politically provocative graffiti that appears suddenly on walls around the world.

Russian panel says opposition head 'ineligible' for election

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:13

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is gearing up to run for the presidency, is ineligible to stand for office, the country's central electoral commission announced Friday. A firebrand speaker and anti-corruption campaigner with a savvy grasp of social networks, Navalny declared his intention last December to stand for president. "Currently Alexei Navalny is not eligible to stand for office," the commission said in a statement, noting that he is serving a five-year suspended sentence for embezzlement, which falls into the category of a serious crime.

Andy Murray to play Hurlingham exhibitions after Queen's exit

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:46

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will play two exhibition matches at Hurlingham next week in a bid to get more grass-court action following his shock defeat at Queen's Club. Murray suffered an embarrassing first round loss against Australian world number 90 Jordan Thompson, robbing the Scot of valuable time on grass before the start of Wimbledon on July 3. The world number one, who has won Queen's a record five times, could have followed Novak Djokovic by entering next week's grass-court tournament at Eastbourne.

Malacañang says martial law prevented the establishment of ISIS province in Mindanao

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:27

Malacañang is still uncertain if President Rodrigo Duterte will extend the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. However, it says one thing is for sure about the declaration, the creation of ISIS province in Mindanao has been prevented. “We have prevented the establishment of this wilayat and we have now entered into agreements and also with […] The post Malacañang says martial law prevented the establishment of ISIS province in Mindanao appeared first on UNTV News.

'Emmangela' show reasserts EU's Franco-German alliance

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:24

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel used the French president's first Brussels summit Friday to deliver an unmistakeable message: their countries intend to lead the EU's post-Brexit revival. The Franco-German power couple held an unusual joint press conference after meeting their 26 European Union counterparts, against a backdrop of their respective flags and the bloc's blue banner with yellow stars. "When France and Germany speak with one voice, Europe can move forward," newcomer Macron told a room almost filled to bursting point with reporters as he stood alongside the German chancellor.

Malacañang downplays BIFF threat against President Duterte

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:23

Malacañang and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) downplayed threats of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) against President Rodrigo Duterte. When the BIFF attacked two barangays in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, the group left graffiti, warning President  Duterte that their next target will be Davao City. But the military said it was a desperate […] The post Malacañang downplays BIFF threat against President Duterte appeared first on UNTV News.

Evacuees return home after military-BIFF encounter

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:07

The situation in the town of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato has returned to normal after the one day clearing operation of the military in the town that was raided by members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) last Wednesday. “As to the report of the PNP and the military, the area is already cleared. We […] The post Evacuees return home after military-BIFF encounter appeared first on UNTV News.

CIA knew in August that Putin sought to boost Trump: report

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:04

The CIA had top-level intelligence last August that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an operation to help Donald Trump win the US presidential race, the Washington Post reported Friday. The intelligence shocked the White House and put US security chiefs on a top-secret crisis footing to figure out how to react. After Trump's shock victory, there were strong regrets among administration officials that they had shied from tough action.