Football: Simunovic, Hayes leave Celtic

London (AFP) Scottish Premiership champions Celtic announced on Saturday they have decided against extending the contracts of both Jozo Simunovic and Jonny Hayes. "I would like to sincerely thank both Jozo and Jonny, brilliant lads who have given their all to Celtic over a number of years," said Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Jozo Simunovic joined … Continue reading Football: Simunovic, Hayes leave Celtic

Pompeo demands Russia free ill American accused of spying

Washington (AFP) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday demanded that Russia free a former US marine accused of spying in Russia after the man underwent urgent surgery in a Moscow hospital. Fifty-year-old Paul Whelan had emergency hernia surgery late Thursday after suffering "severe abdominal pain," his brother David Whelan said in a statement Friday. … Continue reading Pompeo demands Russia free ill American accused of spying

French Covid-19 case numbers extend decline

France's coronavirus case numbers were continuing to decline, health officials said on Saturday, with 14,380 patients currently in hospital, down from 14,695 a day earlier. The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care also fell to 1,325 from 1,361, the health directorate said in a statement. File photo of a nurse at the intensive care service of … Continue reading French Covid-19 case numbers extend decline

‘Justice for George’: Schalke’s US footballer in armband protest

Berlin (AFP) Schalke's American midfielder Weston McKennie on Saturday wore a 'Justice for George' armband as part of the growing protests over the death of an unarmed black man during a police arrest in Minneapolis in the United States. "To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been … Continue reading ‘Justice for George’: Schalke’s US footballer in armband protest

EU urges Trump to reconsider decision to end US relationship with WHO

The European Union on Saturday urged President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to terminate the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere reinforced that the pandemic is far from contained.  Trump on Friday charged that the WHO didn’t respond adequately to the pandemic and accused the U.N. agency of being under China’s … Continue reading EU urges Trump to reconsider decision to end US relationship with WHO

Afghan reporter killed as govt says ready for Taliban dialogue

Kabul (AFP) A roadside bomb killed a television journalist in Kabul on Saturday, soon after a top Afghan official appointed to lead peace talks with the Taliban said his team was ready for the long-delayed dialogue. The insurgents denied responsibility for the blast, which targeted a minibus carrying 15 employees of private television channel Khurshid … Continue reading Afghan reporter killed as govt says ready for Taliban dialogue

UK government authorises return of live sport

London (AFP) The British government has approved the return of domestic competitive sport behind closed doors from June 1. Major professional competitions have been shut down since March because of the coronavirus. On the way back - British horse racing will be the first major sport to resume its season after the UK government paved … Continue reading UK government authorises return of live sport

Football: Bremen boost survival hopes with win at struggling Schalke

Berlin (AFP) Werder Bremen boosted their survival hopes in Germany's top flight on Saturday with a 1-0 win behind closed doors at Schalke, who are winless in 11 games and continue to plummet down the Bundesliga table. Florian Kohfeldt-coached Bremen took a key step towards safety when midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt scored their first-half winner. Midfielder … Continue reading Football: Bremen boost survival hopes with win at struggling Schalke

‘The wait is over’: UK gives green light for return of competitive sport

After a near three-month shutdown, all competitive sport in Britain can resume from June 1 behind closed doors provided strict conditions are met, the government said on Saturday. The first major live event is expected to be the 2000 Guineas Stakes horse race at Newmarket on June 6. File photo of Britain's Culture Secretary Oliver … Continue reading ‘The wait is over’: UK gives green light for return of competitive sport

Football: Kane warns Spurs they can’t slip up in quest for Champions League

London (AFP) Harry Kane believes Tottenham Hotspur will have to win eight of their remaining nine Premier League games if they are to qualify for next season's Champions League. The north London club were seven points adrift of the top four when the coronavirus shut down the season in March. Warning - Harry Kane believes … Continue reading Football: Kane warns Spurs they can’t slip up in quest for Champions League

Jimmy Kimmel: ‘Enough Is Enough, We’ve Got To Vote’ Donald Trump Out Already

Jimmy Kimmel on Friday slammed Donald Trump as a “disgusting excuse for a president” and accused him of fanning the flames of the protests that have erupted following the death of George Floyd. “Is this who you want leading us?” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host asked viewers as he railed against Trump’s response to Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on Monday. … Continue reading Jimmy Kimmel: ‘Enough Is Enough, We’ve Got To Vote’ Donald Trump Out Already

Jamie Foxx Speaks at Justice Rally for George Floyd: ‘All We’re Trying to Do is Ask Questions’

Jamie Foxx is lending his support to protesters following the death of George Floyd. On Friday, the Academy Award-winning actor, 52, attended a social justice rally for Floyd, a black man who died earlier this week after being forcefully restrained by police, held at Minneapolis City Hall. “This is the toughest time when things like this happen,” Foxx said at … Continue reading Jamie Foxx Speaks at Justice Rally for George Floyd: ‘All We’re Trying to Do is Ask Questions’