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Sampdoria and Genoa's Serie A games postponed after bridge collapse

Milan - Both Genoa clubs had requested that their opening games of the season be pushed back with Sampdoria due to host Fiorentina and Genoa playing at AC Milan on Sunday.

Music icon Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Detroit - Aretha Franklin, the music icon and legendary singer known as the "Queen of Soul" during a five-decade career died at home in Detroit on Thursday, her longtime publicist announced. She was 76.

Madonna turns into 'berber queen' for 60th birthday

Marrakech - Madonna on Thursday took on the mantle of a "berber queen" to celebrate her 60th birthday, touring Morocco's former imperial city of Marrakech under the radar of the paparazzi.

Major Davis Cup shake-up approved

Orlando - World tennis chiefs on Thursday approved a radical Davis Cup revamp that will overhaul the 118-year-old competition, condensing the annual worldwide showpiece into an 18-team, week-long event.The shake-up for the men's team tournament received 71.

Exiled Venezuelan supreme court 'sentences' Maduro over corruption

Apo - Venezuela's opposition-run supreme court in exile has sentenced President Nicolas Maduro to 18 years in prison over the infamous Odebrecht corruption scandal, a move dismissed by the regime.

India flood toll hits 86 in 'extremely grave' crisis

Kochi - The official death toll from major floods in India's tourist hotspot of Kerala hit 86 on Thursday with media reporting even higher numbers amid warnings of more torrential rainfall.

Ukraine demands 15 years in jail for ousted pro-Russian president

Kiev - Ukraine's Prosecutor General's office on Thursday said had it demanded a 15-year prison sentence for ousted ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, accused by Kiev of "betraying his nation" to Russia.

India's three-time prime minister Vajpayee dead at 93

New Delhi - Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died Thursday, sparking tributes from across the political spectrum as current leader Narendra Modi mourned the "irreplaceable loss" of the respected statesman.

EU hits back at Italy govt over bridge disaster comments

Apo - The European Union pushed back Thursday against Italy's populist government over the deadly collapse of a bridge in Genoa, saying that it had given Rome billions of euros to fix infrastructure.

Zimbabwe court to hear election challenge on August 22

Harare - Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court will hear the opposition's legal challenge to the election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa on August 22, the ruling party said on Thursday.

Malaysia repeals controversial fake news law

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's parliament repealed a controversial law on Thursday that punished spreading "fake news" with up to six years in jail and which critics said was aimed at stifling dissent.

Sainz replaces Alonso at McLaren

London - Spaniard Carlos Sainz will drive for McLaren in next season's Formula One championship, filling the vacuum left by the retirement of Fernando Alonso, the team announced on Thursday.

India's three-time prime minister Vajpayee dies aged 93

New Delhi - Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died, current leader Narendra Modi said Thursday of the ailing 93-year-old who had been hospitalised.

Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

Saint-mars-la-r - Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.

Polish president vetoes change to European parliament election rules

Warsaw - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday vetoed a controversial change to European Parliament election rules that would have kept all small parties in Poland out of the running.

India warns of 'extremely grave' crisis as flood toll rises

Kochi - Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India's Kerala state Thursday as the death toll reached 86 with dozens more feared perished.

Keita re-elected Mali president with landslide

Bamako - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been re-elected for a five-year term after winning a landslide in a runoff ballot, according to official figures Thursday.

Erdogan's finance czar insists crisis-hit Turkey to emerge stronger

Istanbul - Turkey sought Thursday to reassure investors rattled by the crash of the Turkish lira, insisting the country would emerge stronger and has no need of an IMF bailout.

Vietnamese dad of Kim murder suspect wants 'kind' daughter home

Nam Dinh - Doan Van Thanh proudly displays diplomas and photos of his daughter at his home in rural Vietnam, hopeful she'll be freed from a jail in Malaysia where she's on trial for the murder of the North Korean leader's half-brother.

Op-Ed: Fake news, child psychology, and fixes for fake news?

Cleveland - New research has found a few facts about fake news, and why it’s believed. It’s a scary bit of information, but very important fundamental research. There might even be ways to finally defeat fake news.
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