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Australia Islamic school 'bans running' over virginity fears

Melbourne - An Islamic college in Australia is under investigation after claims that its principal has banned girls from taking part in running competitions because they might "lose their virginity".

Global sports gambling worth 'up to $3 trillion'

Doha - The global sports betting market is worth up to $3-trillion, the vast majority of that generated by illegal gambling, a United Nations conference on crime being held in Doha heard on Wednesday.

Guatemalan Olympic icon accuses DJ of racist taunt

Guatemala City - Historymaking Olympic athlete Erick Barrondo, an indigenous Guatemalan, spoke out against racism Wednesday after a radio DJ posted a picture of him on Twitter alongside comments that he deemed offensive.

Police reveal details of mysterious tunnel in Toronto

Police in Toronto are seeking the help of the public to find out who is responsible for digging a huge 33-feet long, six-feet high tunnel in the grounds of the Toronto's York University.

Frenchman shot while jogging south of Paris

Nterre - A man was shot while out for an evening run in a town southwest of Paris, receiving bullet wounds to the leg and back, a police source said Thursday.

New Zealand mulls alcohol sponsorship ban

Wellington - A New Zealand government review on Wednesday recommended French-style measures banning alcohol sponsorship of sport in a bid to curb the South Pacific nation's binge drinking culture.

Judge grants application for Pistorius murder appeal

Pretoria - A South African judge on Wednesday cleared the way for prosecutors to seek a murder conviction against Oscar Pistorius, after he was sentenced to five years in jail for the lesser charge of manslaughter over the killing of his girlfriend.

Judge due to deliver Pistorius appeal ruling

Pretoria - A South African judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether to grant an appeal against Oscar Pistorius's conviction and sentence, opening the door for the Paralympian sprinter to face a tougher jail term.

Pistorius appeal ruling delayed

Pretoria - A South African judge on Tuesday delayed a ruling on whether to allow the prosecution to appeal against Oscar Pistorius's five-year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend, saying she needed more time.

South African court to rule on Pistorius appeal

Pretoria - A South African judge will rule Tuesday on whether to grant a state appeal that would open the way for Oscar Pistorius to serve more time behind bars for shooting his girlfriend.

Pistorius trial families accept plan to appeal

Johannesburg - The families of "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius and the woman he killed have accepted the decision by South African prosecutors to press for a murder conviction and a harsher sentence for the athlete.

Manhunt for killers of South Africa football captain

Johannesburg - South Africa launched a manhunt Monday to catch the killers of South Africa's national football captain Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot dead during a robbery at his girlfriend's home.

Prosecutors to appeal Pistorius judgement

Pretoria - South African prosecutors said on Monday they would appeal the verdict and five-year jail term handed down to fallen track star Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend last year.

Utrecht to host 2015 Tour de France start

Paris - The route for the 2015 Tour de France, the world’s greatest cycle race, was unveiled Wednesday at the Grand Palais in Paris. The 102nd running of the Tour de France will start from Utrecht, Holland's "bicycle city," on Jul. 4, 2014.

'We don't want revenge' on Pistorius, says Steenkamp's mother

London - The mother of Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend said Wednesday she did not want "revenge", a day after the disgraced South African athlete began serving a five-year jail term for shooting her daughter dead.

Pistorius jailed for five years

Pretoria - South African judge Thokozile Masipa on Tuesday sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013."Count one, culpable homicide, the sentence imposed is five years," Masipa said.

Pistorius to learn sentence for killing girlfriend

Pretoria - South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday learns his sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year, bringing an end to a seven-month trial that gripped the nation.

Pistorius siblings speak out on eve of sentencing

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's brother and sister on Monday gave a string of television interviews ahead of the sentencing of South Africa's star athlete for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius sentence set for Tuesday

Pretoria - South African Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned Oscar Pistorius's sentencing hearing on Friday and scheduled the handing down of his sentence for Tuesday 21 October.

Steenkamp cousin says Pistorius must 'pay' for killing

Pretoria - A cousin of slain South African model Reeva Steenkamp made a tearful plea Thursday for Oscar Pistorius "to pay" for killing her, as prosecutors sought at his sentencing hearing to see the Paralympic athlete sent to jail.

Reeva Steenkamp's death 'ruined family', court hears

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius "ruined our whole family" when he killed Reeva Steenkamp, a South African court heard Wednesday, as prosecutors turned the spotlight firmly back on the victim in a last-ditch attempt to secure a prison sentence for the Paralympic athlet...

Light Pistorius sentence could spark 'crisis of trust'

Pretoria - Prosecutors fought a rear-guard action to ensure Oscar Pistorius is jailed for unlawfully killing his girlfriend, warning Wednesday that justice was also on trial in the eyes of the South African public.

Pistorius should get community service, says prison official

Pretoria - A South African prison official on Monday recommended Oscar Pistorius clean a museum as punishment for shooting dead his girlfriend, sparking prosecution anger in a court weighing what sentence to give the Paralympian.

Reeva Steenkamp's family in state of shock at Pistorius verdict

Pretoria - The parents of Reeva Steenkamp have reacted with shock and disbelief after a judge acquitted star athlete Oscar Pistorius of her murder, convicting him of the lesser charge of culpable homicide."We were shocked. Shocked.

Pistorius verdict 'not right' say Reeva Steenkamp's parents

Johannesburg - The parents of Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot and killed by Oscar Pistorius, reacted with disbelief at a judge's decision to acquit the star athlete of murder charges.

Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide

Pretoria - "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius was convicted Friday of culpable homicide for shooting his lover Reeva Steenkamp, but walked free on bail ahead of what could still be a stiff prison sentence.

Oscar Pistorius faces judgement for culpable homicide

Pretoria - Celebrity athlete Oscar Pistorius arrived in court on Friday to face judgement for culpable homicide, a verdict that will decide if the famed "Blade Runner" walks free after his shock murder acquittal.

Cleared of murder, Pistorius faces homicide verdict

Pretoria - Celebrity athlete Oscar Pistorius faces judgement on a charge of culpable homicide on Friday after being acquitted of murdering his model girlfriend in a shock decision that legal experts described as too lenient.

Pistorius found not guilty of murdering girlfriend

Pretoria - A sobbing Oscar Pistorius was acquitted Thursday of murdering his girlfriend, but the South African celebrity athlete dubbed the "Blade Runner" still faces judgement on a lesser culpable homicide charge.

Pistorius weeps as judge begins murder trial verdict

Pretoria - "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius wept in the dock on Thursday as a judge began handing down her verdict on whether the star Paralympian was guilty of the Valentine's Day murder of his model girlfriend.
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