Degenkolb wins Tour of Spain fifth stage, Matthews leads

Degenkolb wins Tour of Spain fifth stage, Matthews leads
Germany's John Degenkolb won his second stage of the Tour of Spain in as many days in a controversial finish on Wednesday as Australian Michael Matthews extended his overall lead.


US F-15 crashes in Virginia, reports the Pentagon

US F-15 crashes in Virginia, reports the Pentagon
A US F-15C fighter jet crashed today in a Virginia forest and it was unclear if the pilot ejected before the plane went down, officials said. The aircraft was part of the Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing from Westfield, Massachusetts, Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Tom Crosson said. The jet went down at around 9 am (1300 GMT)...


US hostage’;s mother pleads with jihadists to spare him

US hostage’;s mother pleads with jihadists to spare him
The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by the jihadist gang that murdered a kidnapped reporter pleaded for her son's life today in an emotional televised appeal. Shirley Sotloff, mother of 31-year-old freelance reporter Steven Sotloff (pic), directly addressed the leader of so-called Islamic State, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi,...


9-year-old kills shooting instructor in Uzi mishap

9-year-old kills shooting instructor in Uzi mishap
A nine-year-old girl learning to fire an Uzi submachine gun was unable to control the weapon, accidentally killing her instructor, news reports said Wednesday.


China’;s Xi meets Vietnam envoy amid strained ties

China’;s Xi meets Vietnam envoy amid strained ties
Chinese President Xi Jinping (pic) today held talks with a top Vietnamese envoy and said the two countries should repair strained relations, state media reported. Xi met Le Hong Anh, a member of Vietnam's Communist Party politburo, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. It described him as being sent by the head of the country's Communist...


Russia says next aid convoy to Ukraine ‘will not be the last’;

Russia says next aid convoy to Ukraine ‘will not be the last’;
Russia said today that its next aid convoy to southeastern Ukraine would be followed by others despite Kiev's fears that they may be used to supply pro-Kremlin insurgents. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he expected Moscow to send a second truck convoy loaded with aid into the rebel-held territory "in the nearest future. And I am sure that...


Warnock named Crystal Palace manager

Warnock named Crystal Palace manager
Neil Warnock has returned to Crystal Palace as manager to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Tony Pulis, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.


Four more cleaners on trial in Indonesia school abuse case

Four more cleaners on trial in Indonesia school abuse case
Four cleaners were charged in court today over the sexual assault of a young boy at one of Indonesia's most prestigious international schools, on the second day of trials in a high-profile scandal. The crisis at the Jakarta International School, which began in April with allegations that cleaning staff raped the nursery school boy, has rocked...