Bravo century lifts West Indies to 285 in decider
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Darren Bravo struck 102 Friday to lift a flagging West Indies innings from 21-4 to a competitive 285 all out off 49.5 overs against South Africa in the decisive ninth match of the one-day international cricket tri-series at Kensington Oval.
France fears Brexit consequences for EU defense capability
France fears Britain may downsize its military ambitions once outside the European Union, leaving its neighbor to a role as the only significant power in the region, according to French defense ministry sources. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian published a column on Wednesday in Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper in which he urged Britons to vote to remain in the EU, stressing the importance of Britain's defense relationship with its European partners as the west battles jihadi groups in the Middle East and Africa. Speaking after Thursday's vote to leave, the sources said France still hoped that relationship could continue in some form.
Five questions for Britain and Europe after Brexit vote
By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britons voted in a referendum on Thursday to leave the European Union. Following are answers to key questions on what will happen next in Britain's relations with the bloc: 1. Although it provides a sketchy legal framework for a two-year period of withdrawal (see below), many believe it will take longer to establish a new trading relationship between Britain and the EU and some fear the process will become bitter, disrupting the economy and European affairs across the board.
Trio leads BMW International after round 2, Willett out
PULHEIM, Germany (AP) — Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand shot a day best 8 under 64 to join Raphael Jacquelin and Henrik Stenson at the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the BMW International Open on Friday.
Pope on visit to Armenia cites "genocide", likely to anger Turkey
By Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze YEREVAN (Reuters) - Pope Francis departed from his prepared text on Friday to use the word "genocide" to describe the mass killings of Armenians in 1915, a description that infuriated Turkey when he said it a year ago. In an address to Armenia's president and the diplomatic corps, Francis used the Armenian term 'Metz Yeghern' (the great evil), but then added to his prepared text "that genocide" to refer to what he also called "the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century". There was no immediate reaction from Turkey, which last year recalled its ambassador to the Vatican after the pope used the 'genocide' term.
Brexit vote a victory for populist politics
British voters' decision to leave the European Union highlighted working class dissatisfaction with the UK and Europe's ruling elite and the mass appeal of populist politics. Farage, who posed next to an anti-migrant poster emblazoned with the words "Breaking Point" during the Brexit campaign, dedicated the "Out" vote to people who have "had enough of the merchant bankers". Donald Trump's tell-it-like-it-is bluntness and disdain for both political correctness and Washington insiders has struck a chord among increasingly frustrated white working class and middle class voters in the United States.
Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria in same WCup qualifying group
CAIRO (AP) — Three of the five African teams at the 2014 World Cup have been drawn in the same group to qualify for the 2018 edition.
South African court rules Zuma can be charged over graft
A South African court on Friday threw out President Jacob Zuma's attempt to appeal against a ruling that he should face almost 800 corruption charges, piling pressure on the embattled leader. Zuma had tried to overturn a court order that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) should reinstate the charges that were dropped in 2009 shortly before he came to power. The president has battled several corruption scandals while in office, as well as enduring growing criticism focused on South Africa's record unemployment and poor growth rate.
Ebola-hit Sierra Leone gets Mecca all clear
Saudi Arabia's government has allocated 800 places to Sierra Leone for hajj pilgrims, lifting a two-year ban imposed due to the Ebola crisis, officials said Friday. Saudi authorities in 2014 banned people from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia -- the three nations that bore the brunt of the outbreak. "The government had requested accommodation for 3,000 pilgrims but due to limited accommodation, the Saudi authorties had turned down the request," a committee source told AFP.
Branden Grace cites Zika in pulling out of Olympics
Branden Grace withdrew from the Olympics on Friday, becoming the fourth golfer to cite the Zika virus as a reason not to play in Rio de Janeiro this summer.