French voters want PM Valls to win left-wing presidential primary – poll

PARIS: French voters want to see Prime Minister Manuel Valls secure the Socialist Party ticket to run for presidential election next year, an opinion poll showed on Friday, hours after President Francois Hollande announced that he would not seek a second term. Valls broadly shares the pro-business leaning that prompted many left-wing voters to turn… Read More »

Emirati Abdulrahman named Asia Player of the Year

REUTERS: United Arab Emirates playmaker Omar Abdulrahman’s disappointment at failing to win the Asian Champions League with Al Ain last weekend was tempered when he was named the continent’s best player on Thursday night. Abdulrahman’s club were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors with the midfielder nonetheless named the tournament’s most valuable… Read More »

Castro's ashes resume trip after stop at 'Che' monument

BIRAN: Nobody in Fidel Castro’s village expected the boy who liked to walk barefoot and jump in the river to leave the comforts of his family’s ranch to launch a revolution. The late Cuban leader and his brother, President Raul Castro, were born in Biran, a town nestled amid rolling hills and sugarcane plantations on… Read More »

Sydney, Vancouver mayors vow to fight climate change despite Trump

MEXICO CITY: Cities around the world can combat climate change without national government support, the mayors of Sydney and Vancouver said on Wednesday, amid fears that a Donald Trump U.S. presidency could undermine efforts to limit global warming. The two were in Mexico City for the C40 Mayors’ Summit, where nearly 50 mayors and deputies… Read More »

Spanish police arrest two Moroccans suspected of Islamist State links

MADRID: Two Moroccan men suspected of having links to Islamic State have been arrested in Spain and police say one of them played an important role in spreading propaganda for the militant group, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. The man – described as a “dangerous solitary actor” living in the outskirts of the capital… Read More »

Tanzanian ex-PM loses farm, accused by government of leaving land 'idle'

DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tanzanian President John Magufuli has revoked ownership of a large farm belonging to former prime minister Frederick Sumaye, because he left it ‘idle’, a local government official said. The move comes just months after the east African nation embarked on a national campaign to seize land left undeveloped… Read More »

UK asks sporting bodies to do more to protect children from abuse

LONDON: The British government said on Tuesday it was asking all national sporting governing bodies to increase their efforts to protect children, following allegations of young boys being sexually abused at professional soccer clubs. English soccer’s governing body said on Sunday it had appointed an independent lawyer to oversee an internal investigation after former soccer… Read More »