Spain's 'Napflix' aims to bore viewers to sleep

MADRID: A Spanish video platform called Napflix, designed to put people to sleep with dull content, was launched this week and its founders are on the lookout for more “monotony and repetition.” Napflix offers about 60 videos taken from YouTube, including footage of rain pattering on windowpanes, a documentary on pandas and quantum physics lectures, to… Read More »

Mexico stops truck with 121 Central American migrants bound for US

MEXICO CITY: Immigration authorities in southern Mexico stopped a truck carrying 121 Central American migrants with signs of asphyxiation and dehydration, the National Migration Institute said in a statement on Thursday. Migration officials stopped the truck during a routine operation in the southern state of Tabasco, and were alerted to the migrants inside when they… Read More »

Ex-sports marketing executive pleads guilty in FIFA bribe case

NEW YORK: A former sports marketing executive arrested last year during a U.S. corruption probe involving soccer’s global governing body FIFA pleaded guilty on Thursday to participating in schemes to pay bribes to a top official.     Aaron Davidson, former president of the Miami-based unit of Brazilian sports marketing conglomerate Traffic Group, entered his plea… Read More »

Turkey detains 40 soldiers, issues warrants for 47 more in coup probe – media

ISTANBUL: Turkey detained 40 soldiers from an air base in the central Anatolian city of Konya as part of investigations into July’s failed military coup, Turkish media outlets said on Thursday. Detention warrants had been issued for 47 more soldiers from Konya, the private Dogan news agency said, in what was the third wave of… Read More »

Tennis: Kuznetsova into last eight, keeps Singapore hopes alive

MOSCOW: Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova cruised into the quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday (Oct 19) with a straight-sets win over Alize Cornet to keep her hopes alive of making the WTA Finals. The two-time Grand Slam title winner, ranked ninth in the world, won 6-4, 7-5 in one hour 45 minutes. Russian veteran Kuznetsova… Read More »

French PM urged to prepare presidential bid if Hollande balks at running

PARIS: Socialist lawmakers are urging Prime Minister Manuel Valls to prepare a run for the French presidency in place of Francois Hollande, whose chances of being re-elected next May they see as increasingly remote. Hollande’s poll ratings have made dismal reading for months. An opinion poll early in October put the Socialist in 12th place… Read More »

Football: 'Brilliant' Lloris helps Spurs draw at Leverkusen

LEVERKUSEN, Germany: Tottenham Hotspur’s coach Mauricio Pochettino hailed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ ‘brilliant’ display to rescue a Champions League away point in their goalless draw at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday (Oct 18). After a quiet first-half which his side dominated, the Frenchman had a busy second 45 minutes at the BayArena as Leverkusen beefed up their… Read More »

US expects Islamic State to wield chemical weapons in Mosul fight

WASHINGTON: The United States expects Islamic State to use crude chemical weapons as it tries to repel an Iraqi-led offensive on the city of Mosul, U.S. officials say, although adding that the group’s technical ability to develop such weapons is highly limited. U.S. forces have begun to regularly collect shell fragments to test for possible… Read More »