Leicester's Champions League dream over as Atletico power into semis

LEICESTER, England: Leicester City’s fairytale Champions League journey came to an end at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid, who reached the semi-finals for the third time in four seasons with a 2-1 aggregate win. A first-half goal by Saul Niguez proved enough to… Read More »

Police helicopter carrying 12 crashes in eastern Turkey – security sources

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: A Turkish police helicopter carrying 12 people crashed in the eastern province of Tunceli on Tuesday, the local governor’s office said, adding that the crash may have been caused by poor weather conditions. The helicopter was carrying a judge, seven police officers, one sergeant and three crew members, the Tunceli governor’s office said… Read More »

Turkey's security council advises extending state of emergency – statement

ANKARA: The Turkish National Security Council said in a statement on Monday that it had advised the cabinet of ministers to extend the country’s state of emergency by three months. The cabinet will convene later on Monday and is expected to announce its decision on the matter. Turkey declared a state of emergency soon after… Read More »

Bayern's Lewandowski set to face Madrid's shaky defence

REUTERS: Real Madrid’s struggling defence will probably have to keep Bayern Munich’s deadly striker Robert Lewandowski at bay in the Bernabeu to reach the Champions League semi-finals. Real will be defending a 2-1 lead from the first leg of the quarter-final, which the Polish hitman missed with the shoulder injury that also kept him out… Read More »

Taiwan says ready to review Chinese activist's asylum request

TAIPEI: Taiwan said on Monday it was prepared to review a petition for asylum from a Chinese activist who left his tour group in Taiwan without notice last week. Local media reported on Sunday that Zhang Xiangzhong, whose whereabouts remain unknown, has said he will make an asylum request on Tuesday with the Mainland Affairs… Read More »

On Easter, Pope denounces 'oppressive regimes' but urges restraint

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis denounced “oppressive regimes” in his Easter message on Sunday but in an apparent call for restraint urged world leaders to prevent the spread of conflicts, as tensions rose in North Korea and Syria. Francis, marking the fifth Easter season of his pontificate, said Mass before tens of thousands of people under… Read More »

Barrett performance lauded by pundits, sends warning to Lions

WELLINGTON: British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland should take note – All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett is on a different planet right now and might be even better than three-times World Player of the Year Dan Carter, New Zealand rugby pundits have said. The 25-year-old Barrett, last year’s World Player of the Year, was… Read More »

Feel the pain of the poor and immigrants, pope says at Easter Vigil

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis, leading the world’s Roman Catholics into Easter, urged them on Saturday not to ignore the plight of immigrants, the poor and other vulnerable people. In his homily at an Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis recounted the Biblical account of Jesus Christ’s mother Mary and Mary Magdalene, filled with… Read More »