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Dimitrov beats Goffin to win ATP Finals

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 21:45

Grigor Dimitrov beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in a gripping title decider at the ATP Finals on Sunday to become the first debutant to win the season finale since 1998. "My team have been unbelievable, my family." The Bulgarian came into the title decider unbeaten at the O2, with a healthy 4-1 head-to-head record against Goffin, including a 6-0, 6-2 win in the round-robin stage. After three consecutive breaks, the Belgian was the first to hold his serve, forging ahead 3-1 but as time ran out for Dimitrov, Goffin played a poor service game, going long on a forehand to concede another break of serve as the Bulgarian levelled the match at 4-4.


Mugabe clings to office, dashes resignation hopes in TV speech

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 21:19

Robert Mugabe clung on as Zimbabwe's president Sunday, using national TV to insist he still holds power despite a military takeover and mounting pressure for his autocratic 37-year rule to end. Crowds who gathered in bars and cafes in Harare to watch the address, which was widely expected would end in the 93-year-old's resignation, were left stunned and disconsolate. "The (ruling ZANU-PF) party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes," Mugabe said.


Country music legend Mel Tillis dead at 85: publicist

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 20:56

Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis, known for songs such as "I Ain't Never" and "Coca-Cola Cowboy," died early on Sunday aged 85, his publicist said. The country legend died of suspected respiratory failure at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida, publicist Don Murry Grubbs said in a statement.


Charles Manson dead at 83, according to famous murder victim's sister

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 20:30

The cult leader has been behind bars since 1971.


Bruno Mars wins big at American Music Awards

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 20:30

Ladies dominated the performances at the American Music Awards with Pink and Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato and Christina Aguilera serving up the night's showstopping moments.


Keith Urban a triple winner as Bruno Mars is named top Artist at AMAs

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 20:30

Ladies dominated the performances at the American Music Awards with Pink and Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato and Christina Aguilera serving up the night's showstopping moments.


Saudi, Bahrain target Iran at Arab League meeting

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 20:01

Saudi Arabia warned Sunday that it would not stand idly by in the face of Iranian "aggression", as Bahrain said the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement was "in total control" of Lebanon. The foreign ministers of both Gulf states spoke at an extraordinary general meeting of the Arab League at its Cairo headquarters, called by Riyadh. The meeting comes as tensions soar between regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, including over League member Lebanon.


Selena Gomez debuts platinum blonde hair at AMAs

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 20:00

Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Lea Michele and Jenna Dewan Tatum also rocked the red carpet at the event.


Schalke soar to second in Germany

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 19:57

Goals by strikers Franco di Santo and Guido Burgstaller sealed Schalke 04's 2-0 win over Hamburg on Sunday as the Royal Blues climbed to second place in the Bundesliga. Under 32-year-old head coach Domenico Tedesco, Schalke are unbeaten in seven games dating back to September, and the home win in Gelsenkirchen moved them second behind leaders Bayern Munich. "It's a great moment for the whole team, we have worked really heard in the last few weeks," said Schalke midfielder Max Meyer.


Mugabe defies resignation expectations in TV speech

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 19:56

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in a much-expected TV address Sunday, stressed he was still in power after his authoritarian 37-year reign was rocked by a military takeover. "The (ruling ZANU-PF) party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes," Mugabe said, pitching the country into further uncertainty. Many Zimbabweans expected Mugabe to resign after the army seized power last week.


Gold leaf from Napoleon's crown fetches 625,000 euros

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 19:40

A gold laurel leaf removed from the crown Napoleon Bonaparte wore to his coronation sold for 625,000 ($735,000) euros at an auction in Paris on Sunday. The sale price far exceeded the estimate of between 100,000 and 150,000 euros, Osenat auction house said. The goldsmith Martin Guillaume Biennais gave the spare leaves to each of his daughters - with the auctioned gold carving having been passed through the family to present day.


Women-only festival for Sweden after rape complaints

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 19:28

A Swedish comedian announced Sunday the launch of a women-only music festival, after the country's largest event was cancelled following a string of sexual assault and rape complaints. Organiser Emma Knyckare said the two-day music festival called Statement will be held next summer in the western city of Gothenburg and will allow women to party and drink "without having to look over your shoulder". "Together we are making a statement against sexual assaults by creating a safe space for women, non-binary and trans people that want to attend festivals and feel secure at the same time," the radio host tweeted.


Morrissey defending Kevin Spacey amid sexual misconduct scandal

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 17:00

The Smiths star tells a German publication he believes many of the women accusing Harvey Weinstein of assault and harassment are "disappointed" actresses.


Hilarie Burton opens up about sexual misconduct charges against One Tree Hill boss

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 17:00

The actress has joined cast and crew members in attacking the writer/director in an open letter.


Jeffrey Tambor departs TV show over sexual harassment scandal

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 17:00

The actor has won great acclaim playing transgender character Maura Pfefferman on Transparent.


Taylor Swift turns her Beverly Hills pad into a fortress

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 17:00

The singer recently opened up her homes in Rhode Island and London to fans for album listening parties.


Russell Simmons insists sex with assault accuser was consensual

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 17:00

Actor Terry Crews has also taken aim at the rap mogul for advising him not to report agent he alleges assaulted him at a party last year (16).


Crush near Morocco's Essaouira kills at least 15: ministry

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:53

At least 15 people were killed and five injured Sunday in a crush as food aid was distributed near the coastal tourist town of Essaouira in western Morocco, officials said. Local media said a "benefactor" had organised the food distribution at a stall in the rural town, which was rapidly "submerged in the crowd" of 800 people, mostly women.


Clashes as 4 bodies found in Nairobi slum

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:09

Clashes erupted in a Nairobi slum Sunday after four bodies were found in the streets, hiking tensions on the eve of a Supreme Court ruling on the validity of last month's divisive election re-run. The bodies of three men and a woman were found in the city's Mathare slum, one of several flashpoint areas where violence erupted during the disputed October 26 vote which was largely boycotted by the opposition. The discovery came just two days after three people were shot dead in a nearby suburb during clashes with police which erupted as thousands of opposition supporters turned out for their leader, Raila Odinga.


UK budget aims for driverless cars by 2021

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 11:43

British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce £75 million ($99 million, 84 million euros) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on UK roads by 2021, in his budget speech on Wednesday. Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow Britain's driverless car industry, which the government estimates will be worth £28 billion by 2035, to get cars on the road within as little as three years, according to extracts of the budget released by his office on Sunday. "Some would say that is a bold move, but I believe we have to embrace these technologies if we want to see Britain leading the next industrial revolution," he told BBC's Andrew Marr Show.