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Syrian court acquits free-speech campaigner

A Syrian court Monday acquitted a prominent free-speech campaigner who was released from jail three weeks ago after being held for 3-1/2 years awaiting trial under anti-terrorism laws, his wife said.

Brazil mayor on run, ran town via WhatsApp 

A mayor in Brazil is on the run from police after being accused of running the town from afar by WhatsApp, and of skimming funds from the education system, the BBC has reported.

Tehran: Foreign investors must share benefits

Would-be foreign investors in Iran should be prepared to share the benefits of their deals, the country’s president said, indicating Tehran would impose tough terms that could clash with U.S. regulations even after sanctions are lifted.

De Gea Bernabeu bound after fee agreed 

David De Gea’s protracted move from Manchester United to Real Madrid neared conclusion Monday after it was reported by various sources that the two clubs agreed a fee for the 24-year-old believed to be in the region of 29 million pounds ($44.5 million).

De Gea Bernabeu bound after fee agreed 

David De Gea’s protracted move from Manchester United to Real Madrid neared conclusion Monday after it was reported by various sources that the two clubs agreed a fee for the 24-year-old believed to be in the region of 29 million pounds ($44.5 million).

‘Il Dottore’ looks to fix Silverstone win jinx

Italy’s Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo will renew rivalry in their enthralling duel for the MotoGP world title at Silverstone this weekend with the legendary Italian hoping to record his first victory on the track.

Serena chases historic calendar Grand Slam

World No. 1 Serena Williams feels the pressure of chasing history at the U.S. Open, but she accepts the intensity as the price for dominating a generation of women’s tennis.

More drama at Sagesse as president resigns 

Sagesse’s status as a top-flight team is once again mired in uncertainty after the current funding group led by businessman Georges Chalhoub decided to quit the club, resulting in the resignation of President Nadim Hakim.

Staging conflict at Masrah al-Madina 

Protesters waving zany signs, turbulent clashes, heated media coverage – the recent spate of demonstrations have made the city a little more performative than usual.

Staging conflict at Masrah al-Madina 

Protesters waving zany signs, turbulent clashes, heated media coverage – the recent spate of demonstrations have made the city a little more performative than usual.

Taylor Swift queen of MTV awards

Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as rapper Kanye West announced an improbable run for president in 2020 and Miley Cyrus released her new album for free.

Iran bars Barenboim because of Israeli citizenship

Iran has barred famed conductor Daniel Barenboim from entering the Islamic republic because of his Israeli citizenship, denting plans he had for a performance in Tehran, a news agency reported Sunday.

Lights out for Tokyo’s Hotel Okura

Tokyo’s ’60s-era modernist masterpiece Hotel Okura, which hosted foreign leaders, royalty, celebrities and even James Bond, turns off the lights Monday, more than a half century after it heralded Japan’s postwar coming out party.

Gorillas not guerrillas: tourism hope in Congo

Tourists perch perilously on a volcano’s edge as swirling smoke belches from the fiery cauldron of lava below, the latest unlikely visitors holidaying in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

FDA approves first pill to boost female libido

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.