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1st Canadians hit the ground ahead of perilous Mali mission

This is where it begins.<p>A small advance team for Canada's first substantial peacekeeping mission since the 1990s has arrived in Mali.<p>The sweat was …

Africa

Fete Nationale

Celebrations continue throughout the regions of Quebec to celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste - in Montreal, two parades will be held.<p>The parades will …

Canada

Cap Comparables: John Carlson's new deal ranks among NHL's richest

The Washington Capitals were intent on keeping their guy and they did.<p>News broke on Sunday that pending unrestricted free agent John Carlson had …

NHL

On the brink, Argentina handed a final shot at World Cup salvation

Held by Iceland and humiliated by Croatia, Argentina’s World Cup could already have been all but over, but Lionel Messi and the rest of Jorge …

Soccer

Three more die in farm attacks

Three people were killed just hours apart in three separate farm attacks in South Africa at the weekend. Two of the fatal farm attacks were in North …

South Africa

Scenarios: Final round of 2018 World Cup group stage

With just one round of group games left to be played at the 2018 World Cup, the time to begin scoreboard (and table… and tiebreaker) watching is now. …

Europe

Harry Kane keen to play against Belgium but will respect Gareth Southgate's decision

Harry Kane keen to play against Belgium after going top of World Cup scoring charts with Panama hat-trick: 'With the form I'm in I want to</b> …

Soccer

2018 BET Awards: Kendrick Lamar Wins Big at Youth-Centered Show – Variety

Jamie Foxx took a moment to address the recent death of rapper XXXtentacion during the 2018 BET Awards on Sunday. “We can’t get too used to these …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Clashes in Nigeria between farmers and herders leave 86 dead

<b>At least 86 people have died in central Nigeria after violent clashes broke out between farmers and cattle herders, police in Plateau state said.</b><p>Some reports say fighting began on Thursday when ethnic Berom farmers attacked Fulani herders, killing five of them.<p>A retaliatory attack on Saturday led …

Africa

People Keep Finding Bodies in Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park and, to a greater extent, the surrounding Mojave Desert, has always had a morbid vibe. In the early 1900s, it was a lawless place where miners killed each other over claims. In the 1960s, Charles Manson plied his followers with acid at nearby Barker Ranch in Death Valley …

National Parks

RFU refuses to rule out sacking Eddie Jones before World Cup if England results continue to slide

The Rugby Football Unions says Eddie Jones remains “the man” to lead England to the World Cup in Japan – but warned it would not be afraid to make a late change if ­results were to slide again ahead of next year’s tournament.<p>England’s 25-10 victory over South Africa in the third Test in Cape Town …

Eddie Jones

World Cup 100: Ranking the Top Players in Russia After Every Team's Second Game

With the 2018 World Cup second round done and dusted, it's time to update our WC100: a ranking of the top-performing players in Russia, position by position.<p>We've watched every game, rated every player and constructed a top 10 or 20 for each position and crowned the kings of each. It will update …

Soccer

Water, mud block rescue attempt for 12 boys inside Thai cave

BANGKOK (AP) — Rescuers are planning a second attempt Monday to try to get through a small, flooded passage inside a Thai cave to search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who entered the cave two days ago.<p>On their first attempt at dawn, divers were unable to reach the large chamber deep inside the …

Thailand

Beautiful Pictures of Flowers and Butterflies by Adam Gor

Beautiful pictures of flowers, butterflies and caterpillars by Adam Gor, talented 23-year-old self taught photographer, retoucher and biology student …

Photography

The World Cup Tonight crew give their golden boot predictions | FIFA World Cup™ Tonight

Fernando Fiore, Guus Hiddick, Grant Wahl, and Moises Munoz talk about who they think will win the Golden Boot Award at the end of the FIFA World Cup™.

Soccer

FIFA World Cup 2018: Best off-side trap ever? Twitter in awe of genius play by Japan against Senegal

Japan and Senegal, the surprise leaders of Group H in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, tied 2-2 in a beautiful duel on Sunday to keep both teams' hopes of …

Soccer

Everything You Need to Know About Day 12 of the World Cup

Day 12 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will see Groups A and B decided as the teams involved play their final round of group-stage fixtures.<p>Hosts Russia take on Uruguay in Group A in pursuit of top spot, while Saudi Arabia face Egypt with only pride at stake as both teams have already been knocked …

Soccer

5 arrested in Bronx teen’s brutal slaying

Cops have arrested five people in the mistaken-identity slaying of a Bronx teen, police sources said Sunday.<p>Police took two suspects into custody in …

Crime

Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie marry in Scotland

“Games of Thrones” stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie got married on Saturday in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.<p>The service was held at Rayne Church, near Inverurie, with the reception at nearby Wardhill Castle, owned by the actress’s father, Seb Leslie.<p>Guests at the wedding included stars Peter …

TV Series

England break World Cup record as Harry Kane joins elite group of legends

England recorded one of their finest victories in World Cup history as they thumped Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod.<p>Gareth Southgate’s men flew out of …

Soccer

James Rodriguez, Colombia Eliminate Poland from World Cup with 3-0 Win

Colombia beat Poland 3-0 on Sunday in Group H at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia thanks to goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado.<p>The result means Colombia remain in contention to qualify for the last 16 of the tournament, while Poland have been eliminated.<p><b>Quintero Emerges as</b> …

Soccer

World Cup 2018: Who needs what to qualify in the final round of group games?

<b>We are heading into the final round of group matches at the 2018 World Cup.</b><p>Six teams have already qualified, but 10 spots are still up for grabs. Check out our permutations to see what the teams need to do to keep their World Cup hopes alive.<p>And here is how Fifa divides teams who are on the same …

Soccer

On migration, EU leaders unite around plan to forego unity

An emergency mini summit Sunday of EU leaders seeking a common solution on migration yielded a breakthrough, of sorts: a general agreement to stop …

Europe

Capitals re-sign Carlson to $64M, 8-year deal

The Washington Capitals have re-signed John Carlson to a $64 million, eight-year contract that allows the Stanley Cup champions to keep the do-it-all defenseman.<p>Carlson will count $8 million against the salary cap through the 2026-27 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Sunday.<p>…

Ice Hockey

Senegal's team easily has the best dance moves of the World Cup

If you haven't yet landed on who to root for during the World Cup, you should seriously consider getting behind Senegal.<p>Sure, the men of the …

Dance

Erdoğan Wins Reelection, Consolidating His Already Vast Power

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the long-running leader of Turkey who has ruled in increasingly authoritarian fashion over the last several years, won …

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Vancouver restaurant hit with ‘Prohibition-style raid’ cheers proposed change to booze rules

The owner of a Vancouver restaurant that had $40,000 of whisky confiscated in what it called a “Prohibition-style raid” is cheering a recommended …

Canada

FIFA opens proceedings against hot-headed German team officials

VATUTINKI (Reuters) - FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against two German team officials who stormed toward the Sweden bench gesticulating and clapping after the defending World Cup champions' last-gasp Group F victory on Saturday.<p>Team media officer Ulrich Voigt and a German FA (DFB) …

Soccer

John Carlson agrees to 8-year deal with Capitals

Defenceman John Carlson will be sticking with the Washington Capitals.<p>The pending unrestricted free agent agreed to an eight-year contract with the …

NHL

'More than 50' Tory MPs prepared to defy Theresa May to stop no-deal Brexit

More than 50 Conservative MPs would defy Theresa May to block any attempt to crash Britain out of the EU without a deal, a former Cabinet minister …

Great Britain