Nadal holds off Zverev to reach 4th round at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) ? Rafael Nadal held back time, for one tournament at least, when he rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 win over German teenager Alexander Zverev to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Turkey heading to vote on expanding Erdogan powers
Turkey is headed for a referendum this year on whether to dramatically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after parliament backed the changes early Saturday. The government insists the proposals to create an executive presidency will ensure simpler and more effective leadership, but critics fear they will edge Turkey toward one-man rule. Each article was put to a vote in the 550-seat parliament, where the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) enjoys a comfortable majority.
Four saved at Italy avalanche hotel, race against clock to find more
Italian rescuers pulled four survivors from an avalanche-hit hotel Saturday and said they still hoped to find more people alive in ruins where up to 20 may still be trapped. Morale among the teams of mountain police and firefighters remains high after Friday's dramatic rescue of all four children who were inside the Hotel Rigopiano, in central Italy, along with the mother of two of them.
S. Korea minister resigns after arrest over arts blacklist
South Korea's culture minister resigned after being arrested Saturday for allegedly creating a "blacklist" of nearly 10,000 artists who voiced criticism of impeached President Park Geun-Hye. Cho Yoon-Sun, who is the first minister in active service to be arrested in South Korea, is accused of creating the vast catalogue to starve the artists of government subsidies and private investments and place them under state surveillance. The list's existence has sparked widespread anger, raising the spectre of Seoul's 1960-80s army-backed rule -- including under dictator Park Chung-Hee, the impeached leader's late father -- when the news, arts and entertainment were heavily censored.
Gambian activists urge justice as longtime leader steps down
As Gambia's defeated authoritarian ruler prepares to leave the country, human rights activists demand that he be held accountable for alleged abuses. Yahya Jammeh announced early Saturday he will cede ...
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4 more survivors pulled out of Italy's avalanche-hit hotel
Emergency crews pulled out four more survivors from the rubble of a hotel crushed by an avalanche and were searching Saturday for more as family members awaited word if their relatives were among the lucky ...
Ageless Nadal in Australian Open outlasts teenager, Serena cruises
Rafael Nadal's ageing legs outlasted German teenager Alexander Zverev in an epic five sets as Serena Williams sailed into the last 16 at the Australian Open on Saturday. Nadal needed all his trademark grit against Zverev, 19, dubbed "the future of tennis", and his superior fitness told as he ground out a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-2 win. Germany's Zverev looked in discomfort as he won a punishing 37-shot rally nearly four hours into their contest as Nadal, still full of running, pressed his advantage in the final set.
Federer gracious in praise of Sunday opponent at Aussie Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) ? As befitting his status as a 17-time Grand Slam champion and as an astute judge of the sport, Roger Federer's reply to a simple question about his next opponent was handled with the same aplomb as one of his stylish groundstrokes.
Who is departing Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh?
Who is defeated Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh, and how did he spark a political crisis? Jammeh only agreed to step down from power after regional leaders flew in for last-ditch negotiations and a regional ...