• United better prepared for league title charge: Mourinho

    (Reuters) - Manchester United are better equipped to fight for the Premier League title in the upcoming season but need to improve further to be a contender for the Champions League, manager Jose Mourinho has said. In Mourinho's first season at Old Trafford, United won the League Cup and the Europa League but finished sixth in the English top flight, 24 points behind champions Chelsea. "This season is going to be more difficult but I think we have better conditions to fight for the Premier League," Mourinho told the BBC.

  • 'My husband blamed me': Myanmar's Rohingya abandoned after rapes

    Rohingya Muslim Ayamar Bagon has lived on handouts since her husband left her after she told him she was gang-raped by Myanmar soldiers in the final month of her pregnancy. AFP visited the remote region in the north of Rakhine State on a government-run trip this month, the first time foreign media have been officially allowed into the area since the military began hunting militants in October. On the edge of Kyar Gaung Taung village, away from the government minders, a group of Rohingya women described how their lives were shattered the day soldiers came to their homes late last year.

  • Real Madrid clinch world record deal for Mbappe: report

    Real Madrid have reportedly reached a world record deal in principle to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for 180 million euros ($210m, £160m), closing one of the hottest transfer sagas of the summer. French newspapers Le Parisien and Nice Matin were quick to announce that Monaco had denied the report. Only the rumour mill surrounding Neymar and the massive sums involved have come close to eclipsing the buzz generated by Mbappe in recent weeks.

  • Petronas drops massive natural gas project in western Canada

    Petronas said on Tuesday it was pulling out of its Can$36 billion ($28.8 billion US) liquefied natural gas exporting project on Canada's west coast long opposed by environmentalists and native rights activists. The Pacific NorthWest LNG project was greenlighted in September to build a pipeline and two liquefied natural gas terminals on Lelu Island, British Columbia, an area home to a huge nature preserve and wild salmon habitat. Each of the two plants would liquefy some six million tonnes of natural gas per year, with the possibility of adding a third gas terminal at a later date.

  • U.S. House approves new Russia sanctions, defying Trump

    By Patricia Zengerle and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to slap new sanctions on Russia, and force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers' permission before easing any sanctions on Moscow, in a rare rebuke of the Republican in the White House. It was unclear how quickly the bill would make its way to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto. The bill still has to be passed by the Senate, which is mired in debate over efforts to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system as lawmakers try to clear the decks to leave Washington for their summer recess.

  • Why would I now be ex-PM’s boss? Kit Siang asks

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 - There is no reason for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed who was Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister to allow himself to be controlled by anyone, DAP parliamentary leader...

  • Chelsea's Kenedy sent home over China slurs - Conte

    Kenedy has been sent home from Chelsea's pre-season tour of Asia as punishment for his offensive social media posts about China, team boss Antonio Conte said Tuesday. The Brazilian defender was axed from Chelsea's tour as the Premier League champions fought to avoid further embarrassment after the social media slurs sparked a furious response in China, a major market for European teams. The 21-year-old put two videos on Instagram, one of which contained a profanity and another of a security guard asleep and the caption: "Wake up China.