• Trump: North Korea 'will be solved'

    US President Donald Trump promised Friday that North Korea "will be solved", as G7 powers opened a summit that will confront a series of missile tests by the nuclear-armed nation. Trump's tough talk came in a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, which along with South Korea is most immediately threatened by North Korean belligerence.

  • Man City release quartet as summer clear-out begins

    (Reuters) - Manchester City will not extend the contracts of defenders Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, midfielder Jesus Navas and goalkeeper Willy Caballero as the quartet will leave the club during the summer, the Premier League side announced on Thursday. Caballero, Navas and Sagna made 16 or fewer league starts for City in the season that finished on Sunday, while the 31-year-old Clichy started 24 games.

  • Former top Chinese cop executed for murder

    A former regional police chief in China was executed for murder, state media said Friday, after reports described his victim as a lover more than three decades his junior. Zhao Liping, 65, was found guilty of murder, bribery and possession of firearms and explosives by a court in Taiyuan, the capital of the northern province of Shanxi, in November. China's supreme court announced Friday that Zhao had been executed after it approved the sentence, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

  • Steffi stepped in after Agassi said 'no' to Djokovic

    Andre Agassi revealed on Thursday that his wife and fellow tennis legend Steffi Graf encouraged him to become Novak Djokovic's new coach after he had originally turned down the job. The 47-year-old Agassi will work with Djokovic at the forthcoming French Open where the Serbian star is the defending champion. "Novak called me about three weeks ago and I said no at the start," Agassi, the 1999 Roland Garros champion, told French television programme Tout le Sport.

  • Ex-Philippine president Fidel Ramos slams martial law

    Ex-Philippine leader and democracy hero Fidel Ramos on Friday slammed President Rodrigo Duterte's threats to impose martial law, warning against inevitable abuses under military rule. Duterte declared martial law for the southern region of Mindanao on Tuesday to combat what he said was the rising threat posed by the Islamic State group, after militants rampaged through a city triggering deadly battles that are yet to end. Duterte said he would impose it on the rest of the country if he felt the terrorism threat had spread, and praised martial law under dictator Ferdinand Marcos a generation ago.

  • Palace chairman Parish wants cap on youth salaries

    (Reuters) - The English Football Association (FA) must look for ways to cap salaries at youth level to prevent a loss of motivation for players who are paid too highly too early in their careers, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has said. Premier League clubs have seen a surge in wages in recent seasons on the back of increased revenue generated from lucrative broadcasting deals, with players at all levels of development keen to earn more as a result.

  • China urges Japan to be cautious over missile defences

    China on Thursday urged Japan to act cautiously after government and defence industry sources in Tokyo said U.S. and Japanese companies are collaborating on new missile defence radars. As nuclear-armed Pyongyang builds ever more advanced missiles with the ability to strike anywhere in Japan, Tokyo is likely to fund a ground version of the ship-based Aegis defence system deployed on warships in the Sea of Japan, sources told Reuters. Speaking at a regular monthly news briefing, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said the issue of anti-missile defences was a matter of strategic stability and trust between countries and should be cautiously handled.