Hong Kong police threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates

The police statement followed fresh clashes outside a university in the centre of Hong Kong where protesters were hunkered down behind makeshift shields and hurled petrol bombs at police in a standoff blocking a vital tunnel link.

Tens of thousands gather in Tbilisi to demand snap elections in Georgia

The protest took place days after the parliament failed to pass a planned electoral reform, a move to full proportional representation from the present mixed system.

Davis Cup to kickstart in Madrid on Monday, Gerard Pique wants players to have ‘week of their lives’

The week-long soccer World Cup-style Davis Cup Finals will be the biggest shake-up the 119-year-old team event has ever had and is being bankrolled by Gerard Pique's investment firm Kosmos.

At least seven killed in gas explosion in Bangladesh

The pipeline exploded in front of a five-storey building, blowing some of the building's walls off. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion

Saudi Aramco valuation set at up to $1.7 trillion, no overseas roadshows for IPO

Aramco's float is the centrepiece of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to diversify the world's top crude exporter away from oil.

Chile police stopped rescue workers helping dying protester: Human rights watchdog

Security forces firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons made it impossible for rescue workers to properly treat the victim, Chile's publicly-funded National Institute for Human Rights said.

Sri Lanka Presidential Election results: Ex-defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa storms to victory

Sri Lanka’s ruling party presidential candidate conceded defeat on Sunday to Rajapaksa, marking the return of a family revered by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority for the victory over the Tamil Tiger rebels but feared by Tamil and Muslim minorities.

AUS vs PAK: James Pattinson to miss first Test after abuse ban

James Pattinson was vying with Mitchell Starc for the third pace-bowling spot in the Australia side for the opening match in the two-match Test series, which starts in Brisbane on Thursday.

UN warns Bolivia crisis could ‘spin out of control’ as death toll mounts

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned escalating violence could usurp the democratic process.

Stefanos Tsitsipas eclipses Roger Federer to reach ATP Finals title match

Stefanos Tsitsipas stunned favourite Roger Federer to reach the final on his debut at the ATP Finals on Saturday, beating the six-time champion 6-3 6-4 at the O2 Arena.

Bushfires rage across Australia’s east and west as danger rises

Temperatures of above 40 degrees Celsius (104°F) were forecast for parts of Western Australia on Sunday before spreading east next week and worsening conditions in New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland, two states already stricken by devastating bushfires.

Turkey says it bought Russian S-400s to use them, not put them aside

A top aide to Erdogan said on Friday that Turkish and US officials had begun working as part of a joint mechanism aiming to evaluate the impact of the S-400s on the F-35s.

Palestinian rockets, Israeli airstrikes jolt tenuous Gaza truce

Sirens sounded in the middle of the night in Beersheba, the largest city in southern Israel, some 35 km (18 miles) from the Gaza border, warning of incoming fire.

The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau teases more Star Wars surprises

The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau and cast members did not shed much light at Wednesday’s premiere. Disney is releasing Mandalorian episodes weekly starting on Friday.

Rafael Nadal’s win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in vain as Alexander Zverev reaches semis

Rafael Nadal fought off one of the game's rising powers but beating Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas proved in vain as his semi-final hopes vanished on Friday.

Twitter tightens bans on political ads and causes ahead of 2020 US election

On Friday, it said it will define political content as anything that references "a candidate, political party, elected or appointed government official, election, referendum, ballot measure, legislation, regulation, directive, or judicial outcome."

Euro 2020 qualifiers roundup: Spain destroy Malta 7-0

Spain clinched top spot in Group F in style by hammering Malta 7-0 at home on Friday for their biggest win of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign as seven players got on the scoresheet.

Britain’s Prince Andrew has ‘no recollection’ of meeting sex accuser: Report

A picture showing the prince with his arm around Giuffre's waist from 2001 has appeared in British media. Unnamed supporters of Andrew told the Daily Telegraph newspaper in August that the picture had been faked.

Doping officials failed to prove identity, says Sun Yang

Sun has been cleared of wrongdoing by swimming's governing body FINA over his conduct during a random late-night drug test at his home in September last year, however, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has appealed to CAS against that ruling.

Trump attacks impeachment witness on Twitter, Democrats see intimidation

Trump blasted Marie Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, as she explained to the second day of televised impeachment hearings how she had fought corruption in Ukraine and how the Trump administration abruptly removed from her post earlier this year.