One journalist killed every four days in 2016: UNESCO

One journalist killed every four days in 2016: UNESCO

Paris [France], Jan. 18 : More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said 101 journalists were killed in 2016, the equivalent of one journalist every four days.

"The profession of a journalist is not a safe one, and a press accreditation card or display of media equipment has often served as an extra reason to be targeted," said Frank La Rue, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information.

The UNESCO coordinates the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which aims to aid media workers and journalists working in conflict and non-conflict situations.

`Sprint King` Bolt scoops record sixth IAAF Athlete of Year award

`Sprint King` Bolt scoops record sixth IAAF Athlete of Year award

Monaco [France], Dec. 3 : Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who is set to retire after the World Championships in London next year, has been named the IAAF Male World Athlete of the Year, thereby lifting the coveted prize for a record sixth time.

The 30-year-old, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, was announced as the winner at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016 at the Sporting Monte Carlo here last evening.

Usain recently created an unprecedented record, a triple treble by bagging gold in 100 metres, 200m and 4x100m relay for the third successive Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Sprint King, who also won gold in all three relays in Beijing 2008 and London Olympics 2012, bid farewell to Olympics with nine sprints Gold medals to his name.

Murray one win away from becoming World No.1 in Paris

Paris [France], Nov.5 : British maestro Andy Murray's quest to become world number one continued after he defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in straight sets to storm into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters here on Saturday.

The second-seed, who is just one win away from the numero one ranking, survived a first-set tie-breaker to tough out a 7-6(9), 7-5 win over Berdych in a thrilling last-eight contest that lasted about two hours.

Excited to see himself moving in the right direction, Murray described `consistency` as his key to success before admitting that he had played some of his best tennis in last few weeks.

Djokovic, Murray progress to last eight of Paris Masters

Djokovic, Murray progress to last eight of Paris Masters

Paris [France], Nov. 4 : World No. 1 Novak Djokovic progressed through to the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters after battling past 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov in hard fought third round contest on Thursday.

Rallying from a set down, Djokovic came back strong to defeat Dimitrov 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Serbian will now meet Canadian fourth seed Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, World No. 2 Andy Murray continued his battle for the numero one ranking after defeating Lucas Pouille in straight sets 6-3 6-0 in a relatively low-quality match. Murray will now face seventh seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the last eight counter.

Djokovic eases to third round of Paris Masters

Paris [France] Nov. 3 : World No.1 Novak Djokovic progressed to the last 16 of the Paris Masters with a comfortable straight-sets win over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller on Wednesday.

The Serbian defeated Muller 6-3, 6-4 without much of difficulty. The Serbian will now face 14th seeded Grigor Dimitrov in what could be an intriguing third-round clash.

The 29-year-old must reach the final in Paris to guarantee he extends his 122-week reign at the top of the rankings with Andy Murray rapidly closing in on the Serb. However, failure to do so would allow Murray to overtake him if the Scot can win the title, or if Murray reaches the final and Djokovic exits before the semis.

Saina Nehwal bows out of French Open

Saina NehwalParis: Ace India shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the French Open Super Series after going down to World No. 2 Shixian Wang of China in a hard-fought women's singles quarterfinal contest here.

Seeded fifth, Saina posed a quite a challenge to her Chinese rival but in the end it was a case of so close, yet so far for the Indian who lost 19-21 21-19 15-21. The battle lasted an hour and 10 minutes here last night.

Having lost the opening game, the world number six Indian bounced back to snatch the second but failed to sustain the pressure in the deciding game against a superior opponent.

Renault to enter used car biz in India; 2 new models next year

Renault to enter used car biz in India; 2 new models next yearParis: French auto major Renault plans to enter new verticals, including used car business in India next year, besides launching two new models, to make its presence felt in the market which it sees as "the biggest challenge".

The company, which is targeting a market share of over 5 per cent in India, is also leveraging on its 4,500 strong R&D Centre in Chennai to come up with products which are "right for the country".

Djokovic, Federer reach last 16 of French Open

Novak Djokovic and Roger FedererParis, May 31 - Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer advanced to the fourth round of the French Open after beating Marin Cilic and Dmitry Tursunov respectively Friday.

Second seed Djokovic needed four sets to eliminate a determined Cilic 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4, while Swiss legend Federer, the fourth seed, held off Russia's Dmitry Tursunov 7-5, 6-7(7/9), 6-2, 6-4, reports Xinhua.

The 17-time grand slam champion, who won the French Open in 2009, found it tough against Russian 31st seed Tursunov and needed more than three hours to grind out a victory.

Radwanska crashes out of French Open

Agnieszka-RadwanskaParis, May 30 : Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out of the French Open by unseeded Croat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in the third round Friday.

The 25-year-old Pole is the latest casualty following the exit of top seeds Serena Williams and Li Na this week, reports Xinhua.

Fourth seed Simona Halep of Romania is now the highest-ranked player left in the women's draw.

Sam Stosur beat Australian Open finalist and ninth seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-4 to show that she is also a serious candidate for the title.

Nadal reaches third round of French Open

Rafael NadalParis, May 30 - Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the third round of French Open after thrashing Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 here Thursday.

World No. 57 Thiem showed some flashes of genius to break the top ranked Spaniard twice, but was broken seven times and committed 41 unforced errors, reports Xinhua.

The 20-year-old Austrian ran out of steam infront of the invincible eight-time winner who was in ruthless form.

Nadal praised Thiem for his great potential.

"Dominic is a dangerous player and I knew that if I wasn't playing well then I'd be in trouble," said Nadal.

French president to meet Obama, Putin next week

Francois Hollande and Barack ObamaParis, May 29 - French President Francois Hollande will meet US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin next week on the eve of anniversary ceremonies of the Allied landing in Normandy.

Hollande will welcome Obama for a meeting at the Elysee Palace June 5 and also receive Russian President Vladimir Putin at his office on the same day, Xinhua reported.

Hollande and Obama have warned Russia against additional "costs" if it continued to "destabilise" Ukraine.

French Open: Roger Federer and Serena Williams enter second round

Roger Federer5Paris (France) May 26 : Roger Federer outclassed Lukas Lacko to claim an easy straight-sets win in the first round of the 2014 French Open Championships being played at the Roland Garros on Sunday.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner, seeded four, was barely tested in his 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory over the Slovakian. The Swiss, knocked out in the quarter-final by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2013, will face Diego Sebastian Schwartzman for a place in the last 32 following the Argentine's 6-4 6-2 7-5 win over Gastao Elias of Portugal.

Leonardo DiCaprio auctions space travel ticket

Leonardo-DiCaprioCannes, May 24 : Actor Leonardo DiCaprio auctioned here a ticket for Virgin Galactic space trip 2015 for an international non-profit organisation that supports AIDS research.

The 39-year old auctioned off a ticket to board one of the first commercial flights into space, for an organisation that supports amFAR, reports contactmusic. com.

The person, who won the bidding war has not yet been identified, but he will now be joining the actor on a Virgin Galactic space trip in 2015.

I make her look good: Abhishek on Ash

Abhishek-AshCannes, May 23 : Abhishek Bachchan seems to have fallen in love with his wife all over again. The actor, who joined the former beauty queen in the French Riviera, quips "I make her look good".

At the amfAR gala here Thursday night, the star couple made a stunning appearance, with Abhishek dressed in all black and Aishwarya making a style statement in an elegant shimmering gown. Picture perfect, Bollywood's star couple made for a cosy and romantic eye-in-eye candid photograph at the gala.

Kristen wants to keep Pattinson out of sight

Kristen-StewartCannes, May 23 : Actress Kristen Stewart reportedly decided to stay away from the Cannes International Film Festival till her ex-boyfriend and actor Robert Pattinson was in town.

The actress didn’t land in France until her former flame had left, and instead of flying in a few days in advance to attend the the Chanel dinner here May 2, she decided to stay away from the fest, reports contactmusic. com.

“Kristen avoided coming to Cannes until Rob had left. She does not want to party with Rob right now, he’s really hurt her. She can’t stand seeing him dating all these other girls, it’s too much to take," said a source.

Pattinson, Stewart won't see each other at Cannes

Pattinson-StewartCannes, May 19 : Actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart won’t be spending time together at the ongoing Cannes International Film Festival 2014.

According to a source, the 24-year-old Kristen and Pattinson, 28, won't even look at one another at the fest, reports showbizspy. com.

“Kristen and Rob will not see each other at Cannes. Their films are screening far apart from each other," said a source.

Pattinson's "The Rover" and "Map to the Stars" are scheduled to be screened May 18 and May 19 respectively.

Western partners, African leaders vow to fight Boko Haram

Francois HollandeParis, May 18 - French President Francois Hollande, West African leaders and representatives of Western powers Saturday voiced determination to forge a strong front to fight militant group Boko Haram.

In a final communique of the one-day "Paris summit for security in Nigeria", leaders of Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger and Western partners pledged to "intensify regional and international mobilisation... by strengthening the international means for the liberation of the abducted schoolgirls and more generally to combat Boko Haram," Xinhua reported.

Pattinson at Cannes film fest

Robert-PattinsonCannes, May 17 : Actor Robert Pattinson is here for the ongoing 67th Cannes International Film Festival, where his arrival was welcomed warmly by a coterie of fans.

The 28-year-old is in town to attend the movie gala -- which kicked off Wednesday -- on behalf of not one, but two films, reports eonline. com.

The first is "The Rover", a dystopian crime drama shot in Australia costarring Guy Pearce and directed by David Michod, while the second film is "Maps to the Stars", directed by David Cronenberg.

Portuguese sideback Lopes to undergo surgery

Portuguese sideback Lopes to undergo surgeryParis, March 25 - Lyon's Portuguese right-back Miguel Lopes will undergo a surgery Tuesday, the French Ligue 1 club announced.

The 27-year-old defender, who was on a one-year loan to Lyon from Portugal's Sporting Lisbon, sustained the injury during Lyon's 1-0 victory at Guingamp Sunday, reported Xinhua.

According to the club, Lopes will rest for up to six weeks before starting the rehabilitating process, which means his hope of competing in the World Cup in Brazil is doubtful.

Sony to sell PC business

Sony to sell PC businessTokyo, Feb 7 - Japanese electronics giant Sony Corporation said Thursday it would cut 5,000 jobs as part of a plan to sell its money-losing personal computer unit and split off the television business.

Some 1,500 workers in Japan and about 3,500 employees in other countries will be affected by the job cuts, the Tokyo-based company said.

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