Islamic State defeated, 'caliphate' eliminated says US ally in Syria
The final battle lasted weeks as huge numbers of civilians poured out, and for many Kurdish fighters in the SDF, victory was sweeter as it coincided with their “Now Ruz” new year.
Big explosion heard in Somali capital Mogadishu - witness
It was not clear who was responsible for the blast although Islamist group al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in the Horn of Africa country.
Portugal draw blank against Ukraine on Ronaldo's return
Cristiano Ronaldo, left out of the Nations Cup matches in the autumn by mutual consent with Santos, then sprang into action as he twice got free on the left.
Mexico give manager Martino a winning start, beat Chile 3-1
Mexico’s Raul Jimenez broke the scoreless game open when he converted a penalty kick in the 52nd minute.
Sterling bags hat-trick as hungry England thrash Czechs
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring from Jadon Sancho’s cross in the 23rd minute and Harry Kane’s penalty put England in complete control on the stroke of halftime.
Boko Haram fighters kill 23 Chadian soldiers - security sources
The raid occurred in the town of Dangdala, near the banks of Lake Chad, the sources said.
Boeing makes safety change, Indonesian airline cancels order
National carrier Garuda is the first airline to publicly announce plans to scrap an order since a total of 346 people were killed in 737 MAX crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
Frustration mounts in Mozambique's Beira over food, water after cyclone
In Mozambique, 242 were killed in the storm and resulting floods, according to the official death toll, although this is expected to rise.
Stormers' Eben Etzebeth ruled out of Hurricanes clash
Etzebeth took a knock to the head in the victory over the Jaguares last weekend but was named in the team’s starting line-up on Thursday.
‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke opens up about surviving brain aneurysms
Clarke, who plays Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen in the medieval fantasy series, spoke of her two brushes with death for the first time in a personal essay.
Liverpool as champions the stuff of nightmares for Rooney
Wayne Rooney, who began his career with Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton before moving to Manchester United, said he would rather defending champions Manchester City won the league instead.
Rand flat after post Fed rally
Locally, concerns over power utility Eskom continued to weigh on sentiment, with the cash-strapped state firm saying Friday it would implement a seventh straight day of nationwide electricity cuts.
Brazil's ex-President Temer jailed, accused of heading 'criminal organisation'
Temer was president from 2016 to 2018, taking office after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, who he served under as vice president for six years. His lawyer confirmed he was arrested in Sao Paulo, and his legal team has lodged an appeal for Temer to be freed.
‘We are one,’ says PM Ardern as NZ mourns with prayers, silence
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern led an estimated 5,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park in front of the Al Noor mosque, where most of the victims died.
Royal but regular: Will Harry & Meghan seek ‘normality’ for their baby?
Now with the birth of his first child expected In April, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and his wife Meghan will have to decide how ’normal’ a life they want the future seventh-in-line to the British crown to have.
Explosion at Chinese chemical plant kills 47, injures 640
Children at a kindergarten in the vicinity were also injured in the blast, media reported.
May gets two-week Brexit reprieve from impatient EU
Prime Minister Theresa May had wanted to be able to delay Britain’s departure until 30 June to tie up legislative loose ends.
Faeces in the kitchen: South Africans call for better sewage systems
Access to water is a hot topic in South Africa - and a growing number of countries hit by climate change, burgeoning populations and poor governance - as drought last year triggered warnings that Cape Town’s taps could run dry.