Messi says tax problems made him want to leave Barcelona
In an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1, Messi also said he had expected Neymar to sign for Real Madrid last summer after Barca failed to strike an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain.
US Supreme Court takes on workplace gay and transgender rights
A sharply divided US Supreme Court heard arguments on whether employers can fire workers because they are gay or transgender.
Sony's PlayStation 5 launch set for late 2020
The Japanese electronics firm said a major new feature of the updated console would be its immersive controller.
Facebook extends fact-checking programme to 10 new African states
The programme will be available in Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia and Burkina Faso, among others, in partnership with AFP.
Indonesia slapped with Fifa fine over match crowd trouble
The Football Association of Indonesia was slapped with a $45,000 sanction over the chaos in Jakarta last month, when Malaysian fans were threatened and pelted with projectiles during the visiting side's 3-2 win.
Odds favour Greta Thunberg for Peace Prize, but experts sceptical
Online betting sites like Ladbrokes now put her as favourite to win what is perhaps the world's most prestigious prize.
Sanchez steals show as Argentina pummel USA at Rugby World Cup
Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez an the show against the US in Kumagaya, getting Argentina off the mark after a cagey first 20 minutes.
Johnson & Johnson must pay $8bn over drug side effect - jury
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals were blamed as plaintiff Nicholas Murray told the Philadelphia court that the drug Risperdal, prescribed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, had made him grow breasts.
New IMF chief Georgieva says world suffering 'synchronised slowdown'
Kristalina Georgieva said the IMF is cutting its forecasts for growth this year and next. Previously, the world economy had been projected to expand by 3.2% in 2019 and 3.5% in 2020.
Macron vows 'unrelenting fight' against Islamist terror after police killings
French President Emmanuel Macron called on all of France to unify and act in order to overcome what he termed the 'Islamist hydra', referring to a multi-headed serpent of Greek mythology.
Gbagbo lawyer asks ICC to free Ivory Coast ex-leader
Laurent Gbagbo faced charges on four counts of crimes against humanity over the 2010-2011 bloodshed which following a disputed vote in the West African nation.
AC Milan sack coach Marco Giampaolo - club
Giampaolo, 52, replaced Gennaro Gattuso during the summer, but the former European giants are 13th in Serie A - three points above the relegation zone - after four defeats in seven games.
Angry Murray accuses Fognini after bitter Shanghai exit
The two players confronted one another in a lengthy exchange by the net near the end of a bad-tempered match that stretched past three hours, with Murray telling Fognini to 'shut up'.
Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up
The 35-year-old former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder has effectively hung up his boots as his current team Chicago Fire team failed to make the MLS play-offs.
White House blocks US diplomat impeachment probe testimony
Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland had voluntarily agreed to be deposed by House Democrats who were expected to press him about Trump's effort this year to pressure Ukraine into investigating a political rival, his lawyer said.
Malawi policeman stoned to death by protestors
A wave of protests over the May poll has gripped Malawi since May and Msundwe - a trading outpost west of the capital - has been a hotbed of demonstrations.
Elite Mozambique police unit linked to poll observer's murder
Anastacio Matavele (58) the head of a local election observation mission, was shot dead Monday while driving away from a workshop in Xai-Xai, the capital of the southeastern Gaza province.
Springbok boss Erasmus hails hat-trick hero Reinach's 'X-factor'
Cobus Reinach, son of late South Africa wing Jaco Reinach, took just 11 minutes to score three tries in a first half where the two-time world champion Springboks scored seven of their 10 in the match.