Vatican Launches Athletics Team of Swiss Guards, Priests
The Vatican has launched an official athletics team.
Australia Praises Thai Action on Saudi Woman Seeking Asylum
Australia’s foreign minister praised Thailand on Thursday for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention.
Spanish Police Arrest Tennis Players in Match-Fixing Ring
Spanish police are investigating 28 professional players for match-fixing, including one who participated in last year’s U.S. Open.
German Leader Merkel Heads to Athens; Demonstrations Banned
Authorities have banned demonstrations in a large section of central Athens and will shut down streets and subway stations during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who arrives in the Greek capital Thursday afternoon for meetings with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and other officials.
Romania Leader at Odds With EU, Won’t Attend Key EU Event
The chairman of Romania’s ruling party, who has clashed with the European Union over the government’s approach to fighting high-level corruption, is expected to miss events marking Romania’s six-month presidency of the bloc.
Turkey Says Its Syria Offensive Doesn’t Hinge on US Pullout
Turkey’s foreign minister says a planned Turkish military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria doesn’t depend on whether the United States withdraws its troops from the region.
Davos Authorizes Youth Protest Against Trump at Davos Forum
Officials in Davos have authorized a protest by Socialist youth against U.S. President Donald Trump and other expected attendees of the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort this month.
Sudan Activists: 2 Protesters Killed in Clashes With Police
Sudanese activists say two protesters have been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators calling on longtime President Omar al-Bashir to step down.
Kohlschreiber, Sandgren, Norrie, Struff Reach Auckland Semis
Former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated second-seeded Fabio Fognini again 6-3, 6-1 to reach the ASB Classic semifinals on Thursday.
Palestinian Sentenced to 18 Years for Killing British Woman
An Israeli court has sentenced a Palestinian man to 18 years in prison for stabbing a British student to death.