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FIFA are honest in eyes of sponsors : Valcke 

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FIFA's major sponsors do not doubt the integrity of football's governing body in the light of the allegations of corruption ...

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ATP world rankings  

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ATP standings published on Monday, with the top 10 unchanged.
ATP world rankings as of June 16:
1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 12,500 ...

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Security tightened ahead of Algeria World Cup match 

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Authorities in France tightened security and appealed for calm on Monday ahead of a World Cup match between Germany and ...

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Labour row clouds French job-creation summit 

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French President Francois Hollande Saturday kicks off a summit with business leaders aimed at creating half a million vitally-needed jobs ...

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Five memorable World Cup semi-finals 

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The World Cup semi-finals start Tuesday. Here are five that have already left a mark on football history:

1954  (Hungary ...

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ATP world rankings  

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Latest ATP standings published on Monday, after the third Grand Slam of the season at Wimbledon.

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) ...

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Leading French unions boycott job creation summit 

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 A summit aimed at creating half a million badly needed jobs in France got off to a rocky started Monday, ...

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Brazil's World Cup humiliation smashes social media records 

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Brazil's record defeat at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semi-final sent social networks into overdrive, with Twitter ...

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Balotelli poses with 'shotgun' 

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Italian striker Mario Balotelli was at the centre of fresh controversy on Friday after posting a picture of himself on ...

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Serena in ‘difficult period’, says coach 

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Serena Williams, whose Wimbledon campaign ended with her in tears and on the verge of fainting, is enduring a "difficult ...

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Philippines to import additional 500,000 tons of rice 

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Xinhua, Manila :
The Philippines will import an additional 500,000 metric tons (MT) of rice to prop up its buffer stock ...

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Asset bubbles could deflate global recovery 

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In a world still struggling to shake off the worst financial crisis for a generation, many economists are worrying that ...

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Improved drug testing helped me win, says Nibali  

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Vincenzo Nibali said he would never have been in with a chance of winning the Tour de France had it ...

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Israel security does not justify ‘slaughter of civilians’: France 

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Israel's right to security does not justify its actions in Gaza, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday, as he ...

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Credit Agricole reports profit plunge on BES bank collapse 

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French bank Credit Agricole SA reported Tuesday that net profit plunged to 17 million euros in the second quarter from ...

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44 police injured in French football clashes 

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Fourty-four French riot and para-military police officers were injured when clashes broke out after a football match between Marseille and ...

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French unemployment hits new record 

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Unemployment in crisis-hit France struck a new high in July, official statistics published Wednesday showed, in another blow for the ...

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Federer seeks Davis Cup glory 

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Roger Federer will spearhead Switzerland's bid to reach the Davis Cup final for the first time against Italy in Geneva ...

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Liverpool return sets Champions League battle underway  

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Liverpool's return to European action for the first time in five years and Real Madrid's shaky start to the season ...

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New-look Barcelona ready for first big test in Paris  

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Barcelona face their first big test of the Luis Enrique era when they face Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital ...

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Suarez back in business, Japan edge Jamaica 

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Luis Suarez returned for Uruguay for the first time since his infamous World Cup biting shame and helped the South ...

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Marseille look to avoid surprises in French Cup 

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After a short winter break, Ligue 1 clubs are back in action this weekend in the round of 64 of ...

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Injury rules Tsonga out of Australian Open 

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A forearm strain has ruled Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out of the Australian Open, the French tennis ace said on his personal ...

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Champions Germany top first 2015 FIFA rankings  

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World champions Germany comfortably top the year-opening FIFA national team rankings released Thursday despite a slight slump since their rampant ...

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Bolt to add sparkle to Paris Diamond meet 

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Jamaican athletics legend Usain Bolt will line-up in the 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Paris on July ...

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Wawrinka climbs rankings after Rotterdam win 

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Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka has climbed a place to seventh in the ATP world rankings following his victory in Rotterdam on ...

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Serena and Sharapova set for Paris showdown 

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The two biggest names and highest earners in women's sport will set off on another collision course when the French ...

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Age no barrier for supreme Serena 

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Serena Williams has won Wimbledon five times and will be a hot favourite to make it six when the grasscourt ...

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Di Maria ‘delighted’ with PSG move 

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Argentina winger Angel Di Maria said he is "delighted" to be joining French champions Paris-Saint Germain in an interview screened ...

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Radwanska slips seven spots in WTA rankings  

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Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska was the big loser in WTA rankings published August 10, falling seven places to 14th after her ...

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Chung launches FIFA presidency bid, attacks Blatter  

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South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-Joon on Monday launched his formal campaign for the FIFA presidency with an outspoken attack on ...

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Ballon d'Or ceremony set for January 11, 2016 

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The winner of this year's Ballon d'Or will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on January 11, 2016, FIFA ...

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Croatia lose appeal against point deduction 

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UEFA have rejected Croatia's appeal against a one-point deduction after a swastika was daubed on the pitched when they played ...

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Global oil demand growth to slow in 2016: IEA 

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The world's demand for oil is expected to slow in 2016 in response to a more pessimistic outlook for the ...

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Kuwait Olympic Committee suspended over government interference 

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The Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC) has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a result of what they ...

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Djokovic vows more to come after wonder year  

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Novak Djokovic says he has reached the peak of his career by taking a "holistic approach", leaving nothing to chance.
The ...

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FIFA seeking life ban against Platini : Lawyer  

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FIFA's ethics watchdog wants Michel Platini to be banned for life over a suspect payment, the European football chief's lawyer ...

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Renault-Nissan makes deal to defuse tension with French government  

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Renault said on Friday that it had reached an agreement with its alliance partner Nissan and the French government to ...

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Zidane must win trophies at Real, says Houllier 

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Zinedine Zidane needs to win trophies to survive as Real Madrid coach, and must win several of them to leave ...

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Record-breaking Dutch stun Russia, champs Czechs struggle  

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The Netherlands took a shock 2-0 lead over Russia in the Fed Cup on Saturday on the back of a ...

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Swiss teen Bencic into WTA top 10 

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Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic jumped into the top 10 of the latest WTA world rankings released on Monday after making ...

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United, Liverpool renew rivalry in Europa League 

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Eternal rivals Manchester United travel to Liverpool in the Europa League last 16, first leg on Thursday in a battle ...

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Millions in US at risk from rising seas: Study 

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Rising sea levels driven by climate change could upend the lives of more than 13 million Americans by the end ...

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England stun Germany, Russia and Poland cruise 

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Eric Dier scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner as England rallied from two goals down to stun world champions Germany 3-2 ...

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Neymar opens to 'dream' PSG move 

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Brazilian superstar Neymar could join Paris Saint Germain, if the French giants pay his huge 193 million euros ($220 million) ...

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Evergreen Evra to keep the ball rolling  

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Fiery Juventus and France defender Patrice Evra is determined to play to the age of 40 and scoffs at the ...

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Messi remains world`s top paid footballer 

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Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi remains the world's highest paid footballer with an annual income of 74 million euros ...

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FIFA boss Infantino to visit Russia and Qatar 

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino will visit both Russia and Qatar next week, the hosts for the next two World Cups, ...

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Ticker-tape Lyon held by Nice 

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Alexandre Lacazette grabbed a late equaliser as 10-man Lyon salvaged a 1-1 draw in the chase for second in Ligue ...

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France to extend state of emergency to cover Euro 2016: PM 

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France's government will ask parliament to extend a state of emergency declared after the Paris terror attacks so that it ...

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Sick Monfils withdraws from French Open 

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France's Ga‰l Monfils has been forced to withdraw from the French Open starting on Sunday because of a viral infection.
The ...

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Federer withdraws from French Open 

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Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open on Thursday after failing to recover from a back injury, bringing to an ...

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Wawrinka into French Open third round 

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Defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka reached the third round on Wednesday after labouring to a 7-6 (9/7), 6-3, 6-4 ...

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No Nadal but Djokovic back in action 

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Top seed Novak Djokovic resumes his quest for tennis glory at Roland Garros on Saturday with the job on the ...

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Murray targets end to 79-year British pain  

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Andy Murray takes on defending champion Stan Wawrinka on Friday looking to become the first British man to reach the ...

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Danger awaits reigning champions Spain at Euro  

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Spain are bidding to win a third consecutive European Championship but a difficult draw awaits a team whose coach Vicente ...

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France savour Euros opener after blighted build-up  

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A tortuous build-up dominated by off-field controversy and untimely injuries comes to an end for hosts France when they finally ...

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French output points to rebound 

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French industrial production rebounded in April, data showed Friday, fuelling recovery hopes in the eurozone's second-biggest economy.
Industrial output rose ...

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Euro 2016 kicks off in France despite strikes and terror threat 

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The Euro 2016 football championships kicked off in France on Friday under unprecedented security and with President Francois Hollande vowing ...

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Mueller steels Germany for N. Ireland scrap 

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Thomas Mueller has defended Germany's misfiring forwards ahead of their pivotal final Euro 2016 Group C game against Northern Ireland ...

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Paris soaked by wettest spring in 150 years 

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Parisians, never ones to suffer in silence, have had good cause to grumble of late: meteorologists confirmed Monday it has ...

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Axa feels pain from low interest rates  

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France's biggest insurer Axa has lowered its earnings target for the next few years and is seeking to cut costs ...

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Russia faces ban from Olympic weightlifting  

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Weightlifting's governing body on Wednesday put Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus on notice that they face being banned from the Rio ...

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Copa America, Euro 2016 - five differences 

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For the first time the European Championship finals and the Copa America are taking place simultaneously, with Cristiano Ronaldo and ...

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Shackled Bale still finds key for Wales 

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With an expert swish of his left foot, Gareth Bale demonstrated against Northern Ireland that even when he does not ...

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Portugal's new hero Sanches stirs controversy at young age 

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Renato Sanches is being hailed as Portugal's star of the future but the dreadlocked wonder kid is already causing controversy ...

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France won't be caught cold by Iceland : Lloris 

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France captain Hugo Lloris vowed the Euro 2016 hosts would not be caught out by surprise quarter-finalists Iceland in Sunday's ...

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Blatter has surgery 'for skin cancer'  

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Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter underwent successful surgery after being diagnosed with skin cancer and has been released from ...

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Eiffel Tower closed Monday after Euro 2016 clashes 

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The Eiffel Tower was closed to the public on Monday after clashes between fans and police at the Paris landmark ...

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40 arrested in Paris over Euro 2016 violence  

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Around 40 people were arrested in Paris Sunday after police used tear gas and water cannon against football fans hurling ...

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Celtic crash to Gibraltar part-timers Lincoln 

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Scottish giants Celtic crashed to a 1-0 Champions League defeat to Lincoln Red Imps on Tuesday with the goal scored ...

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Britain edge ahead as rain hits Davis Cup 

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Defending champions Great Britain shrugged off the absence of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to lead their Davis Cup quarter-final against ...

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Three candidates to succeed Platini as UEFA chief 

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Three candidates to succeed the disgraced Michel Platini as president of UEFA made the shortlist on Friday for the vote ...

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French growth goes negative in second quarter 

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France's economy contracted by 0.1 percent in the second quarter, the Insee statistics agency said Friday, revising an initial estimate ...

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France's top women cleared, Paire ban extended 

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A ban on France's top two women tennis players Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia for their behaviour at the Rio ...

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Ukrainian underdogs visit United, Saints in Israel  

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Manchester United host unheralded Ukrainians Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford on Thursday with Jose Mourinho's side aiming to get their ...

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Ruthless Ronaldo hits four, France and Dutch run riot 

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the opening four minutes on the way to a four-goal haul as European champions Portugal ...

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UNESCO adopts Arab-sponsored resolution on E Jerusalem 

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The UN cultural agency on Tuesday adopted a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution on east Jerusalem which Israel has said ignores Jewish ...

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Berlin to host four-way Ukraine summit 

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Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine will hold a summit in Berlin on Wednesday to "evaluate the implementation" of the Minsk ...

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Ronaldo, Bale on Ballon d'Or shortlist 

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Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take on Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale for the ...

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Murray wins Vienna title  

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Andy Murray continued his march towards the world number one slot and ramped up the pressure on Novak Djokovic by ...

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No pressure over world top ranking, says Murray 

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Andy Murray can depose Novak Djokovic as world number one on Saturday but the British star insists he won't let ...

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Oil industry needs to invest to ensure supplies: OPEC 

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The OPEC cartel warned Tuesday that the oil industry needs to step up investments to guarantee sufficient supply as low ...

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Napoli, Benfica, Besiktas battle for last 16 slots  

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As Paris Saint-Germain joust with Arsenal for top spot in their group, Napoli, Benfica and Besiktas will battle it out ...

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Study crashes main Moon-formation theory 

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The Moon, our planet's constant companion for some 4.5 billion years, may have been forged by a rash of smaller ...

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Pliskova up to career-best fifth in WTA rankings 

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Czech Karolina Pliskova rose to a career-best fifth place in the WTA rankings released Monday after victory in Brisbane.
Losing finalist ...

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Argentina stay top of FIFA rankings 

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Lionel Messi's Argentina remain top of FIFA's world rankings published on Thursday.
Argentina finished 2016 out in front of arch rivals ...

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Germany, Qatar surge into last 16  

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Germany and Qatar battled into the knock-out round of the World Handball Championships with pool-phase wins over Saudi Arabia 38-24 ...

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Cavani, Di Maria fire PSG into League Cup final 

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Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria propelled holders Paris Saint-Germain into a fourth straight French League Cup final with both ...

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Djokovic, Kyrgios in lead roles at star-stripped Davis Cup 

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Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios hope the Davis Cup heals the wounds of their painful Australian Open exits this weekend ...

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Monaco down Nice to go clear, PSG climb second  

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Radamel Falcao scored a second-half brace as Monaco defeated Nice 3-0 on Saturday to carve open a three-point lead ahead ...

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Number of countries with top debt ratings down in 2016 

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The number of countries with a top-notch sovereign credit rating fell to the lowest level in 13 years last year, ...

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Stock markets tread water as Trump rally takes breather 

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Global markets trod water Thursday as a recent strong run sparked by Donald Trump's election lost momentum and investors digested ...

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Le Pen could win president ial poll in France  

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Far-right leader Marine Le Pen could win the forthcoming presidential election in France, President Francois Hollande warned on Monday, vowing ...

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World leaders stand with Britain after attack 

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World leaders have unanimously condemned the attack in the heart of London by a man who was shot dead by ...

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Paris to host 2020 European championships 

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Paris will host the 2020 European athletics championships, which will take place after the Tokyo Olympics, European Athletics confirmed on ...

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Goal kings Monaco poised for French crown  

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Free-scoring Monaco could wrap up a first Ligue 1 title in 17 years on Sunday as defending champions Paris Saint-Germain ...

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Sharapova denied French Open wild card  

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Two-time champion Maria Sharapova will miss Roland Garros this year after the French tennis federation denied her a wild card, ...

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Nadal targets 10th title in French Open generation game  

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With the world's top five occupied by players over 30 for the first time, Rafael Nadal is poised to tighten ...

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Returning Kvitova wins Roland Garros opener  

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Petra Kvitova cruised into the French Open second round on Sunday as the Czech star returned from a lengthy lay-off ...

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Brexit fuels on Paris property price fire 

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Prices for real estate in Paris are set to reach new records this summer, as buyers-many of them Britons-scramble to ...

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Nadal shrugs off perfect 10 as history beckons 

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Rafael Nadal insists winning a record 10th French Open title on Sunday, and his 15th career Grand Slam crown, would ...

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Nadal wins record-breaking 10th French Open  

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Rafael Nadal coasted to a record 10th French Open title on Sunday, demolishing Stan Wawrinka in a brutally one-sided final ...

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Azarenka ready for 'new part of career' 

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Former world number one and two-time Grand Slam title winner Victoria Azarenka returns to tennis after a year's absence this ...

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Pensive Neymar stirs renewed PSG fever 

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Neymar's decision to post a photo of himself in thoughtful contemplation sparked a fresh wave of speculation that he is ...

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Neymar waits as PSG make quick million on record investment 

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Neymar will watch from the stands as Paris Saint Germain open their season Saturday, but the French club have already ...

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Bielsa thumps Ranieri on pair's return to Ligue 1 

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Marcelo Bielsa inflicted a punishing blow on Claudio Ranieri in the battle of big-name coaches as Lille opened their Ligue ...

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Macron backpedals on creating First Lady status 

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French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to backpedal on the issue of creating an official First Lady position for his ...

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Neymar, PSG steeled for 'first big test' 

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Paris Saint-Germain and Brazilian superstar Neymar face their "first big test" of the the season on Friday at home to ...

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Top 10 global transfers 

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Paris Saint-Germain are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco that could be worth ...

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Mbappe in line to complete stunning PSG move  

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Monaco's teen sensation Kylian Mbappe is expected to complete a stunning move to Paris Saint-Germain when he flies into the ...

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Macron sets fighting 'Islamist terror' as top priority 

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Fighting "Islamist terrorism" is France's top priority, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday in a key foreign policy speech.
"Providing security for ...

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Schneider Electric to buy British software firm Aveva 

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French electrical equipment maker Schneider Electric said Tuesday it has agreed to combine its industrial software activities with British firm ...

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Germany thrash Norway, England survive Slovakia scare 

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Germany fired six past Norway while England fought back after an early scare to beat Slovakia in European World Cup ...

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Balotelli double helps Nice thrash Monaco 

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Mario Balotelli scored a brace as Monaco's record 16-match winning streak in Ligue 1 was ended with a 4-0 thumping ...

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Labour protests hit France in key challenge for Macron 

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France braced for a day of strikes and protests Tuesday against Emmanuel Macron's flagship labour reforms, a key test as ...

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Latest WTA rankings 

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There were no changes in the top 20 of the latest WTA world rankings published on Monday, with Spain's Garbine ...

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Ronaldo marks milestone, in-form Kane fires Spurs  

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his 400th Real Madrid appearance as the Champions League holders defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1, while ...

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Arsenal facing 2000km trip to Belarus  

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he will field a strong side for Thursday's Europa League visit to BATE Borisov, despite ...

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Cavani, Neymar on target as PSG outclass Bayern 

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Edinson Cavani and Neymar both scored as Paris Saint-Germain claimed a convincing 3-0 victory over a disappointing Bayern Munich in ...

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Shaken Monaco face upbeat Montpellier  

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French champions Monaco may be reeling from a midweek Champions League thumping but Montpellier are wary of a backlash heading ...

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Arsenal on brink of Europa League knockout rounds 

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Having made a perfect start to their Europa League campaign, Arsenal can secure a place in the knockout phase with ...

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Thiem edges through in Paris, Carreno Busta knocked out  

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Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem battled into the last 16 of the Paris Masters on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-7 ...

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Nadal completes long road back to top  

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Rafael Nadal continued a remarkable season by ensuring that he will end the year as the world number one for ...

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Ranieri set for Monaco reunion as PSG look to power on 

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Claudio Ranieri admits he has "fantastic memories" of coaching Monaco as his Nantes side prepare to host the faltering reigning ...

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