AFRICA

  • Stuart Broad believes England team-mate Joe Root is the "most complete batsman" he has played alongside. Root's commanding and career-best 254 against Pakistan in the second Test at Old Trafford laid the platform for a mammoth 330-run win that saw England square the four-match series at 1-1 heading into Wednesday's third Test at Edgbaston. The Yorkshireman is unusual in the present England set-up in being a key player in all three international formats -- Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20s.

  • South Africa's main opposition party called on voters Saturday to "punish" the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in a final push for support ahead of fiercely competitive municipal polls. Democratic Alliance (DA) chief Mmusi Maimane is hoping to lead his party to a breakthrough result on August 3, as the country struggles with record unemployment and flat-lining economic growth. Some 20,000 supporters clad in the DA's sky-blue T-shirts filled the benches of Dobsonville Stadium in Maimane's hometown of Soweto, the iconic Johannesburg township that set the scene for much of the struggle against white-minority apartheid rule.

  • TORONTO (AP) — Milos Raonic couldn't hide his disappointment.

  • China's foreign minister Wang Yi met his counterpart from South Sudan and asked him to quickly identify and punish those responsible for killing two Chinese soldiers in the capital of Juba, according to an article on the foreign ministry's website. Two Chinese peacekeepers were killed and several others injured by a mortar shell earlier this month during fighting between followers of President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, the former rebel leader who became vice president under a deal to end the civil war. During that time personnel of the United Nations Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) also came under attack.

  • Unheralded Robert Streb matched the record-low round in major golf history with an astonishing seven-under par 63 to seize a share of the lead after the second round of the PGA Championship. Top-ranked defending champion Jason Day's amazing run of seven birdies in eight holes to grab a share of third was overshadowed by a 29-year-old American on a rain-soaked Baltusrol layout soggy enough to surrender low scores in a wild afternoon of shot making. Back-nine starter Streb made a lone bogey and eight birdies, the last of them on a curling 21-foot putt at the par-three ninth to make...

WORLD

  • Tunisia's parliament gathered on Saturday for a vote of confidence that could see Prime Minister Habib Essid unseated after just a year and a half in office. Essid's government has been widely criticised for failing to tackle the country's economic crisis, high unemployment and a series of jihadist attacks. "I'm quite aware that the vote will be against me," Essid, 67, told parliament ahead of the planned vote.

  • BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) — New Zealand was in sight of an expected victory in the first test against Zimbabwe after racking up 576-6 and then reducing the home team to 121-5 in its second innings.

  • The final leg of Palestinian football's biggest cup was postponed on Saturday after Israel prevented players from Gaza travelling to the West Bank for the fixture, football authorities said. Israel refused to let six players and the coach of Shabab Khan Yunis cross its territory to the West Bank for the Palestinian Cup final, said Jibril al-Rajoub, president of the Palestinian Football Association.

  • HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — Nico Rosberg snatched the pole position for Sunday's German Grand Prix from Mercedes teammate and Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton with a late single lap.

  • North Korea on Saturday sent a high-level delegation to attend the Rio Olympics, Pyongyang's state media said, even as the country faces tough UN sanctions over its nuclear and missile development. The delegation was led by Choe Ryong-Hae, a close aide to leader Kim Jong-Un, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, without elaborating. South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Choe, vice chairman of the North's top state body -- State...

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