Djokovic defends ‘misused’ father over Russia flag controversy

SYDNEY, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic defended his father after a video emerged showing him posing at the Australian Open with some fans holding Russian flags, saying he was “misused” by the individuals and that his family was against war. Djokovic’s father Srdjan skipped his son’s semi-final win over Tommy Paul on Friday, choosing … Read more

Putin says the Russian military operation is going well in Ukraine

This content was produced in Russia where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine Putin says positive trend from the front Says hopes troops deliver more victories Says military operation is going to plan Says economy performing better than expected MOSCOW, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the … Read more

Embattled George Santos defies New York Republicans’ call to step down

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Embattled US Representative George Santos said he had no plans to heed fellow New York Republicans’ calls to step down, a plea they made on Wednesday due to what they called “lie after lie after lie” about his career and history. Top House of Representatives Republican Kevin McCarthy said he … Read more

Putin sends new hypersonic cruise missiles to Atlantic

MOSCOW, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sent off a frigate towards the Atlantic and Indian oceans armed with new hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles which he said were unique in the world. In a video conference with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Igor Krokhmal, commander of the frigate named “Admiral of … Read more

Soldiers’ widows group calls on Putin to order major mobilization for Ukraine war

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, Jan 3 (Reuters) – A little known patriotic group which supports the widows of Russian soldiers has called on President Vladimir Putin to order a large-scale mobilization of millions of men and to close the borders to … Read more

Driver and YouTube star Ken Block dies in snowmobile accident

Jan 2 (Reuters) – Pro rally driver Ken Block, who later became an internet sensation with his daring stunts behind the wheel, died aged 55 after a snowmobile accident, his team Hoonigan Racing said on Monday. “It’s with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today,” … Read more

Iran police detain top-tier football players in raid at party

DUBAI, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Iranian police briefly detained several unidentified top-tier football players in a raid on a party on New Year’s Eve where alcohol was served in violation of an Islamic ban, Iranian media reported. Mingling between sexes outside marriage and drinking alcohol are banned under Iran’s Islamic laws. Social restrictions are among … Read more

Market misery deals sovereign wealth funds historic setback in 2022 study

Assets managed by sovereign wealth funds fell nearly 8% Assets of public pension funds dropped almost 6% LONDON, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Heavy falls in stock and bond markets over the last year have cut the combined value of the world’s sovereign wealth and public pension funds for the first time ever – and to … Read more

Soccer star Pele, Brazilian legend of the beautiful game, dies at 82

SAO PAULO, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Pele, the legendary Brazilian soccer player who rose from barefoot poverty to become one of the greatest and best-known athletes in modern history, died on Thursday at the age of 82. Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital, where Pele was undergoing treatment, said he died at 3:27 pm “due to … Read more

Iranian chess player appears at Kazakhstan tournament without hijab for second day -Reuters witness

ALMATY, Dec 28 (Reuters) – An Iranian chess player on Wednesday took part in an international tournament in Kazakhstan without a hijab for the second day running, according to a Reuters journalist present. A Reuters witness at the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, saw Sara Khadem competing without a headscarf, … Read more