Melbourne, Jan 24, 2018 (AFP) - - Marin Cilic was denied by Andy Murray in his first Australian Open semi eight years ago and another Briton now stands in his way on Thursday of making the final.
Melbourne, Jan 24, 2018 (AFP) - - Australian Open women's semi-final facts and figures ahead of Thursday's matches (x denotes seeding):Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x2) v Elise Mertens (BEL)Head-to-head: Wozniacki leads 1-0Fast factsWozniacki: Age - 27; World ranking - 2; Prize money - $26,856,094
Melbourne, Jan 24, 2018 (AFP) - - Former champion Angelique Kerber is the player to beat as the Australian Open reaches the semi-finals on Thursday, while second seed Caroline Wozniacki continues her long quest for a first major.
Taipei (AFP) - North Korea's figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd who threw them toys and flowers at the Four Continents championships in Taipei Wednesday, ahead of their much anticipated Olympic bid.
New Zealand coach Paul Wiseman is encouraged by his players' preparations ahead of their Under-19 World Cup cricket quarter-final against Afghanistan.
Beijing (AFP) - The European Union's ambassador to China urged Beijing on Wednesday immediately to release a book publisher after the Swedish citizen was snatched for a second time, while accompanied by Swedish diplomats.
Legazpi (Philippines) (AFP) - Thousands more have fled an erupting volcano in the Philippines, relief workers said Wednesday, as foreign tourists arrived to watch the flaming lava and giant cauliflower clouds spurting from its crater.
Burayu (Ethiopia) (AFP) - Ethiopia's government needs to hold negotiations with the country's most-popular opposition parties or risk the return of destabilising protests, veteran dissident Merera Gudina said in an interview, days after leaving prison.
Paris (AFP) - The first trial stemming from the November 2015 Paris terror attacks opens Wednesday when Jawad Bendaoud appears in court, charged with harbouring two of the jihadists in the aftermath of the carnage.
Jalalabad (Afghanistan) (AFP) - Gunmen blasted their way into Save the Children's office in Afghanistan's restive east on Wednesday, witnesses and officials said, killing at least one person and wounding 14 others in the latest attack on a foreign aid group in the war-torn country.
Beijing (AFP) - Chinese authorities appear to be mounting a smear campaign against a detained human rights lawyer by releasing a seemingly edited police video which shows him resisting arrest and then swinging at an officer, campaigners say.
Manila (AFP) - Troops in the southern Philippines have arrested a Spanish man carrying grenades and bomb-making equipment and suspected of supporting a notorious militant group, authorities said Wednesday.
Washington (AFP) - A man who played a well known circus clown in America has acknowledged he pressured a teenage girl acrobat into posing for pornographic pictures and has resigned, the New York Times reported.
The Melbourne Renegades will bat first as they try to clinch a semi-final spot in their BBL clash with the Sydney Thunder in Canberra.
Beijing (AFP) - Beijing Guoan declined to confirm Cedric Bakambu's reported 40-million-euro signing on Wednesday -- despite releasing a photo of what looks like the Congolese striker training with the club.
Jakarta (AFP) - A soldier tore apart a snake with his teeth and his comrades headbutted flaming stacks of bricks as Indonesia's special forces treated visiting US defence secretary Jim Mattis to an unusual display on Tuesday.
India have won the toss and opted to bat on a seamer-friendly wicket on day one of the third Test against South Africa at the Wanderers.