Nagpur (India) (AFP) - Opener Murali Vijay hit a sublime century on comeback to help India close in on Sri Lanka's 205 on day two of the second Test in Nagpur on Saturday.
Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) - Steve Smith produced a defiant unconquered century and Josh Hazlewood claimed two wickets to leave England reeling as Australia cracked open the first Ashes Test at the Gabba on Saturday.
Tokyo (AFP) - Tokyo opened its first new permanent venue for the 2020 Olympics Saturday in a welcome public relations boost for the organisers after a series of setbacks.
Islamabad (AFP) - A policeman was killed and over 100 people wounded as Pakistani forces fired rubber bullets and lobbed tear gas in a bid to disperse an Islamist sit-in that has virtually paralysed the country's capital for weeks.
Sydney (AFP) - Jason Day ended a frustrating run of par golf by making three late birdies to snatch the outright lead after the third round of the 102nd Australian Open on Saturday.
Washington (AFP) - The Islamic State group may be on the run from its last bastion in Syria but the United States is gearing up for a longer stay in the country.
Los Angeles (AFP) - Jusuf Nurkic delivered 29 points and 15 rebounds en route to his fifth double-double of the NBA season as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 127-125 on Friday.
Los Angeles (AFP) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose is on leave and in the process of assessing his future with the NBA team, US media reported Friday.
Cairo (AFP) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond forcefully after attackers killed at least 235 worshippers in a packed mosque in restive North Sinai province, the country's deadliest attack in recent memory.
Qazi Ahmed (Pakistan) (AFP) - As 200 armed men surrounded their house on a hot August night in 2005, Nazo Dharejo and her sisters grabbed their Kalashnikov and puny stock of ammunition and climbed to the roof.
Mar del Plata (Argentina) (AFP) - President Mauricio Macri on Friday ordered an inquiry to "know the truth" about what happened to Argentina's missing submarine, the San Juan, which disappeared with the loss of its 44 crew.
Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed White House budget director Mick Mulvaney to head a financial watchdog that the administration has sought to overhaul as part of its deregulation push.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson isn’t sending a top delegation to accompany Ivanka Trump to a business summit in India because he doesn’t want to promote her on the world stage, a State Department source has told CNN.
Riyadh (AFP) - Syria's opposition on Friday selected a chief negotiator for a unified delegation to next week's UN-brokered peace talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Geneva.
French police are investigating after a circus animal handler shot dead his escaped tiger in the middle of Paris a mile from the Eiffel Tower, according to officials.
Washington (AFP) - The Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington can remain open to discuss peace with Israel and may be able to resume full operations soon, the State Department said Friday.
Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump on Friday said he turned down being named Time's "Person of the Year" after the magazine asked him for an interview and photo shoot but did not confirm he would be chosen.