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Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva Accord

According to various media reports, several pro-Russian activists died following an exchange of gunfire on the night of 19 April near Slaviansk.

At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.

The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine’s Western-backed government, with each questioning the other’s compliance with the agreement, brokered last week in Geneva, to end a crisis that has made Russia’s ties with the West more fraught than at...

Liverpool go five clear in Premier League title race

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling (2nd L) celebrates scoring his second and his teams third goal

Liverpool took a giant step towards their first title in 24 years with a 3-2 win at a plucky Norwich City on Sunday, opening up a five-point lead over second-placed Chelsea with three matches remaining.

Arsenal kept themselves in the hunt for a place in next season’s Champions League with a 3-0 win at Hull City in a dress-rehearsal for next month’s FA Cup final.

Two goals to Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez’s 30th league strike of the season helped...

Hamilton wins Chinese GP in Mercedes one-two

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By Alan Baldwin

Lewis Hamilton raced to a hat-trick of wins in Sunday’s Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, cruising unchallenged to the flag ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg as a dominant Mercedes claimed a third straight one-two finish.

The win was the 25th of Hamilton’s career and drew him level with British legend Jim Clark and his current Mercedes boss, triple world champion Niki Lauda, in the all-time winner’s list.

It is also the first time that Hamilton –...

Eight killed in plane crash in northern Mexico

Archive photo of a Hawker 800 jet

A Hawker 800 jet crashed in northern Mexico late on Saturday, killing all eight people on board, the government of the state of Coahuila said.

The plane came down in an industrial estate in the municipality of Ramos Arizpe, just north of state capital Saltillo, the Coahuila attorney general’s office said in a statement.

According to preliminary findings, the jet departed from the Mexican Caribbean island of Cozumel on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and was bound for...

Chelsea’s title hopes hit by Sunderland defeat

Sunderland's Fabio Borini (L) scores the winning goal from the penalty spot against Chelsea

By Josh Reich

Chelsea’s title ambitions suffered a major blow with a shock 2-1 home defeat by bottom side Sunderland on Saturday, handing the initiative to Premier League leaders Liverpool who visit lowly Norwich City on Sunday.

It was manager Jose Mourinho’s first league defeat at Stamford Bridge in 78 matches, with the winner coming from a cooly converted penalty by former Chelsea player Fabio Borini, who is on loan at Sunderland from the Merseyside club.

The Italian forward tucked...

Strong 7.5 magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea

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An earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday and a tsunami warning was briefly issued for the Pacific Island nation and neighbouring Solomon Islands, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake, at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), struck 68 km southwest of Panguna on the island of Bougainville, the U.S. Geological Survey said, revising down the magnitude from an initial 7.8.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later cancelled a tsunami...

Cardiff, Fulham fail to ease relegation fears

Dejected Fulham players trudge off the White Hart Lane pitch after their loss to Tottenham Hotspur

The Premier League survival hopes of Cardiff City and Fulham remain no clearer after a draw with Stoke City and loss to Tottenham Hotspur respectively kept them marooned in the relegation zone with three matches remaining.

Cardiff fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 to move above 19th placed Fulham on goal difference after the west Londoners went down 3-1 at Spurs, who won with goals from Paulinho, Harry Kane and Younes Kaboul.

The pair are two points...

Kidnapped French journalists found on Turkey’s Syrian border

Two of the four French journalists, Pierre Torres (L) and Nicolas Henin (R)

Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June were found by Turkish soldiers on its border with Syria on Saturday, Turkish media reported, and French President Francois Hollande said the four were in good health.

Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres, Edouard Elias and Didier Francois were found in Sanliurfa province blindfolded with their hands bound, Dogan News Agency said.

Hollande said the four were in “good health, in spite of the very gruelling conditions of their captivity.” They will be...

Sunken Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead

Relatives of the missing passengers of the Sewol ferry

Some relatives of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs on Saturday to help identify the dead as the rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board.

The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Thirty-two people are known to have died.

The 69-year-old captain, Lee Joon-seok,...

Hamilton on pole for Mercedes in wet China

British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG GP

Lewis Hamilton will line up on pole position for Sunday’s Chinese Formula One Grand Prix after putting in a storming lap in treacherous conditions to maintain Mercedes’ qualifying stranglehold.

The Briton’s best time of one minute 53.860 seconds through rain and spray was a hefty 0.595 of a second quicker than Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who joined him on the front row.

“It is so slippery out there, the conditions – trying to find the grip, not making mistakes...

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