Barry Sherman: Family disputes reports on mystery double death in Canada


Image copyrightReutersImage caption Honey and Barry Sherman were renowned for their charity fundraising The family of a Canadian billionaire and his wife have hit back at reports surrounding their recent deaths Police are treating the deaths of Barry Sherman, 75, and his wife Honey, whose bodies were found in their Toronto home on Friday, as "suspicious" but say no suspects are being sought...

No. 2 U.S. Senate Republican expects tax bill will pass, eyes Tuesday


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Cornyn, the No 2 US Senate Republican, said on Sunday he was confident Republicans would pass a tax overhaul bill this week “I am confident we will pass this bill, probably on Tuesday,” Cornyn said in a television interview on ABC’s “This Week” He added that it was unclear whether Republican Senator John McCain, who is receiving treatment for brain cancer, would vote...

ISIS claim Pakistan suicide blast that authorities say killed 7 church worshipers


Two bombers attack church in Quetta, but only one detonates his vest Church was packed with more than 400 people, police say Two attackers targeted a Methodist church in Quetta, but only one managed to detonate his vest, said Sarfaraz Bugti, the interior minister of Balochistan province The second attacker was shot by a church security guard before he detonated his explosives, Bugti said Bugti...

François Gabart: French sailor slashes around the world solo record


Image copyrightAFPImage caption François Gabart spent 42 days alone on his ship A French sailor has set a new world record for the fastest solo round-the-world navigation, beating the previous time by more than six days He completed the journey non-stop, confined to his trimaran sailing yacht since 4 November Gabart broke the record set by his countryman Thomas Coville last year We should cross...

Crew repair yacht mast while racing in rough seas


The metal runner that holds up the mainsail on the AkzoNobel was ripped out during a change of direction in high winds They tried to glue the track back on - but the first time it did not work as a big wave tore it off However, a second attempt was successful and the team was able to re-hoist the mainsail Image:A metal runner that holds up the mainsail on the AkzoNobel was ripped out Skipper...

Around the world in 42 days: Sailor breaks record


Francois Gabart managed to beat the previous record - set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville last Christmas - by six days and 10 hours Many pundits felt such an achievement was unthinkable The 34-year-old made the record-breaking journey in a 98ft (30m) trimaran - a sailing yacht with a main hull with two smaller floats attached - called Macif Image:Sailing around the world in 42 days was...

Twin suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta ahead of Christmas, killing eight


QUETTA/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Catholic church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 before one of them blew himself up and police killed the other, officials said He said two women were among those killed Jah said the venue - Bethel Memorial Methodist Church - was on high alert as Christian places of worship...

Ashes: England face defeat as Australia inch closer to winning back urn


James Vince batted nicely before being bowled by a beautiful Mitchell Starc delivery Third Ashes Test, Waca (day four of five)England 403 (Malan 140) & 132-4 (Vince 55, Hazlewood 2-23) Australia 662-9 dec: Smith 239, M Marsh 181, Anderson 4-116 England trail by 127 runs with six wickets remaining Scorecard Australia earlier declared on 662-9 in their first innings, a lead of 259 England were...

Gunmen kill five in attack on church in Pakistan's Quetta


QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two suicide attackers opened fire inside a church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding up to 16 before being stopped by police guards, officials said The gunmen wearing explosives-filled vests stormed the church in Quetta city when Sunday services had just opened, exploding a suicide vest and shooting at the Christian...

Six people dead in multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham


Image caption Emergency crews were called to the scene near Bristol Road at 01:11 GMT Six people have been killed in a multiple-vehicle crash in Birmingham A seventh person was critically injured in the incident on Belgrave Middleway near Edgbaston at about 01:00 GMT A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said there had been a "number of fatalities" in the crash which has closed the stretch of...

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