Samara’s oracle animals disagree on Denmark v Australia result

By Jack Tarrant SAMARA, Russia, June 19 : If Zabiyaka the oracle goat is to be believed, Denmark’s World Cup Group C clash with Australia will end in a 2-2 draw. The white goat, hailed as the ‘Oracle of Samara’ in one of the city’s zoos, predicted Thursday’s match would be a draw by running […]

Syrian rebel warns of “volcanoes of fire” if Assad attacks south

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, June 19 : Syrian government forces and their Iran-backed allies will face “volcanoes of fire” if they launch a threatened offensive in the opposition-held southwest, a rebel commander told Reuters on Tuesday. Syria’s southwest has come into focus since President Bashar al-Assad and his allies crushed the last remaining rebel pockets […]

EU leaders worried over Irish border issue in Brexit talks-draft

By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS, June 19 : European Union leaders will express concern on Friday over a lack of progress in talks with London on how to avoid reimposing controls at the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. Leaders of the 27 countries that will remain in the EU after […]

U.S. to withdraw from U.N. human rights body – source

By Lesley Wroughton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON, June 19 : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will announce on Tuesday that the United Sates is withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Trump administration source told Reuters. The United States is half-way through a […]

Airbus seeks China deal after diplomatic gaffe -sources

By Tim Hepher and Michel Rose PARIS, June 19 : Airbus is in talks to rescue a plane sale to China thrown into doubt earlier this year shortly after a perceived gaffe by two European envoys over China’s sensitive historical relationship with Japan, people familiar with the matter said. The Airbus talks come as France’s […]

Neymar leaves training session with sore ankle

By Andrew Downie SOCHI, Russia, June 19 : Brazil forward Neymar left training early on Tuesday after feeling pain in his right ankle and will spend the rest of the day undergoing physiotherapy, the Brazilian Football Confederation said. “He was feeling pain thanks to the large number of fouls he suffered in the Switzerland game,” […]