Dan Evans: British tennis player banned for one year for positive cocaine test

Evans reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in January British tennis player Dan Evans has been banned for one year after testing positive for cocaine, which he explained had accidentally mixed with his medication in a washbag. The British number four provided the positive sample at the Barcelona Open on 24 April and his suspension is back-dated to begin from that date. Evans, 27, will therefore be free

Is Las Vegas gunman a terrorist?

Image copyrightCBS NewsImage caption Stephen Paddock has been identified by police as the man behind the deadliest shooting in modern US history As details emerge about the Las Vegas gunman who killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others, an online debate has begun about why Stephen Paddock has not been labelled a terrorist. Instead the 64-year-old who opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay

NFL anthem protests after Las Vegas attack anger fans

Image copyrightEPA Fans have criticised three Kansas City Chiefs players who protested during the US national anthem amid a day of national mourning for a mass shooting. The demonstration at Monday’s game against the Washington Redskins came a day after a gunman killed 59 people and wounded hundreds in Las Vegas. Fans held up signs such as one urging players, “protest on your own time”. Some NFL players have been

Catalonia beset by divided loyalties in protest aftermath

Image copyrightAFPImage caption The protesters say the violent reaction of the Spanish authorities to their independence demands has strengthened their cause She cried when she saw the news, he could hardly believe what he was watching. Here in 21st Century Spain, police were beating people for trying to hold a vote. Never mind that Ana didn’t turn out herself for a ballot she believes was illegal in her beloved Spain.

Veteran Iraqi Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani dies

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Jalal Talabani was a key proponent of Kurdish independence The Kurdish leader and former Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, has died at the age of 83, Iraqi state TV has said. Talabani was a veteran of the Kurdish struggle for an independent state and founded the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in 1975. In 2005, two years after the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein, he became Iraq’s

Myanmar beauty queen 'dethroned over Rohingya video'

Image copyrightShwe Eain SiImage caption Shwe Eain Si was crowned Miss Grand Myanmar earlier this year A Burmese beauty queen has claimed she was stripped of her pageant title over a video she made on the ongoing violence in Rakhine state. Shwe Eain Si had posted the clip online last week, accusing Rohingya militants of perpetuating the unrest. The 19-year-old Miss Grand Myanmar lost her title on Sunday when organisers

Stephen Paddock: Vegas suspect a high-roller and 'psychopath'

Image copyrightCBS NewsImage caption “It was like living next to nothing,” said a former neighbour of Paddock Las Vegas concert gunman Stephen Paddock was a wealthy former accountant and high-stakes gambler who appeared to be living in quiet retirement with his girlfriend in a desert community. The 64-year-old, of Mesquite, Nevada, had pilot’s and hunting licences and no criminal record, said authorities. One former neighbour said twice divorced Paddock was

Were his guns altered to fire more?

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Bump-stocks can be fitted to standard semi-automatic rifles like the Colt AR-15 US media are reporting that the gunman who killed almost 60 people at a concert in Las Vegas on Sunday may have used legal but controversial accessories to allow semi-automatic rifles to fire hundreds of rounds per minute. Two officials told the Associated Press that two devices known as “bump-stocks” had been found along

Chinese Ru-ware bowl sets $38m auction record in Hong Kong

Image copyrightEPAImage caption The dish was originally designed for washing brushes in A 1,000-year-old bowl from China’s Song Dynasty has sold at auction in Hong Kong for almost US$38m (£28m) – a record for Chinese porcelain. Sotheby’s, the auction house, said the rare Ru-ware brush-washer sold after 20 minutes of tense bidding from a handful of phone bidders, and one in the room. The little piece measures 13cm (5in) across

Las Vegas shootings: Tales of heroism emerge from aftermath

Image copyrightGetty Images People who laid their bodies on top of others to shield them from gunfire. Others who ran back into the path of bullets to help strangers get out. Concert-goers who carried the wounded on railings and tables as makeshift gurneys and who started up their own private pickup trucks to bring people to hospitals. Sunday night’s Las Vegas attack was the worst shooting in modern US history,