BAMAKO, Mali | Mali singer, albino activist raises awareness of violence

BAMAKO, Mali — Singer and albino activist Salif Keita has dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May. The Saturday night concert followed a forum on protecting albino people in Africa that Keita assembled. More than 100 politicians, diplomats and albinos attended the forum … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | Mali singer, albino activist raises awareness of violence

JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry

JERUSALEM — The Latest on the political developments in Israel (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Israel’s prime minister says he will also take over as defense minister and is rejecting calls to hold early elections. Netanyahu announced on national TV Sunday that he would take over the defense post following the resignation of Avigdor Lieberman. … Continue reading JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry

TEL AVIV, Israel | Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls

TEL AVIV, Israel— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would take on the defense minister portfolio, rejecting calls to dissolve his government even as early elections appeared increasingly likely. Netanyahu said heading to elections now, amid repeated violent confrontations with Gaza militants, was “irresponsible” of his coalition partners, who have been pushing for … Continue reading TEL AVIV, Israel | Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls

ISTANBUL | Turkey warns ExxonMobil against drilling with Greek Cypriots

ISTANBUL— Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has cautioned an international energy company against cooperating with the government of Cyprus in its search for gas. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Sunday that the exploratory drilling ExxonMobil has started in the eastern Mediterranean “did not contribute to the region’s stability” and could change “sensitive balances.” Turkey strongly objects … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey warns ExxonMobil against drilling with Greek Cypriots

HOMESTEAD, Fla. | The Latest: Suarez has support from Mexican billionaire

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — The Latest on NASCAR‘s Cup Series championship (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Carlos Slim Domit, the son of a billionaire businessman who has long backed driver Daniel Suarez, says he will continue to support NASCAR’s first Mexican champion in 2019. “It’s been a very nice season and hopefully we have good news … Continue reading HOMESTEAD, Fla. | The Latest: Suarez has support from Mexican billionaire

HOMESTEAD, Fla. | NASCAR will consider all ideas for changes to sport

HOMESTEAD, Fla.— NASCAR is open to wholesale changes for 2020 that could include everything from doubleheaders, midweek races, a tightened schedule, shorter races, and even a potential shared event schedule with IndyCar. Steve Phelps, named president of the sanctioning body last month, insisted NASCAR can weather its current decline and work out of its downturn. … Continue reading HOMESTEAD, Fla. | NASCAR will consider all ideas for changes to sport

LONDON | Bryan, Sock save match point to win ATP Finals doubles title

LONDON — American pair Mike Bryan and Jack Sock saved a match point in the deciding tiebreaker to beat Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7, 6-1, 13-11 for their first ATP Finals doubles title together on Sunday. Having failed to take advantage of five championship points during the first-to-10 match tiebreaker, Bryan and Sock then … Continue reading LONDON | Bryan, Sock save match point to win ATP Finals doubles title