Mbappe snubs Real to seal new PSG deal

Kylian Mbappe has decided to extend his stay at Paris St Germain, French sport daily L’Equipe reported on Saturday. The France forward, whose current contract expires on June 30, had been widely tipped to join Real Madrid. L’Equipe said a new contract, which is likely to tie him to the French champions until 2025, had […]

Nadal, Osaka withdraw from Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka, with 24 Grand Slam titles between them, both withdrew from Wimbledon on Thursday with the Spanish star also pulling out of the TokyoOlympics in a bid “to prolong my career”. Nadal’s snub of the Olympics was later followed by world number five Dominic Thiem also withdrawing from Tokyo. Osaka, however, […]

Serena Williams ousted from French Open

Serena Williams’ latest quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title ended with a 6-3, 7-5 defeat by Kazakh 21st seed Elena Rybakina in the French Open last 16 on Sunday. The 39-year-old American, still one short of Margaret Court’s all-time record of most Grand Slam singles titles, has not gone beyond the fourth round […]

Pakistan parliament to vote on whether to expel French envoy

Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party throw stones toward police during a protest after their leader was detained following his calls for the expulsion of the French ambassador, in Karachi on April 19, 2021. (PHOTO / AFP) ISLAMABAD – Pakistan's government will seek a vote in parliament on Tuesday on whether to expel the French ambassador […]

Protests spur Pakistan to talk with extremist group it banned

Supporters of banned Islamic party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) block a road and shout slogans protesting the arrest of their party leader Saad Rizvi, who was demanding the government expel the French ambassador, in Lahore, Pakistan, April 18, 2021. (K.M. CHAUDARY / AP) Pakistan has begun talks with an extremist group it banned last week, in […]

France ‘advises its citizens in Pakistan to leave country temporarily’

Policemen detain a supporter of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party during a protest against the arrest of their leader as he was demanding the expulsion of the French ambassador over depictions of Prophet Muhammad, in Rawalpindi on April 14, 2021. (PHOTO / AFP) PARIS – France has advised that French citizens and companies should temporarily leave […]

Lebanon’s Hariri, France’s Macron talk on ways to govt formation

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (Left) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron following talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Sept 20, 2019. (LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP PARIS – Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday dined with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the crisis in Lebanon and the difficulties in forming […]