TWO FRENCH VOLUNTEERS FOUND DEAD ON ISLAND OFF MADAGASCAR
Two young French volunteers found dead Sunday on an island off the northeast coast of Madagascar were likely murdered, French and Madagascan authorities said. Local mayor Bessaou Ismak Ado Crophe on the resort island of Sainte Marie told AFP that the bodies of both victims, a man and a woman in their twenties, showed signs of head trauma, with officials suspecting murder.
RUSSIA BANNED FROM RIO PARALYMPICS AFTER LOSING APPEAL OVER DOPING SCANDAL
Russia has lost its appeal against a ban from next month's Rio Paralympics because of a state-sponsored doping programme, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday. The decision to exclude Russia's team, initially made on Aug. 7 by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), means at least 260 competitors from the country are now set to miss the Sept. 7-18 event.
RIO BIDS A COLOURFUL FAREWELL TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES
A blustery storm, a touch of melancholy and a sense of pride converged at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics on Sunday as Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief at having pulled off South America's first Games. After a gruelling 17 days, Rio de Janeiro cast aside early struggles with empty venues, security scares and a mysterious green diving pool to throw a huge Carnival-like party.
BOMB ATTACK ON WEDDING LEAVES SCORES DEAD IN TURKEY
At least 51 people were killed on Saturday when a suspected suicide bomber detonated his explosives among people dancing on the street at a wedding party in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep close to the Syria border. President Tayyip Erdogan said it was likely that the so-called Islamic State (IS) group had carried out the late-night attack, the deadliest bombing this year inTurkey, which faces threats from militants at home and across the border with neighbouring Syria.
OMRAN, ONE CHILD AMONG MILLIONS TRAUMATISED BY SYRIA WAR
Haggard and covered in blood, little Omran's blank stare shook the world. But across war-torn Syria, thousands of children like him are traumatised by daily life under bombs and siege. The footage of the shell-shocked four-year-old made headlines around the world and was dubbed by Washington "the real face" of Syria's five-year war.