LIMNI, Greece (AP) — Wildfires rekindled outside Athens and forced more evacuations around southern Greece Thursday as weather conditions worsened and firefighters in a round-the-clock battle stopped the flames just outside the birthplace of the ancient Olympics.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who feared for her safety at home after criticizing her coaches on social media, flew into Warsaw on Wednesday night on a humanitarian visa after leaving the Tokyo Olympics, a Polish diplomat confirmed.
PARIS (AP) — A French constitutional court on Thursday validated most aspects of a new law that, starting next week, requires people to carry a special COVID-19 health pass to access cafes, restaurants, long-distance travel and, in some cases, hospitals.
MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian news outlets and a legal aid group backed by a leading Kremlin critic shut down Thursday after authorities blocked their websites, the government's latest moves targeting independent media, opposition supporters and human rights activists ahead of Russia’s September parliamentary election.
MUGLA, Turkey (AP) — A wildfire that reached the compound of a coal-fueled power plant in southwest Turkey and forced nearby residents to flee in boats and cars was contained on Thursday after raging for some 11 hours, officials and media reports said.
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LONDON (AP) — British police said Thursday they have made 11 arrests in connection with the online racial abuse of England soccer players following their team's loss to Italy in the final of the European Championship last month.
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The president of Belarus on Thursday ordered the country's security forces to tighten control over the border with Lithuania, which earlier this week started turning away immigrants attempting to cross in from Belarus.
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s legislature has given final approval to a bill that would require minors to get approval from their parents before being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The measure cleared the state Senate unanimously earlier this week and it passed the House on Thursday with support from all but five Democrats.
MADRID (AP) — A fugitive Italian man identified as a leader of what is believed to be one of the world’s wealthiest criminal organizations has been arrested in Madrid, Spanish and Italian police said Thursday.
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A feud between Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya and team officials that prompted her to seek refuge in the European Union has again cast a spotlight on the repressive environment in the athlete's home country, an ex-Soviet nation where authorities have unleashed a relentless crackdown on dissent.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Scotland’s Calum Hill took full advantage of favorable conditions to shoot a 9-under 63 Thursday and take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Hero Open.
Hill was among the early starters and had a flawless round, with strong winds making scoring difficult later in the day.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus has apologized after the official Twitter account of its women’s team posted a photograph of a player making a racist gesture.
The image attracted thousands of replies before it was deleted and the club issued an apology via the social media platform.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Gianluca Busio has become the second American to transfer this summer to newly promoted Venezia.
Sporting Kansas City said Thursday the 19-year-old midfielder had joined the Serie A club, which acquired midfielder Tanner Tessmann from Dallas last month.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid and Barcelona expressed their opposition Thursday to the Spanish league's deal with an investment fund that secured $3.2 billion in funding to help its clubs.
The league’s executive committee unanimously approved the “strategic agreement” with international investment fund CVC Capital Partners on Wednesday.
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — James Anderson dismissed old rival Virat Kohli for a duck as England's bowlers bounced back against India on a rain-shortened second day of the first test on Thursday at Trent Bridge.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Premier League champion Manchester City broke the British transfer fee record on Thursday to sign midfielder Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
City paid a fee of 100 million pounds ($139 million), Villa chief executive Christian Purslow confirmed.
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi's time at Barcelona appears to be over.
Barcelona announced Thursday that Messi will not stay with the club, saying that the Spanish league's financial regulations made it impossible to sign the Argentina star to a new contract.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western nations are marking Saturday's 13th anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia with renewed condemnation of Moscow’s “illegal military presence” in two Georgia regions and calls for the withdrawal of its forces “without delay.”
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored a club record 672 goals in his 17 seasons with Barcelona.
Here are 10 of his best and most important strikes for the blue-and-burgundy:
April 18, 2007 — Messi emulates fellow Argentine great Diego Maradona with an epic goal, ghosting through half of Getafe’s side while his teammates could only gape in awe.
Lionel Messi’s incredible 17-season career at Barcelona appears to have come to an end.
Here are some of its most important dates:
June 24, 1987 — Messi is born in Rosario, Argentina.
PARIS (AP) — French broadcaster Canal+ said Thursday it was ordered by a French court to respect its contract to show two Ligue 1 matches per week, a setback for the channel in its dispute with rival beIN Sports.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's defense minister warned Thursday that his country is prepared to strike Iran, issuing the threat against the Islamic Republic after a fatal drone strike on a oil tanker at sea that his nation blamed on Tehran.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — American defender Sam Vines is transferring to Belgium's Antwerp from Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids.
The 22-year-old joined the Rapids' academy when he was 13.
TOKYO (AP) — Set the alarm for Day 14 of the Tokyo Games and watch Allyson Felix attempt to win a 10th track and field Olympic medal over breakfast. Then stay up late to catch the U.S. men's basketball team play for the gold.
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain has recruited strongly as it bids to wrestle back the league title it lost to Lille in one of the biggest upsets in French soccer history.
BRUSSELS (AP) — All eighteen students accused of playing a role in the death of a Black student during an initiation ritual at a Belgian university have been ordered to stand trial, lawyers for the victim’s mother said on Thursday.
BANGKOK (AP) — An investigation is underway in Thailand after the body of a Swiss woman was found Thursday at a secluded spot on the southern island of Phuket.
Thai media reported that the woman’s partially clothed body was lying face down in a rock crevice near a waterfall and appeared to have been concealed by a sheet.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Belarusian Olympic sprinter who feared reprisals back home after publicly criticizing her coaches at the Tokyo Games used quick thinking to get help, using her phone to translate a plea and show it to Japanese police as she tried to avoid being forced onto a plane.
TOKYO (AP) — Alexander Hendrickx scored the penalty stroke for the lead in the shootout and Vincent Vanasch got the clinching save as Belgium beat Australia to win men’s field hockey Olympic gold for the first time.
TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic men's handball tournament has become something of a Mikkel Hansen show.
The three-time world championship MVP scored 12 goals to lead Denmark to a 27-23 semifinal victory over Spain.
1900 — The first Davis Cup is held with the United States beating Britain, 3-0.
1949 — Ezzard Charles knocks out Gus Lesnovich in the eighth round at Yankee Stadium in his first world heavyweight title defense.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Eddy Alvarez sat in the U.S. dugout after the final out, buried his face in his hands and wept, even though his biggest game remains ahead.
1958 — Glen Davis of Columbus, Ohio, sets a world record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 49.2 in Budapest, Hungary.
1966 — Muhammad Ali knocks out Brian London in the third round to retain his world heavyweight title.
TOKYO (AP) — Anders Mol and Christian Sorum will be bringing an Olympic medal back to Norway.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — A dominant performance in the quarterfinals by Breanna Stewart and her U.S. teammates has left the team two victories away from winning a seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal.
TOKYO (AP) — A roundup of gold medals from Thursday, August 5, at the Tokyo Games:
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Game on the line, final seconds ticking away, and Slovenia's Klemen Prepelic had nobody between him and a layup that would have sent his country into the gold medal game at the Tokyo Olympics.
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England indicated Thursday that interest rates may be on the up soon as it painted a fairly rosy picture about the near-term prospects for the British economy following the lifting of lockdown restrictions in the wake of the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines.
CHIBA, Japan (AP) — David Taylor seized the most important moment of his wrestling life.
The American scored a double-leg takedown with 17 seconds remaining to beat Iran’s Hassan Yazdani 4-3 on Thursday night and claim the gold medal in the freestyle 86-kilogram class.
TOKYO (AP) — The focus for the Russian men's volleyball team had started to shift to the fourth set of the semifinals when it fell behind by a big deficit to powerhouse Brazil in set three.
That ended up relaxing the players and led to an epic third-set comeback that sent them into the gold medal match.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico will host a new round of talks between Venezuela’s government and opposition with Norway mediating, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday.
Without providing more details, López Obrador said Mexico offered to be the site of talks expected to begin Aug.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Green party has come under fire on social media for tweeting a photograph of its election candidates cropped in such a way as to remove all the men.
The party's local branch in Berlin's Mitte district posted the all-women picture Wednesday on Twitter with a caption that poked fun at photos of the rival center-right Union bloc which it said showed only “old men.”
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — An educator who taught the children of U.S. military personnel at an Army base in Germany is accused of sexually assaulting two young students, court records show.
Stefan Eberhard Zappey has been a civilian employee of the U.S.
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s central bank has increased its key interest rate by a quarter-point to 0.75% to tackle inflation amid the economy’s rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.
It was the second such increase in about two months.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Rugby League World Cup scheduled for October in England was postponed to 2022 on Thursday.
The news was anticipated after Australia and New Zealand pulled out two weeks ago, citing player welfare concerns in the pandemic.
LONDON (AP) — England fast bowler Jofra Archer was ruled out for the rest of the year on Thursday because his problematic right elbow has a new injury.
Archer will miss the ongoing home test series against India, the Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes in Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.
IZU, Japan (AP) — Shanne Braspennincx was waiting to step on the track for her semifinal in the keirin at the Tokyo Olympics when her Dutch teammate, Laurine van Riessen, crashed heavily in the first turn and had to be taken out on a stretcher.