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  • Pistorius to start second week in witness box
    Pistorius to start second week in witness box Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Paralympian Oscar Pistorius returns to the stand Monday for a fourth day of cross-examination after the prosecution lawyer accused him of knowingly shooting dead his girlfriend. More »

  • Kipsang sets London Marathon record
    Kipsang sets London Marathon record Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    World record-holder Wilson Kipsang won the men's London Marathon in a course record two hours, four minutes and 29 seconds on Sunday as Britain's Mo Farah found life tough on his debut over the distance. More »

  • Farah Well Beaten In London Marathon
    Farah Well Beaten In London Marathon Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Kenyan world-record holder Wilson Kipsang set a new course record to win the Virgin Money London Marathon, while Britain's Mo Farah had to settle for a disappointing eighth place. The 32-year-old completed the 26.2 mile course in a time of two hours four minutes 29 seconds - 11 seconds inside the previous fastest run by Emmanuel Mutai in 2011. Compatriot Stanley Biwott took second and Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede third. Farah's time of two hours eight minutes 21 seconds was outside Steve Jones' 29-year-old British record of 2:07:13. More »

  • Farah to line up for first marathon
    Farah to line up for first marathon Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Olympic hero Mo Farah is today expected to line up for his first London Marathon as the most backed in the history of the race. More »

  • Minister slams Premier League over disabled provision
    Minister slams Premier League over disabled provision Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The British Government has told the Premier League to "sort their act out" over the lack of facilities for disabled fans at many of England's top-flight grounds. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Reeva Steenkamp Murder Trial: Key Moments
    Oscar Pistorius Reeva Steenkamp Murder Trial: Key Moments Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    As Olympics and Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius gives evidence about the moment he found dying girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, after he had shot her three times,  IBTimes UK looks at key moments of the trial, which started last March.  Speaking ahead of proceedings, Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June Steenkamp, recounts an incident in 2013 when her daughter phoned her in fear while with Pistorius. She recalled: "She [Reeva] was so afraid. The athlete states "there was no argument" between him and Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year - the night he shot her in the toilet of his home in Pretoria. More »

  • 'I'm scared to sleep', tearful Pistorius tells court
    'I'm scared to sleep', tearful Pistorius tells court Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    By David Dolan PRETORIA (Reuters) - His voice trembling with emotion, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defence on Monday, saying the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend last year had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. The disabled South African track star, on trial for murder, apologised to the mother of model Reeva Steenkamp, saying he had fired four times through a toilet door at his luxury Pretoria home in the belief he was defending her from an intruder. Steenkamp, a law graduate and model, was hit by at least three rounds, one of which - to the head - killed her almost instantly, the court has heard. "I was simply trying to protect Reeva," Pistorius told the Pretoria High Court at the start of his testimony. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Trial: Bladerunner 'Pointed Gun at Attackers During Street …
    Oscar Pistorius Trial: Bladerunner 'Pointed Gun at Attackers During Street … Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius has revealed he pulled out a gun on three men during a fight in the street at his murder trial. The Olympics and Paralympics athlete recalled the incident which happened in Pretoria only weeks before he shot dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year. Pistorius told North Gauteng High Court he was driving home after training when violence erupted at a set of traffic lights. He said: "A taxi skipped the robots [traffic lights] and pushed a Corrolla onto the pavement and they started chucking bricks at each other. More »

  • Pistorius due to give evidence as murder trial resumes Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    South African Paralympic and Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius is expected to take the stand for the first time on Monday in a bid to prove his innocence against charges he murdered his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner" due to the carbon-fibre prosthetic limbs he uses in competition, is accused of killing Steenkamp deliberately by firing four rounds from a 9 mm pistol through a locked toilet door after an argument. The track star has pleaded not guilty, saying he mistook 29-year-old model and law graduate Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in the toilet at his luxury Pretoria home. Pistorius is expected to be one of the first witnesses called when his defence team begins laying out its case after a break of more than a week due to the illness of a court official. More »

  • U.S. Army names Fort Hood shooter, says had mental illness
    U.S. Army names Fort Hood shooter, says had mental illness Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    By Lisa Maria Garza FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - The soldier suspected of shooting dead three people before killing himself at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas was identified as Ivan Lopez, a man battling mental illness when he went on a rampage, the base commander said on Thursday. No motive was given for the shooting spree on Wednesday, which also left 16 wounded in what was the second mass killing in five years at one of the largest military bases in the United States, raising questions about security at such installations. "We have very strong evidence that he had a medical history that indicates unstable psychiatric or psychological conditions," Lieutenant General Mark Milley told reporters. Lopez, 34, originally from Puerto Rico, had been treated for depression and anxiety. More »

  • Cybathlon: World's First Bionic Olympics Coming in 2016
    Cybathlon: World's First Bionic Olympics Coming in 2016 Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Cybathlon, the world's first major sporting event for bionic athletes, is to take place in Switzerland with the intention of encouraging the development of performance-enhancing technology. Billed by the organisers as "the championship for robot-assisted parathletes", Cybathlon will allow athletes to use prosthetics to surpass the capabilities of able-bodied athletes. "Most assistive technologies so far are not satisfactory for people with disabilities," Robert Riener, professor of sensory-motor systems at the University of Switzerland and event organiser, tells IBTimes UK. More »

  • Pistorius murder trial adjourned until April 7
    Pistorius murder trial adjourned until April 7 Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    The murder trail of Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Friday until April 7, when the South African Paralympic and Olympic track star is expected to take the stand in his own defence in a high-stakes bid to prove his innocence and avoid life in prison. Judge Thokozile Masipa postponed proceedings for more than a week due to the illness of one of the legal assistants who has been sitting at her side throughout the trial, one of the most high-profile in South African history. Prosecutors took 15 days to lay out their case against the 27-year-old, arguing he deliberately killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year by firing four rounds from a 9 mm pistol through a closed toilet door. The trial has gripped South Africa and millions of athletics fans around the world who saw Pistorius as a symbol of triumph over physical adversity. More »

  • Putin eyes Russia's own credit card system after Western sanctions
    Putin eyes Russia's own credit card system after Western sanctions Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a men's Alpine skiing event at the Rosa Khutor centere at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics on March 9, 2014 More »

  • Russia to create its own national payment system, Putin says
    Russia to create its own national payment system, Putin says Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a men's Alpine skiing event at the Rosa Khutor centere at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics on March 9, 2014 More »

  • Russia to create its own national payment system, Ptuin says
    Russia to create its own national payment system, Ptuin says Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a men's Alpine skiing event at the Rosa Khutor centere at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics on March 9, 2014 More »

  • Pistorius 'likely' to testify Friday as defence opens
    Pistorius 'likely' to testify Friday as defence opens Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius will "likely" take the stand on Friday as his defence team launches its bid to clear him of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, his lawyer said. More »

  • Vladimir Putin Revives Stalin Fitness Regime After Sochi Winter Olympics
    Vladimir Putin Revives Stalin Fitness Regime After Sochi Winter Olympics Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is to reintroduce the 1930s Stalinist "Ready for Labour and Defence" fitness program using money left over from the Sochi Winter Olympics. In Soviet times, the physical activities consisted of competitive sports like running, jumping, skiing and swimming and continued throughout the Soviet Union until its collapse.  The sports program, abbreviated to GTO in Russia, was created to ensure that the Soviet Union had a fighting-fit population and will be open to Russian citizens of all ages. The end of the Sochi Winter Olympics were overshadowed by events in Ukraine and Crimea, with Russia eventually annexing the region. More »

  • Putin uses Olympics cash to start Soviet-style fitness programme
    Putin uses Olympics cash to start Soviet-style fitness programme Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    By Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin launched a programme to improve the physical fitness of Russians on Monday, using funds from the Winter Olympics to revive a Soviet-era plan. Speaking at a meeting with officials in the Kremlin, Putin said that reinstating the plan, first introduced in the 1930s under Joseph Stalin and known in Russia by the acronym GTO, would "pay homage to our national historical traditions". Putin said funds earmarked for the Winter Games in Sochi last month but unused would go to support sports venues and promote healthy lifestyles among Russians from the age of six. The end of the Winter Olympic Games and the Paralympics in Sochi were marred by events in Ukraine which led to Russia's annexation of its Crimea region in a move condemned by the West and the new government in Kiev. More »

  • 'I'm scared of you,' Steenkamp told Pistorius in text message
    'I'm scared of you,' Steenkamp told Pistorius in text message Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    By Vanessa Romeo PRETORIA (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, said she was scared of the South African track star in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, a police expert told his murder trial on Monday. The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is on trial for the murder of 29-year-old model and law graduate Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, saying he was deeply in love with Steenkamp, who he had been dating for a few months, and that he mistook her for an intruder hiding in a toilet at his luxury Pretoria home. However, text messages between the pair in the weeks leading up to the shooting painted a picture of a volatile, stormy relationship, with Steenkamp accusing Pistorius of continual jealousy and outbursts of anger. More »

  • Pistorius to sell home where he killed girlfriend to pay legal expenses
    Pistorius to sell home where he killed girlfriend to pay legal expenses Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    By Tosin Sulaiman JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius will sell the luxury Pretoria home in which he shot and killed his girlfriend to pay his legal expenses due to an unexpected delay in the trial, his lawyer said on Thursday. The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is on trial for the murder of 29-year old model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He has pleaded not guilty, saying he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. Pistorius has been forced to sell his home in the upmarket Silver Woods estate because the legal process is likely to take longer than the three weeks initially indicated by the state, Brian Webber, the lawyer handling the sale, said in a statement. More »

  • Pistorius Trial: 'Reeva Tried To Protect Herself'
    Pistorius Trial: 'Reeva Tried To Protect Herself' Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    A police ballistics expert has revealed how Reeva Steenkamp covered her head to protect herself in a toilet cubicle as her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius opened fire. Captain Christian Mangena was giving evidence on day 13 of the Paralympian's murder trial, which has now been adjourned until next week. Capt Mangena told the court in Pretoria that Ms Steenkamp fell back onto a magazine holder in the toilet after being hit by the first bullet. However, Ms Steenkamp, 29, was hit by the third and fourth bullets - in the arm and the head. More »

  • Pistorius' girlfriend was first shot in hip - ballistics expert
    Pistorius' girlfriend was first shot in hip - ballistics expert Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    By John Mkhize PRETORIA (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend was first shot in the hip, not the head, a South African police ballistics expert told his murder trial on Wednesday, supporting the testimony of earlier witnesses who said they heard screams during a volley of shots. The Olympic and Paralympic track star's defence has argued Reeva Steenkamp was first hit in the head and could not have continued to scream in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013, when she was killed at his luxury Pretoria home. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to the premeditated murder of the 29-year-old model and law graduate, saying he shot her through the toilet door in a tragic accident, having mistaken her for an intruder. Police ballistics expert Christian Mangena said he believed Steenkamp had been standing behind the door when the first bullet struck her hip, causing her to fall down on top of a magazine rack next to the toilet seat. More »

  • UK Sport Confirms Funding Cuts
    UK Sport Confirms Funding Cuts Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    UK Sport has announced its decision to withdraw funding from Olympic sports basketball, synchronised swimming and water polo will stand. UK Sport has changed its decision about women's weightlifting and reinstated money totalling £894,000 in the build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics, while badminton has been awarded an extra £250,000. UK Sport chairman Rod Carr admitted that the decisions on zero funding, confirming the original announcement last month, would be unpopular in some quarters. Carr added: "The starting point for UK Sport and the Board is that we want to be able to invest in as many Olympic and Paralympic sports as possible but they must be able to credibly demonstrate medal winning potential within eight years. More »

  • Basketball Fails In Funding Appeal
    Basketball Fails In Funding Appeal Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    UK Sport has announced its decision to withdraw funding from Olympic sports basketball, synchronised swimming and water polo will stand. UK Sport has changed its decision about women's weightlifting and reinstated money totalling £894,000 in the build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics, while badminton has been awarded an extra £250,000. UK Sport chairman Rod Carr admitted that the decisions on zero funding, confirming the original announcement last month, would be unpopular in some quarters. Carr added: "The starting point for UK Sport and the Board is that we want to be able to invest in as many Olympic and Paralympic sports as possible but they must be able to credibly demonstrate medal winning potential within eight years. More »

  • Paralympic skier challenges Cameron
    Paralympic skier challenges Cameron Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    A paralympic skier and former soldier challenged David Cameron about being denied compensation for his war injuries during a reception for the Sochi Games team. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Trial Hears From Gun Supplier
    Oscar Pistorius Trial Hears From Gun Supplier Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius told a firearms supplier how he went into "combat mode" when he feared intruders were in his house, a court has heard. Giving evidence on the eleventh day of the athlete's murder trial, firearms training academy manager Sean Rens told the court the athlete had a "great love and enthusiasm" for guns. Mr Rens said Pistorius told him of one occasion when he heard a noise in his home and drew a weapon, fearing burglars were on the property. He went into "code red" or "combat mode" after hearing a noise in his house but it turned out to be from the tumble dryer, Mr Rens said. More »

  • Pistorius knew South African gun safety rules, court told
    Pistorius knew South African gun safety rules, court told Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    By Siyabonga Sishi PRETORIA (Reuters) - Double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was aware of South African firearms and self-defence laws that say you cannot shoot at an intruder unless your life is in danger, a court heard on Monday. Testifying on day 11 of the trial, firearms instructor Sean Rens read out a gun licence test passed by the track athlete, who shot dead Steenkamp through a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. Pistorius answered: "No", Rens, who taught Pistorius gun safety and sold him weapons, told the court. The Paralympic gold medallist, known as the "Blade Runner" on account of his carbon-fibre prostheses, denies the murder charge, saying he shot Steenkamp in a tragic accident after mistaking her, through the door, for a night-time intruder. More »

  • Photo Shows Oscar Pistorius Drenched In Blood
    Photo Shows Oscar Pistorius Drenched In Blood Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    Photographs of a bare-chested Oscar Pistorius taken in the aftermath of his girlfriend's death have been shown in court, as a picture of her injuries was again displayed by mistake. Television screens in the courtroom in Pretoria went black temporarily when an image of Reeva Steenkamp's body was flashed up. On a day dominated by evidence from retired police colonel Schoombie van Rensburg, the court heard how the door of Pistorius' bathroom was dismantled, stashed in body bags and stored in an office where it could be guarded by security. The door was propped up against a desk for several days, although Mr van Rensburg, who was among the officers sent to Pistorius' home on Valentine's Day last year, insists it was not tampered with. More »

  • Pistorius' watch vanished while police combed house, court told
    Pistorius' watch vanished while police combed house, court told Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    By John Mkhize PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African police faced further embarrassment at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Friday when it emerged that a valuable watch had vanished from the crime scene and a ballistic expert had handled the athlete's gun without gloves. The Olympic and Paralympic 'Blade Runner' denies the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, saying he shot her in a tragic accident after mistaking her for a night-time intruder. On day 10 of the trial, Colonel Schoombie Van Rensburg, the first policeman to arrive at Pistorius' home in an upmarket Pretoria estate, expressed his anger at forensic blunders but had his own work called into question by the defence. Van Rensburg said the missing watch was one of eight found in the house. More »

  • Etherington Wins Fourth Medal In Sochi
    Etherington Wins Fourth Medal In Sochi Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell became the first Britons to win four medals at one Winter Paralympics by taking a third Sochi silver in the super combined on Friday. Visually-impaired skier Etherington and guide Powell safely negotiated the super-G stage of the event to earn Great Britain their fifth medal of the Games. They were brave enough to risk throwing it away by going for gold, but the 3.12 seconds they had to make up on Russia's Aleksandra Frantceva proved too tough an ask - only just, though, with the home favourite taking the title by 0.63secs. Etherington and Powell finished in a combined time of 2:28.38, well clear of American bronze medal winner Danelle Umstead. More »

  • US Warns Russia Over Crimea Involvement
    US Warns Russia Over Crimea Involvement Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Russia that there are "contingencies" in place in case Russia moves further east into Ukraine. Washington and Europe were preparing a tough response to a Sunday's referendum on whether or not Crimea should stay within Ukraine or become part of Russia, Mr Kerry told US politicians. Our choice is to have a respect for the sovereignty and independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine," the diplomat told the US Senate appropriations committee. More »

  • Court sees graphic photos of Pistorius' home after shooting
    Court sees graphic photos of Pistorius' home after shooting Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    By John Mkhize PRETORIA (Reuters) - A South African court saw graphic images on Thursday of the bloodstained bathroom in which Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend, as prosecutors unveiled more details of the scene of the Valentine's Day killing. Colonel Schoombie van Rensburg, the first policeman to arrive at the athlete's home in an upmarket Pretoria estate, described the grisly sight that greeted him in the early hours of February 14 last year. During his testimony, photographs of Steenkamp's face and body were also shown accidentally to the court, upsetting Pistorius, who vomited into a bucket for the second time since the start of the trial, now in its second week. Van Rensburg said that on his arrival at the home, he saw Steenkamp's body lying at the bottom of the staircase covered in towels and black bags. More »

  • Putin says Russia did not initiate crisis over Ukraine Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia was not to blame for the crisis over Ukraine's Crimea region. At a meeting with paralympic delegations in the Black Sea city of Sochi, Putin thanked officials for keeping politics out of the Winter Paralympics being hosted by Russia. And I would like to stress that Russia was not the initiator of the circumstances that have taken shape," he said. Crimea has been taken over by Russian forces and holds a referendum on Sunday on joining Russia. More »

  • Pistorius smashed toilet door with bat, expert says
    Pistorius smashed toilet door with bat, expert says Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    By John Mkhize PRETORIA (Reuters) - Double amputee Oscar Pistorius was standing on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend, a South African police forensic expert said on Wednesday, countering the Paralympic star's assertion he was wearing his prosthetic legs at the time. Wielding the cricket bat in his hands, police colonel Johannes Vermeulen knelt down before swinging it at the wooden door in a court reconstruction to show the angle of the marks and to suggest they could only have been made by someone much shorter than him. The 27-year-old track star is charged with the murder of model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot through the locked toilet door on Valentine's Day last year. Vermeulen disagreed. More »

  • Third Medal For British Duo In Sochi
    Third Medal For British Duo In Sochi Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell claimed a third medal in as many events on their Winter Paralympics debut by racing to slalom silver on Wednesday. Leading the way after round one - where they were the first pair out - meant Etherington and Powell went last in the second run and the former believes the deterioration of conditions affected their chances. "We were aiming for the gold and we didn't get it," Etherington said. More »