World number three Rafael Nadal on Thursday pulled out of Wimbledon and the Olympic Games citing a need to protect his body in order to prolong his career. The 35-year-old last played at the French Open in Paris where he was beaten in four gruelling sets by the eventual champion Novak Djokovic.In the immediate of the defeat on 11 June, Nadal hinted he might reconsider his schedule.On social media, he explained there was not enough time for him to recover for the start of Wimbledon on 28 June fol
The UK has reported 11,007 new COVID cases and a further 19 deaths in the latest 24-hour period - but in four weeks infections could be lower than they are now, according to an expert. Today's number of new infections is the highest reported since 19 February when 12,027 cases were recorded. It comes as a leading COVID researcher says he believes the current wave "should be peaking around 10 to 14 days' time" and in a month's time cases could be lower than they are now and "more manageable".
In one sense, today was an unquestionable win for Dominic Cummings by securing advertising money can't buy. Boris Johnson's former top aide's new paid-for blog - which costs £10 a month or £100 a year to subscribe to - was discussed in Parliament, had the opposition running towards TV cameras and was plastered across every news website and TV channel today. This was because he used it to publish screenshots of inflammatory WhatsApp messages between him and the Prime Minister guaranteed to excite and tantalise.
French forces in Mali have captured a man they describe as a "high-ranking fighter of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara". Dadi Ould Chouaib, also known as Abou Dardar, was arrested on 11 June in the "tri-border" region between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. Dadi Ould Chouaib was carrying "an automatic weapon, a night vision telescope, a combat vest, a telephone and a radio", but surrendered without resistance.He was located during a helicopter sweep as part of a joint mission between troops
Not even the notorious Real Madrid chopper could hold back the tears. They flooded out of Sergio Ramos as soon as he mentioned the parents for the love and support that propelled him to the apex of the sport and its attendant glory. La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Club World Cup, World Cup, European championships, Ramos enjoyed their harvest during his 16 years at one of the world's most prestigious clubs.“I’d also like to thank Real Madrid for allowing me this moment as well as my coac
Battered by a double whammy of the Covid-19 pandemic and crushing sanctions after the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran's economy is the top concern as voters head to the polls in the June 18 presidential election. Shortly after the first Covid-19 wave struck Iran last year, Mahsa* became a victim of the double casualties that hit her country. The 40-year-old Iranian mother lost her job at a Tehran travel agency that was forced to downsize amid the combined onslaught of a fiscal freef
The guidance for funerals and weddings have changed as Covid restrictions have eased. Since May 17, newlyweds in England have been able to share their big day with up to 30 friends and family but some traditional activities such as dancing are advised against. Meanwhile funerals are able to allow more people to attend and pay their respects.
The government is considering relaxing restrictions surrounding international travel for Britons who have had both doses of coronavirus vaccine. A government spokesperson has told Sky News that it is "working with industry for a safe return to international travel, guided by one overwhelming priority - public health". If approved, the new plan, first reported by The Telegraph, could mean that Britons who are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine upon their return from destinations including the US and countries across Europe.