It was a case of better late than never as Kevin Anderson reached his first Wimbledon final with a heart-stopping 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24 win over the sport's perennial marathon man John Isner on Friday. After being kept on the run for six hours and 36 minutes, the longest ever singles semi-final at the All England Club, how he was still standing was anyone's guess. Playing Isner who is enshrined in Wimbledon folklore for winning the "endless match" - an 11 hour five minute humdinger against Nicolas Mahut in 2010 - Anderson needed five nerve-shredding sets to topple the American and become the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon final for 97 years. A showdown between two tennis skyscrapers - with Isner taller than the 6ft 8in Anderson by two inches - predictably featured three tiebreaks and 102 thunderbolt aces but it was the 32-year-old South African who delivered the knockout blow. "Anderson vs Isner, a Wimbledon classic - you better believe it"@KAndersonATP going … [Read more...] about Kevin Anderson defeats John Isner, in second-longest Wimbledon match of all time to reach final
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10 July 2018 • 8:02am Divers enter flooded cave to begin final phase of rescue mission Tense wait as five yet to complete dangerous journey to surface Authorities hope to bring final four boys and coach out today Each person is being pulled through cave by expert divers Eight boys already rescued are in good health, say officials Twelve boys and coach trapped by floods a fortnight ago Meet the seven British divers playing leading roles Thai authorities say they have launched a third rescue mission to bring out the remaining four boys and their coach trapped in the flooded cave complex in northern Thailand. Officials say a night of rain has further complicated what it is an already dangerous mission. But they are buoyed by the resilience of the rescued eight in hospital, who are hungry for bread and chocolate, they said. Narongsak Osottanakorn, the governor of Chiang Rai province and the head of the joint command centre coordinating the mission, told a … [Read more...] about Thai cave rescue: Mission begins to save final five after night of heavy rain
Vladimir Putin will have paid very close attention to the location of the Syrian artillery battery where four Russian soldiers lost their lives at the weekend. The desert around Deir ez-Zour remains a dangerous place – politically as well as physically – in which the Americans and the Russians play an extremely risky game of war. Putin still suspects the Americans helped the artillery guidance of a mortar battery which killed the commander of the Russian Far East 5th Army in Deir ez-Zour, Lt. Gen. Valery Asapov, less than a year ago. Was the mortar fired by pro-American Kurdish fighters? Or by Isis? The Russians say that Isis mobile attackers stormed the Syrian artillery position this weekend at night – the Islamists’ normal routine, streaming out of the desert wadis in suicide trucks and motorcycles – even though the little Syrian forts, hillocks of sand and cement strewn across the vast sand plateaus, are supposed to be invulnerable. So now the Russians … [Read more...] about In the Middle East, Putin has a lot to thank Trump for right now
Cyclone Mekunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula early Saturday, drenching arid Oman and Yemen, cutting off power lines and leaving at least three dead and 40 missing, officials said. Portions of Salalah, Oman's third-largest city, lost electricity as the cyclone made landfall. The Arabian Sea churned Saturday morning, sending mounds of sea foam into the air. The waves ate into one tourist beach, pulling hunks of it away and toppling thatch umbrellas cemented into the sand. As Mekunu barreled overhead, the eye of the storm provided a moment's respite. At one luxury hotel, which already had evacuated its guests, workers sat down early for a traditional "suhoor," a meal Muslims eat before sunrise during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. They laughed and shared plates by flashlight in a darkened ballroom, the cyclone's wind a dull roar behind their clatter. Three people, including a 12-year-old girl, died in Oman, and 40 others are missing from the Yemeni island of Socotra, which earlier … [Read more...] about 3 dead, 40 missing as Cyclone Mekunu hits Oman, Yemen
Sputnik: What is your particular take on this tendency? Does it come as a surprise to you? Prof. Susanne Schröter: From 2014 on, when al-Baghdadi proclaimed the so-called caliphate, many young Muslims all over the world were thrilled and fascinated by that idea and went to Iraq and Syria to join the ranks of ISIS*, and that was also true for Germany. © AP Photo/ Boris RoesslerMigrants Propel Germany to Highest Birth Rate in Over 40 Years So, from 2014 on, we had an increasing number of young people who moved out of the country; and they are not coming back. Now, the number of returning people, returning jihadists is growing. Salafism in Germany is a youth movement, it’s a [growing] youth movement. It has its own music, own style, own literature, so many young Muslims even convert, turning to that milieu. The third point is that Germany provided shelter for more than 1 million refugees … [Read more...] about 4th Gen Muslims in Germany Don’t Feel at Home, Prone to Radicalization – Prof.