Likud party supporters celebrate in Tel Aviv. Picture: Amir Levy/Getty Images

Counting set to continue in Israeli elections

  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared best placed to form a governing coalition Wednesday after high-stakes Israeli elections, exit polls showed, but remained in a tight race with his main rival as votes were being counted. Both Netanyahu and ex-military chief Benny Gantz claimed victory after initial exit surveys were released by Israel’s three […]

Matthew Ebden fought hard but came up short against Kohlschreiber. Picture: AFP

Demon sizzles, Aussies claim huge scalps

UNLIKE Nick Kyrgios, fellow Australian Alex de Minaur has made a fuss-free entry to the third round of the US Open in New York – while John Millman scored one of the biggest wins of his career to join them. Teenage ace de Minaur could hardly have been more impressive in taking out highly rated […]

Shaun Johnson’s signing has gone some way to making up for the loss of Valentine Holmes.

Gallen bites back over Johnson accusation

Sharks captain Paul Gallen was critical of Valentine Holmes’ decision to leave the club mid-contract.Source:AAP Paul Gallen reignited the Valentine Holmes debate in welcoming former Warriors’ halfback Shaun Johnson to the club. The Sharks signing of Johnson on a three-year-deal went some way towards covering for the loss of Holmes, who is chasing a career […]

French Tigre attack helicopter supports Dutch Landing Craft as they carry Finnish and Dutch Marines during a Joint demonstration as part of the NATO Trident Juncture 2018 exercise — intended to counterbalance increased Russian activity in the region. Picture: AFP

Billionaire’s ‘secret bases’ busted

A FORCE of 400 heavily armed tactical police have stormed 17 properties on Finland’s western borders — many owned by mysterious Russian businessman Pavel Melnikov. The raids, which took place in September, included an assault on the tiny island of Sakkiluoto. The island held nine piers, a helipad, a camouflage-draped swimming pool, swarms of satellite […]

A man has taken hostages at this convenience store in Blagnac, France. Picture: Supplied

Gunman takes hostages in French store

  Policemen secure the area around a bar where a man is holding four people as hostages.  A gunman has taken four hostages in a convenience store on the outskirts of the southern French city of Toulouse, police said. Authorities weren’t certain of the hostage-taker’s identity or what he is demanding. No injuries have been […]

President Donald Trump adopting militant and aggressive campaign tactics ahead of the US midterm elections is seen as a sign of things to come in 2020. Picture: AFP

On the brink: US civil war predicted

RUSSIA is convinced the next US Presidential election will spark a new civil war. And they should know. Moscow has been secretly manipulating US political opinions now for years. “The next presidential election could lead to a definitive split in American society and a new civil war,” blares the unsurprisingly state-run RIA Novosti. “Recently, internal […]

Johnathan Thurston at training ahead of his last home game in Townsville. Picture: Zak Simmonds

NRL almost lost Thurston to rival code

Johnathan Thurston has revealed he nearly made the switch to rugby in 2010.Source:AAP RETIREMENT-BOUND NRL superstar Johnathan Thurston has revealed how close he came to signing a lucrative overseas rugby union deal. Ahead of his final home game for his beloved North Queensland, Thurston admitted he was tempted by big money deals from rugby clubs […]

Jada Pinkett Smith says she was never actually a Scientologist. Picture: Getty

Leah Remini and Jada Pinkett Smith address Scientology rift

LEAH Remini and Jada Pinkett Smith address their former feud in a new interview, going head-to-head as they examine what went wrong between them. Actor and ex-Scientologist Remini appears as a guest on the next episode of Smith’s Facebook chat show Red Table Talk, explaining that pressure from her former religion meant she never really […]