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Dean Boxall lost his mask — and his mind — after his Aussie swimmer dethroned American legend Katie Ledecky.
Fiji's Waisea Nacuqu scored two second-half tries as the defending Olympic Rugby Sevens champions survived a scare from hosts Japan to eventually run out with a 24-19 victory on Monday, the opening day of the 12-team tournament. In sweltering conditions in Tokyo, with no fans present in line with anti-coronavirus curbs, Japan led 19-12 just after half-time with Fijian-born Lote Tuqiri among their try-scorers. But an inability to gather from restarts was a constant Achilles heel for Japan, and Fiji's Nacuqu was able to profit twice from their mistakes, much to the relief of the gold medallist from five years ago in Rio.
Tunisia faced its biggest crisis in a decade of democracy on Monday after President Kais Saied ousted the government and froze the activities of parliament, a move his foes labelled a coup that should be opposed on the street. In a statement late on Sunday, Saied invoked the constitution to dismiss Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/tunisian-president-relieves-prime-minister-his-post-2021-07-25 and decree a freeze of the parliament for a period of 30 days, saying he would govern alongside a new premier. The move came after a day of protests against the government and the biggest party in parliament, the moderate Islamist Ennahda, following a spike in COVID-19 cases and growing anger over chronic political dysfunction and economic malaise.
Coronavirus lockdowns are likely to be lifted in two major Australian cities this week, authorities said Monday, as outbreaks of the Delta variant were brought under control.
One of the Hong Kong democracy activists who was returned from a Chinese jail after being captured at sea last year was ordered detention in a training centre for under-20-year-olds on Monday for attempted arson and possessing dangerous objects. Hoang Lam Phuc, 17, was among a group of 12 people intercepted by mainland authorities in August 2020 on a boat believed to be en route to Taiwan, a case which drew international attention and concern over their treatment in China. He has been in custody either in China or in Hong Kong since then.
Security footage from a funeral home in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, captured the moment a train derailed on July 22.Speaking to local media, Alexander And Royalty Funeral Home President Larry Sanders said the derailment was the first he had seen.“I’m surprised it hasn’t happened more often,” Sanders said.There were no reports of deaths or injuries from the derailment. Credit: Lee Sanders via Storyful
Spain pulled away from South Korea with a 73-69 win led by 28 points and 10 rebounds from Astou Ndour as women's basketball kicked off at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. South Korea, appearing in their first Olympics since 2008, gave the Rio silver medallists a tough time through three quarters with Spain leading by just a point going into the final frame. But Spain seized the momentum at the start of the fourth quarter with a three-pointer, Ndour dunk and an and-one from Ndour to open up an 8-point lead.
Ariarne Titmus, “The Terminator,” a 20-year-old from Tasmania, took down Katie Ledecky in the 400-meter freestyle with the second-fastest time ever.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — Opposition lawmakers opened today’s Special Parliamentary Sitting by launching a verbal onslaught against the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, hurling accusations that included...
Team USA won its first relay gold medal at the 2021 Olympics on Monday thanks to Caeleb Dressel, the closest thing these Games have to Michael Phelps.
Heavy rains caused widespread flooding across London on Sunday, July 25, according to weather officials.Footage shared by Twitter user @sandy_downs shows the flooded entrance to a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Whitechapel and staff inside can be seen trying to clear the floodwater.As of Sunday afternoon, the Met Office had issued an amber weather warning for London and surrounding areas. Authorities said “torrential showers” would continue impacting southeast England at least until the evening.The London Fire Brigade said it had received “more than 600 calls to flooding incidents,” by Sunday evening and said it had to use specialized gear to rescue people from a car. Credit: @sandy_downs via Storyful
Australia's Ariarne Titmus defeated five-time Olympic gold medallist Katie Ledecky of the United States to grab gold in a thrilling women's 400m freestyle final on Monday. Britain's Adam Peaty repeated his gold medal success from Rio in the 100m breaststroke while Canadian Maggie MacNeil stormed to victory in a close women's 100m butterfly. Ledecky has been the dominant force in women's swimming but in the first of three head-to-head showdowns with Titmus at these Games it was the Australian who triumphed with a superbly timed swim.
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Kelsey Stewart homered leading off the seventh inning, capping a late rally that gave the United States a 2-1 victory Monday over Japan to win the group stage at the Olympics and the right to bat last in the gold medal game. Stewart hit the Americans’ first homer of the Olympics, a drive just over the glove of leaping right fielder Yuka Ichiguchi that sent U.S. players running onto the field with their second straight walkoff win. Monica Abbott (3-0) pitched a perfect seventh in her third relief outing to go along with two wins as a starter.
Two of the Northern California wildfires, the Dixie Fire and the Fly Fire, merged on July 25, as the blaze continued to grow, according to a local media report.Authorities reported on Sunday that the Dixie Fire had grown to over 190,000 acres and was 21 percent contained, while the Fly Fire had burnt 4,300 acres with 5 percent containment.Craig Philpott, a local photographer, filmed videos on July 23 in multiple locations to document the fire-impacted areas. Red smoke blanketed the sky near Feather River Canyon in Oroville, at Round Valley Reservoir near Greenville, and in the town of Greenville. Credit: Craig Philpott via Storyful
Markets in Asia mostly fell Monday morning, led by Hong Kong after Beijing at the weekend further cracked down on China's tech firms, while education firms were hammered as the government unveiled sweeping reforms of the sector.
Beijing urged the US to stop "demonising" China during Monday talks with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the highest-level official to visit under President Joe Biden's administration.
South Korea kicked off COVID-19 vaccinations for people ages 55-59 on Monday to speed up the pace of its inoculation campaign, as the country battles the fourth wave of infections. The rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations for people in their upper 50s had sputtered to a week-long halt this month after a record high number of new cases sparked a rush for shots, exhausting available supplies and crashing an official reservation website.. About 6.17 million people, or 84% of those in their 50s, have signed up for vaccinations last week, and authorities switched to Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna shot for some people in the group because of fluctuations in shipment schedule.
Athletes are dealing with horrible weather conditions in Tokyo as the area is dealing with some of the hottest temperatures on record.
Gymnastics and swimming medals are at stake while the U.S. women make their debut on the basketball court.