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Nicolas Sarkozy tipped to lead UMP in 1st step back to presidency

File photo of French ex-president Nicholas Sarkozy. (Photo: AFP )

First the dramatic comeback, then the frenzied campaign, and now France’s ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy is limbering up for his potential springboard back into office: the leadership of his right-wing

Mario Mandzukic treble fires Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates with his team mates during their Champions League Group A match. AFP

Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic blasted a hat-trick as last year’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid booked their place in the knock-out rounds of the Champions League with a 4-0 win over Olympiakos on

Lionel Messi magic continues

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Argentine shatters tournament record with 72nd goal against APOEL Nicosia

Spurs eye knockouts

Feyenoord players arrive for a training session in Rotterdam, Holland, on Wednesday— AFP

Everton, Tottenham and Celtic can wrap up their places in the Europa League knockout stage in Thursday’s penultimate batch of group matches.

Caught in Kroosfire

England notched up a 3-1 victory over old foes Scotland on Tuesday while world champions Germany and Portugal sealed last-gasp 1-0 wins over Spain and Argentina respectively in friendlies on Tuesday.

France confirms second citizen in ISIS video

Members of the Iraqi police special forces ride cars one bearing an image of Imam Hussein. AFP

A second Frenchman was identified on Wednesday after appearing unmasked in a grisly execution video among ISIS jihadists, many of whom are believed to be Western fighters.

Ronaldo fails but Portugal shine in Old Trafford friendly against Argentina

Ronaldo's latest duel with Messi proved a damp squib as the two played for just 45 minutes. Photo: AP

England notched up a 3-1 victory over old foes Scotland on Tuesday while world champions Germany and Portugal sealed last-gasp 1-0 wins over Spain and Argentina respectively in friendlies on Tuesday.

Dutch whip Latvia

Latvia’s Antons Kurakins (left) vies with Dutch forward Arjen Robben during their Euro 2016 qualifying Group A match— AFP, AP

Robben scores brace in Netherlands’ 6-0 win; Italy draw with Croatia

Two-pointed hat of Napoleon sold for $2million

The hat was sold to a South Korean collector for 1.9 million euros ($2.2 million).

One of Napoleon’s famous two-pointed hats was sold on Sunday to a South Korean collector for 1.9 million euros ($2.2 million) at an auction outside Paris.

England, Spain win at home

England’s Wayne Rooney (right) controls the ball as Slovenia’s Branko Ilic looks. --AP

England and reigning champions Spain both secured home victories in Euro 2016 qualifying as some of the continent’s minnows again enjoyed outstanding results.

Viswanathan Anand has for the second year running been outclassed in the World Chess Championship by a player nearly 20 years his younger.

Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister on May 26, 2014, and has clearly won the sprint when his government completes six months in office on November 26.