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Germany still has some way to go to ‘smart factories’

A woman cleans a robot on display at the booth of German car maker Volkswagen at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair—AFP

Collaborative robots and intelligent machinery may have wowed the crowds at this year’s Hannover Messe, but experts see German industry as having some way to go towards incorporating them on factory f

Paris’ star ballet dancer Dupont to bow out

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Aurelie Dupont and French director Cedric Klapish at a press conference in Paris to bid farewell to the stage as she plans to end her career on May 18. (Photo: AFP)

Barcelona keen to show PSG no mercy


Barcelona’s Gerard Pique (left) and Luis Suarez train in Sant Joan Despi near Barcelona on Monday, ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second leg match agianst Paris Saint-Germain.— AFP

Guardiola pledges next season to Bayern

Pep Guardiola insists he will remain Bayern Munich’s coach next season amidst reports he is set to take over at Manchester City when his current contract expires in June 2016.

Inter, Milan in derby stalemate

Inter Milan were denied a second-half penalty and AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez performed heroics as an entertaining Derby della Madonnina finished scoreless on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal shifts focus to Barcelona

Rafael Nadal has a return to winning ways on clay in his sights as he targets a ninth title at the Barcelona Open this week.

Russia down Germany, enter Fed Cup final

Elena Vesnina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenko-va beat Sabine Lisicki and Andrea Petkovic in the deciding rubber of the Fed Cup World Group semifinal against Germany on Sunday to put Russia into the final.

Saudi airstrikes hit missile depot in Yemen, 18 die

Saudi-led airstrikes on a missile depot in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Monday sparked explosions that left at least 18 people dead and 300 wounded, flattening houses and shaking faraway neighbourhoods.

22 Islamists get death for attack on Egypt police

CIA chief holds talks with Sisi

Iran to try Post journalist as spy

The detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian faces trial for espionage and three other charges including “collaboration with hostile governments”, his lawyer said on Monday.

When politics, business and media rivalry get mixed up in wildlife conservation, the consequence can be pretty bizarre.

When William Blake published his The Tyger in 1794, he carefully replaced the usual “i” of “Tiger” with a “y” in order to suggest the extraordinariness of the apocalyptic beast.