What happened to Vladimir Putin?

A wave of savage mockery broke over Russian President Vladimir Putin across the Internet on Friday, sparked by days of absence from public view, despite official insistence it was business as usual in the Kremlin. State television footage of Putin working at his residence failed to quell the tide of fantastical theories circulating online that the 62-year-old Kremlin leader had died, been deposed, or traveled to Switzerland to watch his

John Kerry briefs wary Gulf ministers after Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday briefed wary Gulf ministers about his latest nuclear talks with Iran as Washington and its regional allies seek to stabilise a troubled Middle East. Fresh from three days of talks in Switzerland, Kerry gathered at a Riyadh air base with foreign ministers from the six Gulf Cooperation Council nations. Their agenda is also expected to include ways of reinforcing the battle against

Lionel Messi wins Golden Ball as World Cup's best player

FIFA awarded Lionel Messi the `Golden Ball` as the top player of the World Cup on Sunday after the Argentina captain led his side to the final at the Maracana where they lost to Germany 1-0 in extra time.The four-times world player of the year had a quiet game by his standards against Germany but scored four of his team`s six goals in the group stage.He also set up Angel

Argentina scrape 1-0 extra time win over Swiss

Angel Di Maria scored in the 118th minute Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland after extra time and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. With a penalty shootout looming, Lionel Messi made a surging run toward the Swiss area and laid the ball off to Di Maria on the right, and the winger sent a left-foot shot past diving goalkeeper Diego Benaglio. Blerim Dzemaili nearly equalized

Michael Schumacher was awake during hospital transfer

Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was conscious and had his eyes open during his top-secret transfer from a French hospital to a facility in Switzerland, Swiss newspaper Blick reported. Schumacher was moved on Monday after emerging from a coma following his devastating ski accident in December. The paper said he had his eyes open for most of the journey by private ambulance, which was conducted like a secret service operation.

Michael Schumacher out of coma, leaves hospital

Formula One great Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left a French hospital where he had been receiving treatment since a skiing accident in December, his manager said Monday. Schumacher left the hospital in Grenoble “to continue his long phase of rehabilitation,” manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement. She did not say when he was released, where the seven-time F1 champion was taken or give

Roger Federer stunned by Hewitt in Brisbane final

Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt stunned top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland to win the Brisbane International on Sunday. Hewitt raced through the first set then held off a comeback from the world number six to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours, seven minutes. It was Hewitt’s 29th title on the ATP tour but his first since 2010, when he also beat Federer in the final at Halle. Hewitt, the world

Formula One champion Michael Schumacher injured in ski accident

Retired seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher suffered a head injury in a fall while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on Sunday, an official said. “He has been taken to a hospital in Moutiers,” the resort director, Christophe Gernigon-Lecomte, told Reuters. The 44-year-old German was wearing a helmet and was conscious during the transport to hospital, he added, suggesting that Schumacher was less seriously injured

'Chennai Express' slammed by critics, loved by audiences

When the content is good, a film works despite bad reviews. “Chennai Express” is the best example of this. Defying critics, replete with witty dialogues, an entertaining story and Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s never-seen-before-kind-of-avatars, the romantic comedy zoomed at superfast speed at the box office to earn Rs. 100 crore in the first weekend itself – and is headed to rake in much more moolah. Before the release,

Roger Federer

Born on August 8, 1981, Roger Federer was among the Top 3 junior tennis players in Switzerland by the age of 11. He turned pro in 1998, and knocked out reigning championĀ Pete SamprasĀ in the fourth round at Wimbledon 2001. Federer became the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam title, when he won the Wimbledon 2003 singles. In 2004, he won the Australian Open, the U.S. Open and the