• BBC Sport

    World sport: 10 photos we liked this week: 9-15 July

    A selection of some of the most striking sports photographs taken from around the world this week: See more images from the World Cup, and some of the best news pictures from the week. All photographs are subject to copyright. Where next? Why is there no women's Tour de France? The 84-year-old pole vaulter who has won 750 medals Three presidents & one umbrella - the memorable end to the World Cup

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    Did Qatar pay the world’s largest ransom?

    On the morning of 16 December 2015 Qatar's ruling family got bad news: 28 members of a royal hunting party had been kidnapped in Iraq. A list of the hostages was given to Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, who was about to become Qatar's foreign minister. He realised that it included two of his own relatives. "Jassim is my cousin and Khaled is my aunt's husband," he texted Qatar's ambassador to Iraq, Zayed al-Khayareen. "May God protect you: once you receive any news, update me immediately." The two men would spend the next 16 months consumed by the hostage crisis. In one version of events, they would pay more than a billion dollars to free the men. The money would go to groups and individuals

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    Meet the Bella-bound The Van T's

    Ahead of their first appearance at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, singer and guitarist Hannah Van Thompson provides the music event's fans an introduction to the Glasgow-based alt-rock band The Van T's. "Myself and [twin sister] Chloe were born in Dundee and our Mum's family are from there," says Hannah. "We're proud of that and are Dundee United fans." "We were raised near Glasgow though," she adds. "Joanne [Forbes] is from Broughty Ferry and is probably the most Dundonian of all of us. Shaun [Hood] is from Duntocher, near Clydebank." 'Fondest memories' While The Van T's will be making their first appearance at Bella, the long-established festival held in August near Beauly, Hannah is

  • CNN

    World's best airline for 2018 revealed

    "We're very ecstatic," Yeoh Phee Teik, Singapore's senior vice president of customer experience, told CNN, shortly after senior staff and crew took to the stage at a glitzy ceremony in London on Tuesday. The top prize in what is seen as the aviation industry's equivalent of the Oscars, was one of four awards taken home by Singapore. It also claimed best first class, best airline in Asia and best first class seat. Qatar, which held the crown in 2015, 2012 and 2011 -- as well as 2017 -- didn't leave empty handed, with the airline's Group CEO Akbar Al Baker taking to the stage to pick up award after award. The Doha-based carrier took home prizes for best business class, best airline in the Middle

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    First black Miss Universe GB on historic win

    The first black woman to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain in the pageant's 66-year history has called it "a great achievement". Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers has told Newsbeat competing was "the best experience of my life". Miss Universe GB selects Britain's representative for the Miss Universe contest. Dee-Ann will now go on to represent Great Britain in the 67th Miss Universe pageant later this year. "I've come to the realisation that I've not only won the pageant as Dee-Ann, but as a black woman," she says. The 25-year-old from Anguilla, a British overseas territory, says she's received several humbling messages since winning the pageant, including those from mothers on behalf of their daughters.

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    Rose gold: The fashion trend that just won't go away

    Walk along a fashionable street, from London to Jakarta, and you're likely to see passers-by wearing at least one item of rose gold clothing, or carrying a rose gold bag or accessory. The colour, an unusual shade of pink, seems to be everywhere these days, but it's gone far beyond fashion and jewellery. At Milan Furniture Fair in April - the largest annual interior furnishings fair in the world - rose gold kitchens were all the rage. The colour has been popping up vividly at weddings, in cakes at trendy patisseries, and if you need a new set of wheels, now you can get a rose gold car. But why is it so popular? Apple iPhone 6S For most of the general public, the first we'd ever heard of the colour

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    Trump says Iran in turmoil since US withdrew from nuke deal

    US President Donald Trump asserted Monday that Iran was being roiled by nationwide riots since he pulled out of an international nuclear deal and that Washington supports the protesters. Trump, interviewed after his summit in Helsinki with President Vladimir Putin, said that Russia still supported the nuclear accord because it does business with the regime in Tehran, so the deal is in Moscow’s interest. “It is not good for us or for the world, but they have riots in all their cities,” Trump told Fox News. Over the objections of allies, Trump in May pulled the United States from the nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers in 2015.