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Serena, Li Na reach quarters

Top-seeded Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup quarter-finals on Thursday, beating 13th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-0, 6-3.

Arsenal face Turkey’s Fenerbahce in play-off

Arsenal weredrawn on Friday to play Fenerbahce in the Champions League playoffs as they seek a 16th straight season in the lucrative group stage.

Israel says won’t sign EU deal under new terms

Israel would rather forgo hundreds of millions of dollars in EU research grants than accept an anti-settlement clause Europe wants written into any new partnership deal, Israel’s deputy foreign minister said Friday, a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened top Cabinet ministers to stake out a position.

Serena blasts past Francesca

Top-seeded Serena Williams easily won her opening match in the Rogers Cup, beating Italy’s Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday at the Rexall Centre.

Venus exits early


Venus Williams lost in her first match in more than two months, falling 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Kirsten Flipkens at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.

Gunmen kill 13 bus passengers in Pakistan

A local official says gunmen have abducted and killed 13 bus passengers in southwest Pakistan. Kashif Nabi says the passengers were taken from a convoy of five buses Monday night heading from Baluchistan province to Punjab province.

Peter Capaldi revealed as 12th Doctor who

Scottish actor Peter Capaldi is the next star of the long-running science fiction series Doctor Who, the BBC announced on Sunday. The identity of the new Doctor had been the subject of frantic speculation, and the revelation was made with fanfare befitting one of Britain’s best-known shows, during a live suppertime television broadcast.

Indonesia bomb linked to violence against Rohingya

A senior official said Monday that an attack on a Buddhist temple in Indonesia’s capital was apparently aimed at avenging violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Egypt ministry calls on protesters to depart

An Egyptian police official says that if followers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi abandon their protest sit-ins, this will allow his Muslim Brotherhood group to have a normal role in the political process.

Kelly can’t take Austen’s ring out of UK

Britain’s government is trying to prevent US pop singer Kelly Clarkson from taking a rare turquoise and gold ring, once owned by 19th century novelist Jane Austen, out of the country. The singer, who became the first contestant to win American Idol more than a decade ago, bought the antique ring at an auction last year for more than £150,000.

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