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'End of the road' for Pistorius as court rejects appeal

'End of the road' for Pistorius as court rejects appeal

World
South Africa's highest court has rejected a request for appeal by Oscar Pistorius.The decision means the "end of the road" for the former athlete, who faces 13 years in prison for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.He had asked South Africa's constitutional court to review both his jail term and murder conviction, but both requests were dismissed in a ruling.:: Reeva Steenkamp - the woman behind the nameImage:Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp less than three weeks before he killed herPistorius shot Ms Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013 after firing four times through the locked door of his bedroom toilet.He later claimed he believed she had been an intruder, and his lawyers have challenged both his prosecution and sentences in years of wrangling in the courts.It now appears the form...
Lyon aims to 'end careers' of England players

Lyon aims to 'end careers' of England players

Sports
Australia v England, first Ashes TestDate: 23-27 November Time: 00:00 GMT Venue: Gabba, BrisbaneCoverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Full coverageOff-spinner Nathan Lyon hopes Australia can "end the careers" of some England players during the Ashes series.Graeme Swann retired in the midst of England's 5-0 defeat in 2013-14, Kevin Pietersen was discarded after the series, and Jonathan Trott and Matt Prior hardly played again. "Being part of that squad, seeing Mitchell Johnson scare them, was unbelievable," said Lyon. "We knew that they were broken. Hopefully we can recreate history."The first Ashes Test starts in Brisbane on Thursday.And, on a day w...
Iraqi PM declares 'end of IS caliphate'

Iraqi PM declares 'end of IS caliphate'

World
The Iraqi Prime Minister has declared the "end of the IS caliphate" after the recapture of the al Nuri mosque in Mosul.Haider al Abadi hailed a defeat of the jihadist group after Iraqi troops recaptured the historic mosque - the site where Islamic State announced the creation of their so-called caliphate three years ago.In a statement, Mr Abadi said: "The return of al Nuri Mosque and al Hadba minaret to the fold of the nation marks the end of the Daesh state of falsehood."He said Iraqi forces would continue to hunt Islamic State's fighters "to kill them and detain them, down to the last one".The insurgents blew up the medieval mosque and its famed leaning minaret a week ago as US-backed Iraqi forces advanced towards it.It was seen as a key symbolic prize in the fight for Mosul.Video:Death ...