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Australian Open 2017: Rafael Nadal beats Florian Mayer in straight-sets; to face Marcos Baghdatis in second round

Nadal is bidding to win his second Australian Open after beating Roger Federer for the 2009 crown.

Australia hire Monty Panesar, Sridharan Sriram as spin consultants for Indian tour

Australia have named four spinners in the squad to take on top-ranked India in the series that begins from February.

 Europe, NATO hit back at Donald Trump for his 'obsolete' comment

German Chancellor Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to US President-elect Donald Trump Monday after he branded NATO "obsolete" and said more countries would leave the EU after Britain.

In a hard-hitting interview with two European newspapers, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe and criticised Merkel`s "catastrophic" decision to open Germany`s borders to Syrian refugees.

 EU `worried` about any US embassy move to Jerusalem

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Monday advised the incoming Donald Trump administration against moving the US embassy to Jerusalem as she "worried" about a possible worldwide popular backlash. 

 Barack Obama warns Donald Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal

The White House insisted that despite US reservations about other actions by Iran, Tehran was upholding its nuclear commitments.

Valtteri Bottas named Nico Rosberg's successor at Mercedes F1

The Stuttgart-based Mercedes were left scrambling round for a second driver when Rosberg dramatically retired on December 2 just five days following his drivers` title triumph.

 Iraq forces retake IS-bombed `Jonah`s tomb` in Mosul

Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in Mosul on Monday retook an area where the jihadists levelled one of the city`s most well-known shrines in 2014, officials said.

 US Marines land in Norway for contested deployment

Some 300 US Marines arrived in Norway today for a rotational deployment in the Scandinavian country, to neighbouring Russia's dismay amid rising tensions with the West.

 Six tourists injured in hot-air balloon crash in UAE desert

Investigators in the United Arab Emirates are looking into what caused a hot-air balloon to abruptly drop from the sky, injuring six tourists onboard.

 Turkish Airlines cargo jet crashes in Kyrgyzstan; toll rises to 37, pilot error suspected

A cargo plane attempting to land in thick fog crashed today into a village near Kyrgyzstan's main airport and killed at least 37 people, with authorities blaming "pilot error".