Italy to close window early, play matches at Christmas

Italy will close the summer transfer window on Aug. 18 this year, one day before the start of the Serie A season, and schedule matches on Dec. 26, the league’s extraordinary commissioner Giovanni Malago said on Monday, Reuters reports.

‘The Shape of Water’ on Sunday won top honors at the Oscars including the coveted best picture statuette, bringing the curtain down on a Hollywood awards season overshadowed by scandal over sexual misconduct in showbiz, AFP reports.

AC Milan reach cup final on penalties

AC Milan will face holders Juventus in the Coppa Italia final after beating Lazio 5-4 in a tense penalty shootout on Wednesday which followed three and a half hours of goalless football between the two sides, Reuters reports.

IOC confirms reinstatement of Russian Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed on Wednesday that it had reinstated Russia after the remaining tests of the country’s athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were all returned negative, Reuters reports.

Cross-country skiing: Finn Niskanen's 'sisu' delivers gold

One of the national characteristics the Finnish people are most proud of is what they call “sisu” - fighting spirit -- and cross-country skier Iivo Niskanen displayed plenty of it to win the grueling 50km Olympic mass start race on Saturday.

AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said, BBC reports.

WHO issues new recommendations for TB prevention

The World Health Organization (WHO), in its latest set of guidelines for combating tuberculosis, has recommended scaling up access to testing and treatment for TB infection, especially among groups who are at risk, such as children and people living with HIV.

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