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Biker wins first France to China ‘Solar bike’ race

A Belgian cyclist rode 12,000 kilometers from the French city of Lyon to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in just 49 days to win an inaugural solar-powered electric bike race aimed at promoting renewable energy. Raf van Hulle's journey took him through Germany, Ukraine, Russia, then Kazakhstan before riding into China, cycling an average of 270 kilometers daily. He struggled through 3,000 kilometers of slopes amid scorching heat in the Gobi desert, which saw him pedaling unassisted in temperatures of over 40…

Fashion and sport brands clash in luxury sneakers race

MILAN: What do you get when luxury fashion meets sport? $10,000 sneakers. High-end brands such as Kering’s Gucci, Prada and Balenciaga are increasingly looking to sneakers for growth, putting them in direct competition with sportswear giants like Nike, Puma and Adidas, and giving rise to ever-more striking and expensive designs. Luxury groups say they are now increasing investments and marketing budgets to face down their new opponents. “When I saw sneakers were going to be a thing, I fought it for a bit,”…

At least eight dead in shooting at Texas high school

AUSTIN: At least eight people were killed on Friday in a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, a local sheriff said, with one person in custody and a second detained. The incident was the latest in a long series of deadly shootings at US schools in recent years. Seventeen teens and educators were shot dead at a Parkland, Florida, high school in February, a massacre that stirred the nation’s long-running debate over gun ownership. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that eight to 10 people, both students and…

Defeat at UAE’s hands knocks Zimbabwe out of World Cup qualification race

HARARE: A three-run defeat at the hands of United Arab Emirates has left Zimbabwe's hopes for World Cup hanging by the slimmest of threads. UAE entered their final game of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier with little more than pride to play for, having lost all their games against the other Super Sixes sides up to this point. But they played as if there was much more at stake, beating Zimbabwe by three runs in a pulsating game that all but knocked the hosts out of qualification contention. Only an unlikely…

Nawaz says another case on the anvil to oust him from elections

GUJRAT: Deposed prime minister and president Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said another case was on the anvil against him to completely oust him from the race for the elections. " Attendance of such a gigantic crowd in PML-N rally is a testimony to the fact that the nation has awakened now and decided to fight for the sanctity of votes finally," he said while addressing the first public rally, in Gujrat's area Kotla, after the PML-N won the Senate elections.  The PML-N emerged victorious…

More than 2,000 drugs now in cancer immunotherapy race

LONDON: The race to develop new immunotherapy treatments against cancer has sparked an unprecedented explosion in the oncology drug pipeline, with more than 2,000 immune system-boosting agents now in development. The result is a scramble for patients to enrol in clinical trials, duplication of effort and the likely ultimate failure of many projects, according to experts. Aiman Shalabi of the non-profit Cancer Research Institute said on Thursday that a global analysis, the first of its kind, had found 940 immunotherapy…