7 July 2014

Shevardnaze, former Georgian president, dies at 86

In this Tuesday, May 12, 2009 file photo, former Georgian president and ex-Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze speaks to The Associated Press in Tbilisi, Georgia. Eduard Shevardnadze, a groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia, died Monday, June 7, 2014 at the age of 86, his spokeswoman said.
Eduard Shevardnadze, a groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia, died Monday at the age of 86, his spokeswoman said.

J-Lo, Versace lead Paris' haute couture revival

In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, models present creations by Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace as part of the Atelier Versace Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris. Just a few years ago it was on the brink of extinction, now haute couture - the 150-year-old Parisian tradition of making bespoke, hand-constructed and astronomically-priced gowns - is back. And critics are saying it’s more relevant than ever. The fall-winter 2014/15 collection calendar, starting Sunday with Atelier Versace, has this season expanded to five days from three to make room for 12 major houses, as well as collections a whole swathe of up-and-coming names. Additions in recent seasons include the return of big-hitters Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani and Maison Schiaparelli to the calendar.
Just a few years ago it was on the brink of extinction. Now, haute couture — the 150-year-old Parisian tradition of making unique, astronomically-priced handmade gowns — is back.

5 things to know as the Tour de France hits London

In this Sunday, July 8, 2007 file photo competitors of the 94th Tour De France cycling race pass over Tower Bridge in London, as they parade after the opening ceremony for the race. It may be as French as camembert, but the Tour de France is coming to London. Almost 200 speeding cyclists are set to race past the city’s greatest landmarks, from the Tower of London to the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.
It may be as French as camembert, but the Tour de France is coming to London. Almost 200 speeding cyclists are set to race past the city's greatest landmarks, from the Tower of London to the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

Brazil tries to stay confident after losing Neymar

Brazil's Neymar lies inside a medical helicopter at the Granja Comary training center, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Neymar was airlifted from Brazil's training camp Saturday and will be treated at home for his back injury. Neymar, the biggest football star in Brazil, was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after fracturing his third vertebra during Friday's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia.
Still coping with the loss of its biggest star, Brazil is trying to find ways to remain upbeat about its prospects at the World Cup.
The medical helicopter that took Neymar home with a back injury also carried away much of the country's hopes for a sixth world title, but the tournament isn't over yet and Brazil is just days away from a difficult semifinal against Germany.

Soviet defector's trove of KGB secrets made public

This undated image made available by the Churchill Archive Centre shows Vasili Mitrokhin's handwritten copy of the KGB First Chief Directorate Lexicon. Original documents from one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history - a who's who of Soviet spying - were released Monday, July 7, 2014, after being held in secret for two decades. The files smuggled out of Russia in 1992 by senior KGB official Vasili Mitrokhin describe sabotage plots, booby-trapped weapons caches and armies of agents under cover in the West - the real-life inspiration for the fictional Soviet moles in TV series "The Americans."
The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian dacha and read like an encyclopedia of Cold War espionage.

Original documents from one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history — a who's who of Soviet spying — were released Monday after being held in secret for two decades.

What a final! Djokovic tops Federer at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday July 6, 2014.
Novak Djokovic's large lead in the rollicking Wimbledon final was slipping away, due in no small part to Roger Federer's regal presence and resurgent play.

No man has won tennis' oldest major tournament more often than Federer, and he was not about to let it go easily. Djokovic went from being a point from victory in the fourth set to suddenly caught in the crucible of a fifth, and knew all too well that he had come up short in recent Grand Slam title matches.