• Venezuela's opposition and electoral authority expressed on Saturday widely differing expectations for an audit of the contested April 14 presidential election, a day after Nicolas Maduro was sworn in to succeed the late Hugo Chavez.


  • Global finance officials on Saturday endorsed a new World Bank goal to end extreme global poverty by 2030 and emphasized that its focus should be on ensuring that the poorest benefit from strong growth and rising prosperity in developing nations.


  • Newell's Old Boys won 3-1 at title holders Velez Sarfield, who suffered a scare at the final whistle on Friday when midfielder Ivan Bella collapsed in the middle of the pitch and had convulsions.


  • Injured Barcelona centre backs Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano will miss Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Bayern Munich, assistant coach Jordi Roura said on Friday.


  • Two senior U.N. nuclear watchdog officials who have been leading talks with Iran will leave this year, potentially robbing it of experience and expertise in dealing with Tehran over its disputed atomic programme.


  • Eight-times champion Rafael Nadal was taken to the brink by improving Bulgarian prospect Grigor Dimitrov before completing a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory on Friday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals.


  • Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's president on Friday at a ceremony attended by leaders from Iran to Brazil after a decision to widen an electronic audit of the vote took some of the heat out of a dispute over his election.


  • Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6 6-3 6-4 on Friday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals for the first time.


  • Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro won a collective show of support from South American leaders early on Friday in Lima as his plans to widen an audit of electronic votes helped calm tensions over the disputed election.


  • A brawl sparked by Gremio coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo apparently making fun of his Chilean opponents Huachipato marred the final night of group matches in the Libertadores Cup on Thursday.


  • South American Libertadores Cup summaries on Thursday.


  • Around 100 hooded 'hooligans' brandishing sticks broke into the changing rooms at Argentine second division club Huracan and stole players' money and clothes on Thursday, coach Jose Maria Llop said.


  • An estimated 1 million Argentines marched on Thursday in one of the biggest anti-government protests in years, highlighting public anger over a deteriorating economy and President Cristina Fernandez's efforts to reform the media and courts.


  • The bitter soccer rivalry between Argentina and Uruguay turned violent when an under-17 clash between the south American heavyweights ended in an ugly brawl.


  • A U.S. Supreme Court decision to limit the sweep of a 1789 law used to fight human rights abuses worldwide left a window slightly ajar for victims to sue companies, especially U.S. companies, accused of aiding such abuses.


  • Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro was expected to get a collective show of support from South American leaders meeting in Lima, but also face calls to defuse tensions with his opponents over the disputed vote.


  • South American leaders will make a collective show of support for Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro on Thursday in Lima, officials said, as the United States and his opponents call for a recount of the disputed vote.


  • A rebel Catholic group at the heart of major controversies that plagued former Pope Benedict has begun criticising his successor Pope Francis for the popular approach he has taken since his election last month.


  • Pope Francis, who is quickly earning a reputation for frugality since taking office last month, is likely to scrap a traditional bonus given to Vatican staff, a spokesman for the Holy See said on Thursday.


  • Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was back on the training pitch on Thursday as he bids to rid himself of a hamstring injury before Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Bayern Munich.


  • Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal's eight-year reign at the Monte Carlo Masters with a clinical 6-2 7-6 victory in the final on Sunday.


  • A string of errors put world number two Andy Murray out of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday when he lost 6-1 6-2 to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round.


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