'Perfect performance': Russian prodigy Dubov wins World Rapid Chess title, gets praise from Putin

Russia’s Danill Dubov, 22, has won the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in St. Petersburg, seeing off rivals including world number one Magnus Carlsen to claim the $ 1 million prize and earning praise from Vladimir Putin. Dubov won the World Rapid championship on Friday, in which players are permitted just 15 minutes each […]

Trump hijacks ‘Yellow vest’ protest to praise himself for ditching Paris climate deal

President Donald Trump has used clashes over fuel tax hikes gripping France to hail his move to quit the Paris climate accord, saying he was “glad” that French President Emmanuel Macron and the ‘yellow vests’ agreed it was doomed. The US president has yet again referred to the massive French protests over a planned rise […]

In praise of the storied Gold Rush saloons of America’s West

Over in the continental US, in Groveland, California, a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Yosemite National Park, the memory of violence lingers at the Iron Door Saloon, with its granite walls, swinging cast-iron doors, walls adorned with taxidermy, and ceiling of hanging dollar bills. Saloons were “rough and tumble”, says Iron Door […]

Let Us Now Praise John C. Reilly

On the wonderful audio commentary track to his breakthrough movie Boogie Nights, Paul Thomas Anderson has this to say about John C. Reilly, who plays the supporting role of Dirk Diggler’s best buddy Reed Rothchild: “John C. Reilly is probably one of my favorite actors… Maybe he sucks in this movie, I don’t know. And […]

‘Insults and pathetic lies’: Russian diplomat slams WaPo over praise for Bellingcat MH17 claims

Russia has done everything to help the MH17 investigation, yet to its disgrace the Washington Post chooses to believe fake social media ‘investigators’ and cherry-pick facts, a senior Russian diplomat writes. Dmitry Polyanskiy, first deputy permanent representative at the Russian mission to the UN, sent an open letter to the Post on Friday, after a […]

Trump heaps praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late-night tweet, suggests another meeting could happen ‘soon’

Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Handout/Getty President Donald Trump in a late-night tweet praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after his regime provided the US with what are believed to be the remains of US service members who died during the Korean War era. Trump also appeared to suggest that there could be a second meeting […]

Keeper kudos: Schmeichel & Subasic win praise for performances in latest World Cup thriller

Goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel and Daniel Subasic have been lauded with praise for their performances in the World Cup last 16 tie between Denmark and Croatia, decided by a dramatic penalty shootout in Nizhny Novgorod. READ MORE: Croatia beat Denmark on penalties to set up World Cup quarter-final with Russia Rarely are keepers singled out for plaudits, […]

Praise for Iran & Morocco as underdogs depart World Cup with heads held high

Iran and Morocco have departed the World Cup to a chorus of praise after they produced thrilling performances to take heavyweights Portugal and Spain to the wire in the final round of Group B games. Both Iran and Morocco teams played a full part in a sensational climax to Group B before settling for draws […]

Gareth Southgate singles out England's attacking stars for praise after Wembley win

The Three Lions got their World Cup preparations off to a strong start with a relatively comfortable victory in front of home fans. Gary Cahill headed England ahead in the early stages, before Harry Kane netted later in the first period. Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi scored straight after the restart to give the 10,000 Nigeria fans […]