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Barrel bomb attack kills 11 children in Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Eleven children were killed in a barrel bomb attack carried out by government forces on a rebel-held neighbourhood of Syria's Aleppo city, a monitor said.

An AFP journalist in Bab al-Nayrab saw rescue workers and civilians digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings.

One man carried out the lifeless body of a baby no bigger than his forearm. The baby's eyes were closed and its body was white with dust except for speckles and smears of blood.

Elsewhere, a civil defence worker protected the face of another dead child as his colleagues scraped away the rubble encasing the rest of the child's body.


Polish Olympian sells Rio medal to save boy battling cancer

Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, who took silver at the Rio Olympics, said that he had auctioned off his medal to fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer.

The 33-year-old world champion wrote on his Facebook page that he was moved to auction his prize after receiving a letter from the mother of a boy called Olek who said he had been battling eye cancer for two years and that treatment in New York was his only hope.

"I fought for gold in Rio. Today, I'm calling on everyone to fight for something even more precious," Malachowski wrote to announce the auction, before following up later to say that the sale had been a success.


Football: Ronaldo crowned Uefa Best Player in Europe

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the Uefa Best Player in Europe Award after winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal.

Ronaldo, 31, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

“I’m obviously delighted to receive this award, it’s been an incredible season. But these two other players deserve it as well,” said Ronaldo, who also won the prize in 2013-14.


Football: Guardiola handed Barca reunion with Man City in Champions League draw

Pep Guardiola will return to former club Barcelona with Manchester City in the Champions League after the two sides were drawn together in the group stage draw in Monaco.

Guardiola, a European Cup winner with Barca as a player in 1992 before twice guiding the Catalan giants to the Champions League title in 2009 and 2011, will also come up against Borussia Moenchengladbach and Celtic in Group C.

Defending champions Real Madrid, who won a record 11th European Cup last season, were paired with Borussia Dortmund in Group F alongside Portugal's Sporting and Legia Warsaw of Poland.


Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson tops Forbes list of best paid actors

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was named the world's highest paid actor by Forbes, raking in US$64.5 million (S$87.2 million) and snatching the title held for three consecutive years by Robert Downey Jr.

The 44-year-old former wrestler more than doubled his earnings from last year thanks to his role in the action comedy Central Intelligence, the eighth installment of the Fast & Furious racing franchise and the forthcoming Baywatch.

Johnson was ranked number 11 last year, earning some US$31 million in the 12 months from June 2014 to June 2015.