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(From left) Hungary's Laszlo Cseh, Chad le Clos of South Africa, and Singapore's Joseph Schooling pose with their medals after the men's 100m butterfly final.
(From left) Hungary's Laszlo Cseh, Chad le Clos of South Africa, and Singapore's Joseph Schooling pose with their medals after the men's 100m butterfly final.REUTERS

Swimming: Joseph Schooling wins Singapore's first ever medal at the World Championships

Swimmer Joseph Schooling made history on Saturday when he became the first Singaporean to win a medal at the Fina World Championships.

The 20-year-old clocked 50.96sec in the 100m butterfly event to finish third behind defending champion Chad le Clos (50.56sec) of South Africa and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh (50.87sec) at the Kazan Arena in Russia.

Schooling's time was a new Asian record, lowering the mark of 51.00 set by Japan's Kohei Kawamoto in 2009.


Republicans pile on Trump over 'blood' dig at debate moderator

Rival Republican presidential candidates piled on Donald Trump on Saturday for his caustic remarks about a female debate moderator, and the billionaire celebrity candidate backpedalled in an effort to keep his campaign from unravelling.

Trump blasted Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly during a debate in Cleveland on Thursday when she questioned him about insulting comments he had made about women.

The backlash to his exchange with Kelly has threatened to knock the wheels off the bandwagon of support that had Trump leading early polls in the race for the Republican nomination for the 2016 election.

Asked about Kelly on a CNN interview on Friday, Trump said:“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”


Italian man killed by charging boars in Sicily

A 77-year-old Italian man was killed by a group of wild boars on Saturday as he tried to defend his dogs from the charging animals near his home in Sicily, local police reported.

Salvatore Rinaudo was walking his dogs in the countryside outside the town of Cefalu, near the Sicilian capital of Palermo, when he was attacked and bitten to death despite his wife's attempt to save him, police said.

She was also injured in the attack by the wild animals, which can weigh up to 150kg.


World's priciest wine is rare Burgundy at $20,000 a bottle

France's famous Burgundy region has a double reason to celebrate, with a rare vintage from the area emerging as the world's most expensive wine just after the region was named a UN world heritage site.

Richebourg Grand Cru sells at a whopping US$15,195 (S$21,030) a bottle, according to the Wine-Searcher website list of the 50 dearest vintages.

The website's table of the priciest wines includes 40 Burgundies, with just five non-French wines making the cut - one Californian and four from Germany.


Ukraine slaps broadcast ban on 13 Russian artists - including actor Gerard Depardieu

Ukraine on Saturday named 13 pro-Russian actors and singers whose work would be banned from TV, radio and cinema, including France's Gerard Depardieu.

The blacklist issued by the ministry of culture described the 13 as "a threat to national security" for supporting President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and his backing of Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Depardieu, a Russian citizen since 2013, incensed the pro-Western leadership in Kiev by striking up a close friendship with Putin and for reportedly even denying the existence of an independent Ukraine.