While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 10 edition

US President Barack Obama seeks to unify US after Dallas shootings

US President Barack Obama on Saturday tried to unify a fractured nation, insisting the shock shootings in Dallas and simmering racial tensions would not derail a common sense of purpose.

Obama lamented a "painful" week, in which five police officers were gunned down during a protest against the police killings of black Americans, but he rejected comparisons with the civil unrest of the 1960s.

"I firmly believe America is not as divided as some have suggested," Obama told a press conference at a NATO summit in Warsaw."There is sorrow, there is anger, there is confusion... but there is unity. This is not who we want to be as Americans."


NATO makes fresh funding, troop pledge for Afghanistan

NATO agreed Saturday to maintain troop numbers in Afghanistan and reiterated a funding pledge for local security forces through 2020, but officials did not say when the alliance's longest military engagement might end.

Hundreds of thousands of NATO troops have rotated through Afghanistan since 2001, when the United States ousted the Taleban after the September 11 attacks.

"There's no reason to speculate exactly on how long it will continue," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at an alliance summit in Warsaw. "What we have seen is we are committed, and we are ready to stay."


Iraq army seizes key airbase from ISIS in preparation for 'liberation of Mosul'

Iraqi forces have captured a key airbase from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group that can serve as a launchpad for retaking the terrorist-held city of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday.

The Qayyarah airbase in the Tigris valley 60 kilometres south of Mosul would be "an important base for the liberation of Mosul", Abadi said in a statement.

He called for the people of Iraq's northwestern Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital, to "prepare for the liberation of their cities".


Tennis: Serena Williams wins seventh Wimbledon, record-equalling 22nd major title

Serena Williams powered to her seventh Wimbledon crown as the world number one finally claimed a record-equalling 22nd major title with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Angelique Kerber in Saturday's final.

Williams had been stuck on 21 Grand Slams since winning last year's Wimbledon, but the American star ended that frustrating barren spell to retain the title and draw level with Steffi Graf's Open era record.

Serena was pushed hard by Kerber in a high-quality clash lasting 81 minutes on Centre Court, but the German fourth seed eventually crumbled under a barrage of 39 winners and 13 aces from the defending champion.


Euro 2016: Ronaldo v Griezmann- duel of the magnificent sevens

With France's baby-faced poster boy Antoine Griezmann going up against preening Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the Euro 2016 final will feature a duel between two very different number sevens.

Griezmann, 25, is the tournament's top scorer and is bidding to deliver success for the home nation in his first major international final.

Ronaldo wept teenage tears after Portugal's 1-0 loss to Greece in the Euro 2004 final and at 31, he knows he may not get a better chance of success with his country.