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European champions Barcelona have apologised after a number of players dressed in Halloween masks interrupted a Getafe press conference.
European champions Barcelona have apologised after a number of players dressed in Halloween masks interrupted a Getafe press conference.TWITTER

Russia plane ‘broke up in air’, bodies flown home from Egypt

A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt broke up “in the air", an investigator said Sunday, as the bodies of many of the 224 people killed on board were flown home.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged patience to determine the cause of Saturday’s crash, after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group claimed it brought down the A-321 in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula.

“The disintegration happened in the air and the fragments are strewn over a large area,” said Viktor Sorochenko, a senior official with Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee.


Erdogan’s AKP defies polls in stunning election comeback

Turkey’s long-dominant Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored a stunning electoral comeback on Sunday, regaining its parliamentary majority in a poll seen as pivotal for the future of the troubled country.

The party founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won over 49 per cent of the vote to secure 315 seats in the 550-member parliament with nearly all votes counted, easily enough to form a government on its own.

The outcome was a shock to many as opinion polls had predicted a replay of the June election when the AKP won only 40 per cent of the vote and lost its majority for the first time in 13 years.


Flight restrictions imposed over William and Kate's house

Flight restrictions over the country home of Prince William and his wife Kate came into effect Sunday, with the authorities citing security considerations.

Anmer Hall in Norfolk, eastern England, is where the royal couple spend most of their time with their children Prince George, two, and six month old Princess Charlotte.

From Sunday, most aircraft will be banned from flying over the 10-bedroom mansion at an altitude of under 600m.


Formula One: Rosberg wins Mexican Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg won the Mexican Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday as Formula One made a lively return to the country after a 23-year absence.

The German's fourth victory of the year, and 12th of his career, ended team mate Lewis Hamilton's three-race winning streak with the Briton having to settle for second a week after securing his third title.

Both championships had already been decided, with Hamilton celebrating his third in Texas a week ago and dominant Mercedes retaining their constructors' crown in Russia last month.


Football: Own ghoul! Barca sorry for Halloween mask prank

European champions Barcelona have apologised for the behaviour of their players after a number of the star-studded squad interrupted a press conference by screaming whilst dressed in Halloween costumes.

The group, including Luis Suarez and Neymar, burst in on Getafe midfielder Victor Rodriguez's press conference after Barca had beaten the Madrid side 2-0 on Saturday.