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Paris delegates react to the decision at the 131st IOC session in Lima, Peru, Sept 13, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Olympics: Paris and Los Angeles to host 2024 and 2028 Games respectively

Paris was awarded the 2024 summer Olympics and Los Angeles was handed the 2028 edition on Wednesday, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) broke with decades of tradition to vote on a unique double allocation.

Paris, which has hosted two previous Olympics, will stage the event 100 years after its last Games in 1924, while Los Angeles will also organise its third Games after 1932 and 1984.

IOC president Thomas Bach embraced both cities' mayors on stage after a unanimous show of hands by IOC members ratified the awards.

The announcement was celebrated in Paris with the unveiling of a giant set of interlaced rings, the symbol of the Games, in a heavy downpour on the Trocadero square with lights glittering on the Eiffel Tower in the background.


Donald Trump says tax hike on rich possible as he steps up talks with Democrats

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President Donald Trump said that the rich might see a hike in taxes as he pursues a major tax overhaul with outreach to Democrats who oppose cutting rates for the wealthy, while Republicans in Congress set a timetable to unveil their plan.

The White House and the Republican-led Congress have not put forth a detailed tax plan despite months of talks that have excluded Democrats. Democrats have criticised the Republican tax overhaul efforts as benefiting mainly the wealthiest Americans.

Trump, a real estate mogul, said the rich would not be making gains with the plan, which he said was geared toward providing the largest tax cut ever for the middle class and creating jobs.


One dead, several wounded in north-west US school shooting

One student was killed and at least three other people were wounded in a shooting in a school in the north-west of the United States, according to officials quoted by local media.

The shooting took place in a high school in the town of Spokane in Washington state, 460km from Seattle.

Fire department spokesman Brian Schaeffer told local media that one student had been killed and that three others were admitted to a nearby hospital in a stable condition.


Formula One: Durian, the king of fruits proves to be Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo's kryptonite

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are practically fearless when they step into their Formula One cars, but it appears there is something that they fear after all - durians.

The Red Bull drivers tasted the XXO D24 type during a feast and media session at the Monti at 1-Pavilion on Wednesday night (Sept 13).

"It tastes like puke," said 19-year-old Verstappen who jokingly asked for a mask. "Even if it was the hottest model in the world, if she was eating that, I'd say no."


Tennis: Serena Williams reveals name of newborn daughter in series of touching posts

American tennis star Serena Williams shared pictures and videos of her newborn daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, on Instagram, almost two weeks after her Sept 1 birth.

Her Instagram post elicited congratulations and well-wishes from celebrities including supermodels Gigi Hadid and Lily Aldridge.

Williams had teased her fans about the announcement on Tuesday in an Instagram post alongside her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian with the caption, "... but are you ready?"


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