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Windows smashed in France fuel protest clashes

Youths smashed the windows of banks and threw objects as protesters over labour reforms clashed with police in the western city of Nantes.

Youths kick the window of a bank in Nantes. Credit: Reuters
A youth throws a printer through the doors of a bank during the demonstration. Credit: Reuters
A protester is apprehended by police in Nantes. Credit: Reuters

Police and protesters clash during labour demonstrations

Protesters clashed with police in Paris during demonstrations against controversial labour reforms.

Demonstrators, some with their faces covered, were seen throwing objects at police lines. Police responded by firing teargas.

A protester sprays riot police with pink paint. Credit: RTV
A protester throws a rock at a police line. Credit: RTV
A protester confronts a line of riot police. Credit: RTV



Sharapova included in Russian Olympic team despite suspension

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova has been named to compete at the Rio Olympics despite being suspended.

The five-times grand slam tennis champion tested positive for the banned substance meldonium and was provisionally suspended on March 12.

"We will include Sharapova in the team, which we need to announce by 6 June," Shamil Tarpishchev, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and president of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF), told the R-Sport news agency.

"Whether she competes or not should be decided by the end of the first week of Roland Garros."

Sharapova is waiting for the outcome of a tennis anti-doping committee’s hearing of her meldonium positive case.

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