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Russian airstrike 'killed IS spokesman al-Adnani'

bu Mohammed al-Adnani had repeatedly called on attacks against the West.

A Russian airstrike killed the so-called Islamic State's (IS) spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, Russia's defence ministry has said.

Russian officials said intelligence confirmed the strike on Aleppo province, which killed 40 (IS) militants, including al-Adnani, who was also the group's chief strategist.

His death is seen as a major blow to IS, which has been on retreat in Iraq and Syria.

The US said it launched an airstrike targeting al-Adnani in the Syrian city of al-Bab, which is northeast of Aleppo.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the US was still assessing the results of the strike.

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Russia ordered to return Beijing Olympic medals

Evgeniya Polyakova of Russia (L) and her teammates Yuliya Chermoshanskaya (C), Aleksandra Fedoriva (R) and Yulia Gushchina in Beijing. Credit: Reuters

Russia has been ordered to return their gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics 4x100m women's relay, after Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for a banned substance in a reanalysis of her sample.

The International Olympic Committee disqualified her for testing positive for steroid use.

Russian track and field athlete suspended from Rio 2016

Darya Klishina. Credit: Reuters

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) says it has suspended Russia's sole track and field competitor Darya Klishina from Rio 2016, and that she is appealing the ruling.

IAAF spokesman Yannis Nikolaou told the Associated Press that the governing body revoked eligibility for the long jumper based on new information it received last week.

He declined to specify what the new information was.

Klishina said she intends to appeal the IAAF's decision.

"I am a clean athlete and have proved that already many times and beyond any doubt," she said.

"I am falling victim to those who created a system of manipulating our beautiful sport and is guilty of using it for political purposes."

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