Perth (Australia) (AFP) - England claimed the crucial scalp of Australian captain Michael Clarke just minutes before lunch on the opening day of the third Ashes Test on Friday to leave the home team on 107 for three. Spinner Graeme Swann struck with just his second ball in the penultimate over before the break in Perth to remove Clarke in his 100th Test. With centuries in both the opening two Tests won by Australia, Clarke had looked in impeccable touch as he cruised to 24, but he advanced to Swann and hit the ball straight to English counterpart Alastair Cook, also playing his 100th Test, at short mid-wicket. A win in the third Test will secure the five-Test series for the home side and Clarke decided to bat after winning the toss, hoping to expose England, who have not won a Test this year when they lost the toss, to a long day in the field in searing heat.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that it executed Kim Jong Un's uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader's former mentor, long considered the country's No. 2.