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Former champion Ana Ivanovic reached the French Open last 16 in just 53 minutes Friday while Alize Cornet kept home hopes alive by making the second week for the first time. In dramatic contrast, 29th seeded Frenchwoman Cornet needed two and a half hours to defeat 33-year-old Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a match scarred by 85 unforced errors. Ivanovic won the first seven games before Vekic, the world number 165 and playing in the third round of a major for the first time, stopped the rot and broke for 2-1 in the second set.
Mauritian President Rajkeswar Purryag resigned on Friday from his ceremonial position in accordance with an agreement with Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, his office said. Purryag said in a statement he had agreed with Jugnauth in January that he would step down in May. "The President is honouring his commitment by submitting his resignation to the speaker of the national assembly this afternoon," his office said.
N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad said on Friday that its army killed at least 33 militants from Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist group and lost three soldiers in heavy fighting on an island on Lake Chad earlier this week. "They tried to attack us on Choua Island but we pushed them back," Colonel Azem Bermandoa, a spokesman for Chad's army, told Reuters, referring to an island that sits near to where the borders of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon meet. News of the clash came as Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as Nigeria's new president and regional armies are working to stamp out Boko Haram's ...