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What being on The Amazing Race is really like

Written By kom limapulan on Kamis, 28 Agustus 2014 | 21.14

Daniel Ryan from The Amazing Race Australia vs New Zealand season, talks to news.com.au about their experience on the show.

IT looks like the greatest reality TV show on Earth, an all-expenses paid trip around the world, but is the Amazing Race the ultimate travel experience or is it actually a nightmare?

"It's hell," jokes Daniel, who with his teammate Ryan has just finished the Australia v New Zealand instalment of the race.

"You would never choose this sort of travel in normal life because you want to spend a few days in a place, but this sort of experience, some people describe it as like 'Contiki tour on crack'. It's a nightmare ... it's quick, it's extreme but it's a beautiful experience."

Added Ryan: "It's a money can't buy experience, it's insane, even if you tried to recreate it you couldn't."

The Sydney-based intensive care nurses joined forces to tackle the latest local series which sees Aussies and Kiwis pitted against each other for the race around the world.

Daniel and Ryan on The Amazing Race: Australia v New Zealand. Source: Supplied

"We do a lot of night shifts doing intensive care, often 12 hour nights, so we're used to trying to perform under fatigue. Shift work is very much like jet lag, when you've got to turn your body clock around 12 hours on it's head, so we thought operating under pressure with a lack of sleep — we've got this ... but we didn't," said Ryan.

"You think you've got the race, but the race is full on, 24/7, after a few days of not sleeping and eating properly, you're ready to tear your hair out and that's where things get interesting."

It's the first time the show has pitted the two nations against each other, but the pair say there wasn't as much Trans-Tasman rivalry and tension as they'd first thought.

"To be honest, there's more that bonds us together as Australians and New Zealanders than drives us apart. It's really only the rugby that really separates us as nations, but generally when the times get tough we bond together and that's what we found on the race."

Australian teams: Elizabeth and Todd, Sally and Tyson, Ashleigh and Jarrod, Tiharna and Inga, Daniel and Ryan. Source: Channel 7

In the franchise's thirteen years on air, there's been 25 seasons of the shows in the US and three local, ensuring nearly every TV viewer has caught at least an episode or two.

So with that in mind, we decided to grill Dan and Ryan on what really goes on behind the scenes.

What do the contestants eat when they're travelling?

"Anything you can get your hands on, muesli bars are great, because if you stop, you're stopping in the race, you're not having a degustation meal, you're not spending money, you're just trying to do your best on minimal time, I mean you'd be searching everywhere for a woodfired pizza in Namibia. The key is to bring snacks."

How do you pay for everything?

"You've got a budget for the leg, you rip and read (the card) and they say 'you've got $125 for this leg of the race' but it's up to you, you do what you want, sometimes you have some money leftover, sometimes you're scraping by, living on the bare minimum, living on mars bars and muesli bars. You just have to manage it well and then you end up having to beg and that becomes quite awkward."

New Zealand Team L-R: Cat and Jesse, Carla and Hereni, John and Murray, Emily and Jono. Front: Aston and Christie. Australian Team L-R: Inga and Tiharna, Elizabeth and Todd, Sally and Tyson, Daniel and Ryan. Front: Ashleigh and Jarrod Source: Channel 7

How many crew are travelling with you?

"You've got a little crew and they change around, they're always with you, you're a team of four people running around. You're always aware of what they're doing because you look after them, but you sort of tune out as well, you're not constantly aware there's a camera right next to you because it's the two of you talking and you've got to do your thing. No one's directing you, you can go where you want."

Which is the best airport in the world?

"It'd have to be Munich, we've been there several times. They do free coffees and hot chocolates and have kick-ass pretzels and when you're on a race and you don't have money and you're trying to scrounge food, that's the best thing."

What do you pack and what can you not pack?

"No technology, no maps, no cameras, no phones, no books, nothing that's going to help you or assist you. No money, no credit cards. In terms of everything else, what you bring is up to you, but you have to carry it so we ended up turfing stuff along the way. Half the bag is just underwear and you throw them out as you go."

Bonnie Sveen and Philippa Northeast and Daniel Little and Ryan Thomas at Westfield Parramatta. Source: Supplied

How much time do you have in between legs?

"It's a 12 hour turnaround or less but in that time you have to fit everything in. You have to get back to the hotel, do an interview, eat, get an hour and a half's sleep, unpack your bags, wash your clothes, repack your bags and your clothes are still wet because you haven't had time to dry them. It's pandemonium sometimes and they really keep you going in that race mode, they want to keep you going and keep you in that state and it adds to that point of getting to emotional and physical fatigue."

Do you get any days off to explore?
"That's the mystery of the race, you come on the show thinking 'yeh, I'm going to get a day off between episodes, I'll chill out, I'll have a rest', but you don't get that, you get a couple of hours sleep at max and you'll sleep on the planes if you can, that's why you're so fatigued constantly because you're only getting a few zzz's here and there."

Daniel and Ryan in their day jobs at intensive care nurses. Source: Channel 7

How do you manage to catch up on sleep?

"Drugs, definitely and that's coming from the nurses, the medical professionals here and earplugs are an absolute must on the planes. Also always try and get the exit row seating or if you think the flight's not going to be that full, book a seat up the back of the plane and hope that you get a full row to yourself to put your head down. A sneaky red is always good to wind down a bit."

What do you think the audience wouldn't know about how the race is run?

"I think people don't realise the amount of commuting and travel you do, because it just says teams are now on their way from Thailand to Namibia, but that's like a 36 hour long haul and you're doing four flights just to get there so its epic, its huge, you've had 36 hours travelling and no sleep and you feel like rubbish when you get there. You're stressed, jet-lagged, tired, hungry and tensions are bubbling."

Your advice for anyone considering entering the show?

"Anyone who's in a relationship, anyone who goes on the show saying 'I think our relationship is great and I think this would be the perfect test for our relationship', it's not for you, don't do it, don't do it. It's a pressure cooker environment."

The Amazing Race airs Monday nights at 8.40pm


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Jong-un’s strange new demand

Kim Jong-un loves his football almost as much as he loves his basketball. Source: AFP

NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-un, one of the world's most hated leaders, is a huge fan of Manchester United, one of the world's most hated football clubs.

That is hardly surprising. He's a communist dictator, and United's players are nicknamed the Red Devils — it seems like a good fit. But now, Jong-un is taking his love for the English football club to another level.

MORE: The crimes of North Korea's regime

According to the Daily Mirror, he has ordered North Korea's state TV network to broadcast every Manchester United match across the nation, presumably so his compatriots can suffer even more.

"What!? I've missed the start of the United game?" Source: AFP

Kim Jong-un loves Wayne Rooney. We're not sure the feeling is mutual. Source: AFP

United fans, Jong-un included, have endured an extremely disappointing start to the season — earlier this week, their team lost 4-0 to a third division side, MK Dons. But that hasn't dampened the dictator's enthusiasm.

MORE: World reacts to United's game of shame

It's believed North Korea will be showing the matches illegally. TV rights for the English Premier League are extremely expensive, and the rogue state certainly isn't paying for them.

"Nobody has the rights to broadcast Premier League football in North Korea so if this is happening then it is copyright theft, plain and simple," an EPL spokesman told The Daily Star.

Jong-un is known to be an avid basketball fan as well, and his friendship with retired superstar Dennis Rodman has been described as "the world's weirdest bromance". It makes you wonder whether he'll order state TV to broadcast the upcoming NBA season too.

Kim Jong-un hangs out with former basketballer Dennis Rodman. Source: AFP


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Man’s bizarre near-death attack

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 27 Agustus 2014 | 21.13

Tourist Lu Chen is attacked by two geese. Picture: CEN / australscope Source: Supplied

A HAPLESS tourist nearly drowned in a vicious attack by two geese when he strayed too close to their river nest in southern China.

Stunned Lu Chen had been paddling in the stream to cool down in Gaowen Village in China's Guizhou province, when the two large birds flew at him.

"I didn't know what was happening at first. There was a tremendous hissing and then they came straight at me," he said later.

Lu Chen strayed too close to their nest. Source: Supplied

"I tried to scare them off, but they just kept coming. They managed to knock me down in the river and I am sure they were trying to drown me. I just couldn't get them away.

He had been paddling in the stream to cool down in Gaowen Village. Source: Supplied

"They were pecking my legs, my hands, anything they could get their bills on. They're big, powerful birds and it hurt. I really began to panic."

Laughing locals in the village — who are used to the birds' aggressive behaviour — helped to pull struggling Lu to safety.

"There was a tremendous hissing and then they came straight at me," he said. Source: Supplied

One local said: "They won't allow anyone to walk in their stream. They are very territorial. This is where they raise their chicks, where they feed, and they do not tolerate intruders of any kind in their home.

They pecked his legs and hands. Source: Supplied

"Anyone who lives here knows that and we never let our children play there. We should put up a sign to warn off tourists, but it's quite fun to watch."

Locals know the birds are dangerous. Source: Supplied


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Russian missile system detected

Fighting continued near Mariupol, Ukraine, on Wednesday morning, even after face-to-face talks between Russias Vladimir Putin and Ukraines Petro Poroshenko. Photo: AP

A NATO diplomat has revealed a new Russian missile defence system has been detected in a rebel-held area of Ukraine, after a huge convoy of tanks and weaponry came through the nation's southeast.

The NATO diplomat also told AFP on condition of anonymity that the SA-22 air defence system, which has a range of up to 20 kilometres, was "now in the zone", adding that Russian support for the rebels had become "more open" recently.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin was "not interested in breaking up" Ukraine, but said Russia will send more aid convoys to Ukraine "in the nearest future", despite complaints from Kiev they breach its sovereignty.

The news of the missile system comes after Ukraine appealed for NATO's help after a huge convoy of tanks and weaponry from Russia arrived.

It's the latest blatant move by an increasingly bold Russia after weeks of mounting evidence it is directly involved in Ukraine's civil war.

Unmarked Russian military hardware, the social media posts of Russian soldiers — even funerals for Russian soldiers — are just part of the growing tide of evidence of Russia's direct intervention.

Moscow was forced to admit Tuesday that a number of its troops captured by Ukrainian forces had crossed the border "by accident" but continues to deny arming the pro-Kremlin separatists who have been fighting Kiev's rule for four months in an increasingly bloody conflict.

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Ukraine has accused its former masters in Moscow of sending in weapons and troops after Kiev government forces made major advances against the rebels.

Under occupation ... a member of a Ukrainian volunteer battalion near the small city of Novoazovsk, Donetsk region. Picture: Alexander Khudoteply Source: AFP

Kiev's claims of the fresh invading force came just hours after the first meeting in three months between President Petro Poroshenko and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin failed to achieve any concrete breakthrough despite talk of a peace road map.

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The Ukrainian military says a convoy of up to 100 tanks, armoured vehicles and rocket launchers was seen travelling towards Telmanove, a town about 80 kilometres south of the main rebel-held city of Donetsk and 20 kilometres from the Russian border.

The direction the force came offered few alternatives than a crossing of the Russian border, they say.

The United States' State Department agrees.

Advance halted ... A villager walks past an Ukrainian flat and a bilboard and despicting Russian president Vladimir Putin bearing a Hitler moustache and haircut. The mysterious new offensive follows significant gains by Ukrainian forces. Source: AFP Source: AFP

BOLD OFFENSIVE

The heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces "came out of nowhere" to capture new territory yesterday far from their previous battles with government troops.

It's a move that has high strategic importance for Russia. The push west along Ukraine's strategic coastline appears aimed at creating a land link between Russia and the already annexed Crimea peninsula, which also would give them control over the entire Azov Sea.

After a third day of heavy shelling that sent many residents fleeing, rebel fighters with dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles entered Novoazovsk, a resort town of 40,000 on the Azov Sea, the mayor told The Associated Press.

Front line ... A Ukrainian serviceman walks past a trench near Lugansk during shelling. Source: AFP Source: AFP

Novoazovsk lies along the road linking Russia to the Ukrainian port of Mariupol and onto Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed in March.

The separatist attack appears to have caught government forces off guard, and they were scrambling Wednesday to build up defences. The offensive also adds to growing evidence that the rebels receive Russian support.

Oleg Sidorkin, the mayor of Novoazovsk, told the AP by telephone that the rebel forces had rolled into town from positions near Ukraine's southernmost border with Russia.

To travel to this spot through Ukraine from the main front line around Donetsk and Luhansk, far to the north, the rebels would have had to cross territory controlled by government troops. The more logical conclusion is that they came across the nearby Russian border.

Ground force ... A Pro-Russian rebel passes by a car which was hit by shrapnel from a shell after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, yesterday. Source: AP Source: AP

RUSSIA'S GAMBIT

Ukraine and Western governments have long accused Russia of playing a direct role in the conflict, supplying troops and weaponry to the rebels. Russia consistently denies the claims, but its stance is increasingly dismissed abroad.

"Information, which in recent hours has gained another hard-facts confirmation, is that regular Russian units are operating in eastern Ukraine," Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said yesterday. "This information, coming from NATO and confirmed by our intelligence, is in fact unequivocal."

The US government accused Russia last night of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight and sending in tanks, rocket launchers and armoured vehicles.

"These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. She also voiced concern about overnight deliveries of matériel in southeast Ukraine near Novoazovsk and said Russia was being dishonest about its actions, even to its own people.

Redeployment ... Ukrainian soldiers park their hardware on the roadside as they wait for the start of the march into the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine. Source: AP Source: AP

Russian forces, she said, are being sent 50 kilometres inside Ukraine, without them or their families knowing where they are going. She cited reports of burials in Russia for those who've died in Ukraine and wounded Russian soldiers being treated in a St. Petersburg hospital.

The United States navy guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf was last night photographed passing through the narrow Dardanelles, a narrow straight of water which links the Mediterranean to the Black Sea.

Associated Press journalists on the Ukrainian border with Russia have seen the rebels with a wide range of unmarked military equipment — including tanks, Buk missile launchers and armoured personnel carriers — and have run into many Russians among the rebel fighters.

Ukraine also captured 10 soldiers from a Russian paratrooper division Monday around Amvrosiivka, a town about 20 kilometres from the Russian border.

In Moscow, Denis Pushilin, one of the leaders of the pro-Russia insurgency, told reporters he had no information about whether Russian soldiers had entered Ukraine near Novoazovsk. But he said the Ukrainian separatists have been joined by many volunteers from Russia and also Serbia.

AP reporters in eastern Ukraine have heard a variety of Russian accents from all over the country among the rebel fighters.

Shady origins ... A Pro-Russian rebel walks in a passage at a market damaged by shelling in Petrovskiy district in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Source: AP Source: AP

RUSSIANS SEIZE CITY

Yesterday AP reporters saw more than 20 shells fall around Novoazovsk in a one-hour span. Many people were leaving the town, while others were rushing back in to evacuate relatives. Later in the day, access from the west was blocked by Ukrainian soldiers and the presence of rebels in Novoazovsk could not be independently confirmed.

A spokesman for Ukraine's security council, Colonel Andriy Lysenko, said he had no information that Novoazovsk had been occupied. Earlier, he said the shelling around the town was coming from both Ukrainian and Russian territory. Ukrainian security officials said nearby villages had also come under shelling.

The artillery shells in Novoazovsk appeared to be flying between rebel and government positions.

"It hit a tree, there was a blast and the shrapnel came down here," said Alexei Podlepentsov, an electrician at the Novoazovsk hospital, which was struck by shelling Tuesday.

In Mariupol, a city of 450,000 about 30 kilometres to the west, defences were being built up. A brigade of Ukrainian forces rushed to the airport yesterday afternoon, while deep trenches were dug a day earlier on the city's edge. Other troops were blocking traffic from leaving the port heading east.

Collateral damage ... Residents look at a burned car, hit by shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Source: AP Source: AP

UKRAINE'S LOSS, RUSSIA'S GAIN

Ukraine has already lost more than 750 kilometres of coastline in Crimea, along with a major naval port and significant mineral rights in the Black Sea.

If the separatists were to seize a land bridge to Crimea that would be a further loss of more than 250 kilometres of coastline. This would give Russia control over the entire Azov Sea and any offshore oil and gas reserves.

This would leave Ukraine with about 450 kilometres of coastline to the west of Crimea.

Fighting also persisted elsewhere yesterday, and Lysenko said 13 Ukrainian troops had been killed over the past day.

In Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city further north, at least three people were killed on a main road when their cars were hit by shrapnel from falling artillery shells.

On guard ... A Ukrainian soldier in the village of Bezimenne, eastern Ukraine. Source: AP Source: AP


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‘Hahaha!’ World reacts to Man Utd’s game of shame

Written By kom limapulan on Selasa, 26 Agustus 2014 | 21.13

Manchester United have suffered a shock 4-0 loss to League One outfit MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal says he wasn't shocked by the loss. That's a worry. Source: AFP

LOUIS van Gaal was supposed to be the saviour.

The manager who turned Manchester United's woes around — woes that have been ongoing since the retirement of the legend Sir Alex Ferguson more than a year go.

But this morning, United fell to one of the worst defeats in its history.

A 4-0 loss to MK Dons, a team in the third tier of the English football system.

A 4-0 loss to MK Dons, a team whose total wage bill is worth about the same as Red Devils striker Wayne Rooney.

A 4-0 loss to MK Dons, a team that's only existed for 10 years.

And all this in the lowly Capital One Cup, where leading Premier League teams regularly field second-string XIs. But not Man U, who had five full internationals in its starting line-up.

MK Dons striker Benik Afobe celebrates scoring his team's third goal. Source: AFP

HOW THE WORLD REACTED

THE PRESS

AS you would expect, the UK media went to town on United, describing the loss as the "game of shame".

"By the end of a shameful, shambolic evening for Manchester United, the MK Dons fans were crowing, 'You're not famous any more.' United are not frightening any more, not organised any more, not confident any more," wrote The Telegraph's Henry Winter.

"United are certainly not in the Capital One Cup any more. They are out before Manchester City are even in.

"This will be remembered by United as the game of shame, a game when their followers turned up in huge numbers but their players didn't."

The Daily Mirror's Ben Burrows pointed out that even David Moyes — van Gaal's much maligned predecessor who was sacked after just 10 months — had at least made the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.

"Louis van Gaal could not even make the third round, the early teething problems in his Manchester United tenure now a full-blown crisis with this humiliating defeat.

"They were humbled by a side that cost less than £250,000 — roughly a week's wages for Old Trafford skipper Wayne Rooney."

MK Dons' Will Grigg celebrates a goal in the 4-0 rout. Source: AFP

THE NEW STAR

MUCH of the attention also surrounded today's other big United news: Angel Di Maria had shattered the British transfer record with a £59.7 million ($106 million) move from Real Madrid.

And according to The Sun, Di Maria is already having regrets.

"Angel Di Maria joined Manchester United's flops — and then admitted he never wanted to leave Real Madrid," wrote Neil Custis.

"Di Maria's revelation came in an open letter to Real fans that will have the Red Devils faithful raging.

"Di Maria bemoaned his exit from the Bernabeu and the Spanish club's failure to offer him a decent new contract.

"In the letter Di Maria, says: 'Unfortunately I have to go, but I want to make it clear that I never wished to leave.'"

THE NEW BOSS

APPARENTLY, the result came as no surprise to van Gaal.

"I'm not shocked because I know what can happen," he said. "I thought MK Dons played very well — they were aggressive and they had also had a little bit of luck."

The Dutchman, who is yet to register a win in his first three games at the helm, than proceeded to talk about himself in the third person — and called for patience.

"Yes, it is very difficult when you start as a manger in the Premier League with a home match loss [against Swansea] and after that a draw [at Sunderland] and then you lose in a Cup match.

"It is difficult for the fans to believe in philosophy of Louis van Gaal, but you have to do that because I am here to build up a new team and a new team is not built in one month."

Louis van Gaal's look says it all. Source: Getty Images

THE RIVAL PLAYERS

IT'S hard to beat the reaction of Edin Dzeko, the striker from cross-town rival Manchester City...

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko really enjoyed this morning Manchester United match. Source: AFP

THE INTERNET

THERE were certainly no shortage of memes and tweets getting stuck into the footballing giant.

And there will be many more...


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Becker’s terrifying elbow lump

Catch the best shots from day two at the US Open.

Novak Djokovic's coach, Boris Becker. Source: Getty Images

BORIS Becker has the worst case of tennis elbow we've ever seen.

Actually, it might not be tennis elbow. We've bypassed an accurate medical diagnosis there for the sake of a cheap pun. But the fact remains — tennis legend Boris Becker has a massive lump on his elbow, and nobody seems to know why.

Becker is a former world number one who claimed six grand slam titles during the 1980s and 90s. These days, he's coaching the current world number one, Novak Djokovic.

MORE: Djokovic's miraculous shot at the US Open

During Djokovic's opening match of the tournament, Becker was photographed with the strange lump protruding from his arm.

What is THAT? Source: Getty Images

Boris, that is quite a lump on your elbow. Source: Getty Images

The ever-vigilant and vigorous Twitterati were on the case immediately. Alas, they have not yet managed to pinpoint the cause.

Adding to the intrigue, the lump, or UFO (unidentified freaky object), was on Becker's left arm. The 46-year-old German plays right-handed, so it probably isn't a tennis injury.

But wait — there's more. We quickly scanned the photographic archives and uncovered a shocking new twist in the tale. Earlier this year, Becker appeared to have a similar-but-slightly-less-monstrous lump on his right elbow as well.

Wait, this one's on his right elbow. Source: Getty Images

The mystery deepens. Source: Getty Images

Lumpy McLump Lump. Source: Getty Images

What does that mean? Is Becker's elbow lump contagious? Is the tennis community about to be wracked by a protrusion epidemic of epic proportions? It's difficult to say.

One thing is certain, however. When he was in his prime, Boris Becker had perfectly normal elbows, and now he doesn't.

Stay tuned. The truth is out there.

Boris Becker back in 1987. NOTE THE ORDINARY, LUMPLESS ELBOW. Source: Getty Images


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A beheading every day this month

Written By kom limapulan on Senin, 25 Agustus 2014 | 21.13

In Saudi Arabia death row inmates are beheaded and crucified. Picture: Amnesty International Source: Supplied

Amnesty International has created this animation to highlight some of the key statistics regarding the use of the death penalty across the globe. Credit YouTube/AmnestyInternational.

A PERSON has been put to death in Saudi Arabia almost every day this month with the country expected to have added to that figure with the execution of its 23rd inmate yesterday.

Hajras al-Qurey will become the latest person to be executed in the last three weeks with human rights groups horrified by what they are calling a surge in executions.

The execution of al-Qurey will top off a deadly week around the world with the beheading of an Egyptian man by Libya armed groups and the execution of 18 informers by Hamas, according to Amnesty International.

Human rights groups have been unable to confirm whether his execution has yet taken place,

Last Monday four men — two sets of brothers Hadi bin Saleh Abdullah al-Mutlaq and Awad bin Saleh Abdullah al-Mutlaq along with Mufrih bin Jaber Zayd al-Yami and Ali bin Jaber Zayd al-Yami — were beheaded.

Amnesty claims they were sentenced to death largely on false confessions they gave.

Journalist James Foley was also executed in footage which shocked the world.

A special church service is held for James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq. Vanessa Johnston reports.

According to Amnesty, there has been a surge in executions in Saudi Arabia since the end of Ramadan on July 28, with 22 executions taking place between August 4 and August 22, compared to 17 executions between January and July this year.

Amnesty International said called on the Kingdom to halt all executions after four members of the same family were beheaded for "receiving drugs".

Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Program, said the execution of people accused of petty crimes and on the basis of confessions extracted through torture had become shamefully common in Saudi Arabia.

"The use of the death penalty in Saudi Arabia is so far removed from any kind of legal parameters that it is almost hard to believe" Mr Boumedouha said.

Hajras al-Qurey, 53, was sentenced to death on 16 January last year in the south-eastern city of Najran on drug-trafficking charges.

He was arrested, together with his son Muhammad, on 7 January 2012 at the al-Khadra border crossing with Yemen, when customs officers suspected they were carrying drugs in their car.

His son was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 1000 lashes.

But according to Amnesty, both men claim they were tortured during their interrogation and were denied access to their lawyers.

Their families were also told to stop appealing to human rights organisations to save them from execution.

"That people are tortured into confessing to crimes, convicted in shameful trials without adequate legal support and then executed is a sickening indictment of the Kingdom's state-sanctioned brutality," Mr Boumedouha said.

"It is clear that the authorities are more interested in threatening victims' families to shut them up rather than putting an end to this grotesque phenomenon."

A deadly August is just the tip of the iceberg for Saudi Arabia which executed more than 2000 people between 1985 and 2013, figures provided by the human rights group reveal.

According to them, trials in capital cases are often held in secret and defendants are given no or insufficient access to lawyers.

And people in Saudi can be executed for a range of crimes including adultery, armed robbery, apostasy, drug-related offences, rape, witchcraft and sorcery.

Most executions are done by beheading and many take place in public.

In some cases decapitated bodies are left lying on the ground in public squares as a "deterrent".


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Emmys: Everything you missed

The parade of gorgeous gowns has begun for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, with Hollywoods elite strutting their stuff for the second time this week.

Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Picture: Getty Images/AFP Source: AFP

KEEP us bookmarked through the day for rolling coverage of the winners, losers and best gags from today's Emmy Awards ...

12:39

Viola Davis presents an outstanding array of women:

Outstanding actress in a drama

Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex"

Claire Danes, "Homeland"

Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"

Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"

Kerry Washington, "Scandal"

Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

The favourite gets it. Good for Julianna, but this has been a very safe Emmys so far, hasn't it? No big upsets. "What a wonderful time for women on television," Julianna says during her speech. AMEN.

12:35

Outstanding writing in a drama

"Breaking Bad"

"Breaking Bad"

"Game of Thrones"

"House of Cards"

"True Detective"

Moira Walley-Beckett takes it out for her writing work on Breaking Bad. "To my brilliant cast of actors: writing for you was pure joy." The 'play her off' music starts about 15 seconds into her speech. Know what that means - WE'RE RUNNING OVER, PEOPLE!

12:26

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama

Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"

Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"

Christine Hendricks, "Mad Men"

Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones"

Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"

Anna gets it. Another win for Breaking Bad! She describes the show as "the most extraordinary journey, over the past seven years."

12:24

Next award presented by Debra Messing and Jim Parsons, or, as Seth Meyers calls them: "A couple of Messing Parsons." *cool guy shades*

Outstanding direction in a drama

"Boardwalk Empire"

"Breaking Bad"

"True Detective"

"Downton Abbey"

"Game of Thrones"

"House of Cards"

Cary Fukunaga accepts the award for True Detective, keeping his speech brief and rocking sweet hair braids.

12:20

Comedian Billy Crystal gives an emotional speech in honour of his departed friend Robin Williams. "I used to think if I could put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds, I'd be doing OK."

Telling stories about Williams' comic genius, he described his energy as akin to a dog that's been kept inside all day that's finally allowed out to run around.

"As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever have - present, loving. He was the brightest star in our comedy galaxy."

12:15

Singer Sara Bareilles delivers a beautiful rendition of the classic Smile for the In Memoriam segment, paying tribute to the small screen stars who've passed away in the past year- and ending, to huge applause, with an image Robin Williams.

Also, here's a full report on that brilliant Billy Eichner comedy skit from earlier in the broadcast. Check it out.

12:10

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama

Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"

Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"

Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"

Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"

Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"

Josh Charles, "The Good Wife"

Aaron takes it out for the final season of Breaking Bad - it's his third Emmy win and fifth nomination. In the lead-up to the awards, he sent BB fans on a Twitter scavenger hunt around LA to find memorabillia related to the show - great guy.

Also, how do you keep the audience's interest while delivering a dry speech about history and activities of the Emmy Academy? Easy - put Modern Family star Sofia Vergara on a revolving platform in a figure-hugging dress.

"Our success is about always giving the viewer something compelling to watch," the Academy head says.

11:55

Outstanding variety series

"The Daily Show"

"Jimmy Kimmel Live"

"Real Time with Bill Maher"

"Saturday Night Live"

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

"The Colbert Report"

....Which presenter Gwen Stefani mispronounces as "The Colborrrr Roporrr," which is a bit awkward. Gwen, you had one job. Perhaps she's still nursing a post-VMAs hangover?

Before that, Directing - Variety Special goes to Glenn Weiss for the 2014 Tony Awards. He accepts from the control room, where he's at the helm for the Emmys. How's that for multi-tasking?

11:45

Ricky Gervais is up to present an award, but not before doing a bit about losing the Best Comedy Actor award to Jim Parsons. He reads the speech he would've read had he won, thanking the other nominees, including "Joey from Friends." He points out that he travelled the farthest to be here, so really, shouldn't he have won it?

He gives the award for Writing - Variety Special to Sarah Silverman. Two risque comedians on stage one after the other - we bet they've got their fingers on the 'censor' button in the control room right now.

"We're all just made of molecules and we're hurling through space right now," Silverman says during her speech. SMART LADY.

11:42

"Please welcome the only person from ER ever to amount to anything, Julianna Margulies! We're sure George Clooney finds that joke hilarious - we're also sure that Noah Wyle is at home somewhere crying into his Ben & Jerrys.

Outstanding TV movie

"Killing Kennedy"

"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight"

"Sherlock: His Last Vow"

"The Normal Heart"

"The Trip to Bountiful"

The Normal Heart takes it out - phenomenal TV movie about the origins of the AIDS crisis in the early '80s. Check it out if you haven't already, it's heartwrenching stuff with great performances across the board.

11:32

Game of Thrones star Lena Headey takes the stage to announce the award for best miniseries - but not before being interrupted by Andy Samberg, in costume as King Joffrey. "Mother! Oh mother, I've been poisoned!" "Not now, dear." Great moment.

Outstanding TV miniseries

"Bonnie and Clyde"

"Fargo"

"Luther"

"Treme"

"The White Queen"

Fargo takes it out!

11:28

Meyers and Andy Samberg introduce Weird Al Yankovic, who's here to perform a musical sequence in which he puts words to this year's TV theme songs. Yankovic's as popular as ever - he just hit number one on the US album charts with his latest musical comedy offering.

11:24

Can Kristin Wiig take this one out? If only for the epic speech she'd give?

Outstanding actress in a TV miniseries or movie

Helena Bonham Taylor, "Burton and Taylor"

Minnie Drive, "Return to Zero"

Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Sarah Paulson, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Cicely Tyson. "The Trip to Bountiful"

Kristin Wiig, "The Spoils of Babylon"

It's a good year for American Horror Story: Coven, what with Kathy Bates' earlier win. Looking stunning at 65, the multi-Emmy winner gives a brief speech.

11:15

Amy Poehler's back! She and Seth work through a few possible introductions to True Detective stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. "One is named after a disciple of Jesus, the other is named after a boner!" "Please welcome the only actors in Hollywood not rumoured to be starring in season two of True Detective!"

The True Detective stars, real-life pals and ultra-chill guys are here to present the Best Actor in a miniseries award:

Outstanding actor in a TV miniseries or movie

Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock Holmes"

Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Dancing on the Edge"

Idris Elba, "Luther"

Martin Freeman, "Fargo"

Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"

Billy Bob Thornton, "Fargo"

Benedict isn't there to accept the award.

11:10

Kate Walsh and Scott Bakula have the night's first minor flub as they take the stage to present an award: "OK, where's that teleprompter?" Walsh asks nervously. After a shaky start, they're off:

Outstanding direction in a TV miniseries or movie

"American Horror Story: Coven:

"Fargo"

"Fargo"

"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight"

"Sherlock"

"The Normal Heart"

Fargo director Colin Bucksey wins, and uses his speech to thank his lucky stars he made it back from the bathroom in time to accept the award.

11:08

Stephen Colbert is on stage to present the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries, and delivers a typically histrionic monologue about his imaginary friend, Rosco. Give the man an Emmy for that scenery-chewing performance alone.

Outstanding supporting actor in a TV miniseries or movie

Colin Hanks, "Fargo"

Martin Freeman, "Sherlock"

Jim Parsons, "The Normal Heart"

Joe Mantello, "The Normal Heart"

Alfred Molina, "The Normal Heart"

Matt Bomer, "The Normal Heart"

"Martin couldn't be here tonight, so I accept this award on MY behalf," Colbert tells us.

11:02

Outstanding supporting actress in a TV miniseries or movie

Frances Conroy, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Angela Bassett, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Allison Tolman, "Fargo"

Ellen Burstyn, "Flowers in the Attic"

Julia Roberts, "The Normal Heart"

Kathy takes it out, saying she was sure she wouldn't win because she was seated far from the stage. Kathy, they tricked you!

11:00

Allison Janney and Octavia Spencer are here - not to announce a sequel to The Help - but to present an award:

Outstanding writing in a TV miniseries or movie

"American Horror Story: Coven"

"Fargo"

"Luther"

"Sherlock"

"The Normal Heart"

"Treme"

10:55

Seth Meyers takes some questions from the audience: Jon Hamm asks if the Emmys will be televised, and Melissa McCarthy offers up a parking question: "Will I get towed?" Andre Braugher asks if he can go to the bathroom. The Portlandia duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein start a chant to get the Emmys happening annually: "EVERY YEAR! EVERY YEAR!" Wouldn't that be nice?

10:48

Outstanding reality competition

"The Amazing Race"

"Dancing With the Stars"

"Project Runway"

"So You Think You Can Dance"

"The Voice"

The show's 10th win in the category.

10:45

Outstanding actress in a comedy

Lena Dunham, "Girls"

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"

Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"

Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Taylor Schilling, "Orange is the New Black"

Is this our best Emmys moment? Julia gives the world's biggest pash to Bryan Cranston on her way to the stage. Like, HUGE snog. From there, she somehow pulled herself together enough to deliver quite a heartfelt, sincere speech about the joys of working for Veep on HBO.

Well that was unexpected. Julia and Bryan suck face on her way to the stage. Source: Twitter

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston stuns Julia Louis-Dreyfus with this kiss, as she heads to the stage to collect her Best Lead Actress in a Comedy award at the 2014 Emmys. Fox 8

10:35

Outstanding actor in a comedy

Louis C.K., "Louie"

Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"

Ricky Gervais, "Derek"

Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"

William H. Macy, "Shameless"

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

The favourite takes it out - Jim Parsons grabs his fourth Emmy award. Keeps his speech brief - after four years up there, he's no doubt run out of people to thank by now.

10:32

Seth Meyers introduces COMIC GENIUS Billy Eichner for an epic session of his Billy on the Street quiz show, in which he barks at the pedestrians of New York about Emmys trivia. We'll bring you a breakout story on that hilarious segment soon.

10:27

Outstanding direction in a comedy

"Episodes"

"Glee"

"Louie"

"Modern Family"

"Orange is the New Black"

"Silicon Valley"

Each nominee tape featured a cute moment from an actor on the show. explaining the best advice their director gave them. Natasha Lyonne, on occasional OITNB director Jodie Foster: "She taught me I could relax because I knew I'd never be as good as Jodie Foster."

Modern Family takes it out, with director Gail Mancuso directing her speech directly to Matthew McConaughey, because she can't look at her cast or crew or else she'll cry.

10:20

Jimmy Kimmel presents the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, but not before questioning why bona fide move star Matthew McConaughey is here tonight, muscling in on TV star territory. "Look at that face: that's a movie star face," he says, before the camera cuts to "TV star face", Ricky Gervais:

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy

Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"

Allison Janney, "Mom"

Kate Mulgrew, "Orange is the New Black"

Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"

Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"

Anna Chlumsky, "Veep"

Surprise win for Janney, who looks stunning and points out that, at 54, she's currently playing a great grandmother. "Hopefully by next season I'll be incontinent."

Emmy's red carpet: Best and worst dressed

10:17

Zooey Deschanel and Allison Williams present the award for best Comedy Writing to Louis CK for his work on Louie. Haven't seen it? Hunt it down, folks - it's one of the best comedies in years.

10:10

Seth introduces Amy Poehler who announces the award for "Best on-screen orgasm in a civil war re-enactment" - oops, she means: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, "Brookiyn Nine-Nine"

Adam Driver, "Girls"

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"

Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"

Fred Armisen, "Portlandia"

Tony Hale, "Veep"

Ty wins it, and reads out a great speech apparently penned by the kids of the Modern Family cast.

10:00

Here are the best pearlers from host Seth Meyers' opening monologue:

Pointing out the diversity of the Best Drama nominees tonight, he said that at the 1976 Emmys, the four Best Drama nominees were all police shows. "Basically you voted for the cop whose hat you liked the most.

"We had comedies that made you laugh, and comedies that made you cry, because they were dramas submitted as comedies," he said, referencing Orange is the New Black's contentious inclusion in the Comedy category.

"I would like to congratulate the writers in the room tonight, but their seats are too far away for them to hear me."

When he asked last year's hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for help writing his monologue tonight, "they both jumped at the chance to text back, 'New phone. Who dis?'"

His advice to shows experiencing critical and commercial success: kill off all the characters, or else "before you know it, you're paying Sheldon a million dollars an episode."

HBO has 99 nominations tonight: "Not to be outdone, NBC is also a network."

9:35

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Seth Meyers is hosting today's ceremony, and he already promised E! 's Giuliana Rancic in a red carpet interview that he wouldn't be going hard on any of the attendees during his opening monologue. Is he telling the truth, or should some of TV's finest prepare for a roasting?

All the pictures: Emmys red carpet gallery

As for winners today, there are few sure bets, but our predictions: Bryan Cranston seems a cert for Best Actor in a Drama Series, given his sterling work in the acclaimed final season of Breaking Bad.

Sarah Hyland from the unstoppable (so far) Modern Family. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

Modern Family actor Ty Burrell (L) and Holly Anne Brown. Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Modern Family has won Best Comedy series four times in a row, but can new gal on the block Orange is The New Black snatch the award this year?

Check out the video at the top of the page for all the news.com.au entertainment team's Emmy predictions.


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Best, worst of VMAs red carpet

Written By kom limapulan on Minggu, 24 Agustus 2014 | 21.13

Taylor Swift's playsuit, Kim Kardashian's poncho and Katy Perry in head to toe denim were among the red carpet highlights.

Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

IT'S well known that at the MTV VMAs anything goes - making this the most exciting red carpet of all the awards ceremonies.

And this year certainly didn't disappoint - basically, it was one big hot mess.

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Sticking to the "daring" theme, Kim Kardashian was determined to steal the show and prove she's still very committed to plunging necklines.

MORE: Behind the scenes at the MTV VMAs

Kim Kardashian attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

"Sexy poncho?" Source: Getty Images

Stepping out in what Perez Hilton called a "sexy attempt at a poncho", the tapestry-inspired number from Balmain's 2015 Resort Collection showed off exactly what Kardashian shows off most.

Kardashian, who is a presenter on the night arrived with sisters Kendall and Kylie to support Kanye West, who is nominated for Best Hip Hop Video for Black Skinhead.

Not wanting to be outdone, Katy Perry and RiFF RAFF wore double denim on the double in a nod to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's 2001 American Music Awards fashion disaster.

Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake Source: Getty Images

Riff Raff and Katy Perry attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

RAFF accompanied the singer to promote his new remix of Katy's song This Is How We Do - but we're wondering if they were promoting a whole lot more than that.

Meanwhile, all eyes were also on Amber Rose, wife of Wiz Khalifa and ex-girlfriend of Kanye West who turned up in this head-turning, body-baring getup by Laura Dewitt.

The model, actress and recording artist wore a bedazzled chained bra and G-string which resembled the outfit Rose McGowan wore to the same awards in 1998. Check.It.Out.

Amber Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Amber Rose attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: AFP

Iggy Azalea attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Gwen Stefani attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Nina Dobrev attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Miley Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV) Source: Getty Images

Kesha attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Demi Lovato attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV) Source: Getty Images

Nicki Minaj attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Miley Cyrus' older sister Brandi Cyrus attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Jessie J attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Ariana Grande attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Source: Getty Images

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards. Source: AP

Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: AFP

Julianne Hough attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Victoria Justice arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards. Source: AP

Ed Sheeran attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Jordin Sparks attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Charli XCX attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Adam Levine and model Behati Prinsloo. Source: Getty Images

Nick Jonas attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: AFP

Jason Derulo attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Michelle Williams attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Casper Smart attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Aussie TV host Renee Bargh arrives on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards. Source: AFP

Fashion designer Jeremy Scott attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Lucy Hale attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images

Sam Smith attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images


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The race Ricciardo had no right to win

Daniel Ricciardo has recorded his third victory in Formula 1 after taking out the Belgian GP at Spa on Sunday night, with a bingle between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg giving the Aussie a saloon passage to the flag.

Ricciardo and Red Bull team pose for their team's 'victory' photo. Source: Getty Images

"IT will be damage limitation."

"We are down on power."

"We have to take what we can."

These are quotes from key figures in Red Bull's Formula 1 team before the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix - a race no one, not least the team itself, expected Daniel Ricciardo to win.

The legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit's long, uphill straights were meant to increase the edge held by those with powerful Mercedes motors. Red Bull, and their asthmatic Renaults, were supposed to be consigned to the mid-field rabble. Ricciardo was rated no better than a 34-to-1 chance by some bookmakers.

Red Bull cheer Ricciardo over the line. Source: AFP

Yet, once again, the Australian found a way.

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"He drove an unbelievable race today," Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said. "He had very strong pace, and just got his head down and got on with it."

After moving into the lead as Nico Rosberg paid the price for his clash with teammate Lewis Hamilton, Ricciardo stretched his final set of Pirelli rubber as far as he could.

He had no other option: he made his final pit stop early for a timely boost in speed but, with grip fading and Rosberg zeroing in, another pit visit was out of the question.

"We rolled the dice at the end there by leaving him out and he managed to deliver just enough to hold Nico off," Horner added.

"An incredible race by Daniel."

It's the kind of performance we're coming to expect from the 24-year-old who, considering the various deficiencies of the Red Bulls this season, may very well be the best driver in Formula 1 this season.

Motorsport expert Matt Clayton says the greatest measure of Daniel Ricciardo's sucess in 2014 has been his dominance over teammate and reigning world champions Sebastian Vettel following the Aussie's third Grand Prix victory in Belgium.

The victory is his third in the last six races, and he has now won only one race less than points leader Rosberg.

This is aboard a car that couldn't even complete a single lap at the start of the year and still gives away some 65 horsepower to its rivals.

Ricciardo's run of success has allowed him to steadily peg back the Mercedes in the title chase. He now sits 64 points behind Rosberg and just 35 behind Lewis Hamilton.

Not bad for a man who arrived at the third round of the season without a point to his name.

While the majority of column inches were devoted to the Mercedes' moment of madness, the international media were nonetheless effusive in their praise for Ricciardo given how unsuited his car was to the Spa layout.

"Although his points deficit to Nico Rosberg, who chased him to the chequered flag at Spa as Red Bull gambled on making one less pit stop, remains a large one — 64 points — the spectre of the 50-point 'Abu Double' 2014 decider in November means Ricciardo could remain in mathematical title contention for a good while yet, particularly if Mercedes keep tripping up," wrote James Galloway for Sky Sports.

"Renault-powered Red Bull had been expected to struggle at Spa owing to the circuit's long straights but by employing a low-downforce setup managed to negate much of their well-documented straight-line speed advantage.

"And with F1's fastest circuit of all, Monza, next up in two weeks' time ahead of some more traditional Red Bull strongholds as the final flyaways begin, Ricciardo says he sees 'some good things ahead'."

Compare the rear wings of the Red Bulls with the Ferrari's. Source: AP

Luke Smith, writing for NBC in America, was similarly impressed with Ricciardo's drive in Belgium after both the driver and his team boss, Christian Horner, had spent much of the build-up downplaying Red Bull's chances.

"Ricciardo's stock in Formula 1 has risen considerably this season, where he has been one of the breakout stars. This result sees him draw closer to Hamilton in the drivers' championship, with the gap now standing at 35 points with seven rounds remaining," Smith wrote.

"The result will come as something of a welcome surprise to Red Bull, who had originally said that this weekend was about'."

Rick Broadbent, writing for The Times, acknowledged what many within the F1 fraternity have pondered since Montreal: Ricciardo may very well be the best-performed driver this season.

"Thriving most amid the Mercedes pain was Ricciardo, who was seven seconds clear of Raikkonen by the 20th lap," Broadbent wrote.

"Ricciardo, arguably the driver of the season to date, did enough to pit from the lead and emerge in second to Bottas. When the Finn then pitted it was Ricciardo versus Vettel for the win, both men more than a second quicker than the rest."

Can he catch Rosberg in the points? We'd cheers to that. Source: AFP

Originally published as The race Ricciardo had no right to win
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