Australian Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson withdrew from the Rio games Wednesday, saying she was devastated she had injured her hamstring during training and could not compete. Pearson, Australia's top athlete who won 100 metres hurdles gold at London in 2012, told the Nine Network she did not want to risk a career-ending injury by going to Brazil. In confirming earlier reports that she would miss the games, Pearson said the new injury had come "out of the blue" and at a time when she was training well.
By Foo Yun Chee and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission rolled out the red carpet for Scotland's first minister on Wednesday, hours after outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron told an EU summit his country would be leaving the European Union following last week's referendum. A spokeswoman for the EU executive said Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker would meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the late afternoon after Britain's 27 partners meet without the UK to discuss how to respond to a Brexit. "It's important to have this meeting of 27 because it will show the unity of the 27," said Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, describing the British vote as a wake-up call for Europe.
Britain's government remains committed to fighting climate change despite last week's vote to leave the European Union, the country's energy and climate minister said on Wednesday. "We made a clear commitment to climate change in our manifesto and that will continue," Amber Rudd said, speaking at the Business and Climate Summit in London. "Climate change has not been downgraded as a threat.