Van Avermaet showed the same finishing speed and tactical nous that won him Olympic and Classics glory last year.
Nearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository.
Israeli authorities have rejected a request from Human Rights Watch to grant a work permit to its regional director, accusing the group of engaging in Palestinian "propaganda".
At least two attacks Friday near a Syrian town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from the Islamic State group killed more than 60.
Greek and Greek Cypriot officials accuse Turkey of obstructing the peace talks for the divided island because its demand to keep troops and military intervention rights after reunification.
Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri said his "dream died" after being sacked nine months after leading them to an extraordinary Premier League title.
Several major media outlets have been frozen out of a briefing from White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
The UN agency tasked with monitoring Iran's nuclear deal with six world powers has issued a report that indicates Tehran is honoring its end of the deal.
Spain’s National Court has sentenced former chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Rodrigo Rato, to four years and six months in jail over his involvement in embezzlement in two major Spanish banks.