Day four of the 2018 World Judo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, saw France and Iran strike World Championships gold as one of the superstars of judo retained their crown and a world number one realised a lifelong dream to become his country’s second world judo champion in their history.
Japan's Tsukasa Yoshida arrived at the Baku World Championships as last year's defeated under 57kg finalist, but this time she came away with the gold. In the men's competition, Korea’s An Changrim was on top form in the under 73kg category, taking gold after defeating the defending world champion.
On the second day of the 2018 World Judo Championships in Baku, Uta Abe and her older brother Hifumi Abe, the reigning world champion at -66kg, were the talk of the judo world after they made Judo history by becoming the first brother and sister duo to take world titles on the same day.
On the first day of the 2018 World Judo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, the star of the show was Daria Bilodid, as the 17-year-old Ukrainian was crowned judo’s youngest ever world champion. In the men’s under-60kg division, there was an incredible third world title for Naohisa Takato of Japan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the creation of a "buffer zone" in Syria's Idlib province. It will be a demilitarized area in between Syrian government forces and rebel forces during the looming battle for the territory.