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Explosion rock funeral in tense kabul

Explosions rock funeral in tense Kabul
KABUL – At least 15 people were killed and wounded as explosions rocked the funeral of an Afghan politician’s son who died during an anti-government protest over spiralling insecurity in Kabul, raising tensions in a city already on edge.
Witnesses reported three explosions at the burial site of Salim Ezadyar, who was among four people killed on Friday when the protest degenerated into street clashes, with police firing live rounds to disperse hundreds of demonstrators.
The hilly site was littered with bloodied corpses and dismembered limbs, local television footage showed, with one witness telling AFP that “people were blown to pieces” due to the impact of the blasts.
“We don’t know what caused the explosions. Initial reports show 15 people have been killed and wounded,” interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said on Twitter.
The funeral was attended by senior Afghan government officials including Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, but his office told AFP that he was unhurt.
Kabul city was on lockdown on Saturday with armed checkpoints and armoured vehicles patrolling the streets to prevent a repeat of Friday’s protests.
Hundreds of demonstrators calling for President Ashraf Ghani to step down clashed with police on Friday, prompting officials to beat them back with live rounds in the air, tear gas and water cannons.
The protesters were voicing anger over a truck bombing on Wednesday in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter that killed 90 people and wounded hundreds, the deadliest attack in the city since 2001.
Before the blasts at the funeral, authorities had sealed off roads in the centre of the city, citing the threat of new attacks on large gatherings of people.
“We have intelligence reports that our enemies are trying again to carry out attacks on gatherings and demonstrations,” Kabul garrison commander Gul Nabi Ahmadzai said earlier Saturday. “We hope that people will stay away from protests.”
But dozens of people still gathered on Saturday under a tent close to the presidential palace calling for Ghani’s government to resign, but the assembly was largely peaceful.
“Any government attempt to disrupt our fair and just demonstration will show their complicity with terrorist groups and the perpetrators of Wednesday’s attack,” said Asif Ashna, a spokesman for the protesters.
“It is the duty of the government to ensure security to the protesters… and the government will be held responsible for any violence.”
Kabul has been on edge since the bombing, which highlighted the ability of militants to strike even in the capital’s most secure district, home to the presidential palace and foreign embassies that are enveloped in a maze of concrete blast walls.
Residents of the city have demanded answers from the government over the perceived intelligence failure leading to the bombing, which underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan.
Friday’s killings will likely further inflame passions as protesters prepared to attend their funeral ceremonies on Saturday.
The United Nations and a host of international allies have urged the protesters for restraint.
“The enemy seeks to manipulate the people’s anger and sadness to create division and sow instability,” the US embassy said in a statement.
“Now is the time to stand unified and announce to the enemies that Afghans… will not allow cowards to break the resolve to achieve a stable and peaceful nation. The enemies of Afghanistan cannot win. They will not win.”

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Lesontho veterans lead

Lesotho veterans lead race to be prime minister
MASERU – Two veteran former prime ministers lead the field in Lesotho’s election on Saturday, in a vote likely to result in another coalition government for the landlocked mountain kingdom.
The country’s political landscape has been dominated for years by party splits and fragile coalitions.
Pakalitha Mosisili

Mosisili, the 72-year-old leader of the Democratic Congress (DC) party, is running to serve as prime minister for the third time, having stepped down after losing a no-confidence vote in March.
He was first premier from 1998 to 2012, and returned to power in 2015 after a snap election.
Despite his long years in office, critics accuse him doing little to improve standards of living for the majority of people in the country who languish in poverty, and he is often seen as aloof.
His removal in March came after he failed to hold together his seven-party coalition as in-fighting overshadowed government business.
After returning to office in 2015, Mosisili styled himself an anti-corruption crusader.
The former university lecturer entered politics as a student in 1967, when he joined the former ruling Basutoland Congress Party (BCP).
In 1998 he was elected leader of Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), after it split from the BCP.
Mosisili left the LCD to form the DC in 2012.

Thabane, a former prime minister and leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC), was targeted by a putsch in 2014, prompting him to flee to South Africa, where he lived in exile for two years.
The 77-year-old returned home in February, saying he still feared for his life.
Thabane came to power in 2012 as head of the country’s first coalition government, formed after an inconclusive vote.
But the alliance was marred by political bickering, which culminated in the August 2014 coup attempt led by the army.
He sought exile in South Africa after soldiers attacked police posts and surrounded his official residence.
“I am taking a huge risk by going back to Lesotho,” he told South African media outlets ahead of his return earlier this year.
“The threat on my life is still there. However, politics is a risky business.”
An old hand in Lesotho politics, Thabane founded the ABC in 2006 after years of manoeuvring between parties.
He remains popular in urban areas, and a sea of supporters clad in yellow, the party’s colour, gathered to welcome him upon his return.
He previously served as foreign minister and home affairs minister.

Moleleki, leader of the newly formed Alliance of Democrats (AD), defected from the governing coalition in December.
He joined Mosisili when he founded the Democratic Congress in 2012, before breaking away to form the AD.
“We have been in the politics of killing one another,” the 66-year-old told supporters at his party’s inaugural rally in January.
“We formed a new party because we want to end politics of hostilities.”
As natural resources minister, Moleleki was accused in 2013 of abuse of office for facilitating a licence for a diamond mine.
He was acquitted of the charges in March 2017.
ovement for Economic Change
At 39, Mochoboroane, the former minister of small-business development, is the youngest of the main players.
He was secretary general of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) until his ousting early this year.
In February Mochoboroane founded the Movement for Economic Change (MEC) — yet another addition to the Lesotho’s crowded political arena.
Described by an ally as “young, fresh, dynamic, innovative and unconventional”, he hopes to draw support from young people in a country where veterans dominate politics

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Score s today

SCORES
AIRTEL TO 8 MALAWI-Silver strikes 10 -9 Noma Pernaty
CAF Champions League
FT
1 FERROVIÁRIO BEIRA
0 AL MERREIKH
FT
2 ZANACO
1 COTONSPORT
23:45 ETOILE DU SAHEL
AL HILAL OMDURMAN
CAF Confederation Cup
FT
2 FUS RABAT
1 CLUB AFRICAIN
FT
2 KCCA
1 RIVERS UNITED
73′
0 MOUNANA
1 HOROYA
23:00 SMOUHA
HILAL OBAYED
UEFA Champions League
20:45 JUVENTUS
REAL MADRID
Friendlies
FT 3 CHILE
0 BURKINA FASO
FT
0 NICARAGUA
1 BOLIVIA
CAN ETHIOPIA
UGANDA
HT
2 PORTUGAL
0 CYPRUS

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Alves juve have been promised 

ALVES: JUVE HAVE BEEN PROMISED FERRARIS FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WIN!

The Italian side face Real Madrid in the final in Cardiff on Saturday and the Brazilian claims they have been promised a reward for victory
Dani Alves has joked that Juventus players have been promised a Ferrari each if they defeat Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.
‘Buffon can’t beat Ronaldo to Ballon d’Or’
The Italian side will face Zinedine Zidane’s men in the showpiece game in Cardiff, having vanquished Monaco in the semi-finals.
Juve are well-known for their defensive solidity, and that has been aided by Alves’ stoic performances at right-back, while he has also chipped in with three goals at the other end.
And the Brazil star – formerly of Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona – has claimed that the club’s president has promised him and his team-mates a brand new supercar each if they emerge victorious.
“The only additional motivation is that the president [Andrea Agnelli] has promised us a Ferrari,” he told reporters.
“I hope the president will keep his word.”
Juve last won the Champions League in 1996.

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Ebola out break in Congo

Ebola outbreak in Congo under control

KINSHASA – Democratic Republic of Congo has not recorded a new case of Ebola in 21 days , the maximum incubation period for the disease, and is now in a phase of heightened surveillance, the health minister said on Friday.

“At this stage, we can say that the spread of the epidemic has been brought under control, and that’s thanks to the quality of national and international experts dispatched to the zone,” Oly Ilunga Kalenga told reporters in the capital, Kinshasa.

Ilunga said that authorities had confirmed four cases – up from two previously – and that three other cases were considered probable.

Four people have died in the outbreak, which was first declared on May 11 in Congo’s isolated northeastern rainforest near the border with Central African Republic.

Health authorities have approved the use of a new experimental Ebola vaccine but say it will only be deployed if a new case is confirmed outside existing chains of transmission.

The current outbreak is Congo’s eighth, the most of any country. The deadly hemorrhagic fever was first detected in its dense tropical forests in 1976 and named after the nearby river Ebola.

 

 

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44 immigrants died Niger desert

44 migrants, including babies, die in Niger desert

AGADEZ, Libya – At least 44 migrants, including women and babies, were found dead after their vehicle broke down in the desert of northern Niger while on the way to Libya, local officials said Thursday.

“The number of migrants who died in the desert is 44 for now,” said Rhissa Feltou, the mayor of Agadez, a remote town on the edge of the Sahara desert that has become the smuggling capital of Africa.

The Red Cross, which said “at least 44 migrants have died”, has dispatched a team to the site “to gather information” on the circumstances.

A security source who asked not to be named said “the sub-Saharan migrants, including babies and women, died of thirst because their vehicle broke down”.

In early May, eight migrants from Niger, five of them children, were found dead in the desert while on their way to Algeria.

Also in May, soldiers on patrol in northern Niger rescued around 40 migrants from various west African countries who had been abandoned in the desert by people-smugglers while travelling to Libya.

The group included citizens of The Gambia, Nigeria, Guinea, Senegal and Niger, all hoping to reach the Libyan coast so they could cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

 

 

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Nigerian pastor charged with human trafficking in southafrica

Nigerian pastor charged with human trafficking

PORT ELIZABETH – A controversial Nigerian pastor has appeared in the Port Elizabeth magistrate’s court.

He has been charged with 22 counts of human trafficking and sexual assault.

His supporters have been demonstrating outside.

Police trying to control the congregants outside court, they believe their pastor is sure to get bail

 

The accused is facing sexual assault and human trafficking charges.

The case resumes on Thursday.

 

 

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At least 70 miners trapped after Iran blast

Coal mining

At least 70 miners trapped after Iran blast

TEHRAN – At least 70 coal miners were trapped after an explosion in northern Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media said.

The mine in Golestan province collapsed when trapped methane gas exploded as workers tried to jump-start a locomotive engine, according to reports.

“Forty workers are trapped in one part of the mine and another 30 to 40 are trapped in another part,” the Fars and ISNA news agencies quoted the head of Iran’s emergency services, Pir Hossein Kolivand, as saying.

Twelve injured miners were pulled out alive, he said.

A local official said the tunnels were filled with gas, making rescue work difficult.

“Work to remove the rubble and drilling for a side tunnel has begun to access the trapped workers in the Zemestan Yort mine,” the official said.

Another official who did not want to be named told state news agency IRNA that several workers probably died in the blast, but there was no official casualty toll.

The mine has 500 workers and the explosion happened during a change of shift, state media said.

Emergency teams and sniffer dogs have been dispatched to the mine and work to remove the rubble has begun.

 

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Benghazi airport to reopen following improved security

 

Benghazi airport to reopen following improved security

JOHANNESBURG – Libya’s Benina Airport, in Benghazi in the east of the North African country, is due to open again on 16 May, on the third anniversary of its forced closure in 2014 following the country’s deteriorating security situation.

Security sources in the country told the Libya Herald on Tuesday that a slight improvement in the security situation made the reopening of the airport possible.

In February, the airport management asked the Libyan National Army (LNA) for permission to restart civil flights, saying that it was now safe to reopen.

Following the request, there were several one-off VIP flights to and from the airport.

This was followed by the civil aviation authorities granting permission for all cargo, air ambulance, humanitarian and VIP flights to resume at the beginning of April as the final step before fully reopening.

However, the fighting in the area has not stopped completely and it is thought that the resumption of commercial flights to and from Benghazi sends a powerful message to the militants that they are losing the war.

Meanwhile, Libya’s economy remains in crisis.

Members of Libya’s Presidency Council, including its head Fayez Serraj, and members of the Tripoli-based House of Representatives (HoR), met in the capital in an endeavour to discuss solutions to the current financial and economic problems facing the country.

Organisers reported that the meeting included the HoR Finance Committee, the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Finance, Planning and Economy Ministries, the Tripoli-based Audit Bureau, the Tripoli-based Administrative Control Authority, the Economy Committee in the High State Council, the Economic Development Council and the General Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

However, the Central Bank of Libya failed to show.

The negative effects of the liquidity crisis and the fall in the value of the Libyan dinar on the economy, the standard of living on citizens and mechanisms to exit the crisis were discussed at length.

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Children amid migrants dead of thirst in Niger desert

 

Children amid migrants dead of thirst in Niger desert

NIAMEY, Niger – Eight migrants, five of them children, have died of thirst in the Niger desert while making their way to Algeria, a key destination for would-be migrants to Europe, a security source told AFP.

“These migrants died of thirst on the way to Algeria,” the source, who asked not to be identified, said late Tuesday.

The group, a man, a woman and five children aged between six and 12, “were abandoned by a smuggler” and “all died of thirst”, he added.

Online news site Air-info, which is based in northern Niger, said the eight were part of a larger group headed for Algeria, and that four men who had been rescued were found “completely dehydrated”.

Last June the bodies of 34 migrants were found in the desert, while in late 2013 a group of 92 Niger citizens, including many women and children, also died of thirst after being abandoned by smugglers.

Several thousand Niger citizens living illegally in Algeria have been expelled since 2015 following a deal between the governments of both countries.

Niger in 2015 adopted tough legislation against human trafficking that sets jail sentences of up to 30 years for smugglers.

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REAL MADRID TEAM NEWS: INJURIES, SUSPENSIONS AND LINE-UP VS ATLETICO

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REAL MADRID TEAM NEWS: INJURIES, SUSPENSIONS AND LINE-UP VS ATLETICO
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Everything you need to know ahead of Los Blancos’ derby clash with their city rivals in La Liga on Saturday…
Real Madrid are at home to Atletico Madrid in an exciting derby clash at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Primera Division on Saturday.
Zinedine Zidane’s side lead La Liga by two points from fierce rivals Barcelona and also have a game in hand after their fixture away to Celta Vigo was postponed in February.
Madrid meet Bayern in the CL quarter-finals
Real beat Leganes 4-2 on Wednesday, with Atletico cementing their third place over Sevilla by overcoming Real Sociedad with a 1-0 win on Tuesday. Diego Simeone’s side are currently 10 points behind Real, having played one more match than Los Blancos.
REAL MADRID INJURIES
Raphael Varane returned to action last weekend, but lasted just 10 minutes in the win over Alaves before picking up another injury and the France defender is now set to be sidelined for a key month of action. He’ll miss the derby against Atletico, plus the Clasico clash at home to Barcelona and the double header versus Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
However, Zidane has no other major injury concerns for the derby on Saturday.
REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS
Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal were both rested in the 4-2 win at Leganes on Wednesday in order to avoid a yellow card that would have seen them suspended for the derby, so Zidane has no players banned for the fixture against Atletico.
REAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP
With the exception of the injured Varane, Zidane has a full-strength squad availabe for the derby against Atletico and the Frenchman will pick a strong side for the visit of the Rojiblancos.
Keylor vows to silence Madrid jeers
Zidane, whose only home defeat as Real coach came against Atleti last February, will welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema after all three were left out on Wednesday at Leganes.
Dani Carvajal, like Ronaldo, was left out of that match to avoid incurring a suspension for the derby and the right-back will also be back in the side on Saturday.
ATLETICO TEAM NEWS
Atletico Madrid are back in third place after a fantastic run of results in recent weeks and the Rojiblancos could even be dark horses for the title if they beat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
Diego Simeone’s side have won their previous three league visits to Real – the last of which was at the end of February 2016. No other side in the history of La Liga has won three times in a row at the Bernabeu.
Wenger gives Alexis future update
Striker Kevin Gameiro looks set to miss out after lasting just 10 minutes in training on Friday before limping out, while Sime Vrsaljko, Tiago Mendes and Augusto Fernandez are all sidelined – along with subsistute goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya.
BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS
Real Madrid have beaten Atletico Madrid on more occasions than any other team in La Liga history (86).Real Madrid have found the net in 50 consecutive matches in all competitions, the best run ever for a La Liga side.
Atletico Madrid are the only side in La Liga history to have won at the Santiago Bernabeu on three consecutive trips.
Real Madrid have scored in 41 consecutive games in La Liga, their best ever run in the competition. In fact, Zidane’s side haven’t been shut out in a game in La Liga since Atletico’s last visit to Bernabeu – 0-1 on February 27th last year.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals against Atletico under Diego Simeone than any other player (14 in all competitions).
Antoine Griezmann has scored in two of his last three games in La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu (once for Atletico, once for Real Sociedad).

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BARCELONA TEAM NEWS: INJURIES, SUSPENSIONS AND LINE-UP VS MALAGA

BARCELONA TEAM NEWS: INJURIES, SUSPENSIONS AND LINE-UP VS MALAGA

Everything you need to know ahead of the Catalans’ La Liga clash at La Rosaleda on Saturday…
Barcelona travel to Malaga in the Primera Division on Saturday night after leaders Real Madrid face Atletico in the capital’s derby clash earlier in the day.
Madrid are currently two points clear of Barca at the top of the table and Los Blancos also have a game in had, but Los Blancos have lost their last three home games against Atletico in La Liga.
Neymar celebrates Messi friendship
Barca, meanwhile, are on form after beating Sevilla 3-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday and the game against Malaga is their third in a row versus opposition from Andalusia – after the meetings with Granada and then Jorge Sampaoli’s side over the past week.
BARCELONA INJURIES
Aleix Vidal is sidelined for the remainder of the season after suffering a horrific ankle injury at Alaves in February, while Rafinha is also out after limping off in the game at Granada last weekend. Arda Turan is also still unavailable.
BARCELONA SUSPENSIONS
Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic are both suspended for the trip to Malaga, but Luis Enrique will likely rotate his pack anyway with a Champions League clash away to Juventus ahead on Tuesday night.
BARCELONA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is set to revert back to 4-3-3 in the absence of Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic through suspension on Saturday.
‘Barca win will haunt PSG for generations’
That means a chance for Jodi Alba at left-back, with Sergi Roberto on the right and Javier Mascherano or Jeremy Mathieu in defence alongside Samuel Umtiti.
Andres Iniesta is likely to be rested, but Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are all set to start.
MALAGA TEAM NEWS
Malaga’s 1-0 victory at Sporting Gijon in midweek saw the Andalusian side move eight points clear of the drop zone and ended a run of six games without a win for Michel’s men.
Isco: I’m not joining Barca
The Costa del Sol side had picked just one point in that time, but their win at Sporting has given them breathing space ahead of the match at home to Barcelona on Saturday.
Winger Keko, midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic and defender Bakary Kone are all out.

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SCORES And fixtures

SCORES And fixtures


Premier League
90’+
4 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
0 WATFORD
16:00 MANCHESTER CITY
HULL CITY
16:00 MIDDLESBROUGH
BURNLEY
16:00 STOKE CITY
LIVERPOOL
16:00 WEST BROMWICH ALBION
SOUTHAMPTON
16:00 WEST HAM UNITED
SWANSEA CITY
18:30 AFC BOURNEMOUTH
CHELSEA
Serie A
19′
1 EMPOLI
0 PESCARA
18:00 ATALANTA
SASSUOLO
20:45 JUVENTUS
CHIEVO
CAF Confederation Cup
13:30 CNAPS SPORT
RECREATIVO DO LIBOLO
15:00 BIDVEST WITS
SMOUHA
15:00 KCCA
AL MASRY
15:00 YOUNG AFRICANS
MC ALGER
16:00 MOUNANA
ASEC MIMOSAS
Cup
18′
0 CHIPPA UNITED
0 POLOKWANE CITY
18′
0 MAMELODI SUNDOWNS
0 GOLDEN ARROWS
20:15 FREE STATE STARS
ORLANDO PIRATES
Bundesliga
15:30 FREIBURG
MAINZ 05
15:30 HAMBURGER SV
HOFFENHEIM
15:30 KÖLN
BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH
15:30 RB LEIPZIG
BAYER LEVERKUSEN
15:30 SCHALKE 04
WOLFSBURG
18:30 BAYERN MÜNCHEN
BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Eredivisie
18:30 VITESSE
HEERENVEEN
19:45 ADO DEN HAAG
GRONINGEN
19:45 NEC
AJAX
20:45 GO AHEAD EAGLES
HERACLES
Primeira Liga
17:00 PAÇOS DE FERREIRA
AROUCA
19:15 PORTO
BELENENSES
21:30 SPORTING CP
BOAVISTA
Ligue 1
17:00 ANGERS SCO
MONACO
20:00 BORDEAUX
METZ
20:00 CAEN
MONTPELLIER
20:00 DIJON
BASTIA
20:00 NANCY
RENNES
20:00 OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS
LORIENT
Premiership
16:00 CELTIC
KILMARNOCK
16:00 HAMILTON ACADEMICAL
ROSS COUNTY
16:00 HEARTS
DUNDEE
16:00 INVERNESS CT
ST. JOHNSTONE
16:00 PARTICK THISTLE
MOTHERWELL
Segunda División
16:00 MALLORCA
GIMNÀSTIC TARRAGONA
18:00 CÁDIZ
LUGO
18:00 GETAFE
LEVANTE
20:30 RAYO VALLECANO
TENERIFE
Primera División
FT
1 ESPANYOL
0 DEPORTIVO ALAVÉS
16:15 REAL MADRID
ATLÉTICO MADRID
18:30 SEVILLA
DEPORTIVO LA CORUÑA
20:45 MÁLAGA
BARCELONA
Championship
16:00 AYR UNITED
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
16:00 DUNDEE UNITED
FALKIRK
16:00 DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC
RAITH ROVERS
16:00 GREENOCK MORTON
HIBERNIAN
16:00 ST. MIRREN
DUMBARTON
League One
16:00 AIRDRIEONIANS
BRECHIN CITY
16:00 ALBION ROVERS
STRANRAER
16:00 LIVINGSTON
ALLOA ATHLETIC
16:00 QUEEN’S PARK
PETERHEAD
16:00 STENHOUSEMUIR
EAST FIFE
League Two
16:00 BERWICK RANGERS
STIRLING ALBION
16:00 CLYDE
ANNAN ATHLETIC
16:00 EDINBURGH CITY
COWDENBEATH
16:00 ELGIN CITY
MONTROSE
16:00 FORFAR ATHLETIC
ARBROATH
Serie B
16′
0 ASCOLI
0 FROSINONE
17′
0 AVELLINO
0 CARPI
16′
1 CITTADELLA
0 BENEVENTO
17′
0 LATINA
0 VICENZA
16′
0 PISA
0 CESENA
16′
0 PRO VERCELLI
0 VIRTUS ENTELLA
17′
1 SPEZIA
0 BARI 1908
17′
0 TERNANA
0 SALERNITANA
17′
1 TRAPANI
0 PERUGIA
Ligue 2
18′
0 RED STAR
0 GAZÉLEC AJACCIO
18′
1 REIMS
0 STRASBOURG

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Assad tells paper he sees no ‘option except victory’ in Syria

Assad tells paper he sees no ‘option except victory’ in Syria

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with Croatian newspaper Vecernji List in Damascus, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on April 6, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with Croatian newspaper Vecernji List in Damascus, Syria.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said there is no “option except victory” in the country’s civil war in an interview published on Thursday, saying the government could not reach “results” with opposition groups that attended recent peace talks.
The interview with Croatian newspaper Vecernji List appeared to have been conducted before US President Donald Trump accused Assad of crossing “many, many lines” with a poison gas attack on Tuesday.
Assad was not asked about the chemical attack in the northwestern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, a text of the interview published by the Syrian state news agency SANA showed. The government has strongly denied any role.
More than six years into the Syrian conflict, Assad appears militarily unassailable in the areas of western Syria where he has shored up his rule with decisive help from the Russian military and Iranian-backed militias from across the region.
The interview published on Thursday underlined Assad’s confidence as he reiterated his goal of dealing a total defeat to the insurgency. He also reiterated his rejection of federalism sought by Kurdish groups in northern Syria.
“As I said a while ago, we have a great hope which is becoming greater; and this hope is built on confidence, for without confidence there wouldn’t be any hope. In any case, we do not have any other option except victory,” he said.
“If we do not win this war, it means that Syria will be deleted from the map. We have no choice in facing this war, and that’s why we are confident, we are persistent and we are determined,” he said.
More than 70 people, including at least 20 children, were killed in the chemical attack on Tuesday.
The Russian allies say the deaths were caused by a leak from an arms depot where rebels were making chemical weapons, after it was hit in a Syrian air strike. Rebels deny this.
Rebels have in recent weeks launched two of their boldest offensives in many months, attacking in Damascus and north of the government-held city of Hama. The army says both assaults have been repelled.
Assad, citing recent rebel offensives in Damascus and near the northern city of Hama, said “the opposition which exists is a jihadi opposition in the perverted sense of jihad”.
“That is why we cannot, practically, reach any actual result with this part of the opposition (in talks). The evidence is that during the Astana negotiations they started their attack on the cities of Damascus and Hama and other parts of Syria, repeating the cycle of terrorism and the killing of innocents.”
The Russian-backed Astana talks were launched with support from Turkey, a major backer of the opposition to Assad. They sponsored a ceasefire between the government and rebels which has been widely violated since it was declared in December.
A new round of indirect peace talks concluded in Geneva in late March without any major breakthrough towards ending the conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and created millions of refugees.
The Syrian government views all the groups fighting it as terrorists with agendas determined by foreign governments including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United States.

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Israeli killed in car ramming attack on West Bank

Israeli killed in car ramming attack on West Bank


JERUSALEM, Undefined – One Israeli was killed and another wounded on Thursday in a car-ramming attack near the Ofra settlement in the occupied West Bank, the army said.
The alleged attacker was arrested, an army statement said, without giving details about him.
Pictures published by Israeli media showed a vehicle with Palestinian licence plates which had mounted the pavement, surrounded by soldiers.
Israeli emergency services said the dead man was in his 20s and the wounded one 19.
The incident took place next to a bus stop outside Ofra, north of Ramallah.
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Two injured in suspected car-ramming in central West B
Medics treating one person in critical condition at Ofra junction, north of Ramallah; second victim lightly hurt timesofisrael.com
It was the first fatal attack on Israelis since January 8, when a Palestinian killed four soldiers in a Jerusalem truck-ramming attack.
A wave of violence that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 259 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese, according to an AFP count.
Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife , gun or
car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.
Others were shot dead during protests or clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.
The violence has greatly subsided in recent months.

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BAFANA BAFANA SPECULATION IS TIRING, SAYS BIDVEST WITS COACH HUNtByOsward kayange

BAFANA BAFANA SPECULATION IS TIRING, SAYS BIDVEST WITS COACH HUNt

Bafanabafana

Hunt has been linked with the coaching job at Bafana Bafana, but he insists no one has contacted him from Safa, adding that the reports can be tiring
Bafana Bafana are still without a coach almost three months after Shakes Mashaba was sacked by the South African Football Associattion (Safa).
Carlos Queiroz and Herve Renard were the favourites to take over from Mashaba, while Gavin Hunt’s name has constantly been mentioned.
The 52-year-old is arguably one of South Africa’s most decorated coaches and many believe he deserves the nod.
However, Hunt has continued to downplay reports linking him to Bafana’s top job. He reiterated that he hasn’t spoken to anyone at Safa about the vacant position.
“It’s no distraction at all,” Hunt told the media.
“Obviously they (Safa) are going about things their own way,” Hunt said.
“No one has ever spoken to me about the job, so it not a distraction although the speculation can be tiring,” he added.
Stuart Baxter is reportedly Safa’s preferred candidate as they appear to have given up on both Queiroz and Renard, but the SuperSport United coach has distanced himself from the reports.

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‘UNSETTLED’ ORLANDO PIRATES FULL-BACK MATLABA LINKED WITH SUNDOWNS AND SUPERSPORT UNITED

Pirates

It is said that the Brazilians remain keen admirers of the experienced Bucs defender, who has struggled to regain his old form this season
Orlando Pirates full-back Thabo Matlaba has reportedly attracted interest from PSL sides Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United .
It has been reported that the 29-year-old defender is unsettled at the Houghton-based side, who have a new coach in Swedish tactician Kjell Jonevret.
Matlaba, who remains part of the Bafana Bafana squad, is said to be open to leaving Bucs having joined the club in January, 2012 from Free State Stars.
Pirates’ Gauteng rivals SuperSport and Sundowns are believed to be monitoring the two-footed player’s situation at the Soweto giants.
“Sundowns and SuperSport are very much keen to sign Matlaba, but they know that he has a contract with Pirates,” The Citizen source said.
“So they’re waiting for him to come out and say he wants to leave before entering any negotiations with Pirates,” the source concluded.
Matlaba, who has played 15 PSL games this season, was heavily linked with a move to Sundowns in 2014 and he was also said to be unhappy at Bucs at the time.
However, the Buccaneers moved swiftly to offer him a five-year contract which the versatile player signed and continued turning out for the team.
SuperSport coach Stuart Baxter is believed to be a huge fan of Matlaba, who made a substitute appearance during the 1-1 draw with Matsatsantsa in midweek.

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WHY JUVENTUS TARGET EMRE CAN MUST CONVINCE LIVERPOOL TO SHOW HIM THE MONEY

WHY JUVENTUS TARGET EMRE CAN MUST CONVINCE LIVERPOOL TO SHOW HIM THE MONEY

Liverpool

The midfielder has much to prove until the end of the season as he’s locked in a contract dispute with the Reds and is a transfer option for Juve

Lazar Markovic had cost £10 million more, while Divock Origi recorded a goal and an assist at the World Cup in Brazil. However, the talent Liverpool were most enthused about securing in the summer of 2014 was Emre Can.
At the start of June of that year, the club revealed that a deal had been agreed in principle with Bayer Leverkusen for the young midfielder. Three days into the following month, the signing was made official and the space between both announcements was stocked with talk of what a coup it was.
Klopp: We could miss out on fourth
Bayern Munich were aggrieved to lose their buy-back option on Can, which could have been triggered in 2015, and there was an overwhelming belief at Melwood that the German would develop into one of the most commanding figures in his position.
Players and coaching staff buzzed off the new introduction, who had already featured in the Champions League, and was described as “one of the biggest talents” in his country by Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Closing in on 1000 days since Can joined Liverpool, that early excitement has been replaced by exasperation as the 23-year-old stalls on agreeing a new contract. Juventus, meanwhile, are following the impasse with interest as they seek alternate options to their top target in the centre of the park, Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso.
Can’s camp believe he has the right to be among the top earners at Anfield, while the Reds want him to prove as much through consistent, assertive performances.
Milan fury only adds to Juve-ref controversy
Currently understood to be on £55,000 a week and set to enter the final year of his deal this summer, the club’s Young Player of 2015-16 wants to be in the same wage bracket as captain Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana.
It is the former’s role as Liverpool’s metronome that Can most covets, but he is not as effective as the No.6 in their fluid approach. Neither has he managed to make as much impact as Lallana, who was recruited in the same window, and is now central to Jurgen Klopp’s blueprint.
Alongside the England pair, Gini Wijnaldum completes Liverpool’s preferred midfield three. Can’s strengths largely contrast with the trio’s and while that has been a source of irritation at times this season, it can also be an effective weapon, as seen in the 3-1 victory against Arsenal.
He is never going to be able to dictate the tempo of his side’s play or direct their attacks as well as Henderson. He won’t be able to operate in tight spaces as impeccably as Lallana and he can’t be as efficient in possession as Wijnaldum. But, conversely, none of them are as strong as Can in aerial duels, nor as as explosive carrying the ball through the middle.
Under Klopp’s ‘simple and fast’ rule, Liverpool look more rhythmic when he is not part of the midfield three. But faced with the threat of Olivier Giroud at Anfield last weekend, against the physicality of Chelsea at the end of January, and as the Reds looked to disrupt Kevin de Bruyne’s supply to Sergio Aguero for Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, Can’s qualities were valuable.
Who could break Pogba’s transfer record?
What the Germany international needs to master, though, is how to regularly merge and sharpen his skills to complement the club’s system. Given that he has functioned as a traditional right-back, on the same side of a three-man defence, as a centre-half in a flat back-four and across the midfield, Can has the aptitude to do it.
“Whatever role he’s asked to play, he has this inbuilt brain for football that allows him to adjust and adapt,” Brendan Rodgers previously said of his signing.
Klopp, too, believes Can is far better than the sum of this season’s evidence. “Maybe if he didn’t know what I think, it would affect him, but he knows what I want,” the Reds boss commented on the contract stand-off last month.
It is not the 49-year-old’s job to push for what the player wants to earn, though; that needs to come from Can’s showings on the pitch.
Philippe Coutinho is Liverpool’s highest earner on the back of being the Player of the Season twice in succession, having a stellar start to the campaign prior to suffering ankle ligament damage and being heavily courted by both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
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Lallana nearly doubled his package by illustrating his influence both on and off the pitch since Klopp’s arrival as boss. The Merseysiders are actively looking to fortify their midfield and enhance competition for places, with Goal
revealing RB Leipzig dynamo Naby Keita is on their radar
.
Can’s battle is not just against improved terms then, but still being in contention for one of those spots next season. He has 11 games to not only make a powerful case to the club, but provide Juventus with evidence that he shouldn’t merely be one of their back-up options.
It would be a shame if Can had to exit Liverpool in anticlimactic circumstances, given the celebratory way in which his signing was greeted.

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SCORES and fixtures for todayByOsward kayange⚽

SCORES and fixtures for today

 

Fixtures

Premier League
POS SOUTHAMPTON
MANCHESTER UNITED
18:00

LIVERPOOL
BURNLEY
CAF Champions League
15:00 FERROVIÁRIO BEIRA
BYC
15:30 AL AHLI TRIPOLI
FUS RABAT
15:30 TP MAZEMBE
CAPS UNITED
16:30 COTONSPORT
CNAPS SPORT
16:30 LÉOPARDS DE DOLISIÉ
KEDUS GIORGIS
17:00 RIVERS UNITED
AL MERREIKH
18:00 GPA
VITA CLUB
18:00 ZAMALEK
ENUGU RANGERS
19:00 AL HILAL OMDURMAN
ASPL 2000
19:00 ETOILE DU SAHEL
TANDA
Serie A
13:30 SASSUOLO
BOLOGNA
16:00 CHIEVO
EMPOLI
16:00 FIORENTINA
CAGLIARI
16:00 INTERNAZIONALE
ATALANTA
16:00 NAPOLI
CROTONE
16:00 PESCARA
UDINESE
21:45 PALERMO
ROMA
CAF Confederation Cup
17:00 CLUB AFRICAIN
RSLAF
18:00 ASEC MIMOSAS
APEJES ACADEMY
18:15 AZAM
MBABANE SWALLOWS
18:30 AL AHLY SHENDI
SUPERSPORT UNITED
19:00 DJOLIBA
AL MASRY
21:00 MAGHREB FÈS
SPORTING GAGNOA
Cup
15:00 ACORNBUSH UNITED
CAPE TOWN CITY
15:00 DAYS
MBOMBELA UNITED
15:00 EC BEES
ORLANDO PIRATES
15:00 GOLDEN ARROWS
MARITZBURG UNITED
FA Cup
16:00 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
MILLWALL
Bundesliga
16:30 SCHALKE 04
AUGSBURG
18:30 HAMBURGER SV
BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH
Eredivisie
13:30 WILLEM II
PEC ZWOLLE
15:30 FEYENOORD
AZ
15:30 RODA JC
GRONINGEN
17:45 AJAX
TWENTE
Primeira Liga
18:00 BOAVISTA
MARÍTIMO
20:00 RIO AVE
MOREIRENSE
22:15 VITÓRIA GUIMARÃES
ESTORIL
Ligue 1
16:00 SAINT-ÉTIENNE
METZ
18:00 OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS
TOULOUSE
22:00 LORIENT
PSG
Premiership
14:00 CELTIC
RANGERS
Segunda División
21′
0 ALMERÍA
0 HUESCA
17:00 SEVILLA II
GIMNÀSTIC TARRAGONA
19:00 CÁDIZ
RAYO VALLECANO
19:00 REUS DEPORTIU
GIRONA
21:30 GETAFE
TENERIFE
Primera División
23′
0 REAL SOCIEDAD
0 ATHLETIC CLUB
17:15 DEPORTIVO LA CORUÑA
BARCELONA
19:30 CELTA DE VIGO
VILLARREAL
21:45 REAL MADRID
REAL BETIS
Serie B
16:00 NOVARA
PRO VERCELLI
16:00 TERNANA
TRAPANI
18:30 VICENZA
PISA

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SIPHIWE TSHABALALA SCORES 50TH GOAL FOR KAIZER CHIEFsByOsward kayange

SIPHIWE TSHABALALA SCORES 50TH GOAL FOR KAIZER CHIEFs

 

Siphiwe

The diminutive winger achieved the feat in the second half of his side’s 3-0 win over Stellenbosch FC at the Athlone Stadium
Siphiwe Tshabalala scored his 50th official goal for Kaizer Chiefs against Stellenbosch FC on Saturday night.
The 32-year-old drilled home from outside the box as Amakhosi booked their place in the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cip with a 3-0 win over the National First Division (NFD) side in Cape Town.
Shabba, who is celebrating 10 years at the club, scored his debut goal for Chiefs in the 4-2 win over Golden Arrows on December 12, 2007.
The former Bafana Bafana star is not a regular goalscorer, but he has been chipping in with important goals in the past 10 years.
In addition to his incredible milestone, Tshabalala has amassed close to 80 assists in all competitions for the Glamour Boys.
He is also the only player to have featured in 29 consecutive Soweto Derby matches against Orlando Pirates in the PSL era.
Having already extended his contract with Chiefs until June 2018, Shabba will be expected to break more records at the Soweto club.