Arsenal’s season at crossroads as Fulham await

Riding high until two weeks ago, Arsenal's season has taken a sudden downturn that has thrown the focus firmly onto the club's plans for the January transfer window. Prior to the visit to Southampton in mid-December, the Gunners had gone 22 games without defeat and while form had been more patchy since the end of... Continue Reading →

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Brazil moving its embassy to Jerusalem matter of ‘when, not if’ – Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told him that it was a matter of "when, not if" he moves his country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The far-right Bolsonaro, who takes office on Tuesday and is hosting Netanyahu and the leaders of other countries for... Continue Reading →

China to kick off year of sensitive anniversaries with major speech on Taiwan

China will kick off a year of sensitive anniversaries with a major speech on Wednesday by President Xi Jinping on Taiwan, China's most sensitive issue. In 2019 China will celebrate 70 years since Communist China's founding. Anniversaries are always touchy events in China, where maintaining stability is the ruling Communist Party's overwhelming priority. Next year... Continue Reading →

Tokyo court says extends detention of Nissan’s Ghosn until Jan 11

The Tokyo District Court said on Monday it has extended the detention of ousted Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn by 10 days until Jan. 11. Ghosn, accused of aggravated breach of trust, is facing allegations of making the car maker shoulder 1.85 billion yen (13.20 million pounds)in personal investment losses. The latest extension will... Continue Reading →

Brexit sends Britons seeking Irish passports up 22 percent in 2018

The number of British citizens applying for Irish passports rose by 22 percent in 2018, Ireland's foreign office said on Monday, more than doubling the total of annual applications since Britain voted to leave the European Union. Almost 100,000 eligible Britons sought to hang onto their EU citizenship via a passport from their nearest neighbour... Continue Reading →

Dinnage turns her back on Premier League chief exec role

Susanna Dinnage has shocked English football by deciding she no longer wants to be the chief executive of the Premier League despite previously accepting the post. Dinnage, a television executive, was announced as the successor to the long-serving Richard Scudamore in November, with her appointment hailed as a major step forward for women in sports... Continue Reading →

Indonesia’s latest tsunami raises global questions over disaster preparedness

As Indonesia reels from the carnage of yet another natural disaster, authorities around the globe are working on how they can prepare for the kind of freak tsunami that battered coasts west of Jakarta this month. The Dec. 23 tsunami killed around 430 people along the coastlines of the Sunda Strait, capping a year of... Continue Reading →

Clashes, rigging allegations mar Bangladesh poll amid thin turnout

Clashes between supporters of Bangladesh's ruling party and its opponents killed at least four people and wounded nearly a dozen on Sunday, a government official and police said, as the country voted in a general election marred by claims of vote rigging. Reuters reporters across the country of 165 million people saw sparse turnout at... Continue Reading →

Delays, storms mar start to Congo’s presidential vote

Voting in Democratic Republic of Congo's long-anticipated presidential election got off to a shaky start on Sunday due to torrential rain in the capital, long delays at some polling stations and broken-down machines. Three opposition strongholds will see no casting of ballots at all after the authorities cancelled the vote there, citing health risks from... Continue Reading →

North Korea’s Kim wants more summits with Moon next year – Blue House

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he wants to hold more summits with South Korea's Moon Jae-in next year to achieve the goal of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, Moon's office said on Sunday. Kim sent a letter to Moon on Sunday to commemorate the dramatic detente they engineered this year, including three summits,... Continue Reading →

Murray, Nadal look for Brisbane bounce-back after injury-hit 2018

Andy Murray aims to kick-start his stalled career in Brisbane this week after an injury-plagued 2018, with Spanish great Rafael Nadal also playing as he tests his troubled knee ahead of the Australian Open. The season-opening tournament boasts a stellar field with Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov also in contention as they prepare for the... Continue Reading →

Australia struggle without banned batsmen – Paine

Australia captain Tim Paine praised India's bowling attack for securing victory in the third test on Sunday, but believes the result could have been different had Steve Smith and David Warner been available for the home side in Melbourne. A rebuilding Australia slumped to a 137-run defeat to fall 2-1 behind in the four-match series... Continue Reading →

Five-star Liverpool thrash Arsenal, Spurs stunned by Wolves

Liverpool extended their Premier League lead to nine points as Roberto Firmino's hat-trick hammered Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield, while Tottenham's title challenge crumbled in a 3-1 home defeat to Wolves. Manchester City could cut Liverpool's lead to seven points when they look to stop a recent slump at Southampton on Sunday, but ahead of their... Continue Reading →

Five-star Liverpool thrash Arsenal, Spurs stunned by Wolves

Liverpool extended their Premier League lead to nine points as Roberto Firmino's hat-trick hammered Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield, while Tottenham's title challenge crumbled in a 3-1 home defeat to Wolves. Manchester City could cut Liverpool's lead to seven points when they look to stop a recent slump at Southampton on Sunday, but ahead of their... Continue Reading →

Australia strips citizenship from alleged Islamic State recruiter

The Australian government has stripped citizenship from a man it believes is a top recruiter for Islamic State, Australia's home affairs minister said on Saturday. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Melbourne-born Neil Prakash had been central to Islamic State's efforts in the Middle East, was "a very dangerous individual" and had his citizenship stripped.... Continue Reading →

Bomb kills three Vietnamese tourists, Egyptian guide near pyramids – officials

Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least 10 others injured when a roadside bomb blast hit their tour bus on Friday less than 4 km (2.5 miles) from Egypt's world-famous Giza pyramids, authorities said. The bombing is the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for over a year... Continue Reading →

African champs Esperance draw Horoya, Pirates, Platinum

CAF Champions League trophy-holders Esperance of Tunisia will face Horoya of Guinea, Orlando Pirates of South Africa and FC Platinum of Zimbabwe in the 2018/2019 group phase. The Friday draw at a luxury Cairo hotel overlooking the Nile river split the qualifying survivors into four groups with each club facing their three rivals home and... Continue Reading →

Juve’s Cuadrado faces long layoff after knee surgery

Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado has undergone successful surgery on his left knee, Serie A champions Juventus confirmed on Friday. The 30-year-old picked up the injury during Juventus's 2-1 Champions League defeat to Young Boys in Switzerland two weeks ago. The club said Cuadrado "underwent an arthroscopic treatment .. which was perfectly successful" following meniscus and... Continue Reading →

Asia stocks advance after Wall Street’s recovery continues

Asia stocks advanced on Friday after Wall Street ended volatile trade in positive territory, adding to the previous session's big gains, although lingering investor jitters helped support safe-haven currencies such as the yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.8 percent. It has fallen 3 percent so far in December. The Shanghai... Continue Reading →

UAE reopens Syria embassy in boost for Assad

The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus on Thursday, marking a diplomatic boost for President Bashar al-Assad from a U.S.-allied Arab state that once backed rebels fighting him. The UAE said the move aimed to normalise ties and to curb risks of regional interference in "Arab, Syrian affairs" - an apparent reference to... Continue Reading →

Watch that Tweet! China cracks whip on government social media image

China's cabinet has warned government departments to clean up their social media image amid a drive to bolster the government's online presence to help reach tech-savvy young people who get their information from smartphones. The State Council issued the guidelines late on Thursday saying that authorities' social media presence needed more regulation and vowed to... Continue Reading →

Australia swelters through heatwave as records tumble

Australia looks set to sweat through one of its hottest Decembers ever, the national weather bureau said on Friday, prompting fire bans, health warnings and big crowds trying to cool off at beaches. As the country's hottest town, Marble Bar in the remote northwest, endured its warmest day ever, forecasters said the heat would spread... Continue Reading →

Bangladesh’s violent vote campaigning ends ahead of weekend poll

Campaigning for Bangladesh's general election ended on Friday after weeks of violence, mainly against workers and officials from an opposition alliance, that has drawn criticism from the United States and others. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League is seeking its third straight term in Sunday's election against the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which... Continue Reading →

Mexico says military to play larger role in fighting fuel theft

Mexico's government unveiled a plan on Thursday to step up use of the armed forces to combat fuel theft, vowing to root out corrupt officials it says are largely responsible for a problem that has cost the country billions of dollars. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a regular news conference his government would fight... Continue Reading →

Mystery hacker steals data on 1,000 North Korean defectors in South

The personal information of nearly 1,000 North Koreans who defected to South Korea has been leaked after unknown hackers got access to a resettlement agency's database, the South Korean Unification Ministry said on Friday. The ministry said it discovered last week that the names, birth dates and addresses of 997 defectors had been stolen through... Continue Reading →

France’s Vinci in £2.9 billion swoop on Gatwick airport

France's Vinci is taking advantage of a Brexit hit to UK asset prices to buy a majority stake in Britain's second-busiest airport, London's Gatwick, for 2.9 billion pounds, the construction company said on Thursday. The deal to buy a 50.01 percent stake gives Vinci, which already runs 45 airports in 12 countries, access to the... Continue Reading →

Napoli asked for halt to Inter game after racist chants

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said the club asked for Wednesday's Serie A game against Inter Milan to be stopped a number of times following racist chants towards Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Koulibaly was sent off 10 minutes from the end of Napoli's 1-0 defeat at the San Siro, with substitute Lautaro Martinez scoring a stoppage-time... Continue Reading →

In a first, Trump makes surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq

President Donald Trump made a surprise Christmas visit to U.S. troops in Iraq on Wednesday, his first trip to a conflict zone nearly two years into his presidency and days after announcing a pullout of American troops from neighbouring Syria. Trump was looking for some positive headlines after several days of turmoil over his decisions... Continue Reading →

Big discounts fail to draw UK shoppers to post-Christmas sales

The number of British shoppers hitting the post-Christmas sales dipped by 4.2 percent year-on-year on Wednesday, offering no relief for struggling stores that had already discounted heavily to encourage spending in the run-up to the holiday. Out-of-town stores and shopping centres were hit harder than towns and cities, but visits to both fell for the... Continue Reading →

British business leaders’ confidence sinks as Brexit looms

Business leaders' confidence in the British economy has sunk to its lowest level in more than 18 months as the risk of a no-deal Brexit in a little over three months grows, the Institute of Directors (IoD) said on Thursday. The group, which represents business directors and leaders, said its confidence tracker briefly reached positive... Continue Reading →

Arsenal held as Brighton make a point

Arsenal's top-four bid suffered a setback as Jurgen Locadia's equaliser gave Brighton a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday. Unai Emery's side had taken an early lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's fine first-half strike. But Locadia levelled for Brighton before halftime and the Gunners couldn't find a winner after the interval. Arsenal have won... Continue Reading →

Man City’s title bid hit by shock defeat at Leicester

Pep Guardiola refused to concede Manchester City's Premier League title defence was over and urged his side to respond from a third defeat in their last four Premier League games after losing 2-1 at Leicester. Goals for Leicester from Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira saw Guardiola's men slip seven points behind league leaders Liverpool and... Continue Reading →

Red-hot Spurs bubbling with belief – Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham's ability to remain focused amid numerous distractions has propelled his side into second place in the Premier League. A 5-0 Wembley demolition of Bournemouth on Wednesday featured two goals from Son Heung-Min and one each from Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura. The ruthless massacre allowed Tottenham to capitalise on... Continue Reading →

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