FIFA rankings: Belgium remain first in unchanged top five
Belgium remain the best team in the world according to the latest global football rankings issued by the governing body FIFA on Thursday.The new rankings take into account international matches played in October such as the Nations League and the South American World Cup Qualifiers.Belgium still lead the pack with 1,765 points, followed by World Cup holders France (1,752), Brazil (1,725), England (1,669) and Europan champions Portugal (1,661).Despite gaining one position Spain still haven't made it to the top 5 and are now sixth (1,639) while Joachim Loew's Germany are 14th. The next rankings,...
Belgian foreign minister in intensive care after contracting virus
Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes on Thursday has been admitted to intensive care for treatment of Covid-19, after having tested positive for the virus over the weekend.Prime Minister Alexander De Croo reacted promptly and wished Wilmes a speedy recovery on social media."No one is immune against this dangerous virus," he said on Twitter. "Together, we will defeat Covid-19."Wilmes, who served as the country's interim prime minister until the end of September, had announced on Saturday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.According to media reports, she is conscious and her cond...
Editorial: A diplomatic surge is needed in Azerbaijan
A complicated conflict in a faraway foreign land isn’t likely to compete for attention with the frenzied presidential election and unabated coronavirus crisis gripping this nation. But American citizens — and especially American policymakers — should focus on the spiraling violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.Most profoundly, for humanitarian reasons: The fighting is the fiercest since initial post-Soviet era war broke out in the 1990s, when the dispute erupted in the ethnic Armenia enclave in western Azerbaijan.Today, the enmity is just as intense, but the weaponry i...
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Trump envoy Grenell tried to secretly negotiate Maduro’s exit in VenezuelaWASHINGTON — An influential Trump administration official secretly met with a representative of Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Mexico City in September to try to negotiate the Venezuelan leader’s peaceful exit from power.Richard Grenell, the former Acting U.S. director of National Intelligence and ambassador to Germany, and Jorge Rodriguez, a Venezuelan politician who is close to Maduro, met in the Mexican capital, according to four people familiar with the matter. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and the rest of the State ...
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Belgium shuts restaurants for four weeks to fight virus
Belgium will close all cafes and restaurants for four weeks on Monday as it seeks to tackle a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.The move was announced by deputy prime minister Georges Gilkinet following a meeting of the Belgian government's crisis unit.The Brussels city region already imposed similar restrictions last week but Friday's announcement extends them nationwide.Gilkinet said the decision to close cafes and restaurants -- deemed high-risk venues for spreading the virus -- was taken to try to head off another full lockdown like the one Belgium enforced earlier in the year.He warned "the...
Closed restaurants, curfew as Belgium battles resurgent virus
The rising number of coronavirus infections in Belgium has led the government to shut all restaurants and bars for four weeks.There would also be a nationwide curfew from midnight until 5 am, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced after a crisis meeting on Friday.Citizens should work at home where possible and have close contact with only one person outside their own household.The seven-day average of new daily infections has hit nearly 6,000 in Belgium, making it one of the worst-hit nations in Europe.Among other measures announced on Friday, the sale of alcohol has been banned after 8 pm...
Pa. college plans to power two farms from cafeteria waste, cow manure, and brewery scraps
The Dickinson College dining hall serves up a varied menu ranging from Monte Cristo casserole and cranberry chicken to, of course, pizza.But the 1,000 pounds a day of food waste produced by the Carlisle, Pa., campus is a hidden energy source that school officials say they plan to tap into.That waste, along with local cow manure, scraps from local schools, and grain from local brewers, can create enough energy to power operations at the school’s 80-acre, USDA-certified organic farm, and an adjoining dairy farm it leases, said Matt Steiman, energy projects manager at Dickinson’s farm.Not only th...
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Belgium coach Martinez explains releasing De Bruyne back to Man City
Belgium have released Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne from their squad.Having again raised the issue of the demands of the football calendar, De Bruyne appeared to ask to come off during Saturday's international with England and has been released early rather than involved against Iceland.Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was asked if there had been pressure from City to send De Bruyne back in order to prioritise the Arsenal clash."The opposite - with Manchester City we always had a strong and respectful relationship and in this case it was just to try and get the best solution for the we...
Lukaku salutes stand-in Iceland coach after narrow Belgium victory
Romelu Lukaku paid tribute to stand-in Iceland coach Arnar Vidarsson despite a defeat to Belgium that saw them relegated from Nations League Group A2.Lukaku scored both Belgium goals in a 2-1 away success on Wednesday, his penalty proving decisive after Birkir Mar Saevarsson had levelled for Iceland.Hosts Iceland perhaps deserved a point after pushing for a second equaliser after half-time, subjecting the world's top-ranked side to a tense finish midweek.Despite their demotion, Iceland's performance was made all the more remarkable by the absence of their usual coaching staff amid coronavirus ...
England passed 'brilliant test' against Belgium - Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate described his side’s 2-1 Nations League win over world ranking leaders Belgium at Wembley on Sunday as a “brilliant test” of the squad’s capabilities.Belgium took the lead through Romelu Lukaku’s 16th-minute penalty before Marcus Rashford levelled the scores from the spot before half-time.Mason Mount then scored the winner with a looped effort on 64 minutes to hand Belgium their first defeat in almost two years and move England past them to the top of Nations League Group A2."It was a brilliant test, the sort of test we need. That is the beauty of the Nations L...