'We're just as much favourites as Real Madrid' - Setien confident on challenging rivals
Barcelonahead coach Quique Setien does not believe Real Madridshould be considered favourites for La Ligaglory this season.Madrid hold a three-point advantage at the summit over Barca, who have struggled for their best formsince Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde last month.Valverde and Barca won the previous two titles, with the Blaugrana also collecting four of the past five either side of Zinedine Zidane's sole domestic success in 2016-17.Setien feels the Clasico showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 1 could yet prove to be pivotal."Many league titles have been decided on details, in fin...
'Vinicius is capable of so much more' – Carvajal fires warning to Real Madrid's rivals
Real Madridfull-back Dani Carvajal has asserted that Vinicius Junior is “capable of so much more” after the young Brazilian talent found the back of the net as part of a complete performance in Wednesday evening's 4-0 Copa del Reythrashing of Real Zaragoza.The Spanish capital side had four different scorers on the night – although Luka Jovic's dry spell did continue– with Raphael Varane, Lucas Vazquez and Karim Benzema all on target as Los Blancos strolled into the next round.Vinicius was the player to put the game beyond doubt after bagging the visitors' third in the second half, finishing ne...
Ceres-Negros happy for players lost to Thai rivals
As Ceres-Negros scrambled to put together its squad in a bid to nail an AFC Champions League spot, it was difficult for the Busmen not to reflect on the departures of several key players in the last two years.With a team growing together and familiarity becoming a key ingredient to their success, the Busmen have become a perennial contender in the AFC Cup, winning the Asean zone three years ago and reaching the knockout phase twice after that.But the current squad of coach Risto Vidakovic has glaring needs at central midfield and in defense–a stark contrast to previous seasons when Ceres was l...
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UK Labour rivals take on anti-Semitism at first debate
London (AFP) - The five hopefuls to lead the post-election revival of Britain's battered Labour party Saturday condemned its struggles with anti-Semitism and vowed to expose the frailties of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.Their first joint appearance before Labour members in Liverpool comes with the 120-year-old party reeling from its worst election defeat since 1935.The successor to veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn will be charged with fighting Johnson's efforts to reshape Britain's economy after he takes it out of the European Union on January 31.Finance minister Sajid Javid gave an early taste...
South Sudan rivals seek to break deadlock
South SudanPresidentSalva Kiirand rebel leader Riek Machar held fresh talks Wednesday in a bid to break a deadlock over states and internal bordersin the troubled country, in order to form a unity government next month.The longtime rivals have held several rounds of discussions in the capital Juba since November, when they were given 100 more days to form a unity government, after two failed attempts to resolve all the issues required under a September 2018 peace deal.The next deadline is February 22, and South Africa has dispatched its deputy president David Mabuza to help mediate the content...
South Sudan rivals seek to break deadlock ahead of unity government
Juba. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar held fresh talks Wednesday in a bid to break a deadlock over states and internal borders in the troubled country, in order to form a unity government next month.The longtime rivals have held several rounds of discussions in the capital Juba since November, when they were given 100 more days to form a unity government, after two failed attempts to resolve all the issues required under a September 2018 peace deal.The next deadline is February 22, and South Africa has dispatched its deputy president David Mabuza to help mediate t...
Libyan strongman delays signing ceasefire at Moscow talks
Moscow (AFP) - Libya's eastern strongman General Khalifa Haftar delayed signing a ceasefire agreement at talks in Moscow, but Russia said it was hopeful the country's warring rivals would soon conclude the deal to end nine months of fighting.Talks on the terms of a ceasefire between Haftar's forces and the UN-recognised government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj went on for seven hours on Monday without the two delegations actually meeting, though Moscow noted "certain progress".Sarraj's Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli has been under attack since last April from forces loyal to Haftar...
Taiwan election: How the pro-Beijing Kuomintang accused rivals of suppressing political dissent
Taiwan’s Pro-Beijing Kuomintang (KMT) party has shifted its 2020 presidential campaign strategy in the past few weeks. Instead of focusing on how the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) strained relation with China has had adverse impacts on Taiwan’s economy, the KMT has begun accusing the party of “green terror” — or suppressing pro-Beijing political dissent by legal means.The political label “White Terror)” has been previously attached to KMT as the party had ruled the country under martial law for more than 38 years. During that period, at least 140,000 individualswere convicted of politic...
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Taiwan rivals in final election push as China's shadow looms
Taipei (AFP) - Taiwan's presidential rivals will hold mass rallies on Friday in a final push to convince voters ahead of a closely watched election that looks set to infuriate China and send ripples far beyond its borders.Some 19 million people are eligible to vote on Saturday to choose between two leaders with very different visions for Taiwan's future -- in particular how close the self-ruled island should tack to its giant neighbour.Beijing views Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to one day retake the island, by force if necessary. But China is also Taiwan's largest trade partne...
Booker just got his best cash haul, but still trails 2020 presidential rivals
It may have been Cory Booker’s best fundraising quarter to date, but he still came up short when compared to his top rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.Booker reported raising $6.6 million from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, his largest three-month haul to date. He had raised $6 millionfrom July to September, including more than $2 millionin the last 10 days of the quarter when he warned that he might have to pull the plug.The fourth-quarter fundraising numbers have allowed Booker to begin television advertising in Iowa, where he is concentrating his effortsin advance of the Feb. 3 ca...