Reus nets on return as rattled Dortmund bounce back

15 Apr

Germany winger Marco Reus scored on his return after six weeks out as Borussia Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga match since the midweek bomb attack on their team bus.Sokratis Papastathopoulos and leading score…

University protests ‘secondary’ to migration: Hungary PM

15 Apr

Facing protests at home and abroad over controversial new laws on universities and nongovernmental organisations, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said protests were “secondary theatres of conflict” compared to his battle against immigration.A hig…

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Paulinho under fire in China over ads with porn star

15 Apr

Brazilian international Paulinho was chastised Saturday by the Chinese football federation after promoting a betting company with a porn star — two sectors banned in the communist country.In the photographs online that have been an embarrassment for h…

Everton ban Sun tabloid over Barkley article

15 Apr

Everton banned The Sun tabloid from its premises on Saturday over an article about their player Ross Barkley that critics branded “racist”.

The article in Britain’s best-selling newspaper was about the 23-year-old England midfielder getting into a fight in a nightclub in Everton’s home city of Liverpool.

Columnist Kelvin MacKenzie compared Barkley, who has a grandfather from Nigeria, to a “gorilla at the zoo” and said the only other people in Liverpool with his income were drug dealers.

The article was headlined “Here’s why they go ape at Ross” alongside pictures of Barkley and a gorilla.

Everton said it had informed The Sun that the tabloid was banned from its Goodison Park stadium, its training ground “and all areas of the club’s operation”.

“Whilst we will not dignify any journalist with a response to appalling and indefensible allegations, the newspaper has to know that any attack on this city, either against a much-respected community or individual, is not acceptable.”

Liverpool’s mayor Joe Anderson said he had reported the article to the police and the Independent Press Standards Organisation, calling the comments “racist and offensive”.

The Sun’s publisher News UK said in a statement that MacKenzie “had been suspended with immediate effect”.

“The paper was unaware of Ross Barkley’s heritage and there was never any slur intended,” the statement said.

It added the views expressed by MacKenzie about the people of Liverpool were “wrong, unfunny and are not the views of the paper”.

MacKenzie said he had no idea of Barkley’s family background and added: “For the mayor of Liverpool and a handful of others to describe the article as racist is beyond parody.”

– Hillsborough history –

The Sun and MacKenzie are deeply unpopular in Liverpool. He was the paper’s editor in 1989 when it published allegations about the behaviour of Liverpool Football Club fans in the Hillsborough stadium disaster.

Saturday marks the 28th anniversary of the tragedy in which 96 Liverpool supporters died.

Liverpool FC banned The Sun from their Anfield stadium and their training ground in February this year over the paper’s 1989 Hillsborough coverage.

In his statement Friday, Anderson said there was a “sense of betrayal” that Everton had not done likewise.

If they did not do so before Saturday’s English Premier League match against visitors Burnley, the mayor urged supporters to turn their backs to the pitch during the game.

Barkley was out celebrating his side’s 4-2 win over champions Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday when his lawyers said he was caught in an “unprovoked attack” in a nightclub.

In his column, MacKenzie wrote: “Perhaps unfairly, I have always judged Ross Barkley as one of our dimmest footballers.

“There is something about the lack of reflection in his eyes which makes me certain not only are the lights not on, there is definitely nobody at home.

“I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo. The physique is magnificent but it’s the eyes that tell the story.

“The reality is that at £60,000 ($75,000, 71,000 euros) a week and being both thick and single, he is an attractive catch in the Liverpool area, where the only men with similar pay packets are drug dealers.”

The Sun said MacKenzie was on holiday and the matter would be investigated fully upon his return.

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Orthodox Christians celebrate ‘holy fire’ in Jerusalem

15 Apr

Tens of thousands of Orthodox pilgrims gathered at Christianity’s most holy site under heavy police guard Saturday for the traditional “holy fire” ceremony to mark Easter.Clutching candles, the faithful packed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusa…

Federal judge in Arkansas blocks series of executions

15 Apr

A US federal judge on Saturday blocked a plan by the southern state of Arkansas to execute a series of inmates there over a 10-day period this month, citing a constitutional amendment banning “cruel and unusual punishment.”The state’s Republican govern…

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Dortmund blast victim Bartra leaves hospital

15 Apr

Defender Marc Bartra, who was wounded when three bombs rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, left hospital on Saturday as he recovers from wrist surgery.The 26-year-old is now resting at home after being hit by flying glass on Tuesday when Borussia’s bu…

Pakistan to blame for its own ‘bad name’ – Malala Yousafzai

15 Apr

Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai hit out at Pakistan following the lynching of a university student accused of blasphemy. Mashal Khan was stripped naked and beaten to death with planks on a campus in the city of Mardin after a reported…

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Syria car bombing kills at least 16 evacuees

15 Apr

A suicide car bombing killed at least 16 people Saturday in an attack near buses for Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, a monitor said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, targeted…

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Car bombing hits Syrian evacuees, several dead

15 Apr

A car bomb blast killed several people Saturday at a transit point for Syrians being transferred out of two besieged government-held towns under an evacuation deal, a monitoring group said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion occu…

US-backed forces reach edge of IS-held Syria town

15 Apr

US-backed fighters have reached the outskirts of a key jihadist-held town in northern Syria as part of an offensive against the Islamic State group’s bastion Raqa, a monitor said Saturday.The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an Arab-Kurdish alliance sup…

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Verstappen at Bahrain GP practice on top for Red Bull

15 Apr

Max Verstappen topped the times for Red Bull in Saturday?s hot, windswept and closely-contested final free practice ahead of Sunday?s Bahrain Grand Prix.In a session that was halted briefly after Frenchman Romain Grosjean crashed in his Haas-Ferrari ca…

Milestone man Kane keeps Spurs in hunt

15 Apr

Harry Kane scored his 20th goal of the Premier League campaign as Tottenham Hotspur crushed Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday to cut Chelsea’s advantage at the summit to four points.Mousa Dembele, Son Heung-Min and Vincent Janssen were also on target on a su…

6.2-magnitude quake rattles northern Chile: USGS

15 Apr

An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale shook northern Chile Saturday, according to the United States Geological Survey, but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate report of damage or injuries.The powerful quake, at a depth of 135 kilomet…

Blast hits bus convoy near Aleppo, casualties reported – SANA

15 Apr

A Syrian bus convoy transporting the residents of two villages being evacuated in a deal between warring parties has been hit by a blast on the outskirts of Aleppo, according to SANA news agency. 15 people have been reportedly killed. Re…

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Thousands of Syria evacuees stuck on road as deal falters

15 Apr

Thousands of Syrians being evacuated from four besieged towns were still stuck on the road on Saturday a day after leaving their homes, as the hard-won deal ran into trouble.An AFP correspondent at a marshalling point in rebel-held territory where arou…

Roadside bomb kills 11 Afghan civilians: officials

15 Apr

At least 11 civilians were killed when a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in the restive southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials said Saturday. The blast occurred when the passengers were travelling from remote Nawa district to the pro…

Sixty aid workers forced to flee S.Sudan fighting: UN

15 Apr

A surge of fighting in eastern South Sudan has forced 60 aid workers to flee, the UN humanitarian agency said Saturday, hurting efforts to help civilians in the famine-hit nation.An increase in violence nationwide has seen thousands flee in the past tw…

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Year of the glitch: Sound fails Radiohead at Coachella

15 Apr

Radiohead salvaged a headlining set at the Coachella festival from disaster Friday, following a glitch-plagued opening in which the audio system repeatedly crashed.The experimental rock icons, booked for the third time to lead the premier festival in t…

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Eight charged over Pakistani liberal student’s lynching

15 Apr

Eight Pakistanis involved in the mob lynching of a fellow university student over his liberal views were charged with murder and terrorism on Saturday, court officials said, as condemnation grew.Mashal Khan, a journalism student, was stripped, beaten, …

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8-limbed baby undergoes successful 3-stage surgery in India

15 Apr

An Iraqi baby boy born with eight limbs has successfully undergone surgery to bring him back to normal. Doctors removed his extra arms and legs, including those protruding from his stomach. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Egypt sentences ex-interior minister Adly to 7 years

15 Apr

An Egyptian court sentenced former interior minister Habib al-Adly to seven years in prison for corruption Saturday, in one of the last cases against Hosni Mubarak-era officials following his 2011 overthrow.Adly, who was seen as a brutal enforcer for t…

Dortmund boss considered Champions League pull out

15 Apr

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says he flirted with pulling the club out of the Champions League after Tuesday’s team bus attack before resolving not to give in to the bombers.”I briefly asked myself if we shouldn’t withdraw completely from …

Ennis-Hill to receive gold medal at world champs: reports

15 Apr

Retired British athletics great Jessica Ennis-Hill will have another moment in the sun when she receives a belated gold medal at August’s World Championships in London, British media reports suggested on Saturday.Ennis-Hill — who experienced the great…

Gaur City Center Noida Extension Best Shopping Plaza

15 Apr

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N.Korea puts ‘new ICBM’ on show, say analysts

15 Apr

North Korea unveiled what could be a new intercontinental ballistic missile at a giant military parade in Pyongyang on Saturday, analysts said.Nearly 60 missiles rolled through Kim Il-Sung Square at an event to mark the 105th anniversary of the North’s…

Hands off the animals: Tunis croc killing zoo reopens

15 Apr

A Tunisian zoo that closed after a crocodile was stoned to death has reopened, with extra guards and new signs instructing visitors not to throw things at the animals.The Belvedere Zoo in central Tunis shut its gates in March after a public outcry over…