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Five things we learned in the Premier League

London, United Kingdom | AFP | The Manchester clubs kept control of the title race, Alvaro Morata scored his first Chelsea hat-trick and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho began to redeem himself for angling to join Barcelona. Here are five things we learned in the Premier League this weekend: Aguero remains a …

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German campaign takeaways and challenges

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Chancellor Angela Merkel sailed to victory in Germany’s general election on Sunday but her win was soured by the entry of an Islamophobic hard-right party to parliament and prospects of tough coalition talks. Here are the first takeaways from the election and the looming challenges ahead. …

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Wave of protests in NFL after Trump criticism

Los Angeles, United States | AFP | A wave of protests swept National Football League games on Sunday after US President Donald Trump called for players demonstrating against racial inequality during the national anthem to be fired. Dozens of players at several games across the league chose to kneel during the …

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Aubameyang hits hat-trick for leaders Dormund

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund romped to a 6-1 home thrashing of Borussia Moenchengladbach to regain top spot in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Gladbach had no answer to Peter Bosz’s fleet-footed Dortmund, who opened a two-point lead over Hoffenheim at the top of …

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Nigeria warned land wars threaten national security

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Nigeria was warned on Tuesday that clashes between herders and farmers threatened the country’s national security, after such conflict claimed more lives last year than the Boko Haram insurgency. The International Crisis Group said some 2,500 people were killed in 2016 and tens of thousands …

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Micho’s Orlando Pirates on top after disputed win

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Resurgent Orlando Pirates controversially edged Cape Town City 1-0 in Soweto on Tuesday to take a three-point lead in the South African Premiership. Thabo Qalinge scored the winner eight minutes from time and although City coach Benni McCarthy queried whether the ball crossed the …

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Oulanyah calls for calm amid tensions over age limit bill

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The Deputy Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has confirmed that he has received two notices of motion in relation to a constitution amendment. In his communication to the members, Oulanyah who chaired the Tuesday session said that he had received two motions. The first …

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Key points from Myanmar leader’s address on Rohingya crisis

Naypyidaw, Myanmar | AFP | Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi broke her silence on the Rohingya crisis Tuesday, in a speech aimed at appeasing an international community horrified by army-led violence which the UN describes as “ethnic cleansing”. Here are key points from the 30-minute address, which was nationally …

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Rio Ferdinand launches bid to become pro boxer

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Former England football captain Rio Ferdinand confirmed Tuesday he will train to become a professional boxer with the ultimate aim of challenging for a title belt. The 38-year-old former Manchester United star, who retired from football in May 2015, is taking part in online betting …

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Kanyamunyu’s fourth bail application hearing fixed

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Hearing of the fourth bail application filed by jailed Lugogo murder key suspect, Mathew Kanyamunyu, has been fixed for October 30, 2017 High court Judge Wilson Kwesiga is set to hear the application on that date. Justices Elizabeth Kabanda and Yasin Nyanzi dismissed Mathew Kanyamunyu’s three …

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