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Suarez hat-trick extends six-goal Barca’s La Liga lead

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Luis Suarez hit a hat-trick and Philippe Coutinho scored a brilliant first league goal for Barcelona as the La Liga leaders thrashed Girona 6-1 on Saturday to open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table. Lionel Messi continued his return to goalscoring …

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Tensions high as DR Congo ruling party supporters storm cathedral

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Tensions soared in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday as hundreds of ruling party supporters stormed Kinshasa cathedral after authorities banned a planned church-backed rally against President Joseph Kabila. The incident came as the chronically unstable nation braced for more unrest following months of tension …

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DR Congo bans anti-Kabila protest march

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have banned a protest march planned Sunday against President Joseph Kabila, after two similar rallies were brutally put down last month. Kinshasa governor Andre Kimbuta told the Catholic organisers in a letter on Saturday that without …

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C.Africa deploys troops to flashpoint after deadly clashes

Bangui, Central African Republic | AFP | The government of Central African Republic deployed troops alongside United Nations peacekeepers Saturday to a flashpoint district on Bangui after clashes between rival groups left at least three people dead. “The government must restore peace,” said security minister General Henri Wanzet Liguissara in …

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Arsenal stand in way of Pep’s first Man City silverware

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola is anxious to play down suggestions that winning his first piece of silverware for Manchester City in Sunday’s League Cup final against Arsenal would herald a period of dominance. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach takes his side to Wembley with …

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‘As good as Maradona’: Tottenham boss hails Dembele

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham make the short journey across London to take on Crystal Palace on Sunday with manager Mauricio Pochettino comparing midfielder Mousa Dembele to Diego Maradona. “I have said before that he is a genius of football,” said the Spurs boss of the Belgium international. …

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Salah takes Liverpool to second, West Brom cut adrift

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp described a near perfect Liverpool performance as a “joy to watch” as Mohamed Salah scored for the sixth straight game in a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield on Saturday. Klopp’s men moved up into second in the Premier League by …

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Dubai accuses Djibouti of illegally seizing key Africa port

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | Dubai has said it is seeking international arbitration against Djibouti after the Horn of Africa nation terminated its concession at a key port that is the main transit route to landlocked Ethiopia. The emirate said the Djiboutian government’s termination Thursday of the 50-year …

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