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United States warns on Odinga action

Nairobi, Kenya | THE INDEPENDENT | The United States has come out to warn that the decision by Raila Odinga to swear in as the people’s president this week undermines the Kenyan constitution. “The United States is gravely concerned by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s self-“inauguration” on January 30. We …

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US university athletics director resigns over sex abuse scandal

Chicago, United States | AFP | The director of the athletics program at Michigan State University, where convicted child molester Larry Nassar practiced medicine, resigned Friday as pressure intensifies for answers over how abuse persisted for decades. The university’s president stepped down Wednesday evening, hours after Nassar was sentenced to …

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Up to 175 years in jail for disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor

Lansing, United States | AFP | Disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday for sexually abusing scores of young girls under the guise of medical treatment. “I’ve just signed your death warrant,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said as she handed down …

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Serena says motherhood may make her better player

Washington, United States | AFP | Look out, women’s tennis. Serena Williams isn’t quite back on tour, but she says she wants more Grand Slam titles and may be an even better player after becoming a mother. In an interview with Vogue magazine published Wednesday, Williams also recounts the harrowing medical …

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Serena sorts out baby teething issues, hints at return

Miami, United States | AFP | Serena Williams says she has struggled with her baby daughter’s teething pain even as she tweeted a photo hinting she might be working on a comeback to defend her Australian Open title. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world number one drew sympathetic …

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US leaning towards 2030 Winter Games bid

Los Angeles, United States | AFP | The United States Olympic Committee said Friday 2030 was the preferred option as it eyes a bid for the Winter Olympics. USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said US officials were tilting away from a bid for the Winter Olympics in 2026. The United States …

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France urges US Congress not to cancel Iran nuclear deal

Paris, France | AFP | France on Saturday urged the US Congress not to rip up the Iran nuclear deal, after President Donald Trump decertified Iran’s compliance with the 2015 agreement. “We strongly hope that Congress, which is now responsible for a possible rupture, does not jeopardise the deal,” French Foreign …

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Nadal hails ‘best season’ and ‘incredible era’

  New York, United States | AFP |  Rafael Nadal described the year 2017 as “one of the best of his career” on Sunday after winning a third US Open and 16th Grand Slam. World number one Nadal defeated South Africa’s world number 32 Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in …

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Stephens marvels at money and journey to US Open glory

New York, United States | AFP | Worries didn’t end for Sloane Stephens after winning her first Grand Slam title Saturday at the US Open, recalling the fabulous photographs of past champions she admired along the hallways of Arthur Ashe Stadium. “Everyone has the cutest photos on the wall in here …

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Nadal eyes sweet sixteen against Anderson

New York, United States | AFP | Rafael Nadal can wrap up a 16th Grand Slam title and third at the US Open on Sunday but has to find a way past the almost unbreakable spirit of South Africa’s Kevin Anderson. The 31-year-old Spaniard, who captured a 10th Roland Garros …

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