Awesome Asensio helps Madrid romp past Eibar

Monday, 23 October 2017

A Marco Asensio-inspired Real Madrid crushed lowly Eibar 3-0 to cut the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona back to five points on Sunday. The forward forced an own goal and scored the second as Madrid moved into third with 20 points, one behind second-placed Valencia and one ahead of Atletico Madrid, who beat Celta Vigo 1-0 earlier on. Asensio, picked ahead of Karim Benzema to partner a subdued Cristiano Ronaldo up front, sparkled as Real made light work of the visiting ...

Opposition calls on Iraqi Kurd leader to resign

Monday, 23 October 2017

Iraqi Kurdistan’s main opposition party called Sunday for the autonomous region’s president to resign after Baghdad seized swathes of disputed territory from Kurdish forces in response to an independence vote.Shoresh Haji of the Goran movement, which holds 24 out of 111 seats in the Iraqi Kurdistan parliament, said Massud Barzani and his deputy Kosrat Rasul should step down.“The Kurdistan region’s president and his deputy no longer have any legitimacy and should ...

Pochettino set to rest weary Kane against West Ham

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Mauricio Pochettino allayed fears that Harry Kane had picked up an injury during Tottenham Hotspur’s win over Liverpool on Sunday but said he was likely to give the “tired” England striker a rest in midweek. Kane finally broke his Wembley duck in the Premier League with a double as Spurs eased to a 4-1 victory over Juergen Klopp’s side but appeared to limp off late in the match when being substituted. However, while saying there was no early sign ...

Ramallah scraps Lebanese film ‘The Insult’ over Israel ‘normalization’

Sunday, 22 October 2017

A Palestinian city on Sunday cancelled the planned screening of a Lebanese film after activists called for a boycott over the director’s “normalization” with Israel. “The Insult”, which deals with the Lebanese civil war, was scheduled to be screened Monday in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as part of the “Days of Cinema” festival. But Ramallah’s municipality decided on Sunday to cancel the showing at a city-run facility after pressure ...

Egyptians are saluting on social media in solidarity with the police force

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Social media platforms in Egypt have been filled with a hashtag that was launched by actor Asser Yassin in solidarity with the police officers who were recently killed in a deadly terror attack that took place last Friday in the Western Desert that left 18 policemen dead. A number of artists interacted with the military salute campaign, including actors Bayoumi Fouad and Tariq Sabry, who published photos of themselves on their personal accounts on Facebook saluting the victims. “Salute ...

Returning Rohingya may lose land, crops under Myanmar plans

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters. Nearly 600,000 Rohingya have crossed the border since Aug. 25, when coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts sparked a ferocious counteroffensive by the Myanmar army. The United Nations says killings, arson and rape carried out by troops and ...

Egypt court sentences 11 people to death for ‘terrorism’

Sunday, 22 October 2017

An Egyptian court sentenced 11 people to death Sunday on accusations they joined a “terrorist organization” and attempted to kill two police officers, a judicial official said.The court sentenced 14 others to life in prison -- 25 years in Egypt -- and a juvenile to 10 years in prison, the official said.They were accused of participating in “terrorist operations” and attempting to kill two officers in 2014, and of possession and manufacturing explosive material.Of the ...

Saudi foreign ministry denies any of their officials visited Israel

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry has issued a statement denying several media reports that suggested a high-ranking Saudi official visited Israel in recent weeks. “A source from the Saudi foreign ministry said that reports of an official from Saudi Arabia visited Israel were complete false and had no basis in truth,” a statement read. “The source also added that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always been transparent in terms of its movements and communications and has ...

Who is Henda Ayari, the woman accusing Islamist Tariq Ramadan of rape?

Sunday, 22 October 2017

With the number of women in Hollywood coming forward and exposing Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and rape, another case has been gripping the Middle East after prominent Islamist thinker Tariq Ramadan was accussed of raping Salafist-turned secular liberal activist Henda Ayari. Ayari has accused Swiss-Muslim thinker Ramadan, the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood founder, of raping and sexually assaulting her in a Paris hotel room in 2012. Ramadan’s lawyer said that ...

Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council releases statement after first meeting

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Saudi-Iraqi coordination council held its first meeting with the aim of consulting and coordinating on issues of mutual interest and enhancing cooperation between the two sides in various fields. Inaugurating the council on Sunday, Saudi King Salman said that “what links Saudi Arabia to Iraq is not just geography and common interests but ties of fraternity, blood, history and destiny”. “I look forward to the meetings of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council to move towards a ...

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