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Hong Kong legal chief denies political motive in jailings, criticism mounts

Hong Kong legal chief denies political motive in jailings, criticism mountsBy James Pomfret and Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s legal chief denied any “political motive” in seeking jail for three young pro-democracy activists on Friday, responding to a Reuters report that he had overruled other legal officials who had initially advised against pursuing the case. An appeals court on Thursday jailed three leaders of the Chinese-ruled city’s democracy movement, Joshua Wong, 20, Alex Chow, 27, and Nathan Law, 24, for six to eight months, dealing a blow to a youth-led push for universal suffrage.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 8:40 am

Barcelona and Cambrils attacks: Five terrorists shot dead in Spanish resort – latest news

Barcelona and Cambrils attacks: Five terrorists shot dead in Spanish resort - latest newsSecond terror attack in Spain at coastal resort of Cambrils Five terrorists shot dead by police after ramming civilians Attack comes after 13 people killed in van attack in Barcelona Manhunt under way for driver who targeted Las Ramblas Investigators fear terror cell had planned gas canister attack Who are the victims? Three-year-old reported among dead Who are the suspects in the Spanish terror attacks? Everything we know about first attack on Spain in 13 years Five terrorists wearing fake suicide belts have been shot dead by police after ramming civilians with a car in a Spanish seaside town in a second attack to hit the country, as officials revealed they believe a gas canister atrocity was being planned. Seven people, including a police officer, were injured in the vehicle attack in Cambrils – hours after a rampaging van driver left 13 people dead and more than 100 wounded around 70 miles away in Barcelona. Bystanders ran for their lives as gunfire broke out close to the coastal town's beachfront promenade early on Friday. Residents were ordered to take cover indoors as bullets tore through the air. Investigators later revealed that they believe a cell of eight people might have been involved and had been planning an attack with gas canisters. Barcelona terror attack In the wake of the carnage in Cambrils, several controlled blasts were carried out in the area. Police said the attackers had been wearing explosive belts, which experts later concluded were fake. Investigators said they are working on the theory that the attacks in Cambrils and Barcelona, as well as an explosion at a house in the town of Alcanar on Wednesday, are linked. Police officers by the upturned car used to target civilians in a second terrorist attack in Cambrils early on Friday Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP A major manhunt for the driver of the van that mowed down holidaymakers and locals on Las Ramblas – a popular tourist thoroughfare in Barcelona – is continuing. Three people have so far been arrested over the attack, including Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old Moroccan who is believed to have rented the van used in Barcelona. Driss Oukabir who is believed to have rented the van used in the Barcelona attack The second arrested man, a Spanish national from Melilla, has not been named. The third person, who was arrested in the Spanish city of Ripoll on Friday morning, is believed to be an associate of Oukabir and not the van driver, who fled unarmed and remains on the run. The third arrested man could have been the driver of a car that drove into a police checkpoint on Thursday night, investigators believe. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest on Spanish soil since more than 190 people died in the Madrid train bombs in 2004. Stay with us for the latest updates. Mapped: Barcelona van attack 9:35AM At least one more terrorist still being sought after van attack At least one more terrorist is still being sought over the Barcelona van attack, Catalan's regional president has said. This is thought to be the driver, who believed to still be on the run after fleeing unarmed. 9:31AM Spanish and EU flags fly at half-mast in Brussels After the twin terror attacks in Spain, both the Spanish and European Union flags are flying at half-mast outside the European Parliament in Brussels this morning. La bandera de España y de la Unión Europea a media asta en la sede del Parlamento Europeo. Europa de luto junto a España. pic.twitter.com/Nr7lSletvA— EP President Tajani (@EP_President) August 18, 2017 9:20AM British boy, seven, missing after Barcelona attack The family of a seven-year-old boy believed to be British has posted on Facebook begging for his safe return after he was separated from his injured mother in the Barcelona attack, reports Helena Horton. Julian Cadman was in the Spanish city with his mother when the van struck where they were walking. The two were reportedly there to attend a wedding. Julian Cadman is pictured wearing a jumper from a British nursery Credit: JOM CADMAN It appears Julian is British. Although his aunt and uncle who are searching for him live in Sydney, Julian is pictured wearing a jumper from a nursery in the UK. He also has relatives who live in the UK. Jumarie 'Jom' Cadman, the mother of Julian, was found in hospital and is in a serious but stable condition. Click here for more details on those missing after the attack. 9:00AM Third suspect arrested is 34-year-old Moroccan national The Catalan police have confirmed the third person to be arrested is a 34-year-old Moroccan national who was living in Ripoll. He is believed to be an associate of Oukabir and the driver of the van remains on the run. 8:45AM Terror cell of eight 'planning attack with gas canisters' Authorities investigating that attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils believe that a cell of eight people might have been involved and had been planning an attack with gas canisters, according to a judicial source. 8:44AM Man arrested in Ripoll could be driver of car that drove into police checkpoint, official says Joaquim Form, the Catalan interior secretary, told RAC1 radio that initial indications were that the man arrested in Ripoll could be the driver of the car that yesterday drove into a police checkpoint on Avenida Diagonal before abandoning the vehicle in Sant Just Desvern, reports Hannah Strange. The person killed in Sant Just Desvern was apparently the owner of the vehicle, who was found dead from knife wounds inside; it had previously been reported that the driver had died in a police operation.  8:25AM Suicide belts worn by Cambrils attackers were fake, police say The explosive belts worn by attackers killed by police in Cambrils were fake, the Spanish region's head Carles Puigdemont told local radio station RAC1. He said bomb experts had confirmed the explosive belts were duds. 8:04AM Cambrils terrorist taunted and smiled at police as they shot him, says British witness Fitzroy Davies, from Wolverhampton, was caught up in the second attack in Cambrils and described how police shot dead one of the attackers. He told the BBC he was in Spain for a judo camp and was in a meeting with the coaches when the incident unfolded. "These girls ran into the bar off the street and then people were running up the road. One of our guys stood up, looked and just said 'run', so we all ran. "This guy came running up the road and was shouting something. I didn't know what it was, so we said call the police." A policeman stands by the car used in a terrorist attack in Cambrils early on Friday Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP "Within 30 seconds the police was already there, jumped out of the car, started shouting at the guy, the guy was then saying something else again. "And then they 'pop, pop', did a couple of shots and he fell down. "He stood back up and then he stepped over the fence and he started, he was taunting, smiling and he carried on walking to the police, and then they gave it to him again, a couple more shots and then he fell to the ground." 7:51AM Third arrest in connection with Barcelona attack A third person has been arrested in the Spanish city of Ripoll following the van attack in Barcelona, police and the Catalonia Interior Minister have said. It is unclear if this is the driver of the van that killed 13 people. 7:37AM Recap: How terror returned to streets of Europe If you are just joining our live coverage here's a recap: Terror returned to the streets of Europe on Thursday when a van ploughed into a crowd of people in Barcelona, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 100 others. Footage of the scene showed dozens of bodies sprawled across the pavement in Las Ramblas, a street popular with tourists. Two men, one Spanish and one Moroccan, were arrested but police said the driver of the van was still at large.  In the early hours of Friday morning, in the town of Cambrils, 70 miles away,  at least six people were hurt when "alleged terrorists" drove into pedestrians before being shot dead by security forces. Police officers help the injured after the van crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas Credit: David Armengou/EPA The five attackers in the Audi A3, who were wearing bomb belts, were shot dead, police said. The bomb belts were detonated by the force's bomb squad. Two of the injured in Cambrils were in critical condition, emergency services said. Police say the attacks were linked. Police at the scene in Cambrils where five terrorists were killed Credit: JAUME SELLART/EPA Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack as Joaquim Forn, Catalonia’s police chief, warned: “Unfortunately the number of fatalities will likely rise.” On Thursday night it was confirmed that a three-year-old child was among the victims and 15 people people were in a critical condition. Police detain a possible suspect after the Barcelona attack Credit: Jason Yu/Twitter Liam Searle, 22, from Chichester, West Sussex, said he was skateboarding along the road at around 5.15pm with his headphones on when he heard “massive bangs and thuds” which he thought were gunshots.  “I realised it was the van next to me hitting people.” he said. “The van had stopped right next to me. That’s when two men got out and I ran for my life.” Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old of Moroccan origin, was suspected of having rented the van used in the assault. Spanish reports later said he had handed himself in to police, who were investigating whether his brother had stolen his documentation. A handout photo made available by Spanish National Police shows Driss Oukabir, alleged to have rented the van which was used to crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas Credit: Spanish National Police/ HANDOUT Two explosions at a house in the town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, on Wednesday night were last night linked by police to the attack. Officers said the residents had been preparing explosives. At least one person died and more than 16 were injured in what was initially thought to be a gas explosion.   Theresa May, the Prime Minister, condemned the “terrible” Las Ramblas assault and said Britain stood firmly with Spain against terrorism.   Pictured: the van reportedly used in the attack Donald Trump, the US president, tweeted that the US “will do whatever is necessary to help”, adding: “Be tough & strong, we love you!.”   The Spanish royal family described the attackers as “assassins, criminals who won’t terrorise us”, while Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, said the attack was “jihadist terrorism” requiring a global response. Victims of the Barcelona attack Credit: David Armengou/EFE This was the eighth terror attack using a vehicle in Europe in the past three years, following the Nice assault in July 2016 that killed 86 and attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge earlier this year that left four and eight people dead.  Earlier this year, jihadists warned that they would be seeking to take their campaign of death and destruction to popular areas in the Mediterranean. Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain The CIA warned Spanish police two months ago that Las Ramblas was a potential target, reports said.   Stay with us for the latest updates throughout the day. Terror timeline – Ramming attacks involving vehicles

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 8:35 am

Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalates

Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalatesBy Erik De Castro and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs. Television channels aired CCTV footage that showed Kian Loyd Delos Santos being carried by two men to the place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first. Witnesses told the ABS-CBN channel that the teenager did not have a firearm and police officers at the scene handed him a gun, asked him to fire the weapon and run.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 7:28 am

U.S. Navy to remove senior leaders of warship after deadly June crash

U.S. Navy to remove senior leaders of warship after deadly June crashBy Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy will relieve the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on a U.S. warship that collided with a Philippine container ship in June off the coast of Japan, the Navy said on Thursday, A separate official report released on Thursday contained dramatic accounts of what happened when the freighter hit the USS Fitzgerald, killing seven Navy sailors. Admiral Bill Moran, deputy chief of naval operations, told reporters that the USS Fitzgerald’s commander, executive officer and master chief petty officer would be removed. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are still under way into how the Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 11:54 pm

Here's a Preview of the Solar Eclipse Traffic Nightmare

Here's a Preview of the Solar Eclipse Traffic NightmareThe backup in Oregon was between 20 and 30 miles long

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 10:13 pm

Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debate

Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debateCHULAFINNEE, Ala. (AP) — White Southerners who equate Old South symbols with regional pride rather than hate are even more on the defensive since neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other extremists became the face of the fight over Confederate monuments.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 9:42 pm

Endangered 2-Headed Turtle Spotted on Beach

Endangered 2-Headed Turtle Spotted on BeachThe team of biologists spotted another two-headed loggerhead turtle hatching last year.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 9:27 pm

Natalee Holloway's Dad Leads Investigators In New Special as Authorities Dispute Discovery of Remains

Natalee Holloway's Dad Leads Investigators In New Special as Authorities Dispute Discovery of RemainsDave Holloway said he originally did not want her to go on the trip.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 9:12 pm

KKK leader threatens to 'burn' black Latina journalist and calls her a 'n*****' during interview

KKK leader threatens to 'burn' black Latina journalist and calls her a 'n*****' during interviewAn Afro-Latina journalist conducting an interview with a member of the Ku Klux Klan has said he threatened her so violently that she was concerned for her safety. Ilia Calderón, a Univision journalist with both African and Colombian heritage, agreed to visit KKK leader Chris Barker on his wooded North Carolina property. Almost immediately, Mr Barker asked her why she didn’t “go back” to her country of origin.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 9:10 pm

Barack Obama responds to Barcelona terror attack: 'Un abrazo'

Barack Obama responds to Barcelona terror attack: 'Un abrazo'Barack Obama and the former First Lady Michelle have sent a message of support – and a hug – to the people of Barcelona and Spain after a terror attack that killed at least 13 people and injured scores more. “Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona. Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends,” he wrote.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 9:08 pm

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend – The Guardian (blog)


The Guardian (blog)

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
The Guardian (blog)
… the visit of Crystal Palace are the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim (even with Liverpool's 2-1 lead from the away leg, the tie remains very much in the balance) and Premier League jousts with Manchester City and Arsenal.
Premier League: Teams like Stoke, Burnley, WBA bring as much to the game as Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelseadailytelegraph.com.au
Tottenham facing prospect of 20000 empty Wembley seats for Premier League clash with ChelseaThe Independent

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Posted on 18 August 2017 | 7:11 am

TMU women’s soccer earns shutout in season opener – Santa Clarita Valley Signal


Santa Clarita Valley Signal

TMU women's soccer earns shutout in season opener
Santa Clarita Valley Signal
The Master's University's Laura English (6) kicks the ball to a teammate during a soccer game at the Master's University on Thursday, August 17, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal. “You can control your attitude, you can control your effort,” said TMU

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 5:19 am

Nuestra Comunidad: Mom plays on soccer tean to feel young, victorious – Atlanta Journal Constitution


Atlanta Journal Constitution

Nuestra Comunidad: Mom plays on soccer tean to feel young, victorious
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Her white hair immediately makes Rojas stand out from the rest of her team, which plays indoors at the Atlanta Eagles Soccer Academy, located in Doraville. That, and the fact that seemingly everyone in attendance knows who Rojas is and where she sits, …

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 4:01 am

Answer from Vanderbilt on shared stadium with Major League Soccer expected in weeks – The Tennessean


The Tennessean

Answer from Vanderbilt on shared stadium with Major League Soccer expected in weeks
The Tennessean
To compete for one of two expansion spots MLS intends to award in December, Ingram and Mayor Megan Barry's administration are working on an aggressive timeline to get a project approved. The mayor's office has indicated plans to file legislation with
MLS growth about more than dollars and cents, Whitecaps insistThe Province
City Committee Declines County's Offer Of Memorial Stadium For MLSWFAE

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Posted on 17 August 2017 | 10:48 pm

Newcastle new signing Joselu: I wanted to play in Premier League – ESPN FC


ESPN FC

Newcastle new signing Joselu: I wanted to play in Premier League
ESPN FC
Newcastle new boy Joselu is confident he can kick-start his Premier League career on Tyneside after receiving an offer he could not refuse from Rafael Benitez. The 27-year-old Spaniard completed a £5 million switch to St James' Park on Wednesday, in

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Posted on 17 August 2017 | 10:31 pm

ExtraTime Radio: How TAM transformed MLS + What’s next for the Rapids? – MLSsoccer.com


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ExtraTime Radio: How TAM transformed MLS + What's next for the Rapids?
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MLS + What's next for the Rapids? August 17, 20176:06PM EDT. Andrew WiebeSenior Editor. ExtraTime Radio Podcast. LISTEN: We've heard of the Beckham Effect, but what about the TAM effect? FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio joins the guys to.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 8:51 pm

MLS to allow fourth substitute in extra time of postseason games – ESPN FC


ESPN FC

MLS to allow fourth substitute in extra time of postseason games
ESPN FC
MLS will allow teams to make a fourth substitution during this year's postseason if a match goes to extra time. … Already this year, the experiment has been implemented in the FA Cup, Scottish Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup and FIFA Club World Cup
MLS introduces fourth sub rule for playoffsRSL Soapbox
MLS to allow fourth substitution in extra time of 2017 postseason matchesMLSsoccer.com
MLS to incorporate Fourth Substitution during PostseasonChicago Fire
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Posted on 17 August 2017 | 5:20 pm

Champions League Coverage Set To Get Fucked The Same Way EPL Coverage Has – Deadspin


Deadspin

Champions League Coverage Set To Get Fucked The Same Way EPL Coverage Has
Deadspin
In their infinite wisdom, NBC recently saw fit to take a good and beloved Premier League broadcast strategy and make it bad and hated by cleaving its once-unified televised and streaming services into two smaller and less satisfying parts, and charging
Turner Will Create New Streaming Service for UEFA Champions League in USNew York Times
Turner gets in the sports streaming game with UEFA Champions League soccerLos Angeles Times
Champions League group stage draw 2017-18ESPN FC
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Posted on 17 August 2017 | 3:31 pm

Ten nominated to be The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2017 – FIFA.com


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Ten nominated to be The Best FIFA Women's Player 2017
FIFA.com
A panel of women's football experts have shortlisted ten players for The Best FIFA Women's Player 2017 award. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are: * Lucy Bronze (ENG – Manchester City Women) * Deyna Castellanos (VEN – Santa Clarita Blue Heat)
FIFA World Player of the Year shortlist: Seven Premier League stars make the cutExpress.co.uk
Cristiano Ronaldo leads nominations for 2017 Best FIFA Men's Player awardESPN FC (blog)
Ronaldo nominated for FIFA player awardRappler
Bleacher Report –Soccer Laduma –The Sun –The Sun
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Posted on 17 August 2017 | 12:56 pm

The Question: why are so many Premier League teams so bad in defence? – The Guardian


The Guardian

The Question: why are so many Premier League teams so bad in defence?
The Guardian
For drama and giggling hilarity, the Premier League remains king. It's not king, obviously, if you want success in the Champions League. Nor is it king if you want to develop young players for the national side. And it's certainly not king if you
Leicester vs Brighton: When is Premier league match, what is the team news, what time will it kick off?The Sun

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Posted on 17 August 2017 | 9:15 am

BBC Sport – Football

Leon Britton: Swansea midfielder could miss Manchester United match

Captain Leon Britton is a doubt for Swansea City’s Premier League game against Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 8:03 am

Everton tie interrupted by crowd trouble

Uefa are to look into the crowd trouble which halted Everton’s Europa League play-off match against Hajduk Split.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 6:30 am

Everton take charge of Europa League tie

Everton are in a strong position to reach the Europa League group stage after a first-leg win over Hajduk Split at Goodison Park.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 6:17 am

Gossip: Spurs close in on £28m defender Sanchez

Tottenham close on Ajax’s Sanchez, Manchester City to bid again for Evans, Chelsea have Sandro bid rejected, plus more.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 5:47 am

Premier League predictions: Danny Murphy predicts Manchester United title win

Match of the Day’s Danny Murphy reveals his tips for the Premier League title, who will win the golden boot, and the summer’s best signing so far.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 5:21 am

Spain defeat the Netherlands 3-2 in the Uefa Women’s U19 semi-finals

Spain defeat the Netherlands 3-2 in the Uefa Women’s Under-19 semi-final at Windsor Park to set up a decider against France on Sunday.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 11:12 pm

Swansea can be better without Sigurdsson – Clement

Swansea City head coach Paul Clement says he knew at the end of last season that Gylfi Sigurdsson wanted to leave.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 10:19 pm

Sampson to ‘improve communication style’ after being cleared of racial abuse

England boss Mark Sampson says he is “looking to improve” his “general communication style” after being cleared of alleged racial abuse.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 10:05 pm

Ajax face uphill struggle in Europa League after home defeat

Last season’s losing finalists Ajax face a challenge to reach the Europa League group stage after a home defeat by Rosenborg.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 9:45 pm

AC Milan put six past Macedonia’s Shkendija

AC Milan thrash Macedonia’s Shkendija to take a huge step towards reaching the Europa League group stage.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 9:44 pm

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