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August 30, 2016

Alcácer signs five year contract with Barça

Alcácer signs five year contract with Barça

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Today, Catalonian football club FC Barcelona announced signing of Spanish striker Paco Alcácer from Valencia C.F. for €30 million. Barcelona is obliged to pay €2 million as add-ons for the 23-year-old striker. Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi was loaned to Valencia with an option to buy the player for €12 million, having a buy-back clause in the agreement.

Munir has been allocated number 9 jersey at Valencia. Barcelona has set buy-out clause of Paco Alcácer €100 million who is the sixth signing of Luis Enrique this season. Previously, Barcelona signed Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Amsterdam based club AFC Ajax.



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Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation \’Euphrates Shield\’

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation ‘Euphrates Shield’

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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On Monday, special presidential envoy for the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Brett McGurk, urged for the “unacceptable” clashes between the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Turkish troops, who are allied with theFree Syrian Army (FSA) to end.

Over the weekend Turkey targeted the PYD in Jeb el-Kussaa, near the border of Turkey in Northern Syria. Reports state at least 20 civilians died, and 50 were wounded due to Turkish air-strikes and artillery fire. On Sunday, another 15 civilians died, many of which are reported to be Kurdish civilians. So far, 35 civilians have died due to the operation, however on Monday, Turkey refuted this and claims only 25 Kurdish militants died in the strikes.

Turkish forces in allegiance with the (FSA) and backed by the U.S, launched operation “Euphrates Shield” on August 24, and quickly captured the ISIL held city of Jarabulus, where ISIL fighters seem to have fled without a fight. Approximately 40 Turkish tanks and 2,000 FSA troops entered Jarabulus via the Turkish border that day. In support of the operation, U.S. A-10 and F-16 warplanes also hit targets within Syria.

Turkish President, Recap Tayyip Erdogan said operation “Euphrates Shield” targets “terrorist groups” such as ISIL and the PYD, who Erdogan claims have been threatening and attacking Turkey from Syria. However analysts have said the operation is really to prevent the PYD, who had been marching towards Jarabulus, from gaining territory in Northern Syria and creating an independent state.

Ankara considers the PYD and its military wing (YPG) to be a faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who are regarded as enemies of the Turkish government for starting an insurgency within Turkey. Earlier this month, the YPG helped regain control of the formerly ISIL held city of Manjib, and have been deemed as one of the strongest U.S. backed forces in Syria.

On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. sided with Turkey’s demands and asked the Kurdish troops to withdraw over the Euphrates River or risk losing U.S. support. Later that day, US State Secretary John Kerry said the Syrian Kurdistan forces had retreated east from Euphrates.

The Syrian regime condemned Turkey’s actions claiming their invasion violates Syria’s sovereignty and added that Turkey was merely “replacing one terrorist group with another.” Following a complaint from Syria to the United Nations (UN), a spokesman from Secretary General Stephane Dujarric de la Rivière, confirmed Turkey’s actions were considered an invasion.


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August 28, 2016

French court suspends burkini ban

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On Friday, France‘s highest administrative court suspended the ban on the burkini, a type of swimwear designed for Islamic women, in the southern French town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice.

File photo of a burkini.
Image: Giorgio Montersino (flickr).

The court ruling only applied to the ban enforced by Villeneuve-Loubet, which was found to be an illegal breach of fundamental freedoms. Mayors from 30 French towns, who have been imposing the ban, were urged to follow the court’s ruling. However several of the towns, including Nice, have vowed to continue the restrictions and will still fine women who wear the swimsuit.

The decision to ban the burkini faced international scrutiny and sparked debate over women’s rights and French secularism, after photographs emerged on Wednesday of police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a Nice beach. The women was issued with a fine for her attire but French officials denied the woman had been forced to remove parts of her clothing, as had previously been reported.

Moroccan-born education minster Vallaud-Belkacem objected to the wording of the ban which likened the measure to preventing terrorism. “In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach,” she said, using another term for Islamic State.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban on burkinis. “We have to wage a determined fight against radical Islam, against these religious symbols which are filtering into public spaces,” Mr Valls said in an interview on BFM-TV. Mr Valls went on to equate the burkini as “a symbol of the enslavement of women.”

Aheda Zanetti, the Sydney designer who created the burkini, claimed her design was intended to be empowering. “My symbol is freedom, flexibility and confidence,” Zanetti told SBS. I wanted to give power back to them, I wanted to make them more confident,” she said.

The court’s final decision on the legality of the bans is to be made at a later date.


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FC Barcelona signs Jasper Cillessen

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On Thursday, Spanish football club FC Barcelona announced signing of Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Dutch capital football club AFC Ajax for €13 million on a five-year deal. Per the agreement, Barça is obliged to pay add-ons of €2 million.

File photo of Jasper Cillessen, 2015.
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27-year-old Cillessen made his professional debut for his boyhood club N.E.C in 2010. A year later, he joined Ajax for €3.2 million. Spending five years at the Amsterdam ArenA, Cillessen has won three Eredivisie titles in a row and one Dutch Super Cup in 2014.

Cillessen made his last appearance for Ajax on Wendsday, losing 4–1 (5–2 on aggregate) against Russian club FC Rostov in the UEFA Champions League’s qualifying round. Cillessen underwent his medical tests on Thursday. Afterwards, he posted on Instagram saying, “Dreams do come true!”((es)) Cillessen was to be presented at Camp Nou on Friday.

Shortly after Cillessen’s signing, Barcelona announced their previous goalkeeper and Chile’s captain Claudio Bravo joined Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.


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Claudio Bravo signs Manchester City

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On Thursday, Spanish football club FC Barcelona announced their first-choice goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, was sold to English club Manchester City F.C. for €18 million on a four-year deal. Manchester City is obliged to pay €2 million as add-ons.

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33-year-old Claudio Bravo joined the Catalonians in the 2014 summer transfer window from Real Sociedad to replace Víctor Valdés. Bravo conceded only 43 goals in 75 matches overall, 72 La Liga matches, for the club.

In 2014, Bravo did not concede a single goal in nine consecutive league matches and set a new La Liga record for consecutive minutes without a concession. That season, he conceded only eighteen goals and won the Zamora Trophy awarded to the goalkeeper with the lowest goal-conceded-per-match ratio. He was named in the La Liga Team of the Season.

In two seasons at Camp Nou, Bravo won eight trophies — two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, and one each of UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and Super Copa de España. Last year, Bravo led Chile to their maiden Copa América title and successfully defended the title this year in the Centenario edition of the tournament. He was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament in both tournaments.

After signing Manchester City, Bravo said, “It is not easy to leave a club like Barcelona where I had two fantastic years, but the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola was too good to refuse.”

Earlier on Thursday, Barcelona announced signing Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from AFC Ajax for €13 million.

Bravo faces Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, as the draw on Thursday placed Barcelona and Manchester City both in Group C.



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Court decision to rule on Frances burkini ban

Court decision to rule on Frances burkini ban

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{{France} On Friday France‘s highest administrative court suspended the ban on the burkini, a type of swimwear designed for Islamic women, in the southern French town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice.

The court ruling only applied to the ban enforced by Villeneuve-Loubet, which was found to be an illegal breach of fundamental freedoms. Mayors from 30 French towns, who have been imposing the ban, were urged to follow the court’s ruling. However several of the towns, including Nice, have vowed to continue the restrictions and will still fine women who wear the swimsuit.

The decision to ban the burkini faced international scrutiny and sparked debate over women’s rights and French secularism, after photographs emerged on Wednesday of police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a Nice beach. The women was issued with a fine for her attire but French officials denied that the women had been forced to remove parts of her clothing, as had previously been reported.

Moroccan born education minster Vallaud-Belkacem, objected to the wording of the ban which likened the measure to preventing terrorism. “In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach,” she said, using another term for Islamic State.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban on burkinis, “We have to wage a determined fight against radical Islam, against these religious symbols which are filtering into public spaces,” Mr Valls said in an interview on BFM-TV. Mr Valls went on to equate the burkini as “a symbol of the enslavement of women.”

Ahedan Zanetti, the Sydney designer who created the burkini claimed that her design was intended to be empowering. “My symbol is freedom, flexibility and confidence,” Zanetti told SBS. I wanted to give power back to them, I wanted to make them more confident,” she said.

The court’s final decision on the legality of the bans’ will be made at a later date.


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Court rules on France\’s burkini ban

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On Friday, France‘s highest administrative court suspended the ban on the burkini, a type of swimwear designed for Islamic women, in the southern French town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice.

File photo of a burkini.
Image: Giorgio Montersino (flickr).

The court ruling only applied to the ban enforced by Villeneuve-Loubet, which was found to be an illegal breach of fundamental freedoms. Mayors from 30 French towns, who have been imposing the ban, were urged to follow the court’s ruling. However several of the towns, including Nice, have vowed to continue the restrictions and will still fine women who wear the swimsuit.

The decision to ban the burkini faced international scrutiny and sparked debate over women’s rights and French secularism, after photographs emerged on Wednesday of police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a Nice beach. The women was issued with a fine for her attire but French officials denied the women had been forced to remove parts of her clothing, as had previously been reported.

Moroccan-born education minster Vallaud-Belkacem objected to the wording of the ban which likened the measure to preventing terrorism. “In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach,” she said, using another term for Islamic State.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban on burkinis. “We have to wage a determined fight against radical Islam, against these religious symbols which are filtering into public spaces,” Mr Valls said in an interview on BFM-TV. Mr Valls went on to equate the burkini as “a symbol of the enslavement of women.”

Aheda Zanetti, the Sydney designer who created the burkini, claimed her design was intended to be empowering. “My symbol is freedom, flexibility and confidence,” Zanetti told SBS. I wanted to give power back to them, I wanted to make them more confident,” she said.

The court’s final decision on the legality of the bans is to be made at a later date.


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August 26, 2016

Sevilla signs Sirigu on loan from Paris SG

Sevilla signs Sirigu on loan from Paris SG

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Friday, August 26, 2016

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On Friday, French capital football club Paris Saint-Getmain announced they loaned Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to Spanish club Sevilla F.C. till the season end.

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29-year-old Sirigu started his career in Italy and joined the Parisians five years ago, in 2011. After playing 60 Serie A matches from 2009 to 2011, Sirigu became the first-choice goalkeeper at PSG for four years, playing 145 matches.

In five seasons at Parc des Princes, Sirigu has won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles, three Trophée des Champions, three Coupe de la Ligue, and two Coupe de France. Sirigu has played seventeen international matches, debuting in 2010.

Last season, German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp joined PSG and became their first-choice keeper. Lacking playing time with PSG, Sirigu signed the contract with Sevilla on Friday, after passing the medical tests hours before.

Per the agreement between the clubs, PSG has not included an option for Sevilla to buy the player.


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August 24, 2016

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake hits central Italy

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake hits central Italy

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

At 3:36am this morning, local time a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck about 10 kilometres southeast of Norcia, Italy. The quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres, and was felt all the way to Rome, about 100 miles (150 km) away from the town of Norcia.

120 or more people are dead, officials have said, including children, and around 100 people are reported missing. The death toll has risen over the course of the day, and is expected to rise further as scores of people remain unaccounted for. The 6.2 magnitude quake has effected the central towns of Norcia, Pescara del Tronto, Accumoli and Amatrice. Sergio Pirozzi, Amatrice’s mayor, remarked, “Half the town no longer exists”, as most of it has been reduced to rubble. Mayor Pirozzi went on to say rescue teams were digging with the “[hope] that most people were alive.”

File photo of a church in Norcia, Italy, 2003.
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After hearing about the devastating effects of the earthquake, Pope Francis postponed a weekly address on religious teachings, instead dedicating a prayer session in Saint Peter’s Square for those effected by the disaster. “[L]earning that there are children among the victims, I am deeply saddened,” Pope Francis told his public.

Authorities have compared today’s earthquake in central Italy to the 2009 earthquake that killed over 300 people in Abruzzo, Italy. Italy’s Civil Protection agency characterized the earthquake as “severe”.



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August 16, 2016

Podolski announces retirement from international fotball

Podolski announces retirement from international fotball

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Yesterday, Poland-born German football player and Galatasaray S.K. forward Lukas Podolski announced retirement from international football.

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Debuting internationally in 2004, Podolski has won 129 international caps, Germany’s third all time most capped player after Lothar Matthäus and Miroslav Klose. 31-year-old Lukas Podolski is the third top-scorer for Germany, netting 48 goals.

Four years ago, Podolski became the youngest player to make 100 international appearances for Germany aged 27 years 13 days. He was part of the German squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France making his final appearance for Germany against Slovakia which was his seventh major tournament.

Podolski won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Podolski was awarded Best Young Player in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosted in Germany. Podolski said, “I feel like my focus has shifted […] My time is over […] I arrived in Germany as a two-year-old boy with basically only a football under my arm and am now a world champion. That is more than I could ever have dreamt of.”

German football manager Joachim Löw said, “Just like Basti Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas was always a constant for me. We have always relied on him and still do to this day. He is a role model in terms of his professionalism and attitude, and he always puts the team’s success ahead of anything else.”((de)).

Podolski was the fifth player to retire from Germany’s 2014 World Cup squad. Last month, German captain Bastian Schweinsteiger announced retirement from international football. Other players who left the German national squad after winning the World Cup are Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose, and Per Mertesacker.


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