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January 11, 2016

FIFA FIFPro XI Award 2015 announced

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Today, FIFA announced the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI in Zürich, Switzerland. FIFPro World XI is a team which 26,478 players across 68 countries vote for a perfect dream team.

The FIFPro or the team of the year had eight players from Spanish La Liga. Four from both FC Barcelona, the current FIFA Club World Cup champions and their arch rivals Real Madrid. A total of four players with Brazilian nationality were included.

The FIFPro featured the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Manuel Neuer, who plays for the German club Bayern Munich as the goalkeeper. The three forwards were the two Ballon d’Or finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, and of course the Ballon d’Or winner and Barça star Lionel Messi.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique won the FIFA World Coach of the Year. Netherlands’ assistant manager, Marco van Basten, who won the Ballon d’Or thrice said “I think if you have a team with all these champions, as a coach it’s good to be quiet! Wish them good luck and enjoy themselves. They’re all winners, they know exactly what to do.”

For last six years, FIFPro XI featured 47 La Liga players and seven Bundesliga players out of 66.

Cquote1.svg I think if you have a team with all these champions, as a coach it’s good to be quiet! Wish them good luck and enjoy themselves. They’re all winners, they know exactly what to do.”
—Marco van Basten
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Manuel Neuer
Image: Michael Kranewitter.

Thiago Silva
Image: Christophe Pelletier.

Marcelo
Image: Богдан Заяц.

Sergio Ramos
Image: Дмитрий Неймырок.

Dani Alves
Image: Олег Дубина.

Andrés Iniesta
Image: Clément Bucco-Lechat.

Luka Modrić
Image: Fanny Schertzer.

Paul Pogba
Image: Catherine Kõrtsmik.

Neymar
Image: Tânia Rêgo/ABr.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Image: Fanny Schertzer.

Lionel Messi
Image: Олег Дубина.

Goalkeeper GER Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Defenders BRA Thiago Silva (Paris SG)
BRA Marcelo (Real Mardid)
ESP Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
BRA Dani Alves (FC Barcelona)
Midfielders ESP Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona)
Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
Paul Pogba (Juventus FC)
Forwards BRA Neymar (FC Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)




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December 14, 2015

UEFA Euro 16 draw takes place in Paris

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UEFA Euro 16 draw takes place in Paris

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On Saturday evening, UEFA Euro 2016 draw took place at the Palais des Congrès in Paris; UEFA Euro 2016 is scheduled to be hosted in France. 24 nations were grouped in six groups, with the host nation getting Group A. The quadrennial football tournament of Europe is scheduled to start in June 2016, the matches to be played in ten French cities.

England had the first draw, and went to Group B. Interestingly, Wales also drew into Group B. World Cup winners Germany got Group C. Polish national captain Robert Lewandowski, who recently scored a brace against Croatian Dinamo Zagreb for Bayern Munich, would be facing his Bayern Munich teammate Thomas Müller in a Group C match.

Two-time defending Champions Spain got the D. Netherlands did not qualify for the first time since 1984 after a shocking exit in the qualifying match.

In full, groups drew as follows:

Group A, France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland.
Group B, England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia.
Group C, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland.
Group D, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia.
Group E, Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden.
Group F, Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary.

The opening match of the tournament is scheduled to be France versus Romania.



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September 1, 2012

China leads medal race after day two of competition at London Paralympics

China leads medal race after day two of competition at London Paralympics

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London, England — Following the second full day of competition at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, China leads the medal race with 13 gold medals and 34 medals in total. Australia comes second with 7 gold, and the Ukraine is third with 6 gold medals.

China’s large medal haul was distributed across several sports, with 15 from swimming, 5 each from athletics and track cycling, 4 from judo, 3 from powerlifting, 2 from shooting.

Australia’s first medal of the Games was won in women’s standing air rifle shooting event where Natalie Smith captured a bronze medal during the first medal event of the Games. One of Australia’s bronze medals came in athletics’ F35–36 shot put event. Kath Proudfoot originally was listed as finishing fifth, but the Australians appealed this citing errors in how her results were calculated. Their appeal was successful, and Proudfoot came away with her second consecutive Paralympic medal in the event.

Over half the medals won by the United States came in swimming, with 7 total. The country has earned an additional 3 in track cycling and 1 in athletics.

A number of competitors have already earned multiple medals, including Australia’s Jacqueline Freney and Matthew Cowdrey, and the United States’s Jessica Long and Elizabeth Stone who all picked up a pair of medals in the pool.

Rank Country Men
Gold
Men
Silver
Men
Bronze
Men
Total
Women
Gold
Women
Silver
Women
Bronze
Women
Total
Total
Gold
Total
Silver
Total
Bronze
Total
Total
Rank by total
1 China 8 7 5 20 5 3 6 14 13 10 11 34 1
2 Australia 2 2 3 7 5 2 5 12 7 4 8 19 3
3 Ukraine 4 2 2 8 2 3 3 8 6 5 5 16 4
4 Russia 3 2 2 7 2 1 1 4 5 3 3 11 5
5 Great Britain 2 6 4 12 2 5 1 8 4 11 5 20 2
6 United States 2 2 4 2 1 4 7 4 1 6 11 5
7 Germany 1 2 4 7 2 2 4 3 4 4 11 5
8 Canada 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 2 3 1 6 9
9 Brazil 2 1 3 1 2 3 2 2 2 6 9
10 Nigeria 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 4 12
11 Azerbaijan 1 1 1 1 2 2 21
12 Spain 1 2 1 4 2 4 6 1 4 5 10 8
13 New Zealand 1 2 2 5 1 2 2 5 11
14 Turkey 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 1 4 12
15 France 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 12
15 Netherlands 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 12
17 Italy 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 16
18 Egypt 1 2 3 1 2 3 16
19 Cuba 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
19 Denmark 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 Republic of Korea 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 South Africa 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
23 Belarus 1 1 1 1 29
23 Hungary 1 1 1 1 29
23 Ireland 1 1 1 1 29
23 Latvia 1 1 1 1 29
23 Morocco 1 1 1 1 29
23 MKD 1 1 1 1 29
23 Serbia 1 1 1 1 29
30 Czech Republic 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
30 Mexico 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
32 Argentina 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
32 Croatia 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
34 Norway 1 1 1 1 29
34 Poland 1 1 1 1 29
34 Sweden 1 1 1 1 29
34 Chinese Taipei 1 1 1 1 29
34 Tunisia 1 1 1 1 29
34 Uzbekistan 1 1 1 1 29
40 Algeria 3 3 3 3 16
41 Venezuela 2 2 2 2 21
42 Hong Kong, China 1 1 1 1 29
42 Iran 1 1 1 1 29
42 Israel 1 1 1 1 29
Total 37 37 41 115 31 31 35 97 68 68 76 212



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August 31, 2012

China leads the medal race after day 2 of competition at the London Paralympics

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Medal ceremony for women’s 10m SH1 standing air rifle
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London, England — Following the second full day of competition at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, China leads the medal race with 34 total, 13 of them gold. Australia comes in second, with 7 gold, and the Ukraine is third with 6 gold medals.

China’s large medal haul was distributed across several sports, with 15 from swimming, 5 each from athletics and track cycling, 4 from judo, 3 from powerlifting, 2 from shooting.

Australia’s first medal of the Games was won in women’s standing air rifle shooting event where Natalie Smith captured a bronze medal during the first medal event of the Games. One of Australia’s bronze medals came in athletics’ F35–36 shot put event. Kath Proudfoot originally was listed as finishing fifth, but the Australians appealed this citing errors in how her results were calculated. Their appeal was successful, and Proudfoot came away with her second consecutive Paralympic medal in the event.

Over half the medals won by the United States came in swimming, with 7 total. The country has earned an additional 3 in track cycling and 1 in athletics.

A number of competitors have already earned multiple medals, including Australia’s Jacqueline Freney and Matthew Cowdrey, and the United States’s Jessica Long and Elizabeth Stone who all picked up a pair of medals in the pool.

Rank Country Men
Gold
Men
Silver
Men
Bronze
Men
Total
Women
Gold
Women
Silver
Women
Bronze
Women
Total
Total
Gold
Total
Silver
Total
Bronze
Total
Total
Rank by total
1 China 8 7 5 20 5 3 6 14 13 10 11 34 1
2 Australia 2 2 3 7 5 2 5 12 7 4 8 19 3
3 Ukraine 4 2 2 8 2 3 3 8 6 5 5 16 4
4 Russia 3 2 2 7 2 1 1 4 5 3 3 11 5
5 Great Britain 2 6 4 12 2 5 1 8 4 11 5 20 2
6 United States 2 2 4 2 1 4 7 4 1 6 11 5
7 Germany 1 2 4 7 2 2 4 3 4 4 11 5
8 Canada 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 2 3 1 6 9
9 Brazil 2 1 3 1 2 3 2 2 2 6 9
10 Nigeria 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 4 12
11 Azerbaijan 1 1 1 1 2 2 21
12 Spain 1 2 1 4 2 4 6 1 4 5 10 8
13 New Zealand 1 2 2 5 1 2 2 5 11
14 Turkey 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 1 4 12
15 France 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 12
15 Netherlands 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 12
17 Italy 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 16
18 Egypt 1 2 3 1 2 3 16
19 Cuba 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
19 Denmark 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 Republic of Korea 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 South Africa 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
23 Belarus 1 1 1 1 29
23 Hungary 1 1 1 1 29
23 Ireland 1 1 1 1 29
23 Latvia 1 1 1 1 29
23 Morocco 1 1 1 1 29
23 MKD 1 1 1 1 29
23 Serbia 1 1 1 1 29
30 Czech Republic 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
30 Mexico 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
32 Argentina 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
32 Croatia 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
34 Norway 1 1 1 1 29
34 Poland 1 1 1 1 29
34 Sweden 1 1 1 1 29
34 Chinese Taipei 1 1 1 1 29
34 Tunisia 1 1 1 1 29
34 Uzbekistan 1 1 1 1 29
40 Algeria 3 3 3 3 16
41 Venezuela 2 2 2 2 21
42 Hong Kong, China 1 1 1 1 29
42 Iran 1 1 1 1 29
42 Israel 1 1 1 1 29
Total 37 37 41 115 31 31 35 97 68 68 76 212



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August 26, 2012

2012 Paralympic Village occupied by competitors as nations ready for the Games

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

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The Paralympic Village officially opened on Wednesday in London, with many nations having moved in as of Saturday in preparation for the start of the games. Press access has been limited, as Paralympic Games organisers are trying to give competitors as much privacy in the village as possible.

A Ukranian Paralympian
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A pair of Canadian Paralympians
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The Irish section of the village is decorated with signs bearing pictures
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A member of Team Great Britain uses a mobile phone while in the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A member of the Cuban delegation
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Members of the Brazilian delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

Team Canada moves in a large group around the Village
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Two members of Team USA (right) pass an Angolan competitor (left).
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An Aremenian SB5 swimmer
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A Cuban Paralympian in the village
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A sign outside the Spanish part of the Paralympic Village
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Two members of the Iranian delegation
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An Iraqi competitor and an unnamed member of the United States delegation chat
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McDonalds is located inside the Paralympic Dining Hall; athletes receive meals free of charge.
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A Team Great Britain football player
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A pair of women from Uzbekistan
Image: Laura Hale.

Members of the Croatian delegation took out their umbrellas after it started to rain
Image: Laura Hale.

Senegal and Palestinian delegation members wait outside the gate to be officially welcomed to the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Australians walk past the Hungarian part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Colombian Paralympians are guided around the Village by two Paralympic volunteers
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August 25, 2012

2012 Paralympic Village open as competitors ready for the Games

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

London, England —

The Paralympic Village officially opened on Wednesday in London, with many nations having moved in as of today in preparation for the start of the games. Press access has been limited, as Paralympic Games organisers are trying to give competitors as much privacy in the village as possible.

A Ukranian Paralympian
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Canadian Paralympians
Image: Laura Hale.

The Irish section of the village is decorated with signs bearing pictures
Image: Laura Hale.

A member of Team Great Britain uses a mobile phone while in the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A member of the Cuban delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

Members of the Brazilian delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

Team Canada moves in a large group around the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

Two members of Team USA walk toward the left, while an Angolan walks in the opposite direction
Image: Laura Hale.

An Aremenian SB5 swimmer
Image: Laura Hale.

Image: Laura Hale.

A sign outside the Spanish part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

Two members of the Iranian delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

An Iraqi competitor and an unnamed member of the United States delegation chat
Image: Laura Hale.

McDonalds is located inside the Paralympic Dining Hall; athletes receive meals free of charge.
Image: Laura Hale.

A Team Great Britain football player
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of women from Uzbekistan
Image: Laura Hale.

Members of the Croatian delegation took out their umbrellas after it started to rain
Image: Laura Hale.

Senegal and Palestinian delegation members wait outside the gate to be officially welcomed to the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Australians walk past the Hungarian part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Colombian Paralympians are guided around the Village by two Paralympic volunteers
Image: Laura Hale.



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May 15, 2011

Azerbaijan win 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

Azerbaijan win 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

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Azerbaijan has won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany. Duo Ell & Nikki, which consists of Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal, won the contest with 221 points after their performence of Running Scared. This is the first time that Azerbaijan has won the contest, they first appeared in 2008. Italy took second place and Sweden finished third.

Commenting on their country’s win the pair said “the one thing we want to say is, we just love you. Thank you for your support”. Gasimov continued to say that he was “the happiest man in the world”.

Azerbaijan received the maximum of 12 points from three countries, Russia, Turkey, and Malta.

Ukraine came fourth in the contest and fifth place went to Denmark. Switzerland came in last with 19 points. Host and last year’s winner Germany finished in tenth place. Other countries that participated in the final include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Ireland, Georgia, the United Kingdom, Moldova, Slovenia, Serbia, France, Russia, Romania, Austria, Lithuania, Iceland, Finland, Hungary, Spain, and Estonia.

Two semi-final heats were held in the days before the final to determine which acts would proceed to the final. Greece and Sweden won the semi-finals with 133 and 155 points. The countries that failed to make it to the final are Malta, Armenia, Turkey, Albania, Croatia, San Marino, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Belarus, Israel, F.Y.R Macedonia, Latvia, Cyprus, and the Netherlands



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August 23, 2010

Former Yugoslavian footballer Stjepan Bobek dies aged 86

Former Yugoslavian footballer Stjepan Bobek dies aged 86

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Former Yugoslav footballer Stjepan Bobek has died at the age of 86. His death was confirmed by doctors at the Belgrade emergency clinic. However, the cause of death was not given.

Born in the Croatian capital, Zagreb, Bobek gained fame while playing for Partizan Belgrade. He joined them in 1945 and stayed until 1958. During his time with the team, he scored 403 goals in 468 appearances. No one else has ever made more appearances or scored more goals for the club than Bobek. In 1995 he was voted the best player in Partizan’s history.

Bobek also played international football. He played for the Yugoslavian national side and appeared 63 times and scored a total of 38 goals. He also won two Olympic silver medals for Yugoslavia in 1948 and 1952.

After Bobek retired from his playing career he became a football manager. He coached in several countries including Poland, Tunisia, and Greece as well as Yugoslavia.

When Yugoslavia broke up in the 1990s, Bobek remained in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.



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June 7, 2010

Slovenia votes in favour of Croatian border deal

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Slovenia votes in favour of Croatian border deal

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yesterday voted in a referendum in favour of a border deal with . The Border Arbitration Agreement allows for international arbitrators to resolve a 20-year border dispute that dates back to the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Parliaments in both countries approved the deal, which will be binding on both countries. In March, Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor’s centre-left government yielded to demands for a referendum on whether to accept a border deal. “Solving the border dispute with Croatia is the basis for a lasting peace, security and friendship of both nations,” Pahor said. “If it is rejected, it is questionable how long I or my successor will need to reach another agreement which, I believe, could not be better.” he added.

The national Electoral Commission said that after 99.9 per cent of votes were counted, 51.5 per cent voted for the deal and 48.5 were against it. It is impossible for the remaining 2,000 votes, cast by Slovenians living abroad, to change the outcome.

Slovenia is situated between Italy and Croatia, where the dispute involves land on the Istrian peninsula in the northern Adriatic and the small Bay of Piran in the Adriatic Sea. A panel of five international experts will define the new land and maritime borders and could force Croatia to cede some of the sea it views as its own. In the past, Croatia has called for the border to be drawn down the middle of the bay. However, Slovenia, which has a much shorter coastline, feared that this would deny its ships direct passage to international waters.

Slovenia is the only former Yugoslav state to have joined the (EU), while Croatia hopes to conclude EU accession talks this year and join the twenty-seven member union in 2012. A rejection could have delayed Croatian membership. Slovenia has blocked Croatia’s membership talks over the border issue in the past. Croatian President Ivo Josipović welcomed the outcome as “a victory for Slovenia, Croatia and Europe.”

Brussels and Washington welcomed the deal. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission said, “This is an important step forward. We now look forward to a final settlement of the dispute. Resolving this bilateral issue is an important signal for the region and the relations between Slovenia and Croatia.”



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January 10, 2010

Wikinews Shorts: January 10, 2010

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Croatian president pardons convicted war criminal

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Outgoing Croatian president Stjepan Mesić pardoned 36-year-old Siniša Rimac, a convicted war criminal, jailed for eight years for participating in executions of Serb civilians back in 1991, when Croatia was at war with Serb forces. Among other crimes, he is guilty of killing a 12-year old girl. At that time he was part of a military unit led by Tomislav Merčep, who was never prosecuted.

Rimac’s jail term was shortened by one year, following president Mesić’s decision.

Serbian president Boris Tadić described the act as “anti-european” and “anti-civilisational” that cannot be justified.

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Saudi Arabian court commutes Canadian’s death sentence

Mohamed Kohail, a Canadian resident convicted after a deadly school fight in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will not be executed as originally sentenced. The country’s highest court, the Supreme Council, cancelled the death sentence but ordered that Kohail face retrial in the case. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade confirmed this development on Saturday.

Kohail’s younger brother Sultan is also charged in this case and could also be sentenced to death as his case was moved from the youth court to the adult system. Both brothers deny that they had caused the death of Munzer Haraki during the 2007 brawl.

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Thousands attend murdered Ottawa police officer’s funeral

More than 4,000 police officers attended the funeral of Constable Ireneusz “Eric” Czapnik in Ottawa, Ontario on Thursday. Czapnik was stabbed to death outside the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus the previous Tuesday while completing paperwork at his vehicle. He was the first Ottawa police officer to be killed on duty since 1983.

Kevin Gregson, a suspended RCMP officer, is charged in connection with Czapnik’s murder.

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Gunman opens fire at ABB Factory in St Louis, Missouri

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At 6:30a.m. Friday local time (1230 UTC) a gunman entered an ABB factory in St. Louis, Missouri, and began shooting. At this time it appears that he had killed three and injured five others, then himself. St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says, “”We are very confident that this is the shooter.” Reports say that there were two bodies found on the outside of the factory and two bodies, including that of the shooter, found on the interior.

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Sarkozy wins fraud case; awarded one Euro

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A French court ruled in favor of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in a fraud case where fraudsters stole money from his bank accounts. He was awarded one Euro (US$1.43, ₤0.89) in damages.

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Creator of Gumby, Art Clokey, dies at age 88

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Art Clokey, a pioneer in the field of claymation, died Friday due to chronic disease. Clokey was well know for one of the characters he created, Gumby.

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