European, African ministers discuss plan to tackle flow of refugees

  European and African ministers are to meet in Tunis on Monday to discuss a plan to try to regularise the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe to about 20,000, coupled with a much tougher strategy to deport illegal migrants from Italy and break up smuggling rings. The plan to regularise the migrant flow is being pushed by the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, which warns that EU efforts to train the Libyan coastguard along with Italy’s intention to impose a new code of conduct on NGO rescue ships…

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Opponents to challenge Turkey ‘Yes’ vote

  Turkey’s main opposition party has said it will challenge the country’s referendum result after the president won a vote to expand his powers. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) has questioned the legitimacy of the close result, citing irregularities in the electoral process. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s push for an executive presidency succeeded with just over 51% of the vote. The win was met with both celebrations and protests across Turkey. The CHP is refusing to accept the “Yes” victory and is demanding a recount of 60% of the votes,…

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Anthony Joshua: ‘Being a boxer you have to be a man of the people’

Anthony Joshua has never lost a professional fight and he’s won every bout with a knock-out. But in two weeks he faces the fearsome Wladimir Klitschko, aka Dr Steelhammer. Should he be nervous? Alex Clark meets the bricklayer turned boxer Anthony Joshua, the Hertfordshire bricklayer who has become British boxing’s greatest star, is a busy boy. After months of trying to find a gap in his schedule, we finally isolate a weekend in Watford. Within 24 hours, that’s shifted to a Friday in Sheffield, and a modern, unremarkable cul-de-sac on…

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Mourinho the Drama King and his extraordinary 10 jibes

Jose Mourinho, has become the most dramatic club coach in the world and at a point he was adjudged the best coach on planet earth having won titles in the major leagues in Europe. He is widely regarded by several players and coaches to be one of the best managers of his generation and one of the greatest ever managers. Players, coaches, and commentators describe him as one of the greatest and most successful managers in the world. In 2015, Mourinho was named Portuguese Coach of the Century by the…

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Biafra is unstoppable –Ikedife, IPOB

Elder statesman and a former President General of Ohanaeze, Dozie Ikedife, has replied the British Government over its recent statement that Nigeria remains indivisible, saying no one can stop the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra. This came as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s leadership worldwide while condemning a statement credited to Alhaji Tanko Yakassai that the Biafra agitation is annoying and the oil in Biafraland does not belong to indigenous people of the land; said that the elder statesman needs to take a lesson in history…

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Russia 2018 will be dream come true, says Olarenwaju

Kayode Olarenwaju, one of Nigeria’s top goal scorers in the European leagues this season having netted 17 goals, has revealed his dream of recording more caps playing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria after having a taste of the action in the international friendly game against Senegal in London last month. Kayode, 23, made his debut for Nigeria in the 1-1 draw with Senegal, and he is optimistic that the Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr was impressed with his gamechanging appearance as a second-half substitute. He said: “It was nice to…

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Guardiola accepts City ‘far away’ from Champions League

    Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City are “far away” from challenging for European club football’s biggest prize. The manager of the world’s self-styled wealthiest football club has been in the unusual position of watching the Champions League quarter-finals from a distance this week. City’s exit against Monaco in the last 16 ended a remarkable run that had seen the Spanish manager reach at least the semi-final stage of Europe’s top competition in all his combined seven seasons in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. As Guardiola joked recently,…

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Iheanacho: Why I dumped Arsenal for Man City

Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho has revealed that English Premier League outfit, Arsenal, were top on the list of teams that wanted his signature when wanted to join the EPL Iheanacho said he personally preferred Portuguese giants FC Porto over Arsenal and his current club Manchester City. The 20-year-old striker joined City’s Academy from Taye Academy on January 10 2014 and he has since revealed that his father convinced him to join the English side.”A few European clubs were interested in signing me: Arsenal, Porto and some others,” Iheanacho told Theplayerstribune.com.…

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Russia will not broadcast Eurovision

  Russian broadcaster Channel One will not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest next month because the country’s competitor has been barred from host country Ukraine. Russia’s decision removes any chance of it competing this year, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said. Ukraine is refusing to allow Julia Samoilova to perform at Eurovision because she has visited Crimea, the peninsula seized by Russia in 2014. The EBU has condemned the ban. It says Ukraine is undermining the non-political nature of the contest. The union, which produces Eurovision, said it had offered…

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EPL: Leicester face test of focus amid Euro drama

    Craig Shakespeare must decide whether to focus on securing Leicester’s Premier League survival against Crystal Palace or allow his stars to rest before the latest chapter in their European adventure. Shakespeare’s side head to Selhurst Park on Saturday still licking their wounds after Antoine Griezmann’s controversial penalty gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday. It was a bitter defeat for the English champions as the spot-kick was awarded for a Marc Albrighton tackle on Griezmann that took place outside the…

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