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Toni Kroos recognises Gareth Bale’s marginal role at Real Madrid is “unsatisfactory for everyone”.

Gareth Bale’s Spurs return ‘close’ on free transfer – agent

Gareth Bale is closing in on a Real Madrid as he prepares for a return to former club Tottenham, his agent has announced.
The Tour de France started the first round of in-race Covid 19 testing, originally announced for the first rest day, before the start of Sunday’s stage, organisers told AFP.

Tour de France begins first round of coronavirus tests

gThe Tour de France started the first round of in-race Covid 19 testing, originally announced for the first rest day, before the start of Sunday’s stage, organisers told AFP.

One killed in Tunisia ‘terror attack’

A knife attack on Sunday killed a Tunisian National Guard officer and wounded another in the coastal town of Sousse, a National Guard spokesman told AFP.
The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has rejected the military coup in Mali and ordered sanctions against its ringleaders.

Mali’s ill-equipped army in spotlight after coup

Mali’s army, which staged last month’s coup in the war-torn nation, is taking on a role in politics despite being hamstrung by a crippling lack of resources.
Facebook on Tuesday said the coronavirus pandemic has users flocking to its services while it undermines ad revenue on which the world’s biggest social network depends.

Facebook blocks terminally ill Frenchman from streaming his death

Facebook said Saturday it would block the livestream of a Frenchman suffering from an incurable condition who wanted to broadcast his death on the social media platform.
Lebanon's newly appointed Prime Minister Mustapha Adib speaks during a press conference on Monday [Joseph Eid-AFP]

Lebanon names Mustapha Adib as new premier

Lebanon named its envoy to Germany, Mustapha Adib, as the new premier Monday to steer the country through a deep crisis after the Beirut explosion compounded a sharp economic downturn.
People wear masks in Chinatown following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 30, 2020. REUTERS-Kamil Krzaczynski

US nears six million cases of coronavirus

The United States neared six million coronavirus cases on Sunday, nearly a quarter of the planet’s total, as nations around the world battle to contain the raging pandemic.
World football ruling body FIFA on Monday filed claims in a court in Switzerland seeking to recover two million Swiss francs (about £1.56 million) from former French football star Michel Platini.

Michel Platini, Sepp Blatter to be interrogated by Swiss prosecutor

Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter each face interrogation from the Swiss public prosecutor this week as part of the proceedings opened in 2015 over a 2011 payment of 2 million Swiss francs.
Belarus’ women march in central Minsk on August 29, 2020 during a demonstration against the results of the presidential election and police brutality. – Belarusian authorities on Saturday withdrew the accreditation of several foreign media journalists, including AFP, ahead of the latest demonstration challenging the results of the presidential election. (Photo by Tatyana KALINOVSKAYA / AFP)

Belarus police arrest protesters in opposition march

Riot police and troops mounted a heavy presence in Minsk on Sunday and began detaining demonstrators as the Belarusian opposition launched another mass rally against the regime of strongman Alexander Lukashenko.
Neymar Jr. is the most-tweeted-about male athlete of 2019 according to Twitter so it’s no surprise that his recent goal celebration has sparked speculation.

Neymar, Nike end romance after 15 years

Renowned sports kits manufacturers Nike revealed it had parted ways with Neymar on Saturday, ending one of its most high-profile sponsorship deals a decade and a half after signing the star striker as a 13-year-old prodigy.
The Tour de France rolls out from the French Riviera on Saturday, two months later than planned and under the shadow of a coronavirus pandemic which could still shatter hopes of the world’s greatest bike race making it to the Paris finish line in three weeks’ time.

Hope and expectation as Tour de France starts in virus shadow

The Tour de France rolls out from the French Riviera on Saturday, two months later than planned and under the shadow of a coronavirus pandemic which could still shatter hopes of the world’s greatest bike race making it to the Paris finish line in three weeks’ time.
FIFA have called on the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) to halt its election campaign after Didier Drogba’s bid was rejected, a letter seen by AFP on Friday showed.

FIFA ‘requests suspension’ of Ivorian federation election

FIFA have called on the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) to halt its election campaign after Didier Drogba’s bid was rejected, a letter seen by AFP on Friday showed.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was not surprised by the electoral commission of the Ivory Coast Football Federation’s (FIF) rejection of the former striker’s presidency bid, his staff said Thursday.

Didier Drogba ‘not surprised’ after Ivorian federation presidency snub

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was not surprised by the electoral commission of the Ivory Coast Football Federation’s (FIF) rejection of the former striker’s presidency bid, his staff said Thursday.
Sudan's former President Omar Hassan al-Bashir sits inside a cage at the courthouse where he is facing corruption charges, in Khartoum, Sudan September 28, 2019. REUTERS-Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah-File Photo

Trial of Sudan’s ousted Omar al-Bashir over 1989 military coup resumes today

The trial of Sudan's ousted ex-president Omar al-Bashir, over the military coup that brought him to power in 1989, is to resume Tuesday, his lawyer told AFP.
Demonstrators massed in central Minsk on Sunday after opposition leaders called for a huge rally to demand the resignation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the latest in a wave of protests against his disputed re-election.

Tens of thousands in Belarus protest President’s 6th term re-election

Demonstrators massed in central Minsk on Sunday after opposition leaders called for a huge rally to demand the resignation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the latest in a wave of protests against his disputed re-election.
A community health officer helps sanitation workers to put on personal protective equipment (PPE) at the coronavirus treatment center of Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone July 2, 2020. REUTERS-Cooper Inveen

World virus deaths top 800,000 as nations ramp up measures

The global death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 800,000, according to an AFP count on Saturday, with numerous countries ramping up restrictions in an effort to battle an eruption of new cases.
Protesters took to Belarus streets in the capital Minsk and several other cities on Tuesday evening after election officials refused to allow rivals to President Alexander Lukashenko to stand in August 9 polls.

Belarus braces for mass protests as president orders army to defend nation

The emboldened opposition has called for massive demonstrations on Sunday to pressure Belarus’ authoritarian leader into resigning after more than two weeks of historic protests against his disputed re-election.
At least 18 people including eight Somali government soldiers and 10 al-Shabaab militants were killed, and more than 13 others wounded when fighters from al-Shabaab attacked Somali National Army and African Union peacekeeping mission troops bases

Four soldiers killed as explosion rocks Mali

Four Malian soldiers were killed and one seriously injured on Saturday when an explosive device detonated as their vehicle drove by in the centre of the country, a military source told AFP.

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