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Soldiers block major Ivory Coast city

Angry soldiers have blocked off access to Bouaké, the second largest city in the Ivory Coast, as a revolt over a pay dispute continues. One of the uprising’s leaders said the soldiers were “ready to fight” if attacked. Sergeant Seydou Koné said they did not want to negotiate with anyone, according to Reuters news agency. The unrest began after a …

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Korea missile test was ‘new type of ballistic rocket’

North Korea has claimed that the missile it tested on Sunday was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead. The missile, launched at a steep angle, reached an altitude of 2,000km (1,242 miles) and travelled about 700km, landing in the sea west of Japan. North Korea said on Monday it was a test of the …

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Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as France’s new President

Emmanuel Macron has been inaugurated as France’s new president at the Élysée Palace, a few days after an outstanding win against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. In his first speech as President, Macron promised to reform and relaunch the embattled European Union during his time in office. The 39-year-old centrist takes over from President Francois Hollande, the Socialist whose …

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Ronaldo equals top scorer record

The Real Madrid superstar struck twice in a win over Sevilla which moved him past Gerd Muller and into a tie atop the list Cristiano Ronaldo is on the brink of history after scoring twice on Sunday to tie with Jimmy Greaves as the all-time top scorer in Europe’s five biggest leagues. Ronaldo scores 400th Real Madrid goal His first …

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Goodwin saves Sparta Rotterdam from relegation dogfight

The Australian came off the bench and played a role in three goals to end his first season in Europe on a high Socceroos winger Craig Goodwin has saved Sparta Rotterdam from relegation on the final day of the Dutch Eredivisie season. As fellow Australian Brad Jones was helping Feyenoord to the league title back in Rotterdam, Goodwin was introduced …

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Coutinho sets new Liverpool landmark in Premier League game at West Ham

Philippe Coutinho achieved a personal milestone during Liverpool’s Premier League game against West Ham at the London Stadium. The Brazilian, who joined Liverpool from Inter in January 2013, was involved in three goals in a single game for the club for the first time since his arrival at Anfield. Coutinho created the opening goal of the match on 35 minutes …

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Lavezzi facing racism backlash following controversial pose

Ezequiel Lavezzi is facing a serious backlash from fans after seemingly attempting to impersonate a Chinese person during a commercial photo shoot for Hebei China Fortune. In an official promotional photo recently released by the club, Lavezzi is seen smiling and making an offensive facial expression whilst donning the club’s red tracksuit. The image was immediately pounced upon by Chinese …

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Starlets coach not getting carried away after Cameroon mauling

Ghana U17 coach Paa Kwesi Fabin says his side are staying grounded despite smashing Cameroon 4-0 in their Group A opener on Sunday. The Black Starlets totally outclassed the ‘Baby Lions’ with some breathtaking football which saw them race into a three-nil at half. ”I must also congratulate Cameroon for giving us a very good match though we took our …

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Black Starlets run riot over Cameroon in AFCON opener 

Ghana’s under 17 team, the Black Starlets, produced a swashbuckling display of football as they began their African Cup of Nations with a 4-0 win over Cameroon. The Starlets served a good recipe of revenge for Ghana and the Black Stars in particular who lost in the same country four months earlier to the Indomitable Lions. Paa Kwasi Fabin and …

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