Djokovic and Federer to meet in Paris Masters semi-final


Second seed Novak Djokovic will face third seed Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Paris Masters. Djokovic fought back from a set down to beat Croat Marin Cilic 4-6 6-2 6-3 in two hours and 12 minutes. The Serb lost the opening set and went 2-1 down in the third before immediately breaking back and then moving ahead at 5-3. Australian Open champion Federer beat Japanese 10th seed Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 21 minutes. The Swiss held off a break point late in the first…

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Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner sentenced to 50 days in jail in Denmark for assault


Ex-Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been sentenced to 50 days in jail in Denmark for assaulting a taxi driver. But the 30-year-old Rosenborg player has appealed and has been released until a hearing at a higher court. The incident took place in September, with the City Court of Copenhagen shown CCTV footage in which it appeared Bendtner struck the driver in the face. The Denmark international admitted hitting the taxi driver but said it was because he felt threatened. Bendtner said the driver threw a bottle or a can towards…

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Jose Mourinho wants striker to stay at Old Trafford


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says now that Anthony Martial is “much closer to being a top player” that he “would like him to stay” at the club. The France striker’s agent claimed last summer that Martial wanted to leave the Old Trafford club. His contract runs out next summer and United have the option to extend it by another season. “I know the club wants him very much to stay, so hopefully he is going to stay,” said Mourinho. Martial, who scored 11 goals in 45 appearances last season,…

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Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright get engaged


Ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand and former TOWIE star Kate Wright have got engaged. The couple, who have been dating for nearly two years, uploaded a photo on Instagram to announce the happy news. “The perfect end to our holiday… how could the answer not be yes,” Kate, 27, wrote alongside a snap showing her being hugged by Rio and his three children. Rio was previously married to Rebecca Ellison who died from cancer in 2015 In August, Kate spoke about her life with Rio, 39, saying when they met they “just…

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Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a mukhtars meeting at the presidential palace on November 26, 2015 in Ankara. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on November 26 said Turkey does not buy any oil from Islamic State, insisting that his country's fight against the jihadist group is "undisputed". AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN / AFP / ADEM ALTAN        (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time accused the Saudi government directly of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government,” he wrote in an article in the Washington Post. But stressing Turkey’s “friendly” ties with Saudi Arabia, he added that he did not believe King Salman was involved. Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Turkish investigators believe the journalist, who was living in exile, was strangled when…

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“South African Airways should be shut down”, says Finance Minister Tito Mboweni


South Africa’s state-owned airline should be shut down, the country’s new finance minister has said. “It’s loss-making, we are unlikely to sort out the situation, so my view would be close it down,” Tito Mboweni told an investor conference in the US. One of Africa’s biggest airlines, South Africa Airways (SAA) has lost money every year since 2011, and survives with government support. SAA is among the struggling state firms that the president promised to revive. No sacred cows Just over three weeks into his post, Mr Mboweni is keen…

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Apple falls below $1tn despite revenue and profit rise


Apple briefly lost its $1tn valuation on Thursday when its shares fell 7% in after-hours trading despite posting record results. The tech giant’s strategy of charging more for its phones has paid off, with revenues jumping in the last three months despite relatively flat sales. Revenues rose 20% to $62.9bn year-on-year, and profits rose 31% to $14.1bn. But a warning of possible weaker sales in coming months sparked a share price slide after official trading ended. The sell-off accelerated after Apple said it would stop disclosing the number of units…

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How real is Trump’s jobs ‘miracle’?

President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A successful American political strategist once said “it’s the economy stupid” or something very similar. It was a statement about the key issues a good election campaign needs to focus on. Just a few days before the Congressional elections, President Trump had some helpful economic news – on employment – to put some wind into his sails. The final bit of major economic news before the election showed another month of strong gains in jobs and the unemployment rate staying at its lowest in almost half a century. Employment is…

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Trump administration to reinstate all Iran sanctions


The Trump administration is to reinstate all US sanctions on Iran removed under the 2015 nuclear deal. The White House said it was “the toughest sanctions regime ever imposed on Iran” and targeted Iran’s energy, shipping and banking sectors. However, eight countries will not be penalised by the US for continuing to import Iranian oil. EU states which backed the deal have said they will protect EU firms doing “legitimate” business with Iran. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in May, describing it as “defective at its core”. “Sanctions…

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A look at Africa’s powerful women


Following Sahle-Work Zewde new position as Ethiopias first president, we take a close look at Africa’s most powerful women who have joined the ranks of African women that are leading history as pioneers and leaders in male-dominated spheres like politics. Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde Ethiopia’s first female president is a trailblazer, having also been the first woman appointed to head United Nations Office to the African Union. Serving as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the African Union, Zewde is an exceptional diplomat who has served the global organisation and…

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Kampala Parents’ school candidates dedicated to God ahead of their final exams


It is always a norm for schools to dedicate their candidates to God before they approach their final exams. Like the way it has always been, yesterday Kampala Parent’s school candidates were prayed for and dedicated to the almighty God ahead of their forthcoming Primary leaving examinations. The dedication service was conducted Fr Ruzindana. While presiding over the ceremony, the priest thanked the management of the school for nurturing the pupils in a Godly manner and also commended the administration ans the entire community for the team work.

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