Egypt Sentences 17 Persons To Death – 19 Others Get Life In Prison

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Egypt Sentences 17 Persons To Death – 19 Others Get Life In Prison

An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 people to death over a series of suicide bombings of churches claimed by the Islamic State group that left dozens dead.

Another 19 people were handed life prison terms and 10 were sentenced to between 10 and 15 years, judicial and security officials said.

Seventy-four people were killed in the attacks in 2016 and 2017 in Cairo, Alexandria and the Nile Delta city of Tanta targeting Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s predominantly Sunni Muslim population.

Christian sites of worship across Egypt have been repeatedly targeted in attacks claimed by IS, prompting the authorities to impose a state of emergency.

A suicide attack on December 11, 2016 on the Saint Peter and Saint Paul church killed 29 in the heart of Cairo

The following April, 45 people were killed as Christians gathered to celebrate Palm Sunday in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.

Since the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, hundreds of police officers, soldiers and civilians have been killed in jihadist attacks.

In November last year, suspected IS militants killed more than 300 Muslim worshippers in a gun and bomb assault on a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula.

The Egyptian army is waging a major operation focused on the Sinai aimed at wiping out IS.

AFP

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Finally, Davido Reacts To Breakup Rumours With Chioma

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Davido Insults Online Newspaper, Threatens Lawsuit Over Reports Of Relationship Drama With Chioma

Davido on Thursday evening threatened to take TheCable to court after they published a report that alleges that his relationship with Chioma Avril Rowland has hit the rocks over infidelity claims.

Chioma “Breaks Up With Davido Because He Impregnated Another Lady”

The blog, earlier today said:

“The lovers are said to be having incessant disagreements over alleged infidelity on the part of the superstar.

“Chioma has been complaining and they are having problems,” according to an insider in the loop of things.

TheCable Lifestyle understands that their disagreement recently reached a head when Chioma confronted the singer over allegations of impregnating yet another woman.”

The report triggered heated reactions on social media.

Apparently peeved by the report, Davido took to his personal Twitter page to deny the allegations vehemently.

He went further by hurling insults at the online newspaper, with a promise to sue to the media organization.

“God punish u ! See u in court bitch,” he tweeted.

See his tweet below.

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Obasanjo Forgives Atiku, Endorses Him For President (Read Full Speech)

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Obasanjo Forgives Atiku, Endorses Him For President In 2019

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday endorsed the presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Atiku Meets Obasanjo In Abeokuta, Seeks Baba’s Blessing Ahead Of 2019 Elections

Mr. Obasanjo spoke when Atiku Abubakar and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party visited him at his Abeokuta home.

He said he believed Atiku has ‘re-discovered and re-positioned himself’ and is now good enough to enjoy his support in the next election.

Read full speech below: “Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it all started here.

“Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo.  In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku.  And in all honesty, my former Vice-President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself.  As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country.

“I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes you exhibited in the position you found yourself.  I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position.

“From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.

“Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you. Obviously, you have mended fences with the Party and fully reconciled with the Party.  That’s why today, you are the Presidential Candidate of the Party.  In addition to appreciating all that the Party has done for you, may I advise you to work together with all those who contested for the Party’s flag with you as a team for your campaign.

“There are still areas, nationally and internationally, where you have to mend fences and make amends.  You will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition.  But, I am convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared.  And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.

“I am sure with the right attitude for change where necessary, and by putting lessons learned by you to work, you will get the understanding, cooperation, support and mandate –  all at the national level.  With Nigerians voting for you, it will mean that you secure their forgiveness and regain their confidence. It will be with the hope or assurance of a Paul on the road to Damascus Conversion. After all, change and conversion are of man. I believe that with a contrite heart, change is possible in everybody’s life and situation.

“For me, relatively and of all the aspirants in the PDP, you have the widest and greatest exposure, experience, outreach and possibly the best machinery and preparation for seeing the tough and likely dirty campaign ahead through. From what I personally know of you, you have capacity to perform better than the incumbent. You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.

“You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate to better management of foreign affairs.  You are more accessible and less inflexible and more open to all parts of the country in many ways.  As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the incumbent President said, “You are a wazobia man.”  And that should help you in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism.

“As you know, along the road to where you are today, many leaders and ordinary people cooperated and overtly and covertly worked hard.  On your behalf, I thank them all.  May their coast continue to be expanded.  And when you become Nigerian President which, insha-Allah, you will be, remember what we did together in government – we ran an administration by Nigerians for all Nigerians where merit and performance count more than blood relationship, friendship or kith and kin.  Although some time and ground have been lost, you should endeavour to start from where we stopped and recover some lost ground, if not time.

“Please uphold truth, integrity, principles, morality and fight corruption, crimes and insurgency.  The fundamental law of the land, our constitution must be scrupulously defended. I make one demand and one demand on you today, I need you to say before God and man that you will always remain irrevocably committed to upholding ALL the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the whole country will remain your single indivisible constituency.

“Constitutionalism, popular participation and inclusiveness are pre-conditions for reversing the deficits of the past three and half years. They will ensure abiding faith in our indivisibility, oneness and faith in the survival of all against none.

“The fundamentals for our development, economic growth and progress are hard and soft infrastructure.  Remember to always give adequate places in your administration to our youth and women.

“All the authorities involved with the preparation, all processes and conduct of the election must ensure that the election is free, fair and credible.

“Once again, congratulations and I wish you well.  My distinguished brothers and leaders of goodwill, thank you for making this happen.  I will now count on you to encourage all hands to be on the deck to take Nigeria to the level God has created it to be – autopilot level.”

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Chioma “Breaks Up With Davido Because He Impregnated Another Lady”

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Chioma “Breaks Up With Davido Because He Impregnated Another Lady”

There are reports that the much-celebrated relationship of David ‘Davido’ Adeleke and Chioma Avril Rowland may have hit the rocks.

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TheCable reports that the lovers aren’t on good terms over alleged infidelity on the part of the superstar.

“Chioma has been complaining and they are having problems,” the news outlet quoted an insider as saying.

It is believed that their disagreement recently took a new dimension when Chioma confronted the singer over allegations of impregnating yet another woman.

Before their relationship entered a rough patch, the pair was inseparable, often sharing pictures of their trips around the world.

Controversial Nigerian journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, also confirmed the report that Chioma has left Davido.

Olunloyo made this assertion via her Twitter handle @HNNAfrica, where she said this month had been a bad one for the singer.

Details later…

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Atiku Meets Obasanjo In Abeokuta, Seeks Baba’s Blessing Ahead Of 2019 Elections

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Atiku Meets Obasanjo In Abeokuta, Seeks Baba’s Blessing Ahead Of 2019 Elections

The presidential candidate of the main opposition party (PDP) has arrived the Abeokuta home of his former principal, Olusegun Obasanjo, and his currently in closed-door meeting with the former President.

Atiku, who was the Vice-President to Obasanjo between 1999 and 2007, and recently emerged PDP candidate, hopes to convince the former president to support his ambition.

Bear in mind that during their tenure, both men later fell out, with Mr Obasanjo vowing never to support Mr Abubakar’s presidential ambition.

Mr. Obasanjo had on August 3 told newsmen that the former vice president should not count on him for support in his bid to actualise his life-long ambition of being elected president of Nigeria.

“How can I be on the same side with Atiku?” he asked. “To do what?”

“If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support,” he added.

Meanwhile, Atiku arrived the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, Abeokuta, at 1.09pm.

On Atiku’s entourage are the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus;  his campaign director, Otunba Gbenga Daniel;  Senator Ben Murray-Bruce; and a former Cross River State governor,  Liyel Imoke, among others.

It is believed that leaders from the Yoruba socio-cultural group,  Afenifere, had earlier visited Obasanjo on Tuesday, allegedly to prepare a soft landing for Atiku in Abeokuta, considering the frosty relationship between him and his host.

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Ethiopia Announces Visas On Arrival To All African Travellers

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Ethiopia Announces Visas On Arrival To All African Travellers

Barely a week after the government of Tanzania announced that it will no longer issue visa to nationals of some African countries, including Nigeria, Ethiopia has said it will be opening up its borders to African visitors with a visa-on-arrival push.

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The Ethiopian president, Mulatu Teshome, is said to have told the parliament that African nationals would now be able to get visas on arrival in the country.

According to the website of the Ethiopian embassy in Belgium, the country is doing this to contribute its part to the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.

Mulatu said all African countries are expected to allow African travellers to enter their respective countries by issuing visa on arrival by 2023.

Currently, all travellers, except those from Kenya and Djibouti, have to get a visa before departure or receive it on arrival.

EXPOSED! Kachikwu Lied About Graduating With First Class In Law! (See Document)

The capital Addis Ababa is one of the world’s largest diplomatic hubs, hosting the seat of the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and dozens of foreign embassies.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Tottenham have joined bitter rivals Arsenal in the race to sign Manchester United outcast Eric Bailly.
  • Juventus have entered the chase to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
  • The FA have warned that they face a £72m bill for upgrades to Wembley if they do not sell to Fulham owner Shahid Khan.
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek could represent England U21s again and is at the centre of a discussion over which senior players will be considered for Euro 2019.
  • Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood are such nailed-on certainties to be the next two European Ryder Cup captains that consideration will be given to making a joint announcement in the New Year.
  • Jose Mourinho may consider it a small price to pay in the circumstances but Anthony Martial’s crucial goal against Newcastle came at a cost of more than £8.7m to Manchester United.
  • Javi Gracia is poised to sign a new three-year, long-term contract as Watford head coach.
  • The UEFA Super Cup could be played outside of Europe as top clubs believe big money could be made by taking the final global.
  • Arsenal are bracing themselves for cut-price bids from Manchester United and Liverpool for Aaron Ramsey in January.
  • Chelsea could get one over Manchester United by making a swoop for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli.
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov met with Russia president Vladimir Putin on Wednesday after his UFC229 victory over Conor McGregor.
  • Adam Lallana will be available for Liverpool’s trip to Huddersfield Town after the international break as the midfielder looks to relaunch his season.

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NYSC Reveals Passing-Out Date For 2017 Batch B Stream 1

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NYSC Reveals Passing-Out Date For 2017 Batch B Stream 1

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has declared Thursday, October 18, as the passing-out date for the 2017 Batch “B” Stream One Corps Members from the National Service.

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The information was contained in a statement made available on its verified social media accounts.

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The statement, while congratulating the passing-out corp members, also stated that the passing-out ceremony will be low key.

“The Management has approved Thursday, 18th October 2018, as the passing-out date for the 2017 Batch “B” Stream One Corps Members from National Service,” the statement reads.

“The nationwide exercise would be low-keyed while certificates of National Service are to be distributed to deserving Corps Members at the Local Government level.”

“Corps Employers are hereby requested to release passing-out Corps Members to participate in all necessary activities that precedes the exercise like, Job awareness and creation week, sensitization on job creation/opportunities after service, signing of final clearance, debriefing among others.”

“Management is using this medium to commend the passing-out Corps Members for their patriotism, selfless services and upholding the ideals of the NYSC Scheme.”

Meanwhile, 2018 Batch “C” graduates who were EXEMPTED from Service were told to apply for correction of spelling mistakes, rearrangement, addition/removal of name on their dashboard.

“Failure to comply will lead to wrongly spelt name on your Exemption Certificate. Part-time graduates should also go online and register, so as to enable them print their Exclusion Letters on their dashboard online.”

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8 Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Attack

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8 Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Attack

Eight Chadian soldiers died in a Boko Haram attack in the Lake Chad region on Wednesday, with 48 jihadists killed as the army retaliated, a military spokesperson told AFP.

“Boko Haram terrorists attacked defence force positions in Kaiga Kindji early this morning,” the spokesperson said.

The attack, which left 11 other soldiers wounded, had been “vigorously” repulsed, he added.

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Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency has devastated the Lake Chad region since the group took up arms in Nigeria in 2009.

The jihadists’ campaign of violence has left at least 27 000 people dead, displaced some two million others and triggered a humanitarian crisis.

Chad, Cameroon and Niger have all joined the military effort by Nigeria to crush Boko Haram. Chad has seen a recent increase in attacks by the group.

A Chadian soldier was killed earlier this month after Boko Haram launched a mortar attack on a military camp in Litri, close to the Nigeria border.

In late September, six people, including two soldiers, were killed in another Boko Haram attack on the Chadian shores of Lake Chad, in which 17 of the attackers were shot dead by the army.

The Nigerian army has recently intensified operations in the Lake Chad region, including air strikes against the jihadist group, according to Nigerian military sources.

AFP

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EXPOSED! Kachikwu Lied About Graduating With First Class In Law! (See Document)

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EXPOSED! Report Claims Kachikwu Lied About Graduating With First Class In Law

A fresh report has emerged that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, lied when he said that he graduated from the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, with a first class honours in Law.

It was gathered that at the 17th anniversary celebrations of the Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA) held at the church headquarters in Abuja two years ago, the Nigerian Minister was said to have alleged that he “had a first class in that institution (UNN).”

In a seven minutes 24 seconds video published on YouTube on February 17, 2016 by COZA GLOBAL, Mr Kachikwu while taking the congregation on a journey of his life, said:

“…I went to Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) to try and read medicine and I was there for two weeks and then I got admission to read law. My Father drove all the way to Ife to meet me and he asked, why do you want to go to the University?

“And I said, my ambition is to be a doctor and he said, why are you taking the line of what he called least resistance? And I said, what do you mean by that and he said, well, if you want to be a doctor why don’t you just go and read PHD, get to the very top…

“My dad was talking to a little boy and that got me. So, I packed my bag, left the school of medicine and went to read law.

“And, I got in there, got a scholarship and became the best student, I had a first class in that institution (UNN).

“And then, I left from there to the law school and in the law school, I think just like the pastor said: people encourage you. All my colleagues came and said, we are all here representing our institutions, if you brought a first class from Nsukka you better make it work here where everybody is gathered…”

“…I made a first class in the law school and then, getting to Harvard – my feeling, as soon as I got into Harvard was – this is a very unique institution, the biggest in the world and basically you must have a 2.1 or first class from your primary institution before they can accept you…

“…At the end of our master’s programme, I was the best student; got a Harvard scholarship and I went to do my doctorate and for it; I set what is still a record in Harvard of completing a doctorate in one and half years.”

Watch video below:

However, PREMIUM TIMES is reporting authoritatively on Thursday, October 11, that Mr Kachikwu was economical with the truth as far as his certificate from UNN is concerned.

Kachikwu Lied About Graduating With First Class In Law

Kachikwu Lied About Graduating With First Class In Law (Premium Times)

While the minister had alleged that he enrolled into the University in 1974, a copy of his CV and result signed by the university’s vice-chancellor and registrar at the time, and sighted by the news outlet showed that Mr. Kachikwu left UNN in June 1978 with a second class upper degree.

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Nigeria Releases N460 Billion For 2018 Budget

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Nigeria Releases N460 Billion For 2018 Budget

The Nigerian government has released the sum of four hundred and sixty billion naira for the implementation of the 2018 budget, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, has disclosed.

The minister made this disclosure in Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday after meeting with a delegation of Afreximbank officials on the sidelines of the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.

Udoma also informed pressmen that more money will be released if the National Assembly approves the executives request for another round of.

According to the Minister of Budget, “the amount of capital releases as of today is N460 billion. We just need a resolution of the National Assembly on the Borrowing Plan then we can fund it even more. We are spending money on N-Power, School feeding, Trader Moni. We are conscious to meet the needs of the vulnerable.”

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, also revealed that after her meeting with Afreximbank team, there is an understanding that Nigeria may likely increase its shareholding in the bank because of the value such increased shareholding holds for Nigeria.

According to Zainab Ahmed, “part of what we discussed is the possibility of increasing our shareholding and we discussed some of the projects and programmes that Afrexim is supporting in Nigeria. Afrexim has a very large portfolio in Nigeria. About 40 percent of the bank’s portfolio is in Nigeria with support to the government but largely to the private sector. We have the need to increase our shareholding in the bank because there is a lot of value that we are getting from Afrexim Bank.”

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Soldier Killed As Gunmen Abduct Woman In Plateau

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Soldier Killed As Gunmen Abduct Woman In Plateau

The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed that a soldier attached to the Special Military Task Force, codenamed Operation Safe Haven, was killed in Corner Soja area of Jos North Local Government Area of the state as gunmen successfully abducted a 21-year-old Hafsat Gambo and took her to an unknown destination.

Tyopev Terna, police spokesperson in the state, who confirmed the incident, said the non-commissioned officer, a lance corporal, was shot while responding to a report that a girl was forcefully taken by unknown gunmen in the area on Tuesday evening.

Mr Terna gave the name of the deceased as Abdullahi S. who was attached to Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), in sector one of the state police command on Zaria Road, Jos.

He added that “no arrest has been made, but the investigation is on to track the perpetrators.”

He said, “On the 09/10/2018 at about 2100hrs, Alhaji Idris Gambo of Corner Soja, Jos, reported at the Laranto Police Division that on the same date at about 1950hrs, some unknown gunmen went to his house located at the above-mentioned address in a Red Gulf vehicle and forcefully took his daughter Hafsat Gambo, who is 21 years old, away to an unknown destination.”

“After his report, the Police immediately mobilised to the scene of the crime. On arrival, the police discovered that in the bid to escape, the unknown gunmen shot and fatally injured one L/Cpl Abdullahi S. attached to STF Sector One, Zaria Road, Jos.

“He was immediately rushed to Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos,  but was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty. The corpse has been deposited at the hospital’s mortuary. Meanwhile, investigation in the case is ongoing.”

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Karim Benzema To France Federation President Noel Le Graet: ‘Leave me alone’

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has publicly asked French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet to “forget” and “leave me alone” after his recent comments to Ouest-France.

Le Graet, 76, suggested in his interview that the Real Madrid attacker’s international career is over due to a loss of form.

“I have nothing against Karim,” said Le Graet. “He has always behaved well when with the team. However, I think that it is over with Les Bleus for him — particularly since he has been declining in form for some time.”

Karim Benzema did not take long to respond to Le Graet’s words and took to Twitter to ask to be left in peace.

“Mr. Le Graet, I ask that you forget me and please leave me alone,” the former Lyon man wrote. “France are world champions and that is the essential, the rest is futile. Thank you.” #LeGraet #ThatIsEnough #GiveMeABreak

Benzema has 27 goals from 81 appearances with Les Bleus but has not featured since scoring two goals in a 4-0 friendly win over Armenia in Nice back in October of 2015.

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Karim Benzema To France Federation President Noel Le Graet: ‘Leave me alone’

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has publicly asked French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet to “forget” and “leave me alone” after his recent comments to Ouest-France.

Le Graet, 76, suggested in his interview that the Real Madrid attacker’s international career is over due to a loss of form.

“I have nothing against Karim,” said Le Graet. “He has always behaved well when with the team. However, I think that it is over with Les Bleus for him — particularly since he has been declining in form for some time.”

Karim Benzema did not take long to respond to Le Graet’s words and took to Twitter to ask to be left in peace.

“Mr. Le Graet, I ask that you forget me and please leave me alone,” the former Lyon man wrote. “France are world champions and that is the essential, the rest is futile. Thank you.” #LeGraet #ThatIsEnough #GiveMeABreak

Benzema has 27 goals from 81 appearances with Les Bleus but has not featured since scoring two goals in a 4-0 friendly win over Armenia in Nice back in October of 2015.

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Belgian Football Being Investigated For Financial fraud And Match-fixing

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Belgian authorities have carried out a series of raids and arrests at football clubs across the country linked to investigations into financial fraud and possibly match-fixing.

The federal prosecutor’s office said 44 raids were being held in Belgium and 13 more in France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia.

The prosecutor’s statement said a year-long investigation shows evidence of “suspect financial operations” by sports agents and indications “of possible influencing of games” over the last season.

“Match-fixing undermines the integrity of sports. The Justice Department is working for a fair sport,” justice minister Koen Geens said.

The inquiry comes only three months after Belgium’s national team reached the World Cup semi-finals and beat England to finish third at the tournament in Russia.

According to local media, Belgium’s best known agent, the Brugge coach Ivan Leko and a former Anderlecht club official were among those being questioned.

“Agents, referees, a former lawyer, an accounting office, jewellers, journalists” were among those hit by the raids, authorities said without specifying names.

The investigation centres on “activities relating to a criminal organisation, money laundering and private corruption,” the prosecutor’s office said.

The raids involved 184 police officials in Belgium and 36 in the other countries.

The statement said some football agents, independent from one another, “would have schemed to hide” transfer commissions, payments of players and coaches, and other payments from the Belgian authorities, causing tax losses.

It was during the investigation, the prosecutor’s office said, that indications appeared that there may have been match-fixing during the 2017-18 season.

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Belgian Football Being Investigated For Financial fraud And Match-fixing

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Belgian authorities have carried out a series of raids and arrests at football clubs across the country linked to investigations into financial fraud and possibly match-fixing.

The federal prosecutor’s office said 44 raids were being held in Belgium and 13 more in France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia.

The prosecutor’s statement said a year-long investigation shows evidence of “suspect financial operations” by sports agents and indications “of possible influencing of games” over the last season.

“Match-fixing undermines the integrity of sports. The Justice Department is working for a fair sport,” justice minister Koen Geens said.

The inquiry comes only three months after Belgium’s national team reached the World Cup semi-finals and beat England to finish third at the tournament in Russia.

According to local media, Belgium’s best known agent, the Brugge coach Ivan Leko and a former Anderlecht club official were among those being questioned.

“Agents, referees, a former lawyer, an accounting office, jewellers, journalists” were among those hit by the raids, authorities said without specifying names.

The investigation centres on “activities relating to a criminal organisation, money laundering and private corruption,” the prosecutor’s office said.

The raids involved 184 police officials in Belgium and 36 in the other countries.

The statement said some football agents, independent from one another, “would have schemed to hide” transfer commissions, payments of players and coaches, and other payments from the Belgian authorities, causing tax losses.

It was during the investigation, the prosecutor’s office said, that indications appeared that there may have been match-fixing during the 2017-18 season.

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Report: Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward To Hold Clear-the-air talks On Thursday

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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has scheduled clear-the-air talks with manager Jose Mourinho on Thursday, according to reports

Both Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho are understood to have endured a fractious relationship since Woodward failed to sign any of the Portuguese top transfer targets during the summer

United’s poor form on the field and relentless reports of fallouts with players off it have led to Mourinho’s job coming under intense scrutiny, to the point where he was reportedly just one game away from the sack.

Last Saturday’s dramatic comeback win over Newcastle United is understood to have been enough to buy Mourinho more time, but The Express reports that his job is still under threat if the club’s form does not improve.

Woodward will now meet the Red Devils manager in an attempt to clear the air, with Mourinho hopeful that he will be reassured of his position amid claims that United are already lining up a successor.

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Report: Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward To Hold Clear-the-air talks On Thursday

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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has scheduled clear-the-air talks with manager Jose Mourinho on Thursday, according to reports

Both Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho are understood to have endured a fractious relationship since Woodward failed to sign any of the Portuguese top transfer targets during the summer

United’s poor form on the field and relentless reports of fallouts with players off it have led to Mourinho’s job coming under intense scrutiny, to the point where he was reportedly just one game away from the sack.

Last Saturday’s dramatic comeback win over Newcastle United is understood to have been enough to buy Mourinho more time, but The Express reports that his job is still under threat if the club’s form does not improve.

Woodward will now meet the Red Devils manager in an attempt to clear the air, with Mourinho hopeful that he will be reassured of his position amid claims that United are already lining up a successor.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Lawyer Opens Up About Kathryn Mayorga Rape Allegations

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s attorney said his soccer star client “vehemently denies all of the allegations” made in a lawsuit filed last month, and he described the encounter in a Las Vegas hotel room in June 2009 as “consensual in nature.”

In a lawsuit filed in Clark County (Nev.) District Court last month, https://amp.theguardian.com/football/2018/oct/10/cristiano-ronaldo-lawyers-rape-allegation-documents-altered detailed the alleged assault inside a suite at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Ronaldo issued a statement last week to “firmly deny the accusations being issued against me.”

“Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature,” attorney Peter S. Christiansen said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports and other outlets on Wednesday.

Christiansen confirmed that Mayorga reached a settlement with Ronaldo’s representatives in 2010. The lawsuit seeks to void that $375,000 settlement, which included a non-disclosure agreement.

“While Mr. Ronaldo does not deny the existence of the mutual agreement and release, his motivations for agreeing to that resolution have been twisted, to say the least,” Christiansen said.

“Far from any admission of guilt or any ulterior motive, Mr. Ronaldo was advised to privately resolve the allegations against him in order to avoid the inevitable attempts that are now being made to destroy a reputation that has been built upon hard work, athleticism and honor.”

Christiansen said some documents cited in the lawsuit that first appeared on Football Leaks — a repository where documents related to soccer can be submitted anonymously — were “completely fabricated.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo Lawyer Opens Up About Kathryn Mayorga Rape Allegations

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s attorney said his soccer star client “vehemently denies all of the allegations” made in a lawsuit filed last month, and he described the encounter in a Las Vegas hotel room in June 2009 as “consensual in nature.”

In a lawsuit filed in Clark County (Nev.) District Court last month, https://amp.theguardian.com/football/2018/oct/10/cristiano-ronaldo-lawyers-rape-allegation-documents-altered detailed the alleged assault inside a suite at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Ronaldo issued a statement last week to “firmly deny the accusations being issued against me.”

“Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature,” attorney Peter S. Christiansen said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports and other outlets on Wednesday.

Christiansen confirmed that Mayorga reached a settlement with Ronaldo’s representatives in 2010. The lawsuit seeks to void that $375,000 settlement, which included a non-disclosure agreement.

“While Mr. Ronaldo does not deny the existence of the mutual agreement and release, his motivations for agreeing to that resolution have been twisted, to say the least,” Christiansen said.

“Far from any admission of guilt or any ulterior motive, Mr. Ronaldo was advised to privately resolve the allegations against him in order to avoid the inevitable attempts that are now being made to destroy a reputation that has been built upon hard work, athleticism and honor.”

Christiansen said some documents cited in the lawsuit that first appeared on Football Leaks — a repository where documents related to soccer can be submitted anonymously — were “completely fabricated.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Real Madrid wanted to make Jurgen Klopp their new manager after the departure of Zinedine Zidane in the summer. Julen Lopetegui was eventually given the job, but Klopp was the club’s number one target. Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino were also on the shortlist, but neither of the three could be prised from their clubs. Klopp has recently passed the three-year mark at Anfield, and is under contract with Liverpool until 2022. (Mundo Deportivo)

Lopetegui will be given until the end of October to turn things around at Real Madrid, with the European champions currently fifth in the table. Should he fail to do so, Real are considering offering the job to Antonio Conte or Real Madrid Castilla manager Santiago Solari. Chelsea could be some compensation should the European champions turn to Conte, as reports suggest he is still being paid by the London club.

Barcelona have their eye on Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno as the Spanish champions seek back-up and a potential successor to Jordi Alba. They are looking at homegrown Spanish options in order to help with squad registration issues, and Moreno fits the bill. The former Sevilla man is currently behind Andy Robertson at Liverpool, and Barca could look to take advantage of his contract situation, with his deal at the Premier League club expiring this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Serbia

Manchester United want to solve their defensive issues by signing Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic. Jose Mourinho will personally scout the 20-year-old during the international break, and is likely to be at the game between Serbia and Montenegro on Thursday. The Portuguese boss is looking to do business in January to help him turn around a poor start to the season. (Telegraf)

Italy

Flamengo attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta was a target for a number of Premier League clubs, and his representatives met with Liverpool, but the 21-year-old will sign for AC Milan in January. A fee of just over £30m will see him sign, pending a medical, when the transfer window opens. His decision was influenced by the club’s Brazilian sporting director Leonardo, who also played for Paqueta’s current club Flamengo. The Serie A side hope to mould him into their new Kaka. (Globo Esporte via Football Italia)

Mauro Icardi is in no rush to renew his contract at Inter Milan amid interest from sides across Europe, including Real Madrid and Manchester United. The Argentine’s current deal expires in 2021, and his agent and wife Wanda Nara has revealed that it includes a release clause of £96m. But Nara has suggested in the past that her husband wants to stay at Inter for a long time to emulate Javier Zanetti. (Tiki Taka)

Netherlands

Eredivisie clubs have signalled their intent to share their Champions League wealth across the league in a bid to rid the division of its artificial pitches. Some of the money received from the lucrative tournament by the likes of Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord, will be distributed to clubs so they can afford to replace their artificial turf with natural grass. The clubs are still working on a deal, but it is thought that 10 per cent of the revenue from UEFA competitions will be shared. (AD)

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Real Madrid wanted to make Jurgen Klopp their new manager after the departure of Zinedine Zidane in the summer. Julen Lopetegui was eventually given the job, but Klopp was the club’s number one target. Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino were also on the shortlist, but neither of the three could be prised from their clubs. Klopp has recently passed the three-year mark at Anfield, and is under contract with Liverpool until 2022. (Mundo Deportivo)

Lopetegui will be given until the end of October to turn things around at Real Madrid, with the European champions currently fifth in the table. Should he fail to do so, Real are considering offering the job to Antonio Conte or Real Madrid Castilla manager Santiago Solari. Chelsea could be some compensation should the European champions turn to Conte, as reports suggest he is still being paid by the London club.

Barcelona have their eye on Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno as the Spanish champions seek back-up and a potential successor to Jordi Alba. They are looking at homegrown Spanish options in order to help with squad registration issues, and Moreno fits the bill. The former Sevilla man is currently behind Andy Robertson at Liverpool, and Barca could look to take advantage of his contract situation, with his deal at the Premier League club expiring this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Serbia

Manchester United want to solve their defensive issues by signing Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic. Jose Mourinho will personally scout the 20-year-old during the international break, and is likely to be at the game between Serbia and Montenegro on Thursday. The Portuguese boss is looking to do business in January to help him turn around a poor start to the season. (Telegraf)

Italy

Flamengo attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta was a target for a number of Premier League clubs, and his representatives met with Liverpool, but the 21-year-old will sign for AC Milan in January. A fee of just over £30m will see him sign, pending a medical, when the transfer window opens. His decision was influenced by the club’s Brazilian sporting director Leonardo, who also played for Paqueta’s current club Flamengo. The Serie A side hope to mould him into their new Kaka. (Globo Esporte via Football Italia)

Mauro Icardi is in no rush to renew his contract at Inter Milan amid interest from sides across Europe, including Real Madrid and Manchester United. The Argentine’s current deal expires in 2021, and his agent and wife Wanda Nara has revealed that it includes a release clause of £96m. But Nara has suggested in the past that her husband wants to stay at Inter for a long time to emulate Javier Zanetti. (Tiki Taka)

Netherlands

Eredivisie clubs have signalled their intent to share their Champions League wealth across the league in a bid to rid the division of its artificial pitches. Some of the money received from the lucrative tournament by the likes of Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord, will be distributed to clubs so they can afford to replace their artificial turf with natural grass. The clubs are still working on a deal, but it is thought that 10 per cent of the revenue from UEFA competitions will be shared. (AD)

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I Don’t Need To Be A Captain To Speak – Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba has revealed that he will continue to air his thoughts in public, despite being stripped of Manchester United’s vice-captaincy by manager Jose Mourinho.

Paul Pogba was informed last month that he will never skipper Manchester United again after openly criticising his manager’s tactics.

Pogba insists that he does not need the captain’s armband to be heard, however, and he believes that he is at a perfect age to act as a dressing-room leader.

“You don’t have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

“As a leader you can talk on the pitch but I’ve seen leaders who didn’t necessarily talk. With my age, 25 years old, I’m between the two sets of players, the oldest and the youngest. That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard.”

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PSG’s Presnel Kimpembe Handed Three Match Ban For Red Card

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Paris Saint-Germain will be without defender Presnel Kimpembe against Marseille after he was handed a three-game suspension.

Presnel Kimpembe will miss PSG’s Classique clash with Marseille on October 28 after he was handed a three-match ban following his red card against Lyon.

Kimpembe was dismissed following a VAR review after a rash challenge on Tanguy Ndombele during a 5-0 win for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) confirmed on Wednesday that Kimpembe will serve a three-match suspension as a result of the tackle.

Kimpembe is therefore ruled out of PSG’s upcoming fixtures against Amiens, Marseille and Lille.

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Lucas Hernandez Confirms He Rejected The Opportunity To Join Real Madrid From Atletico Madrid

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Real Madrid made an offer to sign Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid, according to the defender

Lucas Hernandez revealed that he turned down the chance to leave Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window

“I didn’t pay too much attention [to the offer],” Lucas said to RMC Sport. “I was 100 per cent focused on my club, where I had recently signed a new contract.

“My agent told me about it. When he said there was an opportunity to go to Real Madrid, I told him I couldn’t do that.

“Atletico are my club, a team who have given me everything. I’m an honest person and I couldn’t go to Madrid.

“I hope I can stay here for a very long time, but football moves very fast. If an offer comes in that I can’t refuse…”

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