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Speaking in Serbia, the anti-mainstream Czech President Miloš Zeman said he’d like his goverment to withdraw recognition of the breakaway Kosovo province as an independent state. This has immediately attracted attention in the US.


Zeman expressed his Kosovo wish on Wednesday, during his official visit to Belgrade. He also said that he would discuss the issue with Czech lawmakers when he gets back to Prague.


The president would “ask the Czech government if it’s possible to review the recognition of Kosovo,” his spokesman Jiri Ovčaček wrote on Twitter.





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Should Prague follow through on Zeman’s desire, Czechia would become the first European country to withdraw the recognition of Kosovo, as well as the first EU and NATO member to do so.


This isn’t the first time Zeman has bucked EU and NATO political consensus over an issue. His most notable departures include the migrant crisis and Ukraine, which he called a “mafia state.”





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It didn’t take long for Zeman’s comments to attract American attention. Dan Baer, US ambassador to the OSCE during the second Barack Obama administration, called the proposal “destabilizing” and added the US should privately tell the Czech president “what consequences will befall” him if he proceeds.






Kosovo has been under the control of an international peacekeeping force since a NATO war on Yugoslavia in 1999, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244. Its provisional government declared independence from Serbia in 2008, and has been recognized by more than 100 countries, mostly US allies.


READ MORE: Kosovo to hold snap elections on October 6 after govt collapse


Since then, a number of nations have had second thoughts, with more than 10 countries formally revoking recognition.


Five EU countries – Spain, Slovakia, Cyprus, Greece and Romania – are among those who have refused to recognize Kosovo, in addition to Russia, China, and Serbia itself.





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Members of the KFOR peacekeeping force patrol outside the village of Rudare near Mitrovica, Kosovo, November 23, 2018. © Reuters / Laura Hasani
US, 4 European states want restart of Serbia-Kosovo talks, say status quo ‘not sustainable’






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Childs Play 2019 1080p WEB-DL H264 AC3-EVO
Rating 6.2 / 1013,307 people voted
Released 2019
Genre Horror
Actors Mark Hamill, Aubrey Plaza, Tim Matheson, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman, David Lewis, Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio, Marlon Kazadi, Carlease Burke, Nicole Anthony, Trent Redekop, Nicholas Dohy, Mia Bella, Amber Taylor

IMDB link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt8663516/

Plot A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature, he also kills people who disobeyed Andy.
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Former National Security Advisor and State Secretary Condoleeza Rice appeared on a late-night comedy show, calling for a continued US presence in Afghanistan, this time for apparently feminist reasons. She was swiftly called out.


After some de-rigeur Trump-bashing, host Stephen Colbert and Rice got down to the topic at hand: President Donald Trump’s decision to host, and then cancel, a meeting with the Afghan Taliban at Camp David last week.





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Speculating that Trump might cut a deal with the Islamic militants to wrap up the war in Afghanistan –which turns 18 next month– by any means necessary, Rice made the case for continued American involvement in the country. “I hope we’re not going to abandon the women of Afghanistan,” she proclaimed, to cheers from the audience.


“We’ve gone a long way toward helping to create a decent place for the Afghan people to live,” she continued, without mentioning that an estimated 38,000 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, along with more than 2,400 US troops, 4,000 US contractors and 58,500 Afghan military and police personnel.


While she trumpeted the fact that women may now join Afghanistan’s military and police force, Rice did not mention the near-weekly attacks on these forces, like the Taliban bombings that killed at least 179 security personnel in one week at the beginning of this month.


Commenters were quick to call out the former Bush administration official. “‘Women of Afghanistan’ is a strange euphemism for defense contractors,” one wrote. “[I] Love late night comedy,” another sarcastically quipped.












And while life for these women under the Taliban was certainly repressive and cruel, life with American boots on the ground and drones in the sky can be nasty, brutish and short, too. A joint American/Afghan airstrike killed seven civilians on Monday, obliterating a crowd reportedly on their way to a wedding party in the Sayed Abad district. Furthermore, a UN report revealed in July that Afghan government forces and their US and international partners had killed more civilians in the first half of 2019 than the Taliban, Islamic State, and other anti-government fighters.


Colbert, however, did not press Rice on any of this. Instead he took a moment to plug Rice’s new book, unironically entitled ‘To Build a Better World.’ Colbert’s show was just one stop on a recent media blitz for Rice, who told CBS on Tuesday that “No one but the US” can guarantee stability in Afghanistan.


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Embezzlement charges against acclaimed Russian stage director Kirill Serebrennikov have been returned to prosecutors by a Moscow court, a significant step toward the possible dismissal of a case that has stalled for two years.


A Moscow district court sent the case back to prosecutors on Wednesday, over “mistakes” in their indictment, and also withdrew outstanding travel restrictions on Serebrennikov and his co-defendants. Prosecutors have 10 days to appeal the decision.





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Russian theater & film director Serebrennikov released from house arrest






An influential Russian film and stage director who heads up Moscow’s Gogol Center, Serebrennikov was taken into custody in August 2017 on charges that he’d used a state-funded theater program to defraud the government of some 133 million rubles ($2 million). While the renowned theater devotee was freed from over a year of house arrest in April, his bail terms still imposed restrictions on travel.


Serebrennikov has protested his innocence since his arrest, telling a court in 2017 “I am an honest man,” and “I have nothing apart from Russia and work in Russian culture.”


A number of Russian and foreign celebrities, including Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett, have called for the charges against the director and his co-defendants to be dropped.


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Premier League club Arsenal held “a big discussion around gangs in London” following the attempted car-jacking involving Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac earlier this year, former captain Per Mertesacker has revealed.


Ozil and Kolasinac were targeted by knife-wielding thugs on a moped in July as the pair drove through central London in Ozil’s Mercedes.


In the terrifying incident, Bosnian defender Kolasinac was seen fighting off the attackers with his bare hands before the teammates sped off to take sanctuary in a nearby Turkish restaurant.





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Mesut Ozil targeted by knife gang as teammate Kolasinac fights off attackers with bare hands (VIDEO)






Former Arsenal captain Mertesacker, now the head of the club’s academy, has revealed that following the incident the club addressed the issue of the gang threat with players.


“There was a big discussion around gangs in London and the security matters,” Mertesacker told The Associated Press.


“The major part of what car you drive, what you wear in terms of your jewelry. So you need to be risk-aware in those days that anything can happen at any time. And these are examples you are trying to avoid.”


After the incident involving former German international Ozil and teammate Kolasinac, both were forced to miss several games as fears remained for their safety.


Two men were later charged in a separate incident involving the pair, amid reports that the players had become caught up in a gang war.


READ MORE: Two men charged over ‘security incident’ involving Arsenal’s Ozil and Kolasinac


Both have since returned to the Arsenal match-day squad, although Ozil has yet to make an appearance this season.


“Once these things happen it’s an eye-opener to where the world is in terms of poverty around London and how can we make sure that it is not going to happen again," Mertesacker added, as he promoted his autobiography, 'Big Friendly German'.


“When these things happen, the more fences, the more security guys and the more gates will eventually happen, that would be very, very sad.”


Next up for Arsenal are Watford away in the Premier League on Sunday.





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A planned Washington DC protest in support of Hong Kong activists and promoting the ‘Chinazi’ flag is being sponsored by at least six organizations backed by the notoriously shady, US-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED).


Posters for the event circulated online contain an image of the so-called ‘Chinazi’ flag – an altered version of the Chinese national flag with the yellow stars arranged to form a swastika and with a hammer and sickle placed in the center. 


Protesters plan to form a human chain encircling the Chinese Embassy in Washington to protest the “Chinazi regime” and call for an independent Hong Kong. The #Chinazi hashtag has also become popular with activists on Twitter.






The list of event sponsors proves that the anti-China movement in Hong Kong is backed not only by American politicians, but also by American money – through US government-funded groups.


A DC-based organization called Citizen Power Initiatives For China, which describes itself as a “grassroots movement” dedicated to promoting democracy in China through “non-violent struggle” and “overseas assistance” to “influence” Beijing’s policies, appears to be the chief event organizer. 





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Color revolutionaries of the world, unite! Hong Kong protest leader pictured with White Helmets boss






Information on the group’s funding is not easily found on its website, but a search of the NED database shows it received $206,500 from the US-funded organization between 2015 and 2016.


The NED, founded in 1983, claims to promote democracy abroad by offering government grants to civil society groups around the world. In reality, it has been used mainly as a soft-power vehicle to advance the US foreign policy and military agenda through sowing chaos in countries targeted for ‘regime change.’






The NED is “explicitly dedicated to meddling in other countries’ affairs, interfering in elections, toppling democratically elected leaders, and spreading public relations campaigns to sow chaos against countries that resist Washington’s agenda,” award-winning journalist Max Blumenthal told RT last year. Indeed, even one of the NED’s former presidents, Carl Gershman, has admitted it was created in order to continue the work of the CIA without the stigma of being attached to the spy agency.


Six more of the ‘Chinazi’ rally’s sponsors have also partnered with or received significant funding from the NED in recent years. Those include the Princeton China Initiative (received $323,811 between 2015-2017), Students for a Free Tibet (received $270,810 between 2015-2018), International Campaign for Tibet (received $35,558 in 2015), the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (received $104,496 in 2015), and the Uyghur American Association (received $295,000 in 2015). ChinaAid lists the NED and the US-funded Freedom House as partners.


Other sponsors of the event are also US-based, including Dialogue China (Maryland), The China Organ Harvest Research Center (New York) and The East Turkestan National Awakening Movement (Washington DC) – but information on their funding is not clear.





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A protester throws a molotov cocktail towards police in the Admiralty area of Hong Kong on August 31, 2019. © AFP / Anthony Wallace
‘Force is one of our methods’: Hong Kong protesters don’t hide vandalism & violence in new VIDEO






While Initiatives For China claims to support “non-violent struggle,” protests raging in recent weeks in Hong Kong have turned increasingly violent. Video footage has documented activists wielding bats and metal rods, attacking public property and throwing bricks and Molotov cocktails at police. “Using force is one of our methods to protect ourselves and to protest,” one masked protester told Ruptly video agency.


The NED’s focus on Hong Kong fits with the typical US approach to anti-government protest activity abroad. A government memo, leaked in 2017, confirmed that it is US policy to “emphasize” pro-democracy movements in adversary nations, while playing them down or ignoring them in friendly nations – Beijing has accused the US of orchestrating the movement and analysts have argued that encouraging unrest in Hong Kong is seen to be beneficial for Washington as US President Donald Trump wages a trade and tech war with China.






Indeed, protesters have been seen waving US flags and key figureheads of the movement visited Washington to meet with high-ranking officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, at the height of the chaos. 


The links between US officials, anti-China activists and shady US government-funded organizations is reminiscent of countless US regime-change or ‘color revolution’ efforts seen around the world, from Ukraine to Syria, Libya and Venezuela.


Now, more evidence is stacking up to prove that the US is playing an active role in fueling turmoil in Hong Kong.


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Days after saying he had “no problem” meeting his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani and soon after firing his hawkish adviser John Bolton, US President Donald Trump has hinted he may lift some sanctions on Tehran.


Iran has been under crippling US economic sanctions since the US unilaterally withdrew lat May from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or Iran Nuclear Deal). Relations between Washington and Tehran have since deteriorated, with the sanctions accompanied by a military buildup in the Persian Gulf and back-and-forth threats from both sides.


But, speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump gave a vague hint that detente could be on the way. “We’ll see what happens,” he said, when asked about easing sanctions on Iran, with a view to meeting Rouhani at the UN General Assembly later this month.





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President Hassan Rouhani (C) chairing a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran on September 11, 2019 © AFP / Iranian Presidency
Iran urges US to abandon ‘warmongering’ policy as arch-hawk Bolton leaves White House






Though “we’ll see what happens” is a favorite answer of Trump’s, his use of the phrase marks a softening of his rhetoric towards Iran and its leadership, which as recently as July involved threats of further sanctions and open war


Trump’s latest statement comes two days after he said he would have “no problem with the idea” of meeting Rouhani on the sidelines of the General Assembly. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo –normally a hardliner on Iran– told reporters that Trump is prepared to “meet with no preconditions” but that sanctions would remain in place for the foreseeable future.


Significantly, the latest moves towards diplomacy with Tehran come as Trump fired hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton. A longtime proponent of military-backed regime change in Iran, Bolton’s departure was announced by Trump in a Tuesday tweet.





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Trump made no secret of his foreign policy disagreements with Bolton, allegedly complaining to confidants that the mustachioed adviser was always trying to goad him “into a war.” Difference of opinion over Iran seems to have been the last straw for Trump. According to Bloomberg, Trump discussed easing sanctions on Tehran with Bolton the night before his firing, a move that Bolton forcefully disagreed with.


With Bolton out and Trump’s tone softening –however slightly– the odds of a negotiation with Iran are likely higher than at any point since Trump took office in 2017. Still, Trump tempered expectations with his usual ambivalence.


“We would like to make a deal with Iran,” he told reporters. “But if we don’t, that’s fine too.”


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On the anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attack on US soil, a story by the New York Times suggested that “airplanes” brought down the twin towers. The seeming shift of responsibility did not sit well with readers.


“18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center,” read a tweet from the New York Times on Wednesday. “Today families will once again gather and grieve at the site where more than 2000 people died.” Inside an accompanying article, the same bizarre sentence was repeated.


Though technological dystopia was all the rage in 2001, what with the success of ‘The Matrix’ two years earlier and the passing of Y2K after that, the 9/11 attacks were not carried out by sentient airplanes, but by terrorist hijackers. Enraged readers made sure the NYT knew that, slating the newspaper for omitting the terms ‘Islamic terrorists’ or even the less-loaded ‘Al Qaeda’ from its story.












The Times later deleted the tweet and amended its story, which, this time around, read: “Eighteen years have passed since terrorists commandeered airplanes to take aim at the World Trade Center and bring them down.” Responsibility was placed squarely with Al Qaeda in the updated article. 


But why the strange phrasing in the first place? The Times did not report the recent mass shootings in Texas as the work of a disembodied AR-15. Nor does the paper attribute President Donald Trump’s executive orders to levitating pens, or climate change to fossil fuels deciding to burn themselves.





A wreath left during the 9/11 commemoration ceremony in New York © AFP / Don Emmert






To some observers, the watered-down description of the attacks was an effort to... not offend anybody, including ordinary Muslims who risk guilt-by-association for sharing their religious beliefs with the perpetrators. “Some airplanes did something,” jibed one commenter, comparing the Times’ coverage to a much-maligned soundbite from Democratic Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar earlier this year, in which Omar summarized the attacks as “some people did something.”









To be fair, radical Islamic terrorists aren’t alone in having their deeds sanitized by the New York Times in recent days. The paper marked the 43rd anniversary of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong’s passing on Monday with a tweet describing how Chairman Mao “began as an obscure peasant” and “died one of history’s great revolutionary figures.”


After a similar backlash, the tweet was deleted, with the paper apologizing for not providing “critical historical context;” namely the famines that occurred on Mao’s watch and his role in the 1966-1976 ‘Cultural Revolution,’ events that left tens of millions of Chinese citizens dead.


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The Philippines' foreign secretary said on Wednesday that China has sought to restrict the presence of foreign military powers in the South China Sea and foreign involvement in oil and gas projects there, under a pact Beijing is negotiating with Southeast Asian nations.


However, Teodoro Locsin Jr. told the ABS-CBN news channel that China has eased up on those demands, removing potential obstacles to the conclusion of the so-called “code of conduct” that it’s negotiating with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


China and the 10-nation ASEAN bloc have been negotiating the non-aggression pact in an effort to deter any aggressive acts that could spark a major armed confrontation in the disputed territories, which are along some of the world’s busiest sea lanes.


ASEAN and China have agreed to keep the negotiations confidential, but China’s insistence that the proposed code should restrict foreign military presence and exercises in the disputed region has leaked out. Two Southeast Asian diplomats have confirmed those demands, AP reports.

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Barca's Turkish playmaker Arda Turan has been handed a near three-year suspended jail sentence after being found to have discharged a firearm in a medical facility following an argument with a singer.


Turan, who is currently on loan at Istanbul Basaksehir, got into a physical altercation in a hospital last year with Berkay Sahin in which the musician was left with a broken nose. The 32-year-old footballer later returned to the scene with a gun, which he shot at the floor.


His near three-year sentence comes amid charges for causing panic, illegal possession of weapons and causing intentional injury. He was handed a sentence of two years and eight months, though he will not spend time behind bars unless he is found to have committed another crime in the next five years.





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The player has been fined 2.5 million Turkish lira ($430,000) by Istanbul Basaksehir as a result of the incident.


Reports state that the incident began at an Istanbul nightclub when Turan made advances towards Sahin's wife, after which Turan attacked Sahin and broke his nose. 


He was taken to hospital for surgery in a nearby hospital where Turan later showed up reportedly asking to be forgiven. He shot his weapon at the ground which is understood to have caused widespread panic at the scene.


Turan apologized for his actions via an Instagram post on Wednesday, saying (via translation): "I learned lessons from these events. My greatest aim is to make my family, my dear wife, my club and friends proud."


He also asked for forgiveness for what he described as a "momentary mistake".





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Turan is the fourth most capped Turkish player in history and joined Barcelona from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in 2015. However, he failed to make a major impact at the Camp Nou and was shipped out on loan to Istanbul Basaksehir in 2018. 


He was given a 16 match ban (later reduced to 10) in May of last year for pushing an assistant referee after disagreeing with a decision.

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UFC lightweight ruler Khabib Nurmagomedov is targeting a 30-0 record before calling time on his career and wants his final title defense to be in Moscow, the fighter’s father and trainer has indicated.


Nurmagomedov, 30, returned to the octagon to defeat interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier in a dominant performance at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi at the weekend, extending his unbeaten record to 28-0.


READ MORE: Khabib vaults cage again to celebrate submitting Poirier to become undisputed champ at UFC 242


And now the fighter’s father and trainer, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, says that his son would be content to retire with an unblemished 30-0 slate, ideally holding his final title defense in Moscow.


“For Khabib, 30-0 is enough,” Abdulmanap told Russian news agency TASS.


"Regarding his last fight, then of course, we would like his final title defense to be in Moscow,” he added.





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Nothing but respect: Khabib & Poirier don each other’s T-shirts for charity after UFC 242 fight






Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov cornered his son on Saturday night in Abu Dhabi, where ‘The Eagle’ claimed a dominant third-round submission victory over US fighter Poirier.


There was no sign of rust from Khabib despite an 11-month absence from the cage, following the suspension he was handed for the brawl that marred his victory over Conor McGregor in Las Vegas last October.


All indications are that next up for Nurmagomedov will be longtime lightweight rival Tony Ferguson. The pair have previously been scheduled to fight on no fewer than four occasions, only for injury or illness to scupper the bout each time.


READ MORE: Tony Ferguson, not Conor McGregor, is the sole remaining challenge to Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC


Nurmagomedov said before his meeting with Poirier that Ferguson – who is on a 12-fight win streak – was the logical next opponent for him. The bout would also be a firm favorite for MMA fans.





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'Lazy, one-dimensional': Tony Ferguson unimpressed by Khabib's UFC 242 domination






Beyond that, Nurmagomedov has frequently expressed his desire to face 38-year-old Canadian legend Georges St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight and middleweight king.


Despite the apparent weight discrepancy both fighters have indicated they would be willing to make the fight work, potentially at a catchweight.   


Nurmagomedov has previously described that bout as essential for securing his “legacy” in the sport.


One man seemingly itching for a Moscow showdown with Nurmagomedov is Conor McGregor, who implored UFC bosses to book his rematch in the Russian capital following the Dagestani grappler's UFC 242 victory.





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'Book my rematch for Moscow': McGregor reacts to Khabib victory at UFC 242






After he beat McGregor, Nurmagomedov floated the idea of a crossover bout with boxing legend Floyd Mayweater Jr. in Moscow, potentially in front of 80,000 fans at Luzhniki Stadium. 


While that didn't materialize, should Nurmagomedov ever fight in the Russian capital, it would surely be expected to draw crowds of around that number regardless of the opponent. 


Whichever way ‘The Eagle’ heads next, the potential paths are intriguing.  

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South Korea has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban the Japanese “rising sun” flag at next year’s summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, comparing the symbol with the Nazi swastika.


In a written request addressed to IOC president Thomas Bach, South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism expressed its concern over Japan’s plans to display the flag during the Games despite South Korean protests.


READ MORE: South Korean Olympic medalists suspended for drinking alcohol at training center


South Korean officials said that the Rising Sun was associated “with Japanese imperialism during Japan’s military aggression in Asia including the Pacific War since the end of 19th century,” bringing parallels with the swastika which reminds “Europeans of the nightmare of World War II."


The flag, which features a red sun with 16 rays radiating from the center, has been used by Japan for many centuries and is still flown by Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force. It differs from the country’s official flag, a red disk on a white background, which will be used by its Olympic team.






Last month, South Korean officials asked Tokyo Games organizers to ban any use of the rising sun flag during next summer’s sports extravaganza, although their request was snubbed.


It is widely used in Japan; the flag itself is not considered to be a political statement, so it is not viewed as a prohibited item,” the Tokyo Organizing Committee said.


In its letter to the IOC, South Korean officials said the flag stirs memories of life under Japanese colonial rule, stressing that it cannot be a symbol which promotes Olympic values.





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"Furthermore, we emphasized that the use of the rising sun flag during the Tokyo Olympics would be a direct violation of the Olympic spirit promoting world peace and love for humanity, and that the IOC should have the Tokyo organizing committee withdraw its (current) stance on the flag and prepare strict measures to prevent it from being brought to stadiums," the ministry said.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to form a transitional government by the middle of November, the country’s information minister said on Wednesday.


The two men signed a pact a year ago to end a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, displaced a third of the population and wrecked the economy, Reuters said. Machar made a rare visit to the capital, Juba, this week to meet Kiir.


The parties “agreed to establish a transitional government by 12th November,” the minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, told reporters.


Last year’s accord, which called for a unity government, has been delayed because the government says it does not have enough money to fund disarmament and the social integration of all armed factions.

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US President Donald Trump has urged the Federal Reserve to slash interest rates to zero or less, saying that negative rates could save the government money on its debt.



The USA should always be paying the… lowest rate. No Inflation!



“The Federal Reserve should get our interest rates down to zero, or less, and we should then start to refinance our debt. Interest cost could be brought way down, while at the same time substantially lengthening the term,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. He then praised the US dollar, calling it “the great currency.





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‘Crazy inverted yield curve’: Trump launches blistering attack on Fed chief Powell






Trump again lashed out at the Federal Reserve’s chairman, Jay Powell, who’s been his constant whipping boy and has been blamed repeatedly for problems in the US economy.


It is only the naïveté of Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve that doesn’t allow us to do what other countries are already doing,” Trump tweeted, while adding a final insult to the Fed, “a once in a lifetime opportunity that we are missing because of “boneheads.






Trump has repeatedly noted that rates are negative in Germany, Europe’s major economy, and called on the Fed to follow suit on more than one occasion. However, earlier he spoke of merely lowering rates, indicating that he does not want them to go into negative territory.


Prior to that, the US president said he believed he had the authority to fire Powell, despite the fact that the Fed is formally a separate entity from the government, and that Powell’s term as chairman don’t expire until 2022.





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US recession ‘the biggest concern’ amid Washington-Beijing trade conflict, warns Standard Chartered






Following Trump’s calls, the Fed cut rates for the first time in more than a decade in July. However, Trump has since accused both Powell and the Fed of “letting the market down” by refusing to announce a new “lengthy and aggressive” rate-cutting policy.


Financial markets expect yet another cut next week, according to Reuters. The current benchmark rate is 2.00-2.25%.


Cutting interest rates to zero and below is a move used by central banks to boost economic growth, but it can result in cutting savers’ and banks’ earnings. Trump’s critics have been saying his desire for lower interest rates may be tied to his personal pursuits. For instance, the Washington Post reported last month that, as a real estate developer, Trump could save millions of dollars in interest every year on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Fed brought rates down.



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Boxing heavyweight Tyson Fury is making headlines again; not for his pugilistic prowess but his notoriously naughty sense of humor, as he hinted that he might be considering a move to the porn industry when he hangs up his gloves.


Manchester’s own ‘Gypsy King’ Tyson Fury is busy preparing for a heavyweight showdown against unbeaten Swedish boxer Otto Wallin at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, but took time out to do some promo work, during which he let slip his sultry ambitions. 


Used to taking it on the chin in the ring, Fury made the cheeky revelation while speaking to boxing legend Mike Tyson on his podcast ‘Hotboxin.’





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“Do you think your agent could put you in a movie?” Tyson asked the heavyweight contender. “Go on the set and hang out?”


Tyson’s co-host and former NFL offensive tackle Eben Britton then asked the Gypsy King if he could see himself acting after he hangs up his gloves. 


“Not really, to be fair,” Fury replied. “You never know what the future holds though… Maybe if it was a pornographic movie.”





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All joking aside, Fury told Tyson that he wants to set up a ‘heavyweight fight club’ when he retires, where he could bring in talent from around the globe and polish them up and turn them into future champions, “like a heavyweight feeding ground.”


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