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Middlesbrough sign striker Gestede from Aston Villa

REUTERS: Middlesbrough have completed the signing of striker Rudy Gestede from second-tier side Aston Villa on a three-and-a-half-year deal which will keep him at the Riverside Stadium until 2020, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. Although no financial details of the transfer were released, media reports said Middlesbrough had paid six million pounds (US$… Read More »

Obamas send their final Christmas message from White House

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sent their final Christmas salutations from the White House on Saturday (Dec 24), highlighting common values uniting Americans of all faiths. “The idea that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. That we should treat others as we would want to be treated,” Michelle… Read More »

Kvitova faces around 6 months away from competition: Report

PRAGUE: Two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will not be able to play competitive tennis for around six months, a Czech news website said, citing the surgeon who operated on Kvitova’s playing hand after it was injured in a knife-attack. “When we talk about (competitive) pressure on the hand, we are talking about a period of… Read More »

UK asks sporting bodies to do more to protect children from abuse

LONDON: The British government said on Tuesday it was asking all national sporting governing bodies to increase their efforts to protect children, following allegations of young boys being sexually abused at professional soccer clubs. English soccer’s governing body said on Sunday it had appointed an independent lawyer to oversee an internal investigation after former soccer… Read More »

UN appoints first expert to protect LGBT people from violence, discrimination

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday appointed its first independent investigator to help protect homosexual and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The United Nations expert Vitit Muntarbhorn will have a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Muntarbhorn is an… Read More »

More than 130 bodies recovered from migrant boat capsize off Egypt

CAIRO: At least 133 bodies had been recovered by Friday from a boat carrying hundreds of migrants that capsized off Egypt two days earlier, Egyptian officials said. The boat sank off Burg Rashed, a coastal village on the Nile Delta. Rescue workers and fishermen said they had rescued at least 169 people, but confusion remained… Read More »

'Lack of options' force four million to flee from one conflict to another – report

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For Ahmad al-Rashid, fleeing from his home in Aleppo, northern Syria, to Iraq in 2013 was the safest choice he had. But after two years as an aid worker there, and watching the situation deteriorate, al-Rashid decided to leave for Britain. ” itself was in a crisis, it got worse… Read More »

US says Libya close to eliminating Islamic State from Sirte

LONDON: U.S.-backed Libyan forces are close to vanquishing Islamic State from its last holdouts in the city of Sirte, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Carter said forces aligned with Libya’s U.N.-backed government, who have been aided by U.S. air strikes since the beginning of August, had cornered Islamic State in one small… Read More »