Pacquiao: I’m not done yet

Manny Pacquiao says his July 2 world title bout with Jeff Horn is his chance to tell the boxing world “I’m not done yet.” The 38-year-old Pacquiao, an 11-time champion across eight weight divisions and now a member of the Philippines senate, had intended the fight in Brisbane with local school teacher Horn to be a stepping stone to a more lucrative bout with former welterweight world champion Amir Khan. But Pacquiao now says the bout gives him a chance to let the boxing world know he’s still at the…

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Daura, Kyari haven’t resigned – Presidency

The Presidency has described the reported resignation of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, as “mere distraction and pure mischief’’. Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, stated this in Abuja on Sunday night while reacting to social media reports on the purported resignation of Kyari and Daura. Shehu, who frowned at the report, said the Chief of Staff left Abuja on Saturday for China on presidential assignment and…

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Afghan defence chiefs resign over attack

    Afghanistan’s defence minister and army chief of staff have resigned in the wake of a Taliban attack that left scores of soldiers dead, the presidential palace says. The attack happened on Friday at an army base near Mazar-e Sharif. Insurgents targeted troops leaving Friday prayers at the base’s mosque and in a canteen, the army said. It was the Taliban’s deadliest attack on the armed forces since it was removed from power in 2001. The resignations coincided with the arrival of US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on an…

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French election: Le Pen, Macron reach run-off

The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, near-final results show. With 96% of votes counted from Sunday’s first round, Macron has 23.9% with Ms Le Pen on 21.4%. Opinion polls have consistently predicted Macron defeating his rival in the run-off. The two fought off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Whoever wins the second round, the voting marks a shift away from the decades-long dominance of leftist and centre-right parties in…

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N’Korea varsity names US detainee

  A North Korean university has named the US citizen detained on Saturday as Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim. The Korean-American lecturer had taught at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) for several weeks prior to his arrest. The investigation into Kim was for matters “not connected in any way” to the university, PUST said. Kim was arrested just as he was about to leave Pyongyang. Authorities have not yet disclosed the reason, reports the BBC. According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, Kim, who is in…

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Venezuelan president calls for talks

  Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has called for talks to resume with the opposition. He also said he wanted local elections to take place. His comments came as another large demonstration is planned for Monday after three weeks of tense protests across the country. Demonstrators have been calling for presidential elections due next year to be brought forward and for President Maduro to step down. Last year’s negotiations between the opposition and the government broke down when the opposition accused Maduro of breaking agreements and using the talks to buy…

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La Liga: Why we lost to Barcelona – Carvajal

  Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal insists Sergio Ramos’ red card decided the Clasico in Barcelona’s favour, not Lionel Messi. Messi’s last-ditch winner secured a dramatic 3-2 victory for Barca on Sunday, although Carvajal believes Ramos’ dismissal proved more of a turning point. “It was a crazy game, the red card decided the match,” he said after the game. “We managed to get back level, but ultimately a counterattack took the three points. “Calmness is needed, it’s no big deal. We have one more game left than them, this is…

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