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Stirring CHAN comebacks by Swaziland, Namibia

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Morocco maximised home advantage with a 3-0 triumph over African Nations Championship title-holders Libya

Stirring Swazi and Namibian comebacks and Moroccan muscle flexing were 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying highlights at the weekend. Hosts Swaziland wiped out a two-goal deficit in the first leg of a preliminary tie to draw 2-2 against Angola with Sabelo Ndzinisa levelling seven minutes from time. Namibia came from behind under new coach Ronnie Kanalelo to edge visiting Zambia 2-1 in another southern Africa showdown.

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Russia, West trade barbs ahead of Ukraine talks in Paris

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Ukrainian servicemen patrol near the chemical plant in Avdeevka, Donetsk region, on June 20, 2015

The leaders of Russia, France and Germany clashed over the Ukraine crisis Monday, as the EU extended sanctions on Moscow on the eve of key diplomatic talks in Paris. After a 45-minute three-way telephone conversation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted a “worrying” number of breaches in a ceasefire agreement clinched in February in Minsk, according to a government spokeswoman in Berlin. “Reports from the observation mission of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) show that the use of arms, especially the recent rise in heavy weaponry, is mainly coming from separatists supported by Russia,” Berlin said.

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Death threats for Saudi satire star who fights Islamic State with laughs

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Handout photo of Saudi actor Al-Qasabi playing the role of an Islamic State fighter in the new Saudi TV show "Selfie"

By Taghreed Almadani DUBAI (Reuters) – A Saudi TV star has earned death threats for deploying a new weapon against Islamic State: laughter. “Selfie”, a sketch comedy show which debuted last week on Saudi-owned pan-Arab satellite channel MBC, has won praise from influential voices in the Middle East for daring to mock the hardline militant group. “Come on guys!” interjects a naive character played by the show’s Saudi star, Nasser Al Qasabi.

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Activists urge South Carolina capitol to take down rebel flag after massacre

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People hold signs during a protest asking for the removal of the confederate battle flag that flies at the South Carolina State House in Columbia

South Carolina activists on Monday stepped up their call for lawmakers to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the state capitol, five days after a white gunman allegedly shot dead nine black worshippers at a historic church in Charleston. The demand by U.S. civil rights leaders and local elected officials for the state to remove the rallying symbol of the pro-slavery South during the U.S. civil war follows revelations that the 21-year-old white man, charged with Wednesday’s attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, had posted a racist manifesto on the internet. The suspect, Dylann Roof, …read more

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