Channel NewsAsiahttp://www.channelnewsasia.comChannel NewsAsia Singapore was established in March 1999 by MediaCorp, and is an English language Asian TV News channel. Positioned to Understand Asia, it reports on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. NewsAsiahttp://www.channelnewsasia.com129137en-usColombia's FARC rebels to hold final conference, peace vote Sept. 13-19, 28 Aug 2016 03:55:16 +0800BOGOTA: Colombia's main rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces, said in a statement on Saturday they will hold their final conference on Sept. 13-19 to ratify a peace accord with the government.

The deal between the leaders of the leftist guerrilla group, referred to as FARC, and the government was announced Wednesday in Havana, after almost four years of talks. The rebels have agreed to lay down arms after half a century of war.

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Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has sent the text of the accord to Congress, where legislators have 30 days to go over it before a national referendum on Oct. 2.

(Reporting by Helen Murphy; Writing by Alden Bentley; Editing by Bernard Orr)

Ex-Guantanamo prisoner goes on hunger strike in Venezuela: Lawyer WorldSun, 28 Aug 2016 03:46:13 +0800CARACAS: A former Guantanamo prisoner now held by Venezuela's intelligence agency has gone on hunger strike, his lawyer said on Saturday.

Jihad Diyab, who was relocated from Guantanamo to Uruguay nearly two years ago, was detained after travelling to Caracas in July in an apparent attempt to see family, his California-based lawyer Jon Eisenberg told AFP.

Held in Guantanamo for 12 years without charge, Jihad Diyab, pictured on September 8, 2015, was(Photo:AFP)

In an email, Eisenberg said he was concerned about Diyab, a 45-year-old Syrian national, after failing to establish contact with him.

"We still have not had any communication with the Venezuelan authorities," Eisenberg said. "I feared from the beginning that (the hunger strike) could take place, so I'm not surprised."

Held in Guantanamo for 12 years without charge, Diyab was released from the US military prison in southern Cuba to Uruguay in 2014 along with five fellow former detainees.

On August 6, Diyab's lawyer had asked the Venezuelan government for permission to speak with his client by telephone to organize his defense.

A US-based human rights activist confirmed Diyab's hunger strike.

Three independent sources, who asked to remain anonymous so they could speak freely about the case, said the Syrian man began his protest after "learning that the foreign ministries of Venezuela and Uruguay negotiated his deportation to Uruguay," Andres Conteris said by telephone.

Diyab is also refusing to take liquids, according to Conteris, of the group Witness Against Torture. He hopes to be sent to Turkey or another third country to reunite with his family.

The Venezuelan authorities have not yet commented on the case.

Conteris travelled to Venezuela earlier this month to set up a meeting, but returned to the United States without success.

Eisenberg represents Diyab in a lawsuit filed against the US authorities for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike in Guantanamo.

Diyab was captured in 2002 near the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Athletics: Bahraini Jebet smashes 3000m steeplechase world record SportsSun, 28 Aug 2016 03:28:52 +0800PARIS: Olympic champion Ruth Jebet of Bahrain smashed the world record in the 3,000m steeplechase, clocking 8min 52.78sec at the Diamond League meet in Paris on Saturday (Aug 27).

The 19-year-old Kenyan-born athlete, who now runs for Bahrain, obliterated the previous record of 8:58.81 achieved by Russian Gulnara Galkina at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Bahrain's women's 3000m steeplchase runner Ruth Jebet competes at the IAAF Diamond League(Photo:AFP)

Jebet won Olympic gold in Rio with 8:59.75, the second fastest time ever in the event, having also clocked 8:59.97 at the Eugene meet in the United States last May.

Only Galkina and Jebet have ever dipped below the nine-minute mark in the event.

Sarkozy says Britain should manage asylum seekers on its own territory, 28 Aug 2016 03:25:13 +0800PARIS: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is attempting a political comeback before next year's election, said on Saturday that Britain should open an asylum centre on its territory to deal with asylum seekers now camped in Calais.

Migrants aiming to reach Britain have over the years gathered in camps called the "jungle" in the French port of Calais.

Nicolas Sarkozy, head of the Les Republicans political party and former French President, leaves hi

In the past two years, the population of the camps has swelled as warfare and economic upheaval in North Africa and the Middle East has driven thousands of migrants to try to reach Britain illegally through the Channel Tunnel.

"I'm demanding the opening of a centre in Britain to deal with asylum seekers in Britain so that Britain can do the work that concerns them," Nicolas Sarkozy told a political rally in Touquet in northern France.

Sarkozy said Britain should manage the asylum process, accepting those it wants on British territory and organising charters to remove those who are rejected.

"The jungle should not be in Calais or anywhere else, because this is a republic and those with no rights to be here should return to their country," Sarkozy said.

Sarkozy was speaking in Touquet, where in 2003, France signed a symbolic border treaty with Britain. Under Le Touquet accord, British officials can check passports in France and vice versa.

However, that has led to the migrants trying to reach British shores congregating at Calais. Images of hundreds of people trying to leap onto trucks bound for Britain has roused anti-immigration worries on both sides of the English Channel.

That was a key issue in Britain's vote to leave the European Union, and it has become a hot-button issue ahead of France's April 2017 election.

Sarkozy's conservative rival Alain Juppe, who opened his presidential bid on Saturday and is considered the frontrunner in the party's presidential primaries, has called on the Touquet accord to be renegotiated.

(Reporting by Bate Felix and Ingrid Melander, editing by Larry King)

Clinton receives intelligence briefing WorldSun, 28 Aug 2016 03:15:23 +0800WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton received her first intelligence briefing as the Democratic presidential candidate on Saturday (Aug 27), attending the 90-minute meeting without aides.

Traditionally, the top two contenders for the White House are given the briefings to prepare them for the responsibilities that await the next occupant of the Oval Office.

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at Lincoln High School i

Republican candidate Donald Trump attended a similar briefing Aug 17 in New York, accompanied by two key advisers, retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Clinton was alone for her briefing, which took place at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's White Plains, New York office, near her home in Chappaqua, an aide told reporters.

The aide said she met with a handful of officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for about an hour and a half.

The FBI's office was used because it has secure rooms in which classified information can be discussed.

The tradition of intelligence briefings for presidential candidates began in 1952 under president Harry Truman.

The briefings lay out the US intelligence community's view of the threats facing the United States, without divulging secrets about operations or sources.

Democrats have expressed unease about Trump's access to such sensitive information, with President Barack Obama himself issuing a thinly veiled warning earlier this month.

"If they want to be president, they have got to start acting like (a) president," he said in a clear reference to the unpredictable New York billionaire. "That means being able to receive these briefings and not spreading them around."

Maiden front row start stokes hopes of Verstappen victory NewsSun, 28 Aug 2016 03:15:14 +0800SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium: Max Verstappen will have an unhindered view of the first corner at the start of Sunday’s Belgian Formula One Grand Prix, but the Dutchman will have his sights set far beyond that after securing the maiden front-row start of his fledgling career.

The 18-year-old will start the race at the 7-kilometre-longSpa-Francorchamps circuit alongside Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, after setting a time just 0.149 seconds slower than the German’s best in qualifying.

That display, which Verstappen delivered despite missing the final practice session on Saturday morning with a gearbox problem, gave his legions of orange-clad supporters thronging the grandstands plenty to cheer about.

With his Red Bull team appearing to be within striking distance of dominant Mercedes, it has also raised the prospect of a Verstappen victory in a race that is the closest the Belgium-born driver has to a home event.

“I’m just very pleased to be second here in front of my fans,” said Verstappen, whose mother is Belgian.

“In the end, to be so close to them (Mercedes) on a track with some long straights, we can be very pleased with that.

“The whole weekend has been very smooth … and in qualifying the car was working really well,” said Verstappen, who had ended Friday’s opening day of practice top of the timesheets.

Verstappen, son of former racer Jos, won on his Red Bull debut in May's Spanish Grand Prix and has stood on the podium a further three times since.

Sunday’s race will be the third in a row that Rosberg will start from pole.

But the 31-year-old was beaten off the line in both Hungary and Germany and Verstappen, who also becomes the youngest ever driver to start from the front row, will be hoping to emerge from the tight La Source hairpin in the lead.

Whether he will be able to retain it is another question, though, as, starting on the fragile super-soft tyre, he will be forced to pit sooner than Rosberg, who will begin on the more durable soft.

“We have some different strategies out there but I think at the end of the day, yeah, I have to box (pit) a bit earlier,” said Verstappen.

“I think that’s the best strategy to go into tomorrow - but we’ll see how it pays off.”

(Reporting by Abhishek Takle,; Editing by Neville Dalton)

Nadal aims to carry Olympic boost into US Open NewsSun, 28 Aug 2016 03:05:16 +0800NEW YORK: Rafa Nadal was exhausted yet exhilarated following his emotional return to action at this month's Rio Olympics after an injury-absence and is looking forward to gearing back up for the U.S. Open starting on Monday.

"If you’re not excited about the U.S. Open, you’re not a tennis player," Nadal told reporters.

Injuries are affecting several top players heading into the last grand slam of the year in a season made even more hectic with the Olympics squeezed into the schedule.

Men's top seed Novak Djokovic, like Nadal, is also dealing with a wrist injury and women's number one Serena Williams is coping with a sore right shoulder.

Lefthander Nadal, sidelined after being unable to play his third-round match at the French Open because of an injured left wrist, decided to test himself in Rio.

"I was two months and a half outside of the competition, and not only outside of the competition, outside the practice courts. I couldn't practise," the Spanish fourth seed said at Flushing Meadows on Friday.

Nadal, 30, said he was determined to give it a try in Rio and ended up feeling good enough to compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

"The motivation, the passion, sharing moments with the team helped a lot," said Nadal, who reached the Rio singles semi-finals and won gold in doubles with his friend Marc Lopez.

"Winning a gold medal is always something unique, and I think I enjoyed it as much as I can during the whole event," he said.

"I finished the tournament completely exhausted ... no more energy inside of my body."

Nadal carried on straight from Rio to Cincinnati where he won his opening match before losing to teenager Borna Coric of Crotia.

"I am better, I am a little bit better," said Nadal. "It's true that the wrist bothers me a little bit less every day. I need to understand again to hit my normal forehand. During the wrist injury, always you try to find movements to avoid the pain.

"Today I can start the forehand, I think my normal forehand, but still needs time to feel that I am more confident on my wrist. But I am practicing well and I am competing well."

Nadal hopes his Rio elation carries over to the Open, which he won in 2010 and 2013.

"I have been playing at a very high level. So that helped me to play well in the Olympics, and I hope it's going to help me to play well here," the 14-times grand slam winner said.

"When you go to the Olympics and finally you win a medal, it's just the most important thing that you can do. So I'm just very happy for that, one medal for my country."Nadal will play his first-round Open match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, who reached the fourth round in New York in 2012 but is 7-20 this season.

(Editing by Andrew Both)

Yemen's exiled government welcomes US plan for restart of peace talks, 28 Aug 2016 03:00:39 +0800ABU DHABI: Yemen's Saudi-backed exiled government said on Saturday it welcomed a plan agreed by the United States, Gulf Arab states and the United Nations to restart peace talks with a goal of forming a unity government.

U.N.-sponsored negotiations to end 18 months of fighting in the impoverished country on Saudi Arabia's southern border collapsed this month and the dominant Iran-allied Houthi movement there resumed shelling attacks into the kingdom.

Damaged buildings are pictured in the war-torn southwestern city of Taiz

In talks in Jeddah this week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the conflict in which Saudi Arabia has launched thousands of air strikes in favour of the exiled government had gone on too long and needed to end.

On Saturday, a statement from the exiled government carried by the Saba news agency said: "The government is prepared to deal positively with any peaceful solutions...including an initial welcoming of the ideas resulting from the meeting in Jeddah that included the foreign secretaries of the U.S., the United Kingdom and Gulf states."

The Houthis are yet to respond to the proposal.

Kerry said on Thursday the Houthis must cease shelling across the border with Saudi Arabia, pull back from the capital Sanaa, cede their weapons and enter into a unity government with their domestic foes.

Yemen's internationally recognised government, based in Saudi Arabia, has made similar demands but insisted that the Houthis fulfil all those measures before any new government was formed. However Kerry suggested they could move ahead in parallel.

The Yemen war has killed more than 6,500 people and displaced some 3 million.

Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally, has come under stiff criticism from rights groups for air strikes that have repeatedly killed civilians in Yemen.

The United Nations human rights office said in report on Thursday that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for 60 percent of the 3,799 civilians killed in the war.

(Reporting By Maha El Dahan; Editing by Ros Russell)

Nigerian launches offensive against militants in Delta oil hub, 28 Aug 2016 02:50:18 +0800YENAGOA, Nigeria: Nigeria's military said on Saturday it had launched a new offensive against militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta, killing five and arresting 23.

Armed groups have claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on oil and gas pipelines in the southern region, reducing the country's oil output by 700,000 barrels day.

A special forces battalion moved against militant camps on Friday in an operation "aimed at getting rid of all forms of criminal activities", army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement.

"In the course of the operation, five militants that attacked the troops were killed in action, while numerous others were injured and 23 suspects were arrested."

There was no immediate reaction from militant groups, which operate from hard-to-access creeks in the swampland.

The groups say they want a greater share of Nigeria's oil wealth to go to the impoverished region. Crude sales account for about 70 percent of Nigeria's government revenue and most of the oil comes from the Delta.

A similar military campaign in May drew sharp criticism from rights groups and residents who said soldiers had laid siege to villages, arrested civilians and raped women in an bid to force them hand over militants. The army denies this.

The government has been trying to broker a ceasefire but the militant scene is divided into small groups whose fighters, drawn from unemployed youths, are difficult to control even for their leaders.

On Thursday, Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu met traditional leaders from the Delta to ask them to mediate in talks with militants but they said they wanted the army first to release prisoners taken during a previous sweep, an official has told Reuters.

The army in May arrested a group of school teenagers who community leaders say are not linked to militants.

A group calling itself Niger Delta Avengers, which has claimed several major attacks, said in a statement on Sunday they had agreed to a ceasefire to start a dialogue. Officials have refused to confirm this.

(Additional reporting by Felix Onuah, Camillus Eboh and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Andrew Roche)

Under-par Dredge keeps lead despite over-par round in Denmark NewsSun, 28 Aug 2016 02:50:14 +0800REUTERS: Bradley Dredge remains the man to beat after three rounds at the Made in Denmark event, but for once he had to settle for an over-par round at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Farso on Saturday.

The Welshman, who led by three shots after the first two rounds, double-bogeyed the 12th hole and dropped another shot at the 18th to record a one-over-par 72, his lead cut to one stroke over the pursuing trio of Belgian Thomas Pieters, American David Lipsky and Spaniard Adrian Otaegui.

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Dredge, 43, has an excellent record at Himmerland, only once previously exceeding par in 11 rounds of tournament play, and he has now led after five of those rounds.

He goes into the final round on Sunday with a chance to post his third European Tour victory, having finished second and sixth in the previous two stagings of the event.

"It was not my best day today," he told reporters. "I really struggled off the tee. I was in this situation a couple of years ago and I've been up there a couple of times this year.

"Hopefully, I play better tomorrow and just give myself a chance."

German Martin Kaymer did his hopes of earning a wildcard into Darren Clarke's European Ryder Cup team no harm with a 66 to trail by four strokes.

(Reporting by Neville Dalton; Editing by Andrew Both)

Football: Khedira gives Juventus second straight win of the season NewsSun, 28 Aug 2016 02:45:18 +0800ROME: Serie A champions Juventus showed no signs of weakening as Sami Khedira's second-half goal gave them a 1-0 win at Lazio on Saturday, their second straight win of the new season.

Both teams struggled to get going on a hot evening at the Stadio Olimpico and the match was halted for a water break in the 28th minute.

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Khedira struck in the 66th minute when Paulo Dybala chipped the ball into the area and the Germany midfielder held off his marker and cleverly scored with a shot on the turn into the far corner.

Lazio, who lost four times to Juventus in all competitions last season and have not beaten their opponents since 2003, nearly took the lead minutes earlier when Marco Parolo failed to make contact with Ciro Immobile's ball across the face of the goal.

Juventus, champions for the last five season, have won 28 out of their last 30 games in Serie A and coach Massimiliano Allegri even allowed himself the luxury of starting with new signings Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic on the bench.

Argentine Higuain, who scored a record 36 goals for Napoli last season, came on just before Juve's goal.

(Writing by Brian Homewood,; Editing by Neville Dalton)

Cricket: Windies win one-run thriller in record run blitz SportsSun, 28 Aug 2016 02:34:13 +0800FORT LAUDERDALE: West Indies defeated India by one run in a record run-laden Twenty20 clash on Saturday (Aug 27) after piling up the third highest ever total in the game's shortest format.

Set 246 to win, India needed just eight off the last over and two off the final ball for a famous victory in the Florida sunshine.

Dwayne Bravo (L) of West Indies celebrates the dismissal of Virat Kohli (R) of India during the 1st(Photo:AFP)

But skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni could only scoop a Dwayne Bravo delivery into the hands of Marlon Samuels at short third man to leave India agonisingly on 244-4.

Lokesh Rahul was unbeaten for India on 110 in just his fourth T20 match, hitting 12 fours and five sixes. He shared a crucial 107-run partnership with Dhoni.

West Indies' total of 245-6 was just short of Australia's 248 against England in Southampton in 2013 while Sri Lanka's 260 against Kenya at Johannesburg in 2007 remains the highest ever international T20 total.

Evin Lewis smashed an impressive 100 and Johnson Charles hit 79 as the West Indies laid the foundations to mark Carlos Brathwaite's first game as skipper with a victory.

The second match of two back-to-back T20s at the rarely-visited Central Broward Regional Park venue takes place on Sunday.

"When Bravo said he was bowling a slower ball at the end, I told him that he had my backing. But in my mind I was thinking 'really?'," said Brathwaite. "We never do things easy, but we held our nerve."

In all 32 sixes were hit on the day while the 489 total runs was the highest ever for a T20 match, beating the 469 in an IPL game in 2010. "The last ball, the thinking was right but the execution was wrong," said Dhoni.

The 24-year-old Lewis, whose only other appearance had ended with a duck in the shock defeat to Afghanistan at the World Twenty20 this year, feasted on perfect batting conditions at the Florida venue.

Lewis, standing in for the injured Chris Gayle, reached exactly 100 off 48 balls with five fours and nine sixes and when he was out off the fifth ball of the 16th over, world champions West Indies were 205-3.

It was the fifth fastest T20 international century. The highlight of Lewis's innings was hitting five sixes off a Stuart Binny over.

With fellow opener Charles, Lewis put on 126 for the first wicket.

The 27-year-old Charles reached his 50 off only 20 balls before he became the first man out, bowled by seamer Mohammed Shami for a lightning 79 off 33 deliveries.

Charles's innings featured six fours and seven sixes and when he fell in the 10th over, West Indies were well-placed at 126-1.

West Indies reached the halfway mark of their innings in record style -- their 132 runs beating the previous best after 10 overs of 131 set by South Africa against England at Centurion in 2009.

Ajinkya Rahane was pushed up the order to open for India as they embarked on their pursuit, but the experiment backfired when he was out, caught by Bravo in the deep, for seven off seven balls in the third over.

India's star batsman Virat Kohli was caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Andre Fletcher off Bravo for just 16 with the total on 48.

But Rahul, dropped on 38 by Andre Russell, and Rohit Sharma put on 89 for the third wicket as India stepped on the gas.

Sharma was eventually out for 62 off 28 balls with four boundaries and four sixes with the total on 137 in the 12th over before India reached 150 in the following over.

Dhoni joined Rahul and they took the score past 200 in the 17th over before they fell just short of their target.

Substitute Rashford breaks Hull resolve with late winner NewsSun, 28 Aug 2016 02:30:14 +0800REUTERS: Marcus Rashford scored a stoppage-time winner as Manchester United broke Hull City's resistance at the death to win 1-0 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday and keep Jose Mourinho's winning record alive at his new club.

In wet conditions, United were laboured and their build-up play was slow as they struggled to break down their hosts, but Rashford provided a late spark after replacing Juan Mata, and converted Wayne Rooney's cross in the 92nd minute to crown a lively cameo.

Hull City v Manchester United - Premier League

Both sides sought to find their range during the first half as Robert Snodgrass sent a testing free kick just wide of David De Gea's goal in the 24th minute, while Eldin Jakupovic was forced into a low save from a Juan Mata set piece - the first of a series of crucial stops.

World-record signing Paul Pogba was well shackled by the home side's disciplined midfield, although Zlatan Ibrahimovic went close only to be flagged offside after backheeling into the side netting and David Meyler was fortunate not to be punished after raising an elbow to deflect a shot in the Hull box before Rashford's late intervention.

(Reporting by Ed Dove,; Editing by Neville Dalton)

Hamilton ready for slog from back of the field NewsSun, 28 Aug 2016 02:25:14 +0800SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium: Lewis Hamilton is preparing for a tough Sunday slog in sweltering conditions as he bids to claw his way through the field at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver will start from the last row or the pit lane after being hit with a 55-place grid penalty for exceeding his permitted allocation of engine-related components with three power-unit changes this weekend.

"It's going to be a very, very hard race," Hamilton told reporters after Saturday's qualifying session where he drove only a handful of laps, watching the rest of it in his shorts in his driver's room.

"Being this hot it's going to be hard to follow, being in traffic...I envision tomorrow's going to be hard to get into the top-10 with the tyres the way they are."

The Briton has long been aware he would have to take engine-related penalties at some point this year after suffering a spate of reliability woes earlier in the season.

Mercedes had already earmarked the 7km-long Spa track or Monza, venue for the Italian Grand Prix next weekend, as the tracks to take the penalties as both offer plenty of opportunities for overtaking.

But the uncharacteristically hot temperatures this weekend combined with high mandated tyre pressures have made conditions tricky for teams and drivers.

Triple world champion Hamilton, who has a 19-point cushion over team mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers' standings, appeared relaxed though.

"It's been a vacation weekend," joked Hamilton who has focussed his attention this weekend on race pace rather than flat-out qualifying blasts.

"We've kind of been chilling. Okay I've done lots of laps but not been out pushing for the car to be the quickest," he added as he munched on chocolate.

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)

Football: Lacazette injured as Lyon humbled by Dijon SportsSun, 28 Aug 2016 02:25:13 +0800PARIS: In-form Alexandre Lacazette scored before coming off injured in the first half as Lyon collapsed to a 4-2 defeat away at promoted Dijon in Ligue 1 on Saturday (Aug 27).

Lacazette put the visitors 2-1 up on 37 minutes at the Stade Gaston-Gerard with his sixth goal already this season after Corentin Tolisso's opener for Lyon had been cancelled out by a Frederic Sammaritano penalty.

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette (C), pictured on August 27, 2016, put his team up on(Photo:AFP)

But the 25-year-old, who on Thursday was recalled to the France squad for the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign, then hobbled off just before the break and was later seen with strapping and an ice pack around his left knee.

Things got worse for Lyon as Dijon came roaring back with goals by Julio Tavares, Dylan Bahamboula and Pierre Lees-Melou to claim their first points since returning to the top flight.

"I am worried. When a player comes off before half-time it is always worrying," Lyon coach Bruno Genesio told Canal Plus at half-time before adding that the player would undergo tests on Monday to determine the extent of the problem.

Lyon do not play again until hosting Bordeaux in a fortnight but Lacazette must now be a major doubt for France's upcoming matches in Italy and Belarus.

The situation is similar for Nabil Fekir, who was recalled to the national set-up for the first time since suffering a serious knee injury in France's friendly win in Portugal alost a year ago.

But he came off in the second half and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas later revealed he may undergo minor knee surgery on Monday.

"We flouted the fundamental principles of football and were deservedly beaten. Losing Lacazette hurt us and we did not play as well in the second half," said Genesio of the defeat.

OL had won their opening two league matches thanks to their star striker's goals but were looking to do something they had not managed since 1981 by making it three straight victories to start a top-flight campaign.

They went in front in the 20th minute when Tolisso followed in to score after Baptiste Reynet in the Dijon goal had beaten away a Sergi Darder shot.


Dijon were level just four minutes later, however, as Sammaritano netted from the spot after Nicolas Nkoulou chopped down Tavares in the box.

The incident was a demonstration of the new application of the laws following the abolition of the so-called 'triple punishment' -- last season Nkoulou would certainly have been sent off for denying Tavares the opportunity to score, but this time he was only booked.

Lyon were back in front as the lively Lacazette collected the ball on the edge of the box and fired a low left-foot shot into the bottom-left corner, but he then hobbled off.

And Dijon drew level again in first-half stoppage time as Tavares dived bravely in front of Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to head in a cross from the right by Sammaritano.

The Burgundy side had not even scored in their opening two games but they ran away with this match in the second half, going in front on 73 minutes when Bahamboula scrambled in from a corner.

They netted again towards the end as Lyon were unable to fully clear their lines from a corner and Lees-Melou, who had come off the bench for his top-flight debut, curled a beauty into the far corner.

Guingamp are the provisional leaders of the fledgling table after a 2-0 win at promoted Nancy, although they are level on points with Nice, who drew 1-1 at home to Lille.

Vincent Koziello put Nice ahead at the Allianz Riviera only for Lille captain Franck Beria to equalise with his first goal in Ligue 1 since November 2010.

Caen beat Bastia 2-0, Metz defeated Angers by the same score and Rennes came from behind to draw 1-1 at Montpellier.

Marseille recorded their first win of the season on Friday, beating Lorient 2-0 at the Stade Velodrome with Remy Cabella and Bafetimbi Gomis netting.

Champions Paris Saint-Germain will look to maintain their perfect start to the campaign when they visit Monaco on Sunday.

Togo slaughters 11,500 chickens after H5N1 bird flu outbreak, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:25 +0800LOME: Togolese authorities said on Saturday they had slaughtered 11,500 chickens in response to an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu at two farms in the capital Lome and the town of Adetikope, about 25 km north of Lome.

"We are in the presence of the H5N1 virus," Agriculture Minister Ouro-Koura Agadazi said on public radio, after the strain was confirmed by laboratory tests in Italy.

Highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu has spread across a number of West African countries in the past two years, hitting poultry farms in Niger and Cameroon.

The outbreaks across West Africa have raised fears of transmission to humans, given poor health infrastructure in the region and a number of human H5N1 deaths since the virus first infected humans in 1997 during a outbreak in poultry in Hong Kong.

(Reporting by John Zodzi; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Ros Russell)

Cricket: Root leads England to easy one-day win over Pakistan NewsSun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:22 +0800LONDON: Joe Root's composed 89 led England to an easy four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second one-day international at Lord's on Saturday.

Pakistan recovered from a dreadful start, thanks to a century by Sarfraz Ahmed, to post a respectable total of 251 before Root and captain Eoin Morgan shared a third-wicket stand of 112 to lay the platform for the hosts to go 2-0 up in the series.

England v Pakistan - Second One Day International

England opener Jason Roy fell to the second ball of the innings, bowled by Mohammad Amir, but Root looked in complete control from the start while Morgan made a busy 68 including nine fours.

Ben Stokes chipped in with 42 and although England lost wickets at regular intervals, they reached their target with more than two overs to spare.

Pakistan slumped to two for three after winning the toss, Chris Woakes taking two wickets and Mark Wood one in a fiery opening burst by the England pace attack.

Babar Azam and Sarfraz steadied the innings with a fourth-wicket alliance of 64 before Azam was bowled by Liam Plunkett for 30.

Sarfraz played sensibly in the circumstances and found another reliable partner in Imad Wasim as the wicket-keeper hit six fours on the way to a second one-day international century before he was out for 105.

Wasim finished unbeaten on 63. Wood and Woakes took three wickets each.

The third game in the five-match series is in Nottingham on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Ed Osmond; Editing by Tony Jimenez)

Leicester's season starts now, says Ranieri NewsSun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:15 +0800LONDON: Manager Claudio Ranieri is confident Leicester City's first win of the season can be a platform for the rest of the campaign after they beat Swansea City 2-1 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Leicester started the season slowly, becoming the first Premier League champions to lose their opening match as they went down 2-1 at Hull City before drawing 0-0 at home to Arsenal last weekend.

"These three points are very two matches at home we took four points which is okay," Ranieri told the BBC. "We have a very good platform."

Leicester lost midfielder N'Golo Kante to Chelsea in the close season but have retained Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy, with the latter two particularly influential against Swansea.

In a move that became a trademark of their lethal counter-attacking performances last season, Drinkwater picked out Vardy from inside his own half and the striker beat keeper Lukasz Fabianski with aplomb in the 31st minute.

"We wanted to keep all our players," Ranieri said. "It wasn't possible and one went away but it's okay. We are happy and now we start our season."

Mahrez found the net from the spot against Hull but had a penalty saved by Fabianski before Leroy Fer netted late on for Swansea.

"We have got that win now and we just move forward," added captain Wes Morgan who scored Leicester's second goal. "Credit to the team, we stood firm."

(Reporting by Ed Dove; Editing by Tony Jimenez)

Hazard back to his best as he inspires Chelsea win NewsSun, 28 Aug 2016 01:55:17 +0800LONDON: One of the villains in Chelsea's feeble title defence last season, Eden Hazard has been at the centre of the Stamford Bridge club's sizzling 100 percent start to the Premier League campaign.

The Belgium winger opened the scoring in Saturday's 3-0 home win over Burnley and also played a big part in the second goal, linking up with Diego Costa before he fed Willian who blasted the ball low into the net from a narrow angle.

Hazard has played a pivotal role in all three of Chelsea's league victories, netting against West Ham United and setting up Michy Batshuayi to score against Watford last weekend.

He was at his best against Burnley, displaying the imagination, speed and hunger that earned him the league's Player of the Year award when Chelsea cruised to the championship in 2015.

For the opener, Hazard picked up the ball in Chelsea's half and raced through space given him by Burnley's midfield before cutting inside defender Michael Keane and firing low into the goal from the edge of the penalty area in the ninth minute.

It was a moment of pace and precision reminiscent of his spectacular strike for Belgium against Hungary at Euro 2016.

A few months ago Chelsea fans were booing Hazard as they blamed him, among other players, for not trying hard enough to reverse a string of defeats that led to the dismissal of Jose Mourinho, the club's most successful coach.

Nursing an injury, the winger scored only four times in the league last season, a far cry from the 14 goals he managed in the title-winning campaign the previous year.

Under new coach Antonio Conte, Hazard seems to have been given more freedom to roam than he had under Mourinho who often criticised him for shirking defensive duties.

The Belgian came close to claiming more goals on Saturday including a stunning volley from a corner floated to him on the edge of the box by Brazilian Willian, his venomous drive being pushed away by goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

When Hazard was substituted 10 minutes before the end, he was given an ovation by the supporters.

"Eden is a fantastic player, like the others," Conte told reporters. "He is working very well with great attitude.

"I saw this very quick, his will to work very well, to improve."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche also sang Hazard's praises and wished he had him in his squad.

"If he fancies coming up, I'll take him," Dyche joked.

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)

Spain's acting PM warns forming new government still 'a wish' WorldSun, 28 Aug 2016 01:53:11 +0800MADRID: Spain's acting prime minister warned on Saturday (Aug27) that forming a government remained a "wish", in downbeat comments ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote over the country's political deadlock.

Speaking to supporters of his conservative Popular Party (PP), Mariano Rajoy also warned that the country's economic recovery could be jeopardised if Spain once again fails to form a government after two inconclusive elections.

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrives to a meeting with Popular Party's(Photo:AFP)

Spain would be Europe's laughing stock if voters had to go back to the polls for a third time, added Rajoy, whose PP has led the government since 2011.

"The formation of a government in Spain is today still more of a wish than a fact," he told a party rally in the northwestern region of Galicia, a PP stronghold. "Things are going well (economically) but they can stop going well," he said.

Spain suffered a painful economic slump when a housing bubble burst in 2008 but has bounced back to become of the eurozone's most dynamic economies, growing for 12 straight quarters.

But the country is in political turmoil, without a fully-functioning government for eight months as squabbling political parties have been unable to reach any kind of pact following inconclusive elections in December, and again in June.

Rajoy's pessimistic comments came ahead of a key first parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday over his bid to win another term in power.

His PP party won the most number of seats in both elections but failed to gain a majority and has so far failed to secure support from other parties to form a minority or coalition government.

It has been in talks with its upstart centrist rival Ciudadanos which came fourth in the election with 32 seats but no final agreement has been struck.

Even if Ciudadanos agrees to support Rajoy's PP in the confidence vote, the two political groups will still fall short of the needed majority of seats.

Rajoy therefore needs the support of the Socialists, his traditional rivals, or at the very least their abstention when he asks for a confidence vote in parliament. So far they have refused to help him.

The Socialists finished second in the last election with 85 seats, 52 less than the PP and its worst ever result.

"I think it would be hugely irresponsible if those who have 52 seats less than those who won the elections once again blocked the formation of a government in our country," Rajoy said.

In the first confidence vote, Rajoy must win an absolute majority.

Failing that, he would face a second vote on Friday in which he would only need more votes in favour than against.

Cricket: South Africa take control in second Test SportsSun, 28 Aug 2016 01:46:25 +0800CENTURION: South Africa's top four batsmen all made half-centuries as New Zealand's decision to bowl first failed to pay off on the first day of the series-deciding second Test at SuperSport Park on Saturday (Aug 27).

South Africa were 283 for three at the end of a day when New Zealand were on the wrong end of no fewer than five leg before wicket decisions, while seam bowler Doug Bracewell limped off late in the day with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

South Africa batsman Quinton De Kock (centre) plays a shot on the first day of the second Test(Photo:AFP)

Stephen Cook (56) and Quinton de Kock (82) gave South Africa a strong start with an opening partnership of 133. Hashim Amla and JP Duminy followed up with innings of 58 and 67 not out respectively.

Cook, Amla and Duminy all survived close calls by the umpires.

New Zealand unsuccessfully called for a review when Cook was given not out against Trent Boult by umpire Paul Reiffel when he was on one. Replays showed he got a faint inside edge.

Umpire Ian Gould was then involved in four decisions, giving Amla and Duminy out but seeing both overturned on review, while New Zealand failed to call for reviews when Cook and Duminy were given not out, with replays showing the ball hitting the stumps convincingly on both occasions.

"Sometimes you get them right, sometimes you don't," said New Zealand left-arm fast bowler Neil Wagner, who gave credit to the South African batsmen.

"There is quite a lot in the wicket. South Africa batted well in trying circumstances. They left well and played the ball late."

The brightest batting came in the morning when Cook and De Kock took South Africa to 100 for no wicket.

It was South Africa's first Test century opening partnership since December 2013, while it was indicative of the difficulty of batting first on the often-lively pitches in South Africa that it was the first time since March 2009 that any team had reached three figures without losing a wicket before lunch on the first day of a Test in the country, when Simon Katich and the late Phillip Hughes did it for Australia in Durban.


De Kock, the South African wicketkeeper, was moved up to open the batting, which he does regularly in limited-overs internationals, after Dean Elgar sprained an ankle during fielding practice on Friday. Stiaan van Zyl came into the side and was expected to bat at number seven.

Although he said he was not keen to open in Tests on a long-term basis, De Kock, who has a reputation for impetuousness, said he had enjoyed the challenge of mustering the discipline needed to prosper against good bowling on a pitch which offered movement to the fast bowlers.

"I worked on when to be tight, how to play certain balls. It's the most I have left the ball in my career, I'm quite proud of myself. It's a good Test wicket, with something in it for both batsmen and bowlers," he said.

De Kock made 82 off 114 balls, hitting 15 boundaries, before hooking Wagner to Boult on the fine leg boundary, while Cook made a patient 56 off 143 deliveries before falling to a low catch by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson at gully off Bracewell.

Amla survived a shaky start to again show a liking for New Zealand bowlers, taking his Test aggregate against the Black Caps to exactly 1000 runs in 11 matches at an average of 76.92, while he continued to score heavily at Centurion, where he has made 1201 runs in 11 matches at an average of 85.78.

Amla eventually fell to a good delivery from Wagner, who switched to bowling around the wicket and produced a ball which swung in and then straightened to have Amla caught behind.

Wagner was the most impressive of the New Zealand bowlers, showing plenty of energy as he charged in for 22 overs, taking two for 51.

But Tim Southee, Boult and Bracewell all bowled testing spells on a day on which not much went right for the tourists.

"We've got to be positive and come back strong tomorrow," said Wagner. "We're not in a bad position. If we get two quick wickets in the morning we're right back in the game."

Bracewell limped off two balls into the penultimate over of the day after clutching his hamstring. His over had to be completed by Boult.

Golf: Dredge edges towards first win in decade SportsSun, 28 Aug 2016 01:43:09 +0800FARSO: Welshman Bradley Dredge will take a slender one-shot lead into the final day of the Made in Denmark event in Farso, after settling for a one-over-par third round of 72 on Saturday (Aug 27).

The 43-year-old led by three overnight from Swede Joakim Lagergren, but slipped back towards the chasing pack with a bogey on the 18th green and is now atop the leaderboard on 12 under par overall.

Weslh golfer Bradley Dredge, pictured on July 28, 2016, slipped back towards the chasing pack with a(Photo:AFP)

Thomas Pieters, who is hoping to earn a wildcard pick for the Ryder Cup from European captain Darren Clarke on Tuesday, is only one stroke adrift in a tie for second place with American David Lipsky and Spaniard Adrian Otaegui.

Lagergren, playing alongside Dredge, also took a five on the par-four last and is two behind in fifth place.

Dredge, who briefly lost his tour card in 2012 and is without a European Tour title since 2006, started solidly before a birdie at the par-five 11th strengthened his position, but a double bogey at the next hole put a spanner in the works.

Despite a third birdie of the day at 14, the bogey on his 54th hole of the week leaves the tournament wide open going into Sunday's final round.

But Dredge will be confident of converting this chance into a victory, having finished sixth and second in the two previous editions of this event.

"I really struggled with the driver which has been a big strength of mine in the last two days, so it was a tough day and I just had to try and make the most of it to stay in there and hopefully I'll play better tomorrow," Dredge told the European Tour website.

"I always believe that if you want to win a tournament you've got to go out there and win it, so for me I try and play aggressively off the tee and into the pins."

The competition at the Himmerland Golf Resort is the last with points available in the chase for automatic places for Clarke's team to play in the Ryder Cup matches that start at Hazeltine next month.

But it is Belgian Pieters who is impressing most, despite finishing second in the Czech Masters last week when he needed to defend the title to stay in automatic contention.

Instead there will be plenty of calls for the 24-year-old to be given a captain's pick by Northern Irishman Clarke, after another impressive display so far in Scandinavia.

He could yet claim a fourth European Tour title, after a two-under-par 69 saw him into that trio tied for second.

Two-time major champion Martin Kaymer made the biggest move on Saturday.

The German signed for a five-under-par 66 to launch himself to within four strokes of Dredge at eight under overall.

Football: Aubameyang nets twice as Dortmund win opener SportsSun, 28 Aug 2016 01:34:33 +0800BERLIN: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has resumed his duel with Robert Lewandowski to be the Bundesliga's top scorer by netting twice in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Mainz on the opening weekend of the new season.

Aubameyang scored 25 German league goals last season, finishing second to Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski's 30 in the scorers' charts, and the duo look set to lead the way again in 2016/17.

Dortmund's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, pictured on August 27, 2016, netted 25(Photo:AFP)

Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in Bayern's 6-0 rout of Werder Bremen on Friday and his Dortmund rival Aubameyang opened his account less than 24 hours later.

The Gabon star headed in a 17th-minute opener and then added a late penalty before Japan striker Yoshinori Muto pulled one back at the death for the visitors.

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel was without Marco Reus, who was watching on in the stands as he recovers from a groin injury, but he started with three summer signings in his line-up.

He gave Bundesliga debuts to Spanish centre-back Marc Bartra, signed from Barcelona, and 19-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele, brought in from Rennes, while ex-Bayern midfielder Sebastian Rode also started.

Aubameyang was unmarked at the far post to head in the opener from a cross from the left by Germany winger Andre Schuerrle.

He then doubled his tally on 89 minutes when Schuerrle was brought down in the area and the Gabon star converted the resulting penalty, before Muto set up a nervous ending with a header in the 92nd minute.

"As far as I know my team, I can only think that they wanted to show everything they can do, which made things a bit nervous and not too tidy in our structure and the way we found space," said Tuchel. "Things were a bit tough, so it was a very laborious victory."


Bayern's rout of Bremen is cause for concern in Germany with German Football League (DFL) president Reinhard Rauball admitting the opening fixture of the season on Friday will have done little to sell the Bundesliga overseas.

"Bayern played some very good football, but I was shocked by how little resistance Werder Bremen offered," Rauball told German radio. "No one can argue that the match was on a knife-edge, but I hope the millions of viewers were pleased with the goals and can take that as some compensation."

Elsewhere, VfL Wolfsburg also got off to a winning start on Saturday with a 2-0 victory at Augsburg.

Star off-season signing, Germany striker Mario Gomez - the Bundesliga's top scorer over the last decade - was not included in the starting line-up as he regains his fitness after injury at Euro 2016.

But his new team-mates picked up three points without him.

Wolves took the lead when Dutch striker Bas Dost fired across the face of goal and new signing Daniel Didavi lashed home a shot from the edge of the area on 35 minutes.

Swiss international left-back Ricardo Rodriguez then drove in a low free-kick on 89 minutes.

Cologne enjoyed a 2-0 win at Darmstadt as Marcel Risse and Anthony Modeste both netted for the hosts.

Hamburg were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Ingolstadt as US international Bobby Wood's fine opening goal for the hosts was cancelled out by a late finish from Austria international Lukas Hinterseer.

Schalke 04 opened their season with a 1-0 defeat at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt as captain Alex Meier scored the first-half winner.

There was plenty of second-half drama as Meier had a penalty saved before the hosts were reduced to 10 men when their Jamaica international centre-back Michael Hector was sent off for hauling down Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who was through on goal.

Later Borussia Moenchengladbach beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at home in a battle of two of Germany's Champions League representatives.

Andre Hahn scored for Gladbach just before the half-time whistle, only for Finland's Joel Pohjanpalo to equalise on his debut on 79 minutes, before Lars Stindl hit the winner five minutes from time.

Collated German Bundesliga results on Saturday during the first weekend of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season:

Eintracht Frankfurt 1 Schalke 04 0

Augsburg 0 Wolfsburg 2

Hamburg 1 Ingolstadt 1

Cologne 2 Darmstadt 0

Borussia Dortmund 2 Mainz 1

Borussia Moenchengladbach 2 Bayer Leverkusen 1

Heir-apparent Kerber confident she can handle pressure NewsSun, 28 Aug 2016 01:30:13 +0800NEW YORK: Angelique Kerber says she is ready to deal with the increasing pressure as she targets U.S. Open glory and the world number one ranking.

Victory for the Australian Open champion and Wimbledon runner-up would see Kerber knock Serena Williams off the top spot she has held since early 2013.

Kerber missed the chance to usurp Williams last week when she lost in the final of the Cincinnati Open but says she is trying to focus simply on doing her job.

“I will not put too much pressure on this,” the 28-year-old told reporters at Flushing Meadows on the eve of the event.

“If the day will come I will reach number one, it would be amazing … but I will not think too much (about it).

“I will try to enjoy every moment right now because it's one of the best seasons of my career so far.”

The 28-year-old German, who won her first grand-slam title in Melbourne at the start of the year, lacked belief in the early part of her career.

Her run to the semi-finals in New York in 2011 was the catalyst for her rise up the rankings, but it was a trip to see former world number one Steffi Graf in Las Vegas in early 2015 that really did the trick.

Graf, who shares the Open-era grand-slam record of 22 wins with Williams, told Kerber she was on the right track and to go easier on herself.

Her win over Williams in the Australian Open final was an enormous boost to her confidence and after an early French Open exit, she bounced back superbly to reach the final at Wimbledon.

Now, with a major title under her belt, Kerber feels betterequipped to handle the expectations.

“The pressure, for sure, is maybe a little bit higher, but if I'm not putting the pressure on myself, everything is fine,” the world number two said.

Kerber, who picked up a silver medal at the Olympics, losing to Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig in the final, begins her U.S. challenge against Polona Hercog, of Slovenia.

But although she is tipped for the title she knows that Williams, despite a shoulder concern, is still the one to beat.

“(It’s) Serena and the rest of the field,” she said, laughing. “No, we will see. There are a lot of good players right now and we’ll see how Serena plays.

“I'm feeling good because I have had great matches in the last (few) weeks and especially a lot of positive emotions. I have a lot of confidence to be here again.”

(Reporting by Simon Cambers; Editing by Neville Dalton)

Relative of Charlie Hebdo attacker investigated for Islamist ties, 28 Aug 2016 01:15:16 +0800PARIS: A relative of one of the militants who attacked French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015 has been put under formal investigation for Islamist ties and remanded in custody, a judicial source said on Saturday.

The source said Mourad Hamyd was suspected of trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State.

Gunmen gesture as they return to their car after the attack outside the offices of French satirical

Hamyd, who is French and a brother-in-law of assailant Cherif Kouachi, was detained in Bulgaria last month after a Paris court issued a European arrest warrant against him.

Hamyd was questioned by French police following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in which Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said shot dead 12 people before being killed by police, but was cleared of any involvement.

(Reporting by Chine Labbe; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Ros Russell)

Late show helps Mourinho's United join Chelsea on top NewsSun, 28 Aug 2016 01:05:33 +0800LONDON: After Chelsea continued their 100 percent start with a 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday, a last-gasp goal by Marcus Rashford helped Jose Mourinho keep pace with his old club as Manchester United beat Hull City 1-0.

Elsewhere, Arsenal and champions Leicester City picked up their first Premier League wins of the season by beating Watford and Swansea City respectively while Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Liverpool.

Leicester City v Swansea City - Premier League

New manager Antonio Conte has promised to restore Chelsea's belief after they finished 10th last season and goals from Eden Hazard, Willian and Victor Moses secured top spot in the table after a one-sided encounter at Stamford Bridge.

Then, in the late game of the day, United joined the Londoners on nine points when they sank Hull thanks to a stoppage-time effort by substitute Rashford.

Hazard, a crushing disappointment under former manager Mourinho last season, again showed he was back to his best this term with a brilliant solo goal in the ninth minute against Burnley.

The Belgium winger also played a part in the second goal by Brazil midfielder Willian before substitute Moses rounded off a sweeping late Chelsea move.

"The team played very well, created a lot of chances," Conte said. "To keep a clean sheet is very important to increase our confidence in the work we are doing."

United were frustrated in wet conditions by Hull's dogged defending before the 18-year-old Rashford struck by converting Wayne Rooney's cross.

"We did everything to win," said Mourinho. "When you score at 90-something you always talk about luck but the fact is we deserved it.

"We were so intense in our attacking ways, I always believed the goal would arrive."


World record signing Paul Pogba was shackled by the home side's disciplined midfield but he did go close with a thunderous late shot.

"We frustrated them at times and we contributed to the game by going forward," said Hull boss Mike Phelan as his side saw their 100 percent record ended by his former club United.

First-half goals by Santi Cazorla (penalty), Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a 3-1 win at Watford to ease the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

"We had a good cushion at halftime," Wenger said. "At the moment we're not completely there physically and you could see that in the second half."

Debutant Roberto Pereyra pulled one back for Watford with an unstoppable drive.

Leicester got back to winning ways after Jamie Vardy's trademark strike and Wes Morgan's second-half goal downed Swansea 2-1 at a rainswept King Power Stadium.

Vardy beat keeper Lukasz Fabianski after being picked out by Danny Drinkwater before captain Morgan slammed home from close range.

Leroy Fer replied for Swansea late on after Leicester's Riyad Mahrez had a 56th-minute penalty saved by Fabianski.

Manager Juergen Klopp was left frustrated at Tottenham as Liverpool failed to kill the game despite their early dominance.

James Milner converted a 43rd-minute penalty for the visitors after Erik Lamela had fouled Roberto Firmino but Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane were denied during a one-sided first half.

Danny Rose made Liverpool pay for their profligacy with a 72nd-minute equaliser.

"We must be more clinical," Klopp said. "When you take a point at Tottenham for 99 percent of teams it would be a good thing but today we saw the game differently."

Everton continued their unbeaten start when they overcame Stoke City 1-0 thanks to keeper Shay Given's own goal while Southampton and Crystal Palace grabbed late equalisers to earn 1-1 draws with Sunderland and Bournemouth respectively.

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)

Growing awareness of animal welfare in China PacificSun, 28 Aug 2016 00:57:45 +0800BEIJING: The annual Yulin dog meat festival in China’s southern Guangxi province has drawn global attention to animal welfare in China. The brutality to the dogs has drawn widespread condemnation from abroad and in the country.

The empathy for the canines was not a flash in the pan. A new survey has shown that many Chinese consumers now regard the welfare of farm animals as important.

pigs on a truck

Cramped, filthy and uncomfortable - that is how millions of pigs are raised in China, which is home to over half the world’s pig population. Demand for pork in the country means that many food suppliers are overlooking animal welfare, to keep costs low. Some pigs are confined in crates or cages for almost their entire short lives.

Said Chu Xueqin, a project manager at World Animal Protection: “In China, many companies in the pig industry use pens that restrict the movements of pigs, especially for sows. This means putting them in very cramped spaces. It’s extremely harmful for them, especially for sows during their pregnancy.”

However, it appears that there is some appetite for change in China. According to a recent survey by World Animal Protection, about seven in 10 Chinese consumers consider the welfare of farm animals important. In addition, an equal number would be willing to pay 5 to 10 per cent more for pork products from pigs that have lived better lives. The survey polled more than 2,000 respondents across China.

The World Animal Protection is calling on the pig industry and the government to adopt better welfare alternatives to intensive pig farming. These include allowing the pigs more room to move and not confining them to stalls.

The non-governmental organisation believes that improving farm animal welfare will result in safer and healthier meat products. That is because better living conditions will reduce the need for antibiotics to prevent the spread of infection.

Ms Chu said: “Many companies will be able to reduce their use of antibiotics and this will lower the risks of remnants of the medicine remaining in the animals. From this point of view, it will improve food safety and make pork products healthier.” 

Industry players have said animal welfare is gaining traction among the big players in the pig industry. But the challenge ahead is to ensure that this awareness filters down to each company and every worker.

China Veterinary Medical Association’s Chang Zhigang said: “We are formulating some guidelines to ensure that every worker from every company undergoes training on animal welfare, and we’re doing a lot of preparatory work to push that. We can’t rely on the bosses to drive such a concept. We need every worker to know what’s animal welfare, how to ensure animal welfare, and to ingrain this idea in them.”

Their biggest task, however, is convincing businesses that animal welfare does not mean lower profits.

German military wants security checks on recruits, newspaper says, 28 Aug 2016 00:50:11 +0800BERLIN: There are signs that Islamists are trying to join the German armed forces to get military training, and there is a risk they might use that training to carry out attacks in Germany or abroad, a German newspaper cited a draft document as saying.

Consequently, the armed forces want applicants to undergo a security check by the military counter-intelligence agency, starting in July 2017, so they can swiftly spot extremists, terrorists and criminals, Welt am Sonntag newspaper said in an article due to be published on Sunday.

Such security screening would require changes in the laws governing the military. A draft document justifying such changes, seen by Welt am Sonntag, said there are indications that Islamists are trying to get "so-called short-term servicemen into the armed forces" for training.

Germany is on edge after a series of violent attacks in July, two of which were claimed by Islamic State, and the interior minister has already announced plans to step up security.

The cabinet is set to approve a change to the military act next week, the newspaper said, citing security sources. A spokesman for the Defence Ministry said the government was in the process of deciding on the law.

The military counter-intelligence agency is looking into 64 suspected Islamists, 268 suspected right-wing extremists and six suspected left-wing extremists in the armed forces, the newspaper said.

(Reporting by Michelle Martin and Thorsten Severin, editing by Larry King)

Football: Chelsea take pole position, Arsenal end winless run SportsSun, 28 Aug 2016 00:39:02 +0800LONDON: Chelsea swept to the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Burnley, while Arsenal won 3-1 at Watford to ease the pressure on Arsene Wenger on Saturday (Aug 27).

After a dismal title defence last season, Chelsea look revitalised under new manager Antonio Conte and the Italian was able to celebrate his third successive win after the most emphatic display of his brief reign.

Costa vies

Second-placed Manchester United are behind Chelsea only on goals scored after Marcus Rashford struck deep into second-half stoppage time to snatch a 1-0 win at Hull City.

So disappointing last term, Eden Hazard has made a vibrant start to the new campaign and the Belgium midfielder put Chelsea ahead with a superb run and clinical finish from the edge of the penalty area in the ninth minute at Stamford Bridge.

Willian was back for Chelsea after recovering from a calf injury and the Brazil winger doubled their lead in the 41st minute before Nigeria's Victor Moses came off the bench to net the hosts' third in the 89th minute.

"It was a good performance. We have started very well this season but we must know we can improve," Conte said. "Eden Hazard must be this decisive in every game and I'm pleased because I saw it today."

At Vicarage Road, Arsenal's first victory of the season, after losing to Liverpool and drawing with Leicester City, should silence Wenger's critics at least temporarily.

Failing to win their first two matches while struggling to make an impact in the transfer market had prompted some Arsenal fans to turn on Wenger again after many protested against him last season.

But there were no complaints as Arsenal took the lead in the ninth minute when Santi Cazorla stroked home a penalty after Nordin Amrabat elbowed Alexis Sanchez.

Chile forward Sanchez increased Arsenal's advantage five minutes before half-time with a deft touch over Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

Mesut Ozil was making his first start of the season after being rested following Euro 2016 and Arsenal's German playmaker made up for lost time with a headed goal in first-half stoppage time.

Watford's Roberto Pereyra reduced the deficit in the 57th minute, but the Hornets remain winless. "I believe we shot ourselves in the foot in the first game and were under huge pressure. Today we had a good solid performance," Wenger said.


At the KCOM Stadium, United secured their third successive win under Mourinho as teenage striker Rashford finally turned their pressure into a tangible reward.

Frustrated by a resolute Hull defence, United won it in the second minute of stoppage time when substitute Rashford bagged his first goal of the season with a tap in from Wayne Rooney's low cross.

"We deserved it and in a more comfortable way. It is a great feeling when you win the points in the last minute," Mourinho said. "The boys were very strong and the second half was like going to fight against a wall. We had an amazing mentality. We tried and tried and got it."

Leicester finally secured the first win of their title defence with a 2-1 success against Swansea City at the King Power Stadium.

Claudio Ranieri's side took the lead in the 32nd minute when Jamie Vardy finished off a typically efficient counter-attack from the champions and captain Wes Morgan lashed in the second in the 52nd minute.

Riyad Mahrez wasted a chance to make it three when the winger's penalty was saved by Lukasz Fabianski and there was more frustration for Leicester when goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel came off injured.

But Leroy Fer's 80th-minute goal for Swansea came too late to rescue a point for the visitors.

Danny Rose's 72nd-minute equaliser earned Tottenham Hotspur a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at White Hart Lane.

James Milner gave Liverpool a deserved lead with a penalty in the 43rd minute after Roberto Firmino went down under the slightest contact by Erik Lamela.

Everton won 1-0 against Stoke City at Goodison Park after Leighton Baines' penalty was pushed onto a post by Shay Given, only for the ball to rebound off the goalkeeper's head into the net for an own goal.

Southampton rescued a dramatic 1-1 draw against Sunderland as Jay Rodriguez's 85th-minute strike crept past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to cancel out Jermain Defoe's 80th-minute penalty at St Mary's.

Scott Dann's late leveller gave Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw against fellow strugglers Bournemouth at Selhurst Park.

Josh King had fired Bournemouth in an 11th-minute lead before Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye missed a penalty.

English Premier League results on Saturday:

Tottenham 1 Liverpool 1

Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

Crystal Palace 1 Bournemouth 1

Everton 1 Stoke 0

Leicester 2 Swansea 1

Southampton 1 Sunderland 1

Watford 1 Arsenal 3

Hull 0 Manchester United 1

Turkey ratchets up Syria offensive, says warplanes hit Kurdish militia, 28 Aug 2016 00:36:14 +0800KARKAMIS, Turkey: Rebels supported by Turkey fought Kurdish-backed forces in north Syria on Saturday, as Ankara ratcheted up its cross-border offensive by saying it had launched air strikes against both Kurdish forces and Islamic State.

Turkey's government, which is fighting a Kurdish insurgency at home, has said the Syrian campaign it opened this week is as much about targeting Islamic State as it is about preventing Kurdish forces filling the vacuum left when Islamists withdraw.

A man carries an injured girl in a damaged site after double airstrikes on the rebel held Bab al-Na

Turkey wants to stop Kurdish forces gaining control of a continuous stretch of Syrian territory on its frontier, which Ankara fears could be used to support the Kurdish militant group PKK as it wages its three-decade insurgency on Turkish soil.

Turkish security sources said two F-16 jets bombed a site controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia, which is part of the broader U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition. The sources also said the jets hit six Islamic State targets.

Turkish military sources said one of its soldiers was killed and three others wounded when a tank was hit by a rocket that they said was fired from territory held by the Kurdish YPG. The sources said the army shelled the area in response.

Syrian rebels opposed to Ankara's incursion said Turkish forces had targeted forces allied to the YPG and no Kurdish forces were in the area.

On the ground, Turkish-backed Syrian rebels fought forces aligned with the SDF near the frontier town of Jarablus. Forces opposed to Ankara said Turkish tanks were deployed, a charge denied by Turkey's rebel allies.

Turkey's offensive into Syria began on Wednesday, supporting its rebel allies with Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes. It seized control of Jarablus from Islamic State seeking to stop any Kurdish forces moving in first.

Saturday's use of warplanes against what Turkey said was a Kurdish YPG militia target highlights its determination to prevent any Kurdish territorial expansion in north Syria.

Any action against Kurdish forces in Syria puts Turkey at odds with its NATO ally the United States, which backs the SDF and YPG, seeing them as the most reliable and effective ally in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

It adds complexity to the Syrian conflict that erupted five years ago with an uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has since drawn in regional states and world powers.


The Jarablus Military Council, part of the SDF, had said earlier on Saturday that Turkish planes hit the village of al-Amarna south of Jarablus, causing civilian casualties. It called the action "a dangerous escalation".

The Kurdish-led administration that controls parts of northern Syria said Turkish tanks advanced on al-Amarna and clashed with forces of the Jarablus Military Council. But the Kurdish administration said no Kurdish forces were involved.

However, the leader of one Turkey-backed rebel group gave a rival account. He told Reuters the rebels battled the Kurdish YPG around al-Amarna and denied any Turkish tanks took part.

Turkish security forces simply said Turkish-backed forces had extended their control to five villages beyond Jarablus.

A video released by Turkey's military showed the Turkish Red Crescent distributing food and aid to people in Jarablus, with the help of Turkish troops. It also showed what appeared to be Turkish-backed rebels flicking v-for-victory signs in the town.

The newly formed Jarablus Military Council has said it was made up of people from the area with the aim of capturing the town and the surrounding region from Islamic State militants. However, the Turkish-backed rebels seized Jarablus first.

Several militias under the SDF banner pledged support to Jarablus Military Council after it reported the Turkish bombing.

The Northern Sun Battalion, an SDF faction, said in a statement it was heading to "Jarablus fronts" to help the council against "threats made by factions belonging to Turkey".

Tension has mounted in Syria's Aleppo region in the past year between the U.S-backed Kurdish YPG force and its allies on one hand and Turkish-backed rebel groups on the other. The two sides have clashed on several occasions.

(Additional reporting by Ece Toksabay and Orhan Coskun in Ankara and Tom Perry in Beirut; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Ros Russell)