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A young model claiming she was fired by Hyundai from a job for having her period

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BBC report that, Ms Rachel Rickert, 27, says she was "shamed" while representing the brand at the New York International Auto Show in April.

Ms Rachel says, she made clear that she needed a toilet break, but was told it was too busy a time. She did not make it in time to change her tampon.

Hyundai Motor America says it is investigating the allegations.

Ms Rickert says she needed to change her underwear and tights, and told her talent rep Erika Seifred what had happened.

She later got a text from Ms Seifred saying the client - Hyundai - wanted her to take the night off.

The model told the news correspondence that she resisted, saying she would rather stay as she was being paid by the hour.

She went to work the next day, 14 April, as normal.

Ms Rickert says the rep then called on 15 April, saying that Hyundai no longer wanted her to work at the show because they heard about her period.

"I was completely surprised," she said.

"I was really upset. I started crying. I book out shows, and I miss other opportunities. So I was just like - 'What? This is not right!'" she said.

Macedonia's parliament has vote a new government, ending political deadlock

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Macedonia new prime minister is Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev who has formed a coalition with ethnic Albanian parties.

Zoran Zaev, says, joining Nato and the EU will be a priority

He wants to hasten economic reform and efforts to join Nato and the EU.

Macedonia has been in political crisis for two years following a wire-tapping scandal.

The new government was voted in by 62 out of 120 MPs late on Wednesday.

"Our goal is EU and Nato membership in the shortest possible time," Mr Zaev told parliament as he outlined his government's priorities.

Report says, the Prime Minister formed his coalition some months ago after agreeing to support a bill making Albanian the country's second official language.

Thousands of Macedonians have taken to the streets protesting against the bill.

Ethnic Albanians make up about a quarter of Macedonia's population.

The country came close to civil war in 2001 after an Albanian uprising.

Ten Philippine soldiers have been killed in a government air strike in the embattled city of Marawi

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At least 10 Philippines army was killed and eight (8) soldiers were also wounded in the "friendly fire" incident on Wednesday, said defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana, expressing remorse.

Report says, over the last week militants allied to the so-called Islamic State have engaged in street battles with the army leaving more than 100 people dead.

It was sparked by the attempted capture of a top militant leader by the army.

"Yesterday we had a tragedy that involved our troops. A group of our military, army men, were hit by our own airstrike. We lost men, 10 killed and 8 wounded," Mr Lorenzana told newsmen.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on southern Mindanao island, where Marawi City is located, last week.

Security forces launched a raid to arrest Isnilon Hapilon - a Filipino militant on the US's list of most-wanted terror suspects.

Perez want to leave Arsenal FC and the club already know - Agent

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The Spaniard endured a frustrating debut season at the Emirates Stadium following his switch from Deportivo La Coruna for a reported fee of £17.1 million in August last year.

Perez managed just 21 appearances in all competitions, nine of those starts, as he contributed seven goals and five assists for Arsene Wenger's side.

The 28-year-old only made the bench for the FA Cup final, which the north Londoners won for a record 13th time when they beat newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea in the final on Saturday.

Wenger had confessed earlier this month that Perez deserved more game time, but the player isn't willing to spend a second year in the English capital, according to his agent, Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle.

"The idea is to be able to play for another club," Lovelle said. "We want to leave and Arsenal already know. Do you know anyone who is happy but has no opportunities?"

My future is in the hands of Atlectico Madrid president - Griezmann

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The France international is believed to be a top target for Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as he looks to add more quality to his squad for the club's return to the Champions League next season.

Griezmann enjoyed another fine campaign with Los Colchoneros, scoring 26 goals in 53 appearances across all competitions and helping them reach the semi-finals of Europe's elite club competition.

Reports in the Spanish media claimed on Tuesday that the 26-year-old forward had informed Atletico of his wish to leave the Spanish capital during the off-season.

But Griezmann says he is happy in his current surroundings and that the situation will become clearer in the weeks ahead.

"I'm fine at my club. My agents are taking with Atletico, so we'll see what happens," the Real Sociedad youth product said on Minuto 0.

"I'm going to make a decision this summer. As I said, I'm happy here. I've talked with my coach, Koke and [Diego] Godin. It's in the hands of the president. We'll see what happens."

I am delighted to sign new deal with AS Roma - De Rossi

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A 33-year-old, who has in the past resisted moves to England, has continued to be ever present for the Giallorossi - amassing 561 appearances since making his debut back during the 2001/02 season.

De Rossi mentioned that the new deal was confirmed before the campaign ended, but he did not want it to interfere with Francesco Totti's farewell.

"It was already in the air and we've been discussing it for a while, especially in the last month," De Rossi told the club's official website. "Today was the best day for it seeing as we're all going away later.

"I signed it today but it's been done for a few days. I requested that it wasn't mentioned on Sunday because that was a day dedicated to another person [Francesco Totti], to another player, to a story that was coming to an end - although it will never really end.

"We wanted it to be announced afterwards or in advance. The agreement was already there but we signed it today because people have to head off and I'm going away on international duty."

De Rossi added that with Totti leaving Stadio Olimpico, it would have been difficult for the fans if he departed as well.

"Part of my thinking was that after Francesco, it would have been a big blow for fans to lose the other symbol of Romanismo," he acknowledged. 

"There's Alessandro [Florenzi] too but he has many years to show his love for the club. I think losing two stalwarts at once would have been less than the fans deserved."

John Brooks sign a record contract with Wolfsburg

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Wolfsburg have announced the signing of Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks for a reported €20 million on a five-year deal.

The German-born footballer. who represents United States of America at international level, has now broken Jozy Altidore's record for the most expensive American transfer - set in 2013 when Sunderland spent €10m to prise the forward away from AZ Alkmaar.

Brooks, a physically imposing left-footed centre-back, is vastly experienced in the Bundesliga and at the age of 24, has featured 131 times for Die Alte Dame, since graduating from the academy in 2012.

And this season he appeared 24 times in the Bundesliga to help Par Dardai's men finish in a credible sixth place, while Die Wolfe narrowly avoided relegation this season after beating Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 in the relegation play-offs and targeted the American as the ideal candidate to shore up their defence.

"It wasn't an easy decision to leave my hometown, but after the talks with [sporting director] Olaf Rebbe and [coach] Andries Jonker I wanted to join Wolfsburg because both soon convinced me of their plans for VfL," Brooks told his new club's official website. 

"I want to contribute my share so that Wolfsburg live up to their earlier success."

Russian warship and submarine in the Mediterranean have fired four cruise missiles at so-called Islamic State (IS)

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Reports says that, the missile strike is the first of its kind since November which targeted militants and heavy weapons near the city of Palmyra, the Russian defence ministry said.

Militants had been redeployed from the IS stronghold of Raqqa, it added.

Russia has been carrying out air and missile strikes in support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since 2015.

Government forces recaptured Palmyra and its Unesco World Heritage-listed ruins with Russian help in March 2016, but were driven out by IS eight months later.

They eventually regained the city this March, but fighting continues nearby.

Al Mubarak insists that Man. City finances are healthy

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Manchester City are set for another transfer window of heavy spending, with the signing of Bernardo Silva (£43m) already complete, while Ederson (£34.7m) is close to completing his move from Benfica.

Al Mubarak insists that the Citizens' finances are healthy and moving in the right direction despite the expensive transfer dealings.

"It's very important because this club has to have a sustainable development strategy and that's what we have built over the years and that's what we have today," he said, according to Sky Sports.

"We've posted a profit of approximately £21m. We've hit record years in terms of revenue of about £392m. We are financially very strong.

"We continue to be profitable, we will continue to be profitable and to grow our top and bottom line and that is important," he added. "It is important because to maintain the legacy of this club, we have to maintain financial sustainability and stability.

"And that's been achieved and I would say today more than ever I know we have laid the right foundation and we are on a highway that's going in one direction and that's in the positive direction."

Arsenal have got a long way to go at the moment Lineker

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Wenger recently stated that the Gunners have a squad that is already very close to challenging for the league title, and that he only needs to add one or two players.

The comments came after Arsenal finished the season outside the top four for the first time in Wenger's 21-year reign, and Lineker believes the Frenchman is deluding himself.

Lineker told the BBC Sport that, "Arsenal have got a long way to go at the moment. If you ask me now whether Arsenal are going to be in the top four next season, I would say most probably not. They are further behind than Wenger thinks."

Wenger looks set for another two years in charge at the Emirates Stadium, after talks with the club on Tuesday.

Shifting his attention to Wenger's future at the club, Lineker added: "The only other example of a manager that decides when and where he goes is Sir Alex Ferguson, but he was still winning league titles.

"Arsene Wenger was still winning FA Cups and until this season he had always got in the top four, but now that's changed."

Gianluigi Buffon is the greatest of all time in world soccer - Ramos

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The Italian great Gianluigi Buffon, has been described by the Spain international, as one of the greatest of all time.

"Buffon is a legend and he will be remembered as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of football," the Los Blancos skipper was quoted by FourFourTwo.

"He is an example for anyone who wants to live and experience this sport and he has shown that age has been no barrier."

Both Buffon and Ramos have won a number of trophies across the game from league titles to World Cups. But, unlike Ramos, who has picked up three Champions League medals in the last four years, Buffon has played in two finals, losing both - to AC Milan and Barcelona.

The Spain international felt that Zinedine Zidane's balanced squad had enough talent to deliver the club's 12th continental title.

"For me it's an honour that Zidane says I represent Madrid's values.Everyone of us here brings something different; some experience, some youth, some balance, some goals... we all give what we can.

"That mix is the key to our success and we have a good atmosphere and a really good harmony."

Emirates is under fire after instructing Taiwanese cabin crew to remove pin badges showing the island's flag from their uniforms

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Report reaching us from Taiwan says, a leaked email revealed that, Emirate airline was "instructed by the Chinese government" to "follow the One China policy".

Crew were told to wear China's flag instead, but this directive was later withdrawn. Flag pins show passengers the nationality and languages of crew.

The airline told the BBC there had been a "communication error".

A spokesperson said that now no crew needed to wear any flag pin, whatever their nationality. But the airline did not explain why, if this was an airline-wide change in uniform policy, such a specific demand had been made to Taiwanese crew.

The BBC also asked whether Chinese authorities had indeed complained about staff wearing the Taiwan flag - but the airline is yet to respond.

China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province and insists that the self-ruled island is an inalienable part of one China to be reunified one day.

Barcelona FC and Spanish midfielder, Iniesta, want to retire in his current club

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The 33-year-old midfield's contract expires at the end of the season next year, and there has been a bit of uncertainty surrounding his future at the club.

But, despite all of that, the 2010 World Cup winner wants to remain with his boyhood club until the end of his playing career.

"I've said it a few times in the last month. I wouldn't say I'm tired of repeating it but I like thinking that at this stage of my career, I'll decide on my future," the Spain international was quoted by FourFourTwo.

"I like being honest to myself and also with my club. For the time being I have the strength, the motivation and the conviction to keep performing at my best throughout the next few years. I have no doubts about that."

Iniesta, who formed one of football's most feared midfield combinations with Xavi, and was once described by Wayne Rooney as the world's best player, was used sparingly by Luis Enrique during the course of the season, with the Barca coach opting to use Ivan Rakitic, ex-Manchester City youngster Denis Suarez, and Sergio Busquets in the middle of the park.

And, with his place in the team looking uncertain, Iniesta admitted that he will have to look at other offers.

"It could be depending on how the season goes, on what the club offer, on how I see it and also how they see it, I will look at my situation within the team then I will decide," he said.

"I do not know what we will decide in the next few months. I still have a contract here and I'm still certain that next season could be a great one for us. Hopefully there won't be any setbacks.

"My wish has been always the same and that doesn't change, which is retiring at Barcelona. That's always been my wish since I got here aged 12. But of course there are always possibilities for something else."

US has for the first time successfully tested its defence system against an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - Official

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Report from US says, a ground-based interceptor was launched at a California air base and shot down a mock ballistic missile, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said.

The Pentagon said the test was long-planned but it comes amid increased tensions with North Korea.

The test comes after Pyongyang fired its ninth missile this year.

MDA Director Vice Adm Jim Syring called the test a "critical milestone".

"This system is vitally important to the defence of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat," he said on Tuesday.

It was the first live-fire test against a simulated ICBM for the Ground-Based Missile Defense (GMD).
The interceptor, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force, collided with a simulated missile launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands over the Pacific Ocean, the agency said in a news release.

The announcement comes in the wake of North Korea's third missile test in three weeks.

One of the creators of Google's Android software, has launched his own high-end smartphone

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Reports says, Mr Rubin left Google in 2014 to create Playground, a technology investment company. Essential is one of the companies it funds - and the Essential Phone is its first product.

The device runs the Android operating system and has gone on sale in the US for $699 (£540).

It will be difficult to break into the huge market dominance of established brands.

Samsung currently has the largest share of the smartphone market, with 21% of global sales, according to analyst firm Gartner. Apple enjoys 14%.

Aside from Chinese giants offering subsidised devices, smaller firms have found it difficult to command even single-digit market share - and the Essential Phone's pricing will set it an even greater challenge.

Mr Rubin told an audience in California that he believed there was space in the Android market for another big player besides Samsung, and that Essential was aiming to be a major consumer brand with several products.

As well as Phone, Essential will "soon" sell Home a standalone assistant similar to Amazon's Alexa and Google's Home.

Thousands of people have demonstrated in the northern Moroccan city of Al-Hoceima, demanding the release of Nasser Zefzafi

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Reports from Morocco say riot police were involved in a tense stand-off with protesters, but later retreated.

Protesters rallied after Nasser Zefzafi was arrested on Monday charged with threatening national security.

Mr Zefzafi has organised months of protests against unemployment and corruption.

Morocco has been gripped by demonstration since the death of a fishmonger in Al-Hoceima in October.

According to report from Rabat, protesters chanting "We are all Zefzafi" filled streets in Al-Hoceima on Tuesday evening and riot police were deployed in a square to stop their advance.

A stand-off ensued but police eventually backed down without incident.

Marches have also taken place in Casablanca and in the capital, Rabat.

The mass protests were triggered last October by the death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri, who was crushed to death by a rubbish truck as he tried to rescue his stock that had been confiscated by the police.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets accusing the authorities of corruption, abuse and injustice.

His death drew parallels to that of a Tunisian fruit seller in 2010 which helped spark the Arab Spring uprisings.

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Uber has fired the engineer accused of stealing secrets from Google-owner Alphabet after he failed to assist with an investigation related to the lawsuit

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According to a report on social media, Anthony Levandowski, previously worked on self-driving car technology at Waymo, owned by Alphabet.

He is accused of downloading 14,000 confidential files before leaving the company in 2016.

Uber denies it is using stolen technology.

Uber maintained its technology is different. It described the claim that employees brought files to Uber with the goal of creating "copycat" technology as "demonstrably false."

Mr. Levandowski has declined to testify in the case, launched in February.

The firing was confirmed by an Uber spokeswoman, who said it was effective Tuesday.

Mr Levandowski had already been removed from working on the self-driving car technology at the heart of the suit.

He started working at Uber in August 2016, when the firm bought Otto, the self-driving truck start-up he had created in the six months after leaving Google.

He declined to testify earlier this year, citing his right to avoid self-incrimination.

Uber maintains its technology is different to Waymo's and says there isn't evidence the files are on its servers. But its search did not include Mr Levandowski's computer.

Judge William Alsup, who is overseeing the case in San Francisco, earlier ordered Uber to return the thousands of "pilfered" files in question by the end of the month.

A spokeswoman for Uber said the firing occurred after Mr Levandowski failed to meet the deadline that would allow Uber to cooperate with the judge's order.

Word of the firing was sent to employees on Tuesday.

APC primaries crisis records two casualty as protesters sack staff and officials from party’s state secretariat

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VANGUARD report that, the bitterness that arose from the primary elections for chairmanship and councillor candidates in the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, continued yesterday as aggrieved party members stormed the state party secretariat and sacked staff and officials present.

The casualty from the Monday council primary elections rose to two yesterday following the midnight killing of a party stalwart simply identified as Desokan Baba Owo. He was shot dead midnight of Monday in the Mafoluku area of Lagos in what was alleged to be a reprisal attack that followed the earlier killing of local party enforcer, Razaq Bello otherwise known as Hamburger.

Those aggrieved against the killing of Hamburger, Vanguard learnt, also stormed the house of a leader of the rival gang, Samson Agbetoye, popularly called Golden but did not meet him as he had since fled the community.

Recall that fight broke out between the rival groups at Saka/Opo-Osun area of the Shogunle, following a dispute over candidates to support in the APC primary election.

Tension remained high in the Shogunle area throughout Monday night and through yesterday as supporters of Hamburger sought out loyalists of the rival gang for reprisal.

While they were at one time dispersed by the arrival of battle ready policemen, it was gathered that after the departure of the policemen late on Monday, the armed thugs took over the vicinity, attacking rival members.

Meanwhile, one of the groups marched to Mafoluku, where Deshakan, who was said to be the right-hand man of the leader of the rival group that allegedly fired the shot that killed Hamburger, Agbetola, was attacked.

He reportedly died moments after being rushed to the hospital.

Though there was a heavy presence of policemen around the area yesterday, residents nevertheless remained indoors for the better part of the day, with shops still under lock, over fear of an imminent reprisal attack.

Hamburger was yet to be buried yesterday.

A report gathered that an initial plan to bury him yesterday, according to Islamic rites was shelved, following arguments on the need to carry out discreet investigation with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.

Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede, meanwhile has appealed to the state police command to ensure a thorough investigation into Hamburger’s murder.

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United Nation's top humanitarian co-ordinator has said Yemen is facing "total social, economic and institutional collapse"

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According to report from BBC, Stephen O'Brien was speaking directly to the UN Security Council, telling them "urgent action is required".

Yemen is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, with almost seven million people on the brink of famine.

An outbreak of cholera has also killed 500 people, and the UN expects 150,000 cases in the next six months.

Mr O'Brien said the suffering of Yemenis was not a coincidence, or the "result of forces beyond our control" - but rather the fault of those involved and inaction by world powers.

"The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches," he said.

"Crisis is not coming, it is not looming, it is here today - on our watch," he added.

He said that despite "generous pledges" only 24% of the $2.1 billion needed for humanitarian aid had been received.

For the past two years, the country has been embroiled in fighting between forces loyal to the internationally recognised president, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Shia Houthi rebels.

Al-Qaeda, meanwhile, has taken advantage of the chaos to reinforce its presence in the south and south-east of the country.

More than 8,000 people - mostly civilians - have been killed and close to 44,500 others injured since the conflict escalated in March 2015, UN figures say.

An estimated 18.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Also speaking today to the UN Security Council was the UN envoy for Yemen, Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who had just returned from talks in the country.

But neither side has been willing to compromise, he said, and "the call for peace... is still falling on deaf ears".

"The reluctance of the key parties to embrace the concessions needed for peace, or even discuss them, remains extremely troubling," he said.

"Yemenis are paying a price for their needless delay."

United Nation's top humanitarian co-ordinator has said Yemen is facing "total social, economic and institutional collapse"

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According to report from BBC, Stephen O'Brien was speaking directly to the UN Security Council, telling them "urgent action is required".

Yemen is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, with almost seven million people on the brink of famine.

An outbreak of cholera has also killed 500 people, and the UN expects 150,000 cases in the next six months.

Mr O'Brien said the suffering of Yemenis was not a coincidence, or the "result of forces beyond our control" - but rather the fault of those involved and inaction by world powers.

"The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches," he said.

"Crisis is not coming, it is not looming, it is here today - on our watch," he added.

He said that despite "generous pledges" only 24% of the $2.1 billion needed for humanitarian aid had been received.

For the past two years, the country has been embroiled in fighting between forces loyal to the internationally recognised president, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Shia Houthi rebels.

Al-Qaeda, meanwhile, has taken advantage of the chaos to reinforce its presence in the south and south-east of the country.

More than 8,000 people - mostly civilians - have been killed and close to 44,500 others injured since the conflict escalated in March 2015, UN figures say.

An estimated 18.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Also speaking today to the UN Security Council was the UN envoy for Yemen, Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who had just returned from talks in the country.

But neither side has been willing to compromise, he said, and "the call for peace... is still falling on deaf ears".

"The reluctance of the key parties to embrace the concessions needed for peace, or even discuss them, remains extremely troubling," he said.

"Yemenis are paying a price for their needless delay."

It is sure win for South Africa national team against Super Eagles of Nigeria

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Bafana Bafana team manager Barney Kujane has revealed that the team must begin their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on a winning note against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on June 10.

The team is yet to claim a victory against Nigeria in a competitive game but denied the three-time African champions the chance to qualify for the 2017 AFCON.

Kujane who came to Uyo to inspect the Godswill Akpabio stadium facilities ahead of the encounter on June 10, revealed that they hope to win their opening qualifying match against Nigeria.

“If you leave South Africa and you have not done your homework‚ a surprise in Nigeria can cause complete disarray to the coach’s plans and to the players‚” Kujane said.

“When you are the national team manager‚ you have got to make sure that there are no surprises for the coach. I do not like surprises. This is the first game for the coach and our first game in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers. So we cannot afford to start the qualifiers on the back foot.”

Yahya Toure has been offered Man City contract extension

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The 34-year-old midfielder's time at the Etihad Stadium appeared to be nearing its end after he was frozen out by new City manager Pep Guardiola, with his contract up at the end of the campaign.

But Toure put his head down and forced his way back into contention when finally given the chance, winning Guardiola's favour as he went on to make 30 appearances and contribute seven goals.

Al Mubarak has described the former Ivory Coast international as "instrumental" to continuing the progress made by the Citizens, and is hopeful he will stay on for a seventh season.

"Yaya has shown us this year again and again how he can contribute to this team," Al Mubarak told ManCityTV. 

"Yaya is one of the players that over the last six years has been instrumental to the success of this club.

"This year has been another year in which he has shown us on the pitch the type of player he is, the type of personality he is, and how he continues to be a player who can give to the team and to our organisation.

"Pep, as you have seen obviously this year, has a lot of trust and confidence in him. So Yaya I hope will be with us and continue his journey with us."

Sissoko is waiting for Pochettino to communicate better about his future at spur

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Big things were expected of the France international when he joined Spurs last year from relegated Newcastle in a £30 million deal.

But Sissoko looked a shadow of the player that had impressed for the Magpies in the previous campaign, as he struggled to break into Pochettino's starting line-up.

The 27-year-old midfielder admits to having endured the worst season of his career after starting just eight games in the Premier League and playing the full 90 minutes on only two occasions.

Toulouse youth product Sissoko is open to heading back to his homeland, but wants the Spurs boss to let him know whether he still has a future at the north London club.

When asked about the current situation, he told L'Equipe: "You can never be sure of anything. Once again, what I want is for everything to be clear. If the manager is no longer counting on me, if he thinks that other players are better, then he should say it.

"The idea is to be clear very early to allow, if I need to leave, for my agent to do good work... Even if everyone knows that I prefer England, I have never closed the door to any league.

"We will see what the offers are, but Ligue 1 continues to be attractive. We have seen this year with PSG and Monaco but also teams like Nice, Lyon and Marseille. We will analyse everything and try to make the best choice.

"I fell from a high point this season. Even though I never thought I would play all the games, I was not expecting such a small amount of playing time. It was the worst season of my career even though as a team it was certainly the best, so it's weird.

"We'll talk with my agent to make the best decision. My goal is to go to the 2018 World Cup."

Sissoko added: "I would like him (Pochettino) to communicate better. I want a completely honest conversation to see what they plan to do, what they are seeing in terms of my future. From that moment on, everything will be clearer in my head."

Mahrez told Leicester City that he wanted to leave the club

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The Algeria international was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal at the end of last season after playing a starring role in the Foxes' title triumph.

However, Mahrez decided to stay put at the time out of loyalty to the East Midlands outfit, who brought him to England from Le Havre in France's Ligue 2.

The 26-year-old winger failed to reproduce the form that saw him win numerous accolades in 2016/17, his struggles paralleling the team's as they flirted with relegation at one point which led to Claudio Ranieri being sacked as manager in February.

The Gunners have maintained an interest in the African Footballer of the Year, and he is ready to move on after vowing to remain at the King Power Stadium for 2016/17.

"Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on," Mahrez said.

"I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.

"However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel that now is the time to move on to a new experience.

"I've always enjoyed a good relationship with the chairman and everyone at the club, and I hope I have been able to repay the faith shown to me by my performances and commitment on the pitch during my time here.

"I've had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment. I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League champions.

"The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans is something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision."

Dyche knows he will need to bolster his options off-season

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The Clarets defied the odds in 2016/17 by clinching 16th position in the Premier League to stave off relegation, but Dyche knows he will need to bolster his options to do the same next term.

In order to stay up to date on all the latest transfer dealings and opportunities, the 45-year-old will not have much of a holiday.

"It's a break of sorts, every manager will tell you the phone is always on, you maybe park it during the day and check it in the morning and at night, when you're on holiday, but when you're here, it's on all the time," he said.

"It's just the way it is. When you're not market leaders, you have to try and keep every line of communication open, take every bit of information seriously, even stuff that gets thrown at you from left field, you still have to check it out.

"That's the next challenge, not just adapting this side to go into next season, but adding to it where we can."

Tuchel departs Dortmund with the remarkable record

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Despite guiding the club to a place in next season's UEFA Champions League and winning the DFB-Pokal Cup, it appears both parties have decided to go their separate ways.

A club statement said, "We'd like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his coaching team for their successful work at BVB, which culminated in the DFB Cup win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin on Saturday. We'd like to wish Thomas all the best in his career."

Tuchel took the reins at the Signal Iduna Park when Jurgen Klopp left in 2015 and he led BVB to a second-place finish, the DFB Cup final and the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals that same season.

In the following campaign in 2016/17, Dortmund won the DFB Cup, reached the UEFA Champions League last eight and secured another third-place finish in the Bundesliga.

The former Mainz boss departs with the remarkable record of never having lost a Bundesliga home game during his entire time in charge of the Black and Yellows.

Spalletti step down as AS Roma Manager

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Despite an historic campaign, racking up 87 points to finish runners up behind Juventus and scoring a record 90 goals in 38 games - it was an expected split due to a strained relationship with the club's board and fans.

Earlier this month the Italian, who was in his second spell with the Giallorossi told the media of his regret of returning to the Stadio Olimpico - due to the constant criticism of his handling of now retired club legend Francesco Totti.

However, upon his departure club president Jim Pallotta thanked the 58-year-old for his contribution in the record breaking season.

"We would like to thank Spalletti for his hard work and his significant contribution since his return," he told the club's website.

"Under his stewardship this season, the team has won more Serie A points and scored more goals than any side in Roma's history. We wish Luciano all the best for the future.

The former Zenit St Petersberg boss is widely expected to be named the new Internazionale boss over the coming weeks.

25-year-old woman, Sandra Ishaku, was arraigned at a Jos Upper Area Court over selling of her 4-months old baby

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VANGUARD report that, a 25-year-old woman, Sandra Ishaku, was on Tuesday arraigned at a Jos Upper Area Court, for allegedly selling her four-months-old baby for N100,000.

Ishaku, along with three others – Amechi Emmanuel,  Jones Osim and Gladys Chukwuma – were charged with conspiracy, cruelty, and child abandonment.

The prosecutor, Mr L. O. Ocho, Ishaku, on May 10, 2017, sold her baby to Chukwuma, for N100,000. Ocho told the court that the transaction was carried out in Jos, in the chambers of Osim, a legal practitioner. “Ishaku conspired with Emmanuel and sold her baby to Chukwuma, who had just relocated from Ebonyi State to Jos,” he said.

The Presiding Judge, Yahaya Mohammed, did not take the plea of the accused, opting to remand three of them – Ishaku, Emmanuel and Chukwuma – in prison custody, while the matter was adjourned to June 1, when hearing would commence.

Yahaya Mohammed, in his judgement granted Osim bail after his counsel, Mr Lawrence Anya, pleaded that he be released on bail to the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Plateau State Chapter.

A similar appeal by Mr Peter Ikeolu, counsel to the three others, had earlier been rejected after the prosecutor argued that freeing them would affect investigation into the matter.

Niger state government retired 16 permanent secretaries and appoint 17 new one

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Niger state Governor, Abubakar Bello, retired 16 Permanent Secretaries and appointed 17 new ones in a move to overhaul the state civil service.

Mr Jide Orintunsin, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the governor, disclosed to Newsmen that, the governor also directed the Permanent Secretaries to proceed on immediate retirement leave.

“The governor also approved the appointment of 17 new Permanent Secretaries into the state civil service for efficiency of the service.

“The ongoing exercise and changes in the civil service is to allow for the emergence of a new crop of leadership, reinvigorate the service and entrench equity and fairness.

“The creation of three additional ministries and employment of 250 graduates into the state’s civil service is part of efforts to harness the potentials of the workforce and enhance efficiency in service delivery,’’ he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said his clenched handshake with Donald Trump was "not innocent" and was a "moment of truth"

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BBC report shows that, the awkward encounter saw each grip the other's hand so firmly that their knuckles turned white .

Mr Macron told French media he had wanted to "show he would not make small concessions, not even symbolic ones, but also not overdo things".

The leaders met in Brussels on Thursday ahead of a Nato summit.

As their vigorous handshake continued over several seconds, Mr Macron and Mr Trump also looked each other fixedly in the eyes until the US president attempted to disengage.

Mr Macron said, "Donald Trump, the Turkish president or the Russian president see things in terms of power relationships, which doesn't bother me," he said.

"I don't believe in diplomacy through public criticism but in my bilateral dialogues I don't let anything pass. That is how you get respect."

A woman has been arrested in the US after allegedly locking her children, aged two and five, in the boot of her car while she went shopping

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A report from US media state that Tori Castillo, 39, is facing child abuse charges and the children are now with their father.

Onlookers in the car park instructed the five-year-old on how to open the boot from the inside, reports say.

Passersby had noticed the car shaking and noise coming from inside where it was parked outside a Walmart.

The incident happened on Thursday in Riverdale, Utah. It is not clear how long the children were in the boot.

Local police officer Casey Warren told KTVX: "It's never right to lock a child inside of a vehicle, let alone a trunk of a vehicle.

"Obviously there's a lot of things that could go wrong."

He praised the "good Samaritans" who helped the children get out.

Under Utah state law, leaving a child under the age of nine unattended in a vehicle is punishable by a fine or jail time. The law was enacted in 2011 after repeated cases of children dying unattended in hot cars.

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The White House communications director has resigned only three months after being hired by President Donald Trump

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Report from BBC state that, Mr Mike Dubke, an experienced Republican strategist, was hired to revamp the White House media strategy, has call it quit.

As part of the shake-up, White House press secretary Sean Spicer will reportedly hold on to his position, but there will be fewer media briefings.

The reshuffle follows reports of disarray in the White House communications team.

Mr Dubke is leaving on good terms.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Mr Dubke had agreed to stay on until Mr Trump returned from his overseas trip to the Middle East and Europe on Saturday.

"He has expressed his desire to leave the White House and made very clear that he would see through the president's international trip," she told Fox News.

President Trump is reported to have been frustrated with White House messaging.

He recently raised the idea of scrapping the daily news briefing altogether and holding one himself every fortnight.

Mr Dubke previously worked as senior partner for Republican political advertising company Crossroads Media.

He did not work for the Trump campaign and was not seen as a Trump loyalist.

The White House has not named a successor for Mr Dubke.

Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for Mr Trump, was spotted leaving the White House on Monday.

Mr Lewandowski was forced out in June last year amid reports of a power struggle with Jared Kushner, Mr Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser.

If Arsene Wenger walk out Arsenal, the club will be in trouble

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Wenger is due to meet with the board on Tuesday to discuss his future, with his current contract running out in a few weeks, and Wright hopes the Frenchman stays.

Many have implored Wenger to call an end to his reign at the Emirates Stadium, but Wright fears that the Gunners are not prepared for Wenger's departure.

"I've got a nasty feeling Arsene Wenger will walk away from the Arsenal job today – and leave the club totally in the lurch," Wright wrote in The Sun. 

"And you would have to say it would serve them right, because there has been absolutely no forward planning for the day when Wenger finally left the Emirates.

"The only way the board should have allowed him to run down his contract yet again is if they had private assurances from him that he was staying.

"Otherwise, it is total incompetence from the board to get to this stage."

See bundesliga team of the year for 2016/2017 season

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As expected, Germany and Bayern number one, Menuel Neuer, starts in goal with Schalke's Sead Kolasinac at left back while Bayern's Mats Hummels and Hoffenheim's Niklas Sule start at centre back. Dortmund's Lukas Piszczek is chosen at right back.

In midfield, Leipzig's assist king Emil Forsberg starts on the left wing with Bayern's creative playmaker, Thiago Alcantara, playing alongside Leipzig's impressive Naby Keita. On the right side of the attack, BVB's rampaging winger Ousmane Dembele gets the nod.

The two strikers pick themselves with Bavarians hitman Robert Lewandowski partnering the league's top scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, up front.

The Bundesliga's official website reports that over seven and half million votes were cast to pick the team, with Bayern collecting 36% of the total vote ahead of Dortmund (20%) and Leipzig (15%).

Goalkeeper: Menuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Defenders: Lukas Piszczek (Dortmund), Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim), Mats Hummels (Bayern), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke)

Midfielders: Ousmane Dembele (Dortmund), Naby Keita (RB Leipzig), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig)

Strikers: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund)

Lukaku would be a great signing for Chelsea if i leave the club - Diego Costa

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Diego Costa has recently made it clear that he would only leave Stamford Bridge to return to former club Atletico Madrid, but they may not be willing to meet Chelsea's transfer demands.

Should Costa head for the exit, he believes Lukaku would be a great signing for Antonio Conte's side, after the Toffees striker netted 25 goals this season.

"I do not know - that’s a decision for the club," Costa said when asked about Lukaku, according to the Independent. "Of course Lukaku is a very big player who played an impressive season. I hope he can sign at Chelsea because it’s a unique club.

"He is a big player and has an impressive future for himself. The past matches have proven that he has quality and scoring ability.

"He is a boy who will take great steps. Hopefully he will continue to grow - he has all the qualities to stay here. Batshuayi may stay because he's young and I could be leaving."

Fiorentina bid to sign Eysseric

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Fiorentina have submitted a bid to the Ligue 1 side but have yet to receive a response to their early advances.

The 25-year-old's impressive form for Les Aiglons has not gone unnoticed after helping Lucien Favre's side qualify for the UEFA Champions League with a third place finish.

Often playing just off striker Mario Balotelli, the France youth international racked up four goals and seven assists in 29 league outings.

Spanish side Malaga has also been credited with interest in the former AS Monaco academy graduate but whether or not he will leave the Allianz Riviera is still under the microscope.

Samson Siasia advice Iheanacho and Iwobi to move on off-season performance

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Iheanacho made only 20 appearances for Manchester City in the Premier League this season as he struggled to get picked ahead of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.

Meanwhile, Iwobi made 26 appearances for Arsenal in the league and Siasia believes both men should move on in the off-season to find more game time.

“Nobody is happy that with the huge talents of Iheanacho and Iwobi they did not play many matches for Man City and Arsenal," Siasia said, according to Sporting Life.

”We cannot also blame their managers Pep Guadiola and Arsene Wenger for leaving them most time on the bench because the players that played ahead of them are more experienced.

"This why I would like them to seek playing time elsewhere if necessary to be able to be hot and smoking for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers."

I really don't worry about rumour - Naby Kaita

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RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita is relishing the challenge of next season’s Champions League and claims not to be affected by rumours about his future at the club.

The 22-year old Guinean, who has been linked with a £50m summer move to Liverpool, was one of the Bundesliga’s surprise packages this season, helping his club reach second place in the German league and securing their maiden Champions League spot in the process.

Speaking to the official Bundesliga website, Keita played down talk of his future at the club and expressed his excitement over the challenges posed by next season’s campaign. 

"We succeeded brilliantly and, by finishing second, we can of course feel more than satisfied,” the young midfielder said. "But we don't want to sit back now. We will continue to progress and ride this wave of success for as long as possible.

"We are really keen to discover what the Champions League is all about. Every player dreams of playing in it, and we will do everything in our power to make a difference in the tournament," he added.

When the interviewer broached the topic of his future at Leipzig, he said: "I really don't worry about such things. My only focus is on our games and my performances - they are the most important things.

"I am a young player who never cares about rumours or what appears in the newspapers. I am now looking forward to a well-earned holiday and then to next season."

Leipzig CEO, Oliver Mintzlaff, had earlier spoken with The Times about his club’s remarkable performance in their debut Bundesliga appearance and clarified that they will not be selling any of their players and will instead look to build on the season’s success going forward.

“The club] have decided that we will not sell any player from our starting line-up,” Mintzlaff said said. “Ralf Rangnick [sporting director told this to our team at the end of the season.

“We will keep our team together and keep on developing."

A man who killed a policeman before holding authorities at bay for 18 hours has been shot dead in Australia

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Rick Maddison fatally shot Senior Constable Brett Forte after the police officer intercepted his car in Queensland.

He fled to a nearby farmhouse and spent the night in a stand-off with police.

Maddison was killed by authorities after fleeing the house and firing on police, Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright said.

"He has been challenged by police at that point in time - he has fired at those police," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"Specialist police have returned fire. The male person has been shot and that male person has been declared deceased at the scene."

Mr Forte was killed after intercepting Maddison, who police had described as a "wanted person", about 14:20 local time on Monday.

Indonesian police have named a controversial hardline Muslim preacher as a suspect in a pornography case

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Rizieq Shihab is accused of exchanging graphic messages and nude pictures in text conversations with a woman.

The cleric, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, has denied the accusations.

Mr Rizieq heads the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), which led mass protests against Jakarta's former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama who was jailed for blasphemy last month.

Mr Rizieq is accused of violating Indonesia's strict anti-pornography laws by transmitting pornography to activist Firza Husein, who has also been named as a suspect.

Screenshots of what appeared to be text and picture messages between the two of them began circulating online earlier this year.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Pope Francis to apologise for the role of the Catholic Church in a Canadian school system

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Canada PM met the pontiff at the Vatican on Monday as part of his trip to Italy for the G7 summit.

The residential schools were set up from the 1880s to take children from their families and assimilate them into mainstream Canadian society.

The last one closed in 1996.

"I told him how important it is for Canadians to move forward on real reconciliation with the indigenous peoples and I highlighted how he could help by issuing an apology," Mr Trudeau told reporters after meeting the pope.

He said he had invited the pontiff to make the apology in Canada.

Some 150,000 aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families, and sent to live in church-run boarding schools where they were forbidden to speak their language or practise their own culture.

Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called for a papal apology, as part of the healing process for survivors.

Though the Vatican has not commented on Mr Trudeau's request, it confirmed the talk was "cordial" and lasted about 36 minutes. It said the conversation "focused on the themes of integration and reconciliation, as well as religious freedom and current ethical issues" but did not mention an apology directly.

Similar apologies have been issued by Anglican, Presbyterian and United Churches, who along with the Catholic Church helped run these schools as joint ventures with the Canadian government.

In 2008, former prime minister Stephen Harper issued an apology on behalf of Canadians, calling it "a sad chapter in our history".

A year later, Pope Benedict expressed "his sorrow at the anguish caused by the deplorable conduct of some members of the Church" to a delegation from the Assembly of First Nations, a national advocacy organization, who went to the Vatican.

2015, Mr Harper met Pope Francis and called attention to the commission's findings.

Mr Trudeau said he also spoke with the Pope about a subject dear to both of them: the importance of stopping climate change.

"We talked about how important it is to highlight the scientific basis of protecting our planet and the moral and ethical obligations to lead, to build a better future for all people on this earth," Mr Trudeau said.

During the visit to the Vatican, Mr Trudeau was joined by his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau. While in Italy, he also visited the Roma football club and will meet Italy's prime minister and president.

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Colombian government and the Farc rebel group have agreed to give rebel fighters more time to disarm

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the FARC group had been granted an extra 20 days.

Under a peace agreement signed late last year all weapons had to be surrendered to the UN by Tuesday.

Farc commanders had argued that they could not meet the original deadline because of delays in building special camps to house demobilised fighters.

The deal, which was reached after four years of talks in Cuba, about 7,000 fighters in 26 transition zones were to have handed their arms to the UN by 30 May.

"In a joint agreement with the United Nations and the Farc, we have agreed that the arms hand-over will not end tomorrow as had been planned, but instead within 20 days," Mr Santos said on Monday.

"The change in date does not in any way affect the firm decision and clear commitment of the government and the Farc to comply with the accord."

President Santos also said that the time that the rebels would be allowed to stay in the demobilisation camps would be extended to 1 August.

All fighters must start their reintegration process into civil society.

Earlier this month, the first group to complete the disarmament process received certificates from the UN mission at a ceremony in Bogota..

Thousands of rebels have handed over their weapons since the Farc signed the peace agreement.

The deal put an end to more than five decades of conflict.

President Santos was awarded last year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to reach a deal with the Farc.

Not less than 11 people died when a severe thunderstorm hit the Russian capital Moscow

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At least, hundreds of trees were uprooted by the storm, and more than 50 people sought medical help.

A reports from country media say that, electrical cables were damaged as Moscow was lashed with high winds, hail and torrential rain.

The winds of up to 110 km/h were described by meteorologists as extremely rare for the city, and caused structural damage to buildings.

A report state that, the death toll is at 11. Similarly, some officials give a lower figure - it would be the deadliest storm in the city for more than 100 years.

The city's investigative committee said that "hurricane winds" had caused trees to fall in various parts of the city, killing five pedestrians.

Interfax report that, an elderly man was also killed at a bus stop, it said. TASS news agency says that 69 people have been injured.

Two people were killed after a tree fell onto their summer house.

Ter Stegen sign new Barcelona contract

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The 25-year-old had two years left to run on his contract but has decided to increase his commitment to five years in an improved deal.

The statement read: "FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with the player Marc-Andre ter Stegen to extend and improve his contract until 30 June 2022.

"His buyout clause now stands at €180 million, and his new contract will be signed on Tuesday."

Ter Stegen joined Barca from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 in a €12m move. He has become first-choice at Camp Nou this past season, following the exit of Claudio Bravo.

Iraq suicide attacker detonated a car bomb outside an ice cream parlour in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and injuring many more

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Iraq terrorist attack happened in the mainly Shia Muslim Karrada district where a crowd of people had broken their fast after sundown during Ramadan, officials said.

So-called Islamic State (IS) said via its Amaq news agency that the target had been "a gathering" of Shia.

IS has carried out many attacks on Shia, whom it regards as apostates.

"Isis [IS] terrorists tonight in Baghdad target children & families enjoying time together at an ice cream shop. We stand w/Iraq against this evil," he said.

IS has stepped up attacks in the capital since the Iraqi army, backed by the US-led coalition, launched a campaign to retake the city of Mosul in the north four months ago.

Joe Hart bid farewell message to Torino fans

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After falling out of favour with City manager Pep Guardiola, Hart was shipped out on loan to Torino, and in his short time in Turin he became a fan favourite with the club's supporters due to his impressive displays.

And after 5-3 Serie A final-day win over Sassuolo, the England shotstopper said his goodbyes.

"Thank you Torino," he wrote on the social media platform. "I am so proud to have played for your special football club.

"The way you have treated me and my family is something that we will never forget. I will forever support Torino for the rest of my days. I have met so many special people and this has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.

"I will come back to see you all one day, so it is bye for now, enjoy an amazing summer."

What part Hart will play at City next season remains to be seen as the club are reportedly close to finalising a move for Benfica keeper Ederson Moraes.

Wolfsburg remain in bundesliga for 20-years period

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Wolfsburg ensured their 20-year stay in the Bundesliga would continue after beating 10-man Eintracht Braunschweig 1-0 in the relegation play-off at the Eintracht-Stadion on Monday.Eintracht Braunschweig 0 Wolfsburg 1Fejzic denies Gerhardt in first half Vieirinha fires Wolves in front on 49 mins Lions lose Sauer to red card late on Wolves win 2-0 on aggregate.

The Wolves had endured a disappointing season which saw them finish 16th in the table, five points above the bottom-two after winning just 10 of their 34 games.

But they had the chance to save their top-flight status against the Lions, who finished third in 2.Bundesliga, only three points behind champions Stuttgart.

It took a single goal to settle the contest, with Vieirinha scoring early in the second half to secure victory for the Lower Saxony outfit to keep them in the top tier of German football for a 21st consecutive season.

The hosts made a strong start in a bid to even the 1-0 deficit from the first leg at the Volkswagen Arena last week.

Christoffer Nyman managed to hit the target early on, although his shot lacked the power to beat Koen Casteels, who made a routine save.

Andries Jonker's side took some time to find their stride, but they eventually threatened 11 minutes before half-time as Yannick Gerhardt drew a fine save out of Jasmin Fejzic, the keeper pushing his effort behind the goal.

Braunschweig's best chance arrived soon afterwards when Ken Reichel latched onto a through-ball from Nyman, but the skipper blasted over the crossbar from inside the area.

It remained goalless at the break, but that changed just four minutes into the second half as the visitors struck a decisive blow.

After Fejzic produced a super save to keep out Yunus Malli, the ball rebounded for Vieirinha, who lashed his strike into the back of the net to put Wolfsburg two-up in the tie.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of their local rivals as the Lions struggled to create any serious chances in an attempt to get back into the match.

The Wolves could have won in more convincing fashion had Malli and Luiz Gustavo taken their respective chances in the closing stages. The evening ended on an even worse note for the home team when Maximilian Sauer received his marching orders on 82 minutes for a second bookable offence.

Alaves manager, Pellegrino quit the club

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Alaves will begin their search for a new head coach after Mauricio Pellegrino announced his resignation just two days after losing the Copa del Rey final to Barcelona.

The Argentine, who ended his playing career at Mendizorrotza in 2006, returned to the Basque Country club in the off-season following their promotion to La Liga as Segunda Division champions.

Pellegrino enjoyed a successful campaign with the Babazorros, finishing nine points outside the European places in ninth spot and reaching the final of Spain's oldest cup competition, where they were beaten 3-1 by Barca on Saturday.

But the 45-year-old has chosen to move on after just one year in northern Spain, with Sevilla reportedly interested in his services, while a job in the Premier League could also present itself.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, he said: "I've been very happy here as coach and have enjoyed my year.

"I want to thank everyone at the club for their help, especially the players. I am sure that Alaves will continue growing and fulfilling their goals."

Marc Bartra feared he would never play football again after an attack

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Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra feared he would never play football again after an attack on the team bus ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Monaco.

The Spain international had surgery on his wrist, but it was the moments when he could not move that had him worried that his career was over.

"When the attack happened, I thought I would never be able to play again," he told Kicker after Dortmund's DFB-Pokal final win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

"I could not move in the first five or 10 minutes and I could not hear anything. When the doctor told me after the surgery that everything was going well and I was going to be able to play again in a month, that was indescribable and the most beautiful news.

"I feel stronger today than ever before. I was very sad that such a thing could happen - it was a few damn difficult weeks - but now we can all enjoy the victory."

Bartra was the only player injured after three explosives went off near the Dortmund team bus last month.

Kelechi Iheanacho is hope for Man City stay next season

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Despite talk of a Manchester City exit, Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho has stated his desire to stay and fight for his place.

Iheanacho was over the weekend linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including West Ham, whom it has been speculated are willing to dish out £24 million for the Super Eagles marksman.

It has also been reported that Southampton, Leicester, Everton and West Bromwich Albion are all potentially interested in the 20-year-old.

In the 2015/16 season Iheanacho played 26 league matches and scored eight goals. Last season under Pep Guardiola he featured in 20 Premier League games (starting only five) and scored four times.

With Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus above him in the pecking order at City, Iheanacho faces stern opposition for regular game-time.

But despite this and the doubt surrounding his future, the player says he remains committed to the north west club.

"I'm not very aware of that [his departure]. I just keep working with the team," he was quoted saying by Thisdaylive. "I'm still at Manchester City so I'll meet up with the boys and kick off the season with Manchester City.

"I'm happy to stay and keep fighting to help them achieve what they want to achieve. Manchester City is a big team and we need to go far as a squad, so we need everybody."

Iheanacho scored from the penalty spot this weekend for Nigeria in a 1-1 draw against Corsica in a friendly game.

The Super eagles are gearing up for their opening 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on June 10.

Coach Enrique is delighted with his Barca achievement

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Barcelona sent their boss off in style by lifting the Copa del Rey after beating Alaves 3-1 in Saturday’s cup final, and he says that the decision to bow out was all his.

"Actually, it has been me who has decided that it is better to stop. It will be wonderful for me and I think for the players and the team too.

"The intensity of this job and the way I do it, with maximum thoroughness every day implies fatigue. But there is no sorrow, it is the opposite.

"If someone had told me when I got here that I would have the chance to help the team and be a part of nine titles out of 13 that we have played. well the figures are really good."

Despite cup success, this has been a disappointing season for Barca, as Real Madrid pipped them to the Liga title while Juventus got the better of them in the Champions League.

"Of course we would have liked of course to win the league again and be fighting for the Champions League," he added.

It could not be, but I think the fans have noticed the effort of the players and their sacrifice throughout the whole season."

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