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Paris (AFP) Limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius will not prevent destructive and deadly climate impacts, as once hoped, dozens of experts concluded in a score of scientific studies released Monday. A world that heats up by 2C (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) — long regarded as the temperature ceiling for a climate-safe planet — could see mass displacement due to rising seas, a drop in per capita income, regional shortages of food and fresh water, and the loss of animal and plant species at an accelerated speed. Poor and emergingRead More
Jerusalem (AFP) Israel announced Monday it had reached a deal with the UN refugee agency to cancel a controversial plan to deport African migrants and replace it with a new one that will see thousands sent to Western countries. A minimum of 16,250 migrants will be resettled in unspecified Western nations under the agreement announced in a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office. Netanyahu was to speak about the plan in an address later in the afternoon. Netanyahu in January announced the implementation of a programme to remove migrantsRead More
Paris (AFP) African leaders and celebrities have led tributes to South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela who has died aged 81. The former wife of South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela was, along with her husband, an international symbol of resistance against white-minority rule. Here are some of the reactions to her death: – Anti-oppression symbol – Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate archbishop: “She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, bannings and banishment. Her courageous defianceRead More
The Hague (AFP) A Malian jihadist was arrested Saturday and handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face war crimes charges for the destruction of Timbuktu and sex slavery, the tribunal said. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud was detained by the Malian authorities and has now arrived at the tribunal’s detention centre in The Hague, the court said in a late-night statement. The 40-year-old is alleged to have been a member of the Al-Qaeda linked Ansar Dine and the de facto chief of theRead More
Sydney (AFP) One of Cricket Australia’s biggest sponsors, fund manager Magellan, on Thursday tore up its contract with the governing body over the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the game. At the same time sporting goods company ASICS announced it was ending its relationship with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, two of the players at the heart of the cheating incident, while breakfast cereal Weet-Bix dumped Steve Smith. Magellan inked a three-year partnership in August 2017 as naming rights sponsor for Australia’s domestic Tests in a deal estimated at theRead More
Sydney (AFP) Distraught former Australia cricket captain Steve Smith was in tears Thursday as he accepted full responsibility for a ball-tampering scandal that has shaken the sport, saying he was devastated by his “big mistake”. “I take full responsibility, I made a serious error of judgement and I understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership,” he said before breaking down at a press conference after his arrival in Sydney from Johannesburg. “I will do everything to make up for my mistake. “If any good can come for this…Read More
Sydney (AFP) Distraught former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith accepted full responsibility Thursday for a ball-tampering scandal that has shaken the sport, breaking down in tears while denying it had ever happened before. Cricket Australia have banned Smith and David Warner from all international and domestic cricket for a year while opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was exiled for nine months over attempted cheating during the third Test in South Africa Smith, a golden boy compared to Donald Bradman for his batting exploits, was a broken man at an emotional pressRead More
Sydney (AFP) When disgraced Australian cricketer Steve Smith faced the cameras in Sydney on Thursday with a tearful apology for a ball-tampering scandal, he joined a small club of sports stars who have very publicly said sorry. Athletes have played the penitent for everything from cheating at their sport to cheating on a wife; from pre-meditated assault on a rival to simply losing. Here are five high-profile mea culpas: Gianluigi Buffon – 2017 Fans reacted with shock and disbelief last year when Italy failed to qualify for the football WorldRead More
Sydney (AFP) Australia skipper Steve Smith heading home from South Africa in disgrace and his deputy David Warner lost the captaincy of his Indian Premier League side Wednesday after a cheating scandal left the team fractured amid mounting suspicion that the full story has not yet emerged. Smith, Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, the player caught on camera attempting to doctor the ball with a piece of tape, have been banished for their role in a ball-tampering incident which has dragged Australian cricket’s reputation through the mud, but coachRead More
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) (AFP) Karim and Yves trekked for years through Africa from Cameroon before arriving in Spain where they now play football and rugby, realising a life-long ambition even if their daily lives are still a struggle. They’re not the only ones to have stepped onto Spanish shores with dreams of making it big in the sporting world. Associations and migrants say roughly a quarter of new arrivals’ main reason for coming is to play professionally. But a large majority are soon brought back down to earthRead More