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Allegations of orders to kill journalist Khashoggi baseless – Saudi minister

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia's interior minister rejected Saturday, October 13, claims there were orders to kill missing Riyadh critic and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, describing them as "baseless allegations and lies." Prince Abdel Aziz bin Saud bin Nayef added that his country was "in compliance with international laws and conventions," ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 13th, 2018Related News

Mauritanians vote in last election before key presidential ballot

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania – Mauritania, a frontline state in the fight against Islamic extremism, went to the polls on Saturday, September 1, in legislative, regional, and local elections that will test head of state Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's record, 7 months before a presidential vote. Military personnel cast their ballots Friday to ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 1st, 2018Related News

ONE: Kevin Belingon s world title win is the product of team effort from Team Lakay

Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon became the latest member of Team Lakay to capture a world championship by defeating two-division titleholder Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Reign of Kings to win the ONE Championship Interim Bantamweight World Champion. And while it was Belingon who did the work inside the cage, the win wasn’t just his, rather it was all of the Philippines’ and of course, Team Lakay's. As former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang explained, Belingon’s win was the result of team effort. “Masayang-masaya ako kasi na-predict ko na yan noon pa eh, talagang mananalo si Kevin,” Folayang said during the post-fight press conference. “Of course, because you can see that we worked very hard and of course, smart on our preparation, talagang we helped each other.” Nguyen is, of course, a familiar opponent for Team Lakay, with Folayang having faced the Viet-Aussie star back in 2017. “Kung ano yung pwede naming ibigay na advice or time na maibibigay sa kasama namin, preparing for a fight, we give it.” Folayang continued. With Belingon’s interim title win, he becomes the fourth member of Team Lakay to hold ONE World Championship gold, joining Folayang, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario, and reigning ONE Championship Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio. Add reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera to that list, and you have all five world champions representing the Philippines, making it the country with the most world title wins in ONE Championship's seven-year history.  The way Folayang sees it, there’s more on the way. “I think this is one of the memorable moments of our team, because, hindi ko alam, malapit na yata namin kunin lahat [ng championships].” the former lightweight king said playfully. And while what Folayang said was in jest, it isn’t wrong by any means. Friday night’s ONE card had two other winnner from the famed Benguet-based MMA stable, as Folayang decisioned Russian newcomer Aziz Pahrudinov, while former strawweight title contender Joshua Pacio steamrolled through Thailand’s Pongsiri Mitsatit in just one round. Both Folayang and Pacio are riding winning streaks, and both are inching their way closer to title contention. “If ONE Championship or sir Chatri [Sityodtong] will give me the opportunity to face Yoshitaka Naito, why not.” Pacio said at the presser. Should it push through, it would be Pacio’s second go-around with Naito after losing to the reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion back in 2016. If everything goes according to plan for Team Lakay, they could have two, even three more world championships coming back home to La Trinidad pretty soon......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 30th, 2018Related News

ONE: Former champ Eduard Folayang learned from teammate Kevin Belingon’s title win over Martin Nguyen

Team Lakay bantamweight star Kevin Belingon did something that not a lot of people have been able to do, and that’s defeat Martin Nguyen. In the main event of ONE: Reign of Kings, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena, Belingon outstruck and outworked Nguyen over the course of five rounds to earn a unanimous decision win and become the new Interim ONE Championship Bantamweight World Champion. The Baguio native becomes just the third man to defeat Nguyen, along with former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov and reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes. As Belingon implemented his winning gameplan against Nguyen, his teammate and former ONE Championship Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang was an interested observer. Aside from watching one of his Team Lakay brothers fight for a world championship, Folayang is also preparing for what could be a possible rematch with Nguyen, the reigning ONE Championship Lightweight king. Folayang who took to the cage Friday evening, defeating previously-undefeated Russian Combat Sambo world champion Aziz Pahrudinov via Unanimous Decision. Having already won back-to-back fights, Folayang is on the brink of another shot at regaining the championship that he used to hold, and during the post-fight presser, Folayang admitted to have overlooked some stuff in his previous fight with Nguyen. “I think in the first time na nag-meet kami [ni Martin Nguyen], I overlooked some things, in some cases, na-overconfident din ako, and nakalimutan ko na it’s MMA,” Folayang bared. “There will always be a way for your opponent to hit you.” Against Nguyen, Folayang was on the receiving end of a vicious KO. Watching Belingon beat Nguyen however, Folayang says that he’s picked up a more confident approach, should he and the Viet-Aussie star share the cage again. “On the fight of Kevin, I really learned a lot. Of course I need to be careful in those areas na kalakasan ng kalaban, and then kung saan ka malakas, be careful din kasi doon ka papasukin.” Since falling to Nguyen, Folayang has taken a more patient approach in his fights, and it has led him to two convincing wins against a pair of tough Russian grapplers. With the way things are playing out in the lightweight division however, it’s more likely that Folayang finds himself going up against another former opponent and fellow former champion in Shinya Aoki. Folayang dethroned Aoki for the lightweight title back in 2016, and says that a rematch against the grappling ace wouldn’t be a problem. “Okay naman ang rematch kay Shinya,” Folayang said, before jokingly suggesting that another unbeaten Russian could be the next person that ONE puts in front of him. “Siyempre hindi lang natin alam, baka mamaya another undefeated na Russian ulit, si Khabib [Nurmagomedov] naman ang susunod, we just really don’t know. That’s a joke.” the former champ said with a laugh. Nurmagomedov, of course, is the reigning UFC Lightweight World Champion......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 30th, 2018Related News

ONE: Folayang stops Pahrudinov for back to back wins

  Eduard Folayang is slowly getting back up in the division he once ruled after scoring an impressive unanimous decision win over Russian Aziz Pahrudinov in the ONE: Reign of Kings Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. The former ONE lightweight champion took his second straight win after his shock loss to Martin Nguyen and bumped his record to 20-6. Although falling victim to Pahrudinov's takedowns early in the first round, Folayang was quick to turn the tide around. Folayang methodically targeted Pahrudinov's left leg subsequently taking away the Russian's takedown ability. By the end of the third round, Pahrudinov (20-1) couldn't control the match in the ground allowin...Keep on reading: ONE: Folayang stops Pahrudinov for back to back wins.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 27th, 2018Related News

ONE: Former champion Eduard Folayang is fighting his way back to main event status

On Friday night at ONE Championship: Reign of Kings at the Mall of Asia Arena, former ONE Lightweight world champion Eduard ‘The Landslide’ Folayang will be taking on undefeated Russian Aziz Pahrudinov. It will be the second straight time that Folayang will be pitted against an undefeated Russian grappler, but it’ll also be the second time in as many fights that he faces a relative unknown who’s set to make their ONE Championship debut. Back in May, Folayang rudely welcomed Kharun Atlangeriev to ONE Championship with a dominant beatdown in Singapore for the Unanimous Decision win. It was his first time back since losing his championship to Martin Nguyen in Manila back in November of 2017. After headlining his last two business trips in Manila, Folayang now finds himself in the middle of the card, and while others may see that as a relegation, the former champion sees it as just another challenge to go through as he works his way back up ONE Championship’s lightweight ranks. “As a martial artist, you need to face the challenges that come to you.” Folayang said during Tuesday’s Reign of Kings Press Conference at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom. “You lose on Monday, but it’s up to us if we will be losing on Tuesday and the other days of the week, so I think being a martial artist, you need to do your part and keep improving so that whatever opponent you’ll be facing, you know that you’ll be able to give the very best that you have.” A win against Pahrudinov on Friday will definitely push Folayang back into the title picture, says ONE Championship founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong. “For the record, Eduard is not a gatekeeper, I still consider Eduard very much a title contender. Of course, we gave him two tough fights, two undefeated Russian contenders, especially Aziz, who’s a Combat Sambo world champion, this is no walk in the park.” “Eduard’s not a gatekeeper. If he wins this fight, he’s very much back in the title picture.” “It’s great that he beat an undefeated Russian in his last fight. This fight, again with Aziz, is going to be a very tough fight, but again, if he beats a Combat Sambo world champion from Dagestan, Russia, who’s undefeated, 20-0, it says something about who he is a as a warrior.” Sityodtong continued. Sityodtong has always been vocal about his belief in Folayang. When the Pinoy MMA icon lost his title back in November, Sityodtong was one of the first to say that he believes Folayang will bounce back. The ONE Championship head honcho even took offense to people who thought that Folayang’s days as a competitor were over. “When Eduard lost, everyone wrote him off, I remember a lot of people saying he should retire. I said bullsh*t, because they don’t know what they’re talking about, they don’t know martial arts.” “I said Eduard’s gonna come back, watch.” Sityodtong added. Now, eight months later, Eduard Folayang is indeed back, and could be taking another step back towards redemption after Friday's fight night.   Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard 'The Landslide' Folayang meets unbeaten Russian Aziz Pahrudinov at ONE: Reign of Kings on Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena. Catch it LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 24th, 2018Related News

ONE: Shinya Aoki says he’d enjoy a rematch with fellow former champ Eduard Folayang

Nearly two years removed from losing ONE Championship Lightweight World Title, Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki finds himself back on the path towards championship glory, and the next stop on his journey brings him to Manila at ONE: Reign of Kings, Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena. In a battle of top lightweight contenders, Aoki meets Thai MMA star Shannon ’OneShin’ Wiratchai, with the winner moving one step closer to a lightweight world title shot. And while another run at the world title could be on the line, the Evolve MMA star says that his focus in the lead up to the fight will be his own progress and no one else’s. “I approach all my fights the same. I focus on myself, and my game.” Aoki shared with ABS-CBN Sports via email. “I train hard with all my training partners and coaches, whether its in Japan or at Evolve MMA in Singapore, to improve all aspects of my game to prepare myself for the bout ahead. I am confident in my abilities and am looking forward to this bout.” Adding another layer to the upcoming Aoki versus Wiratchai fight will be the fact that the Thai star revealed that he looks up to the Japanese legend. “I have been competing for a long time now so it is interesting that I am competing against someone who used to watch me growing up. When I compete I go out there to do my best as a martial artist, if my performances inspire someone to start martial arts that’s just an extra bonus.” “Shannon is a good strong opponent, I look forward to competing against him.” Aoki added. If Aoki can defeat Wiratchai in Manila, it’ll mark his first string of back-to-back wins since 2015, definitely a step in the right direction. From 2016 to 2017, Aoki went through quite a rough patch that was kickstarted with him dropping his ONE title to Eduard Folayang in Singapore, followed a grappling superfight loss to Garry Tonon and a one-sided beatdown from then-ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren. Momentum shifted to Aoki’s favor in the start of 2018, as he submitted fellow former ONE champion Marat Gafurov in another grappling superfight, before getting back in the win column in MMA, choking out Rasul Yakhyaev in just one round back in May. “As a professional athlete, winning and losing is all a part of the journey.” Aoki said of his struggles and his recent run of success. “As a martial artist, all I focus on is continuing to improve and learn from the past and improve my game in all aspects. Improving a little bit every day is what martial arts is about. This is the mindset I’ve always had.” Speaking of Eduard Folayang, Aoki now is on the same boat as the Filipino MMA star, both former champions looking to regain their place at the top of the division. Folayang will also be fighting on ONE’s Reign of Kings card in Manila, against unbeaten Russian Aziz Pahrudinov. Much like Aoki, a win for Folayang moves him one step closer to another shot at the championship. If everything goes according to plan for these two former champions, their paths could cross once more, and that’s something that Aoki says he wouldn’t mind. “I am open to compete against anyone or rematch anyone. If ONE Championship wants me to face Eduard I would enjoy that. My job is to train hard to improve all aspects of my game for whoever I am facing.” Before anything else however, Aoki and Folayang will have to take care of business come fight night. For Aoki, who is, by all means, a proven legend in MMA, the learning never stops, and it’s this feeling of hunger for more that keeps the former champ motivates. “I never think of my accomplishments as enough. Every bout is a new challenge for me to take on, so I push myself to be able to handle anything that comes my way. I am always training and learning new techniques so my game is constantly improving. The martial arts journey never ends.” said Aoki.   Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki meets top contender Shannon Wiratchai in a lightweight contest with massive title implications at ONE: Reign of Kings on Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena. Catch it LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   *Special thanks to Aliya Anwar of Evolve MMA.        .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 23rd, 2018Related News

ONE: Folayang needs to ‘keep winning’ as he eyes another title shot

Eduard Folayang once ruled ONE Championship's lightweight division for nearly a year until one pinpoint strike from Martin Nguyen ended that 364-day reign in 2017. Less than a year has passed since Folayang relinquished the belt to Nguyen, who is the current featherweight champion, but the old lion once again attempts to sit on the throne he once sat on. Folayang has since won his comeback fight back in May of 2018 against Kharun Atlangeriev, and he hopes that another win could catapult him to the title picture. Team Lakay's 34-year-old senior member will go up against undefeated Russian Aziz Pahrudinov, five years his junior, on July 27 and Folayang knows a win will help hi...Keep on reading: ONE: Folayang needs to ‘keep winning’ as he eyes another title shot.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 18th, 2018Related News

Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup

MOSCOW --- Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal can send Morocco to an early World Cup exit on Wednesday. A second straight defeat would ensure elimination for the North African side which has not let an opposing player score in this World Cup campaign since 2015. An own goal by Morocco forward Aziz Bouhaddouz in stoppage-time was decisive in a 1-0 loss to Iran last Friday in a game it mostly dominated. "Because they lost the first game, Morocco will give everything. They have no other choice," Portugal forward Andre Silva said. Portugal's opening 3-3 draw with Spain in a World Cup classic means Morocco must take at least one point before the Spanish play Iran in Wednesday's late game in...Keep on reading: Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 18th, 2018Related News

Own-goal gifts Iran victory over Morocco

Aziz Bouhaddouz, head in his hands and face buried in the turf, was probably unaware of the opposing players and coaches swarming all around him in jubilation......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 17th, 2018Related News

Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup

By STEVE DOUGLAS,  AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Aziz Bouhaddouz headed a free kick into his own net in the fifth minute of injury time to gift Iran a 1-0 victory over Morocco on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) at the World Cup. Only on the field as a 77th-minute substitute, the Morocco striker dived to reach a curling cross from the left but headed the ball past goalkeeper Monir El Kajoui. There was an explosion of joy among the Iran squad, with coaching staff and substitutes sprinting onto the field and jumping for joy. It was Iran's second win in 13 matches at the World Cup, and Asia's first since the 2010 tournament in South Africa. With Spain and Portugal the other teams in Group B, Friday's match in St. Petersburg was regarded as a must-win game for the two outsiders......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 15th, 2018Related News

Tim Cahill set to play in 4th World Cup for Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — Tim Cahill will have a chance to score a goal in his fourth consecutive World Cup for Australia. The 38-year-old forward was chosen on Sunday by coach Bert van Marwijk among 23 players set to play in Russia for the Socceroos. Cahill has 105 caps for Australia and is the country's leading goal scorer, but has struggled for form and match time in recent months. He is currently playing for Millwall in England. Only three players have scored goals in four World Cups— Pele and German strikers Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose. Australia's squad is evenly spread, featuring three goalkeepers, seven defenders, six midfielders, and seven attackers. Daniel Arzani, 19, is joined by Dimitri Petratos and Josh Risdon as the only three A-League players in the squad, while Mark Milligan also made the World Cup squad for the fourth consecutive time. The final squad was the result of a two-week training camp in Antalya, Turkey and a 4-0 international friendly win over Czech Republic. "I have been very pleased with the effort and application of all of the players during our time in Turkey," van Marwijk said. "Every step of the selection process has been difficult because the players have all given everything to make the final selection." Australia is in Group C at the World Cup with France, Denmark and Peru. The Socceroos will continue to train in Turkey for another week before travelling to Budapest for a friendly against Hungary on June 9. Australia's World Cup opener is in Kazan against France on June 16. ___ Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones. Defenders: Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich, James Meredith. Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (captain), Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tomi Rogic, Dimitri Petratos, Mathew Leckie, Daniel Arzani. Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren, Robbie Kruse......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 3rd, 2018Related News

Aziz Ansari and the Dynamics of Sex Between Men and Women

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. It started out as a familiar scenario. Boy meets girl, they flirt, they go out, they make out. So far so ho-hum. Then girl decides she feels violated, goes home, and dishes out on her satisfactory sexual encounter with boy to an online magazine, complete with details of boy's sexual repertoire. The boy, of course, is the celebrity comedian and actor Aziz Ansari. The girl, in a desire to remain anonymous, is known as "Grace." She claims he didn't heed her verbal and non-verbal cues. He claims he was sure their encounte...Keep on reading: Aziz Ansari and the Dynamics of Sex Between Men and Women.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 21st, 2018Related News

Growing pains for 'MeToo as Aziz Ansari tale sparks backlash talk

A woman’s account of a date with the comedian has prompted debate about whether sexual assault and bad sex were being conflated......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopJan 19th, 2018Related News

Has 'MeToo gone too far? Ansari story sparks debate

The #MeToo movement has been embraced by legions of women as a vital step toward countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: WorldJan 18th, 2018Related News

Aziz Ansari latest actor to be accused of sexual harassment

MANILA, Philippines – Aziz Ansari, the star of the television show Master of None, is the latest Hollywood personality to be accused of sexual harassment. In a story posted on Babes.net, *Grace, a 23-year-old photographer, shared that she went out on a date with the comedian when things started to get ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 15th, 2018Related News

Islamist bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9

QUETTA, Pakistan --- Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by the country's Islamic State (ISIS) group affiliate. Hundreds of worshippers were attending services ahead of Christmas when the bombers appeared in the city of Quetta and clashed with security forces. One assailant was killed at the church entrance. The other made it inside, said Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the southwestern Baluchistan province. Baluchistan Police Chief Moazzam Ansari praised the response of security forces guarding the church, saying the attacker who made it insi...Keep on reading: Islamist bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 18th, 2017Related News

Away from Home

A child evacuee from Marawi City takes a look outside her family's tent at the new tent city in Baloi-Lanao del Norte on Saturday (16 September 2017). Close to 200 families staying at the Mahad Abdul Aziz al Islamie Madrasa in Balo-i moved to this site late in August until early September. MindaNews photo by [&'].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsSep 16th, 2017Related News