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Rejuvenated Dutch strike late, into Nations League s Final 4

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press The Netherlands' recovery from one of the lowest ebbs in its history continued with a last-gasp qualification for the Final Four of the inaugural UEFA Nations League on Monday. Virgil van Dijk volleyed home a 90th-minute equalizer to seal a dramatic Dutch comeback in a 2-2 draw in Germany, allowing Ronald Koeman's rejuvenated side to top its qualifying group on goal difference ahead of France, and join fellow group winners Portugal, England and Switzerland in a five-day finals competition in June. So instead of seeing Kylian Mbappe, France's new wonderkid and star of the team's World Cup triumph in Russia in July, vying for another piece of international silverware, soccer fans will get to see if the Netherlands truly has turned the corner. The slump of the Dutch has been profound since they finished third at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. They failed to qualify for an enlarged European Championship in 2016 and also didn't make it to the World Cup this year. Three coaches — Guus Hiddink, Danny Blind, and Dick Advocaat — came and went. And with Dutch soccer at club level also in strife, debate swirled as to how one of the long-time heavyweights of the world game could recover. Under Koeman, though, the future of the Oranje looks bright. Youngsters like center midfielder Frenkie de Jong and center back Matthijs de Ligt are regarded as two of the most promising players in the world; Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum have returned to their best form over the last 18 months; and, in Van Dijk, the Netherlands has one of the best defenders around. A rock for Liverpool this season and last, Van Dijk — soccer's most expensive defender following his $99 million move from Southampton in January — sidefooted in a cross from the left to follow up an 84th-minute goal from Quincy Promes that gave the Dutch a glimmer of hope in Gelsenkirchen. The Germans had gone 2-0 up after 19 minutes thanks to Timo Werner's dipping shot from 25 meters and Leroy Sane's deflected effort from just inside the area. They couldn't hold on, though, and finished group play with no wins, just two points, and in something of a crisis. They didn't get out of their group in Russia in a dismal defense of their World Cup title, while relegation to League B of the Nations League — featuring Europe's second-tier teams — had already been confirmed after failing to win any of their first three group games. Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to stay in the job after the World Cup, but is now under mounting pressure. The Nations League, a new competition devised by UEFA to replace unpopular international friendlies with competitive matches between teams of a similar level, appears to have won over the skeptics, and the lineup for the Final Four is intriguing if hardly a marketer's dream. Portugal, which will be playing on home soil, has a superstar in Cristiano Ronaldo who should be back in the team after an extended absence from international soccer since the World Cup. England has Harry Kane, the top scorer at the World Cup, and a talented, dynamic group of young players under forward-thinking coach Gareth Southgate. Switzerland, which hasn't reached a quarterfinal of an international tournament since 1954, will be the outsider. The Netherlands, at No. 15, will be the lowest-ranked team in the competition but should not be discounted. This victory came three days after the team produced one of its best performances in years to beat France 2-0, while it beat Portugal 3-0 in March and Germany by the same score at home in the Nations League. The draw for the Final Four, which comprises of two semifinals and then a third-place playoff and final, will take place in Dublin on Dec. 3. Some other loose ends were tied up in the Nations League, which offers teams a second chance to qualify for the European Championship in 2020. The 16 group winners in Leagues A, B, C and D — or the next best-placed teams who have not already qualified via the European qualifiers starting in March — will progress to the Nations League playoffs and compete for the last four qualifying places for Euro 2020. NORWAY, MACEDONIA PROMOTED Norway was promoted to the second-tier League B after finishing top of Group C3 with a 2-0 win at Cyprus. The Norwegians started the final round of group play tied for points with Bulgaria, which could only draw at home to Slovenia 1-1. Macedonia went up to League C after beating Gibraltar 4-0 to top Group D4. Armenia, the only team that could have finished above Macedonia, ended up second after drawing at Liechtenstein 2-2. SLOVAKIA RELEGATED Slovakia was relegated to League C after losing at neighbor Czech Republic 1-0, with Patrik Schick scoring the winner in the first half with a deft lob over the goalkeeper on a counterattack. Denmark was already guaranteed promotion to the top tier and Ireland was sure of being relegated before they drew 0-0 in Aarhus......»»

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U.S. Army unfurls miles of fencing along border with Mexico

LAREDO, USA – They started work in the cool of the morning and moved quickly, uncoiling reel after reel of vicious-looking fencing and tying it with barbed wire to green poles hammered into the ground. Over the course of 3 days, a gleaming, shoulders-high barrier of concertina-wire emerged like a ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 19th, 2018Related News

Migrants rely on social media to reach families back home

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras --- There was cake at little Brithani Lizeth's third birthday party, and also tears. Though her grandmother and aunt tried to make their simple cinder block home festive, the little girl could not be consoled. She missed her parents. Orbelina Orellana and Elmer Alberto Cardona were hundreds of miles and two countries away in a small town in southern Mexico, making their way toward the United States with thousands of others in a desperate caravan, leaving their loved ones behind. Despite the distance, Orellana was able to get a picture and audio recording from her daughter's birthday party in Honduras via WhatsApp and hear the little girl sob: "I love...Keep on reading: Migrants rely on social media to reach families back home.....»»

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

Macron, Merkel aim to present united stance in Trump era

BERLIN, Germany – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were due to meet in Berlin Sunday, November 18, in a show of unity against rising populism in the era of US President Donald Trump. At their second meeting in a week, the two are expected to once again ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 18th, 2018Related News

Zverev s ATP Finals win vs. Federer tainted by ball boy flub

By Sam Johnston, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — After pulling off one of the biggest wins of his career, Alexander Zverev was left apologizing for an unforced error he didn't make. Zverev denied Roger Federer a shot at a 100th career title by beating the Swiss great 7-5, 7-6 (5) at the ATP Finals on Saturday to advance to the championship match against Novak Djokovic. Federer was leading the second-set tiebreaker 4-3 and in the ascendancy of a rally on a Zverev service point when a ball boy at the back of the court dropped a ball. Zverev immediately signaled for the point to be stopped and the umpire ordered the point to be replayed. Zverev served an ace before going on to close out the match moments later. "I want to apologize for the situation in the tiebreak," said Zverev, who was booed by some of the crowd during his on-court interview. "The ball boy dropped the ball so it's in the rules that we have to replay the point. "I'm a little bit upset about the whole situation because this is not how I wanted it to end." Zverev is the youngest player at 21 to reach the final since 2009 and the first from Germany since 1996. He will face five-time champion Djokovic, who defeated Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2 to extend his semifinal win-loss record at the tournament to 7-1. Federer, 37, was seeking a record-extending seventh title, but was unable to cope with the pressure created by Zverev's power and precision at the O2 Arena. "He (Zverev) apologized to me at the net," Federer said. "I was like, 'Buddy, shut up. You don't need to apologize to me here. Congratulations on a great match and a great tournament so far. All the best for the finals.' And you move on." An inspired series of shots earned Zverev the first break points of the match in the 12th game and Federer sent a forehand wide to fall behind. Federer willed himself to a break for 2-1 in the second set, but Zverev quickly composed himself to hit straight back in the following game. Zverev overcame the freak interruption to establish a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker, and Federer netted the simplest of forehand volleys to bring up match point. He saved the first, but Zverev confidently put away a backhand drive volley to set up a shot at the biggest title of his career and leave Federer waiting until next season for his 100th title. "Overall, I'm happy how the season went," said Federer, who picked up his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. "There's many positives. So I'm excited for next season." Despite having reached only one Grand Slam quarterfinal this year, Zverev is the only active player outside the Big Four of Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray to have won three Masters titles. But victory at the tour's flagship event would exceed those achievements. "Novak right now is the best player in the world," said Zverev, who lost to Djokovic in the round robin. "You have to play your best game to even have a chance. I hope I'll be able to do that tomorrow." The Serb maintained his record of having not lost a set — or service game — at the tournament as he thrashed debutant Anderson to give himself the chance to join Federer on six titles. "I played very well in the group stage against Sascha (Zverev)," Djokovic said. "But I don't think he was close to his best." Djokovic won 20 out of 27 points on Anderson's second serve as he broke the South African twice in each set. "It was the best match I've played so far this week," Djokovic said. Having ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought by defeating Anderson in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic went on to win his 14th major trophy at the U.S. Open and has already sealed the year-end No. 1 ranking. The victory extended Djokovic's record to 35-2 since the start of Wimbledon, a tournament he began ranked 21st after a right elbow injury interrupted his first half of the season. "It's remarkable what he's done since Wimbledon," Anderson said. "It seems like he's definitely right back playing some of the best tennis of his career.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 18th, 2018Related News

Firsts for Sane, Suele as Germany beats Russia in friendly

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leroy Sane and Niklas Suele struck their first international goals to guide Germany to a 3-0 win over Russia in a friendly on Thursday. The 2014 world champions, who surrendered their crown following a first-round exit in Russia in June, went 1-0 up thanks to an eighth-minute goal from Sane. Suele added a second goal 17 minutes later before Serge Gnabry, who had set up Sane for the opener, made sure of victory five minutes before halftime. The visitors improved after the break, with Aleksei Ionov going close as the intensity of the game dropped. The 32-year-old Brazilian-born Ariclenes da Silva Ferreira, known as Ari, made his Russia debut but failed to make much of an impact and was substituted early in the second half. Germany, which lost 2-1 in France and 3-0 in the Netherlands in its previous UEFA Nations League games, continues its campaign against the Dutch in Gelsenkirchen on Monday. The Germans are bottom of League A, Group 1 with one point from three games and will be relegated on Friday if the Dutch beat world champion France in Rotterdam......»»

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

Santa’s work begins answering Christmas wish mail in Germany

HIMMELPFORT, Germany --- Santa Claus and his helpers have begun answering Christmas letters from children around the world sent to a special post office in the German town of Himmelpfort. Germany's Deutsche Post said it has already received nearly 12,000 letters to the special office that it opens annually. The longest journey made by a letter so far is from South Africa. All letters received between now and the third Sunday of Advent, December 16, will be personally answered by Santa or one of 20 helpers, who started their work Wednesday, and returned before Christmas. So far requests include traditional wishes like games and books, and more modern items like smartphones and tablet...Keep on reading: Santa’s work begins answering Christmas wish mail in Germany.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 14th, 2018Related News

Filipino musical Marco Polo ends successful preview run in Berlin

BERLIN, Germany – Following well-received preview runs in Manila, Paris, and London, Marco Polo: When You Find Your True Love staged seven shows in the German capital from October 31 to November 4.  The play, set in 1271, tells the story of Venetian merchant and explorer Marco ........»»

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

Germany, France, Britain, U.S. and Saudi Arabia listened to Khashoggi tapes, Erdogan says

Turkey has given recordings on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said. Germany, France, Britain, U.S. and Saudi Arabia listened to Khashoggi tapes, Erdogan says Source link: Germany, France, Britain, U.S. and Saudi Arabia listened to Khashoggi tapes, Erdogan says.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Nov 12th, 2018Related News

Macron, Merkel defend multilaterism as Trump avoids peace forum

The leaders of Germany and France called for a unified approach to fostering world peace at a forum in Paris that was attended by dozens of heads of state and government with one notable exception: U.S. President Donald Trump. Macron, Merkel defend multilaterism as Trump avoids peace forum Source link: Macron, Merkel defend multilaterism as Trump avoids peace forum.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Nov 12th, 2018Related News

They have heard ‘Khashoggi tapes’

ANKARA — Officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey’s president said Saturday, in the first public acknowledgment of the existence of tapes of the slaying. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also told […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsNov 11th, 2018Related News

World War I timeline: From first shot to silence of peace

PARIS --- Unleashed by an archduke's assassination, World War I gradually entangled more and more countries, killing millions of soldiers and civilians and touching several continents. As the world marks 100 years since the fighting stopped, here is a look at some key moments in WWI: 1914 June 28: Serb teenager Gavrilo Princip kills Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand July 28: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia Aug. 1: Germany declares war on Russia Aug. 3: Germany declares war on France Aug. 4: Germany invades Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany Aug. 23: Japan declares war on Germany September: Battle of the Marne stops the German advance in France Oct. 29: Ottoma...Keep on reading: World War I timeline: From first shot to silence of peace.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 11th, 2018Related News

The biggest announcements of Microsoft’s XO18 event

MANILA, Philippines - Microsoft dropped some major announcements on Saturday, November 10, when it kicked off its Xbox fan event, XO18, in Mexico City. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest announcements Microsoft fans should expect on the Xbox. Crackdown 3 After a number of delays, the highly-anticipated ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 11th, 2018Related News

Who are the real monsters in Narcos: Mexico ?

SINGAPORE – In the Narcos universe, things are hardly ever black and white. There's the charismatic Pablo Escobar, who was both hero and devil to many people. There are the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents who, in the name of enforcing the law, sometimes violate it. It's no different in the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 11th, 2018Related News

Erdogan: Saudi, US officials heard tapes of Khashoggi’s killing

ANKARA, Turkey --- Officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey's president said Saturday, in the first public acknowledgment of the existence of tapes of the slaying. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also told reporters that Saudi Arabia had to "act fairly" and disclose those responsible for the Oct. 2 killing of The Washington Post journalist to rid itself of "suspicion." "We gave them the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, the French, to the British, to all of them," Erdogan said before de...Keep on reading: Erdogan: Saudi, US officials heard tapes of Khashoggi’s killing.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 11th, 2018Related News

Letter shows a fearful Einstein long before Nazis’ rise

  JERUSALEM --- More than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country's future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter.   His longtime friend and fellow Jew, German Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau, had just been assassinated by right-wing extremists and police had warned the noted physicist that his life could be in danger too.   So Einstein fled Berlin and went into hiding in northern Germany. It was during this hiatus that he penned a handwritten letter to his beloved younger sister, Maja, warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before th...Keep on reading: Letter shows a fearful Einstein long before Nazis’ rise.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 10th, 2018Related News

DFA rescues distressed OFWs working as truck drivers in Germany, Poland

      At least 40 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) working as truck drivers in Germany and Poland were rescued from "poor working and living conditions," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday. The DFA said in a statement that the rescued OFWs were truck drivers who were recruited in the Philippines. They have already been provided with food and shelter. It is possible that some of the truck drivers were victims of human trafficking, the DFA said. The Philippine embassies in Oslo, Berlin, and Warsaw were reportedly working closely with DFA personnelin extending assistance to the drivers. The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Genev...Keep on reading: DFA rescues distressed OFWs working as truck drivers in Germany, Poland.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 9th, 2018Related News

40 Distressed OFWs in Europe Get Help

Around 40 Filipino truck drivers in Germany and Poland have been rescued from poor living and working conditions by the Philippine government, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday, Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said the DFA is looking into the possibility that some of the drivers were trafficking victims. At present, the Philippine […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsNov 9th, 2018Related News

Canada apologizes for turning away Jews fleeing Nazi Germany

OTTAWA, Canada – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized in parliament on Wednesday, November 7 for Canada's refusal to admit Jewish asylum seekers fleeing Nazi Germany just months before the outbreak of World War II . On May 15, 1939 the ocean liner MS St. Louis departed Germany and crossed ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2018Related News

Migrants Weigh Whether to Stay in Mexico or Trek to US

MEXICO CITY – Central American migrants on Wednesday continued to straggle in for a rest stop at a Mexico City stadium, where about 4,500 continue to weigh offers to stay in Mexico against the desi Source link link: Migrants Weigh Whether to Stay in Mexico or Trek to US.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Nov 8th, 2018Related News