Saturday 14 November 2015

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic threatens to quit international football after criticising Serbia teammates

Nemanja Matic has threatened to quit the Serbia national team after criticising his teammates following their 4-1 thrashing by the Czech Republic on Friday.

The defeat in Ostrava handed Serbia their second consecutive loss and came after the nation failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championships following their fourth-placed finish in their group.

And Matic admitted after the friendly game against the Czech Republic he had warned Serbia coach Radovan Curcic he could retire from international football because of concerns about his compatriots' attitude both on and off the pitch.

ISIS claims credit for Paris attacks

ISIS has reportedly claimed credit for the attacks separately in a statement it released in Arabic and French. Another statement claimed to be from ISIS reads: "Our brothers who carried out these miracles in Gaul, the day of 29th and 30th Muharram."

The dates mentioned are related to the Islamic calendar and correspond to Nov. 12 and Nov. 13, respectively. The statement is being credited to the official media wing of ISIS, known as the Al-Hayat Media Center, which warns: "Today we bring you your death, and tomorrow we will do the same." 

French President blames Islamic State group for Paris attacks

French President Francois Hollande on Saturday blamed the Islamic State group for the attacks in Paris that left at least 128 dead, calling them an "act of war"

The multiple attacks across the city late Friday were "an act of war... committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State, against France, against... what we are, a free country," Hollande said.

What President Obama said on the Situation in Paris

Good evening everybody. I just want to make a few brief comments about the attacks across Paris tonight. Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share. We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally. 

Exclusive: How I met Bola Tinubu - Fashola

In an excerpts from an interview published in “Asiwaju: Untold Story of The Leader”, a special publication of TheNEWS the newly appointed Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola explains how he first met his mentor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Q: When and how did you meet Senator Bola Tinubu? What was your first impression of him?

A: That is an invitation to walk down memory lane. I think it must have been 1990 or 1991. He was treasurer in Mobil, then. His office was at the Bookshop House at CMS on Odunlami Street. I didn’t directly meet him. I had seen him at parties, but we never met. At that time, I was a senior associate at the law firm of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe and Belgore, where I was practising. Wale Tinubu, his nephew, came to join the law firm, then. He was always mentioning “Uncle Bola”, and one day, he said: ‘’let’s go and see my uncle.” We got there and went out to
lunch with him. That was then I could say we formally met.

Police Report : At Least 120 Dead, 200 injured In Paris Attacks

It's a sad day in France as at least 120 people and as many as 160 were killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, including at least 100 in a packed concert hall. Coming 10 months after a dozen people were killed at the offices of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, It was the deadliest violence in the French capital since World War II.

Reports on the number of casualties vary, but French police have confirmed at least 120 dead and more than 200 wounded.