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Liverpool seal Firmino deal

Liverpool seal Firmino deal

​Liverpool have completed the signing of Brazil forward Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim in a £21.3m deal. Formerly with Figueirense in Brazil, Firmino can play anywhere across the front three, and is currently on Copa America duty with Brazil. Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre flew to Chile to get the deal done, and did so in [&hellip

Pakistan heatwave toll tops 700

Pakistan heatwave toll tops 700

​The death toll from a severe heatwave hitting Pakistan’s southern Sindh Province has risen to over 700, with medics struggling to treat patients as a state of emergency is in place in hospitals. Local media outlets quoting Pakistani officials say the figure has climbed to over 740, adding that the number of fatalities may rise [&hellip

US deploying heavy weaponry near Russia

US deploying heavy weaponry near Russia

​The Pentagon chief says the United States will deploy heavy military equipment in several Eastern European countries to boost NATO presence there, amid standoff with Russia over Ukraine. Speaking at a joint press conference with three Baltic defense ministers in Tallinn, Estonia, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Tuesday Washington will spread about 250 [&hellip

‘Russia urges enforcement of Ukraine deal’

‘Russia urges enforcement of Ukraine deal’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the agreement reached on the Ukrainian crisis in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk in February must be fully implemented. “The whole package of measures from February 12 [the Minsk agreement] remains in force exactly as a package,” Lavrov said early on Wednesday, following a meeting of foreign ministers [&hellip

‘NSA spied on 3 French presidents’

‘NSA spied on 3 French presidents’

​The US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the last three presidents of France from 2006 until 2012, according to newly released documents from the WikiLeaks whistleblower website. The NSA wiretapped former French presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy as well the current leader Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, [&hellip

Europe and Greece inch forward on debt deal

Europe and Greece inch forward on debt deal

​EU leaders were meeting in Brussels for a last-ditch attempt to save Greece from leaving the eurozone. While largely welcoming Greece’s commitments, there seemed to be little enthusiasm for its debt repayment plans. Eurozone leaders said they hoped to finally seal a Greek bailout deal this week to save Athens from default and from a possible exit from [&hellip

Saudis warned on sharing ‘faked’ docs

Saudis warned on sharing ‘faked’ docs

​Saudi Arabia has warned its citizens against sharing possibly “faked” documents, after whistleblower website WikiLeaks published a trove of over 60,000 purported secret diplomatic communications of the oil-rich monarchy. The Saudi Foreign Ministry issued the warning in a Saturday statement posted on its Twitter account, without directly disputing the authenticity of the documents. The statement [&hellip

US: Russia going backward under Putin

US: Russia going backward under Putin

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter says Russia will continue to go “backward” under President Vladimir Putin, while Washington and NATO are preparing military for the prospect of longer rift with Moscow. “The United States at least continues to hold out the prospect that Russia, maybe not under Vladimir Putin, but maybe sometime in the future, [&hellip

Brazil reach Copa America knockout stage

Brazil reach Copa America knockout stage

Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino scored in each half to seal Brazil’s place at the quarter-final stage of the Copa America as they defeated Venezuela. Silva volleyed home a corner from Robinho – starting in place of Neymar following his tournament ban – early on before Firmino converted Willian’s cross, with Miku scoring a consolation. [&hellip

American Muslims rally for peace

American Muslims rally for peace

American Muslims have held a rally to show solidarity with families of the victims of a shooting at a black church in South Carolina. The event, called “Unity Walk for Peace”, was organized by the Central Mosque of Charleston on Sunday in honor of the six women and three men who lost their lives in [&hellip