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  • TEAM NEWS: Neymar, Iniesta & Rakitic all benched for Barcelona against Las Palmas


    Arda Turan and Rafael Alcantara have come in for Luis Enrique's side, while Aleix Vidal receives a rare chance to impress from the start


    Luis Enrique has opted to leave Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic on the bench for Barcelona against Las Palmas as he reshuffles his pack.

    Why Zidane is right to bench Ronaldo

    The La Liga champions host the Canary Islanders hoping to temporarily close the gap at the top of the table to two points with Real Madrid, who face Sevilla on Sunday.

    Las Palmas are punching above their weight and currently sit eighth, though Enrique seems undeterred as he hands his bit-part players some game time.

    Aleix Vidal receives his second league start for just the second time since last October, completing the backline alongside Samuel Umtiti who replaces Gerard Pique - omitted from the squad altogether.


    Andre Gomes and Rafael Alcantara flank Sergio Busquets and support an attacking triumvirate consisting of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Arda Turan.

    Lucas Perez showing that Arsenal never needed Jamie Vardy

    Messi will be seeking a career-first La Liga goal against Las Palmas, who can call on Kevin-Prince Boateng - the midfielder scoring twice in six appearances against Barcelona while with AC Milan - in the centre of the park.

    Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Mascherano, Umtiti, Alba; Gomes, Busquets, Rafael; Messi, Suarez, Arda

    Subs: Rakitic, Cillessen, Digne, Neymar, Iniesta, Alcacer, Mathieu

    Las Palmas XI: Varas, Macedo, Lemos, Garcia, Oliveira Lopes; Viera, Mesa, Gomez; Boateng; El Zhar, Dominguez

    Subs: Lizoain, Montoro, Artiles, Momo, Simon, Livaja, Garcia



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  • Egypt's Sisi and South Sudan's Kiir strike 'dirty deal'


    South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo to discuss strengthening ties between the two African nations.

    Kiir thanked the Egyptian president on Tuesday for backing his government and said a peace deal signed to end his country's civil war was alive and being implemented, Egyptian state media reported.

    Kiir said he had rejected attempts by unnamed parties to renegotiate the August 2015 deal, adding that he and his number two - First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai - were working "very closely" together.

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  • Africa Business Forum Holds in Addis Ababa




    The fifth edition of the Africa Business Forum will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 1, 2017. This will be the second time the event would hold in Ethiopia, under the Patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi, one of the largest investors in Africa, Forbes ranked billionaire and Ethiopia’s biggest employer.

    Prior to the conference, the Africa Business Forum’s B2B Investment Meeting will be held on the 25th January 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Center Tower, to welcome potential investors to Africa.
    Since its creation in 2014, the forum has become one of the most important bi-annual gatherings in Africa and the Middle East.

    A statement from the organisers stressed that the Africa Business Forum presents an invaluable opportunity for investors to connect with clients from across industries and from around the world


    An opportunity to maximise market share by building connections with African customers and partners. The conference will host distinguished panelists and speakers, including ambassadors, high government officials, business leaders, investors and CEOs,” it added.

    Keynote speakers and conference panelists include: Fitsum Arega – Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Commission – Ethiopia Government; Belachew Fikre – Deputy Commissioner – Ethiopian Investment Commission – Ethiopia Government; Yohannes Tilahun – Former CEO to General Electric (Ethiopia) and Adviser to the commissioner at Ethiopian Investment Commission; Zemedeneh Negatu Country Managing Partner for EY (Ernest & Young) Ethiopia, and among “The Top 15 CEOs of Africa to watch in 2015ˮ by the London-based African Business magazine.

    Others include Johnny Muteba – CEO, Pan African Chamber of Commerce; Craig Bridgman – Former Global Head of Investment Banking for Clarkson Capital Markets, currently Executive Chairman of East Africa Oil Field Services and Founder of Adamantine Energy and who sits on a number of advisory boards; Seyoum Bereded – CEO Consopia Consulting Services and President of the ICT Association of Ethiopia, among others.

    “We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this unique conference,” the founder and Chairman of Africa Business Forum, Rashed Ahmed said.

    “We look forward to bringing together the many business leaders and offering international companies considerable opportunities to enter and become successful in one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The 5th Africa Business Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is an incredible convening center for global stakeholders and an opportunity to share perspectives on the issues facing global business and beyond,” Ahmed added.








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  • Sir Mo Farah given 'wake-up call' with rare defeat at Edinburgh Cross Country


    Sir Mo Farah (centre) was competing for the first time since his knighthood  CREDIT: PA

    Sir Mo Farah has urged his supporters not to worry about a first competitive defeat by a fellow Briton in seven years, insisting it has given him a “wake-up call” following a poor training stint.

    A severely undercooked Farah struggled home in seventh place atSaturday’s Edinburgh Cross Country as British team-mate Callum Hawkins came within a whisker of victory, missing out by just one second to American Leonard Korir.

    Competing for the first time since he was knighted in the New Year Honours list, the defeat was Farah’s first against another British athlete since the same event in 2010, although he also finished behind boxer Anthony Joshua over 100 metres in the BBC television show Superstars after the London 2012 Olympics.

     Understandably downbeat after Saturday’s race, Farah revealed he was only “65 to 70 per cent” fit and was adamant he would use the poor performance as motivation.

    “It definitely fires me up,” he said. “It gives me a little wake-up call. “It shows me, no matter what, if you are Olympic champion, world champion, that if you haven’t done the work, you will get beat.


    “It’s as easy as that and the last couple of weeks haven’t gone as well as I wanted.

    Don’t worry. Mo knows.” MORE... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2017/01/08/sir-mo-farah-given-wake-up-call-rare-defeat-edinburgh-cross/

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