Mali president resigns after detention by military, deepening crisis

first_imgIt was not immediately clear who was leading the revolt, who would govern in Keita’s absence or what the mutineers wanted.Images posted earlier on social media said to be taken at the Kati garrison showed Keita and Cisse surrounded by armed soldiers. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the videos.Mali has seen months of protests against alleged corruption and worsening security in the West African country where Islamist militants are active, and there have been calls for Keita to resign.The M5-RFP coalition behind the protests signaled support for the mutineers’ action, with spokesman Nouhoum Togo telling Reuters it was “not a military coup but a popular insurrection”. Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned on Tuesday and dissolved parliament hours after mutinying soldiers detained him at gunpoint, plunging a country already facing a jihadist insurgency and mass protests deeper into crisis.Looking tired and wearing a surgical mask, Keita resigned in a brief address broadcast on state television after troops seized him along with Prime Minister Boubou Cisse and other top officials.”If today, certain elements of our armed forces want this to end through their intervention, do I really have a choice?” he said from a military base in Kati outside the capital Bamako where he had been detained earlier in the day. Hundreds of anti-government protesters poured into a central square in Bamako to celebrate and cheer the mutineers as they drove through in military vehicles and fired rounds of celebratory gunfire.A mutiny in 2012 at the same Kati base led to a military coup that toppled then-President Amadou Toumani Toure and hastened the fall of Mali’s north to jihadist militants.French forces intervened the following year to beat them back. But the militants have since regrouped and expanded their influence into neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger, attacking soldiers, civilians and Western tourists.International condemnationFrance and other international powers as well as the African Union denounced the mutiny, fearful that Keita’s fall could further destabilize the former French colony and West Africa’s entire Sahel region.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for the immediate release of Keita and the other detainees.”I energetically condemn the arrest of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the prime minister and other members of the Malian government and call for their immediate liberation,” African Union Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Twitter.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France “condemns in the strongest terms this grave event”.The US envoy to the Sahel, J. Peter Pham, said on Twitter that “the US is opposed to all extra-constitutional changes of government”.The Economic Community of West African States condemned “the overthrow by putschist soldiers of the democratically elected government”.In a statement, it ordered the closing of regional borders with Mali and suspension of all financial flows between Mali and its 15 members states.At least 14 people were killed in July in the demonstrations that were called for by a coalition of Keita’s political opponents, religious leaders and civil society activists.Keita had hoped concessions to opponents and recommendations from a mediating delegation of regional leaders would help stem the tide of dissatisfaction, but the protest leaders have rejected proposals to join a power-sharing government.”Whether he’s been arrested or not, what is certain is that his end is near. God is granting our prayers. IBK is finished,” Haidara Assetou Cisse, a teacher, said earlier in the day, referring to Keita by his initials.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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2 dead, 2 injured in North Carolina municipal building shooting

first_img2 people are dead and 2 others have been injured after a shooting at a municipal building in North Carolina.The incident began around 6:40 a.m. Friday at the Joycelyn  V. Johnson Municipal building in Winston- Salem.When authorities arrived at the scene, they reported that they could still hear gun fire coming from inside of the building.Police immediately engaged the gunman identified as 61-year-old Steven DeWayne Haizlip, and fatally injured him in the shootout outside of the building.48-year-old Terry Lee Cobb Jr. who was fatally injured by Haizlip was pronounced dead at the scene. An officer and another employee were also injured by Haizlip and remain in the hospital at this time.Witnesses describe the scene as a workplace dispute between two men who had a longstanding dislike of each other.  They also reported that the suspect and the deceased victim got into an argument on Thursday, just one day before the shooting.Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident, including the discovery that Haizlip was armed with two handguns.This is a developing story.last_img read more

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Aussie teenager sets two world records for football skills

first_imgSydney, July 9: Jeb Hockin, an 18-year-old from rural Australia, has become a double world record holder, demonstrating some truly incredible talents with a football.Hockin set two Guinness world records for a “rabona” style kick, first for hitting the crossbar seven times in a minute, and then scoring a goal from 60 metres on Sunday. The “rabona” kick is “where you put your strong leg, behind your weak leg and kick the ball,” Hockin explained. The teen also became internet famous last week with his “trick shot” videos being shared on the fans’ pages of Manchester United and Real Madrid that have millions of followers.Australia’s lead goal scorer and former English Premier League and Chinese Super League player, Tim Cahill shared his admiration for Hockin in a video, saying “I’ve supported you from the start and it’s great to see you flourish.”Hockin will keep kicking and attempting more records, but for now he is proud of what he has accomplished after a decade of practice.“You start from basically nothing and you build up to all these crazy things,” Hockin said. “It just goes to show anything is possible,” he added. IANSlast_img read more

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Franchise League 3-day tournament

first_imgBaldeo, Ivan hit contrasting centuriesBALCHAND Baldeo and Rajiv Ivan both struck contrasting hundreds as Upper Corentyne closed the second day of their seventh and final round of the Franchise League three-day tournament against Georgetown in a commanding position yesterday at the Port Mourant ground.Baldeo struck 107 off 133 balls, inclusive of 12 fours and two sixes while Ivan hit 102 in 117 balls, with nine fours and three sixes, as the hosts were bowled out for 440 in 91.3 overs.David Latchaya contributed 69 on day two.Bowling for the city side, Shemroy Barrington claimed 6-38 while leg-spinner Steven Sankar took 4-158.Meanwhile, at Everest, East Coast closed the opening day against East Bank on 184-3. Ameer Khan and Kamesh Yadram are unbeaten on 69 and 57 respectively.West Indies youth player Bhaskar Yadram had earlier contributed 38.At Tuschen, Essequibo closed on 124-4.The other seventh round game between hosts West Berbice and Lower Corentyne was abandoned without a ball being bowled at Bush Lot.last_img read more

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SB : Erratic pitching leads to upset loss for Syracuse in opening round of Big East tournament

first_imgSyracuse softball won’t three-peat as Big East champions.In the opening round of Thursday’s Big East tournament, the Orange (40-14, 17-5) could muster only one run in a 2-1 upset loss against St. John’s (22-33, 9-12).SU stranded eight runners in the loss, including the potential tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Left fielder Lisaira Daniels bunted for a single with one out to extend SU’s last inning, but was left on base when right fielder Shirley Daniels struck out and second baseman Stephanie Watts popped out to center to end the game.The loss is a disappointing one for senior catcher Lacey Kohl. SU beat the Red Storm twice in a three game series earlier this season. In those wins, the Orange scored double digit runs.But when the stakes were higher, that same Red Storm team was able to limit SU hitters to seven singles and only one run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s like (hitting) coach King told us, we hit for extra bases,’ Kohl said.’We’re not going to win games with seven singles.’Especially not when ace Jenna Caira has an off day. The senior pitcher struggled to hit her spots all game and issued four walks.Caira’s costliest walk started the fifth inning. Locked in a scoreless pitcher’s duel with Red Storm pitcher Ashley Beza, Caira walked leadoff hitter Michelle Tilson. Tilson reached second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a single, and scored the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly by Chrissy Montez.Stacy Kuwik replaced Caira in the sixth inning, but wild pitches still haunted SU. With the bases loaded and no one out, Red Storm catcher Kacee Cox scored from third base after Kuwik misfired.Kuwik didn’t allow a hit in the final two innings she pitched, but St. John’s was able to tack on a crucial insurance run. And in a close game against a sputtering SU offense, Kohl said that run was the difference between an SU win and an upset loss.SU now has to hope that its 40-win season will be enough to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The 64-team field will be announced on Sunday night at 9 p.m.Kohl said SU’s next opponent will face an Orange team with a chip on its shoulder because of the loss to the Red Storm.‘That third ring would’ve been great,’ Kohl said. ‘But we’re focused on Sunday and what happens after. They will pay for what we went through today.’nctoney@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on May 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more

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Men’s golf team not satisfied with solid start

first_img‘Disappointing’ is the word used most often by members of the No. 10 USC men’s golf team to describe their early play.That might seem like a misnomer, given the team’s lofty ranking and the formidable schedule they have had to navigate thus far, but USC coach Chris Zambri has built a program in which winning tournaments is the expectation.“We need to start finishing higher in fields,” Zambri said. “Finishing in the middle of a field is not what we ever want to do. I’m looking forward to [the next tournament], and I hope these guys start playing the way I know they can.”The Trojans have their next opportunity to please their coach this weekend at the Prestige Tournament in La Quinta, Calif. In a familiar refrain for the Trojans, the field will once again be populated by a number of top programs, including No. 5 Washington, No. 6 Stanford and No. 20 Texas Christian University.“Coach’s expectations are obviously really high because every year he’s had a very competitive team that’s been in the top three or four in the country,” freshman Martin Trainer said. “He wants to win every tournament.”Trainer has been a bright spot for USC this season. With a pair of top-20 finishes under his belt, the freshman has quickly adapted to the collegiate game. Now Zambri is waiting for the rest of the team to step up.“The best thing that has happened so far is Martin has shown he can play high-level college golf,” Zambri said. “I know we have other guys who have done that or who I’m very confident will do that. If we can add another guy to the mix like we have with Martin, that’s a great thing.”Chief among those players is junior Matthew Giles, who struggled enormously in his last tournament. The returning All-American had a strong qualifying round this week leading up to the tournament, giving his coach some reassurance.“I’m standing on the 18th tee at Trump right now and Matthew is 6-under par at a really good golf course,” Zambri said on Wednesday. “We need a guy like Matthew to just do his thing. We need him playing like he can play.”If Giles cannot carry the team, then the burden will likely fall on Trainer, who, in typical fashion for this team, is embarrased with his play thus far.“Even though I have some pretty decent finishes, I feel like my game is at a much higher level than what my scores [have] shown,” he said.Trainer said the team needs more consistent play if they want to reach their potential.“Consistency is the most important thing,” he said. “Every single guy can go out there and shoot a good round, but it’s a team event and we need four good scores out of five. We haven’t had four good ones at the same time yet.”The Trojans might not have played up to their capabilities yet this season but that does not mean morale is low. In fact, Zambri said the team is not even down about their mediocre results so far.“We’d be really down if we thought we played well and finished seventh or eighth, but I don’t think we’ve played worth a darn yet,” he said.Opening round play at the Prestige starts Sunday. The tournament will conclude Tuesday morning.last_img read more

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USC’s defense seeks more consistency

first_imgBefore every USC football season, the athletic department plasters action photographs of the team’s premier players on a poster that advertises the season schedule.Choosing the faces of the Trojans’ defense was presumably a bit thornier this season than in years past. Junior safety T.J. McDonald was a no-brainer considering in 2010 he led the team in tackles and notched three interceptions in the process of becoming an All-Pac-10 second team honoree. Choosing a second player to pair with him proved more difficult, however, but the department settled on senior defensive tackle Christian Tupou, who, despite being a three-year starter entering the season, sat out all of last year after tearing ligaments in his left knee in the 2010 spring game.Baby steps · Junior safety T.J. McDonald is part of a secondary that allows opposing quarterbacks to throw for 10 more yards per game compared with last year. The rush defense, however, is allowing opposing tailbacks to run for 41 fewer rushing yards per game. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanThough many players flashed with potential entering 2011, many needed to convert promise into consistent production. So far in 2011, the defensive results have been mixed.“We had a good week of practice before Cal, and we hit two pretty good teams in Arizona and Arizona State and we didn’t play very well,” USC assistant coach Monte Kiffin said. “That combination obviously wasn’t very good. But we’ve challenged ourselves, and we’re gaining more confidence.”Despite Kiffin’s optimism, the statistics do not indicate substantial improvement over last year’s defense that ranked 84th in overall defense and 109th in passing defense, surrendering nearly 260 passing yards per game and a 59.9 opposing quarterback completion percentage. This season’s pass defense is statistically worse, as USC’s opponents have averaged 271.7 passing yards per game with a 64.7 completion percentage. To USC’s credit, the defense is allowing 41 fewer rushing yards per game in 2011 (140.5 yards per game in 2010 compared to 99.5 yards per game in 2011).What is most troubling about these statistics is they do not yet include three of the most potent offenses USC will face this season: Notre Dame, Stanford and Oregon. The Fighting Irish possess one of the most balanced attacks in the nation, ranking 29th in passing yards and 29th in rushing yards in the FBS and scoring 32.3 points per game.“Notre Dame’s offense is really good,” Kiffin said. “You can’t be more balanced than they are. Last year they were more of a passing team, but they’ve developed a pretty good running team this year.”Though the defensive numbers appear grizzly, there are certain developments that indicate USC might be due for a defensive resurgence. Certain USC players at critical positions who have battled bouts of inconsistency are beginning to show upticks in their play.Redshirt junior defensive end Wes Horton, who registered only his second sack of the season in the waning minutes of the game against Cal, indicated pass rushing is predicated on confidence — something he might have regained against Cal.“There were two or three games where I had a stretch with no sacks and confidence is huge when it comes to being a pass rusher,” Horton said. “When I did get that sack, it definitely boosted my confidence going into this week and knowing I can beat these tackles. I knew I could beat them before, but it gets me even more confident.”The cornerback and safety positions opposite sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey and McDonald have proved almost patchwork in the last two seasons, as USC has shuffled numerous players through spots.After all, teams will continue to shy away from Robey’s and McDonald’s territories and instead test their counterparts until other players in the secondary prove they possess similar playmaking ability.Junior cornerback Isiah Wiley, after predominantly playing special teams this season, will assume the role of starting cornerback opposite Robey, at least until redshirt sophomore cornerback Torin Harris returns from a shoulder injury. Listed at 6-foot-1, Wiley, who registered five tackles and one pass break-up against Cal, offers a more physical complement to the 5-foot-8 Robey, and will likely guard Notre Dame’s elite wide receiver Michael Floyd, who is listed at 6-foot-3.“I thought I played well, but I could have done a couple of things better out there,” Wiley said. “Once I got more reps, I started reacting faster. Starting off, it was almost like a shock to my system because I’m used to playing with athletes who aren’t as good as me in junior college, but once I got here, all of the athletes are good.”Junior safety Jawanza Starling, who has sometimes struggled with tackling — notably against Arizona State on 70-yard touchdown run by running back Cameron Marshall — was praised for what Kiffin termed his “best game as a Trojan” against Cal.“I left one, if not two, interceptions out there,” Starling said. “I still got room to improve a bit. You can’t be satisfied with just one game. Every week I’ve gotten better at understanding my responsibilities and my role. Wherever I am, I still need to make plays. Not having any missed tackles was big for me.”Despite looking impressive at times this year, the defense understands it needs to get better, starting  Saturday against the Fighting Irish.“We have to make sure the younger guys realize the importance of this tradition and make sure that there is a sense of urgency this week,” Horton said. “It’s a huge game. [Notre Dame] beat us last year in the Coliseum. I think a lot of people were embarrassed after that game, so we have to go up and make plays this weekend.”last_img read more

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Trojans win 16-inning game at Washington to tie series

first_imgAfter battling 16 innings in what was the longest recorded game in the history of USC baseball,  the Trojans (21-6) managed to defeat the Washington Huskies 3-2 after a scoreless game through the 16th inning, tying the series at 1-1.USC earned this impressive win at Huskie Stadium after suffering a disappointing loss the night before, falling 5-1 as the Trojans failed to find their offense.During Friday’s game, the Trojans were held to just one run for the first time all year. The Trojans got on board in the third inning as junior AJ Ramirez led off the inning with a double to right field. Redshirt sophomore Reggie Southall offered a sacrifice bunt, and then Ramirez came home on an RBI single from redshirt sophomore Bobby Stahel.After gaining an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third, the Trojans allowed the five subsequent Husky runs to go unanswered. The Huskies came away with the game during the bottom of the sixth when shortstop Chris Baker smacked a first-pitch homerun out to left field, bringing in three runs and putting the Huskies in the 5-1 lead.Trojan reliever junior Brooks Kriske entered to relieve starter junior Brent Wheatley (2-1) with one out and a runner on third and was able to make two outs without any further damage.On Saturday, the Trojans once again struggled to get hot behind the plate before rallying in the top of the 16th inning, highlighted by a key single from sophomore Corey Dempster that gave the Trojans the 1-0 lead. Junior Timmy Robinson then followed with a two RBI single that put USC in a 3-0 lead. These three runs were essential, given the Huskies threatened a comeback in the bottom of the inning with a   two-run homer from infielder Brandon Bishop to pull within one.Despite the Trojans’ inability to score runs through the majority of the game, head coach Dan Hubbs believes today’s win displays the tenacity and resilience of his team.“Coming out with [Saturday’s] win really shows the resolve of this team,” Hubbs said. “We had a tough loss [Friday] and we had to scrape and claw to get the win. We didn’t have the best offensive game, we hit some balls that didn’t fall and it would’ve been really easy to get frustrated. It shows a lot of mental toughness to fight through offensive problems.”The Trojan defense, which has seen some problems so far this season, really stepped up during Saturday’s match to hold the Huskies to zero runs through 16 innings. Junior starter Kyle Twomey went seven complete innings, striking out four and stranding multiple Husky runners to keep them off the board.Hubbs echoes the fact that his defense managed to compensate for a less than impressive offensive showing.“So far this season our defense has been able to slide a little bit because we’ve been able to put a good number of runs of the board, but that wasn’t the case on [Saturday] and it says a lot that our guys were able to respond to the challenge,” Hubbs said. “Blake Lacey made two really huge defensive plays that basically saved the game. The game says a lot of what we’re capable of defensively.”Junior Tyler Gilbert threw two scoreless innings for the Trojans before giving way to junior Marc Hubberman, who threw the first one, two, three inning of the game in the 12th for the Trojans and threw a career-high 6.2 innings with five strikeouts.Given the Trojans’ trouble with the bullpen coming through and preventing runs so far this season, both Friday and Saturday’s games reflect improvement and resolve.“Between Gilbert and Hubberman, there was basically a complete game threw by the relievers,” Hubbs said. “For the rest of the season, I think we’re really going to need more of what we saw this weekend. We just need to keep improving in the pen and continue to do a good job like we have this weekend.”Hubbs believes that to carry on the Trojans’ success in the weeks ahead, the team needs to continue to push themselves on offense.“We need to do a better job of getting pitches to hit and executing,” Hubbs said. “Conditions were tough this past week with a ton of wind and the guys were trying to do much with the ball and were then unable to get on base. If we can do a better job of being able to fight through difficult conditions, we’ll be able to keep securing wins.”The Trojans return to Dedeaux Field on Tuesday to host the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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Report on doping at Sochi to be published today

first_imgRussia could face a complete Olympic ban if allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are proven today.An independent commission, set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency, is investigating claims of a former anti-doping chief who alleged dozens of athletes, including at least 15 medallists at the 2014 Winter Olympics, were part of an extensive state-run doping programme.Russian track and field athletes are currently banned from international competition, including the Rio Olympics but individual athletes can compete as neutrals if they prove they are clean.last_img read more

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