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Vunipola has knee surgery, faces 6 Nations fitness battle

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LONDON (AP) — England No. 8 Billy Vunipola faces a battle to be fit to play any part in the Six Nations after undergoing knee surgery that has ruled him out for at least three months.

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Vietnam attends APEC transport workshop in Mexico

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NDO/VNA – Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong attended an Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) workshop on attracting private investment in road and railway transport infrastructure in Mexico on July 20.

Image : M'Poku gets his 1st goal for Panathinaikos in win vs Iraklis

M'Poku gets his 1st goal for Panathinaikos in win vs Iraklis

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Panathinaikos kept the pressure on rival Olympiakos after grabbing two second-half goals in a five-minute span to beat last-placed Iraklis 2-0 in the Greek league on Sunday.

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Stokes wants fans to fall in love with England again

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Stokes wants fans to fall in love with England again

London (AFP) - Ben Stokes chose Valentine's Day to send a message to England fans vowing to make them fall in love with the Test side again.

Alastair Cook's five-year reign as England captain came to an end with the opener's resignation last week.

Joe Root, 26 was named as Cook's successor on Monday, with fellow young gun Stokes his vice-captain.

Talented Yorkshire batsman Root and dynamic all-rounder Stokes are both renowned for their positive play, with the Durham star keen that England champion a more aggressive brand of cricket than was sometimes the case in the more 'by the book' reign of Cook.

"We need people to fall in love with it again," said Stokes ahead of Root's first press conference as England captain on Wednesday.

"We need to win but we want to perform in a manner that makes people want to come and watch us.

"Every team goes through transition but I hope we can be influential in taking the team forward. Cooky started us on that path, Rooty was part of that as vice-captain and now we can carry that on.

"We have the same direction of where we want to take the team."

Stokes, 25, was one of several players interviewed by England team chief Andrew Strauss, himself a former Test skipper, although Root was the obvious choice to succeed Cook after serving as his vice-captain.

"I've always believed that Rooty was going to be captain," said Stokes. "He's the right person and the best person to do it. He's a colleague but also a close mate...I couldn't be more pleased for him.

"The biggest thing is having respect of the people you are in charge of. He has that and respect goes a long way," he added.

As for his own promotion, Stokes said: "Getting the news that I would be his vice-captain made me ecstatic.

"It's a real honour, it's England vice-captain, it's supporting Rooty, but it's also the recognition from him and the people at the top of the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board)

"Everything I do is to win and being vice-captain won't change me as a person or as a player," insisted the fiery Stokes.

"I want to be involved in all aspects of the game, whether it's hitting the winning runs or taking the final wicket.

"Being vice-captain I will have to bring a mental and supportive side too. If I am not involved in the game then I will have to add my tactical input."

Moldova faces 'east-west' presidential run-off

Chisinau (AFP) - Moldova's presidential election is set to go to a second round, preliminary results showed Monday, after the leading pro-Russian candidate failed to secure an outright win in the ex-Soviet state.Moldova went to the polls Sunday in its first popular presidential election since the 1990s, seen as a tug-of-war between supporters of closer relations with Russia and those seeking EU integration.With nearly 100 percent of the ballots counted on Monday, pro-Moscow candidate Igor Dodon… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Canada spy official doubts intelligence-sharing under Trump: report

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian official who oversees the country's spies says Ottawa may have to rethink how it provides intelligence to the United States, given incoming President Donald Trump's views on torture, a newspaper reported on Thursday.Canada is a member of the so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network, including the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.Michael Doucet, executive director of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), said Canada did not… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Vietnam’s milk coffee, the drink the U.S. President wants to try

US President Barack Obama expressed his wish to try Vietnam's iced milk coffee in his visit to Vietnam. This is a drink praised by many international travel magazines and tourists. Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi on May 23, President Obama said he might enjoy iced milk coffee. He would also bring his wife and children to Vietnam for travel after retirement. The drink Obama mentioned is one of the specialties that have always been favored by international travelers to Vietnam, and… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Marianne Faithfull pays homage to Paris victims at Bataclan

Paris (AFP) - British singer and 60s icon Marianne Faithfull paid homage to the victims of last year's Paris attacks in a concert at the Bataclan, singing a song she wrote about the tragedy."For me, this is an important concert, there are lots of things which I must mourn... through music and through words," Faithfull, 69, clad all in black and supporting herself with a cane, told the crowd.She kicked off the concert -- held in the same venue where jihadists massacred 90 people in November 2015… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Selanne, Jets top Oilers 6-5 in Heritage Classic alumni game

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Finnish Flash was back at in front of his loving Winnipeg Jets fans.Teemu Selanne scored his second goal on a penalty shot with 4 second left to give the Jets a 6-5 victory over Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers in the Heritage Classic alumni game at Investors Group Field.Selanne, retired for two seasons, beat goalie Curtis Joseph between the pads for the winner.Kris King also scored twice for the Jets, tying it in the third. Selanne opened the scoring on… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

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