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Has Mourinho lost battle with Guardiola?

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho went through his full range of brave faces as he looked at Manchester City disappearing into the distance at Old Trafford. City’s 2-1 win in the derby on Sunday, more convincing than that scoreline suggests, means they are now 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League after ending United and Mourinho’s 40-game unbeaten run at home. Mourinho, understandably, said United would continue to fight for every point in the battle to peg City back – but the body language of everyone inside the ‘Theatre Of Dreams’ at the final whistle suggested something...

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Venezuela opposition banned from polls

Reports say Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has banned the country’s main opposition parties from taking part in next year’s presidential election. It is reported that Mr Maduro said only parties which took part in Sunday’s mayoral polls would be able to contest the presidency. Leaders from the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties boycotted the vote because they said the electoral system was biased. President Maduro insists the Venezuelan system is entirely trustworthy. In a speech on Sunday, he said the opposition parties had “disappeared from the political map”. “A party that has not participated today and...

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Chinese boy (13) ‘decapitates mother, posts video’

Reports say a 13-year-old Chinese boy has been arrested for allegedly killing his mother and chopping off her head. The boy reportedly filmed the murder and sent the clip to friends via popular messaging app WeChat. He was arrested several days later after a friend showed the clip to his mother. The incident took place in the town of Wenxing in Sichuan province. Local police confirmed the case but gave no further details, saying it was still being investigated. The boy killed his mother after a quarrel on Sunday night, reported Radio Free Asia, citing local sources. He then...

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Kurdish forces repel Isis militants

Syria’s main Kurdish forces say they have successfully cleared areas east of the Euphrates river of Islamic state militants, with help from the US-led coalition and Russian forces. The announcement after US defence secretary James Mattis said Washington will stop arming the forces as offensive operations come to an end. Noureddine Mahmoud, spokesperson for the people’s defense units, and the backbone of the US-backed Syrian democratic forces, praised US and Russian air and logistical support as well as ground operations coordination.  He said his forces are ready to form joint operation rooms with the different partners to complete the...

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Boko Haram founder’s home turned into museum

Reports from Abuja say the home of the founder of Nigeria’s Islamism militant group Boko Haram is to be turned into a museum in the hope it will boost tourism in the area. Borno State is also considering plans to transform the Sambisa forest, which is the group’s base, into a tourist centre, but critics say the plans risk immortalising founder Mohammed Yusuf. Human rights lawyer Anthony Agholahon said authorities should look for a place like the police college, which the group destroyed, not to use the house of someone who killed people. About 20 000 people have been...

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