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Istanbul Basaksehir bench Ba and Ponck for PSG clash
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Istanbul Basaksehir bench Ba and Ponck for PSG clash

The Africans did not make the Turkish outfit’s starting XI for Wednesday’s Champions League game against the Parisians Istanbul Basaksehir take on Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Senegal’s Demba Ba and Cape Verde’s Carlos Ponck excluded from the starting XI. The reigning Turkish Super Lig kings would be hoping to make a winning home debut in the competition against the French team who finished as 2019-20 runners-up. To achieve this, manager Okan Buruk has decided to start the duo as a substitute, while Nigeria’s Okechukwu Azubuike is ruled out due to injury.
Manchester City ‘were left behind’ by Liverpool this season, admits Gundogan
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Manchester City ‘were left behind’ by Liverpool this season, admits Gundogan

The Turkish midfielder says the reigning Premier League champions have failed to match the standards of previous years under Pep Guardiola Ilkay Gundogan has admitted that Manchester City "were left behind" by Liverpool in the title race this season. Pep Guardiola guided City to a third Premier League crown in 2017-18, as his side blew away the competition to set a new all-time points record of 100. The Blues retained their crown the following season after edging a tense race ahead of Liverpool, who ultimately missed out on English football's top prize by a single point. City were tipped by many to continue their dominance, but the Reds are on the verge of knocking them off their perch after winning 27 of their 29 fixtures so far this season.
Super Eagles Star Ogenyi Onazi Signs for Turkish Club Denizlispor from Trabzonspor
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Super Eagles Star Ogenyi Onazi Signs for Turkish Club Denizlispor from Trabzonspor

Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi has signed for another Turkish football club, Denizlispor from Trabzonspor after his contract was terminated. The Black Sea club said on their website on Wednesday that Onazi's deal was ended by mutual termination so he became a free agent. As soon as the statement was put out, rival club Denizlispor announced that they have secured the signing of the former Lazio star. The 27-year-old also took to Instagram to confirm his transfer and shared photos of himself and the club officials inking the deal He wrote in his caption: 'The year started with BLESSING.. Denizli I am here.. let’s make the difference. I can’t wait for my first game'  
Samuel Kalu’s strike not enough as Bordeaux succumb to Galatasaray
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Samuel Kalu’s strike not enough as Bordeaux succumb to Galatasaray

The Super Eagles forward scored a second-half effort as the Navy blue and Whites suffered their fourth defeat in five games Samuel Kalu was on target in Girondins de Bordeaux’s 3-1 loss to Galatasaray in a pre-season friendly game on Sunday. The 21-year-old, who was part of Nigeria’s bronze-winning squad in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, returned in time for the French Ligue 1 side to feature in the encounter, where he made his presence felt, scoring a consolatory goal. After back-to-back pre-season defeats to RB Leipzig and Augsburg, the Turkish outfit started the encounter on an impressive note, with former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel scoring the opener only seven minutes into the game.
Gervinho bags brace as Trabzonspor hold Parma
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Gervinho bags brace as Trabzonspor hold Parma

The Cote d’Ivoire international scored twice as the Yellow and Blues were forced to share the points with the Black Sea Storm Gervinho scored both goals for Parma in their 2-2 draw with Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor in a pre-season friendly game on Saturday. The 32-year-old forward, who notched in 11 league goals last season for the Yellow and Blues, continued from where he stopped with an impressive performance against Unal Karaman’s side. Gervinho opened the scoring in the 16th minute of the encounter but the lead was short-lived as Joao Pereira levelled for the Black Sea Storm six minutes later.
Turkish club Genclerbirligi sign Senegal’s Zargo Toure from Trabzonspor
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Turkish club Genclerbirligi sign Senegal’s Zargo Toure from Trabzonspor

The Senegal international has agreed to a deal which will keep him at the Eryaman Stadium until 2021 Newly promoted Turkish Super Lig club Genclerbirligi have signed Zargo Toure from Trabzonspor. The 29-year-old defender put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Eryaman Stadium outfit for an undisclosed fee. Toure made 27 league appearances for Trabzonspor, helping them to keep six clean sheets as they finished fourth on the Super League table in the 2018/19 season.
Galatasaray confirm talks to sign Jean Michael Seri
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Galatasaray confirm talks to sign Jean Michael Seri

Galatasaray have confirmed that they are in negotiations with Fulham to sign Jean Michael Seri on loan. The Turkish champions are set to beat Serie A outfits AC Milan and Roma to the signing of the Ivorian midfielder who is keen on top-flight football following Fulham's relegation to the Championship.  
Galatasaray, Everton target Delph must demand Man City move
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Galatasaray, Everton target Delph must demand Man City move

Fabian Delph must make a transfer request if he wants to leave Manchester City. The Manchester Evening News says City are keen to keep Delph this summer despite countless rumours linking him with a move away from the Etihad this summer. Delph endured a difficult campaign this past season, with injuries and form limiting him to just 20 appearances, with his final game coming in the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. The 29-year-old has also seen significant competition arrive in his two main positions, left-back and defensive midfield, this summer in the form of new arrivals Angelino and Rodri. Delph's four year stay at City could yet come to an end this summer, with Everton and Turkish giants Galatasaray being heavily linked. &nb...
Aston Villa prepare move for Egypt star Trezeguet
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Aston Villa prepare move for Egypt star Trezeguet

Aston Villa are preparing an offer for Egyptian star Mahmoud Trezeguet. The attacker, who was named after the legendary French striker of the same last name, is enjoying a successful African Cup of Nations. And The Sun claims that Villa could seal an £8 million deal to bring the Egyptian from Turkish side Kasimpasa. Trezeguet operates as a winger at the Turkish club, netting nine goals in 29 league games last term. Villa plan to use him in more central areas, but appreciate the versatility he would bring to the squad. They hope to conclude a deal for the 24-year-old in the coming weeks.  
Everton winger Bolasie set for Turkey move after Africa Cup of Nations
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Everton winger Bolasie set for Turkey move after Africa Cup of Nations

The DR Congo international is poised for a permanent transfer away from Goodison Park this summer and has three Super Lig teams showing an interest Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is set to leave the Premier League this summer, with Turkey his expected destination after he has played at the Africa Cup of Nations. Goal can confirm that three Turkish sides are showing considerable interest in the Democratic Republic of Congo international, who has had two loan spells away from Everton since signing for the club in 2016. The current league champions Galatasaray are joined by Istanbul rivals Besiktas, as well as Trabzonspor in vying for Bolasie’s signature.
What does Henry Onyekuru need to thrive at Bayern Munich?
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What does Henry Onyekuru need to thrive at Bayern Munich?

With a move to the Bavarian giants reportedly in the offing, what does the Everton loanee have to do to succeed in Germany? At first improbable, it now seems like the reports linking Henry Onyekuru with a move to German giants Bayern Munich have some heft to them. The 21-year-old is coming off a fine season with Turkish champions Galatasaray, with who he has been on loan from parent club Everton. An inability to secure a work permit has kept him from making his debut for the Toffees, and if these latest reports are to be believed, he might not even get the chance. The consensus seems to be that, having distinguished himself with a title-winning team in a European league, he has proven his adaptability, and therefore earned a move of this magnitude. While there is something to ...
Andre Ayew: I should have done better at Fenerbahce
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Andre Ayew: I should have done better at Fenerbahce

The Ghana star has confirmed his departure from the Turkish outfit and could return to Liberty Stadium Ghana captain Andre Ayew will be the leaving Turkish club Fenerbahce where he spent the just-concluded season on loan from Championship side Swansea City. The 29-year-old announced the development via Fener official TV, thanking fans and staff members for their support. ''First of all I want to thank the fans, the club and the staff. I am leaving this great club with a lot of experience. It was a very tough year for us but at least we have managed to finish the season strongly,” he said. ''Let’s hope Fenerbahce have a great season in the next campaign. Speaking personally, I have to say that I should have done better. This is a huge club and the memories will remain with m...
Nigeria’s Anthony Nwakaeme ends season with brace of assists in Trabzonspor win
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Nigeria’s Anthony Nwakaeme ends season with brace of assists in Trabzonspor win

The Nigerian forward helped the Black Sea Storm maintain their 11-game unbeaten in the Turkish top-flight Anthony Nwakaeme provided two assists as Trabzonspor thumped Rizespor 3-2 in Friday's league outing. Nwakaeme assisted Hugo Rodallega in cancelling out Rizespor's opener in the 20th minute. He later helped Abdulkadir Omur in finding the back of the net two minutes before the interval as Trabzonspor held on to a 3-1 lead.
Victor Moses Completes Fenerbahce Medical
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Victor Moses Completes Fenerbahce Medical

Chelsea winger Victor Moses has completed a medical before his proposed loan move to Turkish club Fenerbahce. Moses is set to sign a deal until the end of the season after arriving in Istanbul on Wednesday. The 28-year-old has been restricted to five appearances this season, with his only start coming in September's EFL Cup win at Liverpool. Moses arrived at Stamford Bridge from Wigan for £9m in 2012 and has scored 18 goals in 128 games. Since joining Chelsea, the former Nigeria international has had loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham.  
Victor Moses Rejects Fernabahce Switch
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Victor Moses Rejects Fernabahce Switch

Victor Moses has rejected an agreement between his club Chelsea and Fernabahce. The Turkish side are interested in signing him this January transfer window. One of Moses’s reasons for turning down a move to Fernebahce was because the 28-year-old does not want to step out of England, Today.ng reports. The report also claimed that Moses is yet to make up his mind on a decision that will see him choose one of Fulham, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City or Huddersfield Town. Victor Moses fell out with manager Maurizio Sarri who took over from Antonio Conte and has barely featured for Chelsea this season. The winger was not even named in the Chelsea squad that were defeated by Arsenal 2-0 over the weekend at Emirates.
Akhator Dedicates NSA Gongs To Mom
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Akhator Dedicates NSA Gongs To Mom

Captain of the women’s national basketball team, Evelyn Akhator has described her double awards at this year’s Nigerian Sports Awards as amazing. The professional basketball athlete, who plays for the Turkish side Besiktas, stole the show by winning both the Basketball Player of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year categories at the 2018 Nigerian Sports Award held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island in Lagos on Friday. The 2017 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) 3rd overall pick by Dallas Wings warded off opposition from Odunayo Adekuoroye and Simidele Adeagbo to win the Sportswoman of the Year category. She also beat male basketball player, Ike Diogu and fellow teammate, Adora Elonu to clinch the Basketball Player of the Year award. The Lagos-born basketball star...
Arsenal Boss Emery: Ozil Must Live With Criticism
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Arsenal Boss Emery: Ozil Must Live With Criticism

Arsenal boss Unai Emery says Mesut Ozil must live with the criticism arriving over his Germany retirement decision. Ozil was widely criticised in the lead up to the tournament and and made a scapegoat after Die Mannschaft's group stage exit, after being photographed alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While some players, such as Jerome Boateng, have stood up for Ozil, others, such as Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller, have been dismissive of his views - even despite DFB president Reinhard Grindel saying he should have been more supportive of Ozil. “We are here to help him," Emery said. “We are his family and [the club] is his home. In our careers, as coaches and players, we are going to receive criticism. "When we do well they are also going to speak about us well. It'...
50 Years After Plane Crash Soldier’s Remains Found
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50 Years After Plane Crash Soldier’s Remains Found

The frozen body of an Indian soldier has been found on a Himalayan glacier, a mountaineering team said Saturday, 50 years after he and more than 100 others died in a military plane crash. Site of the Turkish cargo plane crash The team said it also found some wreckage from the Indian Air Force turboprop, a Soviet Union-built Antonov An-12 transport plane which crashed in February 1968. “We stumbled upon an arm of a human body jutting out of the ice. The rest of the body can be seen inside the glacier,” expedition head Rajiv Rawat told AFP. Rawat said the team contacted the army, which has since launched an operation to retrieve the remains. The expedition found the body at an altitude of around 5,500 metres (18,000 feet) in India’s inhospitable Himalayan mountain range. Saturda...
24-Year-Old Nigerian Student Drowns In Cyprus
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24-Year-Old Nigerian Student Drowns In Cyprus

A Nigerian student with the name, Hassan Babatunde, reportedly drowned at a beach in Alagadi-2 region in Girne, Cyprus on Wednesday afternoon. According to Olomoinfo, 24-year-old Hassan was a student at the Near East University and had just transferred to the Cyprus International University. More details soon….This follows up report of the arrest of 3 persons,  in connection with the abduction and murder of a 28-year-old Nigerian student in Famagusta, North-Cyprus. Three Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus citizens identified as Zekeriya Kurucu, 22, Ozan Korkurt, 18, and Burcu Çelik, 16, were arraigned in court few weeks ago. An autopsy conducted at the Famagusta State Hospital into the killing of the Nigerian student in the Turkish Cypriot town of Famagusta, confirmed that he di...
Turkish Socialite And 7 Friends Killed In Plane Crash After Bachelorette Party
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Turkish Socialite And 7 Friends Killed In Plane Crash After Bachelorette Party

A wealthy Turkish socialite and her friends were among the 11 people killed on Sunday when a private plane bringing them home from a Dubai bachelorette party crashed into an Iranian mountainside. The plane was owned by the private holding company of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran, and carried eight passengers and three crew, an official for Turkey’s transport ministry said. Those on board included Basaran’s daughter Mina and seven of her friends, all flying back from a party ahead of her planned wedding next month. Basaran, a former deputy chairman of Trabzonspor football club, owns businesses that span yachts to energy.His construction projects include a series of luxury apartment blocks on Istanbul’s Asian side called “Mina Towers”, named after his daughter. The last photo on Mi...
Rex Tillerson Bids To Ease Turkey Tensions In Recep Erdogan Talks
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Rex Tillerson Bids To Ease Turkey Tensions In Recep Erdogan Talks

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Turkey on Thursday for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeking to ease tensions between the NATO allies that reached new heights over Ankara’s ongoing operation inside Syria. A prime task of President Donald Trump’s top diplomat will be to allay Turkish anger over US policy in Syria, a dispute which has ignited the biggest crisis in bilateral ties since the 2003 Iraq war. The former chief of energy giant Exxon Mobil, who is on a multi-leg tour of the Middle East, headed to talks with Erdogan at his presidential palace after landing in Ankara from Beirut. Tillerson will meet Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday morning. Turkey’s operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia in the Afrin regi...
Two Turkish Teachers End Hunger Strike After 324 Days
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Two Turkish Teachers End Hunger Strike After 324 Days

Two Turkish teachers who were fired from their jobs by decrees issued under the state of emergency have ended their hunger strike after 324 days, a local media reported on Friday. The teachers however said that they would instead seek recourse through the judicial system. “We are ending our hunger strike today, but our resistance is not over,’’ former university lecturer Nuriye Gulmen told supporters in Ankara. The move came after a government commission rejected an appeal from the pair. The commission was set up to review those fired under the emergency decrees. The open-ended hunger strike began in March 2017 after Gulmen and Ozakca were sacked as part of massive purges in Turkey following a failed coup attempt in 2016. No fewer than 150,000 people have lost their jobs ...
Turkish Association Moves To Increase Electrical Products In Nigeria
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Turkish Association Moves To Increase Electrical Products In Nigeria

Members of the Turkish Electro-Technology Exporters’ Association (TET)), a professional body representing over 7,500 companies, have expressed readiness to increase their electrical products in the market. TET Vice Chairman, Mr Mehmet Kavaklioglu, said Nigeria is an expanding business destination. Kavaklioglu, who led a trade mission of 23 Turkish electrical manufacturing companies to Nigeria, said the companies were prepared to take advantage of Nigeria’s increasing population for Turkish electrical products. “We are really targeting some world markets for our electrical products and Nigeria is one of our target markets. We really see new business opportunities in Nigeria, as a country with big population and a large market for our products. “We do know that there are already ...
Turkish Media Suggest Superlig Return For Arda Turan
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Turkish Media Suggest Superlig Return For Arda Turan

Turkish media are reporting that the current  FC Barcelona player is close to signing a deal that will seal a move to Basaksehir Istanbul, the side that currently the Turkish top flight. The reports indicate that Barca will accept to keep paying half of the player's salary with Basaksehir covering the remaining 50% and the Turkish club have even commenced preparations for the midfielder's presentation at their winter base in Antalya. Arda Turan has stated on countless occasions that the only Turkish side that he would play for would be his boyhood team of Galatasaray. The player's agent Ahmet Bulut maintains that he is in current negotiation with an English, Italian and Chinese team. The 30-year-old player took to his social media platforms stating that "much lies is written about me". ...
Super Eagles Defender, Omeruo Weds Today
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Super Eagles Defender, Omeruo Weds Today

Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo, will be getting married to his fiancee, Chioma Nnamani, in Enugu state today. Kenneth, who is a Chelsea defender but currently on loan at Turkish club Kasimpasa, proposed to Chioma in September. He shared photos of their engagement on his Instagram page. Goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, on his post wrote “Congrats bro”.
Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, Pope Francis Discuss Situation Around Jerusalem
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Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, Pope Francis Discuss Situation Around Jerusalem

President Recep Erdogan of Turkey discussed the situation around Jerusalem in a phone conversation with Pope Francis on Friday, stressing the importance of preserving the city’s status, Turkish media reported, citing presidential sources. During the talks, both Erdogan and the Pope stressed that the protection of Jerusalem’s current status was crucial in order to ensure stability in the region, the Daily Sabah newspaper reported. According to the newspaper, the sides also agreed to hold a meeting soon to discuss bilateral ties, international developments as well as the issue of Jerusalem. Erdogan and the Pope welcomed the UN General Assembly’s resolution, adopted on Dec. 21, rejecting the U.S decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The resolution was adopted by ...
Turkish Authorities Ban New Year’s Event In Istanbul’s Taksim Square
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Turkish Authorities Ban New Year’s Event In Istanbul’s Taksim Square

Turkish security forces have issued a ban on New Year’s Eve celebrations in Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square, citing security concerns, the state-run news agency, Anadolu, reported on Wednesday. The authorities noted 2016 attack by an Islamic State member on Jan.1 at the Reina nightclub, which killed 39 people. The accused attacker who is on trial, was filmed in the Taksim area before choosing to attack revelers further north in the city. Ismail Kilic, the Police Chief of Beygolu District, said measures would be put in place in streets leading towards Taksim to ensure a peaceful time. Taksim was the scene of anti-government protests in 2013. The government has since banned May 1 workers’ marches in the square, which is of symbolic importance for leftist movements in Turkey. ...
Wanted Sudan Leader Omar Al-Bashir Attends Turkey’s Islamic Summit
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Wanted Sudan Leader Omar Al-Bashir Attends Turkey’s Islamic Summit

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes, attended Wednesday an emergency summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic group in Istanbul. Bashir was among leaders who responded to a call by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attend the meeting after US President Donald Trump outraged the Islamic world with his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Images showed Bashir warmly greeted by Erdogan and then attending the family photo and summit plenary session in traditional dress. Sudan’s deadly conflict in Darfur broke out in 2003 when ethnic minority groups took up arms against Bashir’s Arab-dominated government, which launched a brutal counter-insurgency. The UN says at least 300,000 people have been killed and more tha...
UCL: Liverpool Seal Round Of 16 Spot In Style; Dortmund, Napoli For Europa
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UCL: Liverpool Seal Round Of 16 Spot In Style; Dortmund, Napoli For Europa

With a 7-0 mauling of Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday night, Liverpool sealed their qualification for the knockout stages of the 2017-18 Uefa Champions League. Needing only a point to advance prior to the final group game, a hat-trick by Phillipe Coutinho, a brace by Sadio Mane and a goal each by Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah helped the Jurgen Klopp’s men seal their qualification in style. Liverpool made it five Premier League teams in the round of 16, alongside Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea – who emerged runners-up in Group C while others won their groups. Joining Liverpool to qualify in Group E are Spanish giants Sevilla, who played 1-1 at Maribor to secure second place on 9 points, three points ahead of Spartak Moscow in third spot. Elsewhere, ...
Turkey Targets 42 University Staff Over Failed Coup
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Turkey Targets 42 University Staff Over Failed Coup

The Turkish Authorities on Friday issued detention warrants for 42 personnel with Marmara University in Istanbul in their continuing crackdown on a network accused of orchestrating 2016’s failed coup, local media reported. Istanbul police, in coordination with Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office, launched an operation at the university and detained 22 academics and others with suspected links to the network led by Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in the United States, the Hurriyet daily said. A day earlier, operations were launched in more than 30 provinces across the country to detain some 150 suspects. Ankara has listed the Gulen network as a terror group named the Fethullah Terror Organisation and remanded in custody more than 48,000 people over their alleged links to it...
Zara Shoppers Find Notes From Unpaid Factory Workers Sewn Into Clothes
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Zara Shoppers Find Notes From Unpaid Factory Workers Sewn Into Clothes

Zara, the Spanish clothing retailer that’s developed a miserable reputation for its bad labor practices and ripping off the work of other designers and artists, has once again made its way into the news. This time, though, the chain’s alleged victims have voiced their complaints through the clothes themselves. According to the AP, shoppers at Zara in Istanbul have found notes from Turkish factory workers sewn into their garments: The tag reads “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.” It urges shoppers to back their campaign and pressure Zara into paying them. The tags noted that the workers were employed by third-party manufacturer Bravo Tekstil, which abruptly shuttered last year and left them owed several months in wages. Bravo also made garments for stor...
President Buhari Salutes Constructive Media Coverage Of Failed Coup In Turkey
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President Buhari Salutes Constructive Media Coverage Of Failed Coup In Turkey

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Ankara said the international media must be commended for their‘constructive coverage’ of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey. Speaking at a meeting with the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ismail Kahraman, President Buhari hailed the courage of the people of Turkey for defending democracy in the aftermath of the unfortunate incident of July 15. ‘‘The international media helped the world in trying to understand what really happened (on July 15) and what the government is doing,’’ he said. Reiterating Nigeria’s solidarity with Turkey after the failed attempt to oust a democratically-elected government, the President said Turkey’s assumption of the Chairmanship of theD-8 from tomorrow, October 20, will afford both ...
President Buhari To Return From Turkey On Sunday
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President Buhari To Return From Turkey On Sunday

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday left Nigeria for Istanbul, Turkey to participate in the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) which holds on Friday. Buhari left Abuja shortly after presiding over a meeting of the Federal Executive Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said on Wednesday that Buhari would return to Nigeria on Sunday. In the President’s entourage are ministers and other top government officials, including the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali. “The President will be back on Sunday,” Adesina said when asked him about the duration of the President’s visit. He had earlier in a statement on Tuesday said prior to the D-8 Summit, Buhari, at th...
Super Eagles’ Ogenyi Onazi Declares Self Fit After Injury Against Zambia
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Super Eagles’ Ogenyi Onazi Declares Self Fit After Injury Against Zambia

Ogenyi Onazi has said he has recovered from an injury he suffered during a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Uyo and he will be available for his Turkish club’s next league game on Saturday. Eagles vice-captain Onazi was forced out of this month’s decisive World Cup qualifier against Zambia after half an hour with a suspected hamstring. He has now said he has regained full fitness ahead of time. “I feel so good and blessed to be back sooner than expected,” said the ex-Lazio star on Twitter. “All thanks to the medical team. “Next game on my mind.” The 24-year-old midfielder has so far played four games and scored a goal in the league for Trabzonspor, who are 11th on the table with nine points from eight matches. The team’s next game is on Saturday away at newly...
Nigerian Hacks Indian Doctor’s Account, Withdraws N2.7m
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Nigerian Hacks Indian Doctor’s Account, Withdraws N2.7m

A Nigerian is presently assisting the Indian Police with its investigation after he was arrested for his role in an alleged hacking of a doctor’s bank account. The Nigerian, simply identified as Francis, and one Avinash Dixit were said to have withdrawn Rs 5 lakh (about N2.77m) from Dr Sandeep Gupta’s account in July. Police said Francis claimed to be the brother of a football player, Henry Ezeh, who previously played for Air India but now plays for a Turkish club. Francis, who with the help of Dixit was cheating people by claiming to be working for the income tax department, had allegedly called Dr Gupta with false information that he [the doctor] was due for a refund of Rs 5,000 [about N28,000] from the IT Department. He requested Dr Gupta’s PAN and Aadhaar card number and th...
President Buhari, Customs Chief Hameed Ali Head For Turkey Over Arms Smuggling
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President Buhari, Customs Chief Hameed Ali Head For Turkey Over Arms Smuggling

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), are billed to travel to Turkey for a bilateral meeting with the authorities of Turkish Customs Service. According to Deputy Comptroller-General, Aminu Dangaladima, the meeting’s aim is to put an end to the importation of deadly weapons from Turkey. It will be recalled that the service last month announced the seizure of 2,671 pump action rifles illegally imported from Turkey into Nigeria. Owing to the seizure, Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Halal Cakil, vowed on September 26 that his country would fish out the brains behind the shipping of illegal arms into Nigeria. Addressing journalists in Abuja Friday, Dangaladima said: “Let me seize this opportunity to impromptu y...
Turkey Orders Arrest Of 25 Soldiers In Post-Coup Probe
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Turkey Orders Arrest Of 25 Soldiers In Post-Coup Probe

Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 25 soldiers across Turkey and the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in northern Cyprus, security sources said. This is part of a widening crackdown following the 2016 failed military coup. The sources said on Thursday that the soldiers, on active duty and of varying ranks in Turkey’s military, are being sought across 13 provinces and Turkish northern Cyprus. “Prosecutors in the south-eastern province of Mardin ordered the arrest of the soldiers over the “secret military structuring” of the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen,’’ the sources said. Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. since 1999, is accused by Ankara of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt which he has denied involvement. Since the c...
Turkish, U.S. Officials Decide To Meet To Resolve Dispute: Deputy PM
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Turkish, U.S. Officials Decide To Meet To Resolve Dispute: Deputy PM

Turkish and U.S. officials have decided to meet to work on resolving a diplomatic dispute between the two NATO allies and talks between their foreign ministers were constructive, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Thursday. In an interview with broadcaster Haberturk, Bozdag said a U.S. consulate employee arrested in Turkey had not demanded lawyer access and the U.S. mission could apply to send a lawyer to see him.
U.S. Still Seeking Explanation For Arrest Of Staff In Turkey: Ambassador
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U.S. Still Seeking Explanation For Arrest Of Staff In Turkey: Ambassador

The United States is still seeking an explanation from Ankara for the detention of staff at U.S. missions in Turkey which led Washington to stop issuing visas and triggered a diplomatic crisis, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday. Ambassador John Bass said the decision to suspend granting visas was not taken lightly, but the detentions indicated a breakdown in communication between the two NATO allies, whose relations have come under increasing strain. "Unfortunately… the U.S. government still has not received any official communications from the Turkish government about the reasons why our local employees have been detained or arrested," he told reporters at the U.S. embassy in Ankara. Washington says two locally employed staff were arrested in Turkey this year. In May, a translator ...
How Turks Are Being Affected By US Suspension Of Visas
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How Turks Are Being Affected By US Suspension Of Visas

Hundreds of Turkish citizens, including students, have been affected by the visa dispute between Washington and Ankara after the former suspended visa services in Turkey. Visa appointments of the Turks trying to go to the US were cancelled following Sunday's embassy announcement that revealed that all non-immigrant visa services in Turkey were halted amid concerns over "the security of US mission and personnel". Ankara retaliated reciprocally, freezing e-visas and visas on arrival for US citizens merely hours later in the same day. The US move was a reaction to Turkey's detention of a Turkish citizen working for the US consulate in Istanbul last week. Authorities blame Metin Topuz for having links to the organisation of Fethullah Gulen, an exiled religious leader and businessma...
Turkey Troops, Syria Jihadists Exchange Fire On Border
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Turkey Troops, Syria Jihadists Exchange Fire On Border

Turkish forces exchanged fire Sunday with jihadists from Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate on the border of Idlib province, a monitor and eyewitnesses said, a day after Ankara announced an imminent operation there. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday announced pro-Ankara rebels would lead a military campaign against the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist coalition in the northwestern Syrian province. On Sunday morning, HTS jihadists opened fire on Turkish forces removing part of a wall along the border between Turkey and Idlib, eyewitnesses and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. “A group of HTS opened fire on the vehicle removing part of the wall, and the Turks returned fire and also shelled the area,” one eyewitness on the border told AFP. The Obs...
WCQ: Eagles Have Enough Quality To Beat Chipolopolo – Onazi
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WCQ: Eagles Have Enough Quality To Beat Chipolopolo – Onazi

Trabzonspor midfielder Ogenyi Onazi is confident the Super Eagles of Nigeria will defeat Zambia in next Saturday’s World Cup qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo. Nigeria need a win to clinch the sole ticket for the Russia 2018 World Cup in African qualifying Group B with a game to spare. Onazi, who has one goal in seven appearances for his Turkish club, is banking on the renewed team spirit formed after the Eagles excelled against Cameroon over two matches in early September, winning at home and drawing away. He is however wary of the Zambian side who beat Algeria over two legs also in early September. “We have all to play for against Zambia and I believe that we have the quality to win,” Onazi said. “We know what we need to do and for 90 minutes on the pitch we...
Turkish Envoy To Help Identify Smugglers Of Guns To Nigeria
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Turkish Envoy To Help Identify Smugglers Of Guns To Nigeria

The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali and Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Hakan Cakil, have agreed to cooperate to stop the export of harmful items into both countries. Ali announced this in a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Joseph Attah, on Tuesday in Abuja. Attah said the meeting was held due to concerns expressed by the general public over the recent seizures of pump actions riffles imported from Turkey. He added that the aim of the meeting was to fashion out ways of dealing with the disturbing issues. Attah said that Ali expressed concern that four different arms seizures with a total number of 2,671 pump action riffles came from one source. According to him, the meeting lasted for about two hours, detailed with specific comm...
The Day That Nuri Sahin Was A Ball Boy For Real Madrid-Dortmund
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The Day That Nuri Sahin Was A Ball Boy For Real Madrid-Dortmund

On February 25, 2013, the yellow wall hosted Los Blancos in the second group stage of the Champions League and a late Javier Portillo equaliser marked the final score 1-1. The German club posted a picture on Instagram with Christian Worns and Ronaldo, as well as a young Sahin, dressed as a ball boy, staring at his idols. Some years after that match the Turkish midfielder made his way to Dortmund's first team, to be subsequently transferred to Real in 2011, where he only managed to play ten games in two seasons due to injury. After an unsuccessful loan spell with Liverpool, he put again the yellow shirt on and remains one of the fans' favourites at Westfalenstadion.
Costa Hopeful £53million Atletico Madrid Deal Can Be Concluded This Week
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Costa Hopeful £53million Atletico Madrid Deal Can Be Concluded This Week

Atletico are making a revised proposal of £40million, plus £9m in add-ons and a £4m bonus payment for Costa's early release. Costa wants to travel to Madrid on Tuesday night where he hopes to stay and train while the clubs thrash out terms. Chelsea wanted Costa to return to training and settle his difference prior to agreeing to his sale but there is also a desire to get the matter resolved quickly so it doesn't become a greater distraction to Antonio Conte's plans. The two sides meet in the Champions League on September 27 and are keen to have a deal resolved before then. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal are also showing an interest in taking him on a short term loan until January. Despite posting images of his own workouts, Costa has not trained properly since the end of the s...
Besiktas Continue Negotiations With Juventus Fir Stephan Lichtsteiner
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Besiktas Continue Negotiations With Juventus Fir Stephan Lichtsteiner

The right-back’s current contract is due to run out at the end of this season and he was left out of the Champions League squad.According to beIN Sports, the next 48 hours will be decisive for his future.Besiktas have shown an interest and the Turkish transfer deadline isn’t until Friday evening.Lichtsteiner’s playing time will be limited with the arrival of Mattia De Sciglio and Benedikt Howedes.However, the Swiss international was in a very similar position a year ago, again left off the European list, and made his way back up the pecking order in the second half of the season when signing a new deal.
Robin van Persie Plays Down Reports Claiming His Career Is Over
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Robin van Persie Plays Down Reports Claiming His Career Is Over

Robin van Persie has dismissed claims he faces a long period on the sidelines with an injury.The striker withdrew from the Netherlands squad after suffering a knee problem in a substitute appearance against France last Thursday, but saw out the rest of the game.Reports circulated in Turkey that the 34-year-old would be out for the rest of the season, possibly bringing an end to his career.Fenerbahce later revealed treatment had already started on a partial tear in his anterior cruciate ligament, and Van Persie followed it up by insisting he will be out for just a short time."I regret that any statements about my injury have been made without my consent and approval," a statement he posted on Twitter read."At the moment, I have a minor knee injury which has an average recover time of three ...
‘FIFA Don’t Care About The Players’ – Modric Fumes After Croatia Beat Kosovo
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‘FIFA Don’t Care About The Players’ – Modric Fumes After Croatia Beat Kosovo

Luka Modric claimed FIFA "showed they don't care about players" after Croatia beat Kosovo 1-0 in World Cup qualifying, in a fixture played over two days.The match was suspended after 22 minutes of play on Saturday following a downpour that left the Maksimir Stadium pitch unplayable.The sides reconvened a day later, with Croatia raining efforts in on the Kosovo goal, before Domagoj Vida found the breakthrough, heading home Modric's cross in the 74th minute.Victory leaves Ante Cacic's side two points clear of Ukraine at the top of Group I, but they will return to action in just two days' time, travelling to fourth-place Turkey.And Modric delivered a furious account of how the game was restarted.He told reporters: "Last night we got information the match will not be played. Of course, you go ...
Erdogan Accuses Myanmar Of Genocide Against Rohingya
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Erdogan Accuses Myanmar Of Genocide Against Rohingya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Myanmar of “genocide” against the Rohingya Muslim minority, who have fled in the tens of thousands across the border into Bangladesh to escape ethnic violence. “There is a genocide there,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul during the Islamic Eid al-Adha feast, which commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. “Those who close their eyes to this genocide perpetuated under the cover of democracy are its collaborators”. Around 400 people — most of them Rohingya Muslims — have died in violence searing through Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state, the army chief’s office said Friday. Reports of massacres and the systematic torching of villages by security forces — as well as by militants — have further amplifie...