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Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton FC, Football
Tottenham Striker Harry Kane

Tottenham missed the chance to move into the Premier League’s top four as Southampton delivered a battling 1-1 draw for their under-pressure boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

Harry Kane scored his 99th league goal after Davinson Sanchez had given Southampton a surprise first-half lead by turning the ball into his own net.

Both sides had chances to nick a late winner but Spurs were the more frustrated at the final whistle, with fourth-placed Liverpool now able to pull five points clear with a win over Swansea on Monday.

For Southampton, who stay 18th, this was a morale-boosting point gained in the battle against relegation and in particular for their manager Pellegrino.

The grumbling at St Mary’s has grown louder in recent weeks and with Marco Silva available after being sacked by Watford hours before kick-off here, the atmosphere could quickly have turned sour.

The south-coast side are without a win in 11 games, the longest drought of any team currently in the division, but a gutsy, aggressive display earned the players warm applause as they left the pitch.

It was five years this week that another Argentinian with no Premier League experience faced early scepticism on the south coast but, unlike Pellegrino, Pochettino was able to marry tactical change with short-term results.

Tottenham, however, painfully missed the creativity of Christian Eriksen, who was ill, while Hugo Lloris’ virus gave Michel Vorm his first league start in goal since April last year.

Southampton made two changes as well. Mario Lemina and Manolo Gabbiadini came in – Gabbiadini having scored in only two of his 25 games this season.

Vorm was tested twice early on, first holding a fizzing shot from Gabbiadini and then rushing out to claim after a promising Southampton break.

Saints’ were punishing Serge Aurier down Tottenham’s right and it was from there they took a surprise lead as Ryan Bertrand’s cross was turned into his own net by the sliding Sanchez.

The hosts’ advantage lasted only three minutes, however, and it could have been fewer had Eric Dier’s shot not crashed against the post. Moments later, Kane ghosted past Jack Stephens to nod home Ben Davies’ corner.

Sissoko and Stephens both spurned chances when free in the box while Kane impressed when he pulled the ball out of the air and pushed it through Cedric’s legs.

Tottenham were out early for the start of the second half but failed to shake off the loose touches and misplaced passes that continually stalled their attacks.

Erik Lamela replaced Son Heung-min with 18 minutes left and Kieran Trippier came on for the injured Aurier – but there was little sign of either side breaking through until the final five minutes.

Lamela, teed up by Sissoko, saw a finish blocked by the flailing leg of Stephens before a glorious chance fell to Saints substitute Michael Obafemi. He had only Vorm to beat from eight yards but skewed wide.

Kane almost had the last word in stoppage time but his angled shot fired just wide of the far post and agonisingly out of reach of the leaping Lamela.

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Mike Pence, U.S.,
US Vice President Mike Pence

Jordan’s king has appealed to US Vice President Mike Pence to “rebuild trust and confidence” in the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The call follows the fallout from the Trump administration’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Mr Pence, in turn, tried to reassure the monarch that the Trump administration remains committed to restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and views Jordan as a central player.

The vice president also said that “the United States of America remains committed, if the parties agree, to a two state solution”.

Such a caveat deviates from long-standing US support for a two-state solution as the only possible outcome of any peace deal.

President Trump’s pivot on Jerusalem last month infuriated the Palestinians, who seek the Israeli-annexed eastern sector of the city as a future capital.

They accused the US of siding with Israel and said Washington can no longer serve as a mediator.

Jerusalem is the emotional centrepiece of the long-running conflict, and President Trump’s policy shift set off protests and condemnation across Arab and Muslim countries.

It posed a dilemma for King Abdullah, who is a staunch US ally, but also derives his political legitimacy in large part from the Hashemite dynasty’s role as guardian of a key Muslim site in Jerusalem.

Any perceived threat to Muslim claims in the city is seen as a challenge to Jordan, where a large segment of the population is of Palestinian origin.

Mr Pence told Jordan’s monarch that President Trump made it clear in his announcement on Jerusalem “that we are committed to continue to respect Jordan’s role as the custodian of holy sites, that we take no position on boundaries and final status”.

He said Jordan would continue to play a central role in any future peace efforts.

The vice president also praised Jordan’s contribution to a US-led military campaign against Islamic State extremists who in recent months were pushed back from large areas in Iraq and Syria, both neighbours of Jordan.

King Abdullah expressed concerns about the regional fallout from the Jerusalem decision.

“Today we have a major challenge to overcome, especially with some of the rising frustrations,” he said.

He described the Pence visit as a mission “to rebuild trust and confidence” in getting to a two-state solution, in which a state of Palestine would be established in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967.

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Carlos Puigdemont, Spain
Carles Puigdemont

A European arrest warrant will be reissued for the fugitive former leader of Catalonia if he leaves Belgium and enters Denmark as planned, Spain’s state prosecutor’s office said.

The region’s ex-president Carles Puigdemont is scheduled to attend a debate at the University of Copenhagen on Monday.

The trip would be Mr Puigdemont’s first outside Belgium since he fled there to avoid a court summons in Spain for his role in a failed secession bid led by his government in October.

The state prosecutor said that if Mr Puigdemont enters Denmark as planned it will “immediately request” the Spain Supreme Court to issue a European warrant for his arrest by Danish authorities.

Spain issued a European warrant for Mr Puigdemont’s arrest in November, but withdrew it after a month.

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Pope Francis, The Vatican, Religion

Pope Francis has spoken out about violence against women in Latin America describing the violence as “a plague”.

Speaking at a Mass in the northern city of Trujillo, the Pope said: “There are so many cases of violence that stay silenced behind so many walls,” the Pope said on Saturday.

The BBC reported him as continuing: “I’m calling on you to fight against this source of suffering including legislation and a culture that rejects every type of violence.”

His comments follow UN digures which show that half of the 25 countries with the largest number of murders of women are in Latin America.

The Argentine Pope, 81, is on the second and final leg of a week-long regional tour where on Thursday he became embroiled in a row over clerical sex abuse.

He drew anger by accusing victims of a paedophile priest of slandering a bishop who they say tried to cover up the priest’s crimes.

At the end of his visit there, Francis said there was “no proof” for claims that abuse by Father Fernando Karadima had been covered up by Bishop Juan Barros.

Reacting the Pope’s top adviser on clerical sex abuse has implicitly rebuked the pontiff over his accusations of slander against Chilean abuse victims, saying that Francis’ words were “a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse”.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, said he could not explain why Francis “chose the particular words he used”.

In an extraordinary effort at damage control, Cardinal O’Malley insisted that Francis “fully recognises the egregious failures of the church and its clergy who abused children and the devastating impact those crimes have had on survivors and their loved ones”.

Francis sparked national uproar upon leaving Chile on Thursday by accusing victims of the country’s most notorious paedophile priest of having slandered another bishop, Juan Barros.

The victims say Bishop Barros knew about the abuse but did nothing to stop it – a charge which the bishop denies.

“The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak,” Francis told Chilean journalists in the northern city of Iquique.

“There is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all calumny. Is that clear?”

The remarks shocked Chileans, drew immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates and once again raised questions over the 81-year-old Argentine Jesuit’s stance on the issue.

The scandal over the crimes of the Rev Fernando Karadima has devastated the credibility of the Roman Catholic Church in Chile, and Francis’ comments will likely haunt it for the foreseeable future.

Cardinal O’Malley’s carefully-worded critique was remarkable since it is rare for a cardinal to publicly rebuke the Pope in such terms.

But Francis’ remarks were so potentially toxic to the Vatican’s efforts to turn the tide on decades of clerical sex abuse and cover-up that he clearly felt he had to respond.

Cardinal O’Malley headed Francis’ much-touted committee for the protection of minors until it lapsed last month after its initial three-year mandate expired. Francis has not named new members, and the committee’s future remains unclear.

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Hollywood stars celebrated the power of the Me Too movement as hundreds of thousands of protesters joined Women’s Marches on the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president.

Viola Davis

Scarlett Johansson, Viola Davis and Eva Longoria were among those to address an estimated 700,000-plus crowd in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

The weekend marks a year since more than one million people worldwide rallied on Mr Trump’s first day in the White House and comes at a time of reckoning for many powerful men in Hollywood and other industries over their treatment of women.

Johansson, wearing a Time’s Up top, told marchers how the Harvey Weinstein revelations led her to consider how she was treated as a young actress. Many of her relationships, both personal and professional, had power dynamics “so off” that she let herself be “degraded”, she said.

“I stand before you as someone who is empowered not only by the curiosity about myself and by the active choices that I’m finally able to make and stand by, but by the brightness of this movement, the strength and the unity that this movement has provided,” she said.

“It gives me hope that we are moving toward a place where our sense of equality can truly come from within ourselves.” Davis shared her own experiences to echo the march organisers’ sentiment to encourage people to sign up to vote in November’s mid-term elections, which could deal a blow to the president.

“I’m always introduced as an award-winning actor but my testimony is one of poverty, my testimony is one of being sexually assaulted and very much seeing a childhood that was robbed from me,” Davis said.

Eva Longoria

“I know that the trauma of those events are still with me today and that’s what drives me to the voting booth, that’s what allows me to listen to the women who are still in silence.” Longoria encouraged protesters to seize the Me Too momentum to fight for equality and decried the “sexist, racist rhetoric” coming out of the White House.

“As we build upon the momentum of Me Too and Time’s Up in this movement, we women have the world’s attention so let’s seize this moment and catalyse a permanent and cultural shift towards fairer and equal treatment in the workplace,” she said.
Alfre Woodard said that people must reach across boundaries to fight for a common cause in this “dangerous and baffling hour”.

As the thousands took to the streets, Mr Trump tweeted that it was a “perfect day” for women to celebrate the “economic success and wealth creation” of his first year in the White House.
Meanwhile his main rival in the 2016 election, Hilary Clinton, urged the marchers to demonstrate their will at the ballot box.
“In 2017, the Women’s March was a beacon of hope and defiance,” she wrote on Twitter.
“In 2018, it is a testament to the power and resilience of women everywhere. Let’s show that same power in the voting booth this year.”
Anti-Trump sentiments were prominent among the placards, and so were pro-immigrant messages and those in favour of women’s rights, including one reading “Girls just want to have fun-damental rights”.

There was also a continued outrage over Mr Trump’s policies and alleged pre-election behaviour, which includes denied claims of sexual assault by multiple women and his boasting of grabbing women “by the pussy”.
The pink, pointy-eared “pussy hats” used to mock the commander-in-chief made a popular return.
Demonstrations also took place in cities including New York and Washington DC on Saturday.
UK cities will hold marches on Sunday, including a London demonstration in support of Time’s Up.
Meanwhile organisers of a rally in Las Vegas will hope to register one million voters ahead of the midterms.

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Catalan president Carles Puigdemont

A European arrest warrant will be reissued for the fugitive former leader of Catalonia if he leaves Belgium and enters Denmark as planned, Spain’s state prosecutor’s office said.

The region’s ex-president Carles Puigdemont is scheduled to attend a debate at the University of Copenhagen on Monday. The trip would be Mr Puigdemont’s first outside Belgium since he fled there to avoid a court summons in Spain for his role in a failed secession bid led by his government in October.

The state prosecutor said that if Mr Puigdemont enters Denmark as planned it will “immediately request” the Spain Supreme Court to issue a European warrant for his arrest by Danish authorities. Spain issued a European warrant for Mr Puigdemont’s arrest in November, but withdrew it after a month.

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Theresa May is being warned by the head of the CBI that time is running out to make progress on Brexit and remaining in a customs union with Brussels is the best option for British business.

Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the business organisation, will stress that urgent progress is needed on agreeing a transitional deal with the European Union by the end of March and the framework for the future trading relationship with Brussels must be set out by October.

Businesses are “deeply apprehensive” about the current uncertainty and there has been “too much ideology, too little urgency” in the negotiations, she will say in a speech on Monday.

The Prime Minister has ruled out remaining in the single market and customs union after Brexit and is seeking a bespoke deal to preserve as many of the benefits of EU membership as possible while allowing the UK to control its borders and strike trade deals around the world.

The EU has indicated that the only options available are a Canada-style trade deal, which may not allow the UK the same level of access for economically important service industries, or Norway-style single market membership which would entail continued free movement and payments to Brussels.

The CBI leader will use her speech to say neither option is right for Britain and both sides should think again. The Canadian model’s “rules of origin are as long as The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – and a lot less fun to read” and such a deal is “an ocean away from what we need”, she will say.

The Norwegian model is better for business but its “lower level of control is a problem” – it would be politically difficult for Mrs May to accept a situation where free movement continued and payments were made to EU countries.

The negotiators should adopt a flexible approach of starting with the rules that are already shared and moving on from there, she will say. Most businesses with supply chains crossing the EU will want to maintain current arrangements but in other areas there could be divergence.

“We know future divergence might come at the expense of smooth access to EU markets for goods made according to new domestic rules,” she will say. “But if that is right for jobs, living standards and prosperity then that’s a choice to be made.”

Ms Fairbairn will insist that business is best served by remaining in a comprehensive customs union with the EU, which would also go a long way to addressing concerns around the Irish border. Mrs May has rejected full membership of the customs union because it would prevent the UK striking its own post-Brexit trade deals.

But in a major speech in Warwick, Ms Fairbairn will say that the value of remaining in a customs union far outweighs the potential benefits of bilateral UK trade deals. She will say: “There may come a day when the opportunity to fully set independent trade policies outweighs the value of a customs union with the EU.]
“A day when investing time in fast-growing economies elsewhere eclipses the value of frictionless trade in Europe.

“But that day hasn’t yet arrived.” Remaining a member of a customs union “for as long as it serves us to do so is consistent with the result of the referendum and would be good for EU firms too”, she will say.

In a speech which will illustrate the business community’s ongoing frustration with both sides in the Brexit negotiations, Ms Fairbairn will set a 70-day deadline for a written agreement on a transitional deal.

She will call for Mrs May to put forward a united UK view on the future relationship by April, with heads of terms on a final deal signed with the EU by October. “Decisions must be taken fast, or firms will have no choice but to trigger their plan Bs,” she will warn. “More jobs and investment will leave our shores and future generations will pay the price.”

A Department for Exiting the European Union spokesman said: “The EU has said they will offer their most ambitious free trade approach and we are confident of negotiating a deep and special economic partnership that includes a good deal for financial services – that will be in the EU’s best interests, as well as ours.

“We have already made good progress, having reached an agreement with the EU on a range of issues such as citizens’ rights and the financial settlement. “But, as the Prime Minister has already made clear, we will be leaving the single market and the customs union after EU exit day.”

It comes as Tory MPs prepare to demand that Mrs May ends free movement and takes Britain out of the single market the moment the UK formally quits on March 29 next year. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the newly elected chairman of the influential European Research Group that is made up of around 100 MPs, said it would be “absurd” to continue with the arrangements after Brexit.

He told the Sunday Express: “We must have control of free movement of people as soon as we leave” said Mr Rees-Mogg.

“This idea that we can let them carry on coming for another two years is absolutely absurd.”

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Hyon Song Wol

The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday to check preparations for an art troupe she also leads during next month’s Winter Olympics.

Appearing live on South Korean television, Hyon Song Wol did not speak when she walked past a crowd of reporters, onlookers and a barrage of camera flashes before boarding an express train at Seoul’s railway station for the eastern city of Gangneung, where her art troupe is to perform during the Pyeongchang Olympics.

She is also the leader of Pyongyang’s all-female Moranbong Band, which was hand-picked by leader Kim Jong Un. She has been the subject of intense South Korean media attention since she attended last week’s talks at the border that struck an agreement on the art troupe’s two performances – one in Seoul and the other in Gangneung, where some of the games will take place.

TV stations broadcast live footage of Ms Hyon’s bus moving on Seoul’s roads before arriving at the railway station, where hundreds of police officers were mobilised to maintain order. Photos showed a smiling Hyon shaking heads with a South Korean official upon arrival at the border.

Later on Sunday, wearing a fur scarf and with half her hair tied to the back, she looked more serious with an expressionless face.

Ms Hyon’s arrival came hours after the International Olympic Committee allowed 22 North Korean athletes to take part in the Olympics in exceptional entries given to the North.

Among the 22 are 12 women who will join South Korea’s female hockey team in the Koreas’ first-ever unified Olympic team. The other sports events the North Koreans will compete in are figure skating, short track speed skating, Alpine skiing and cross-country skiing.

The 22 North Korean athletes will also march together with South Korean players under a single “unification flag” depicting their peninsula during the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang. “Such an agreement would have seemed impossible only a few weeks ago,” IOC chief Thomas Bach said in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The current mood of reconciliation between the Koreas flared after Kim abruptly expressed his willingness to improve ties and send a delegation to the Olympics during his annual New Year’s address.

Outside critics dismissed Kim’s overture as a tactic to use improved ties with Seoul to weaken US-led international sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests.
Ms Hyon is travelling with six other North Koreans.

Her delegation was earlier supposed to come to South Korea on Saturday, but North Korea cancelled those plans on Friday night before it proposed coming on Sunday for a two-day trip.