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Euro zone bonds poised to end week on stellar note thanks to growth, trade fears

* German Bund yield falls towards 2-1/2 year lows

* Spain, French bonds set for best week in 2 months

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By Dhara Ranasinghe

LONDON, May 17 ( ) – Germany’s 10-year bond yield fell back towards 2-1/2 year lows on Friday, while French and Spanish yields were set for their biggest weekly drops in two mon上海龙凤419ths as fears over trade, global growth and Italy boosted higher-rated debt markets.

An escalation in trade tensions between the United States and China, the world’s two biggest economies, has exacerbated concern about global growth, sparking a fresh rally in bond markets this week and pushing yields lower as prices rise.

Tough words on trade from China’s media on Friday drowned out upbeat news on the U.S. economy and corporate earnings, pushing Germany’s benchmark 10-year Bund yield towards Wednesday’s 2-1/2 year low of minus 0.13% in early trade .

U.S. Treasury yields, which rose on Thursday after strong U.S. data, were also lower in early Friday trade.

Across the single currency bloc, 10-year bond yields fell one to two basis points with the exception of Italy.

French and Spanish 10-year bond yields are down about six bps each this week, set for their biggest weekly drop in two months.

Those moves are part of steep falls seen across major bond markets including the United States and Britain this year as a weaker global growth and a shift to a more dovish stance from central banks creates a favourable backdrop for fixed income.

“Bond markets in general, especially (German) Bunds, are telling us they don’t see many good things going on in the next one-two years,” said Neil Dwane portfolio manager and global strategist at Allianz Global Investors.

Renewed concern about Italy, the euro zone’s third-biggest economy, has only fuelled demand for safe-haven bonds this week.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Friday he was not worried over possible EU sanctions in case of violation of fiscal rules, as he was confident European leadership would change after this month’s European parliament elections.

Despite some efforts by officials to reassure markets, investors have been on edge since Salvini said on Tuesday that Rome should be ready to break an EU deficit ceiling of 3% of gross domestic product and push debt to 140% of GDP if needed to fight unemployment.

Goldman Sachs analysts said they expect the government to push back on EU recommendations to pursue economic policies more in line with the bloc’s fiscal rules, reinforcing market concern about Italian debt sustainability and commitment to the euro.

“On the back of such market pressure, our view is that the government will ultimately pursue economic policies that halt the rise in public debt and avoid a loss of market access,” they said in a note.

Five more U.S. states sue OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

( ) – Five U.S. states on Thursday filed lawsuits accusing Purdue Pharma LP of illegally marketing and selling opioids, escalating the wave of litigation over a nationwide abuse epidemic.

Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin joined 39 states to file lawsuits targeting Purdue Pharma and its leaders, including former president Richard Sackler and his family.

Officials accused Purdue Pharma of repeatedly making false and deceptive claims that opioids, including OxyContin, were safe for a wide range of patients seeking to reduce pain.

“This is a bipartisan effort,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, said on a conference call.

The lawsuits were announced six days after a North Dakota judge dismissed that state’s lawsuit accusing Purdue Pharma of overstating the benefits and trivializing the addiction risks of prolonged opioid use. North Dakota is expected to appeal.

Purdue Pharma called the new lawsuits “misleading attacks,” and said it will defend itself against them.

“These complaints are part of a continuing effort to try these cases in the court of public opinion rather than the justice system,” the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said.

Opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin, played a role in a record 47,600 U.S. overdose deaths in 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said.

State and local governments have filed hundreds of lawsuits accusing drugmakers such as Purdue Pharma of deceptive marketing, and distributors such as AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp of ignoring how opioids were being used illegally.

Oklahoma reached a $270 million settlement with Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers on March 26.

The prospect that Purdue Pharma might eventually seek bankruptcy protection is a reason that Sackler family members have been named as defendants in some lawsuits.

On the conference call, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said the family has “left a trail of addiction and death.”

In the North Dakota case, Bismarck-based Judge James Hill rejected the state’s argument that Purdue Pharma’s conduct created a public nuisance.

“Purdue cannot control how doctors prescribe its products and it certainly cannot control how individual patients use and respond to its products, regardless of any warning or instruction Purdue may give,” Hill wrote.

The Sacklers have long been prolific cultural benefactors, but their all爱上海419eged role in the opioid crisis has led some major museums to distance themselves.

On Wednesday, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose Sackler Wing contains the popular Temple of Dendur, said it would stop accepting donations from the Sacklers.

UAE says it will show restraint after tanker attacks, Iran’s behavior a concern

DUBAI ( ) – The United Arab Emirates will show restraint after attacks on oil tankers off its coast and is committed to de-escalation during a “difficult situation” caused by Iranian behavior in the region, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said he would not speculate about who was behind Sunday’s sabotage acts on four vessels, including two Saudi tankers, near Fujairah emirate while an investigation was under way and due to be completed within days.

“We need to emphasize caution and good judgment. It is easy to throw accusations but it is a difficult situation, there are serious issues and among them is Iranian behavior,” he said, mentioning concern about Iran’s missiles and regional policy.

“We will actually with our partners also be deliberate in considering our response, what to do about it, how to deal with it,” he said, adding the United States and France were helping with the probe.

France has a naval base in Abu Dhabi.

A UAE official had told that Saudi Arabia and Norway were also involved. A Norwegian-registered oil products tanker was among the vessels hit, along with a UAE fuel bunker barge.

Iran has distanced itself from the attack off Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz. U.S. officials believe Iran encouraged Yemen’s Houthi group or Iraq-based Shi’ite militias to carry out the attack, two U.S. government sources said on Wednesday.

Gargash said the attack took place in UAE territorial waters but declined to comment on whether the OPEC producer and regional trading hub was beefing up security after the incident.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in comments after talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, said the most populous country in the Arab world regarded Gulf security as part of its own security.

“The president expressed Egypt’s full solidarity with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in confronting all attempts to undermine the security and stability of the two sisterly countries,” Sisi spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

SANCTIONS ARE ‘BITING’

Saudi Arabia shared the concerns of its fellow Sunni Muslim ally that Shi’ite Iran has for a long time been undermining stability in the region, Gargash said, and the U.S. commitment to its allies in the region is “very strong”.

“U.S. sanctions on Iran are biting, and biting in a very effective way,” Gargash said.

The attacks took place against a backdrop of U.S.-Iranian tension following Washington’s decision t爱上海his month to try to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero and beef up its military presence in the Gulf in response to what it said were Iranian threats.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE back the sanctions against Iran, a fellow OPEC producer but regional foe. After the United States ended sanctions waivers that had allowed some nations to continue importing Iranian crude, Washington said Riyadh and Abu Dhabi would help compensate for any shortage in oil supply.

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Tehran has called the U.S. military presence “a target” rather than a threat, and said it would not allow its oil exports to be halted.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that “extremist individuals” in the U.S. government were pursuing dangerous policies and that Tehran is not seeking confrontation.

“On Iran, it doesn’t really help to hear Foreign Minister Zarif trying to offer a moderate voice with regards to Iran’s intentions,” Gargash said. “We have been bullied by Iran, we have seen aggressive Iranian actions in the region. So his words are very hollow in that sense.”

Pinterest shares plummet on disappointing 2019 revenue forecast

( ) – Pinterest Inc on Thursday forecast 2019 revenue broadly in line with Wall Street targets, disappointing investors who had expected more from the freshly public, high flying stock, and sending its shares down 16 percent.

The online scrapbook company’s shares have risen 62% from its initial public offering price of $19 last month.

“Clearly the after-hours pullback is a reflection of investor expectations being too high heading into the quarter,” DA Davidson analyst Tom Forte said.

Pinterest’s sales outlook was a disappointment said Forte, especially given the high expectations reflected in the run up in shares.

The company expects full-year revenue between $1.055 billion and $1.08 billion, the mid point of which is slightly above analysts’ estimate of $1.06 billion, driven by average revenue per user (ARPU) in the United States.

Pinterest also said in a regulatory f爱上海419iling it would look to invest in its advertising products through the year.

The company, which calls its users “pinners”, added 291 million monthly active users globally in the first quarter, above estimates of 289.3 million, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. ARPU globally rose 26% to 73 cents, the company said.

Net loss narrowed to $41.4 million in the quarter ended March 31 from $52.7 million a year earlier. Excluding certain items, the company lost 32 cents per share.

Total revenue rose about 54% to $201.9 million, beating estimates of $200.6 million.

Unlike Pinterest, other companies that made their stock market debut in 2019 such as Lyft Inc and Uber Technologies Inc have seen a steep drop. Uber shares have fallen nearly 18% since its IPO, while Lyft is down about 23%.

GLOBAL MARKETS-European shares recover, but trade worries mount

* Latest U.S. sanctions on Huawei undermine market sentiment

* Dutch bond yields hover above negative territory

* Weak U.S. data raises interest rate cut bets

* China stocks gain on government support hopes

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By Saikat Chatterjee

LONDON, May 16 ( ) – European stocks rose half a percent to the day’s highs on Thursday, erasing earlier losses, while the euro gained in volatile trade as the threat of auto tariffs were pushed back.

But falling government bond yields globally meant attention remained focused on the trade dispute between China and the United States, after Washington hit Chinese telecoms company Huawei with sanctions.

“Manufacturing growth in Europe continues to be a source of concern as seen by recent PMI data and unless we see a firm resolution on the trade war front, the uncertain outlook will continue to be a headwind for markets,” said Mike Bell, a global markets strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management in London.

European shares rose half a percent, up nearly a percent from the day’s lows. German stocks also surged. U.S. stock futures were up 0.4 percent, signalling a stronger start on Wall Street.

The surge in European stocks and gains by Chinese and Hong Kong stocks pushed an index of global stocks into positive territory.

German government bond yields were near their lowest in almost three years. Dutch bond yields were about to reach negative territory, a level not seen since October 2016. German yields are now four basis points below their Japanese counterparts, the biggest gap since late 2016.

Late on Wednesday, the U.S. Commerce Department said it was adding China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and 70 affiliates to its “Entity List” – a move that bans Huawei from acquiring components and technology from U.S. companies without government approval.

The move surprised global markets, which had steadied the day before after reported that U.S. Pres爱上海419ident Donald Trump was planning to delay tariffs on auto imports.

RATE CUT BETS GROW As trade tensions re-emerged, weak U.S. data ratcheted up market expectations of the Federal Reserve would cut U.S. interest rates this year. Retail sales unexpectedly fell in April and industrial production dropped 0.5%, the third decline this year.

Yields on 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds fell to 2.3% , near a 15-month low of 2.340% on March 28.

Fed funds rate futures are fully pricing in a rate cut by the end of this year and more than a 50% chance of a move by September.

“That is a sea change from a year ago, when the consensus was three to four rate hikes a year,” said Akira Takei, bond fund manager at Asset Management One.

Falling U.S. yields have eroded support for the dollar, which was flat against a basket of other currencies.

Oil prices gained on concern mounting tensions in the Middle East would hitting global supplies. Brent crude rose 0.1% to $72 a barrel and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude reached $62.73, half a percent higher.

Gold slipped 0.2% to $1,293.9 per ounce.

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Kansas governor withdraws from Syrian refugee program

( ) – Kansas is withdrawing from plans to resettle Syrian refugees in the state after the federal government failed to provide security information爱上海 on them, Republican Governor Sam Brownback said on Tuesday.

Brownback said in a statement that he repeatedly asked the administration of President Barack Obama for documentation on the screening of refugees who would be relocated from Syria to Kansas.

“Because the federal government has failed to provide adequate assurances regarding refugees it is settling in Kansas, we have no option but to end our cooperation with and participation in the federal refugee resettlement program,” Brownback said.

Kansas has received a trickle of Syrian refugees. A family of three and two men have been resettled there in the past 15 months, a spokeswoman for Brownback said by email.

Obama pledged last year that the United States would take in 10,000 people fleeing war-torn Syria, under pressure from European leaders who have been inundated with refugees.

But the promise came under fire from Republicans concerned that violent militants could come into the United States posing as refugees.

Despite opposition from some states, the United States remains committed to admitting the promised number of Syrian refugees in the current fiscal year, which ends in September, said a State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official said state governments can consult on the resettlement of refugees, but the program is administered by the federal government. “Decisions regarding the admissibility of refugees to the United States are made by the Department of Homeland Security after stringent security checks,” the official said, noting that some refugee records are confidential.

Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for the federal Health and Human Services Department, said that “refugee resettlement will continue in Kansas, coordinated by non-profit organizations.”

More than 30 governors attempted to block refugees from their states, but courts and attorneys general have said that it is up to the federal government to screen refugees and settle them.

U.S. officials told a congressional panel in February that the country has tightened vetting of immigrants and refugees after attacks in California and Paris, and put on hold hundreds of applications from Syrian refugees.

More than four million Syrians have fled their war-torn country, according to the United Nations, which calls it the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation.

Almost 2 million Syrian refugees are in Turkey and hundreds of thousands live in camps in Jordan, while others have flooded Greece, according to the U.N.

PG&E in talks with BlueMountain to possibly expand board: sources

NEW YORK ( ) – California utility owner PG&E Corp is exploring expanding its board as it navigates bankruptcy proceedings in an effort to potentially settle an ongoing battle with shareholder BlueMountain Capital Management LLC, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The discussions between PG&E and BlueMountain representatives underscore the restructuring challenges the company faces since filing for bankruptcy in January to address potentially crushing liabilities from catastrophic wildfires.

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The talks come days after PG&E named a new chief executive and unveiled plans to appoint 10 directors to a newly formed board in response to pressure from other shareholders. California Governor Gavin Newsom criticized the slate as dominated by hedge-fund financiers, out-of-state executives and others lacking experience operating utilities.

The discussions are in early stages and will not necessarily lead to a deal that would again revamp PG&E’s board, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential. A PG&E representative declined to comment.

BlueMountain, a New York-based hedge fund, in March selected 13 candidates for PG&E’s board after slamming the company for seeking bankruptcy protection. BlueMountain’s slate includes an expert in resolving victim claims, a former treasurer of the state of California, a prominent California-based hedge fund manager, and people with banking and energy industry expertise.

Sources familiar with the talks have said that the company has been impressed with the skill-set the BlueMountain nominees bring in three main areas: doing business in California, safety and risk management, and utility and clean energy operations.

BlueMountain owns roughly 8 million PG&E shares, far less than the amount held by a group that includes Knighthead Capital Management, Redwood Capital Management and Abrams Capital Management. This group pushed for PG&E to hire Bill Johnson, who has been chief executive of the Tennessee Valley Authority, as its new leader.

Bill Clinton confronts protesters who say his crime reforms hurt blacks

NEW YORK ( ) – Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday faced down protesters angry at the impact his 1994 crime reforms have had on black Americans and defended the record of his wife, Hillary Clinton, who is relying on the support of black voters in her quest for the presidency.

The former president spent more than 10 minutes confronting the protesters at a campaign rally in Philadelphia for his wife over criticisms that the crime bill he approved while president led to a surge in the imprisonment of black people.

The Democratic race for the Nov. 8 election has become increasingly heated as Hillary Clinton, stung by a string of losses in state contests, has traded barbs with her rival for the party’s nomination, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, over who is better prepared for the White House.

In Philadelphia, several protesters heckled the former president mid-speech and held up signs, including one that read: “CLINTON Crime Bill Destroyed Our Communities.”

Video footage of Hillary Clinton defending the reforms in 1994 has been widely circulated during the campaign by activists in the Black Lives Matter protest movement. In the footage, she calls young people in gangs “super-predators” who need to “be brought to heel.” Hillary Clinton, 68, who also has faced protesters upset by her remarks, said in February she regretted her language.

Bill Clinton, 69, who was president from 1993 to 2001, defended her 1994 remarks, which protesters say were racially insensitive, and suggested the protesters’ anger was misplaced.

“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children,” he said, shaking his finger at a heckler as Clinton supporters cheered, according to video of the event. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She (Hillary Clinton) didn’t.”

“You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter,” he told a p上海419论坛rotester. “Tell the truth.”

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Hillary Clinton promised to end “mass incarceration” in the first major speech of her campaign last year. She has won the support of the majority of black voters in every state nominating contest so far, often by a landslide.

Spokesmen for the campaign and Bill Clinton did not immediately respond on Thursday to a request for comment.

A SURGE IN PRISONERS

The United States has more people in prison than any other country. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1.05 million prisoners were held in federal or state facilities in 1994. By 2014, it was 1.56 million. That year, 6 percent of all black men in their 30s were in prison, a rate six times higher than that of white men of the same age.

Bill Clinton said last year that he regretted signing the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act into law because it contributed to the high incarceration rate of black people for nonviolent crimes. On Thursday, he did not explicitly recant those regrets, but appeared to be angry at any suggestion the bill was wholly bad.

The legislation imposed tougher sentences, put thousands more police on the streets and helped fund the building of extra prisons. It was known for its federal “three strikes” provision that sent violent offenders to prison for life. The bill was backed by congressional Republicans and hailed at the time as a success for Clinton.

Although Clinton is popular among Democrats who view him as a gifted orator and crowd pleaser, he has in the past veered from the carefully calibrated message put out by his wife’s campaign, causing problems for her representatives.

During Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential bid, civil rights leaders and high-ranking Democrats in Congress criticized the former president for statements he made during a heated campaign against then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama. Bill Clinton said Obama’s campaign had “played the race card.” Obama became the first U.S. black president in November that year.

Bill Clinton’s remarks on Thursday drew criticism online. Some saw him as dismissive of the Black Lives Matter movement, a national outgrowth of anger over a string of encounters in which police officers killed unarmed black people.

Johnetta Elzie, a civil rights activist, wrote online that Clinton “can’t handle being confronted by his own record.”

“This is like watching a robot malfunction,” she wrote.

Earlier in Philadelphia, Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, assailed Clinton as unqualified to be president as the two campaigns became increasingly testy less than two weeks before New York’s nominating contest.

“Are you qualified to be president of the United States when you’re raising millions of dollars from Wall Street, an entity whose greed, recklessness and illegal behavior helped destroy our economy?” Sanders said at a news conference.

Clinton this week sharply questioned Sanders’ credentials and ability to carry out a campaign pledge to break up the big banks.

Spokesmen for Clinton noted she never said the word “unqualified” when she questioned his preparedness for the presidency, but they declined to say whether she believed in that characterization.

Clinton aimed for a more magnanimous tone than her aides when speaking to reporters during a subway ride in New York City.

“I don’t know why he’s saying that,” she said of Sanders calling her unqualified. “But I will take Bernie Sanders over Ted Cruz or Donald Trump any time,” she said of the two leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.

Sanders returned the sentiment in an interview with the “CBS Evening News” later on Thursday.

“I think the idea of a Donald Trump or a Ted Cruz presidency would be an unmitigated disaster for this country. I will do everything in my power and work as hard as I can to make sure that that does not happen, and if Secretary Clinton is the nominee, I will certainly support her,” he said.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares buoyed by optimism on U.S.-China trade talks

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* MSCI ex-Japan gains, Nikkei at 4-1/2-month top

* Sentiment boosted by China data, JPMorgan results

* Positive news on Sino-US trade talks whet risk appetite

By Swati Pandey

SYDNEY,爱上海419 April 15 ( ) – Asian shares neared nine-month highs on Monday after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he hoped U.S.-China trade talks were approaching a final lap, while strong Chinese export and bank loan data boosted confidence in the global economy.

The optimism on trade together with the U.S. Federal Reserve pausing its rate tightening efforts and Britain lawmakers getting an extension on the country’s exit from the European Union helped lift the mood in equities markets.

“U.S.-China trade concerns have receded, the Fed is no longer hiking rates and Brexit has been postponed, which all bodes well for risk assets,” said Takashi Hiroki, chief strategist at Monex Securities.

In early European trades, the pan-region Euro Stoxx 50 futures, German DAX futures and London’s FTSE futures each rose about 0.2 percent. E-Minis for the S&P 500 were little changed.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.4 percent to its highest since late July. Chinese shares were buoyant, with the blue-chip CSI300 index rising 0.6 percent.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.3 percent while South Korea’s KOSPI rose 0.5 percent. Japan’s Nikkei also joined the party, gaining 1.4 percent to close at its highest since early December.

On Saturday, Mnuchin said a U.S.-China trade agreement would go “way beyond” previous efforts to open China’s markets to U.S. companies and hoped that the two sides were “close to the final round” of negotiations.

Further whetting risk appetite, exclusively reported on Monday that U.S. negotiators have tempered demands that China curb industrial subsidies as a condition for a trade deal after strong resistance from Beijing.

“We expect a relatively market-friendly U.S.-China deal,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch global economist Ethan Harris said in a note. “In our view, market and political concerns will constrain future fights. Think ‘skirmishes’ rather than ‘major battles.’”

The rally in Asia follows on from strong finish on Wall Street on Friday as traders cheered Chinese data showing exports rebounded in March to a five-month high while new bank loans jumped by far more than expected.

Investors have been fretting about a global growth slowdown this year as trade disputes and tighter financial conditions hit demand. Worryingly, the International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for the world economy for the third time in six months.

There have also been fears that weakness in key economies, including China, could spread to other countries, especially if elevated trade tensions between Beijing and Washington escalated further.

As a result, the Group of 20 industrialised nations have called for a trade truce, signalling world leaders are prepared to take action to curtail risks of a global economic slowdown.

CURRENCIES

Investors are next looking to China’s March-quarter gross domestic product data due Wednesday. A poll predicted it would show growth slowing 6.3 percent from a year earlier, the weakest pace since the global financial crisis a decade ago.

All eyes are also on corporate earnings from major U.S. companies after quarterly results from JPMorgan handily beat analyst estimates last week.

In currencies, the dollar index was 0.1 percent weaker at 96.863 against a basket of major currencies as demand for safe haven assets eased. It had slipped to a near three-week trough of 96.745 on Friday.

The Australian dollar, which is often used as a proxy for China plays, was a tad softer at $0.7173 but still near a seven-week top touched last week.

The euro was a tad firmer at $1.1309 as dealers geared up for demand from Japan as Mitsubishi UFJ Financial closed in on its multi-billion-euro acquisition of DZ Bank’s aviation-finance business.

The common currency was also supported by encouraging data from the euro zone where industrial output in February declined by less than expected.

In commodities, oil provided big milestones last week, with Brent breaking through the $70 threshold and the U.S. benchmark posting six straight weeks of gains for the first time since early 2016.

Brent crude oil futures was last off 23 cents at $71.32 while crude futures, the U.S. benchmark, eased 33 cents to $63.56.

FBI likely to interview Clinton soon in emails probe: CNN

WASHINGTON ( ) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is likely to interview Hillary Clinton in the next few weeks about her use of a private email server while she was U.S. secretary of state and have already interviewed some of her aides, CNN reported on Thursday.

The nine-month investigation into whether laws were broken as a result of the server kept in her New York home has overshadowed Clinton’s campaign to become the Democratic Party’s candidate in November’s presidential election.

With only a few states left to vote in primary elections, she retains a commanding lead over her rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

More than 2,000 emails sent and received by Clinton while working as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat include classified information, which the government bans from being handled outside secure, government-controlled channels.

Clinton has said she did not send or receive any information that was marked as classified and has accused the State Department and other government agencies of “over-classifying” her emails after a judge ordered them released to the public. She has said she expects to be exonerated by the FBI, a point her campaign staff echoed on Thursday.

“We are confident the review will conclude that nothing inappropriate took place,” the campaign told CNN.

David Kendall, Clinton’s lawyer, and Melanie Newman, a spokesperson for the U.S. Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, both declined to comment.

CNN said those interviewed included Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Clinton and the vice chairwoman of Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Lawyers for Abedin and other Clinton aides did not respond to questions.

The timeline in the CNN report appeared to contradict answers Clinton gave in an interview on Tuesday, in which she told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that neither she nor her representatives had yet been contacted by the FBI.

Asked about this, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon suggested the definition of words Mitchell used in her question were open to interpretation.

“What does representatives mean to you, sir?” he said in an email, but declined to elaborate.

Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, and other Republicans have used the FBI inquiry to attack Clinton’s integrity.

“These FBI interviews are another reminder of the gross negligence Hill爱上海ary Clinton displayed as Secretary of State,” Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, said in a statement.

Hundreds of thousands march in London to demand new Brexit referendum

LONDON ( ) – Hundreds of thousands of people opposed to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union marched through central London on Saturday to demand a new referendum as the deepening Brexit crisis risked sinking Prime Minister Theresa May’s premiership.

After three years of tortuous debate, it is still uncertain how, when or even if Brexit will happen as May tries to plot a way out of the gravest political crisis in at least a generation.

Marchers set off in central London with banners proclaiming “the best deal is no Brexit” and “we demand a People’s Vote” in what organisers said was more than one million people strong and the biggest anti-Brexit protest yet.

“I would feel differently if this was a well-managed process and the government was taking sensible decisions. But it is complete chaos,” Gareth Rae, 59, who travelled from Bristol to attend the demonstration, told .

“The country will be divided whatever happens and it is worse to be divided on a lie.”

While the country and its politicians are divided over Brexit, most agree it is the most important strategic decision the United Kingdom has faced since World War Two.

Thousands of pro-EU protesters gathered for the “Put it to the people march” at Marble Arch on the edge of Hyde Park around midday, before marching through the landmarks Picadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square and past the prime minister’s office in Downing Street to finish outside parliament.

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March organisers estimated that more than one million people turned out for the march, exceeding a similar rally held in October, when supporters said about 700,000 people turned up.

It was not possible to independently verify the figure, although a reporter said the march was so busy that some of the crowd had to be diverted off the main route. Police declined to give an estimate on the number of protesters.

The one million estimate would make it London’s second biggest demonstration after a rally against the Iraq War in February 2003, which organisers said close to 2 million people attended.

“NEVER GONNA GIVE EU UP”

A range of politicians, including from the governing Conservative Party, addressed a crowd, which packed out Parliament Square and left some unable to get near.

Among them was Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson, who swung behind a People’s Vote on May’s deal despite party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s reticence on the issue, and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon.

Phoebe Poole, 18, who was holding a placard saying “never gonna give EU up” in reference to a song by 1980s popstar Rick Astley, was not old enough to vote in the 2016 referendum.

“We have come here today because we feel like our future has been stolen from us. It is our generation that is going to have to live with the consequences of this disaster,” she told .

“It is going to make it harder to get a job. You are already seeing a lot of large companies leaving. I am worried about the future.”

Two hundred coaches from around Britain were booked to take people to London for the march.

A petition to cancel Brexit altogether gained 4.39 million signatures in just three days after May told the public “I am on your side” over Brexit and urged lawmakers to get behind her deal.

But protesters disagreed with May’s claim that she is on the side of the British public, with one placard reading: “You do not speak for us Theresa.”

In the June 23, 2016 referendum, 17.4 million voters, or 52 percent, backed Brexit while 16.1 million, or 48 percent, backed staying in the bloc.

But ever since, opponents of Brexit have been exploring ways to hold another referendum. Some opinion polls have shown a slight shift in favour of remaining in the European Union, but there has yet to be sustained evidence of a decisive change in attitudes.

May has repeatedly ruled out holding another Brexit referendum, saying it would deepen divisions and undermine support for democracy. Brexit supporters say a second referendum would trigger a major constitutional crisis.

Those favouring Britain remaining in the EU say Brexit will bring economic hardship and disrupt trade, as well as an end to many social benefits, including the right to live and work in 27 other countries.

Supporters of Brexit say the divorce might bring some short-term instability, but in the longer term Britain will thrive if cut free from what they cast as a doomed experiment in Ger上海龙凤419man-dominated unity that is falling far behind other major powers.

“We already put it to the people. And the people roared,” pro-leave group Change Britain said in a tweet.

RPT-FOCUS-Stalled Aramco IPO sets back deal-making at U.S. subsidiary Motiva

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By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Erwin Seba

HOUSTON, March 26 ( ) – Saudi Aramco’s delayed initial public offering is sidelin上海龙凤419ing grand North American expansion plans at its U.S. refining subsidiary Motiva Enterprises LLC, people familiar with the matter said, at a time when its rivals grew their market share.

After dissolving a partnership with Royal Dutch Shell PLC two years ago, Motiva set out to rebuild and boost market share in the Americas. It evaluated deals for LyondellBasell Industries NV’s Houston refinery, with the Caribbean government of Curacao, and considered expanding its sole U.S. oil refinery.

But none of those came to pass as the company feared it might pay too much for acquisitions or become too exposed to disruptions by expanding its sole U.S. refinery, the people said. As a result, Motiva has slipped to 11th place from ninth among the top U.S. refiners by capacity since striking out on its own, according to U.S. government data, as other refiners inked deals to take advantage of the shale boom. For a graphic, click tmsnrt.rs/2HxT1wn

“They were very handicapped by the fact that the kingdom was contemplating the IPO,” a refining consultant to Motiva said, speaking on condition of anonymity as the talks were private. “What they told us was ‘until this gets done or resolved, we cannot do anything.’”

Saudi Aramco did not want Motiva to enter deals that could hamstring its IPO or raise questions about its strategy, leaving Motiva unable to expand, the people said.

Plans for the Aramco IPO were shelved last year for the foreseeable future, sources told in 2018. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said in January the kingdom would still go ahead, and list the company by 2021.

A Motiva executive said the company has not given up on increasing its U.S. processing might.

“We don’t comment on anything specifically, but we do want to increase our refining capacity,” said Todd Fredin, the company’s head of supply, trading and logistics.

A spokeswoman for Motiva declined to comment on past or potential acquisitions and expansion plans. Saudi Aramco declined to comment.

Vision 2030, the Saudi Crown Prince’s signature economic program designed to lessen the kingdom’s reliance on oil, also undercuts the need for U.S. expansion, said Andrew Lipow, president of refining consulting firm Lipow Oil Associates.

“They are in the process of trying to look toward 2030, and adding assets outside of Saudi Arabia” is not as critical anymore, he said. “A refinery in the United States doesn’t create jobs in Saudi Arabia.”

Rivals have used acquisitions and expansion to boost their share of the U.S. market. Marathon Petroleum Corp last year acquired the fifth largest U.S. refiner Andeavor for $23 billion.

This year, Exxon Mobil Corp embarked on a multi-billion dollar refinery expansion and Chevron Corp added a second Gulf Coast refinery as the two largest U.S. oil companies take advantage of record production out of Texas shale fields. The United States is now the world’s top oil producer, pumping more than 12 million barrels a day. For a graphic, click tmsnrt.rs/2VIJTbg

“Economy of scale is very important for refiners,” said Joseph Israel, chief executive of Houston-based refiner Par Petroleum, whose parent last year acquired a Tacoma, Washington, plant and new refining capacity in Hawaii. “The right kind of growth typically supports efficiency, commercial flexibility, and visibility in the market.”

Motiva emerged from a Texaco-Saudi venture formed in 1988 as a U.S. outlet for Saudi crude. Last year, Saudi exports to the U.S. fell to 949,000 barrels per day (bpd), only the second time that figure has been less than 1 million bpd since that year, according to U.S. Energy Department data, as the United States gets more barrels from Canada than OPEC producers.

Motiva can process up to 603,000 barrels of oil a day at its Port Arthur, Texas refinery, the largest in the United States. The plant, which processes U.S. and other crudes, does not disclose revenue.

Last April, during a reception for the Crown Prince, the company said it was considering expanding the Texas refinery by up to 900,000 bpd capacity, which would have made it the largest plant in the world, surpassing a Reliance Industries plant in India.

The project was abandoned two months later to avoid concentrating at one U.S. Gulf Coast site, Motiva said. It has pledged to explore adding between 1 million and 1.5 million bpd capacity, but has not said when or where that would happen.

In February, Motiva ended talks with Curacao over a request to operate its 335,000 barrel-per-day Isla refinery and storage terminal. Those discussions ended after the Isla refinery’s supervisory board in January disclosed a corruption probe into selection process for a new operator.

“They didn’t want to be dragged into a corruption scandal – it was fraught,” said another refining consultant familiar with the Curacao talks.

Before its split from Shell in 2017, Motiva weighed buying LyondellBasell’s 264,000 bpd Houston refinery to replace plants it was turning over to Shell. Motiva pulled out of the sale process fearing it could be seen as overpaying for the plant after outbidding other refiners, said a person familiar with the talks. The plant was taken off the market after no bid reached Lyondell’s desired minimum price, the person said.

The company has shifted at Saudi Aramco’s direction toward petrochemicals. The U.S. operation recently gained its parent’s approval to build a $5 billion steam cracker to produce ethylene, a plastics building block, that would start operations by late 2022, according to documents reviewed by .

Recently, it requested proposals from investment banks to evaluate its options should CITGO Petroleum Corp, the U.S. arm of Venezuela’s state oil company, go on the market, according to two people familiar with the matter.

“Motiva has been allowed its freedom and is heading in all directions at once,” said the person familiar with Motiva’s Curacao talks, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There’s initiative fatigue.”

Mourinho unhappy with referees going against him

José Mourinho, the controversial Manchester United coach, admitted that he feels a bit unlucky as most of the refereeing decisions have gone against his team lately and he claimed that he has had “a bad luck”.

Craig Pawson, the referee of Manchester United’s match against Southampton, denied awarding a penalty to the home team after a debatable handball play made by Maya Yoshida in the penalty box of the guests. Mourinho also added that there wer上海龙凤419e decisions like that also in matches against Leicester and Manchester City as his team should have been awarded penalties there as well.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea coach spoke about this problem as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I feel unlucky. But unlucky in football you have to change, which is what we try to do. When I speak about three big decisions, penalties in matches where a penalty, and a possible goal, makes a huge difference, I want to say unlucky because it is what I feel.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He also insisted that he doesn’t want to blame the referees for being biased: “I could be here now with a bias theory, which I’m not going [to do] at all, because honestly I’m happy with the referees’ performances in these matches, and [they] were just unlucky decisions. You have to be biased against us to say the penalty against City, against Leicester and against Southampton were not penalties.”

In the end, José Mourinho claimed that he is happy that his team don’t have to play in the Carabao Cup anymore this season: “The fact that we don’t play Carabao Cup semi-finals I think is a good thing for us because we have no players to play these possible two extra matches in January. Now we have to cope with Everton and Derby, after that we have an open space of nine to 10 days before Stoke and hopefully in this period we can rest, we can work, we can recover some players to attack the second part of the season.”

AC Milan signed too many players

AC Milan were not shy to splash the cash during the summer, and CEO Marco Fassone suggested they might have signed too many players

The Rossoneri CEO says the arrival of 11 players during the close-season may have been too many to make the club credible Serie A title challengers, GOAL understands.

It came as no surprise, though. Milan finished fourth last season, leaving them without a place in the Champions League once again, and the Rossoneri tried to their best to boost Vincenzo Montella’s squad.

To do so, Milan spent an astonishing €194 million to secure the signature of 11 new faces, including Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva and Hakan Calhanoglu.

However, the arrival of all those players at San Siro has done little to improve the situation of Milan, and that resulted in Montella getting sacked, when the club was sitting at the seventh place on the Serie A table.Italian football to pay respects to Sassuolo owner Squinzi George Patchias – Sassuolo owner Giorgio Squinzi has died at the age of 76, and a minute’s silence will be observed across Italian football this weekend as…

“The signings? I’d do them all again, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t make a couple of mistakes. There are some things we wouldn’t do today, but by t爱上海419hat I don’t mean the players,” Fassone told Radio Uno.

“There are some who are performing lower than their own quality, but it seems impossible that Bonucci and [Lucas] Biglia won’t return to the levels of the past.”

“Did we sign too many players? It’s possible. We did a lot of assessment, and in the end the answer [sporting director Massimiliano] Mirabelli and Montella gave me was to make a major change with six or seven players to be kept,” he said.

“There was an awareness that it would be difficult to create a real team in the first few months, we thought we’d get a lower return in the first part of the season and then rise back up.”

“We’ve lost five or six points now that are difficult to recover in terms of fourth place,” the CEO concluded.

Shakespeare happy to work with Rooney

Craig Shakespeare, the Everton assistant manager, said that Wayne Rooney has hit “a purple patch” as he started to perform really well and since Sam Allardyce’s arrival, he has been doing a really great job for the team.

Sam Allardyce and Craig Shakespeare used to work together in the England national team and they reunited again at Everton – after Ronald Koeman had been sacked, the experienced duo has been appointed. The new coach managed to gain three wins and one draw from his first four matches and Wayne Rooney made a huge impact in these games.

The former Leicester City coach spoke about the contribution of the captain as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I’m very impressed with Wayne. We know what his pedigree is about but his goalscoring record of late is very, very good. To score the winner, being in the right place at the right time last night, obviously he is in a purple patch but the team as well is performing well.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

The coach also spoke about a huge improvement in the defensive play: “The big ask of the team is that the individuals make sure that, if they perform, hopefully, the team collectively perform. We want to be better with the ball, let’s be honest, but at the moment 上海龙凤419we are doing okay as a team. The manager has stressed to the squad about clean sheets and that’s the basis of it. Team ethic, work ethic.”

In the end, Craig Shakespeare spoke about a valuable draw with Liverpool: “Everybody, all the pundits, had Liverpool as favourites. We knew that going there, we could cause them problems when we had a chance. We would have liked to have caused them more problems but to come away from there with a point, I think, has to be satisfying.”

Messi’s new salary

Lionel Messi has signed a new deal with FC Barcelona, and his new contract means he is now the best-paid player in La Liga

Thanks to his new deal, the Argentine superstar is now ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in terms of weekly salary in Spain. Messi’s existing contract would have expired in the summer of 2018 and now he extended it until 2021. No matter if he stayed at Camp Nou or mov上海419论坛ed elsewhere, he would have landed a major pay day either way.

Although it’s difficult to calculate the exact amount of Messi’s net worth now, a lot of information can be accumulated from what has been reported.

The Argentina international’s new deal reportedly earns him £500,000 (€565,000) a week. Not taking into consideration different tax rules and bonuses, he is said to be the second-highest paid player in Europe behind Neymar.

His salary was estimated to be on around £336,000 before signing his new contract, and back then Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were better off, having signed new deals more recently than Messi, but the Barca superstar is now back in front.Ernesto Valverde praises Lionel Messi’s “fantastic” impact Andrew Smyth – Ernesto Valverde praised a not fully-fit Lionel Messi’s impact as Barcelona came from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 on Wednesday.

There are only two players who earn more than Messi, when it comes to football outside of Europe. These two are Carlos Tevez and Ezequiel Lavezzi, as they both play in the Chinese Super League.

Ironically, the Argentine has Neymar to thank for his new and improved terms. His departure to Paris Saint-Germain took Messi’s wages off the books.

According to GOAL, before that, Barca had admitted that Messi’s new salary would take their wage spending above what is generally recommended by UEFA.

“The LFP and UEFA make recommendations, but nobody sets a salary cap. We are above what is recommended but the important thing is to be sustainable. We can afford it,” the Barcelona president explained.

\u010cech is certain that Arsenal can win the title

Petr Čech, the Arsenal goalkeeper, is certain that it would be silly not to count his team into the title race – they managed to climb to the fourth place in the Premier League table and the Czech believes that they ca上海龙凤419n chase Manchester City.

It was the third time Arsenal have decided the game against Burnley in the dying minutes as Alexis Sanchez converted a penalty and the Gunners grabbed their fourth win from their last five Premier League matches. They are currently 12 points behind the league leaders, Manchester City but Petr Čech believes that they can bounce back into the title race.

The former Chelsea keeper spoke about the situation of his team and said that they have to focus just on the upcoming match, according to Sky Sports: “We need to play game by game and not think too much about what’s going on around us because the only way is if you win your game you give yourself a chance, so this is what we have in our mind.”Juan Mata backs Solskjaer to end Man United’s trophy drought Andrew Smyth – Juan Mata is convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will end Manchester United’s trophy-drought sooner rather than later.

He added that anything can happen: “We win our game and let’s see how the others are going. The teams at this moment who are above us, if they keep going and keep winning, then you can’t catch them, but you need to make sure that you win your game first and then let’s see what will happen.”

Čech expects that there will be a lot of twists in the table as Manchester City can’t remain that dominant through the whole season: “There can be plenty of twists in the table as well because you win two games in a row you climb up and you can draw and fall out of the top four, so it will go pretty quick and is very packed up there and will be I think until the end of the season.”

\u00d6zil not good enough, claims Ray Wilkins

According to former England international, the German midfielder should not be given the No.10 shirt at the Emirates.

Mesut Özil is not good enough to be given the freedom to choose his own number, according to Ray Wilkins.

The Germany international will soon be out of contract as he can look for a potential move as early as the January transfer window. However, it is suggested that he would be willing to extend his spell with the Gunners if he is handed the No.10 shirt, because he thinks it will boost his reputation and brand.

Yet, Ray Wilkins does not agree with those demands and believes Jack Wilshere should not be stripped from his number.

“He is not a great player so why should he wear 10?”  Wilkins stated in front of talkSPORT. “Why should he nick that off Jack? I think the word ‘great’ is used far too often.

“I don’t think he has ever been a great player.”Arsenal star signing honest about his performances Nedim Maric – Nicolas Pepe arrived at Arsenal from Lille in an €80 million blockbuster move for the Ivory Coast international.The 24-year old didn’t have a dream…

Wilkins did admit that Özil is a really good player, who has been fantastic for Arsenal at times, but he is not necessarily a great player.

“You see him in the Premier League week in week out, he’s a good player, he’s a very good player.

“He’s been a fantastic player. I don’t think he is 爱上海a great player.”

Özil joined the Gunners back in 2013 from Real Madrid in a £42.5 million deal, but has left fans with a mixed impression about his overall contribution to the club due to his inconsistent performances.

Ronaldo versus Messi goes on

As Cristiano Ronaldo pulled level with the Barcelona man on five FIFA awards apiece, he claimed that there are many years of this great rivalry to come and he believes that both of them will be able to remain at the top.

Including the years when FIFA’s individual award was merged with the Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo and Messi now have got five trophies each and they are considered to be the best players in the world without any doubts. Time is going by so much faster than we上海龙凤419 are able to realize, but both Ronaldo and Messi can remain at this level for at least few more years.

And Ronaldo had something to say about his successful year and his rivalry with Messi, according to Goal: “I don’t compete with Leo. He is a player, who is in the same era. He won five times. I won five times too — individual awards for the best in the world. So things are as they are.”Ronaldo opens up about retirement plans Nedim Maric – Cristiano Ronaldo is still playing at a top-level even at 34 years of age.Juventus is looking to end the 23-year-old drought of not winning…

The Portuguese added as he looked to be very satisfied: “Obviously, I am happy because, as I said before, I am at the best club in the world. I have had the opportunity to demonstrate that I am at a very high level during the last few years. And I am still [physically] very well. So I am very quiet. I will see what’s going to happen tomorrow, but at the moment I have to enjoy this nice moment of my life because you never know what will happen next.”

And when he was asked about the situation between him and Messi, he claimed:  “It didn’t finish yet… it is just starting.”

So it looks like there are many entertaining seasons waiting ahead of us as this spectacular clash between these two great players goes on.

Neymar’s salary at PSG revealed

Football Leaks have revealed the fabulous figures of Neymar’s contract at PSG.

According to the report, the Brazilian forward is the best paid football player in the world. His new salary at Parc des Princes is €3.069.520  per month, which means €36.834.240 per year. Following the math, Neymar is earning more than €100.000 per day, which means more than €4.000 per hour.

PSG paid this summer for Neymar €222m in what is the biggest transfer deal in football history. Since his arrival at Parc des Princes, Neymar already scored five goals in six appearances, both in Ligue 1 and Champions League.Gianluigi Buffon delighted to break Paolo Maldini’s record Andrew Smyth – Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was “very proud” after breaking Paolo Maldini’s record for the most appearances at club level.

However, there was also controversy since his arrival at PSG and not everybody is happy with the arrival of the most expensive player in history. Neymar was involved in an argument with Edinson Cavani. The two players fought over the right to execute a penalty kick, in the match against Lyon.

Subsequently, Neymar issued an apology to his teammates for his behaviour during that match. Unai Emery decided not to include the Brazilian in his squad that drew 0-0 with Montpellier on Saturday. However, he is very likely to feature again for PSG in the upcoming Champion上海419论坛s League match against Bayern Munich.

Manchester United to ban Lukaku chant for ‘being racist’

The Red Devils have been urged to stop a song about their new striker after the anti-racism organisation has interfered.

Anti-racism organisation Kick It Out has asked Manchester United to ban a chant about Romelu Lukaku. A small section of United fans were singing the song during the Champions League game against Basel, which has prompted Kick It Out to intervent. The song follows the tune of the Stone Roses ‘Made of Stone’ and has two references to the size of the Belgium international’s manhood.

Following the game Kick It Out have contacted the English club, after establishing that the song is ‘offensive and discriminatory’.

According to The Times, the statement reads:Victor Lindelof’s agent confirms Barcelona interest Andrew Smyth – Victor Lindelof’s agent confirme爱上海419d that Manchester United blocked a move to Barcelona for his client during the summer transfer window.

“Kick It Out is aware of the footage of the alleged racist chanting by supporters of Manchester United that emerged on Wednesday evening [13 September].

“The lyrics used in the chant are offensive and discriminatory. Racist stereotypes are never acceptable in football or wider society, irrespective of showing support for a player.

“We have contacted Manchester United and will be working closely with them and the FA to ensure that the issue is addressed swiftly. The perpetrators can expect to face punishment.”

Brilliant Manchester United inspired by Lukaku

Manchester United hammered West Ham 4-0 at Old Trafford as Lukaku scored twice in dream debut.

The game turned out to be a dream starter for new arrival Romelu Lukaku. The Red Devils started off strong as they were pressing their opponent and whenever they had the ball they organized their offense very quickly. In the 33rd minute Lukaku opened his official Premier League record with United as he doubled it in the start of the second half.

Nemanja Matić also played a brilliant 90 minutes for Mourinho’s side. However, arguably the best player on the pitch was Marcus Rashford who was involved in both of the first two goals, and was even close o scoring one himself if it had not been for the crossbar. Even so Rashford was causing trouble for West Ham throughout the whole game.Report: Mourinho rejects several offers amid Real Madrid talk Andrew Smyth – Jose Mourinho has reportedly turned down several job offers i上海419论坛n Europe as he eyes up a potential shock return to Real Madrid.

After scoring twice United slowed down the pace of the game before switching to higher gear in the final minutes of the game. Martial and Pogba put their names on the scoresheet as they wrapped up the final 4-0, which completely epitomizes the dominant game of Manchester United.

You can see highlights of the game below.

https://youtu.be/1mTLnrPmtf8

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirms that Alexandre Lacazette\u2019s move to Arsenal should be completed soon

Arsenal’s main transfer target might be joining the club within the next day or twoWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, July 4, 2017.

Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette’s move to Arsenal should be completed within the next day or two.

Significant progress in the deal talks between the clubs has been made after an opening bid of 39 million pounds was turned down by the French side last month.

Aulas confirmed the deal is worth up to 43,8 million, meaning it would eventually be a club-record, as currently, the most money spent by the Gunners were the 42,5 million for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

Aulas told 爱上海French outlet Le Progres: “Alexandre Lacazette’s transfer to Arsenal could be auctioned within the next day or two.

“The figure reported by the English media of around €67m (including €12m in add-ons) is impossible and not realistic. Arsenal’s first offer was around €45m, the transfer will be concluded in the range of €45m to €50m.Report: Pallister urges United to sign Maddison. George Patchias – Former Manchester United centre-back Gary Pallister has urged his old club to sign James Maddison from Leicester City.Pallister formed the first great defensive partnership…

“It constitutes, without a doubt, a record transfer fee for Arsenal, [sic] and for Lyon of course!”

Lacazette stated last month that he would only move to a club who are playing in the Champions League, but it appears that this statement has changed.

The French striker was very close to joining Atletico Madrid this summer, as he even had verbally agreed to join the Spanish side but, the move broke down after the Spanish Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed last month, that Atletico would be banned from registering players during this transfer window.

Lacazette enjoyed a great season in the last campaign, scoring 37 goals in 45 games.

He has two years left on his existing contract with Lyon.

Neymar with a hattrick against Las Palmas

The Brazilian was the best for Barcelona tonight as he scored 3 goals in the 4-1 winWritten by Christian Møller Poulsen. May 14, 2017

Barcelona needed three point to keep their La Liga hopes alive, and they got it上海419论坛 thanks to Neymar who netted three goals.

The game started out with a few surprises as the young Brazilian Marlon Santos, started instead of Mascherano as the Argentinian was injured in the warm up.

Another surprise took place, as Lucas Digne was handed the place as the right back.

25 min: Busquets made a clever back heel pass in the middle of the field where he found Andres Iniesta who send Luis Suarez deep. The Uruguayan then ran into the box where he passed to Neymar who kicked it in with ease.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

27 min: Only 2 minutes later Barca scored another goal. This time it was Neymar’s turn to set up Luis Suarez. The Brazilian made a brilliant cross from the left wing above the defense where he found Suarez, who lobbed the ball over the keeper.

63 min: Tension was brought into the game, when the centerback from Las Palmas, Pedro Bigas, scored following a lazy defensive play by the Catalans. Andre Gomes had moments earlier replaced Lucas Digne at the right back, and it proved to be a bad decision. Confusion and laziness would be de best way to describe the Barcelona defense in the situation. A ball was sent in the box, where Gerard Pique was needed by the Catalans. Instead Busquets looked lazy as he let Bigas run into a free spot.

67 min: Neymar however, brought the nerves down for the Catalan side as he headed the ball in the net from a cross by Rakitic.

70 min: Only three minuts later, the Brazilian made his third goal of the game. Rakitic made a perfect cross over 60 metres as he sent Jordi Alba deep. Neymar then made a good run and received the ball inside the box, where he cooly sent it below the keeper.

Barcelona would be happy with their three points, if it wasn’t for Real Madrid who won 4-1 against Sevilla and thereby getting even closer to the La Liga title. A title the Madrilène side have won just once in the last 8 years.

Cristiano Ronaldo: The doubters are a minority

Cristiano scored 2 goals last night and shut down many doubtersWritten by Mads Trudslev. April 13, 2017

Before yesterday’s game, Ronaldo had gone six games in Europe without scoring, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by critics. That all changed against Bayern München, where he scored both goals in Real Madrid’s victory in Allianz Arena.

The night started out best for Bayern, when Arturo Vidal scored the first goal in the 25th minute. The same Vidal had the chance to make it a bad night for Madrid, but he failed to score the penalty just before halftime. In the second half, Ronaldo took over the show and won the game with two goals. Before the second goal, Javi Martinez made the job a little easier for Madrid by getting a red card, after conceiving his second yellow.

-It’s not easy when you’re behind against a team like Bayern, but we hit back early after the break and we won, so now we’re in a good position, he said上海龙凤419 after the game.

-Football is like this, had Vidal scored the penalty, it might have been a different game.Inter Milan V Lazio: Players to Watch Taimoor Khan – Inter Milan are set to host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday and the game is definitely going to be an exciting affair…

-Football is full of surprises, we scored and then they went down to ten

Men.

After his criticism lately, he also had some words for those who doubted him.

-I don’t know who doubts me? They must be in the minority. -Those who watch me closest have no such doubts.