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Europa League draw LIVE: Date and start time, latest updates and confirmed teams as Premier League sides discover last 16 opponents

Europa League draw LIVE: Date and start time, latest updates and confirmed teams as Premier League sides discover last 16 opponents

Sports
The draw for the Europa League last 16 is coming up today. Europe’s secondary competition is ramping up now with four British teams in the pot for the next round. Getty Images - Getty The draw for the Europa League group stages will take place on Friday, February 26 Tottenham smashed Wolfsberger to make it through on Wednesday night. On Thursday, Arsenal, Manchester United and Rangers joined them in advancing to the last 16. But there was misery for Leicester as they were dumped out by Slavia Prague. Ajax, AC Milan and Roma are among the big clubs who are still in the competition. There is no seeding at this stage and beyond or country protection, meaning there could be an all-Premier League tie. Teams in Europa League last 16 draw ...

Opponents to $2,000 stimulus checks say they are not targeted. How that could be fixed

Finance
Hundreds of jobless people wait outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims on June 19 in Frankfort, Kentucky.John Sommers II/Getty ImagesAs President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office on Jan. 20, one of his first priorities is getting $ 2,000 stimulus checks approved.A third round of higher payments looked like a sure thing after Democrats won both Senate seats up for grabs in Georgia last week.That was until Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he may oppose the payments.His message: "If the next round of stimulus checks goes out, they should be targeted to those who need it."Other Democrats may still be deciding whether the checks should be a priority, Brian Gardner, chief Washington policy strategist at Stifel, wrote in an analyst note.More from Persona...
Euro 2020 play-off draw LIVE: Full coverage of draw as Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland learn opponents

Euro 2020 play-off draw LIVE: Full coverage of draw as Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland learn opponents

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The draw for the Euro 2020 play-offs will take place today and we’ll have full coverage of it on talkSPORT 2. This week saw the qualification campaign for next summer’s tournament come to an end but there are still four places up for grabs. The final slots will be decided by play-off clashes but there will be a difference to how they’ll work this year. AFP or licensors Scotland will be in the draw for the Euro 2020 play-offs Euro 2020 play-offs: Live on talkSPORT To tune into talkSPORT 2’s live coverage of the draw, just click here for the live stream or on the radio player below. Let's block ads! (Why?) talkSPORT
Queen agrees to close British Parliament; opponents outraged

Queen agrees to close British Parliament; opponents outraged

World
Aug. 28 (UPI) -- British Queen Elizabeth II agreed Wednesday to shut down Parliament for five weeks at Prime Minister Boris Johnson's request, drawing backlash from lawmakers working to strike a deal with the European Union before Britain leaves in two months. Johnson asked the queen to temporarily suspend Parliament from early September to Oct. 14, saying the move will allow him to better pursue his domestic policies. Opponents say he's trying to ward off interference from lawmakers hoping to block an exit without an EU agreement. Johnson has previously vowed Britain will have departed the 28-nation alliance by Nov. 1, with or without an EU agreement. He also said a reason for the move is because the present session has gone on for too long. Johnson denied the move had anything to do wi...

OAS calls on Nicaragua to release all government opponents

World
The Organization of American States is urging Nicaragua to release all imprisoned government opponents, cancel the legal cases against them and restore fundamental rights. The OAS said in a Thursday statement that it applauds "the release of political prisoners," hundreds of whom have been already transferred to house arrest. But it adds it is "imperative" that all those remaining behind bars be freed and have their cases dismissed. It also calls for similar guarantees for Nicaraguans who fled to exile. According to the Nicaraguan opposition, at least 200 of them have outstanding arrest warrants. The government says it has released all prisoners from a list agreed upon during a 90-day window that ended this week. But the opposition says at least 84 people arrested after the initial agreem...