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UN: Libya’s rivals swap prisoners, part of cease-fire deal

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The U.N. says Libya’s rivals kicked off a U.N.-brokered prisoner exchange, which was part of a cease-fire agreement they inked over two months ago in GenevaBy SAMY MAGDY Associated PressDecember 26, 2020, 10:03 AM• 2 min readCAIRO -- Libya’s rivals kicked off a U.N.-brokered prisoner exchange, which was part of a cease-fire agreement they inked over two months ago in Geneva, the United Nations and Libyan officials said.The exchange of a first batch of prisoners, supervised by a joint military committee, took place Friday in the southwestern village of al-Shwayrif, according to the U.N. Support Mission in Libya, or UNSMIL.Libya is split between a U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli, to the west of the North African country, and rival authorities based in the east. The two side...
Europeans humble American rivals in Breeders’ Cup turf races

Europeans humble American rivals in Breeders’ Cup turf races

Sports
LEXINGTON, Ky., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- European runners humbled their American rivals in the biggest turf races of the 2020 Breeders' Cup on Saturday at Keeneland, dominating all four events. Keeneland's firm turf was especially kind to horses coming out of races over the soft-going in Paris a month earlier. Advertisement It was a tough day, though, for jockey Christophe Soumillon, who was sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Two mounts Soumillion relinquished went on to victory. $ 4 million Longines Turf Tarnawa, an Irish-bred filly owned and bred by the Aga Khan, completed the sweep of the Breeders' Cup's big turf races with a late-running, 1-length victory in the 1 1/2-miles Turf. Magical, second in the 2018 Turf at Churchill Downs, was second again with Channel Maker third as the ...
AA auction risks stalling as rivals eye joint offer

AA auction risks stalling as rivals eye joint offer

Business
Two of the putative bidders for the AA are in talks about joining forces in a move that could undermine shareholders' hopes of a hotly contested bidding war for Britain's biggest breakdown recovery service.Sky News has learnt that Warburg Pincus is holding preliminary discussions about partnering with a consortium comprising two other buyout firms - Centerbridge Partners and Towerbrook Capital Partners. The talks have yet to result in a definitive agreement, but if the three firms do formally team up, it would leave Platinum Equity as the only publicly declared potential counterbidder to the consortium.Apollo Global Management had been contemplating an offer, but is understood to have switched its interest to participating in a potential refinancing of the AA's £2.65bn debt mountain.The li...
FA Cup third round replay results: Tottenham survive late scare, Newcastle safely through, Coventry thrash League One rivals Bristol Rovers

FA Cup third round replay results: Tottenham survive late scare, Newcastle safely through, Coventry thrash League One rivals Bristol Rovers

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Tottenham and Newcastle secured their places in the fourth round of the FA Cup with wins against Middlesbrough and Rochdale respectively. Both the Premier League sides scored early goals to make their nights more comfortable after needing replays at home to progress. Getty Images - Getty Erik Lamela scored Tottenham’s second against Middlesbrough Giovani Lo Celso put Spurs 1-0 up against Middlesbrough in the third minute at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Tomas Mejias tried to play a quick ball from defence but it went straight to Lo Celso, who found the bottom corner with a clinical strike. Spurs doubled their lead in the 15th minute when Erik Lamela carved through Boro’s defence and stroked the bell home with the outside of his foot. Tottenham did not a...
Aleksandar Mitrovic double earns Fulham vital win at Championship promotion rivals Swansea

Aleksandar Mitrovic double earns Fulham vital win at Championship promotion rivals Swansea

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Aleksandar Mitrovic struck twice in the first-half to earn Fulham a 2-1 win over promotion rivals Swansea on Friday night.The Serbia striker took his tally to 23 goals in as many games for club and country this season as he led his side to within two points of the Championship’s automatic promotion places. Getty Scott Parker’s side are chasing an automatic promotion spot George Byers scored a second-half header, but it was not enough to end Swansea’s dismal home run of just one win from their last seven matches at the Liberty Stadium. Fulham’s fourth consecutive victory took them to within a win of second-placed Leeds before Saturday’s matches. Hosts Swansea had made three changes, with Steve Cooper bringing in Kyle Naughton, Byers and Sam Surridge for Jak...