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Los Angeles Clippers visit Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Clippers visit Boston Celtics

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Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers was in Boston on Sunday for the Paul Pierce retirement ceremony. His visit was not purely ceremonial and also gave him an interesting perspective on the game. "I was more of a coach because we play Boston Wednesday, so I was sitting there as a complete coach and scout," Rivers said Monday, when his Los Angeles Clippers won in Brooklyn. "But it still was really interesting to do that. I may have to do that more. It was really cool. I got a lot out of it, I really did." The Clippers have won four of their last five games and are 4-2 since the mega deal that sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, for a package that included former Celtic Avery Bradley, who makes his second return of the season to the TD Garden.DeAndre Jordan, the big man and center of all k...
North Korea leader's sister to visit South for Olympics

North Korea leader's sister to visit South for Olympics

World
The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, which are being held in the South, ministers in Seoul say.Kim Yo-jong, a senior Workers' Party official promoted to the politburo last year, will be the first immediate Kim family member to cross the border.Both Koreas will march under one flag at the opening ceremony.The North's participation has been seen as a thawing of bilateral ties.North Korea crisis in 300 wordsHowever, the US, Japan and others have accused the North of using the Games for propaganda purposes.Who is Kim Yo-jong?Believed to have been born in 1987, she is the youngest daughter of late leader Kim Jong-il and is Kim Jong-un's full sister. She is about four years younger than her brother and is sa...
U.S. aircraft carrier set to visit Vietnam for first time since Vietnam War

U.S. aircraft carrier set to visit Vietnam for first time since Vietnam War

Business
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Pentagon officials on Thursday announced plans to deploy a U.S. aircraft carrier to Vietnam, marking the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has visited the country since the end of the Vietnam War.The USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is scheduled to make a port call in Da Nang in March as part of its Western Pacific deployment, pending approval from officials in Vietnam.The discussion of the USS Carl Vinson sailing to the region is part of ongoing talks between Defense Secretary James Mattis and Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich amid an increase in regional security concerns as tensions rise between Vietnam and China over territorial claims in the South China Sea.The potential visit also is indicative of a growing defense relationship between the U...
4 Palestinians dead, hundreds injured in clashes ahead of Mike Pence's visit

4 Palestinians dead, hundreds injured in clashes ahead of Mike Pence's visit

World
For the second Friday in row, thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem, Gaza and across the occupied West Bank turned out to protest more than a week after President Donald Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and days before his vice president visits the region. Nearly 400 Palestinians were injured today across the Palestinian territories, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Four Palestinians have also been shot dead by Israeli forces, two in the West Bank and two in Gaza, the Gaza Health Ministry said. Today was the deadliest day since Trump's Dec. 6 announcement, and the funerals are expected to be held Saturday. In Gaza, one of the two Palestinians killed was 29-year-old Ibrahim, a paraplegic who lost both legs during an Israeli airstrike in th...
Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

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Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday.Russian support has been crucial in turning the tide of Syria's civil war in favour of government forces, led by president Bashar al-Assad.Mr Putin made a similar withdrawal announcement last year, but Russian military operations continued.When asked how long it would take for Russia to withdraw its military contingent, Mr Shoigu said that this would "depend on the situation" in Syria. The Russian president was met by Mr al-Assad at the Russian Hmeimim airbase near Latakia.Mr Putin said: "I order the defence minister and the chief of the general staff to start withdrawing the Russian...