By Suleiman Al-KhalidiAMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan will host a meeting on Sunday between top Israeli and Palestinian security and political officials with U.S. participation to halt a recent surge in violence that has stoked fears of a wider escalation ahead of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, officials said. The meeting is aimed at giving Palestinians hope for a political future, a senior Jordanian official told Reuters. At least 62 Palestinians, including gunmen and civilians, have been killed this year, the Palestinian health ministry said. In addition to averting violence, it is hoped Sunday’s meeting will halt unilateral measures by Israel, the Jordanian official said. Israel disputes that and cites biblical, historical and political links to the West Bank, as well as security interests.
The U.S. tycoon has spent 445 million pounds ($550.64 million) on players but his team are currently floundering in 10th place under Tuchel’s successor Graham Potter. Successor Eddie Howe, backed by more than 200 million pounds in transfer spending, has been a roaring success, taking the team into third place in the table. But it took the Merseyside club’s owners almost a decade to land the team’s first Premier League title in 2020. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, by contrast, has got through seven managers in seven years and spent over 500 million pounds on players with little reward. But fans only need look at United’s rivals to see that new ownership is far from a guarantee of instant success.2 months ago Win 98.5
After one half of play for the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday night, everyone in the NFL world started to pencil in the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round. And Doug Pederson seemingly had no answers in front of a shell-shocked crowd while chasing a 27-0 deficit. Instead of surrendering and letting the perennially cursed Chargers cruise and advance, a 36-yard Riley Patterson field goal saw the Jaguars pull off the third-largest comeback in NFL playoff history to win 31-30 as time expired. And how did the Chargers keep the door open for their own epic collapse? Let’s break the eight essential steps down — in order — as Jacksonville celebrates one of the greatest mid-January victories in pro football lore.2 months ago For The Win
Embattled head coach Brandon Staley and his 2022 Chargers came into the 2023 Playoffs as a 2.5-point favorite. Rivers, at the tail end of an eight-game winning streak, tearing his ACL before a 2008 AFC title game loss to the New England Patriots. After taking a 24-0 lead, the Chargers possessed the ball eight times. Those drives, in order:three plays, eight yards, punt (muffed and recovered)four plays, one yard, field goalone play, -1 yard (end of half kneel down)seven plays, 37 yards, puntseven plays, 45 yards, field goal14 plays, 58 yards, missed field goalthree plays, five yards, punt (with a chance to grind the clock down to zero). The Chargers can’t even be the best at being the worst, and that’s a very, very Chargers thing to be.2 months ago For The Win
DUBAI (Reuters) – British-Iranian relations, which have been strained for decades, were back in the spotlight after Iranian authorities executed British-Iranian national Alireza Akbari for spying, charges he had denied. 1988 – Britain restores full diplomatic relations with Iran. 1994 – Britain accuses Iran of contacts with the outlawed Irish Republican Army, a charge Iran denies but relations worsen. 1999 – Iran says relations between Tehran and Britain have been upgraded to ambassadorial level. The same year, Iran accuses Britain of being behind bombings that killed six people in Iran.2 months ago Win 98.5
U.S. earnings and retail sales numbers, a slew of China data and inflation readings elsewhere mean there’s plenty to mull over. Recent data showed Tokyo inflation at double the central bank’s target. GRAPHIC – Environment risks dominate Environment risks dominatehttps://www.reuters.com/graphics/GLOBAL-ECONOMY/TRUST/byprlrklqpe/chart.png3/ HOPE AND FEARU.S. retail sales data and more earnings reports are on tap. Before then comes December’s data deluge, with industrial output, retail sales and Q4 economic growth data lining up to be ugly. Economists expect retail sales to have dropped 7.8% for a fourth straight monthly decline and for annual growth to finish up at a meagre 1.8%.2 months ago Win 98.5
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1% to touch a four-month high in morning trade. China has abruptly dropped ultra-strict curbs on travel and activity, unleashing the virus on the nation’s 1.4 billion people. China has partially eased an unofficial ban on Australian coal imports and the Australian dollar made a three-week high overnight just below $0.69. In Europe, unseasonally warm weather has disappointed skiers but been a boon for a euro basking in falling gas prices. Benchmark Dutch gas prices fell to 14-month lows overnight and the euro has climbed to $1.0619.2 months ago Win 98.5
After four years as the Republican minority leader, McCarthy now needs at least 218 votes to succeed Democrat Nancy Pelosi as speaker. House Republicans are expected to meet face-to-face behind closed doors on Tuesday morning, ahead of the speaker election. While Republicans have won back the House, Democrats still hold the White House and Senate. ‘TAKES TWO TO TANGO’The record number of voting rounds to elect a House speaker is 133 over a two-month period in the 1850s. Democratic strategist Jim Manley said that if Biden and Schumer did not have a House Republican with authority to negotiate with, then very little would get done, adding: “It takes two to tango.”The hardline Republican House Freedom Caucus is demanding rule changes that would enhance the group’s influence.2 months ago Win 98.5