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Jun 14, 2010

Algeria coach stands by keeper after blunder

UVONGO, South Africa (Reuters) – Algeria’s coach and captain stood firmly behind the team’s goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi on Monday, a day after his blunder gifted Slovenia victory in their opening Group C World Cup match.

Algeria face England on Friday in a game both sides need to win to get their World Cup campaigns back on track. England’s goalkeeper Robert Green was also guilty of a dreadful mistake that handed the United States an equaliser.

Jun 14, 2010

Soccer-World-Algeria coach stands by keeper after blunder

UVONGO, South Africa, June 14 (Reuters) – Algeria’s coach
and captain stood firmly behind the team’s goalkeeper Faouzi
Chaouchi on Monday, a day after his blunder gifted Slovenia
victory in their opening Group C World Cup match.
Algeria face England on Friday in a game both sides need to
win to get their World Cup campaigns back on track. England’s
goalkeeper Robert Green was also guilty of a dreadful mistake
that handed the United States an equaliser.

“These kind of mistakes could happen to any player. From our
point of view he was forgiven straight away, even before he
apologised,” captain Antar Yahia told a news conference at the
Desert Foxes’ training ground south of Durban.

Jun 14, 2010

Police use teargas on disgruntled workers in Durban

DURBAN (Reuters) – South African police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of workers protesting over pay in the early hours of Monday outside the stadium where Germany had just trounced Australia in their World Cup opener.

Riot police sporting body armour, helmets and guns chased stewards who had earlier been responsible for the security of 62,660 fans from the new Moses Mabhida stadium.

Jun 11, 2010

Sun, sea, sand and soccer at Durban’s beach party

DURBAN (Reuters) – After three days of rain, the skies cleared in Durban on Friday for the start of the World Cup letting the coastal South African city finally flaunt its virtues: sun, sea, sand and surf.

The third largest city in the host nation is often considered a poor cousin to Cape Town and Johannesburg and Durban’s marketing slogan gets straight to the point: The Warmest Place to be for 2010.

Jun 10, 2010

Algeria captain Mansouri dropped for opener

UVONGO, South Africa (Reuters) – Algeria captain Yazid Mansouri has been dropped for their opening World Cup match against Slovenia, coach Rabah Saadane said on Thursday.

The 32-year-old hard-tackling midfielder, who made his debut in 2001, has been replaced by Hassan Yebda who will be joined in the centre of midfield by French-born Medhi Lacen.

Jun 10, 2010

Soccer-World-Algeria captain Mansouri dropped for opener

UVONGO, South Africa, June 10 (Reuters) – Algeria captain
Yazid Mansouri has been dropped for their opening World Cup
match against Slovenia, coach Rabah Saadane said on Thursday.

The 32-year-old hard-tackling midfielder, who made his debut
in 2001, has been replaced by Hassan Yebda who will be joined in
the centre of midfield by French-born Medhi Lacen.

May 26, 2010

Ethiopia’s Meles rejects poll criticism

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi rejected opposition calls for a fresh election on Wednesday, after the Europe Union and the United States said his landslide victory did not meet international standards.

However, the 55-year-old leader who came to power in 1991 offered the opposition an olive branch, saying forums may be used to give opponents a say in key legislative proposals and how political parties are funded.

May 25, 2010

Ethiopia’s Meles urges recognition of poll win

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi urged the international community on Tuesday to respect his landslide election win and said foreign forces could not overturn the outcome and blood should not be shed.

A European Union observer said the election was marred by the ruling party’s use of state resources at a national and local level, setting the opposition at a disadvantage ahead of the vote, but this did not mean the count was not valid.

May 25, 2010

Thousands celebrate Ethiopia election landslide win

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s ruling party is set for a landslide victory in a national election fought amid opposition accusations the government had stifled dissent.

Provisional results released by Ethiopia’s electoral board showed on Monday that the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and allies won an overwhelming number of votes in nine out of 11 regions and cities to declare so far.

May 24, 2010

Ethiopia’s Meles wins election, board says

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s ruling party won a national election according to provisional results, the electoral board said on Monday, a victory that would extend his time in office to nearly 25 years.

Political analysts said before the result a convincing win for the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front would give the former rebel leader the chance to accelerate development in Washington’s main regional ally and improve its democratic record before Meles quits as planned in 2015.