WORLD

Xavi says 48-team Qatar World Cup would be too long

Former Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez says FIFA should abandon a proposal to increase the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 from 32. The World Cup will feature 48 teams for the 2026 edition, to be co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada, but FIFA President Gianni Infantino said last week increasing the number ...

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Cyclone Idai: Huge area of Mozambique submerged

An aerial survey of Mozambique’s cyclone-hit province shows that a 50km (30 mile) stretch of land is under water, charity Save The Children says. The flooding was caused after River Buzi burst its banks, it adds. President Filipe Nyusi said at least 1,000 people could have been killed by Cyclone Idai which made landfall near the port city of Beira ...

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WorldPay payments firm in $43bn sale to US rival

A payment processing firm that used to be owned by Royal Bank of Scotland has been sold in a deal worth $43bn (£32bn). WorldPay has been bought by Florida-based Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) for $35bn in cash and shares, plus WorldPay’s debt. FIS sells payment services and also software for the finance industry. WorldPay was sold by RBS in ...

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MySpace admits losing 12 years’ worth of music uploads

MySpace, one of the first online social networks, has apologised after a server migration caused a huge loss of data. A message on its website says that “any photos, videos and audio files” uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available. There had been complaints going back several months that links to music were no longer working. ...

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UK space internet firm OneWeb ready for lift-off

UK based start-up OneWeb has secured $1.25bn (£940m) in new funding enabling it to speed up its plans to launch a global high-speed broadband network. The firm said the money meant its 2021 launch was now “inevitable”. The funding comes after the company successfully launched its first satellites for the service last month. The firm is competing with several rivals, ...

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Utrecht shootings: Hunt for gunman after attack on tram

A gunman has opened fire inside a tram and at several other locations in the Dutch city of Utrecht, authorities say. Several people have been injured and one is feared to have died, media reports say. Police say the gunman is still at large. Trains and trams have stopped running and schools have been asked to keep their doors closed. ...

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Ronaldo charged over ‘cojones’ celebration as Juventus sweat on possible Champions League ban

The Portuguese superstar has become the subject of a disciplinary investigation from UEFA following his actions during a meeting with Atletico Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged by UEFA with improper conduct, with Juventus now waiting to discover whether the Portuguese will be sanctioned over his ‘cojones’ celebration against Atletico Madrid. The 34-year-old forward has become the subject of a disciplinary investigation by European ...

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Barcelona striker Suarez ruled out of action for two weeks

The Uruguay forward sustained an ankle injury during a comprehensive victory at Real Betis for the Spanish champions over the weekend Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has been ruled out of action for two weeks after suffering a tear to his right ankle, the club has announced on Monday. The 32-year-old was forced to leave the pitch late on as Ernesto ...

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‘Man Utd had a helicopter ready for Bale’ – Moyes reveals how close he came to stopping Real Madrid move

The former Red Devils boss claims a deal to land the Wales international was almost done in 2013, while Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas were also targets Manchester United had a helicopter ready to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford during the summer of 2013, claims David Moyes, but the Red Devils were beaten to a prized signature by Real Madrid. Once ...

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