Tension in Catalonia

Spain PM Mariano Rajoy ordered to strip the Catalonian ministers led by Carles Puidegemont of their jobs and their ministries taken over, on Saturday.
“Yesterday (Saturday) there was a fully fledged coup against Catalonian instituitions”, said a spokesperson from the Catalonian governement.

PM Rajoy has ordered fresh elections to be called within six months, which would see polls held by mid-June at the latest.

Analysts have said that the current situation in Catalonia is as bad as the times of Franco who stamped down on the local tongue and banned everything Catalonian.
In Northern Italy, regions of Lombardy and Venetto were voting on Sunday in referendum on autonomy.

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Argentina manages to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2018

In what was the most important match for Argentina, the leader Lionel Messi delivered when it mattered the most.

Scoring a hattrick against Ecuadaor after having fallen within a minute off a strike from Ecuador’s Romario past Argentina’s Romero.

But the La Albiceleste did what he do best with the kind of attacking talent at their disposal. In the 11th minute, the little magical man, Leo picked up a pass ofrom Di Maria and slotted it home.

The second goal had Messi’s signature written all over it as Messi pressed hard high into the Ecuadorian backline and after getting the ball off of Ecuador, the goalkeeper Banguera had no chance.

The third goal was Messi just stomping his authority as he chipped past the goalkeeper after wrong-footing the three defenders that were marking him.

The win against Ecuador ensure that Lionel Messi & co head to Russia after securing a top four finish to the qualification stage.

England, France and Japan in top form

England had a great start to its FIFA U-17 campaign winning 4-0 against Chile. Chile had a bad day at defence with the Chilean back four in dissarray and was caught out of position several times. The nail in the coffin was Julio Borquez’s 79th minute red card. Jadon Sancho scored two for the Three Lions and Hudson-Odoi and Angel Gomes scoring one each.

In another match of the Group F, Iraq claimed its first points in the World Cup finals holding Mexico to a 1-1 draw.

In Group E, France was firing as they beat New Caledonia by 7-1 with the help of two own goals and forward Gouiri being a force infront of the goal netting two chances while, Gomes, Maxence and Isidor scoring one each. New Caledonia’s Wadenges got a consolation goal at the 90th minute.

Japan beat Honduras by 6-1 with a hattrick from Keito Nakamura in the first half sealing the deal.

India will be playing Colombia in a Group A match, and having lost the first match against USA, the Indian Colts will be eager to bounce back from the loss.

Trump addresses the UN General Assembly

US President Donald Trump’s spoke for the first time before the 193 member organisation on Tuesday. Trump boasted of America’s military strength.

Mr Trump also touched upon his recently announced Afghanistan policy, calling for driving terrorists “our of our nations”.

President Trump focussed largely on North Korea and Iran, and while he thanked China and Russia for supporting the efforts to deal with Pyongyang, he also indirectly criticised them when he said that any trade with North Korea was morally questionable. Trump has also threatened to rescind the nuclear deal with Iran.

Trump’s speech was greeted with periods of silence interspersed with polite applause.

US vs Pakistan cold war

Enraged at being called out by President Trump for nurturing terrorist groups, Islamabad is believed to have devised a “three option toughest diplomatic policy” where it could block access for US and NATO supplies to land locked Afghanistan.

Pakistan will limit diplomatic ties with US and wouldn’t procure more F-16 jets from them.

US has already banned Habib Bank’s operations in USA, which is Pakistan’s leading financial institution. It has also threatened Pakistan of stripping the status of a non-NATO Ally, cutting off all aid, imposing a travel ban on suspected ISI personnel and finally, formal designation as a terrorist state.

This could result in problems for Pakistan as it would limit weapon sales and affect  the monetary condition in respect to loans from the World Bank and the IMF. The political leaders remain unfazed and are hoping that either Russia or China will come to their rescue.

LeT commander killed

Lashkar-e-Taiba’s recently anointed operational commander Abu Ismail, said to be responsible for July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims that left eight dead, was killed along with his associate in an encounter on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday afternoon.

“We had prior information about the presence of two foreign terrorists”, said J&K Director General of Police, SP Vaid. Abu Ismail was the main accused in the Amarnath yatra attack, he added.

Ismail and his associate Chota Qasim were killed in a brief encounter at Aarigam area near Nowgam on the outskirts of Srinagar.

Barcelona defeats the Old Lady of Turin

FC Barcelona was back with a bang against Juventus in the first match day of Champions League at Camp Nou, Barcelona. The group match between them resulted in a win for the Catalonia side by 3-0, with Lionel Messi scoring twice and Ivan Rakitic getting a goal from a misplaced clearance by Barzagli.

This was a highly intense match as Juventus had defeated Barcelona in last year’s edition of the Champions League. The Juventus side missed some of their regulars through injury or suspension and the team lacked determination which it is famous for.

The first half of the match was fairly balanced with Luis Suarez misplacing passes left, right and centre. This was also Dembele’s first start for the Blaugranas after a world record transfer. Barcelona’s Marc Ter Stegen kept off shots in the first half leaving Barcelona with some respite, before Messi scored in the 45th minute.

The second half was all guns blazing for Barcelona who were keen on seeking redemption and the magical man didn’t disappoint. This is the first time that Messi has managed to get past Gigi Buffon in his career.

The win will come as a huge plus for Barcelona after the appointment of a new manager, and the mess of Neymar leaving riddled with the gross mismanagement of the club.