DOHA—Morocco’s extraordinary run in Qatar continued on Saturday as they claimed another massive scalp in beating Portugal 1-0 to become the first African and Arab country to reach the World Cup semi-finals. The result could also go a long way towards vindicating the controversial decision to host the tournament in the Middle East. It is a result with major significance for the world game, providing proof that the gap between the top teams and the rest is closing and handing new hope to many countries who might have felt World Cup success was beyond them. Saturday’s victory for Morocco comes on top of their win over second-ranked Belgium in the group phase and penalty shootout success against Spain in the last 16. Portugal had been runaway favorites on Saturday and will consider the defeat as a missed opportunity.
Even so, the White House is downplaying any hope of a major breakthrough when Biden sits down with Xi in person. “I don’t think personal diplomacy will help that much,” said Victor Cha, a former director for Asian affairs in George W. Bush’s White House. The Biden administration sees Xi as the leader of a bullying nation with visions of global dominance. “We recognize that with each launch, [the North Koreans] learn something,” the senior Biden administration official said. But like Biden, Xi will also arrive at the meeting having fortified his position at home.2 months ago The Times of Bengal
An Indonesian soldier walks past a G20 sign at one of the venues of the G20 leaders summit, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 14, 2022. G-20 members include both industrialized and developing nations and account for 80% of the world’s economic activity and two-thirds of the world’s population. UKRAINE AND RUSSIAAs host, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has tried to bridge rifts within the G-20 over the war in Ukraine. The war will likely prevent the G-20 leaders from issuing a formal joint communique at the conclusion of the meeting. As the U.S. and allies in Europe and Asia contend with an increasingly assertive China, other G-20 economies like India, Brazil and host Indonesia are walking a tightrope between the bigger powers.2 months ago The Times of Bengal
Ange, of course, can’t play in the PBA, but he’s going to be good enough to play as an import. “Maybe [he could play] in Europe, maybe in Japan where I think he’s good enough to play an import role over there. He still has work to do in his offensive game, but he’s gonna be a pro for another 10-12 years,’’ added Baldwin. Seen to forego the coming PBA Draft, Ildefonso will make his options known on his impending professional career in the coming days. “Dave has an announcement coming up, so that will be exciting and he’s gonna be an excellent pro,’’ said Baldwin.1 month ago The Times of Bengal
The Bali Summit of G-20 nations is not going to be a calm affair like the previous two summits. Russia Ukraine Conflict- One major event which is going to affect the entire G-20 summit at Bali will be Russia Ukraine Conflict. So, we can say that under all probabilities, America will try to isolate Russia during the Bali meet of G-20. It is expected that a few issues may get overshadowed in Bali summit but it will set up the tone for Delhi. So, in all probabilities, Bali Summit will act as a steppingstone for New Delhi Summit in 2023.2 months ago The Times of Bengal
North Korea has escalated its weapons tests and fiery rhetoric as the U.S. and South Korea continue large-scale joint military exercises this week. An hour later, North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles toward the sea from the Gaechon area of South Pyongan province. North Korea last tested an intercontinental ballistic missile in March, its first such test since 2017. Early last month, North Korea sent an intermediate-range ballistic missile soaring over Japan in its longest-ever weapons test. Tensions had already risen Wednesday when South Korea responded to North Korea’s barrage by firing three air-to-surface missiles of its own.3 months ago The Times of Bengal
SEOUL, South Korea — As morning arrived in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood, quiet prevailed at the scene of the tragedy where at least 153 people died on what should have been a night of Halloween revelry. What we know about the deadly incident in Seoul At least 153 people were killed and 103 injured, officials said. While Halloween is not a traditional holiday in South Korea, Itaewon is known for its costume parties at bars and clubs, which have soared in popularity in recent years. The last major tragedy in South Korea also hit young people. Stella Kim and Thomas Maresca reported from South Korea.3 months ago The Times of Bengal
As of Sunday evening, officials put the death toll at 153 and the number of injured people at 133. While Halloween isn’t a traditional holiday in South Korea — where children rarely go trick-or-treating — it’s still a major attraction for young adults, and costume parties at bars and clubs have become hugely popular in recent years. Itaewon, near where the former headquarters of US military forces in South Korea operated for decades before moving out of the capital in 2018, is an expat-friendly district known for its trendy bars, clubs and restaurants. Local TV footage showed Yoon inspecting the alley filled with trash and being briefed by emergency officials. More than 1,700 response personnel from across South Korea were deployed to the streets to help the wounded, including about 520 firefighters, 1,100 police officers and 70 government workers.3 months ago The Times of Israel