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Pope calls neglect of migrants 'shipwreck' on Lesbos visit

Pope Francis on Sunday returned to the island of Lesbos, the migration flashpoint he first visited in 2016, calling the

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U.S. Democrat Omar: Pelosi to act against Republican for anti-Muslim comments

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Antonio Conte thanks Tottenham fans for their support and talks up ‘responsibility’ to earn their praise

Antonio Conte thanked Tottenham fans for singing his name during Sunday’s 3-0 win over Norwich and said he feels "a responsibility" to earn their support. Spurs made it four League games unbeaten under Conte and maintained the pressure on the top four with another encouraging display against the Canaries. Goals from Lucas Moura, Davinson Sanchez and Heung-min Son clinched Spurs’ biggest League win of the season and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium sang ‘Antonio, Antonio’ as the hosts saw out a three straight victory. "I want to say thanks to all the fans that sung my name," Conte said afterwards. "On one hand, I’m very happy, very enthusiastic for this. "On the other hand, I feel a lot of responsibility towards our fans. I think they trust a lot in my work and to listen to my name was good, because I only arrived one month [ago]. "For sure I have this responsibility to deserve this and maybe it is too early [for such praise]. I want to show in the future that I deserve this. I think the good result helps you, but I want to deserve if the fans decide to sing my name for my work, for my involvement in this club, in this situation." Lucas opened the scoring with a brilliant 20-yard strike after flicking the ball around Billy Gilmour and playing a one-two with Son. It was the Brazilian’s first League goal since February and Conte says he expects to Lucas to score more over the rest of the season. "He scored an amazing goal but he has the quality to score more goals and he has to score more goals in the rest of the season," the Italian said. "We need this type of situation. He’s very good, I think in front we have great quality with important strikers. Lucas has great quality and surely my expectation is to see much more goals like this, but good performance with and without the ball." Ben Davies was involved in both Spurs’ second-half goals, flicking on Son’s corner before Sanchez sliced home, and setting up in the South Korean following a neat one-two with the excellent Oliver Skipp. Davies was also involved in Spurs’ opening goal against Brentford on Thursday and Conte believes the flourishing Welshman is perfectly suited to playing on the left of his back three, comparing him to Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta. "Ben is playing very well and I think that that role specifically, I can get out the best of him," Conte said. "And it was the same with Azpilicueta [at Chelsea]. The three central defenders, it’s important to be good defensively. But at the same time, for me, it’s important to play football, have personality and play the ball. Also when you find a team thats defending very low, it’s very important in this system. “I need players with personality to play the ball and also to be offensive. Ben is one of these players, he shows great solidity and plays well defensively. I’m happy for him. We are talking about a really good person, a good guy. He’s always really focussed and concentrated. He played well." Read More Sergio Reguilon sends message to Tottenham fans after suffering injury against Norwich Tottenham take another step forward as Antonio Conte continues to build momentum Tottenham player ratings vs Norwich: Ben Davies a major threat with Oliver Skipp improving every game

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Manchester United see off Crystal Palace as Fred gives Ralf Rangnick immediate lift-off

The Ralf Rangnick era is underway and has an unlikely first hero, though perhaps a fitting one too. If this interim interregnum is all about taking players who appeared broken under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and repairing, repurposing and restoring them, then who better to get things going than Fred? The much-maligned Manchester United midfielder was injuring his own goalkeeper on this ground only three days ago. Now, on the occasion of Rangnick’s first game in temporary charge, he was a match-winner, serenaded to a Joy Division tune by those still sat in the Stretford End while doing his post-match media duties. David de Gea’s ankles aren’t the only thing he is tearing apart now. You can add a stubborn though largely second-best Crystal Palace to that list. Patrick Vieira’s side held out for 77 minutes only to be defeated by Fred’s uncharacteristically spectacular strike from range. This could all have taken on a very complexion if Jordan Ayew had converted one of this game’s few genuine chances just minutes earlier but, even so, it was a win that United just about deserved. The watchword from Rangnick’s unveiling earlier this week was ‘control’ and, against opponents who had already won on the other side of Manchester this season, United were comfortable for the most part. There was a sense of command and authority about their play that always eluded Solskjaer, but particularly early on in this game, when the players still had plenty left in the tank to execute Rangnick’s intense, high-pressing style. Even once that fast start slowed down, this contest did not revert to harum-scarum stuff of the past three years. Yes, Ayew went close. Yes, United lacked a cutting edge at times and struggled to create clear chances. But they were the protagonists of this story rather than equal participants and eventually, when Mason Greenwood laid the ball onto Fred’s weaker right foot on the edge and the arcing shot rose into the top left-hand corner, they wrote their own happy ending. Rangnick walked out of Stretford End tunnel in the unique position of being an interim manager on a six-month contract who is expected – judging by the hype around his appointment, at least – to reshape the club and define a long-term vision for consistent, sustained success. An unchanged team sheet from the win against Arsenal on Thursday night was the first hint that his time in the Old Trafford dugout may be more evolution than revolution. That team sheet was printed on paper, though. Out on the pitch, the unchanged line-up looked different. Rangnick opted for the 4-2-2-2 system he used throughout much of his last managerial spell, at RB Leipzig three seasons ago, with the ‘middle two’ – Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes – positioned wide and alternating between playing on the left and right, behind a strike partnership of Cristiano Ronaldo. You will know by now that just about everyone has questioned whether Ronaldo’s pared back playing style is well-suited to gegenpressing, but he was just as much a part of United’s purposeful start as any of his team-mates, sending in one far post cross for a free header that Fernandes only narrowly failed to connect with. The connection between those two Portuguese compatriots was looking more promising than ever. A long ball over the top by Fernandes found an unmarked Ronaldo, who chested down with his back to goal inside the box, but the angle was narrow and Marc Guehi came between the subsequent shot and Palace’s goal. When Guehi’s centre-back partner James Tomkins blocked Fred’s attempt after another encouraging United attack, Old Trafford surged with both appreciation and expectation, as if beginning to believe that this was now a proper football team again, capable of dominating opponents rather than determining the result on a roulette wheel. The question was, could they sustain it? After the half-hour mark passed, United remained on top but the intensity of their early play noticeably ebbed. Diogo Dalot continued to impress having come in for Aaron Wan-Bissaka against Arsenal and sent a curling, left-footed effort just wide on the cusp of half time. But really, that was as close as United had come to scoring, and clear-cut chances did not abound after the break either. Alex Telles saw a free-kick skim the top of the crossbar but Vicente Guaita, in Palace’s goal, had it covered. Rangnick introduced Mason Greenwood on the hour but replaced Sancho, United’s brightest spark by some distance up until that point. Solskjaer’s final Old Trafford game as manager was memorable for the chants of Donny van de Beek’s name which emerged from the Stretford End as that defeat in the Manchester derby progressed. Those chants were heard once again, yet Rangnick overlooked the £40m player and turned to 19-year-old Anthony Elanga, for only his third senior appearance. Yet the best opportunity of the afternoon would fall to Palace, in fact. Having previously posed little threat, Vieira’s side should have taken the lead when Tomkins leaped highest to meet a Tyrick Mitchell corner and the ball fell to an unmarked Jordan Ayew, only a few yards out, yet he screwed his shot across the face of goal and wide. That was the one golden opportunity that Vieira’s disciplined setup had been designed to create and capitalise on and it had gone. Just two minutes later, Fred was wheeling away towards the corner where the Stretford End meets the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, celebrating the sixth goal of his United career and, perhaps, a fresh start. Read More Newcastle off the mark and City hit summit – Premier League talking points Ralf Rangnick ‘surprised’ by Man United performance in first game in charge Five things we learned as Man United’s Ralf Rangnick era begins with win over Palace Man United vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Premier League result and final score Osian Roberts wants Palace to focus on themselves ahead of Old Trafford test Ralf Rangnick ready to stamp his style on Manchester United

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Lukas Nmecha FIFA 22: How to Complete the TOTGS SBC

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As Iran nuclear talks hit snags, Israel seeks harder US line

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Soccer-Hayes lauds treble sweep as 'biggest achievement' at Chelsea

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19 international passengers, 6 contacts test positive

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Two minor boys drown in Thane water pit

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Soccer-Nice lose ground in second place battle with Strasbourg defeat

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Bills CB Dane Jackson draws on memories of 4 late friends

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Boris Johnson news: Speaker goes to police over Westminster cocaine use claims amid drugs crackdown

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has said he will call in police over “deeply concerning” allegations of drug use in the Palace of Westminster. The Speaker said he was treating the matter as a priority and wanted to see “full and effective enforcement of the law” with serious sanctions for those flouting the rules. Sir Lindsay’s move comes after the Sunday Times reported that an investigation found evidence of cocaine in 11 out of 12 locations tested in the building. The intervention from the speaker also comes as the Prime Minister will this week launch a 10-year plan to tackle illegal drug-related crime which will include removing passports and driving licences from offenders, it has been reported. The crackdown will also include football-style travel bans, harsher sentences for drug dealers and measures to break up county lines gangs. The Sun reported Boris Johnson will outline "record" funding for addiction treatment and recovery services, with more money promised for the 50 local authorities with the worst drug issues including Middlesbrough, Blackpool and Liverpool. Follow updates below. Read More Passports to be taken off illegal drug users in Boris Johnson’s new crackdown Labour rift deepens as Angela Rayner aide suspended Tories break ranks on immigration to demand safe routes to UK for asylum seekers

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MATCHDAY: Benitez under pressure as Everton welcomes Arsenal

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Report: Texans LB Zach Cunningham out for disciplinary reasons

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Ashes: Chris Silverwood coy on England team selection as he ponders Pope/Bairstow conundrum and bowling attack

England remain coy on their selection plans for Wednesday’s opening Ashes Test in Brisbane, preferring to leave it until the eleventh hour to judge the pitch, weather, and their players’ form and fitness. In stark contrast to Australia, who laid their cards firmly on the table by naming their team days early, England will wait to name their XI. Their preparation has been badly disrupted by Brisbane rain, which they suspect could lead to a shortened match at the Gabba and affect the balance of their XI. The message from head coach Chris Silverwood, just like his captain Joe Root, was that “all options remain on the table”. One thing he did confirm, however, is that Ben Stokes – back from a break for injury and personal reasons – is ready to go. England, who have more than 30 players in Brisbane because the Lions are with them, will name a squad of 13 or 14 a day or two out from the game, before slimming it down to 11 as close to the toss as possible. “I will make sure Joe has plenty of choice in the group to go in whichever direction he wants,” said Silverwood. “There is the weather to take into consideration. Is it going to be a shortened game? Obviously pitch conditions as well. “We have had a lot of rain here. I know the ground dries very quickly but at the same time we have to take into consideration what the wicket looks like and how it develops over the next couple of days and obviously the weather forecast as well.” The two principle head-scratchers for England are the No6 slot, where Ollie Pope’s promise and Jonny Bairstow’s experience will have to be separated, and the shape of their bowling attack. Jack Leach seems likely but not certain to play, with England yet to decide how many seam bowlers they need on a pitch that is expected to have at least a green tinge. Pope has pedigree on flat pitches at the Oval, where he averages 99.94 in first-class cricket, and had what appeared a breakout tour of South Africa two years ago. Bairstow is a veteran of three Ashes tours whose form has fallen away since a century in Perth in 2017, due to struggles against the straight ball. He showed plenty of promise this summer without managing a big score. Before last week’s two days of warm-up cricket, Bairstow was ahead of Pope in the middle-order race. However Bairstow had a tough day on Friday, being dismissed twice for just 11 runs, including a first-ball duck. “It is one of the talking points we have at the moment,” Silverwood said. “As we stand, it is keeping a close eye on the two of them and we will make a decision closer to the time over who we think is the right man to go into that. Both of them are playing well at the moment in the nets so that is the talking point as we stand. “Jonny has good experiences and memories of playing here, he has been successful here before. Then you have the promise of young Ollie. We know he is a good player, and have to take in the fact the wickets here will suit the way he plays. We saw him get some good runs at the end of last summer at the Oval and we know his pedigree is very good. Those are all things that will be thrown in the mix and taken into consideration.” Of the bowlers, Silverwood would not rule out an all-seam attack, saying “there’s potential for everything”, although Root had earlier noted how the Gabba was a venue spinners enjoy, because of the ample bounce. When asked if England needed Mark Wood’s pace at a ground known for its help for quick bowlers (something they have spoken about before), Silverwood sat on the fence. “We’ve been successful without pace as well,” he said. “Yes, we like pace and I know it’s one of the things I banged on about early on when we talked about the Ashes. We’ve Woody here, but we’ve got other bowlers with great skill sets as well. “The disciplines are sharp, the areas that they bowl, the various types of movement we can create. And we have been successful with an attack which hasn’t really had that pace of Wood or people like that in it. So I think we’ve got the skill set to be successful here and the pace is one part of that skill set.” Australia’s early announcement allows England plenty of time to plan for what they will face. “If they feel confident enough to do that right now then good on them,” said Silverwood. “We will be keeping our options open as we always do. If they feel in a place to do that then great.” Read More Ashes 2021 tour diary: Australia name First Test team, Cummins head-scratcher, Anderson on the Gabba factor Ollie Robinson hoping to emulate Andrew Flintoff as he looks to make Ashes mark on Australia return Ashes 2021: Australia coach Justin Langer hopes Tim Paine could return to Test cricket

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RBA May Highlight Weak Prices and Virus Risks in Rate-Hold Call

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Covid news – live: ‘Too late’ to stop omicron wave, expert says as cases of new variant rise by 50% in one day

It is “too late” to make a “material difference” to a potential wave of omicron cases in Britain, a government adviser has said, stressing the current travel bans and pre-departure tests will do little to help. “If omicron is here in the UK, and it certainly is, if there’s community transmission in the UK, and it certainly looks that way, then it’s that community transmission that will drive a next wave,” said Professor Mark Woolhouse, an epidemiologist at the University of Edinburgh. Asked about new travel rules announced by health secretary Sajid Javid last night, including forcing all travellers attempting to enter the UK to take a pre-departure Covid test, Prof Woolhouse said that the measures were akin to “shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted”. It came as a further 86 omicron cases were reported across the UK – bringing the total to 246 and representing a rise of more than 50 per cent in just one day. Meanwhile, Dominic Raab urged the British public to exercise a “common-sense approach” to Christmas. Describing allegations of parties within No 10 last year as “unsubstantiated rumours”, the justice secretary accepted that, if true, they would represent a clear breach of the rules at the time. Follow our live coverage below Read More Omicron symptoms: What to look out for as doctor says new variant may not fit ‘clinical picture’ of delta Omicron: Everything we know about the new Covid variant UK travel rules tightened as Covid omicron cases rise

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Japanese princess celebrates coming of age

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Days after school shooting, Rep. Thomas Massie posts family photo with guns, asks Santa for ammo for Christmas

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Soccer-Spurs climb to fifth with comfortable win over Norwich

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Soccer-Chelsea thump Arsenal to win FA Cup and seal domestic treble

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