Robbie Kruse,Massimo Luongo and Tom Rogic all return for Australia duty

Sydney: Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has welcomed back AFC Asian Cup heroes Robbie Kruse and Massimo Luongo as well as attacking midfielder Tom Rogic for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup 2019 joint qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan in early September.

All three strike weapons make a return to the Socceroos from injury and add significant weight to Postecoglou’s squad for the games with Bangladesh in Perth on September 3 and Tajikistan in Dushanbe on September 8.

Rogic was last part of the Socceroos set up in the lead up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and his selection follows a bright start to the season with Celtic while Kruse and Luongo (pictured, in yellow shirt) also come back into the squad after missing the 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan in June.

“It’s a positive that we’ve been able to recall Massimo (Luongo), Robbie (Kruse) and Tom Rogic after they missed recent matches and they add attacking options to the squad for the two matches in Perth and Dushanbe,” Postecoglou said in a press release.

“All three have regained fitness and started the season in form so they come back in and give us plenty of options and good depth in an attacking sense. When you add them to the likes of Tim Cahill, Mat Leckie, Tomi Juric, Nathan Burns and Tommy Oar the fans in Perth have a lot to get excited about.

“We started the World Cup qualification process with a win against Kyrgyzstan in tough conditions and now we have to continue that in front of our own fans in Perth and then on another tricky away trip to Dushanbe.”

Postecoglou has also drafted Aaron Mooy, Adam Federici, Jackson Irvine, Ryan McGowan and uncapped goalkeeper Alex Cisak into the squad, which will return to Perth for the first time since 2005.

They replace Oliver Bozanic, Chris Ikonimidis, Daniel de Silva, Ivan Franjic, Eugene Galekovic, Mitch Langerak, Tomislav Mrcela and James Troisi.

“The players we have brought into the squad have all started their respective seasons with some good performances and will get an opportunity to impress while they are in good form and fitness,” Postecoglou said.

Australia have never played Bangladesh or Tajikistan at full international level.

Australia v Bangladesh ​
3 September 2015
nib Stadium, Perth, Australia

Tajikistan v Australia
8 September 2015
Republican Central Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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Kim Jong-un inspects fruit farm

Kim Jong-un inspects fruit farm


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stands in front of harvested apples during an inspection of the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm, in this photo provided by North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun on Aug. 18, 2015. Kim called a rich harvest at the farm “a sign of prosperity for the country,” the paper said. The paper, published by the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, did not report when Kim made the visit. (Yonhap) (END)

 Kim Jong-un inspects fruit farm

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Thomas Bach shrugs off Korea DPR risks for PyeongChang

By Park Sojung

SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) — Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, on Wednesday brushed off concerns that security risks from North Korea may affect the 2018 Winter Games taking place in the South Korean alpine town of PyeongChang.

“We have full confidence in the authorities of (South) Korea who are responsible for their security,” Thomas Bach told reporters in Seoul. He arrived here earlier Wednesday to check on the progress made by PyeongChang organizers.

But Bach admitted that security will be a key issue at the event.

“Unfortunately, we are living in a world where every big event, be it sport or otherwise, has challenges with regard to security,” he said, adding the IOC will ensure that the South Korean authorities follow the examples of the previous Olympic Games.

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, holds a press briefing in Seoul on Aug. 19, 2015. (Yonhap)

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, holds a press briefing in Seoul on Aug. 19, 2015. (Yonhap)

The two Koreas remain technically at war since no peace treaty has been signed to end the 1950-53 Korean War.

By and large, Bach said he was satisfied with the preparations he has witnessed during his trip.

“There has been great progress since my last visit,” he said. “It is a real pleasure to see how the constructions are coming off the ground… and that we see the staffing of the organizing committee with experienced people.”

He had paid a courtesy call to South Korean President Park Geun-hye who showed “real firm and great commitment… to the success of this Olympic Winter Games,” according to the IOC president.

On Thursday, Bach will depart for Beijing, where he will attend the 2015 World Championships in Athletics set to kick off Saturday and meet with Craig Reedie, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.


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Governo estuda imposto sobre o WhatsApp e Dilma pode cair de vez

Na tentativa de reforçar o caixa, o governo pode dar um passo em direção ao abismo. A presidente Dilma Rousseff estuda criar um imposto sobre o uso do WhatsApp. “É, provavelmente, o serviço que o brasileiro mais usa. Então a arrecadação vai ser bilionária”, disse um assessor próximo do ministro Joaquim Levy.

Analistas políticos, porém, acreditam que se o governo cobrar pelo WhatsApp a presidente poderá cair de vez. “Vai ser uma movimentação infinitamente maior do que a dos 20 centavos”, estima um deles.

No início do mês começaram as análises para a cobrança do Netflix. O serviço, porém, é mais popular entre a classe média. A presidente foi procurada para esclarecer o assunto mas estava em seu horário de exercício, pedalando. Fiscalmente.