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.


Após estreia de Xuxa, evangélicos pedem devolução do dízimo

Uma chuva de pedidos de devolução do dízimo invadiu os telefones da Record nessa noite. Indignados com a qualidade do programa, fieis dizem que querem seu dinheiro melhor aplicado. “Se eu soubesse que era para isso eu não teria doado”, disse um homem que entregou parte do seu salário para a Igreja  Universal.

Outros ficaram indignados com o que consideraram Spoiler da Bíblia: Xuxa contou um pouco sobre a história dos Dez Mandamentos. O programa chegou a ficar em terceiro lugar no Ibope, atrás de Ratinho.

Se a Globo teve uma noite tranquila, o mesmo não se pode dizer da indústria de remédios contra o sono. “Ainda bem que o programa é semanal. Senão iríamos à falência”, disse um fabricante de remédios para dormir.



Korea Republic slams Korea DPR for linking joint military drills to family reunion

SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) — The Unification Ministry denounced North Korea Wednesday for demanding ongoing military drills between South Korea and the United States be suspended as a condition for permitting a reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

North Korea on Tuesday urged Seoul and Washington to suspend their joint military drills, linking the issue to whether it will accept Seoul’s offer for holding the reunion.

Jeong Joon-hee, the ministry’s spokesman, slammed the North’s tactics.

“The joint military exercises are transparent and regular, with a defensive purpose. The issue of the family reunion should be handled from a humanitarian perspective as it guarantees urgency,” Jeong told a regular press briefing. “The Seoul government believes that the North’s move is overstretched and improper.”

South Korea and the U.S. kicked off their annual joint military drills on Monday, which Pyongyang called a “declaration of war” and denounced as a war rehearsal for an invasion of the North.

President Park Geun-hye said last week that South Korea will send the North a list of about 60,000 family members for possible reunions with their relatives in North Korea.

North Korea raised its verbal attack against Park, calling her “a trouble-maker.”

“No matter how glittering make-up she may put, it is too late to prevent the foul smell from reeking off from her body interwoven with sycophancy, treachery, confrontation and hostility,” the North’s Joint National Organization of Working People said in a statement.

North Korea vehemently blamed Park for escalating tension on the Korean Peninsula, claiming that it is Park who has rejected the North’s offer for dialogue with the South.

On June 15, North Korea proposed conditional talks with the South, calling for the suspension of the South’s joint military drills with the United States.

Seoul has rejected the North’s offer and urged Pyongyang to come to the talks “without laying out improper preconditions.”


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Korea Republic monitoring reported purge of senior North Korean official

South Korea said Wednesday it is closely monitoring the whereabouts of a ranking North Korean official dealing with inter-Korean affairs amid a local media report that he might have been purged.

Won Tong-yon, the vice head of the United Front Department of the Workers’ Party, is believed to have been purged and forced to undergo “revolutionary education,” a kind of punishment handed down to North Korean officials who commit wrongdoing, under which they must perform hard labor, according to a media report.

Won, a veteran official handling inter-Korean affairs, represented the North’s delegation during high-level talks with South Korea held in February 2014.

“We are keeping close tabs on whether something might happen to Won,” said an intelligence official, asking not to be named.

If confirmed, the case would be the latest in a series of purges and executions ordered by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who is tightening his grip on power through a so-called reign of terror.

The report said that North Korean officials handling inter-Korean affairs, including Won, had to undergo an investigation by the North’s authorities over a memoir written by former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

In February, Lee published his book detailing his 2008-2013 presidency, in which he claimed the North had proposed summit talks several times, demanding $10 billion and humanitarian aid in return. Lee said he had spurned the offers.

At that time, North Korea accused Lee of malignantly hurting the North’s regime, insisting that his book is “peppered with lies.”

“The rumor about Won being purged has not been confirmed,” said a government official.

Jeong Joon-hee, spokesman at the Unification Ministry, said at a regular press briefing that the ministry cannot officially confirm intelligence about North Korea.

South Korea’s spy agency earlier said that the North Korean leader has tightened his grip on his power base in a brutal way, including the execution of about 70 senior officials, including the North’s former defense chief, Hyon Yong-chol. (Yonhap)

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