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January 23, 2020

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France to further boost its anti-jihad force in Sahel

France to further boost its anti-jihad force in Sahel

France will further bolster its anti-jihadist force in the Sahel, on top of 220 reinforcement soldiers already sent recently to try to stem a spiral of violence in the region, the country's top general said Wednesday.Defence chief of staff Francois Lecointre

Bayern Munich sign Real Madrid defender Odriozola on loan

Bayern Munich sign Real Madrid defender Odriozola on loan

Bayern Munich have signed Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Odriozola on loan until the end of the season, the two clubs confirmed on Wednesday.The 24-year-old Spain international will bolster Bayern's defence, which has been left short on cover with centre-backs

Driver musical chairs makes 2020 rally season hard to call

Driver musical chairs makes 2020 rally season hard to call

Ott Tanak begins the defence of his world rally title in Monte Carlo this week promising a clean fight with arch rival Thierry Neuville, his new teammate at Hyundai.Four days after clinching the 2019 crown, Tanak sprang a surprise by quitting Toyota to join Ne

Russia's defence chief: diehard loyalist in Putin shadow

Russia's defence chief: diehard loyalist in Putin shadow

Russia's long-serving Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who held on to his post in a cabinet shake-up on Tuesday, is a close ally of President Vladimir Putin who shares his taste for macho stunts.He has led a drive to modernise and acquire new weaponry for Russ

Asia ramps up defence against coronavirus

Asia ramps up defence against coronavirus

Asia stepped up its defences Tuesday against a new SARS-like virus, introducing mandatory screenings at airports of arrivals from high-risk areas of China as authorities move to head off a billowing regional health crisis.From Bangkok to Hong Kong and Seoul to

Osaka makes net-busting start to Australian Open title defence

Osaka makes net-busting start to Australian Open title defence

Naomi Osaka began her Australian Open title defence in emphatic fashion, breaking the net with a blockbuster serve as she dismantled unseeded Czech Marie Bouzkova on Monday.The 22-year-old Japanese, the world's second highest-paid female athlete after Serena