first_imgTottenham Hotspur are relishing the prospect of testing their credentials against Premier League leaders Manchester City and the north London club are confident of winning Saturday’s away encounter (7.30pm), manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.Tottenham fell to seventh after winning just one league game in November but have since recovered with a morale-boosting Champions League victory over Apoel Nicosia, followed by two consecutive domestic wins to climb back into the top four.City, meanwhile, are currently on a record-breaking 15-game winning streak in the league and 18 points ahead of Tottenham but Pochettino is confident his side can end that dominant run.“I am so positive. I am a positive person. I am happy for the three points. What happens on Saturday, who knows? We go to Manchester to try to win. Football is football,” Pochettino said.“In the last week, we have got three wins, and that is so important for us. We now feel we can stay higher in the table. There is a long way to go in the season and anything can happen.“We are going to enjoy the game, as it is a fantastic challenge to play Manchester City. They are the best team in England, and one of the best teams in Europe. I am so excited to play in these games.”Midfielder Erik Lamela started his first game for Tottenham since October 2016 in the midweek win over Brighton and Pochettino has backed the Argentina international to have a positive impact on the team’s performance.“I think it is so important, he brought fantastic energy to the team and the last few weeks too,” Pochettino told reporters.“It’s normal and he needs time to give his best. I think it’s so important for the team to have him fit again and I think he’s going to help us a lot.”Should Tottenham get a positive result on Saturday, second-placed Manchester United will have the chance to cut the gap at the top when they visit West Bromwich Albion on Sunday (4.15pm).United bounced back from losing 2-1 to City last Sunday by beating Bournemouth 1-0 on Wednesday and should fancy their chances against a West Brom side who haven’t won in the league since August 19 and who failed to score in each of the three matches new manager Alan Pardew has been in charge.Third-place Chelsea sit 14 points adrift of City and host Southampton on Saturday (5pm), while fifth-placed Liverpool travel to Bournemouth on Sunday (6.30pm).last_img read more

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first_img Source: Katherine Miller/Twitter Clinton was pushed on the deaths of hundreds of children from Israeli attacks, something she said was “dreadful”. Then again though she cast doubt on the reporting of the conflict, saying that apportioning blame is difficult because of the “fog of war”:Some reports say, maybe it wasn’t the exact UN school that was bombed, but it was the annex to the school next door where they were firing the rockets. And I do think oftentimes that the anguish you are privy to because of the coverage, and the women and the children and all the rest of that, makes it very difficult to sort through to get to the truth.A number of times during the course of the current violence UN shelters have been hit by Israeli shelling. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza said in one case that it had provided the location of the shelter to Israeli forces 30 times.Clinton’s comments will be viewed by many as a further evidence of her ambition to run again for the White House and an attempt to sure up support of the pro-Israel lobby.The interview and transcript can be read on The Atlantic. Read: ‘Stop bombing trapped civilians’ – Doctors’ plea as five are killed in Gaza hospital >Read: Israeli shell hits UN school in Gaza killing 15 people, including UN staff > HILLARY CLINTON HAS offered a vociferous defence of Israel saying that the international reaction to the state’s actions has been “uncalled for and unfair”.In an interview with The Atlantic magazine, the former US Secretary of State said that she is in no doubt that Hamas must take responsibility for civilian deaths in Gaza and added that demonstrations against Israel are influenced by anti-Semitism.“More than 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine on both sides, not counting the [Malaysia Airlines] plane, and yet we do see this enormous international reaction against Israel, and Israel’s right to defend itself, and the way Israel has to defend itself. This reaction is uncalled for and unfair,” Clinton said.The former First Lady and presidential candidate also said that Israel has a “PR problem” in getting its message across: This is one pro-Israel interview from Hillary Clinton— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) August 10, 2014 What you see is largely what Hamas invites and permits Western journalists to report on from Gaza. It’s the old PR problem that Israel has. Yes, there are substantive, deep levels of antagonism or anti-Semitism towards Israel, because it’s a powerful state, a really effective military. And Hamas paints itself as the defender of the rights of the Palestinians to have their own state. So the PR battle is one that is historically tilted against Israel.Clinton spent a large portion of her time as US Secretary of State wrangling with Israel over its expansion of settlements in the West Bank, so her comments represent a significant strengthening of the hawkishness of her position.US President Barack Obama is also reported to have had some forthright conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over civilian casualties but the US has consistently supported Israel’s actions.last_img read more

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