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Transfer gossip: Messi turned down Man City, Liverpool cannot guarantee Coutinho stay, Arsenal duo to leave in January?

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers… Lionel Messi reportedly turned down an offer to join Manchester City on £850,000-a-week wages before signing a new deal with Barcelona. The Premier League leaders also offered the 30-year-old Argentina forward an £88m signing bonus, claim reports in Spain. (Marca) Jurgen Klopp has admitted there are no guarantees Philippe Coutinho will stay at Liverpool in the January transfer window, with Barcelona still in the hunt for the Brazilian midfield maestro. (Daily Star) Manchester City look set to make another offer for Alexis Sanchez…

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Senator: It's time for US military families to leave SKorea

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he believes it’s time to start moving the families of American military personnel out of South Korea as North Korea pushes the U.S. closer to a military conflict. Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he will also urge the Pentagon not to send any more dependents to South Korea. “It’s crazy to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea. South Korea should be an unaccompanied tour,” the South Carolina Republican said on CBS’ “Face…

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Daisy Ridley denies wanting to leave Star Wars movies

Daisy Ridley has denied reports that she wants to give up the role of Rey at the end of the current series. Daisy will be in the latest movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi and is due to be in the ninth episode. “When I did sign up, I did sign up for three films and that’s where I sort of saw the story ending,” she said. “I think everyone has perhaps taken that as me going, ‘I don’t want anything to do with it’ which is vastly untrue because…

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Bali volcano: Non-evacuees may be forced to leave area

Media playback is unsupported on your device People who have not left their homes around a rumbling volcano in Bali may be forcibly evicted, Indonesian authorities have said. Tens of thousands of people stayed put near Mount Agung after an alert was raised to its highest level. Some still felt safe while others did not want to leave livestock. A spokesman for the country’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said people were checking the exclusion zone for non-evacuees. “There are personnel doing the sweeping, if they [residents] need to be…

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Captain Smith leads Australia recovery to leave Ashes Test delicately poised

First Ashes Test, Gabba, Brisbane (day two of five) England 302: Vince 83, Malan 56, Stoneman 53 Australia 165-4: Smith 64*, Marsh 44* Australia trail by 137 runs Scorecard Australia captain Steve Smith withstood the charge of the England bowlers to leave the first Ashes Test delicately poised after two days in Brisbane. On a fascinating and, at times, thrilling day, Smith made an unbeaten 64 to lead his side to 165-4, 137 behind. That was a significant recovery from 76-4 as England’s attack, expertly marshalled by skipper Joe Root,…

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George North to leave Northampton to return to Wales

George North will leave Northampton at the end of this season and return to Wales on a national dual contract. The juggernaut wing, who has won 69 Wales caps and scored 30 tries, has agreed a deal from next term, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on its official Twitter feed. Northampton released their own statement confirming 25-year-old North’s departure. It is not known at this stage which of the four Welsh regions he will join. National dual contracts are 60 per cent funded by the WRU, with the player’s region…

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