RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT VIDEO SHOWS: VARIOUS OF REAL MADRID AND MOENCHENGLADBACH TRAINING / NEWS CONFERENCE WITH SOUNDBITES FROM BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH COACH MARCO ROSE / NEWS CONFERENCE WITH SOUNDBITES FROM REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE / NEWS CONFERENCE WITH SOUNDBITES FROM REAL MADRID MIDFIELDER TONI KROOS EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS WHITE FLASHES SHOWS: MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY (OCTOBER 26, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. REAL MADRID DEFENDER, SERGIO RAMOS, AND MIDFIELDER, LUKA MODRIC, WALKING ONTO PITCH TOGETHER 2. DEFENDER, MARCELO, ON PITCH 3. REAL MADRID SQUAD GATHERING FOR TEAM TRAINING SESSION 4. DEFENDER, EDER MILITAO (LEFT), FORWARD, VINICIUS JUNIOR (RIGHT), WARMING UP AND KICKING BALL WITH ANOTHER TEAM MATE (BACK TO CAMERA) 5. MIDFIELDER, ISCO, ON PITCH 6. MIDFIELDER, FEDERICO VALVERDE, ADJUSTING SCARF 7. REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, WALKING ONTO PITCH AND SPEAKING WITH PLAYERS 8. SQUAD HUDDLED ON PITCH AS ZIDANE SPEAKS 9. ZIDANE SPEAKING TO HUDDLED SQUAD 10. BALLS ON THE PITCH 11. RAMOS; AND MIDFIELDER, TONI KROOS, DURING TEAM TRAINING SESSION 12. ZIDANE WEARING A MASK AS HE WATCHES TRAINING SESSION 13. SIGN READING IN SPANISH: 'WELCOME' WITH REAL MADRID AND MOENCHENGLADBACH TEAM LOGOS 14. SQUAD TRAINING IN EMPTY STADIUM MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY (OCTOBER 26, 2020) (UEFA - NO RESALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "©UEFA 2020".) 15. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING: "But we're happy with what we did over the weekend (against Barcelona). I think we should be happy about what we did. Most of all for having a good game over the 90 minutes as a team. We only look at the job we do. And it's the same thing tomorrow. We know we're going to play against a tough team. That's how it's going to be every three days. We'll play against a team that can you put you in a tough spot at any point of the match. That's why if we always dig deep and play strong for 90 minutes from minute one until the end, well we have the chance to get the points and that's what we want to do tomorrow. We will try to repeat what we did in the weekend's match and that's it." 16. WHITE FLASH 17. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, ON HIS FUTURE WITH THE CLUB, SAYING: "We have a match tomorrow and I am only and solely thinking about tomorrow's match. And that's it. Everything else - I'm going to be here until the last day fighting doing things the way we always have as a team, as a unit as a group. And everything else, we'll see." 18. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID MIDFIELDER, TONI KROOS, SAYING: "Well, I think, against Cadiz, for example, none of us played at our potential, me first of all. And if that's the case, it doesn't work no matter who you play against. If you play like that, you'll lose to a third division team too. But that's how it goes. Sometimes you have a match like that. Against (Shakhtar) Donetsk we lost our confidence after their first goal. At the end we made a try, but it came a bit too late. But like I said, sometimes that happens. The good thing is we never gave up. That's what we saw on Saturday (October 24 against Barcelona). Even if we lose two matches, we keep trying to push on and change the situation, but it doesn't mean all is right now either. Yes, we won a match, an important match, but we have another final tomorrow. We need to show once again that we can change more and I think we have to play better than we did on Saturday to win tomorrow." 19. WHITE FLASH 20. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID MIDFIELDER, TONI KROOS, ON BEING IN GERMANY AND IF HE HAS ENTERTAINED OFFERS FROM OTHER CLUBS, SAYING: "Well, I always like coming to Germany because it's my country and my language and it's a bit easier for me. But as I always say, I really enjoy living in Madrid and especially playing at Madrid. And yeah, over six years you always get offers (from other clubs), but I've never spoken with another group because I am very happy in Madrid and my thought is to end (my career) here." MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY (OCTOBER 26, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 21. MOENCHENGLADBACH PLAYERS BRINGING BALLS ONTO PITCH FOR TRAINING 22. BALLS COMING OUT OF NET 23. PLAYERS ON PITCH 24. PLAYER MATTHIAS GINTER ON PITCH 25. TRAINING IN PROGRESS INCLUDING GLADBACH PLAYER JONAS HOFFMANN 26. GLADBACH PLAYERS HOFFMANN AND TOBIAS SIPPEL KICKING BALL 27. BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH TRAINER MARCO ROSE WALKING ONTO PITCH 28. PLAYERS TRAINING MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY (OCTOBER 26, 2020) (FOHLEN TV - ACCESS ALL) 29. (SOUNDBITE) (German) BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH COACH, MARCO ROSE, SAYING: "If we are taking part in the competition then we of course don't only want to look on in amazement, but we want to play good matches. We want to show what we can do and prove ourselves and we want to bring in positive results as that is what it's about in the end. It's not about good catchphrases. But yes, when Real Madrid is here, we want to use all our chances and that's that. That's what it's about. But we also know that it is a huge challenge for us." MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY (OCTOBER 26, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 30. GOALKEEPER JANN SOMMER WARMING UP 31. PLAYERS WARMING UP 32. ROSE ON PITCH MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY (OCTOBER 26, 2020) (FOHLEN TV - ACCESS ALL) 33. (SOUNDBITE) (German) BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH COACH, MARCO ROSE, ON ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING: "For me it is of course, a great honour to play against such a great person and coach and I have a huge respect for what he has achieved. And I have been able these last days to experience what he is like when things don't go as planned and now they are back on track after El Clasico and that is what makes him stand out, his calmness and clarity that comes from experience." MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY (OCTOBER 26, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 34. PLAYERS TRAINING STORY: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hopes to build on the momentum from the weekend's 3-1 win over Barcelona in La Liga when he leads his said against Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Champions League on Tuesday (October 27). The win in Barcelona on Saturday (October 24) ended a nightmarish week for Real Madrid after they suffered shock defeats by Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk. The Spaniards will be looking to turn their Champions League campaign around after their opening loss to Shakhtar left them at the bottom of Group B. "We will try to repeat what we did in the weekend's match and that's it," Zidane said while also acknowledging Moenchengladbach have the potential to complicate their plans. Midfielder Toni Kroos likened the match to a must-win final if they are to get out of the group stage. Kroos, who is German, said he was happy to be in Germany where the match will be played, but that he intends to finish out his playing days in Madrid. Moenchengladbach coach Marco Rose, however, has every intention of giving Zidane and company a run for their money saying they will look to capitalize on every opportunity they get on the pitch. "When Real Madrid are here, we want to use all our chances and that's that. That's what it's about," said Rose. Moenchengladbach drew 2-2 against Inter Milan in their opening Group B match. (Production: Kurt Michael Hall)
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If it takes a miracle for Trump to stay in office, evangelicals like Michele Bachmann are fine with that
As the inevitability of President Trump’s loss became apparent even to his acolyte Kellyanne Conway in recent days, his supporters increasingly pinned their hopes for a second term on a last-ditch appeal, not to the Supreme Court, but to the one power that can outvote it: God.
- The Independent
Educator says she wants to keep on teaching when Joe Biden becomes president
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The European Union’s aviation safety agency has extended a ban imposed on Pakistan's state-run airline this year barring it from flying to Europe after a plane crash that killed 97 people in the port city of Karachi, a spokesman said Friday. At the time — and while the probe into the May 22 Airbus A320 crash was still underway — authorities acknowledged that nearly a third of Pakistani pilots, 260 out of 860, had cheated on their pilot’s exams. Pakistan International Airlines subsequently grounded 150 of its pilots while a probe by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority into the other pilots is still ongoing.
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"No, I don't think it should be mandatory. I wouldn't demand that it be mandatory, but I will do everything in my power, just like I don't think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide... I will do everything in my power as the President of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing," Biden said. He added that in his inaugural speech he will ask Americans to commit for 100 days to wearing a mask, saying that wearing masks is 'not a political issue, it's become one.'
Russia protested on Friday after Latvia charged several journalists from the Rossiya Segodnya news agency with violating European Union sanctions. The journalists were charged because of their association with Dmitry Kiselyov, who heads Rossiya Segodnya, said Sputnik Latvia, a subsidiary of Rossiya Segodnya. The Kremlin media mogul was sanctioned by the EU for his role in Russia's seizure of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.
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Media reports suggest President Trump is eyeing another bid for the White House in four years. Will Trump 2024 become a reality?
The "ambitious" target for 2030 would see the UK move faster than any major economy, the PM says.
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After interviewing Dan Quayle in Arizona for his documentary on the vice presidency, filmmaker Jeffrey Roth was rushing to the airport to catch a flight to Wyoming, where he had an appointment with Dick Cheney the next morning. It was Vice President Mike Pence and his entourage. “Ben Franklin, when the Constitution was written, said, ‘we should refer to the vice president as ’his superfluous excellency,'” President-elect Joe Biden, who served eight years as Barack Obama's vice president, says in the film.
Iran plans to install hundreds more advanced uranium-enriching centrifuges at an underground plant in breach of its deal with major powers, a U.N. nuclear watchdog report showed on Friday, a move that will raise pressure on U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. The confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report obtained by Reuters said Iran plans to install three more cascades, or clusters, of advanced IR-2m centrifuges in the underground plant at Natanz, which was apparently built to withstand aerial bombardment.
- The Week
President Trump reportedly needs no encouragement to start praising the dangerous, baseless QAnon conspiracy theory.The most pressing matter for federal Republicans right now is the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia, which will determine control of the body. But in a meeting with advisers and top Senate Republicans about that matter, Trump totally derailed the conversation by bringing up QAnon, people familiar with the discussion tell The Washington Post.Trump is reportedly not thrilled with Georgia and that fact that it flipped for President-elect Joe Biden, and is publicly upset with Republican leaders in the state who haven't somehow overturned the election for him. So even though Republican advisers say Trump's help is "key to convincing his die-hard supporters to vote for Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue" in the January runoff election, the president isn't thrilled about doing so, the Post reports. "Advisers say he has been frustrated at how some GOP senators have criticized him," leading Trump to appear "disinterested" when discussing Senate campaign plans, the Post continues.That was clear in a recent meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Todd C. Young (R-Ind.), and other aides. As they discussed Georgia's Senate races, Trump brought up the QAnon-supporting soon-to-be congressmember Marjorie Taylor Greene. Trump mispronounced the name of the group as "Q-an-uhn," and then said supporters of the theory that purports Democrats are a cannibalistic, pedophilic cabal "basically believe in good government," people familiar tell the Post. Everyone reportedly went silent until White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows mentioned he had "never heard it described that way," the Post reports.Trump has been asked to denounce QAnon several times, but usually gives the theory his tacit approval instead.More stories from theweek.com 5 absurdly funny cartoons about Trump's desperate fraud claims What Trump is doing isn't politics. It's something much worse. The Donald goes down to Georgia
- LA Times
Jewish art dealers under pressure from Nazis sold medieval relics to Germany in 1935: Can their heirs sue to recover now?
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Lebanon's Hezbollah said Friday it is suing a former Christian lawmaker and a website affiliated with a Christian political party for defamation, after they accused the Shiite militant group of being responsible for the devastating explosion at Beirut's port this summer. Hezbollah’s legal representative Ibrahim Mussawi said the accusations, leveled by Fares Souaid and the website of the right-wing Lebanese Forces party, were misleading. Mussawi, also a Hezbollah lawmaker, told a press conference outside the courts house that blaming the group threatens to disrupt social peace in Lebanon, at a time when the United States is exerting maximum pressure on his party and its allies.
Violence in Afghanistan is "unacceptably high" as delayed peace negotiations get underway, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday, adding that Washington has asked the warring parties to "stand back and indeed stand down." Pompeo's comments, made in a virtual address to the IISS Manama Dialogue, an annual security conference, came two days after Kabul-backed and Taliban negotiators reached a deal in Doha to proceed with talks on a political settlement to decades of strife. Pompeo noted that he met with the negotiating teams during a Nov. 21 visit to Doha and he said he told both sides that the strife must be reduced.
- The Daily Beast
While Kyle Rittenhouse awaits trial for killing two people at a Kenosha, Wisconsin, Black Lives Matter protest this summer, his lawyers are in prosecutors’ crosshairs.From the start of the high-profile case, Rittenhouse’s lawyers have attracted nearly as much attention as he has. Now, the 17-year-old’s main lawyer, John Pierce, is off the case, after prosecutors argued that fundraisers for Rittenhouse could act as a “slush fund” for the embattled attorney. Another prominent attorney who has associated himself with Rittenhouse, Lin Wood, also appears to have pivoted away from the case in order to focus his efforts on overturning President Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss.Rittenhouse was charged with reckless homicide after he fatally shot two people and wounded a third person at the August protest. He has pleaded not guilty and says he acted in self-defense.The Lawyer Raising Money for Kyle Rittenhouse Nearly Sank His Own Law FirmPierce and Wood emerged as Rittenhouse champions shortly after his arrest. Earlier this year, the pair had banded together to launch the “FightBack” foundation, an organization with a nebulous set of missions, many of them apparently litigating right-wing grievances with the media. Some of the foundation’s funds were redirected to Pierce’s own law firm.FightBack’s launch came at a fortunate moment for Pierce. The law firm he leads has been sued by at least four payday lenders and one legal services company this year, all of them alleging unpaid bills, The Daily Beast previously reported. In April, another lender accused the firm of owing them $65 million. The debts, plus an unspecified rehab stint for Pierce earlier this year, aligned with a recent exodus of more than 60 lawyers from Pierce’s firm.Pierce and Wood advertised the FightBack foundation as a way for Rittenhouse’s fans—of which there are many on the right—to donate money to his defense. But in a Thursday court appearance, prosecutors argued that the money stream could act as a “slush fund” to pay off Pierce’s debts.Pierce had no income and monthly expenses of $49,481, prosecutors alleged in a motion. He was also approximately $1.2 million in debt and was being sued for allegedly violating the rental agreement on his $1.3 million home.“This creates a potential conflict of interest for attorney Pierce,” the motion read, as reported by The Chicago Tribune. “Given his own substantial personal debts, his involvement with an unregulated and opaque ‘slush fund’ provides ample opportunity for self-dealing and fraud. The more that the Foundation raises in donations, the more he may personally benefit. Money that should be held in trust for the defendant may instead be used to repay attorney Pierce’s numerous creditors.”Pierce denied those allegations in an email to The Daily Beast. “The allegations you reference are ludicrous,” he wrote. “All of the funds are controlled by Kyle’s mother Wendy. In addition, I have no affiliation whatsoever with that foundation.” (In fact, Pierce was affiliated with FightBack until September, when he stepped down the day after a Daily Beast report revealing its contributions to his law firm.)Prosecutors also claimed Pierce had broken rules about attorney conduct, accusing him of potentially influencing future jurors with complaints about the district attorney overseeing the case. On Twitter, Pierce stoked ire against District Attorney Michael Graveley, claiming he was “in active (and weirdly familiar) texting communication with main BLM activist for six weeks prior to, during and after the riots.”This Gun Coffee Brand Was MAGA Royalty. Then It Turned on Kyle Rittenhouse. Pierce and another Rittenhouse defense attorney, Andrew Calderon, announced Thursday that they would withdraw from the case, shortly after prosecutors filed motions to disqualify them.Pierce told The Daily Beast that the withdrawal “was always the plan.”“Now that we have successfully gotten Kyle bailed out and have built an amazing criminal defense team in Wisconsin,” he said, “I am turning my attention to the massive tasks of preparing Kyle’s defamation and other civil claims as well as orchestrating our new fundraising efforts to ensure we have the resources to get through trial.”Those fundraising efforts might be in flux, however, as the FightBack foundation turns its attention from Rittenhouse and toward overturning Trump’s 2020 loss.“For the foreseeable future, FightBack will be focusing on exposing fraud in the November 3 election,” Wood tweeted last week. (He is currently involved in long-shot lawsuits challenging the election results, and peddled false voter fraud theories in a press conference this week.) “Going forward, anyone who wishes to make donations for Kyle should contact his criminal defense attorney, John Pierce.”Neither Wood nor Pierce answered questions on Friday about Pierce’s relationship with fundraising now that he is no longer Rittenhouse’s attorney.Wood’s tweet also signaled that he was pulling away from Rittenhouse’s case. “Lin has withdrawn from representing Kyle,” Pierce confirmed to The Daily Beast.Because Wood, who mostly handles defamation cases, was never officially Rittenhouse’s criminal attorney, his exact relationship with Rittenhouse’s legal team is unclear.“I am not and have never been a criminal lawyer for Kyle. I am a civil trial lawyer,” Wood told The Daily Beast. He added that Pierce was no longer associated with FightBack, which prosecutors had argued was a potential Pierce slush fund.“John Pierce is not affiliated with my foundation,” Wood said. “I understand Mark Richards is the criminal lawyer for Kyle in Wisconsin.”Richards, a Racine, Wisconsin, defense attorney confirmed that neither of the other two lawyers was representing Rittenhouse in the homicide case.“I am representing Kyle in th criminal matter atty’s pierce & wood are not,” he wrote The Daily Beast in an email. “We are very thankful for all the support from both individuals, the foundation & the prople who have donated.” [sic]Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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The United Nations' human rights chief lamented a deteriorating situation in Belarus and said Friday that reported beatings of protesters by security forces may in some cases amount to torture. Michelle Bachelet, the high commissioner for human rights, told the U.N. Human Rights Council there has been no improvement since a September debate about Belarus and “recent weeks have seen continued deterioration, particularly with respect to the right of peaceful assembly.”
Philippine police on Friday threatened to cane people who violate social distancing protocols as the Southeast Asian nation fights the spread of the coronavirus during the festive season. The Philippines celebrates one of the world's longest Christmas seasons, starting as early as September, and crowds have started to flock to sprawling malls and shopping centres despite the pandemic. Police general Cesar Binag, commander of the coronavirus task force, told a news conference that police and soldiers would patrol in public areas in the capital Manila, the hotspot of COVID-19 cases, carrying 1 meter rattan sticks to measure distancing.
- The Telegraph
Michel Barnier is accustomed to being universally praised on his regular tours of the EU's capitals to preach the gospel against Brexit. On Tuesday, he was in the unfamiliar position of coming under friendly fire for the first time in three years as the EU's chief negotiator. It was an uncomfortable moment for Mr Barnier, who was headquartered at the Hotel Conrad in Westminster and is enmeshed in intensive Brexit negotiations with his UK counterpart David Frost. Expectation had been building that a trade agreement with Britain was close and a damaging no deal avoided. A fitting legacy for a politician who had dedicated decades of service to the EU was in Mr Barnier's grasp. He was far from the poisonous briefings in Brussels that were going on behind his back – but bad news travels fast. The chief negotiator was going soft on Britain, EU diplomats in the Belgian capital sniped. He risked giving too much away.
- The Week
President-elect Joe Biden said when it comes to the Department of Justice, he is "not going to be telling them what they have to do and don't have to do."Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were interviewed by CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday, and the discussion turned to reports that President Trump is contemplating preemptively pardoning his adult children, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Biden said this "concerns me in terms of what kind of precedent it sets and how the rest of the world looks [at] us as a nation of laws and justice."Biden promised that he is "not going to be saying, 'Go prosecute A, B, or C,' I'm not going to be telling them. That's not the role, it's not my Justice Department, it's the people's Justice Department. So the persons or person I pick to run that department are going to be people who are going to have the independent capacity to decide who gets prosecuted, who doesn't."Harris, who once served as California's attorney general, added that the administration will assume that "any decision coming out of the Justice Department ... should be based on the law, it should not be influence by politics, period."More stories from theweek.com 5 absurdly funny cartoons about Trump's desperate fraud claims What Trump is doing isn't politics. It's something much worse. The Donald goes down to Georgia
The once successful trade story now represents a worst case scenario of the bilateral tensions.
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Israeli police said Friday they arrested a Jewish man after he poured out a “flammable liquid” inside a church near Jerusalem’s Old City, in what they described as a “criminal” incident. The police did not provide further details about the motive, but past attacks on churches in the Holy Land have been blamed on Jewish extremists. Friday’s incident took place at the Church of All Nations, a Catholic church built on the traditional site of the Garden of Gethsemane, where Christians believe Jesus was betrayed by Judas, one of his followers, and arrested by the Romans before being crucified.