The doubles clash was set up by Ajla Tomljanovic hauling the home team back into the tie by beating France''s Pauline Parmentier 6 4, 7 5.
Kyle Walker has tried to play down the significance of Manchester City apos;s battle with Liverpool as the two sides prepare to meet this week. City manager Pep Guardiola has already fanned the flames prior to Sunday apos;s clash of the Premier League apos;s top two at Anfield by accusing Reds players of diving.
Hong Kong anti government protesters crowded an upmarket shopping mall in running clashes with police on Sunday, with several suffering bloody wounds a day after parts of the Chinese ruled city became a battleground.
You May Also Like: 5 Best Submarines of All Time, 5 Best Aircraft Carriers of All Time, 5 Best Battleships of All Time and Worst Submarine of All Time. Key point: The world has many hotspots that could result into global warfare. The world has avoided war between major power war since 1945, even if the United States and the Soviet Union came quite close on several occasions during the Cold War. In the first two decades following the fall of the Berlin Wall, great power war seemed virtually unimaginable. Today, with China s power still increasing and Russia s rejection of the international order apparently complete, great power conflict is back on the menu. In what is slowly becoming a tradition here at TNI (see my predictions for 2017 and 2018) what are the most dangerous flashpoints to watch in 2019? The South China Sea: The South China Sea (SCS) has become wrapped into the growing trade clash between the United States and China. For now, that conflict is playing out in exchanges of heated rhetoric, tariffs and various other trade sanctions. The United States and Canada recently escalated the conflict by arresting an executive of the Chinese technology firm Huawei, which led to counter steps by China against Canadian citizens and U.S. firms. As of yet the United States and China have not drawn a tight connection between the trade war and the ongoing disputes in the SCS. However, as relations between the two countries deteriorate, one or the other might decide to escalate beyond dollars, words and legal filings. Indeed, if China and the United States conclude that their trade relationship (which has provided the foundation of global economic growth for the last two decades) is at substantial risk, and similarly conclude that further conflict is inevitable, then either might decide to take off the gloves in the SCS. Ukraine: The world remembered Ukraine when an incident at the passage into the Sea of Azov resulted in shots fired, a ramming and the detention of two Ukrainian patrol vessels. Whether instigated by Russia or Ukraine (and both governments appear to have played some part), the interception reignited tensions in a crisis that has smoldered for the last couple of years. The declaration of martial law by the Ukrainian government suggested the possibility of unrest in Ukraine. To be sure, Russia seems to lack any interest in disrupting the status quo ahead of the Ukrainian elections, while the Ukrainian government continues to lack the capacity to consequentially change facts on the ground. The upcoming elections will probably not change the basic equation, but could introduce uncertainty. Given the continuing tensions between Russia and the United States, even a small shift could threaten the uneasy balance that has held for the last several years, potentially throwing Eastern Europe into chaos. Persian Gulf: The perpetual political and military crisis in the Middle East has settled into an uneasy tedium. Economic pressure on Iran continues to increase, as the United States take ever more aggressive steps to curtail trade. The Saudi war on Yemen shows no signs of abating, and while the Syrian Civil War has dialed down to a low, slow burn, both the United States and Russia remain committed to their partners and proxies. But like any slow burn, the conflict could reignite. Political turmoil in Iran could destabilize the region, either pushing Iran into aggressive behavior or making the Islamic Republic a tempting target for its enemies. The tensions between Kurds, Turks, Syrians and Iraqis could break into open conflict at any time. Finally, the mercurial leader of Saudi Arabia has demonstrated time and again a proclivity for risk acceptance, even as whispers about the stability of the Kingdom grow louder. Given the strategic importance of the region, any instability could lead to conflict between the United States, Russia or even China. Korean Peninsula: It is undoubtedly correct that tensions on the Korean Peninsula have declined a great deal in the last year, as Kim Jong un has demonstrated a degree of forbearance regarding nuclear and ballistic missile tests, and President Donald Trump has toned down his rhetoric about confronting North Korea. And indeed, the prospects of an enduring peace are surely brighter now than at any time since the mid 1990s. And yet serious pitfalls remain. The president has staked his prestige on an agreement with North Korea, yet by most serious accounts North Korea has not suspended, or even slowed, its production of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. President Trump s advisors are aware of and unhappy about this fundamental contradiction. If Trump sours on Kim, if elements of the administration try to spoil any agreement, or if Kim sours on Trump, the relationship between Washington and Pyongyang could go sour very quickly. Moreover, neither China nor Japan are fully on board with reconciliation between South Korea and a fully nuclear North Korea, although their reasons for skepticism are quite different. All told, the situation in Korea remains much more dangerous than the most optimistic assessments would suggest. Unpredictable? As a colonel at the U.S. Army War College memorably phrased the problem, the United States has wrongly predicted every conflict since the Korean War. Why should we expect World War III will be any different? Great powers tend to devote diplomatic, military, and political resources to what they regard as the most serious conflicts on their plates. Less critical conflicts don t receive as much attention, meaning that they can sometimes grow into serious confrontations before anyone quite notices what s going on. Disruptive conflict could emerge in the Baltics, in Azerbaijan, in Kashmir or even in Venezuela, but the United States, China and Russia only have so much focus. If World War III comes about, it may well come from a completely unexpected direction. Final Thoughts: Is the world more dangerous today than it was a year ago? Perhaps not, although the decay of the relationship between China and the United States portends ill for the future. The flashpoints may change over time, but the fundamental foundations of conflict the decay of U.S. military hegemony and of the global international order that has accompanied it mean that the near future will likely become more hazardous than the recent past. Robert Farley, a frequent contributor to TNI, is a Visiting Professor at the United States Army War College. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. This first appeared at the beginning of the year. Image: Reuters. View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
The Walking Dead fans watched in awe last week as the story behind Alpha (played by Samantha Morton) meeting Beta (Ryan Hurst) was revealed. The pair found themselves trapped in an asylum with many walkers outside, threatening to arrive at any moment. The scenes detailed exactly how Alpha and Beta became so close in the few days they had together, and why Beta would give up anything for Alpha.He may have to prove this promise in coming episodes, as it has now been teased that Beta will be going up against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
N Golo Kante is set to miss Chelsea s clash against Newcastle United on Saturday, according to reports.The 28 year old was also forced to pull out of France s Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland last Friday after he suffered a groin injury in the warm up.
The Blues prepare for the Newcastle clash where they eye a fifth win on the bounce in all competitions while Jorginho has stated he is open to moving back to Italy in the future.
Manchester United host Liverpool on Sunday afternoon and the build up is a time to get excited about what apos;s ahead and to reflect on why this is such a huge clash.
Welcome to our live blog coverage of the announcement of the next set of televised Premier League matches, covering December and January.Sky Sports and BT Sport will be joined by Amazon for Premier League coverage around the festive season, with the internet streaming service covering Manchester United apos;s clashes with Tottenham and Newcastle United, as well as Manchester City apos;s matches against Burnley and Wolves.
The centre back came off with a groin problem near the end of the Copenhagen clash.
Police are planning a reinforced security presence at the game, which is expected to be attended by some 78,000 spectators.While Turkey will officially bring 3,800 fans it is believed many more France based Turkey fans will be present in the home section of the crowd adding to security concerns and fears of trouble.
Chelsea have been given something of an injury boost when it comes to N apos;Golo Kante and his latest issue.The 28 year old has had a very frustrating start to the 2019 20 campaign, with injuries hindering his progress throughout the beginning of the season.
Over 2,300 people have been arrested since JuneHong Kong pro democracy activists and riot police clashed in chaotic scenes around the city on Sunday with police in full riot gear chasing protesters through crowds of horrified lunchtime shoppers.
Days removed from the widely criticised conclusion to the Hell In A Cell Universal Championship clash between Seth Rollins and The Fiend Bray Wyatt, WWE have responded in a official capacity with comments on their YouTube show The Bump.Many expected a reference to the controversial finish the match was thrown out by referee Rod Zapata after Rollins threatened to hit Wyatt with a sledgehammer on Monday Night Raw the following night, but deeper discussion on the situation was conspicuous by its absence. Rollins and Wyatt were both kept off the show entirely outside of a brief and heavily edited video package, but the The Bump revealed an exclusive statement from Zapata regarding the outcome.
Hong Kong: Chinese soldiers issued a warning to Hong Kong protesters on Sunday who shone lasers at their barracks in the city, in the first direct interaction with mainland military forces in four months of anti government demonstrations.The stand off with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) came after rallies attended by tens of thousands of protesters earlier on Sunday ended in violent clashes in several locations. Police fired tear gas and baton charged the crowds, while some demonstrators threw bricks and petrol bombs at police as night fell.
Moing into the second half fo the second novel, Clash Of Kings, Landy Q. Walker (Red Lanterns, The Incredibles) returns to adapt the novel, with artist Mel Rubi (Red Sonja, Doctor Strange) , colourist Ivan Nunes (A Game of Thrones, Grimm Fairy Tales) and letterer Tom Napolitano (Justice League, Supergirl).This series opens up about halfway through the 1998 novel, with a certain Baratheon just felled, spurring Catelyn Stark and Brienne of Tarth on the run. While Tyrion Lannister has settled in with his new paramour Shae. Arya Stark is still held in Harrenhal and other key players move around the board. Everything only gets more exciting from here, as Walker explains below.
With clashes against Russia backed separatists ramping up in some pockets of eastern Ukraine, Zelensky, a comic turned reformer, now finds himself preoccupied with ensuring he has U.S. support while also staying out of a spiraling American political fight. Putin must be rubbing his hands with joy, said political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who seized Ukraine s Crimean peninsula in 2014. It is one more proof for Putin that Zelensky is very inexperienced and weak as a politician. Putin can toy with him like a cat with a mouse.
London Fire Brigade insist Tottenham apos;s Premier League clash with Southampton will be unaffected by a huge blaze being tackled by firefighters on White Hart Lane.