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(CNN)Enrique Bonilla, president of Mexico’s top-flight football division Liga MX, has told CNN Sport that he is against the proposed decision to host a La Liga game in the United States or Canada.

La Liga teams, along with other major European leagues, have played exhibition games in the United States before, but never a competitive match.














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After news of the proposed league broke on Wednesday, MLS issued a statement from Executive Vice President of Communications Dan Courtemanche.
“In March, Major League Soccer entered into a formal partnership with Liga MX and last month we held our inaugural Campeones Cup between Toronto FC and Tigres.
“We have been discussing with Liga MX additional ways we can collaborate on and off the field, and we are excited about the future opportunities that exist between our two leagues.”
This March saw the announcement of the Campeones Cup, which features the respective champions of each league facing off.
The first iteration of the match took place in September, with Mexico’s Tigres UANL taking down one of MLS’ Canadian sides, reigning league champions Toronto FC, by a score of 3-1.





‘Walls or no walls’

Bonilla noted that in light of the successful combined bid, all parties involved realized the collaborative potential that lay ahead.
“[The World Cup bid] showed us that we can work together, that we can do things together,” Bonilla said.
“No matter if there was are walls or no walls, that we can work together, we can share our passion for football together and we can make things happen and it opened our eyes and I think we’re on the right path.”
While Bonilla acknowledges that discussions are still in the early stages, the already-established pipeline between the two has already opened doors previously thought closed.
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The main incentive seems to be the ability to compete with Europe’s heavyweight sides, both financially and in terms of attracting the sport’s top talent.
“There is no way that by ourselves, we’re going to compete in the short term or in the mid-term with the amounts of money that it pours into football here in Europe,” Bonilla said.
“So we have to be smart, we have to share best practices, and we have to work together. How long is it going to take? We are still in the table drawing the picture. And someday we will announce something, I hope so.”
































It’s a partnership that seems to make sense for both leagues, even outside the appeal of competing with the likes of the English Premier League and La Liga.
A wider and more diversified league arguably benefits viewership and player development, key for the relatively young MLS.
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It can also enable Liga MX to further explore opportunities in an American market that already prefers watching the Mexican league, according to some television ratings.
Specifics, like potential revenue boosts or the concept of establishing a promotion/relegation system, are still a long way from being agreed upon.
But given that the current television rights deal per match for the English Premier League in its own country hovers around $12.3m, it’s not a stretch to see how lucrative a combined North American league could be for all parties.

“We need to do to grow together, we need to make the biggest market for our football and we have to learn from each other, so that we really can be strong, so that we can really be a bigger market with where we can be attractive for bigger players,” explains Bonilla.
“It’s the product that we have to create. The experience for our fans. And from that moment then everything’s going to flow in: The money, the players, everything.”
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Aliaga, Turkey (CNN)US officials believe they’re on the verge of securing the release of Andrew Brunson, the American pastor jailed by Turkey on accusations he helped plot a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a source familiar with the matter.







Bill Devlin, a supporter of the detained pastor and the co-pastor of the Infinity Bible Church in New York, told CNN before entering the courthouse:”We’re hoping by the end of business today that he’s going to walk a free man.”





“All of us believe that he is an innocent man… he would not allow anything political to interrupt his gospel ministry here,” he added.
Brunson, in a black suit and red tie, was calm and measured in his responses, as he stood in front of the judges alone, repeatedly looking over at his wife a short distance away.





Turkey has good financial and strategic reasons to release the American, analysts say, including the threat of further US sanctions related to Brunson, and its purchases of Russian weaponry and Iranian oil. But the source cautioned that Brunson has appeared close to release before.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in late September that Brunson “could be released this month” and indicated again on Wednesday that he could be released soon.
“I’m very hopeful that before too long, Pastor Brunson will — he and his wife will be able to return to the United States,” Pompeo said at an awards dinner for the Jewish Institute for National Security of America. “President Trump has had a focus on it, the administration’s had a focus on it and we’re very hopeful that we’ll see a good outcome before too long.”




However, Vice President Mike Pence, speaking on Thursday, dialed back expectations that Brunson’s release is imminent. “I’m not able to confirm anything for you other than to say that (the) President’s made clear, our administration’s made very clear, that we will continue to stand strong until Pastor Andrew Brunson is free and back home in the United States with his family and with his church,” he said.
A little later on Thursday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters, “I am not aware of any such deal. … We’re not aware of anything. There’s a hearing that takes place tomorrow. There’s a legal process to play out.”
Brunson, whose possible release was first reported by NBC, has been held since 2016 and his imprisonment led to a rapid decline in relations between Turkey and the US after President Donald Trump took up his case, and the administration elevated religious freedom as a cause.
In August, Trump told reporters that Turkey had “not acted as a friend” and “they made up phony charges that he’s a spy. He’s not a spy.”
Trump slapped Turkey, a NATO ally, with sanctions in August, targeting the country’s justice and interior ministers. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said at the time that the US was prepared to add more sanctions if Brunson wasn’t released.




But there have been signs of a warming. Trump and Erdogan met briefly on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September for the first time since relations soured over Brunson. And shortly afterward, Erdogan predicted the two countries would weather the storm.
“Our strategic partnership, which has gone through difficulties so many times, will overcome this turbulent period,” Erdogan said during an address at an investment conference held by the Turkey-US Business Council, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.
Erdogan had said he wouldn’t hand Brunson back to the US, but analysts at the Eurasia Group note that the Turkish President has recently shifted position, saying the decision wasn’t his to make but would be made by the independent Turkish judiciary.
If the court lifts Brunson’s house arrest order on Friday and doesn’t impose a new travel ban, he will be free to leave the country.
“We see this as a possible face-saving way for Erdogan to agree to Brunson’s release,” the Eurasia Group said last week.

Erdogan has good reasons to make Brunson’s release happen. If the pastor remains under Turkish arrest, ties between Ankara and Washington will worsen and Erdogan faces the prospect of more sanctions, not just for Brunson but for Turkey’s recent purchase of Russian S400 defense missiles.
The Eurasia Group notes another danger. Turkey runs “a risk of the US Treasury announcing a substantial fine on Halkbank for violating US sanctions on Iran,” its analysts said of the Turkish state-owned bank, adding that, “if Brunson is not released, the odds of Turkey receiving an Iran sanctions waiver from the US in early November for continued oil imports also go down significantly.”
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(CNN)Donald Trump has never been shy about talking up his close business relationships with the Saudis.






The president made millions selling apartments in his New York buildings to the kingdom, and the Trump Organization has benefited from Saudi business at its hotels in Washington, New York and Chicago.





Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, hasn’t been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve paperwork that would permit him to marry his Turkish fiancee. In recent days Turkish authorities have obtained audio and visual evidence that shows he was murdered inside the consulate, a source familiar with the ongoing investigation told CNN.
Khashoggi’s disappearance has triggered a wave of top political and business leaders severing ties with the kingdom pending further details of what happened to him. Media organizations, including CNN, have dropped out of a high-profile investor conference slated for later this month in Riyadh.
Trump said Friday he would call Saudi King Salman “at some point,” after senior officials, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, held calls earlier this week with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with whom Kushner has developed a particularly close personal relationship.
When asked Friday whether it was a mistake for Kushner to have such a close relationship with the crown prince, Trump replied, “Well I don’t know if it’s any closer than other relationships that people have. We have a lot of very close relationships with a lot of countries. But this is a serious problem.”
But the President and his top aides have also indicated reluctance to take concrete action, including bowing to congressional pressure to walk back planned arms sales.
The US signed a major defense deal in Saudi Arabia in May 2017, when Trump made the country his first foreign stop as President — a visit marked with a lavish sword-dancing celebration.
“I don’t like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States because you know what they’re going to do, they’re going to take that money and spend it in Russia or China,” Trump said Thursday. “If it turns out to be as bad as it might be, there are certainly other ways of handling the situation.”
So far, however, Saudi Arabia has made only $14.5 billion in such purchases, CNN reported on Friday.
While the President’s financial relationships with Russian interests have been the subject of widespread public and legal scrutiny, he’s also built ties with Saudis over the years.
In June 2001, he sold the 45th floor of Trump World Tower to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for $4.5 million, according to a publicly filed deed for the transaction.
In 2007, the Saudis received permission from the New York City Department of Buildings to combine the residential units into a single space to house the Saudi Mission to the United Nations, public records show. A spokesman for the mission couldn’t immediately be reached. The embassy’s website lists the mission’s address at a different location.
Trump’s buildings have also been home to nationals of countries with which the president has had rockier relationships in office, including China.
Trump has reaped other financial benefits from Saudi Arabia and its representatives.
At the Trump International Hotel in Washington, which has served as something of an unofficial headquarters for foreign governments in the Trump era, a lobbying firm for Saudi Arabia paid the hotel more than $270,000 between October 2016 and March 2017.
Trump hotels in New York and Chicago have had a rush of visitors from Saudi Arabia in recent months, according to The Washington Post, and in New York the Trump International Hotel’s general manager wrote in a letter to room owners in May that revenue had increased in the first quarter of 2018 due to “a last-minute visit to New York by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.”
Mohammed bin Salman himself didn’t stay at the hotel, the Post reported, but he typically travels with an enormous entourage and security detail, and members of his party stayed there for five days in March.
Trump also appears to have explored potential deals of his own in Saudi Arabia.
In August 2015, two months after the launch of his presidential campaign, Trump registered eight limited-liability companies that appeared tied to possible deals in the country, according to public records. All of the companies contained “Jeddah,” the name of a Saudi Arabian port city, in their title.
That year, Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump told the publication Hotelier Middle East, “Dubai is a top priority city for us. We are looking at multiple opportunities in Abu Dhabi, in Qatar, in Saudi Arabia, so those are the four areas where we are seeing the most interest. We haven’t made a final decision in any of the markets but we have many very compelling deals in each of them.”
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Belfast International Airport has warned of potential flight delays.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for South West England, North East England, North West England, South West Scotland, Lothian Borders, Wales and Yorkshire and Humber.
An area of Exmouth seafront, which is set to be protected by a £12m tidal defence scheme, has flooded. Police have warned people to stay away from the coastline.


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The storm has brought rain and severe gales to parts of Ireland and Wales, with the strongest gusts expected in coastal areas.

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But the worst of the wind is expected to have finished after Friday morning’s rush-hour commute.

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An amber warning for heavy rain has been issued for most of south Wales on Friday.
In the Republic of Ireland, weather service Met Éireann has issued the second highest level of warning – a Status Orange – for all coastal counties.
The agency warns there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage, especially along the south and west coasts, as the storm coincides with high tides.
The warning also tells people to “stay away from exposed coastal areas for the period of the orange warning”.
Gusts along the west coast could be in excess of 80mph.


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Coastal areas still bearing the brunt of the winds. 78mph – 125km/h in County Mayo. 51mph – 82km/h in County Down. #StormCallum buff.ly/2CH3B1H
— Barra Best (@barrabest) October 12, 2018

Where are the power outages?
Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) says more than 900 homes and businesses in Lisburn, County Antrim, are without power.
A further 150 homes and businesses in Lurgan in County Armagh and Ballinamallard in County Fermanagh are also without electricity.
NIE has opened 12 incident centres across Northern Ireland to respond to any damage to the network.
It has urged people to stay away from fallen overhead power lines and to report any electricity network damage to 03457 643 643.






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Hong Kong (CNN)China finally admitted this week what had been widely reported: that it is interning thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people in “re-education camps” in the far-western region of Xinjiang.




















This prediction has largely been borne out, especially as Chinese authorities have ramped up restrictions on Islam in the name of fighting terrorism, including banning veils and beards, cracking down on Quran study groups, and preventing Muslim officials from fasting for Ramadan.
Both Al Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State have featured Xinjiang in their propaganda in recent years, and Uyghur fighters have been spotted in Syria and Iraq.
Uyghurs have also been linked to numerous terrorist attacks in Xinjiang and other parts of China, though it is disputed how many of these incidents are linked to or directed by overseas militant groups.





No way out

Beijing’s paranoia about terrorism and separatism in Xinjiang is real and understandable.
But despite numerous warnings about this resulting in a self-fulfilling prophecy, the authorities’ reaction has only been to crack down harder and restrict Muslim life further.
Chinese officials argue that without a firm hand, the country’s far west risks turning into another Syria, where rebel groups and Islamist militants backed by foreign powers, including the US, have plunged the country into a years-long civil war.
This narrative has been used to justify not only restrictions on Islam, but the massive securitization of Xinjiang, with armed police manning checkpoints across cities, surveillance cameras everywhere, and citizens unable to leave the region.




That approach reached its zenith in the past year with the expanding network of “re-education camps,” where predominantly Uyghur internees are forced to attend “anti-extremist ideological” classes and their behavior — particularly religious behavior — is tightly controlled.
“Detentions are extra-legal, with no legal representation allowed throughout the process of arrest and incarceration,” according to the World Uyghur Congress, a Germany-based umbrella group for the Uyghur diaspora, which recently submitted evidence to the United Nations about the camps.
While the Chinese government initially pushed back against these claims — saying “Xinjiang citizens including the Uyghurs enjoy equal freedoms and rights” — the apparent acknowledgment and legalization of the camps this week, as well as increasing discussion of the issue in state media, indicates Beijing may be doubling down on its policies in Xinjiang in the face of growing international condemnation.
Washington has recently found its voice on Xinjiang, where it long overlooked abuses by Beijing. But as with US criticisms of Chinese media actions overseas, there is a risk the White House’s concerns get linked to the ongoing trade war between China and the US, and are thus easily discounted in Beijing’s eyes as self-motivated and made in bad faith.
This week, US lawmakers announced their intention to nominate Ilham Tohti for the Nobel Peace Prize, the award of which in 2010 to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo infuriated Beijing. Liu died of cancer last year while still in Chinese government custody.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu rejected US criticism at a regular press briefing Thursday, saying people had “been creating lies and launching baseless accusations at the appropriate counter-terrorism measures taken by the Xinjiang authorities.”
Nor is it obvious how Beijing would reverse its policies at this point. Few moderate Chinese voices are left who can speak authoritatively on Xinjiang, and those officials running the province — like Chen Quanguo, former Tibet party secretary and a key ally of President Xi Jinping — are hardliners with a reputation for ruthless crackdowns and zero tolerance.
Just as in Hong Kong, where China’s heavy-handed approach arguably inspired support for independence, Beijing is left with a problem that it created, but one that perversely justifies its earlier approach.
Charting an alternative path of reconciliation and respect for human rights would require a subtlety in dealing with dissent that Xi’s administration has so far not shown evidence of.
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Scroll down below to check out this neat list of awesome and even historical finds that people happened upon while they were out and about. Don’t forget to upvote your favs!



#1 So My Friend Found A Message In A Bottle While Fishing


#2 Found This In The Woods While Trail Riding


#3 My Friend Works In Recycling. He Found A Filled Diary From 1941


#4 While Walking On The Beach In Hawaii My Wife And I Found This Glass Ball That Had Become The Home Of Small Marine Ecosystem


#5 Thankfully My Dad Found Them Before He Started Mowing


#6 A Little Patch Of Clover In A Bottle


#7 8 Year Old Girl Saga Found A Sword From The Iron Age In Lake Vidösten. Estimated To Be About 1500 Years Old, It Is The First Sword Of Its Kind To Ever Be Found In Scandinavia!


#8 This Blue Crayfish I Found In The Mountains Of West Virginia
















#12 I Found This Under The Floor Boards In A 1800’s Era House


#13 I Found A Transparent Leaf


#14 My Dad And His Friend Found The Boot That Reese Witherspoon Threw Off A Cliff During The Filming Of The Movie “Wild”


#15 Daughter Found This Branch And Uses It As Her Magic Wand


#16 Quartz Found In Arkansas Is Worth $4 Million


#17 This Satisfying Pebble I Found At The Beach


#18 Found This Old Calculator In My Great Grandmother’s Attic
















#22 Fisherman Found A Giant Pearl, Weighing 34kg, But Wasn’t Aware The $100 Million Pearl Was So Valuable And Kept It As A Luck Charm


#23 This Piece Of Pine Sap I Found On A Pallet At Work


#24 I Found A 7 Leaf Clover!


#25 Found A 94 Year Old Dollar On The Ground


#26 Found This Today While Weeding A Vineyard


#27 A Friend Found A Pink Grasshopper While Working


#28 Found An Almost Perfectly Spherical Rock At The Beach
















#32 A Blue Mineral Stone Found In The Forest


#33 A Viking Sword Dating Back Over 1,000 Years Ago Was Discovered By Reindeer Hunters At An Elevation Of 5,400 Feet, Atop A Mountain In Southern Norway


#34 Found A Rock That Looks Like A Shark


#35 I Broke A Rock And Found Two Kinds Of Fossils


#36 I Found Something


#37 My Brother Found A Dinosaur While Digging Up His Garden


#38 I Found This Message In A Bottle On Floreana Island In The Galapagos



The message is from 1924. I’m pretty sure this is what it says: Hugh Craggs, Yacht St George RTYC Any finder please enclose message bearing date, name of finder, of ship, destination, and send a postcard to Hugh Craggs 50 Ruskin Ave Manor Park London E. 12 The part on the left says: Buried at the foot of post office bay, post office barrel, Floreana Island, Galapagos, Aug 1st 1924



#39 My Mom Found The Ticket From Her First Beatles Concert, From 1964


#40 I Found Lizard Eggs In My Wall






































#49 Found A Travel Brochure From The World Trade Center While Cleaning Out My House


#50 Found A Gun Buried Underneath A Friend’s House In Germany






































#59 My Grandmother Found “Rouge†From The 1950s


#60 While Digging For Gold In Sewer Debris I Found A Miniature Coat Hanger











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