Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has blamed the ongoing refugee crisis on interference in the domestic affairs of independent nations.While addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Mugabe said that the harrowing scenes od desperate refugees seeking shelter from instability and war have been caused by destabilizing policies of ‘external forces’.Mugabe went ahead to say that the tragic situation could have been avoided through the respect of independent countries and non-interference in their internal affairs.The 91-year old also denounced what he termed as ‘illegal’ sanctions imposed on his country by the US and the European Union, calling for their immediate and unconditional removal.Mugabe also told the Assembly that Zimbabwe has peace and does not want war. That the country does not want any interference, and does not also want to hear talk of a regime change at all.
Audrey L. Price, 92, passed away with her family by her side on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at her home.Born, January 2, 1925 in Cincinnati, OH, she was the daughter of Bernard J. and Rosella (Sharkey) Gates.Audrey was a graduate of the Seton High School in Cincinnati. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Decatur County Homemakers.She is survived by three sons, Dana (Mary) Price, Winter Park, FL, Kevin Price, Cincinnati, Chris Price, Cincinnati; three daughters, Debbie (Mark) Howard, Westport, Melody (Doug) Fletcher, Cincinnati, Kim Anderson, Cape Coral, FL; one sister, Mary Ann Henderson, Cincinnati; 14 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Britton and Lew Price; brothers, Jerry and Lloyd Gates; sister, Lois Vornhagen; grandchild, Markey Howard.Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. The funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at the church with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Memorials may be made to the Our Hospice of Southeastern Indiana.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Elsewhere, last season’s runners-up Atletico Madrid will have to overturn a 1-0 deficit when they host German side Bayer Leverkusen in their second leg. Arsenal have given themselves a lot of work to do if they’re to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in five seasons.They trail 3-1 after the first leg of their last-16 tie at home to Monaco last night.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got an injury-time goal to give Arsene Wenger’s side some hope.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has denied that his job is dependent on the outcome of the Champions League quarter-final with Manchester United.The Blues are trailing 1-0 going into Tuesday’s second leg at Old Trafford.Ancelotti hinted he has received assurances from owner Roman Abramovich that his contract, which runs until 2012, will be honoured.“My future is already decided,” he said. “It is not important that I speak with Roman. I have a contract.”With Chelsea 11 points behind leaders United in the Premier League, a Champions League exit would effectively end their hopes of silverware this season.But Ancelotti, who won the Double in his debut season with the Blues last year, insisted any pressure on him and his players could be used to positively. “I have said many times pressure is not a bad thing,” he said. “It means staying focused, concentrated, giving players a chance to do their best.“To be involved in this game is fantastic for my job, for my career. So I’m not afraid. I’m not worried about this.“I’m happy to have a possibility to be involved in this game, to use my ability and my skill to give the players the skills to play at their best.”Ancelotti was also keen to play down the pressure on striker Fernando Torres, who is yet to score since his British record £50m transfer from Liverpool at the end of January.“Yes he is searching to score a goal but he doesn’t have pressure from us because our aim is that he can play for the squad and his team-mates,” stated Ancelotti. “I never ask my strikers to score a goal. “I’m not interested in a goal for Fernando. I’m interested in Chelsea winning this game. If he scores it’s good for him and for Chelsea, but it’s just important to win here.”Ancelotti suggested Torres could benefit from the return to fitness of his former Liverpool team-mate Yossi Benayoun.During three seasons together with the Reds, the Israeli provided the assist for 10 Torres goals in the Premier League and Champions League.The understanding between the pair was also in evidence against Wigan on Saturday when Benayoun set up Torres for a clear chance, but his shot was saved by keeper Ali Al Habsi.“Yossi knows Fernando very well,” said Ancelotti. “He knows his movement and for this reason I think it can help Fernando.” United striker Wayne Rooney has been in fine form of late, scoring four goals in his last two games, including the decisive strike against Chelsea in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.The 25-year-old is likely to start at Old Trafford, having missed his side’s 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday because of suspension for swearing at a television camera.However, Ancelotti says he has no special plans to try and nulify the impact of the England forward.“I think that, obviously, Rooney is the most dangerous player in the squad,” said Ancelotti.“We have to pay attention to his position and his performance. We have to do better than we did in the last game. “But we don’t change our shape, our mentality, our philosophy to control Rooney.“We want to play our football at the best level we can.”Asked about United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s suggestion that Chelsea are “obsessed” with winning the Champions League, Ancelotti said reaching the final was a “dream” that remained a long way off.A 1-0 victory by Chelsea at Old Trafford after extra-time would send the match to a penalty shoot-out, a scenario that would echo the 2008 Champions League final, United beat the Londoners on spot kicks.Pressed on that eventuality, Ancelotti joked that he would take the first spot kick, before admitting that he had not decided who his penalty takers would be. Source: BBC