Refugees suspected for London attacks

Two refugees from Iraq and a native of Syria are suspected behind the London subway attack which killed at least 30 people. Ironically both the suspects were fostered by a couple who were once honored for the charitable work by Queen Elizabeth.

One suspect has been named by the local media as Yahyah Farroukh (21). He was arrested late night on Saturday in Hounslow area of west London by undercover police. He worked at Aladdins fried chicken joint for nine months in Hounslow.

Suleman Sarwar, one of the owners of Aladdins fried chicken joint told the Sun, “(Farroukh) never mentioned anything about ISIS. He seemed very westernised. He was into American rap music and wore western clothes like jeans and T-shirts.”

The 18-year-old other suspect was arrested in Dover (departure point for ferries to France). He is suspected to have planting the crude device which went off on the train in the Parsons Green station.

News Source- The New York Post



One dead and three injured in a high school shooting in Washington

Just as classes were starting gunfire was heard at Freeman High School in Washington DC’s Rockford. Multiple students shot, leading to death of one.
Authorities said  that a male student showed up armed with multiple guns.  The gunman has been taken into custody but has not been identified because he’s a juvenile. The gunman’s classmate said that there were signs that he was troubled. The gunman even warned his friend that something bad was coming.
The three wounded students were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover quickly. The classes were suspended and councilors are expected to be on school grounds from tomorrow.
The Police and paramedics reached the scene immediately after the shooting started. Remarkably they had just practiced for this kind of incident just a day before.

News Sources- ABC News, The New York Times

At least 80 killed in Iraq’s suicide attack

At least 80 people have been confirmed dead in an attack carried out by Islamic State in southern Iraq’s Thi Qar on Saturday.

Iraqi officials have said that 84 people have died and at least 93 have been injured in the attack. There are seven Iranian among the dead, confirmed Yahya al-Nassiri, the provincial governor.

The attack started with a shooting at a checkpoint and restaurant, followed by two suicide attacks .

The spiritual leader of Iraq’s Shia majority called on Iraq’s central government and local leaders “to undertake responsibly and professionally the protection of citizens from terrorists”.

IS’ has usually target western and northern parts of Iraq. The southern part of Iraq holds the country’s oil reserve and has a better security grip.

Security sources said that forces were on alert in most of the southern provinces, including the oil city of Basra, in case of similar attacks.

News Sources- The Guardian




Suicide bomb blast outside stadium in Afghanistan

A suicide bomb killed at least 3 and injured more than 12 outside a cricket stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Basir Mujahid, Kabul Police spokesperson said that hundreds of people were inside the stadium watching a T20 match when the bomb blew outside the security gates.

Mohammad Salim Rasouli, Health Ministry official confirmed the death toll and said at least 12 people, including two children, were injured.

The stadium was packed with spectators who had come to watch Afghanistan’s annual domestov T20 Tournament, the Shpageeza Cricket League 2017. The match went on a break while the bomb went off but resumed soon enough without further delay.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack but both Taliban and Islamic State affiliate have known to carried out such attacks on previous occasions.

On 29 August, a suicide bombing in a busy commercial area in Kabul, killed at least five people. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.


Sweet 16 for Rafael Nadal at US Open

Rafael Nadal was never supposed to succeed at the Flushing Meadows, he was born for clay and he had conquered the red dirt ruthlessly. But there he was, the Spanish Bull, marching his way and clinically removing his opponents to win the third US Open title, his 16th Major (just three behind Roger Federer).

In Rafa’s way he’s “very happy, no?” A year which turned out to be one of the best seasons for him. Biter of two Grand Slams and appearance in three finals, Rafa Nadal couldn’t have asked for a better season after two years of intermittent injuries. But this is Nadal we are talking about, he finds a way, he always has. His passion for the game prevails, his hunger for slams prevails and his motivation to play with confidence prevails.

The 2017 US Open promised another Fedal epic, as both Rafa and Roger were placed in the same draw and were set up to meet in the semi-final. But then came along Juan Martin del Potro (2009 winner) who aggressively defeated Federer and crushed the hopes of first ever Fedal match up in the US Open. When Nadal met del Potro in the semifinal, it took four sets including a bagel for Rafa to eliminate the Argentine. In the final, though not a thrilling one, Nadal comfortably defeated 28 seeded Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.  Such was his dominance that only in the last game did Rafa reach deuce on his serve.

The year has been extra emotional for the Spaniard. Rafa thanked his uncle Toni, who was watching his last slam with him as coach. “Without him I would never be playing tennis. It is great I had someone like him pushing me all the time. He had great motivation to practise with me since I was a kid. He is for sure one of the most important people in my life.” Uncle Toni, as all the fans love to call him, has been with Rafa since the age of three. He has been the maestro behind Nadal’s psyche, character and all in all the Rafa we see today.

2017 season was the year of Fedal resurgence. The last slam had provided a golden opportunity for the new kids like Alexander Zverev, Denis Shapovalov, Dominic Thiem, Borna Coric but all failed to cover the distance. This also makes us question us how the future of tennis will look like when the two legends finally bid goodbye to the game. But for now, the two are happy, neatly splitting the four majors among themselves.

Del Potro disrupts Fedal semifinal at the US Open

The moment US Open men’s draw was put up, tennis fans had their eyes and minds on just one match. A potential first Fedal match up in the US Open. Both were placed in the same half of the draw and could have met in the semi-final.

Then came along 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro, who played the match of the tournament in the fourth round against Dominic Thiem to face Roger Federer in the quarterfinal. Nadal had already played his part by defeating 19-year-old Rublev in his quarterfinal match.

Federer was looking forward to take revenge of 2009 final lost against del Potro but boy oh boy, what took place in Arthur Ashe Stadium, saw a complete dismantle of Federer. The quarterfinal score read 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4.

Well aware that he was the only one stopping from a Fedal match up, the Argentine gave his all. This is the second time del Potro has stood in the way of a Fedal matchup at the US Open. He also did it in 2009 when he beat Nadal in a semi-final and went on to win the Championship against Federer in a five-set final.

“I played my best match of the tournament,” del Potro said in an on-court interview. “I did everything well. I served so good and hit my forehand as hard as I can.”

News Sources- US Open, The New York Times


Nadal Federer in the same half Sharapova to take the centre stage

The last Grand Slam of the year US Open will start from Monday 28 August. The draw ceremony for the same took place at US Open Experience in Manhattan’s Seaport District on Friday.

The tournament will see the return of former World No.1 Maria Sharapova. The 2006 US Open Champion will start the tournament against the No.2 seeded Simona Halep. The tournament could potentially witness a first US Open matchup between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Let’s have a close look at the draw

Current World No.1 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are both placed in the top half of the draw and could invite a thrilling semi-final if both manage to stay in the tournament. This could be the first meeting between the two at the Flushing Meadows.

Nadal will start the tournament against Serbian’s Dusan Lajovic and could potentially face No. 26 seed Richard Gasquet in the third round and No.15 seed Tomas Berdych in the Round of 16.

No. 3 seeded Roger Federer will face Frances Tiafoe in the first round and could possibly face No. 14 seed Nick Kyrgois in second round and No. 17 seed Sam Querry in the fourth round. By the looks of it, Federer has a tough road on his way to capture his 20th Grand Slam. The Swiss master could face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter final.

Second seeded and former World No.1 Andy Murray is placed in the bottom half of the draw and will face Tennys Sandgren in his first round. If all goes well for the former 2012 US Open Champion, hewill be up against either Lucas Pouille or David Ferrer in the Round of 16 and a quarter-final set up against No.8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

In the women’s draw former Champion Maria Sharapova will attract attention as she will be returning to a Grand Slam after her 2016 Australian Open appearance followed by her ban over substance abuse. She will start her tournament against No.2 seed Simona Halep.

No.1 seeded Pliskova is up against Poland’s Linette and is placed in the upper half of the draw. The potential quarterfinals in the bottom half could be Johanna Kontana against Sharpova or Halep, Grabine Muguruza against Caroline Wozniacki or ten time major Champion Venus Williams.

The absence of Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Wawrinka will help open up the tournament but also give an opportunity for the youunger players to step up.

Sourced from US Open