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Argentina’s final World Cup warm up cancelled over political pressure.

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Argentina have cancelled their final World Cup warm up match against Israel, striker Gonzalo Higuain said on Tuesday, as political pressure grew ahead of Saturday’s scheduled fixture in Jerusalem.

“They’ve finally done the right thing,” Higuain said in an interview with ESPN, confirming reports the game had been cancelled.



The match at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium was to be Argentina’s last before they kick off their World Cup campaign in Russia on June 16.

There was no initial reaction from the Israeli FA or from Israeli politicians. Reports said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called Argentinian President Mauricio Macri to ask him to persuade the team not to cancel their visit.

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Israel Radio quoted an unnamed diplomatic official who said the chances of salvaging the fixture were very slim.

The visit of twice world champions Argentina has attracted huge interest among Israeli fans, mainly because of Barcelona great Lionel Messi’s planned participation.

Palestinians celebrated the cancellation. In Gaza, people cheered and in Ramallah in the West Bank, the Palestinian FA issued a statement thanking Messi and his colleagues for canceling the game.

“The Palestinian FA thanks Argentina’s players led by star Messi for refusing to be used to serve a non-sporting goal.”

Palestinian FA chairman Jibril Rajoub said: “Values, morals and sport have secured a victory today and a red card was raised at Israel through the cancellation of the game.”

The cancellation is just one more obstacle for Argentina, who were beaten finalists at the World Cup in Brazil four years ago and whose preparations have been troubled this time around.

They suffered a heavy defeat to Spain in a friendly and lost their first-choice goalkeeper to injury, giving little encouragement to fans who watched the team struggle to qualify for the tournament in Russia.

The twice World Cup winners face Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in what is considered to be one of the hardest groups in the tournament.

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Snowstorm kills one in North Carolina -US

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A snow storm has swept through the US’s south-eastern states, killing at least one person and leaving 298.000 people with electricity outage.



the authorities has declared state of emergency in North Carolina after the snow storm weigh stronger and the situation has also lead to cancellation of flights across the region.

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Authorities confirmed that one man died after a tree fell on his car. A search is under way for a driver whose vehicle was found in a river.

As a result, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told news agency. the state’s “biggest concern” was not the snow but “ice making roads even more dangerous”.

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The police has disclosed that almost 60 crashes were reported in Virginia, with the number rising to 500 in North Carolina between midnight and 11:00 local time on Sunday.

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The nation weather service lead forecaster Michael Schichtel had predicted the outcome of the storm to be a dangerous system in a tweet.

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Sudan Helicopter mishap leaves Governor, six others dead.

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At least seven local government officials were killed in a helicopter crash in Sudan’s eastern al-Qadarif state on Sunday, state news agency SUNA reported.



The state’s governor and three security officials were among the dead. A number of people were also injured in the incident, SUNA said.

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The officials had been carrying out a security tour of the province.

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It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. State TV earlier reported that a plane, not a helicopter, had crashed. Al-Qadarif state is known for its farmland and agricultural projects.

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