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Caster Semenya appeal Against IAAF Testosterone Rule to be out on Wednesday

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport has disclosed that result of the South African athlete; Caster Semenya’s landmark case against IAAF will be published on Wednesday.

The double Olympic 800m champion is challenging the World Athletics governing body over its regulation restricting testosterone levels in female runners which could result to her taking medication to be eligible to compete in the 800m, change events or move to compete against men

The rule will apply to women in track events from 400m up to the mile.

Meanwhile, her new distance that would not be affected by the IAAF rule change is the 5,000m, where she won gold medal at the South African Athletics Championships last Friday.

Semanya has described the IAAF’s new rules as “unfair” adding that she loves to run naturally, “the way I was born”.


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Tunisia: former President Ben Ali confirmed dead

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All time, former Tunisia’s President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has died in exile aged 83, his family says.

Ben Ali led the country for 30years and was credited with delivering stability and some economic prosperity.

But he received widespread criticism for suppressing political freedoms and for widespread corruption.

In 2011, he was forced from office following mass street protests. This triggered a wave of similar uprisings across the Arab world.

At least half a dozen countries in the region saw their president fall or conflicts break out in the wake of the former Tunisian leader’s downfall, in what became known as the Arab Spring.

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Gantz refuse’s Netanyahu offer on unity government

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After a vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival.

Israel’s weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw his offer on Thursday for a coalition with his strongest political rival,  Gantz, swiftly rebuffed after failing to secure a governing majority in a tight election.

Netanyahu’s surprise move was an abrupt change of strategy for the right-wing leader. Its rejection could spell weeks of wrangling after Tuesday’s election, which followed an inconclusive national ballot in April.

Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party emerged from the second round of voting this year slightly ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, but also short of enough supporters in the 120-member parliament for a ruling bloc.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, said in a video clip in which he urged Gantz, the country’s former military chief, to meet him “as soon as today”, that he had pledged during the election campaign to form a right-wing, Likud-led government.

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