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Messi Breaks Record as Barcelona clinch its 26th La liga tittle

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Barcelona officially sealed another La Liga title at Camp Nou on Saturday night on 83 points, with three games to play, with Lionel Messi coming from bench to score the only goal in a 1-0 win over Levante.

Messi got his 34th league goal of the campaign, to put Barcelona on course for their 26th La Liga title and has now scored more goals (24) as a substitute in La Liga than any other player in the 21st century.

In a first for Spanish football, Barcelona were presented with the trophy on the pitch after the game. Historically, the ceremony has taken place at the start of the following season much to many supporters’ annoyance.

Apart from Messi, serial winners Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba have also impressed this season for Valverde’s side.

With league business sealed, Barça can now fully focus on winning the Champions League for the first time since 2015. The first leg of the semi-final on Wednesday is followed by a trip to Anfield on Tuesday 7 May.


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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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