Ruling party seen winning Ethiopian vote, opposition says supporters harassed

A woman leaves after casting her vote at a polling station as Ethiopia's national election kicks off in capital Addis AbabaBy Drazen Jorgic and Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopians voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to hand a landslide win to the ruling party, which boasts about delivering strong economic growth, while opponents complained that their supporters were harassed. In power for almost a quarter of a century, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has overseen the transformation of a nation that was on its knees after communist purges and famine to one that now attracts foreign investors.     But critics say it allows little room for dissent. "They (the opposition) have been campaigning freely," Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told Reuters as he cast his vote in his Gununo constituency, about 330 km (200 miles) west of Addis Ababa.


US defense secretary says fall of Ramadi shows Iraqi forces lack will to fight Isis

  • Ash Carter says defenders vastly outnumbered Islamic State fighters
  • Iraqis left behind large quantities of US-supplied equipment in city

Related: At least 400 killed by Isis in Palmyra, say Syrian TV reports

The Islamic State group’s takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the “will to fight”, the defense secretary, Ash Carter, said on Sunday, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama administration official of Iraqi fighters and the loss of the provincial capital.

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Coke High? Rihanna Hits Up NYC Studio At 3:30 A.M. [Video]

Rihanna arriving at the recording studio at 3.30am, she had a hair style very similar to Poison Ivy, a Character from DC Comics.

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Roger Federer vs. Alejandro Falla: Score and Reaction from 2015 French Open

Roger Federer got his 2015 French Open campaign off to a winning start as he advanced to the second round, beating Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. 

The Swiss maestro has now won all eight of his clashes with Falla, and the victory was his sixth in straight sets over the Colombian, though Falla made Federer work throughout.

As noted by the New York Times’ Christopher Clarey, Federer is appearing in his 62nd consecutive Grand Slam:

The first set initially went with serve as Federer held off a couple of break points in the third game, but the 33-year-old was not at his scintillating best as he had already made six unforced errors on his backhand.

Falla largely relied on Federer to produce unforced errors in the opening set, but despite Federer hitting an uncharacteristic 11 mistakes, the 31-year-old failed to take advantage as he hit just five winners.

The second seed drew first blood when he broke Falla thanks to an unforced error at 4-3 to go 5-3 up, and duly closed out the set without a hitch.

Federer set up a break point early in the second set with a magnificent lob that left Falla stranded in no man’s land. The Colombian held on admirably for five break points, but could hold on no longer as he sent a forehand straight into the net.

Federer was visibly unenthusiastic with his form, but continued to dominate on his serve as he went two sets to love up:

The Swiss star almost broke Falla in the second game of the final set, inspired by a magnificent over-the-shoulder volley and some exquisite play at the net, but Falla continued to force Federer to work for his victory and held on admirably.

The world No. 111 continued to frustrate his illustrious opponent in the fourth game as he held off a further three break points.

The Colombian refused to roll over as the set wore on, but Federer’s serve was consistent throughout though, winning 78 per cent of his first serve points and 65 per cent of points on his second.

Federer only won four of 16 break points over the course of the match, but made no mistake on match point as his powerful forehand saw Falla’s reply land just wide.

The win was not a vintage display by Federer and Falla deserves huge credit for his part in the game, but the result was never in doubt and the superstar grew into the match steadily.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner was in a jovial mood after the match, per Lets Talk Tennis:

Federer will play either Marcel Granollers or Matthias Bachinger in the second round.

The world No. 2 was far happier with his performance at the end of his game than he was at the start, so this will no doubt give him confidence going into Round 2.

Federer has never lost against Granollers (per ATP World Tour) while Bachinger is inexperienced in Grand Slams, so expect the maestro to advance further into the tournament.

 

All stats courtesy of RolandGarros.com.

Learn Kama Sutra in Durex Japan’s “Real Love” Ad

In an effort to spread the word around their latest product, the “Real Love” line of condoms, Durex Japan has released a lengthy two-minute advertisement demonstrating a number of Kama Sutra positions. Seemingly engaged in a wrestling match, the two pseudo-lovers show off positions as complex as “Shishimai” and “Kikuichimonji.”

Enjoy the commercial in full above and see our roundup of the 10 best Nike Air Max ads of all time.

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Arsenal Transfer News: Major Rumours on Arsene Wenger’s Top Gunners Targets

Arsenal will be boosted by the news that top target Raheem Sterling is eager to return to London.

According to Jack Wilson of the Daily Star, Sterling is hoping to move back to London—where he grew up—with the Emirates thought to be his preferred destination.

Sterling still has two years remaining on his current deal with Liverpool, but speculation over the youngster’s future has been mounting as Sterling’s agent publicly claimed that he was adamant the 20-year-old would not renew his deal.

Per the London Evening Standard’s Benedict Moore-Bridger, Aidy Ward said: “He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700, £800, £900 thousand a week. He is not signing.”

Sterling is a fine talent but is not quite the player Arsenal need to be able to compete for the title next season.

The attacker has managed a respectable eight goals and eight assists in all competitions this season, and as WhoScored.com point out, is a very strong dribbler.

However, Arsenal need a prolific goalscorer to take the burden off Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud and add serious depth up front.

Sterling is not a natural striker nor a particularly clinical finisher. Admittedly, he has been played all over the pitch this season, which could have contributed to his failure to score a significant number of goals (per WhoScored):

The 20-year-old is undoubtedly an excellent creative talent and would provide a quality option for Arsene Wenger, but in a team that already boasts Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere, he isn’t quite what the Gunners need right now.

One player Arsenal could certainly do with is Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.

According to the Daily Star’s Alex Harris, Arsenal are scouting Lacazette as well as his team-mate Nabil Fekir.

Lacazette will cost Arsenal a reported £35 million, but the Frenchman would likely prove worth the investment.

Lacazette has scored 31 goals in all competitions this season and created a further six, so he would fit the bill for Arsenal as they seek to bolster their goalscoring options.

As WhoScored and Opta Jean note, the 23-year-old is in good company when it comes to his prolific exploits:

One area of concern could be the striker’s inability to hit the net in big games:

The Gunners’ Achilles’ heel in recent seasons has been their failure to secure points against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, and is something that they must continue to work on if they are to challenge for the Premier League title.

Even so, Lacazette is a young but proven prolific talent and would represent an excellent long-term investment for Arsenal.

If they can acquire the Frenchman’s signature, their forward line will be complete and a title challenge would appear a far more realistic possibility if they can also improve defensively.

Lacazette is a must.

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