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Major blow for Tottenham, this top class star won't play against Juventus tomorrow

Major blow for Tottenham, this top class star won’t play against Juventus tomorrow – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld is all set to miss his side’s Champions League clash against Juventus tomorrow.

According to Telegraph, the Belgian defender is not a part of the squad travelling to Turin. Apparently, the player has been left in England so that he can work on his fitness.

Alderweireld has recovered from his hamstring injury and he made his comeback in the FA Cup last week. However, Pochettino decided to leave him out of the side for the North London derby as well.

It will be interesting to see how the player reacts to these omissions. Previously, Kyle Walker was also left out of some big games and the England international forced his way out of the club because of that.

Alderweireld has not agreed to a new deal at Spurs yet. If the Belgian does not sign an extension soon, Spurs might have to consider selling him at the end of this season.

The report from Telegraph adds that the player’s agent has refused to comment on the situation.

Alderweireld’s absence will be a big blow for Spurs in a crucial game. The Belgian is their best defender and he could have made a big difference against the likes of Dybala and Higuain.

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Mattis: Military Dreamers won't be deported. Unless they are.

Dreamers serving in the military or who have served honorably will not be deported, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He’s spoken to the head of Homeland Security, it’s not going to happen. Unless …

There are only two exceptions in which someone could be deported, Mattis noted: if he or she committed a serious felony, or if a federal judge signed a final order of deportation.

Okay, fine a serious felony … or if a federal judge signed an order. So, in other words, people won’t be deported without some form of due process, like ICE won’t just grab them off the streets and hurl them over Trump’s border wall without asking a judge, but deportation is not off the table. 

Military and veteran Dreamers can doubtless take some comfort in Mattis’s insistence that “We would always stand by one of our people,” but it doesn’t sound like he’s the last word here.

Trump won't declassify Democratic memo on Russia probe

Citing national security concerns, the White House on Friday formally notified the House intelligence committee that President Donald Trump is “unable” to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats that counters GOP allegations about abuse of government surveillance powers in the FBI’s Russia probe.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan explains why he won't look back on his time at Man United

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has noted that he won’t dwell on what went wrong at Manchester United this season, insisting he wanted to focus on a new chapter in his life instead.

The Armenian begun the 2017/18 campaign as one of Man United’s best attacking players, claiming five assists in his first three games, but his form rapidly dwindled as time went on.

By November he was miles away from the starting XI and duly joined Arsenal over the January transfer window in a straight swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez come to Old Trafford.

And Mkhitaryan, when asked abut his time at United, made it clear that he wanted to look forward rather than back.

“I don’t want to find excuses,” he said.

“I don’t want to blame anyone…I am starting a new chapter in my life, in my football career and I am very happy to be here.

“I will be pleased to achieve more than I have done in Manchester, of course. I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. I just have to enjoy myself, do my best and at the end I will see where I can reach.”

Mkhitaryan will be much more at home playing under Arsene Wenger. Arsenal’s 5-1 demolition of Everton, during which he claimed three assists, was a glowing example of the pristine, zipping, penetrative attacking nous in the final third that will allow the Armenian to enjoy football once again. Of course, West Bromwich Albion away will be a different kettle of fish, but nobody at Arsenal seems to worry about that.

But the bottom line is that he will be happier. Mkhitaryan, while occasionally brilliant, never looked like a Jose Mourinho player. The Emirates will be kinder to him.

And yet, at the same time, you can detect a tint of sadness in his words when he looks back at his Old Trafford days. That was his chance to announce himself at a giant club rather than just a fantastic club (in the words of Mourinho) and he didn’t take it. Such a notion probably explains why Mkhitaryan just wants to focus on the future.

Mattis Promises DREAMers In The Military That The Country They're Fighting For Won't Deport Them

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In a rare assurance to young immigrants serving in the military who were brought to the US illegally by their parents, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday said they would continue to be protected from deportation even if their current legal protections expire next month.

“We would always stand by one of our people,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. “Our guys on active duty, and that sort of thing…are not in any kind of jeopardy.”

The Pentagon chief said he confirmed that position in a phone call earlier on Thursday with Homeland Security Secretary Kjirsten Nielsen. He said the two had gone over the issue “in great detail.”

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is set to expire on March 5. However, even if Congress fails to act before the deadline, DACA recipients in the military will still “not be subject to any kind of deportation,” Mattis said.

There are roughly 900 DACA recipients serving in the military, according to the Pentagon. Only DACA recipients with highly sought language and medical skills are allowed to enlist, through a program that offers a fast track to citizenship in exchange for their service. More than 10,400 immigrant recruits have earned their citizenship through the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program, or MAVNI, since 2009. That includes many DACA recipients who've been eligible to enlist since 2014.

Several DACA recipients enlisted in the military told BuzzFeed News they were skeptical of Mattis' vow to protect them.

“It's really nice of him to say that, but I don't think his words really hold any weight because I doubt ICE will listen to what he says,” said Harminder Saini, a 24-year-old US Army recruit who is a DACA recipient. ICE is Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

If Mattis really wants to protect DACA recipients, Saini said, he should reactivate the flailing MAVNI program, which has been plagued by long delays that place hundreds of immigrant soldiers in legal limbo while postponing the citizenship they were promised. The program is supposed to allow those in it to apply for citizenship immediately after entering basic training, but recent changes have delayed that process.

“Citizenship for us is what ultimately will protect us,” Harminder said.

Others told BuzzFeed News that they were encouraged by Mattis' pledge , and hoped it meant they could enter military service sooner rather than later.

“I honestly trust Secretary Mattis more than Congress, the Army, or (anyone else) in the Trump administration,” said William Medeiros, a 25-year old US Army recruit who was born in Brazil and brought to the US as a child. Like many MAVNI military recruits, his background checks have been stalled for months. Medeiros, for example, said he's been waiting 18 months to be told to report to basic training.

“Citizenship is important, yes, but I’d rather be at basic training more than anything and start the process already,” he told BuzzFeed News. “We’ve been waiting for years. The delayed bureaucratic promises from the Army are playing with our lives.”

On Thursday, Mattis said any DACA recipient serving active duty, as well as those in the active reserves, those with an honorable discharge, and those who enlisted in the military and are waiting to go to basic training, should not fear deportation even if their status expires. The only exceptions would be anyone charged with a serious felony or subject to a final deportation order, he said, adding that he knew of no cases for the latter.

His comments came after Pentagon officials earlier on Thursday declined to say what steps the Defense Department was taking to protect DREAMers serving in the military.

“Ultimately, this is a legislative decision,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said at a news briefing, adding that the military was working with the Justice and Homeland Security departments. “We'll continue to work to ensure that we…comply with the law.”

Mattis’ assurances present a stark contrast to the rest of the Trump administration, which in September announced that it would end the program that protects 700,000 immigrants who came to the US without proper documentation as children and has been loath to give any guarantees.

On Wednesday, White House chief of staff John Kelly, who previously led the Homeland Security Department, was criticized for saying that DREAMers who hadn’t signed up for the Obama-era protections had been “too afraid” or “too lazy to get off their asses.”

However, even those who enlisted are vulnerable to deportation if their status runs out while they wait for the delay-plagued program to get through several layers of vetting before they can report to basic training.

Immigration experts and DACA advocates quickly pointed out that Mattis couldn't make such a guarantee without an executive order from the president, or legislation involving DHS.

“That's not up to DOD. It's up to DHS,” tweeted Arizona Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego. “Once they step off base, there's nothing that Mattis or anyone else could do to protect DREAMers serving in our military from deportation,” referring to DACA recipients by a name drawn from the failed bipartisan DREAM Act, which would have provided undocumented migrants a path to citizenship.

A British Court Won't Send A Hacking Suspect To The US Because It Doesn't Think He'd Survive A US Jail

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The High Court has ruled that hacking suspect Lauri Love will face trial in Britain and will not be extradited to the US.

Love, who has Asperger's syndrome, argued to be tried in the UK, where he is believed to have committed the crimes.

He has also experienced depressive illness, and his appeal was granted partly on the basis of concern he would kill himself if sent to the US, where prison services are not believed to have the same standard of mental health provisions as they do in the UK.

“It’s important beyond my own life because of the precedent that’s been set,” Love told BuzzFeed News at the Royal Courts of Justice in London following the judgment.

“There will be other people who are accused of things that have an international scope but need to be tried in their own country so that they have the protections that would be afforded to any other defendant.”

Love, 32, from Suffolk, is accused of hacking systems of US organisations including the FBI, the US central bank, and NASA. Lawyers have said he could face a sentence of up to 99 years in prison if he is found guilty.

The decision by Lord Burnett of Maldon – the lord chief justice – and Mr Justice Ouseley followed a hearing in November.

In their judgment, they said it was accepted “the experience of imprisonment in England would be significantly different for Mr Love from what he would face in the United States”.

“The support of his family, in particular, would mean that he would be at far lower a risk of suicide in consequence.”

Love said that he believed it was important that Britain retained sovereignty when it came to trying its citizens. “Just because another country is more powerful, they can’t put their foot in the process and say 'We don’t like the way you get your results – we want our results this way,'” he continued.

“I’m not expressing an anti-American sentiment, I’m expressing a sentiment that justice must be administered locally where possible.”

He feels that computer crime laws in individual countries will need to be “harmonised” in order to deal with cases like his that may arise in future.

“The internet is transnational and for that there needs to be a process of legal development,” Love said.

He added: “America needs to realise that it’s not exceptional any more and it can’t exercise territorial jurisdiction.”

Laura Hughes, a friend of Love's who was supporting him in court, told BuzzFeed News: “It’s important because it means America hasn’t got hold of our legal system. For every British person, that’s so important.”

On Radio 4 this morning, Alexander Love said his son had been “very distressed”, and went on to say: “The metal health provision in American prisons, from what I have read, is woefully inadequate compared to ours.”

“If someone is accused of having committed a crime here in the UK, this is where they should stand trial,” a spokesperson for the human rights charity Liberty said during November's hearing.

Following the ruling, Love seemed relieved, cheering with supporters outside the courtroom and promising celebrations at a local pub later this afternoon.

Love told BuzzFeed News that the result would have a positive impact on his mental health, and allow him to focus on the future.

“It means that I’ll be less depressed and less suicidal, which gets in the way,” he said.

“I can concentrate on my studies in electrical engineering at university and concentrate on my own private security work and all the other things I try and do to make the world a better place.

“It’s freed up space in my brain that I will hopefully channel into constructive, positive things.”