UN appoints Senegalese Abdoulaye Bathily as Burundi mediator

first_imgThe United Nations has appointed a Senegalese diplomat to facilitate talks between rival factions in Burundi’s political crisis.The appointment made on Sunday, follows the exit of the previous mediator, whom the opposition accused of being biased.The UN said in a statement that Abdoulaye Bathily, who is already the UN’s Special Representative for Central Africa, was heading to Bujumbura to help mediate talks.The tiny East African country was plunged into turmoil in late April, after President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would seek a third presidential term.The previous UN mediator, Said Djinnit, left the role after only a few weeks.The Burundi Government spokesman Philippe Nzobo-nariba welcomed Bathily’s appointment but said forthcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, would go ahead as planned, on June 29 and July 15 respectively. Abdoulaye Bathily is already a UN representative to CARlast_img read more

Scholes: Kroos is top class

first_img Scholes believes United’s midfield needs someone of the Bayern Munich player’s quality as he does not believe new signing Ander Herrera or last year’s £27.5million acquisition Marouane Fellaini are at the same level, while United’s only other arrival this summer Luke Shaw is a left-back. “I love watching Toni Kroos. I think he’s brilliant,” Schoes wrote in his blog for bookmaker Paddy Power. “I love the way he controls the ball and controls games. He can really play a pass and has superb vision. “Kroos is capable of scoring goals too, from outside the box on either foot. “I just wish Man United had signed him. “Yes, it is good to see United bringing in new players, but they haven’t signed anything like the quality of Kroos.” Press Association The Germany international was a reported target for the Red Devils earlier in the summer but speculation is now linking the 24-year-old with Real Madrid. Last month Kroos said: “There was a lot of speculation, but Manchester is and was not an issue.” center_img Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes his old club should have tried harder to sign Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos. last_img read more

Final day at Roland Garros

first_imgHe’s up against Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in Paris. The world number one has never won the title, but the trophy would complete a career grand slam. Victory for Wawrinka would also be his first triumph at the tournament.last_img