THE BIG 6 : Van gaal set to be sacked today and other stories

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Taliban leader killed by US drones

U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed on Monday that the leader of the Afghan Taliban had been killed in an American air strike, an attack likely to trigger another leadership tussle in a militant movement already riven by internal divisions. Obama, who started a three-day visit to Vietnam on Monday, reiterated support for the government in Kabul and Afghan security forces, and called on the Taliban to join peace talks. The president authorized the drone strike that killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a remote region just within the Pakistan side of the border with Afghanistan on Saturday, and Afghan authorities have said the mission was successful.

Jose Mourinho

Van Gaal could be sacked today

United ended nearly three years without silverware by winning the FA Cup on Saturday. United boss Van Gaal secured the club's first trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 with a nervy 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley. But the Dutchman's celebrations were soured as news emerged of his axing to come this week. Express Sport understands United could confirm Van Gaal's departure today with an announcement when the New York stock exchange opens at 1pm British time. Van Gaal is understood to have been informed yesterday morning that he was set to be axed, after reportedly being initially told by his wife Truus shortly after the final whistle at Wembley. And Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes is set to fly into Manchester tomorrow to finalise his appointment.


Bayer set to buy US company  for $62million

German drugs and chemicals group Bayer AG <BAYGn.DE> said it had made an offer to buy U.S. seeds company Monsanto Co <MON.N> for $122 per share in cash, or a total value of $62 billion including debt, to create the world's biggest agricultural supplier.

Bayer said on Monday that the proposal made to Monsanto's management represented a 37 percent premium over the closing price of Monsanto shares on May 9, before rumors of a planned bid emerged.

Monsanto disclosed last week that Bayer had made an unsolicited takeover offer for the group, triggering an investor backlash in which one of the German company's major shareholders called the move "arrogant empire-building".


Friends With Vietnam: US lifts arms embargo on Vietnam

President Barack Obama has announced the US is fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam, its one-time enemy. Speaking during a visit to communist Vietnam and talks with its leaders, Mr Obama said the move removed a "lingering vestige of the Cold War". He said both sides had "developed a level of trust and co-operation". Mr Obama's visit comes amid warming ties, as the US seeks to build its relationship with its Pacific allies. Vietnam had been arguing for an end to the arms embargo, which had been in place for decades. It was partially lifted in 2014. Mr Obama said it was "clear from this visit that both our peoples are eager for an even closer relationship". His visit comes 41 years after the end of the Vietnam War in which the US sought to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam.


NLC cancels Strike( Nigeria)

After The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) decided to go ahead with an indefinite strike, which started on Wednesday,   due to the removal of subsidy  by the Nigerian government  which the government hope will help alleviate a fuel crisis that caused Africa's biggest economy to contract by 0.36 percent in the first quarter of the year

Ayuba Wabba, the NLC's president, told journalists on sunday in the capital, Abuja, that the union had "resolved to suspend with immediate effect the action".

"Congress will resume negotiations with government on the twin issues of the hike in electricity tariff and an increase in the pump price of petroleum products," he said, adding that the union "remains committed to genuine dialogue".

The NLC's action had little impact nationwide. A second union, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), had also planned to take part in the strike but abandoned its plans in response to the court ruling.

A wave of strikes the last time Nigeria tried to cut fuel subsidies, in 2012, ensured that authorities eventually reinstated some of the subsidies.

A fall in oil prices has eaten into the foreign reserves of Nigeria, which relies on crude sales for around 70 percent of national income. The central bank has adopted a fixed exchange rate in an attempt to prevent further depletion of its reserves.

Last week, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buhari had been "left with no choice" but to raise petrol prices.

Despite being a major oil producer, Nigeria has to import nearly all of its fuel as its refineries are largely out of action after years of neglect and mismanagement.


Update on EgyptAir : Egypt sends robot submarine to hunt for crashed plane

Egypt has sent a robot submarine to join the hunt for an EgyptAir  plane which crashed in some of the deepest waters of the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday. Ships and planes scouring the sea north of Alexandria have found body parts, personal belongings and debris from the Airbus 320, but are still trying to locate the black box recorders that could shed light on the cause of Thursday's crash. Sisi said that underwater equipment from Egypt's offshore oil industry was being brought in to help the search. "They have a submarine that can reach 3,000 metres under water," he said in a televised speech. "It moved today in the direction of the plane crash site because we are working hard to salvage the black boxes." An oil ministry source said Sisi was referring to a robot submarine used mostly to maintain offshore oil rigs. It was not clear whether the vessel would be able to help locate the black boxes, or would be used in later stages of the operation. Air crash investigation experts say the search teams have around 30 days to listen for pings sent out once every second from beacons attached to the two black boxes. At this stage of the search they would typically use acoustic hydrophones, bringing in more advanced robots later to scan the seabed and retrieve any objects once they have been found. Separately, the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet said one of its patrol aircraft supporting the search had spotted more than 100 pieces of debris positively identified as having come forn an aircraft, and passed the data to the Egyptian Navy. EgyptAir flight 804 from Paris to Cairo vanished off radar screens early on Thursday as it entered Egyptian airspace over the Mediterranean. The 10 crew and 56 passengers included 30 Egyptian and 15 French nationals. French investigators say that the plane sent a series of warnings indicating that smoke had been detected on board shortly before it disappeared. The signals did not indicate what caused the smoke or fire, and aviation experts have not ruled out either deliberate sabotage or a technical fault, but they offered early clues as to what unfolded in the moments before the crash. "Until now all scenarios are possible," Sisi said in his first public remarks on the crash. "So please, it is very important that we do not talk and say there is a specific scenario." The crash was the third blow since October to hit Egypt's travel industry, still reeling from political unrest following the 2011 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak. A suspected Islamic State bombing brought down a Russian airliner after it took off from Sharm al-Sheikh airport in late October, killing all 224 people on board, and an EgyptAir plane was hijacked in March by a man wearing a fake suicide belt. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Sharm al-Sheikh bombing within hours but a purported statement from the group's spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, distributed on Saturday, made no mention of the crash. ANGUISH OF RELATIVES


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