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Paranaense rout Flamengo to reach Copa do Brasil final******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Attacking midfielder Nikao scored two first-half goals as Athletico Paranaense advanced to the Copa do Brasil final with a 3-0 away victory over Flamengo on Thursday.
Jose Ivaldo was also on the scoresheet with a late strike at the Maracana as Paranaense completed a 5-2 win on aggregate after the teams drew 2-2 in the first leg of their semifinal last week.
The team from Curitiba in southern Brazil will meet Atletico Mineiro in the final over two legs on December 12 and 15.
Atletico progressed after second-half goals from Hulk and Diego Costa gave them a 2-1 win at Fortaleza on Wednesday. Romarinho scored a consolation goal for the hosts in second-half stoppage time.
The result meant Atletico won 6-1 on aggregate following the Belo Horizonte side's 4-0 home win in the first leg last week.
Both Atletico Mineiro and Athletico Paranaense are aiming to win the Copa do Brasil for a second time. Atletico won in 2014 and Paranaense in 2019. Enditem
Qatar World Cup unveils Countdown Clock with one year to go******
Doha, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The 2022 Qatar World Cup marked one year to go to the big kick-off of the soccer extravaganza as it unveiled the official Countdown Clock at Doha's Corniche Fishing spot on Sunday.。
The curves of the Countdown Clock were inspired by the unbroken loop of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 emblem and the ancient timekeeping tool of the hourglass, both reflecting the interconnected nature of the event. The structure is designed to be seen from any angle and reflect the view of the city skyline behind it.。
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: "I've been involved in the organization of sports events for the past few decades, I've never witnessed anything like what is happening here. Everything is ready, the venues will be fantastic. The experience for the fans will be great.。
"The world will discover a country and a whole region. Qatar, the Gulf region, the Middle East, the Arab world. A place where people meet and come together. This is what football is all about, this is about what this part of the world and its culture is all about, and the world will realize that."
Speaking at the event, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: "We are thrilled to unveil the Official Countdown Clock on the same day we come together to celebrate the one year to go milestone."
"The unveiling of the Countdown Clock is a special moment for Qatar as a host country, as we enter the final straight on the way to delivering a transformative tournament with a lasting legacy - the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world," he added.。
The Qatar World Cup will take place from November 21 to December 18 in eight stadiums across Qatar and the main contractor works on Lusail Stadium, the 80,000-capacity venue for next year's final have been completed. Enditem。
Colin Powell dies of Covid******
Colin Powell, the first black secretary of state who saw his legacy tarnished when he made the case for war in Iraq in 2003, has died from complications from COVID-19. He was 84.
"We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," the family said in a statement posted to social media yesterday.
The retired four-star general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who served four presidents made his reputation as a man of honor distant from the political fray – an asset in the corridors of power.
After the 1991 Gulf War he was so widely respected that he was even touted as a future president of the United States, but ultimately he never ran for the White House.
"General Powell is an American hero, an American example, and a great American story," George W. Bush said as he announced the nomination of Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, who became the Republican president's secretary of state in 2000.
"In directness of speech, his towering integrity, his deep respect for our democracy, and his soldier's sense of duty and honor, Colin Powell demonstrates ... qualities that will make him a great representative of all the people of this country."
But he found it hard to live down his infamous February 2003 speech to the United Nations Security Council about the alleged existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – evidence which was later proven to be false.
"It's a blot ... and will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It's painful now," Powell said in a 2005 interview with ABC News.
Tributes nevertheless poured in from Congress, where Democratic Senator Mark Warner praised Powell as "a patriot and a public servant," while House Republican Peter Meijer described him as a rarity in the modern age: "a true soldier statesman."
The family statement said Powell had been fully vaccinated.
Born April 5, 1937 in Harlem, Powell's "American Journey" – the title of his autobiography – started in New York, where he grew up and earned a degree in geology.
He also participated in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps in college, and upon his graduation in June 1958, he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army, and was posted in what was then West Germany.
Powell completed two tours of duty in Vietnam – in 1962-1963 as one of John F. Kennedy's thousands of military advisers, and again in 1968-1969 to investigate the My Lai massacre.
He earned a Purple Heart.
But he also faced questions about the tone of his report into the hundreds of deaths at My Lai, which to some seemed to dismiss any claims of wrongdoing.