Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker LIVE: Joshua claims unanimous win and calls out Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury

It’s finally time. Anthony Joshua tonight takes on Joseph Parker with no fewer than four world titles on the line.

Joshua’s WBA (Super), IBF and IBO world titles will be on the line, as will Parker’s WBO belt, in the first ever heavyweight unification fight to held in Britain.

Some 78,000 fans are expected at the Principality Stadium this evening, in Joshua’s third consecutive stadium fight.

Both men head into the contest as undefeated world champions, but Joshua is the overwhelming favourite to win, with lucrative contests against the likes of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury awaiting the winner.

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Fire damages humanitarian food warehouse in Yemen

March 31 (UPI) — A fire on Saturday broke out in four World Food Program warehouses in the Hodeidah port of Yemen destroying a lot of the food and humanitarian supplies.

“The fire destroyed huge amounts of fuel and humanitarian aid and foodstuff,” a WFP employee said in PressTV report, adding that an investigation would take place to determine the cause of the fire.

The four warehouses contained 50 tons of food, according to a BBC report, along with cooking fuel and mattresses for people displaced in the war in Yemen, which has killed about 10,000 people in thee years.

The conflict has raged on since March 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition launched a military operation to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government, and defeat the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The United States, Britain and France support the coalition of eight Arab countries.

Yemen was one of the poorest countries in the Arab world even before the conflict broke out, according to the WFP.

With millions of people starving and a cholera outbreak amidst the conflict, the United Nations has called Yemen the “world’s largest humanitarian crisis.”

Back in November, the Saudi-led coalition announced it would allow rebel-held ports in Hodeidah and Sanaa airport to accept humanitarian aid, following international outcry.

However, Paolo Cernuschi, country director for the International Rescue Committee in Yemen, said that the move to lift the blockade for humanitarian aid did not go far enough.

“Humanitarian aid alone cannot meet the needs of Yemenis who are unjustly bearing the brunt of this war,” Cernuschi said.

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Plane crashes into buildings in California, 2 dead

The plane crash was reported at about 2:15 pm local time, Ventura County Star reports, citing the local fire department. The crashed aircraft is listed by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Van’s Aircraft RV6A, a single-engine, two-seater plane sold in kits for home assembly. Fire officials, cited by the local news outlet, have confirmed two fatalities, but it is unclear whether they were on board the plane or on the ground.

Multiple local agencies, including forensic teams, are on the scene. No possible cause of the crash has been named yet.

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Russia warns travellers to UK face 'provocations' including having 'objects placed in their luggage'

Russia has warned its citizens that they face the “insertion of foreign objects” into their luggage when they travel to the UK. 

The Russian embassy posted the claim of new “provocations” on its website as the row continues over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

It said the warning was necessary because of “the anti-Russian policy, the growing threatening rhetoric of the British, the British government’s selective actions against Russian individuals and legal entities”.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also issued a list of 14 new questions about the Salisbury poisoning that it says have not been answered, on top of the 27 made public on Friday.  

They want to know what antidotes were administered to the Skripals, how it was determined that the nerve agent used in the attack “originated from Russia” and whether it has been produced in the UK.

Several questions focus on the involvement of French experts in the investigation.

The British government is still considering a request to allow Russian officials to visit Yulia Skripal after it was reported her condition was rapidly improving.

Her father, a former MI6 spy, remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital after being exposed to the nerve agent novichok on 4 March.

Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats earlier this month after accusing Russia of responsibility for the attack.

Russia responded by sending the same number home from Moscow and has retaliated against similar moves by the US and many EU nations.

Additional UK diplomats were told to leave on Saturday as the Kremlin ordered Britain to cut just over 50 more of its Russia-based staff.

Russia has also accused Britain of “blatant provocation” after border force officers searched an Aeroflot plane at Heathrow.

Securities minister Ben Wallace described the search as “routine”.

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EU's chief Brexit negotiator is delaying deal so he can be in the 'limelight', says most senior Tory in Brussels

The most senior Tory in Brussels has accused the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator of seeking to delay the final Brexit deal so that he can be in the “limelight” when candidates are picked for the next president of the European Commission.

In an interview with The Independent, the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the EU parliament said Michel Barnier had “no interest in finishing negotiations early” because he fancied himself for the bloc’s top job and needed to be a part of the “political theatre”.

Syed Kamall, a Conservative MEP, said he expected EU negotiators would also delay striking a withdrawal agreement to intensify pressure on the UK, potentially leaving less time for Westminster to assess and approve the final treaty.

The ECR group leader, who backed Brexit ahead of the referendum despite working closely with David Cameron, further suggested that the EU did not want to solve the Irish border question quickly because it would provide a shortcut to a future EU-UK trade deal. He argued that Spain was bluffing and playing to its domestic voters by raising the status of Gibraltar in negotiations.

“It’s interesting the language they’re now using: let’s try and get a deal just after summer,” he told The Independent.

“They’ve done that knowing there’s going to be slippage. It’s theatre – what they’ll say is, ‘Oh, we’re aiming for September, October.’ They’ll say, ‘Really sorry Britain, you haven’t done enough, we’ll have to slip a bit maybe until December again.’ They’re building that in, that theatre.”

He added: “Don’t forget, Barnier has no interest in finishing the negotiations early because he needs to be in the public limelight to be considered a spitzenkandidaten. If the negotiations were ended tomorrow, he’s out of the limelight tomorrow for nine months before they start considering the spitzenkandidaten. He needs to be in the limelight at that point.”


Mr Barnier is widely seen in Brussels as a potential candidate for the next president of the European Commission, which since 2014 has been chosen by the major parties nominating a lead candidate or “spitzenkandidaten” before the European parliament elections. The selection of the candidate for the European People’s Party (EPP), of which Mr Barnier is a member, will take place at a meeting in Helsinki in November – meaning it would probably coincide with a last-minute extension of the talks.

However, the chief negotiator has previously said he is fully focused on the Brexit discussions and would see them through to the end. One source close to Mr Barnier said his approach so far did not point to someone trying to delay talks, adding: “It wasn’t us who decided to hold a general election after triggering Article 50.”

The European Commission president selection process is extremely complicated.

First, the European parliament elections are held, and the votes counted. Each political group in the parliament goes into the elections with a “lead candidate” put forward for the presidency. 

Then, the European Council – comprised of all the leaders of the EU member states – picks its nominee for president from the lead candidates put forward by the parliament groups, taking into account the results of the elections. This is done using a so-called qualified majority vote – 55 per cent of the countries in the EU, and 65 per cent of the population of the EU under the Lisbon Treaty. 

This will probably mean that the leader of the biggest group – currently the centre-right EPP – gets the commission presidency, though in theory other groups could team up and outnumber them.

After the council selects its nominee, the European parliament than has to sign off the council’s selection, again by majority vote.

Mr Kamall said both sides of the negotiations privately knew the talks regarding the Irish border, which has proved the most intractable issue, were a “fudge” to move forward to other areas.

“When you have candid conversations, people tell you that they know in reality if they came up with an Irish border agreement, that’s a template for the EU-UK trade agreement. But they don’t want to do that now, do they? That’s supposed to be dealt with down the road,” he said.

He also predicted that the Gibraltar issue was unlikely to hold up negotiations – after Spain nearly vetoed last week’s transition agreement over the territory and the EU27 called for further discussions about its status.

“It’s partly for show, because they’ve got their domestic politics as well – but it’s partly because in negotiations you’ve got to throw more things into the pot,” he said.

“In negotiations you ask for more than you can want and you have things that you’re prepared to give away. That is one of the things that you throw into the pot – but don’t underestimate it because it could become a lightning pot later on because sometimes people then focus on things that haven’t been resolved.”

In addition to his criticism of Mr Barnier, Mr Kamall accused the European parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt of “pretending” that EU citizens were going to be kicked out of Britain after Brexit to drum up political publicity. Mr Verhofstadt has been at the forefront of raising citizens’ rights in talks, and was greeted by grateful British supporters on a recent visit to Britain. Citizens’ groups say they still do not have certainty over their status, though Theresa May says the issue has been resolved.

“Guy and I get on very well, he is a good politician, he knows how to get publicity, he also knows how to play the press. He knows, for example, in certain areas of the British press he will be the pantomime villain and in others he will be the focal point for those who wish Brexit could somehow be reversed,” he said.

“He’s picked his issues very carefully. He’s now a champion for the Irish, knowing full well that plays well, he’s become a champion for the EU citizens, still pretending that they were going to be kicked out.”

Mr Kamall, who says he has not yet decided what he plans to do when Britain’s MEPs are sent home after Brexit, called for a rethink about whether to implement a points-based Australian-style immigration system – an approach which Theresa May has rejected.

In 2016 the prime minister said that a points-based immigration system would not give the UK control over who entered the UK. The Tory MEP however said such a system would help shift the debate from one of numbers to skills.

Recalling the aftermath of the EU referendum, he said David Cameron’s decision to resign had given the EU an “advantage” in talks and “time to regroup” after the shock vote – also branding George Osborne’s lack of regret for not doing any preparation for the possibility of a Leave vote “interesting”.

“Looking back, they [the EU] had an advantage, because after the referendum with Cameron resigning it created uncertainty on our side,” he argued.

“Until that point they didn’t have a unified position on what happens until Britain leaves. We could have exploited that, but because we had Cameron resign, we had to have a leadership election, fortunately it wasn’t as long as we thought it could possibly have been, it could have gone on longer, it gave the EU time to regroup.”

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Trump critic hopes to become the first Native American woman in Congress

Donald Trump has come under fire for his track record with the Native American population on more than one occasion. The US president frequently uses the racial slur “Pocahontas” in relation to Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren, and has made a number of policy decisions which will destroy sacred Native American land.

The Trump administration’s budget also proposes sweeping cuts to job training programmes which directly help Native Americans into work. Furthermore, during his pre-White House days as a billionaire property tycoon, Mr Trump repeatedly clashed with tribes after a 1988 federal law made it easier for casinos to open on tribal land.

These are just some of the reasons Democrat politician Debra Haaland says she is committed to standing up to the president at every opportunity. And the outspoken Trump critic hopes to have an even more powerful platform on which to do so by standing for US congress.

“We have never had a native woman in Congress. It is a voice which would add positive things to the conversation about the future of our country,” the 57-year-old single mother tells The Independent. “There is still a majority of men in Congress. We need more women. We need more women of colour.”

Ms Haaland, who lives in Albuquerque in New Mexico, was a full-time volunteer for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and was also involved in 2016’s Hillary Clinton election bid. She announced her decision to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives straight after finishing her term as state chair in New Mexico in April 2017. 

The politician is both incensed and motivated by the actions of the Trump administration, which she feels are at loggerheads with the views of New Mexicans.

“I am feeling like we need to fight harder than ever,” she says. “Trump’s policies are definitely not in line with New Mexicans. Look at his immigration policies. He wants to build a wall, he wants to deport Dreamers, he wants to ban Muslims. These policies are based on racist attitudes we do not agree with at all. My main mission is to beat Donald Trump – he does not speak for New Mexico.”


“When I was state chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico we took him to task on everything he was doing in his campaign – misogyny and overt racism – we turned him out at every turn.”

Ms Haaland spoke out nationally after Mr Trump called Senator Warren “Pocahontas” – penning a blistering column in Indian Country Today.

“Trump’s very use of Pocahontas’ name is disrespectful,” she wrote. “The story of Pocahontas is heartwrenching. Towards the end of her life she left her people, went to England, contracted a disease and died at a very young age. When I think of that story, and the hundreds of sad and disturbing stories of how native people have suffered throughout history, I can’t imagine making a mockery of their names or their lives.”

She has also made Mr Trump aware of her ire by staging personal protests at rallies the commander-in-chief has held in New Mexico.

New Mexico, a state in the southwestern region of the US, has a population of around two million and is the fifth largest and fifth least densely populated of the 50 US states.

“It is a land of vast open spaces – you can drive in any direction from Albuquerque and you will be in the middle of a beautiful desert. In some spaces you can see forever,” she says. “Geologists from all over the world come to New Mexico.”

Ms Haaland is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna – the Native American tribe of the Pueblo people in west-central New Mexico whose population exceeds 7,000 enrolled members. She is greatly angered by the Trump administration’s efforts to scale back national monuments across the US.

She was raised in a military family that moved around a lot; her father was a 30-year career marine and her mother served in the Navy. 


Despite a traditionally nomadic military upbringing, she found stability during summers with her grandparents in Laguna Pueblo. Despite the fact her grandparents went to one of the then government’s controversial assimilation programmes, where indigenous people were forced to adopt traditional white US customs, they managed to keep their traditional practices intact – something she is very grateful for.

“I feel that a lot of Native Americans are not as lucky as me,” she says. “There were a lot of things which the government did – they sent native folk to boarding school, cut their hair, changed their clothes, adopted them out of their families so they were never able to reconnect with their families. They basically turned them into Americans.”

“There are individuals who are likely still resentful but I think it’s important to recognise the resilience of Native American communities who have moved forward,” she adds. “We are active participants in our country and our politics, and we’re working to be successful. Just like any other community, we want to advocate for issues that are important to us.”

Mr Trump’s political agenda and rhetoric have come as a cruel blow to many Native Americans who had enjoyed progress under Barack Obama. The former president is praised for doing more than any other American leader to acknowledge their grievances, such as the government’s historical neglect of treaty obligations.

In September 2016 the Obama administration settled lawsuits with 17 Native American tribes that accused the federal government of long mismanaging both their funds and natural resources. The settlements totalled $492.8m.

Native American history has included mass killings and attempts to deprive tribes of their land, language, rituals and overall culture. In more recent years, disputes have played out in the form of cultural and legal fights over property and casinos.

Ms Haaland’s goals for New Mexico include making the state a leader in renewable energy, safeguarding women’s rights to an abortion, legalising marijuana, improving veteran support, backing small businesses and striving for universal health care.


Ms Haaland says she is steadfastly committed to fighting for women’s right to have an abortion – something which she has come under fire from all angles under the Trump administration.

“I am absolutely going to fight for women’s reproductive rights anytime I have to. We can’t go backwards. A lot of women have died because of this issue of when it’s not safe and legal,” she says.

Addressing why she is so keen to legalise marijuana, she says: “I think we need to stop putting people in for-profit prisons for smoking marijuana. Especially when they target people of colour. We need to be able to prescribe marijuana for post-traumatic stress and pain issues. These are combat veterans who come back from fighting because the country sent them there and we need to take care of them. It would also help with the Opioid crisis.”

Fortunately for her, she says the campaign is going well so far. Ultimately spurred by the ambition to become the first ever Native American in Congress, Ms Haaland wants to give the community which has long been marginalised by US voting laws a voice in the political mainstream.

“For me, voting has never been enough,” she says, her voice ringing with emotion.

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Tottenham's Erik Lamela ready for the fight and fire of yet another crucial Stamford Bridge clash

If so many of the remaining doubts regarding Tottenham Hotspur revolve around winning big away games to make that final leap, you wouldn’t guess it from the way Erik Lamela talks about them. “Honestly, yes,” the Argentine attacker enthuses, when asked whether he most enjoys matches like his side’s trip to Chelsea this Sunday. “Because I like to play with intensity, when the game is alive. I really enjoy that.

“There’s no pressure. It’s a football game. I enjoy the game, it’s not about the pressure.”

There’s certainly not as much pressure on Spurs as there was in April 2016, for that infamous Stamford Bridge fixture that frames Sunday’s game. Mauricio Pochettino’s side needed to win that match to prevent Leicester City winning the title, and went ahead 2-0, only to lose the lead while losing their heads.

It was a 2-2 draw and performance still seen as someway indicative of Spurs’ nearly-there status, but Lamela’s thoughts on it – a match he describes with no little understatement as “a little bit emotional” – are entirely indicative of his own attitude.

The 26-year-old was involved in one of the many, many flashpoints from that match, when he trod on Cesc Fabregas’ hand.

“Yeah, a lot of things went on in that game but that’s football. People talk about that as a classic game because of all the naughty stuff?! Yes. That game was a little bit emotional. It was a very big game for us.

“I didn’t see [Fabregas]. I was just walking. I stepped on his hand but it’s football, no? It can happen. Sometimes defenders kick me without the ball and I’m not saying anything and no-one sees. It’s part of the game.

“What happened in the game stays on the pitch. Afterwards, everything is finished. In the game, you do everything to try to win. Sometimes, in a tackle, you want to take the ball but you arrive one second too late and it’s a big foul but you want to try to get the ball. This happens when the game is very intense, especially in a derby. It happens.”


It also happens to be the case Lamela has been involved in many intense derbies, like when the bus of his River Plate squad had all of its windows smashed on the way to a Super Clasico with Boca Juniors.

“Yes, in Argentina, the derby is different! Outside the pitch, it’s different. You have see it to realise it. It’s more than just one game. You have to win. If not, you are the worst. It’s too much. It’s not balanced.

“Boca-River, yes, it’s like this, but also here. And in Italy. All the supporters want to win the derby. It’s the most important game of the season. For us, yes, of course it’s important but every game is important. If we win the derby and then we don’t win the next one, it means the same, no?”

That puts what happened at Stamford Bridge in April 2016 into perspective, but so do Lamela’s personal circumstances. This is a player who has only recently returned to action to add his energetic ingenuity to Spurs’ attack, after over a year out with a hip injury. A match that gets a bit physical barely matters when you’re just content to touch a ball again.


“When I was injured my motivation was to come back to play football again, to touch the ball. I was so happy just training. After my long injury I really enjoy everything much more than before.”

Lamela also admits that he doesn’t endure the pain of setbacks or defeats in the way he used to either.

“I was like that, but I have changed. I tried to, for my girlfriend and the people that are close to me, because they are not involved in the game. We can lose, it’s football. Before, I was angry after games, especially if I didn’t play well. But I understand that if you lose, you lose. The important thing is to put everything on the pitch.

“I only put my mind on the pitch, like I do always. Once the game starts, you are just focused on the game. And what you need to do.”


That is what he intends to do now, and he hasn’t completely ruled out making the World Cup, even though Lamela admits there has been no contact as yet with Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli.

There is also the possibility that Sunday’s match could mean everything to Spurs’ season. If they win at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 28 years, it will put eight points between Tottenham and Chelsea, and effectively end the race for the top four. Lamela insists there is no desire for revenge from 2016, but it would be some reward for finally winning there.

“We learned that we always have to push to win. This is the only thing in football and we want that more and more. We now have a great opportunity in front of us.”

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