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# Tension

This week
29th January 2023 - 1st February 2023
# ammunition
Drone attack reportedly hits Iran defence ministry complex
The drone strike comes at a tense time in Iran, which has been rocked by nationwide protests.
Last year
2022
# Tension
Dortmund youngster hits back over USA World Cup bust-up
Gio Reyna has responded to comments made by coach Gregg Berhalter.
# Tension
Testy touchline moments as David Brady's Ratoath progress to Leinster semi-final
The former Mayo midfielder has guided the Meath champions to the final four of the competition after beating Rhode today.
# Tension
Mickelson says LIV 'not going away' as McIlroy fears 'irreparable' split
The conflict has gone beyond statements from players and is now in the legal sphere.
# brittney griner
Russian court rejects US basketball player’s appeal on nine year sentence for cannabis oil
Griner was convicted on 4 August after police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage
# Pyongyang
North Korea fires warplanes and tests missiles in response to 'US escalation'
South Korea’s military said it had detected two short-range ballistic missiles launched from the North
# Tension
Missiles fired by China 'believed to have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone'
China’s military drills were prompted by a visit to the island by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
# us china relations
Pelosi arrives in Taiwan in spite of China warnings that US will 'pay the price' for visit
The Democrat’s trip to Taipei is the highest-profile visit by an elected US official in 25 years.
# Tension
Why China said a visit from Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan is the US 'playing with fire'
China’s ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday that a visit would be “very much dangerous, very much provocative”.
# Tension
India says its military accidentally fired missile into Pakistan
There is a heavy military presence on both sides of the shared border and there have been numerous flare-ups.
# Unhappy
Tension simmers between Erling Haaland and Dortmund
The 21-year-old has accused the Bundesliga club of putting pressure on him to make a decision regarding his future.
All time
# Border Tension
Biden promises support for Ukraine and sanctions for Moscow if Russia invades neighbour
Nearly 100,000 Russian troops have massed on the Ukrainian border.
# Tension
Guardiola: 'The guys who are anxious and nervous, I will tell them that’s normal'
The Manchester City manager admits the hardest part of his job is consoling those who do not start in Porto.
# Tension
Real Madrid salvage draw with late equaliser as league title chances swing back to Atletico
Zinedine Zidane’s side also had a penalty decision ruled out by VAR.
# Tension
Djokovic has 'not much respect' for Kyrgios off the court
The Australian has waged a running battle with the Serb in recent times.
# republican strife
US Vice President Mike Pence to attend Joe Biden inauguration - reports
Lightning-fast impeachment proceedings against Trump are expected to begin tomorrow.
# Tension
White House clashes with both Republicans and Democrats over Covid-19 relief
A week of tense negotiations ended without resolution.
# Tension
'I'd imagine Sterling's not hugely enthusiastic about me' – Southgate
The Man City star has been dropped by the England manager.
# Tension
Erasmus' Boks set up World Cup final with England after edging Wales
Handré Pollard’s place-kicking was crucial as the Boks edged the semi-final in Yokohama.
# Tension
Neuer wants to end tension with Germany team-mate Ter Stegen after war of words
Manuel Neuer says he is done speaking about his Germany rivalry with Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
# Missiles
North Korea fires projectiles hours after offering talks with US
The US has said it is closely monitoring the situation.
# China
How is Hong Kong different to China and what do protesters worry might happen?
After the biggest mass demonstration in years last month, there is more violence in the city today.
# strait of hormuz
US accuses Iran of being behind attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf
The suspected attacks come amid spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington.
# Tension
Saudi oil tankers among ships targeted by 'sabotage attacks'
The ships suffered “significant damage” but none of the crew members were harmed.
# Tension
Montenegro defender slams Liverpool's Henderson for 'ugly and disrespectful' jersey jibe
Atletico Madrid’s Stefan Savic claims the England midfielder sarcastically offered to swap shirts with one of his opponents after their Euro 2020 qualifier.
# Venezuela
Trump says that military intervention in Venezuela is 'an option'
The United States recognised Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president on 23 January.
# Tension
'Completely unacceptable': Britain angered after EU document calls Gibraltar a 'colony'
Gibraltar, home to 33,000 people, was ceded to Britain by Spain in 1713, in perpetuity.
# Tension
Maria Sharapova refuses to answer reporters' questions after Melbourne exit
It was a forgettable day for 2008 champion, as she crashed out of the Australian Open.
# Tension
'I remember coming out for the warm-up and the chants were 'Kill the Fenian bastards''
Joe Waters was part of the Republic of Ireland side that faced Northern Ireland at Windsor Park at the height of The Troubles in 1979.
# Snubbed
'It's hugely disrespectful, I'm disgusted' - FAI criticised after declining to attend PFAI awards
There has been ongoing tension between the FAI and the PFAI in recent times.
# Tension
Mourinho on Pogba row: No player is bigger than Man United
The Portuguese boss explained his reasons for relieving the midfielder of the vice-captaincy.
# second captains
'I am the manager I make these decisions' - Pogba will never captain Man United again, Mourinho confirms
Jose Mourinho confirmed that the French star has been removed as vice-captain following defeat to Derby.
# Tension
'We want a level playing pitch': Retail groups take aim at pop-up markets
But one major operator says bricks-and-mortar firms are simply ‘unable to take competition’.
# Tension
Reports of truce agreed between Hamas and Israel, ending intense two days of violence
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007.
# Tension
China accuses Trump of 'blackmail' as he threatens fresh tariffs
He said yesterday he had asked the US Trade Representative to target $200 billion worth of imports for a 10% levy.
# Tension
'I've discovered your true face' - Benzema hits back over World Cup omission
Noel Le Graet’s support for head coach Didier Deschamps’ decision to leave the Real Madrid man out has angered the forward.
# Tension
UK regulator launches seven investigations into Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT
The investigations have been launched on the back of the Salisbury nerve agent attack in March.
# Tension
12 dead after clashes erupt as thousands of Gazans march near Israel border
More than 1,200 were wounded by various means by Israeli forces.
# Tension
North Korea says new UN sanctions are an 'act of war'
The UN Security Council unanimously passed new, US-drafted sanctions that will restrict oil supplies.
# Tension
North Korean soldier defects to South, triggers gunfire at border
The soldier cross the border in thick fog and made his way to a guard post.