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'My name is Cleo': Four******
A four-year-old Australian girl abducted from a campsite 18 days ago was discovered "alive and well" during a raid on a locked house yesterday, telling her shocked and elated rescuers: "My name is Cleo."
Cleo Smith disappeared from her family's tent in remote Western Australia last month, sparking a frantic air, sea and ground search involving 100 officers and scores of volunteers.
Many feared the search would end in tragedy, but after a night raid on a home in the coastal town of Carnarvon – just a short drive from where she disappeared – police announced the little girl had been found alone, but alive.
"One of the guys jumped in front of me and picked her up," said detective Cameron Blaine, one of the four rescuers who entered the house at 1am.
Blaine said that after the initial shock he asked the little girl her name three times before receiving her electrifying response: "My name is Cleo."
Police admitted "seasoned detectives" were "openly crying with relief" at the discovery and when Cleo was reunited with her parents at a hospital a short time later.
Her mother Ellie took to social media to express her relief. "Our family is whole again," she posted on Instagram under a photo of Cleo.
Police later released an image of the beaming youngster on a hospital bed holding an ice pop, waving and smiling. Officers said she was in good spirits and bouncing around like "a little energizer bunny."
"It's very rare. It's something we all hoped in our hearts, and it's come true," police deputy commissioner Col Blanch said.
A 36-year-old local man has been detained and is said to be assisting with enquiries. He was expected to be charged later.
Chilean midfielder Valdez joins Mexico's America******
MEXICO CITY, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Mexican giants America have announced the signing of Chilean midfielder Diego Valdes from Liga MX rivals Santos Laguna.。
The 27-year-old is the first addition to America's squad since their elimination from the Liga MX Apertura tournament in November.。
He is expected to be available for the start of the Liga MX Clausura competition in the first week of January.。
"Diego Valdes will reinforce America's squad for the 2022 Clausura. Welcome Diego," the club said in a tweet on Wednesday. Details of the contract were not disclosed.。
Valdes made 101 appearances for Santos Laguna and scored 21 goals after joining the club from Morelia in 2018.。
He has been capped 19 times for Chile's national team in a professional career that began at Santiago club Audax Italiano in 2014. Enditem。
US, Europe to remove some Russian banks from SWIFT, escalating economic sanctions******
The White House announced Saturday that the United States, joined by European nations and Canada, will remove some Russian banks from SWIFT, the payment system used for most international financial transactions.
This is a major move to escalate the West's economic sanctions against Moscow for its ongoing military operations in Ukraine.
The White House said in a joint statement that in concert with the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Britain and Canada, the United States is supporting the expulsion of "selected Russian banks" from SWIFT "within the coming days," so as to "further isolate Russia from the international financial system and our economies."
Kicking those Russian banks out of SWIFT, the high-security network that connects thousands of financial institutions worldwide, "will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm their ability to operate globally," said the statement.
In addition, restrictive measures will be imposed to "prevent the Russian Central Bank from deploying its international reserves" in ways that undermine the impact of the Western sanctions, said the statement.
Measures will also be taken to limit the sale of the so-called "golden passports" to prevent "wealthy Russians connected to the Russian government" from becoming citizens of the aforementioned countries and to ensure that those individuals are unable to "gain access to our financial systems."
The leaders of those countries also vowed to launch in this coming week a joint task force to enforce the implementation of the financial sanctions.
The joint statement also called on other governments to "detect and disrupt" the flow of those Russian elites' gains and deny their ability to hide their assets in jurisdictions across the world.
Egypt's Elgamal wins 2021 All Africa Individual Badminton Championship******
KAMPALA, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Adham Hatem Elgamal claimed the men's singles title at the 2021 All Africa Individual Badminton Championship held here on Thursday.
Elgamal, who had earlier stopped Zambia's Kalombo Mulenga in the semifinal, defeated compatriot Ahmed Salah 21-14, 21-14 in the final.
"This is a very good day for me. We won the team event and I also won the men's singles," Elgamal told Xinhua.
In the women's singles final, South Africa's Johanita Scholtz denied Egypt another chance to win when she stopped top seed Doha Hany 21-15, 21-11.
Hany was again upset in the mixed doubles final when she was paired with Elgamal and lost to the Algerian pair of Koceila Mammeri and Tanina Violette Mammeri 21-16, 21-13.
The men's doubles final was won by Algeria's Koceila Mammeri and Youcef Sabri Medel who beat Egypt's Abdelrahman Abdelhakim and Salah 21-18, 21-16.
After winning the women's singles, South Africa's Scholtz, teamed up with Amy Ackerman, suffered a loss to Algeria's Mounib Celia and Tanina Violette Mammeri 21-19, 21-17.
Annet Nakamya, chairperson of the Uganda Badminton Association, said the organization was proud of having hosted a successful tournament with tough COVID-19 protocols.
"We witnessed good badminton and we are also happy with the performances of our players," added Nakamya. Enditem