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Spain to stay true to style with a draw enough for Qatar ticket******
MADRID, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Spain will qualify for their 12th consecutive World Cup finals if they win or draw at home to Sweden in Seville's Estadio de la Cartuja on Sunday night.。
Spain's 1-0 win in Greece thanks to a Pablo Sarabia penalty, coupled with Sweden's shock 2-0 defeat in Georgia has turned the table in the group with Spain now holding a one-point advantage going into the last game.。
Three days ago, it looked as if Spain would have to win their final game, but now a draw will be enough to book their ticket to Qatar in November 2022.。
Coach Luis Enrique has already said his side will look to take the game to their rivals and stay true to their style of play, but the Spanish will be aware that their last two results against the Swedes are not good.。
The Swedes came back from a goal down to win 2-1 in Stockholm in September, with Alexander Isak and Viktor Claesson overturning Carlos Soler's fourth minute opener for the Spanish.。
Spain also failed to score against Sunday's rivals in a 0-0 draw in Seville in the group stage of this summer's European Championship. Although a repeat of that result would take the Spanish directly to Qatar, that would certainly cause some frayed nerves.。
Luis Enrique is likely to make several changes to his side in order to try and maintain as many fresh legs as possible on the pitch. Pau Torres will probably step into central defense for Inigo Martinez, who ended Thursday with a minor calf problem, while the experienced duo of Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta could come in as full backs.。
Dani Olmo will replace Raul de Tomas, and Sergio Busquets also looks likely to start. Solar will probably step into the side for 17-year-old Gavi, who also ended Thursday's game with slight physical problems.。
The Spanish have everything in their favor to keep up their World Cup record, with the only question marks over their game being whether they will be able to turn possession into chances, and whether the Swedes will catch them on the break. Enditem。
Huang/Zheng overpower Thai duo to reach Denmark Open final******
ODENSE, Denmark, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese shuttlers Huang Dongping and Zheng Yu overpowered fifth-seeded Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai from Thailand here on Saturday to reach the Denmark Open women's doubles final.
The newly paired Chinese duo took a straight win of 21-10, 21-15, and will meet second-seeded Lee So-hee/Shin Seung-chan from South Korea in the final.
"We defeated the Tokyo Olympic champion yesterday and it has given us much confidence to play strong since the very beginning today. And my partner gave many great smashes," said Huang. "Honestly, we did not expect to go as far as the final. Each match is a big surprise for us."
However, Huang did not make the mixed doubles final spot paired with her Olympic mixed doubles winning partner Wang Yilyu. Fourth-seeded Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino from Japan took revenge on the Chinese top seed 16-21, 21-17, 21-17 in the mixed doubles semifinal.
As the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalists, the Japanese duo had lost the Olympic semifinal to the Chinese pair.
The 27-year-old Wang was not satisfied with the results and his own performance, although he had made many great saves.
"Huang has done well enough, but I'm not so determined to push myself. I should have done more for my partner because she is also playing the women's doubles. Maybe I was not well prepared mentally," said Wang.
"It's not a bad thing for us to lose this game. It'll tell us how to improve ourselves," said Huang, "we need to cover each other in key rally."
In the women's singles semifinal, sixth-seeded He Bingjiao from China was edged 23-21, 22-20 by second seed Akane Yamaguchi who had defeated Tokyo Olympic champion Chen Yufei twice in Sudirman Cup and Uber Cup.
"I was never thinking about giving up, even when I was falling behind in both sets. I tried to overturn the game, but it seemed that I just need a little bit more luck," said 24-year-old He.
He told Xinhua that Yamaguchi is her good friend and they have been playing against each other since the junior tournaments.
"Akane has great personality and strong will. She can save all the smashes no matter how difficult the shots are," said He. "She is not an emotional player and always keeps calm. She is very energetic on the pitch. It looks like she is never tired." Enditem
6 Trump aides summoned in Capitol riot investigation******
Further expanding its probe, the United States House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection has issued subpoenas to six additional associates of former president Donald Trump who were closely involved in his efforts to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election.。
The committee's chairman, Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson, said that the panel is demanding testimony and documents from former Trump campaign officials and others who participated in a "war room" ahead of the siege and strategized about how to halt the certification of Joe Biden's victory.。
Thompson said the committee had issued new subpoenas to Bill Stepien, manager of Trump's 2020 reelection campaign; Jason Miller, a senior campaign adviser; Angela McCallum, national executive assistant to the campaign; John Eastman, a lawyer who advised the former president; Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser to Trump who talked with Trump ahead of the insurrection; and Bernard Kerik, who paid for hotel rooms that served as command centers ahead of January 6.。
"In the days before the January 6th attack, the former president's closest allies and advisers drove a campaign of misinformation about the election and planned ways to stop the count of Electoral College votes," Thompson said. "The Select Committee needs to know every detail about their efforts to overturn the election, including who they were talking to in the White House and in Congress, what links they had with rallies that escalated into a riot, and who paid for it all."
The subpoenas come after the panel has already demanded documents and testimony from several other Trump advisers – some who have cooperated and some who have not. The House voted last month to hold longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon in contempt after he refused to comply with his subpoena. Trump himself is fighting the probe in court.。
The rioters who violently pushed back police to break into the Capitol and interrupt the electoral count repeated Trump's false claims of widespread fraud, and the committee says the six newly subpoenaed witnesses helped amplify the misinformation in the days ahead of the attack. Trump's false claims came as election officials and courts across the country verified Biden's win, and as his own attorney general said there was no evidence of significant fraud.。
Thompson says in the letters to the Trump associates that the panel has uncovered "credible evidence" of their participation in the former president's efforts to overturn the election and cites ways that they individually tried to further his cause.。
The panel is working with other close Trump advisers to gain testimony, including former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and administration aide Kashyap Patel.。
Economic Watch: China's CPI, PPI growth picks up pace amid rising costs******
A customer buys vegetables at a supermarket in Zaozhuang, east China's Shandong Province, Aug. 9, 2021. (Photo by Sun Zhongzhe/Xinhua)。
BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 1.5 percent year on year in October, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Wednesday.。
The figure was higher than the 0.7 percent year-on-year growth recorded in September.。
Specifically, non-food prices rose 2.4 percent from a year earlier, contributing about 1.97 percentage points to the CPI growth, said senior NBS statistician Dong Lijuan.。
Food prices dropped 2.4 percent, with the price of pork, a staple meat in China, slumping 44 percent. However, the price of fresh vegetables, which declined 2.5 percent in September, saw a 15.9 percent increase last month, said Dong.。
The NBS attributed October's CPI increase to unusual weather conditions, rising costs and supply-demand imbalance in some products.。
On a monthly basis, CPI increased 0.7 percent. Food prices increased 1.7 percent, while non-food prices rose 0.4 percent.。
The country has set its consumer inflation target at approximately 3 percent for the year 2021, according to this year's government work report.。
On the industrial side, China's factory prices continued to pick up last month due to global factors and a strained domestic supply of key energy and raw materials.。
The country's producer price index (PPI), which measures costs for goods at the factory gate, went up 13.5 percent year on year in October.。
The figure went up from the 10.7 percent year-on-year increase registered in September. On a monthly basis, China's PPI rose 2.5 percent in October.。
Specifically, the rising prices of international crude oil have driven the prices of domestic oil-related industries, with the PPI for the oil exploitation sector up 7.1 percent from a month ago, said Dong.。
Caused by the tight supply of coal last month, the factory-gate prices for coal mining and washing industry increased 20.1 percent month on month, while that for coal processing industry saw 12.8-percent growth.。
In general, inflation has put limited pressure on the country's monetary policy, but imbalances are mounting in both the domestic and global economic recovery, said Wen Bin, chief analyst at China Minsheng Bank.。
The country should continue its efforts to tackle the supply shortfalls of major energy products and help market entities cope with the rising costs of raw materials, Wen said.。
China's energy crunch is expected to alleviate as the country's multiple measures to boost supply and rein in price hikes have started to take effect.。
The country's coal output has sustained its growth momentum since mid-October. The maximum daily output of coal has hit 11.93 million tonnes, a record high in recent years, said the National Development and Reform Commission, the economic planner.。
Coal for power generators and heating suppliers is guaranteed as mid to long-term coal supply contracts have roughly covered demand, according to the economic planner.。
Increased coal output and inventories at power plants will help drive down the soaring coal prices, the commission said, noting that prices are expected to continue their decline as production and inventories rise further. Enditem。