Syria says Israeli attack helps al-Qaida

first_imgIsraeli soldiers stand next to a mobile artillery unit near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights.“How can you say that al-Qaida doesn’t have an air force? They have the Israeli air force,” Syria President Bashar Assad told an American reporter. (“Assad: Israeli strikes in Syria benefit al-Qaida,” jpost.com, Jan. 25)President Assad’s comments came a week after an Israeli airstrike on Quneitra, Syria, killed six Hezbollah soldiers and six Iranians, including Hezbollah Commander Jihad Mughniyeh and Iranian General Mohammad Ali ­Allahdadi.In retaliation for this unprovoked attack, on Jan. 28 Hezbollah forces from Lebanon fired anti-tank rockets at an Israeli column in northern Israel, killing two soldiers and wounding seven. In the ensuing battle, a Spanish U.N. soldier was also killed.Also in response to the Israeli attack, Hamas in Palestinian Gaza organized a strong solidarity demonstration with Hezbollah. Some demonstrators even breached the walls of the U.N. compound in Gaza. Hamas officials said their action “reaffirms Hezbollah’s right to respond to the Israeli aggression, especially following the attack in Quneitra.” (CNN.com, Jan. 28)At first glance, it may seem strange that Israel, supported and armed to the teeth by the U.S., would launch an attack on allies of the Assad government in Syria when Syria is waging a fierce defense against invading forces of the Islamic State (ISIL). The U.S. is waging its own air campaign against ISIL in both Syria and Iraq. Hundreds of U.S. troops are being sent to the region to train Syrian anti-government militias to fight ISIL.But of course there is nothing strange about it at all. The U.S. still sees the Assad government in Syria as an obstacle to its dominion over the oil-rich Middle East. Regime change in Syria is still a top item on Washington’s agenda. So it doesn’t complain when Israel attacks Hezbollah, an ally of the Syrian government.Of course, this attack also meshes with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election campaign in the Zionist garrison state. Continued war against its Arab neighbors and the Palestinian people is the foundation of Israel’s existence. This war, which has cost so many lives and caused 9 million people to flee their homes, according to the U.N., is not in the interest of the Jewish people, but it has won the enthusiastic support of Wall Street and its minions in Washington.It is time for all progressive people to stand in solidarity with the Arab people in the Middle East against these U.S.-Israeli criminal attacks!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Prachatai editor released on bail

first_img Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years September 24, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prachatai editor released on bail RSF_en Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom June 12, 2020 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific News to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand Organisation center_img August 21, 2020 Find out more News ThailandAsia – Pacific News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Receive email alerts Prachatai editor Chiranuch Premchaipoen was released after paying 200,000 bahts (about 4,800 euros) in bail.—————————————————————–24.09.2010News website editor arrested on return from international conferenceChiranuch Premchaipoen, the editor of the news website Prachatai, was arrested today at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on her return from a conference on Internet freedom in Budapest. Police showed her a warrant issued by a court in the northwestern province of Khon Kaen accusing her of defaming the royal family and of violating articles 14 and 15 of the Computer Crimes Act and article 112 of the criminal code.Reached by mobile phone, Chiranuch said she was being transported in a police car that was heading in the direction of Khon Kaen province. The warrant was issued in response to a complaint filed by Khon Kaen resident Sunimit Chirasuk on 11 August 2008.“We call for Chiranuch’s immediate release and the withdrawal of the charges against her so that we do not have to witness another attempt to exploit the Computer Crimes Act to silence the regime’s critics,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Prachatai is a reliable source of news and information that has managed in recent months to keep the public informed about what is going on in Thailand.”The press freedom organisation added: “The authorities should take note of the fact that Prachatai decided to close down its forum because of the difficulty of controlling the comments posted on it. This arrest is all the more inadmissible for being very badly timed. Chiranuch was returning from an international conference on online free expression, to which she had been invited.”Also known as Jiew, Chiranuch had just attended a conference entitled “Internet at Liberty 2010” which Google and the Central European University organised in Budapest from 20 to 22 September. Hundreds of bloggers of more than 70 nationalities took part.Chiranuch was briefly detained by immigration officials in Bangkok as she was about to leave for the conference. One of the police officers responsible for arresting her on her return, Chachapong Pongsuwan, said it was normal that she had not been notified in advance because it was “a serious matter.”Chiranuch was previously arrested on similar charges on 31 March. On that occasion, she was released after three and a half hours when her sister acted as guarantor for the payment of 300,000 bahts (7,000 euros) in bail. She is still facing up to 50 years in prison under the Computer Crimes Act and lèse majesté laws for failing to remove comments from the site with sufficient speed. Posted by visitors in 2008 and removed by Chiranuch after she was alerted, the comments were deemed to have insulted the monarchy.Thailand was listed as one of the “Countries under Surveillance” in the report on “Enemies of the Internet which Reporters Without Borders released on 11 March. Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Mourinho sent off as Chelsea go second

first_imgJose Mourinho was sent to the stands as Chelsea claimed an emphatic, and controversial, 4-1 victory over Cardiff to move second in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association David Marshall bounced the ball in front of Samuel Eto’o, who simply stuck out a leg to nick it, even though FIFA rules state the goalkeeper is still in possession at that point. Eto’o then contrived to miss after receiving a pass from Eden Hazard, who netted while the Cameroon striker was on the floor. Eto’o did claim his first Chelsea goal midway through the second half and Oscar and Hazard, with his second, wrapped up victory. The third and fourth goals came after Mourinho was dismissed from the touchline for berating the officials to a chorus of “Jose Mourinho, he sits where he wants” as the manager took a seat behind the dugout. Mourinho is now unbeaten in 64 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge, but few can have been as incident packed as Chelsea claimed a fourth home win from four this season to extend their unbeaten home run to 12 matches. It was a breathless start to the first of five Chelsea games in 15 days, with the crucial Champions League Group E clash at Schalke next on Tuesday. Cardiff won in west London last month through Mutch’s stoppage-time strike but there was no repeat of the late hurrah at Fulham as the visitors were soundly beaten. Cardiff boss Malky Mackay made a point of applauding the visiting fans before kick-off after a fraught international break in which his head of recruitment Iain Moody was replaced by 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov on an interim basis. Chelsea had to come from behind after a mistake from David Luiz allowed Jordon Mutch in to clip the ball over Petr Cech, who was making his 300th Premier League appearance. Chelsea’s equaliser was a result of an error of judgement from referee Anthony Taylor. Apsalyamov, thought to be a friend of the son of Cardiff owner Vincent Tan, was in the directors’ box at Stamford Bridge as the visitors took a shock early lead. Mourinho had heaped praise on his central defenders John Terry and Luiz in the build up, with the pair keeping England man Gary Cahill out of the side. But the Brazil defender’s error let Mutch in. A David Marshall goal-kick was pulled down and Ramires played the ball backwards towards Luiz, who left it and Mutch stole in to loft the ball over the onrushing Cech. Cardiff had to defend doggedly to protect their advantage and Terry twice headed wide from Mata corners. Cardiff had opportunities, too, and Cech had to acrobatically claw away a flicked-on Peter Odemwingie header. Worryingly for Chelsea, Cardiff then won four successive headers unchallenged in the hosts’ area, the last of them seeing Aron Gunnarsson head over Cech’s bar. Chelsea’s equaliser was controversial. Marshall chose to bounce the ball with Eto’o lurking and had the ball stolen in a manner reminiscent of Gary Crosby taking the ball from Andy Dibble 23 years ago and Dion Dublin dispossessing Shay Given in November 1997. Hazard picked the ball up and centred for Eto’o, who clumsily failed to get a shot away. The ball broke for Hazard whose shot went in with a slight deflection as Eto’o, who had just spurned a glorious opportunity for his first Blues goal, lay prone inside the six-yard box. A look at the FIFA rules showed the officials should have disallowed the strike. Marshall was booked nine minutes into the second half for wasting time over a Cardiff goal-kick as he attempted to give his defence a breather. The visitors were under siege, but the ball would not fall for Chelsea, who introduced Fernando Torres for left-back Ryan Bertrand. When it did, Oscar, Hazard and Eto’o combined to devastating effect, the striker firing in low beyond Marshall. Cech showed why he was hailed as the world’s number one goalkeeper in the build-up by Mourinho by saving spectacularly from Kim Bo-kyung as Cardiff came close to an equaliser. Then Chelsea stepped up a gear, as if to make amends for their manager’s absence from the technical area, where he had spent much of the game in conversation with fourth official Trevor Kettle. Oscar thrashed the ball high into the net from the edge of the area and, after Willian fired straight at Marshall on the counter attack, Hazard shot through the Scotland goalkeeper after cutting in from the left on to his right foot. last_img read more

Liverpool Return to Summit as Arsenal, Man Utd Crumble

first_imgLiverpool continue to put the pressure on Manchester City as a hard-fought 2-0 win at relegation threatened Cardiff moved them back top of the Premier League yesterday just as Arsenal and Manchester United failed to impress in the race for top-four race.Georginio Wijnaldum’s opener for Liverpool just before the hour and James Milner’s penalty secured a ninth consecutive win in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side and moved them two points ahead of City, who have a game in hand, at the top of the table.City travel to Manchester United on Wednesday in what appears the toughest hurdle left for the English champions to clear and deny Liverpool a first Premier League title in 29 years. The Reds remain poised to pounce if Pep Guardiola’s side fail to pick up maximum points in their remaining four games.While Liverpool were cruising into a second successive Champions League semifinal in midweek, Cardiff gave their chances of survival a huge boost with a 2-0 win at Brighton to close within three points of safety.If Neil Warnock’s men are to defy the odds to stay up, it is upcoming games against already relegated Fulham and Crystal Palace they will need to win, but they did not make life easy for Liverpool.The visitors should have taken the lead midway through the first-half when their front three clicked together for the first time when Mohamed Salah fed Sadio Mane and the Senegalese’s pass put Roberto Firmino clean through on goal. However, the Brazilian blazed over with just Neil Etheridge to beat.Salah has found his form in front of goal at the right time for Liverpool’s bid for a Premier League and Champions League double.However, after scoring in three of his past four games, Salah could not keep that streak going as he fired too close to Etheridge when played in by Jordan Henderson.Cardiff’s massed ranks of defence allowed Liverpool to enjoy nearly 75 percent possession, but the home team did not pose a threat of their own until they nearly took a shock lead just before the break.Victor Camarasa’s mishit shot fell kindly for Oumar Niasse and the on loan Everton striker nearly brought even more a smile to fans of his parent club on a day they beat Manchester United 4-0, but his shot was turned over by Alisson Becker.There was little reason for Liverpool to panic at halftime as their previous four Premier League games had also been won with second-half goals and so it proved once more.Trent Alexander-Arnold bagged his 10th assist of the season as the England international’s corner was pulled back for Wijnaldum to lash into the net first time.Liverpool’s midfield has begun to chip in with crucial goals at the right time of the season and Henderson should have provided another moments later when he fired wastefully over with the goal at his mercy.Klopp vented his frustration at Henderson’s miss and it was nearly costly when Cardiff captain Sean Morrison had a glorious chance to level 26 minutes from time.Morrison seemed to have the simple task of heading into an empty net as Alisson got caught underneath a corner, but he mistimed his header and the ball instead bounced to safety off his back.And Morrison was the Cardiff villain at the other end when he was adjudged to have brought down Salah inside the area 10 minutes from time and substitute Milner confidently dispatched the spot-kick.Meanwhile, Arsenal’s bid for a top four finish in the Premier League suffered a major setback as Crystal Palace punished their sluggish display to claim a shock 3-2 win last night.Unai Emery’s side paid the price for a defensive horror show at the Emirates Stadium to leave their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via the domestic route hanging in the balance.The Gunners, who can also reach the competition by winning the Europa League, fell behind to Christian Benteke’s first goal for a year before Mesut Ozil equalised early in the second half.Shkodran Mustafi’s blunder allowed Wilfried Zaha to put Palace back in front.James McArthur took advantage of more woeful Arsenal defending to make it three and, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reduced the deficit, it was too late to stop Palace’s first league win at Arsenal since October 1994.Arsenal sit in fourth place, level on points with Chelsea, who will go above them if they avoid defeat against Burnley tonight.Arsenal’s top four challenge had been fuelled by their impressive home form and their first league loss at the Emirates since the opening weekend of the season was hugely damaging.Arsenal had won 12 of their last 13 home games in all competitions, but the end of that streak puts them in the tricky position of needing to improve their dismal away record when they travel to Wolves and Leicester this week.Emery made seven changes from Thursday’s Europa League quarterfinal win at Napoli in a bid to freshen up his side and, as a result, Arsenal never looked in sync.They were authors of their own downfall when Palace took the lead in the 17th minute.Benteke won a free-kick wide on the right and when it was curled in, Mustafi and Konstantinos Mavropanos both stood watching as Benteke thundered past them to head home from close-range.It was the much-maligned Benteke’s first goal since he scored against Leicester in April 2018, ending the Belgian striker’s 19-game drought in his 200th Premier League appearance.Mustafi was guilty of appealing for offside rather than following Benteke for the goal and the centre-back produced another costly miscue moments later when he headed over from close-range.It was that kind of afternoon for Arsenal, who felt Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka should have conceded a penalty when he blocked a cross with his hands.Zaha says he wants to leave to play in the Champions League next season and the forward gave a glimpse of his class when he accelerated away for a cross that Benteke ballooned over the bar.Emery sent on Alex Iwobi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles at halftime, and the changes helped Arsenal draw level two minutes after the restart.Iwobi slipped a pass to Alexandre Lacazette on the edge of the area and the Arsenal forward picked out Ozil, who beat Vicente Guaita with a fine strike at his near post.But Mustafi’s day to forget hit a new low in the 61st minute as Palace went back in front after another mistake from the German.When Benteke flicked a header towards the Arsenal area, Mustafi seemed unware of Zaha’s presence behind him.Holding out his arms to indicate the ball would run to keeper Bernd Leno, he bizarrely allowed the Ivorian to run past him and clip a cool finish into the far corner.Shell-shocked Arsenal crumbled again as Palace made it three in the 69th minute.Having already won at Manchester City in December, Roy Hodgson’s side were on course for another famous scalp when Scott Dann nodded goalwards and McArthur headed past Leno.Aubameyang capped an incisive burst with his 24th goal of the season in the 77th minute.But it was too late to spare Arsenal’s blushes as Matteo Guendouzi wasted their last chance with a weak finish.Earlier in the day, Everton produced a thrilling display to outclass a woeful Manchester United at Goodison Park and expose all the problems facing Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United face a fight to secure a Premier League top-four place and Champions League football next season after 90 minutes which were little other than torture against a rampant Everton.United goalkeeper David de Gea had saved superbly from Richarlison before the Brazilian hooked in an acrobatic 13th-minute volley to set the tone for a magnificent display from Marco Silva’s side.De Gea was beaten by Gylfi Sigurdsson’s low 25-yard drive, going down late, as Everton took total control.Everton did not let up after the break, Lucas Digne scoring from long range after De Gea punched out a corner, before substitute Theo Walcott ran clear on to Sigurdsson’s pass to slide home the fourth.United have lost six of their past eight games in all competitions, while a fifth successive away defeat – for the first time since 1981 – leaves them facing the prospect of Europa League football next season.Everton are on a hot streak at Goodison Park but this can rank alongside the finest displays seen at the famous old stadium in many seasons.Yes, much will be made of United’s obvious deficiencies, but it would be a gross injustice to ignore a magnificent performance from a side who have drawn with Liverpool and beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and United in their past four home games without conceding a goal.Everton swarmed all over United from the first whistle and there was never a moment when they looked like relinquishing control.Silva’s pressing approach saw United harassed mercilessly for 90 minutes, but this was not simply about work-rate – Everton were full of skill, pace and athleticism.Idrissa Gueye was the fulcrum in midfield while Sigurdsson and the gifted Brazilian Bernard were the creators-in-chief from first to last.There may have been some doubts expressed about Silva’s position not so long ago, but this blistering run of home form – and a style which will win full favour from Everton’s fans – surely means he will be given time to build, as he should.United were reduced to being ironically cheered by their own supporters for merely stringing three passes together with Everton 4-0 up and in cruise control.Solskjaer’s side were quite simply over-run and did not even show the heart or fighting spirit to escape from a joyous Goodison with any dignity on a desperate day.There was simply nothing good about this United performance. Indeed, given Everton’s superiority, they were fortunate the scoreline did not have an even more embarrassing appearance.Paul Pogba strolled around midfield while Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson snapped into challenges, and it was a nightmare return to Everton for striker Romelu Lukaku.Taunted throughout, he could not do a thing right and his afternoon simply went from bad to worse.He was not alone. De Gea may have saved well from Richarlison early on but he was slow to react to Sigurdsson’s shot and it was his punch that fell at Digne’s feet to score. The Spain keeper is having a mixed season.It was five years ago to the day since a 2-0 loss here ended David Moyes’ reign – and this United performance was even worse than that.Solksjaer has inherited a mess, the early gloss from his arrival has worn off and players like Pogba and Lukaku, who were revived after Jose Mourinho was sacked, look back to their bad old ways.Now there is the small matter of the derby against title-chasing Manchester City at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

14 FIBA Basketball World Cup spots up for grabs in Final Qualifying Window

first_imgGeorgia would secure a spot in the World Cup with two wins, but only if Serbia lose twice.Israel would secure a spot in the World Cup with two wins if Serbia and Georgia both lose twice. If Serbia lose twice and Georgia win once, Israel would have to beat Serbia by 22 points or more to qualify.Can no longer qualify: Estonia Here is a breakdown, by region, of how things are shaping up after the fifth window.AFRICA (3 out of 5 Qualified)GROUP EQualified: Tunisia, AngolaCan still qualify: Cameroon finished third in Group E and will secure a spot in the World Cup if the third-placed team in Group F has a worse record than 7-5 or a worse point differential than +78.Can no longer qualify: Egypt, Morocco, ChadGROUP FQualified: NigeriaCan still qualify: Senegal would secure a spot in the World Cup with a win or if Cote d’Ivoire lose at least one of their last three games.Central African Republic (CAF) can only secure a spot in the World Cup as the best-ranked third-placed team and only if they win their last three games by a combined margin of at least 119 or 120 points, depending on the number of goals scored (119 if they score over 267 points and a margin of 120 points if they score under 267 points).Cote d’Ivoire would secure a spot in the World Cup as the second-placed team in Group F if they win their last three games and Senegal lose their last three games. They can also qualify as the best-ranked third-placed team if they win their last three games with a combined margin of at least 65 or 66 points, depending on the number of goals scored (65 if they score over 294 points, 66 points if they score under 294). Can no longer qualify: Rwanda, Mali AMERICAS (4 out of 7 Qualified)GROUP EQualified: Argentina, USACan still qualify:Uruguay would secure a direct spot in the World Cup  with a win against Puerto Rico in Group E, but a win against Mexico would suffice if they win the tie-breaker against Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico lose against Argentina. Alternatively, they could qualify as the best fourth-placed team in the Americas.Puerto Rico would secure a direct spot in the World Cup  with two wins in Group E, but a win against Uruguay would suffice if they win the tie-breaker and Uruguay lose against Mexico. Alternatively, they could qualify as the best fourth-placed team in the Americas.Can no longer qualify: Mexico, PanamaGROUP FQualified: Venezuela, CanadaCan still qualify:Brazil would secure a spot in the World Cup with a win in any of their last two games. They would secure a top-three finish in Group F with a win against the Dominican Republic, but a win against Virgin Islands would suffice if they win the tie-breaker against the Dominican Republic. Either way, if they win against the Virgin Islands, they would be guaranteed to, at worst, qualify as the best-ranked fourth-placed team.Dominican Republic would secure a direct spot in the World Cup  with two wins in Group F but just the lone win against Brazil would suffice if they win the tie-breaker and Brazil lose to Virgin Islands. Alternatively, they could qualify as the best fourth-placed team in the Americas.Can no longer qualify: Chile, Virgin Islands ASIA (4 out of 7 Qualified)GROUP EQualified: China (tournament hosts)*, New Zealand, KoreaCan still qualify:Lebanon could secure a spot in the World Cup with two wins but less could suffice. They do not have the tie-breakers over either Jordan or China, therefore their fate will depend on the results of these two teams and the results in the other group if they don’t win twice, as they can also qualify as the best fourth-placed team in Asia.Jordan could secure a spot in the World Cup with two wins if Lebanon lose at least one game. In case of 3-way tie with Lebanon, Jordan and China, Jordan will always finish ahead of Lebanon, therefore they qualify and Lebanon would battle to be the best fourth-placed team. They hold a tie-breaker over Lebanon or one win if Lebanon lose twice. Alternatively, they could qualify as the best fourth-placed team in Asia. Mathematically, they can still finish fifth but only in a scenario where China finishes ahead of them, therefore, at worst, they will be in consideration for the best fourth-placed team.Can no longer qualify: Syria*To determine the final standings, FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 hosts China shall not be included. However all results related to games against China shall be taken into account.GROUP FAlready qualified: AustraliaCan still qualify:Iran would secure a spot in the World Cup in all but one scenario. For them to finish fourth, they would have to lose to Australia and lose to Japan by at least 8 points, Philippines would have to beat Qatar and Kazakhstan, while Qatar would have to beat Japan. Even then, Iran could qualify as the best fourth-placed team.Japan can finish anywhere between second and fourth place. They could secure a spot in the World Cup spot with two wins, but less could suffice depending on the other results of the group.  They can also qualify as the best fourth-placed team in Asia. Japan can finish fourth in two ways: a) a 3-way tie with Philippines and Kazakhstan for 3rd, 4th and 5th places or; b) directly in 4th placeEither way, they can still qualify as best fourth-placed team.Philippines can finish anywhere between third and fifth. They could secure a spot in the World Cup with as little as one win as they hold a tie-breaker against Japan, but even if they win both games they will have to depend on other results. Alternatively, they could qualify as the best fourth-placed team in Asia as long as they avoid losing to Kazakhstan by more than 48 points or losing twice, as they would finish fifth. They would also finish fifth if Kazakhstan win both games and Japan wins at least once.Kazakhstan would secure a spot in the World Cup if they beat Australia by any margin and Philippines by at least 48 points, Japan lose both games and Philippines beat Qatar. Alternatively, they could qualify as the best fourth-placed team in Asia. They can finish fourth by:a) case above, except Kazakhstan beats Philippines by between 17 and 47 points; b) winning both their games and Japan winning one or c) Philippines losing both games.Can no longer qualify: QatarEUROPE (7 out of 12 Qualified)GROUP IQualified: Spain, TurkeyCan still qualify:Montenegro would secure a spot in the World Cup with two wins, but one could suffice depending on other results if they win the tie-breakers against Latvia, Ukraine and Turkey, though the latter might not necessarily come into play.Latvia would secure a spot in the World Cup with two wins, but a win against Montenegro could suffice depending on other results if they win the tie-breaker against Montenegro. Depending on other results, Latvia can also tie with Montenegro and Turkey for 2nd, 3rd and 4th spot and qualify if they win against Montenegro by 9 points.Ukraine would clinch a spot in the World Cup if they win both of their games and capture the tie-breaker against Montenegro, providing that Latvia also lose both of their games and Turkey win at least one of theirs.Can no longer qualify: SloveniaGROUP JQualified: LithuaniaCan still qualify:Italy would secure a spot in the World Cup with a win in either of their two remaining fixtures, but even two defeats could suffice as long as they either win the tie-breaker against Hungary or Hungary lose to Croatia. They could also qualify with a three way tie with Hungary and Poland at 19 points each.Poland would secure a spot in the World Cup with two wins but could qualify even with one or no wins in the final window, depending on other results. If they lose once, there is a small chance of an unfavorable three-way tie with Italy and Hungary (if Italy lose twice and Hungary win twice, beating Italy by exactly 9 points in a high-scoring with at least 117 points). If they lose twice, they could be overtaken by Hungary or Croatia if either of them win twice, also depending on the tie-breaker in the scenario with Croatia.Hungary have to win twice to have a chance of securing a spot in the World Cup, but would still be dependent on other results. If Italy and Poland both win at least once each, Hungary would also be eliminated. Alternatively if Italy’s win is against Lithuania instead of Croatia, Hungary qualifies in this scenario.Croatia would secure a spot in the World Cup with two wins but only if Poland lose to Netherlands and either Croatia win the tie-breaker against Poland or Hungary beat Italy.Can no longer qualify: NetherlandsGROUP KQualified: France, Czech RepublicCan still qualify:Russia can still qualify in several ways. They would secure a spot with a win against Finland, but could also go through with a win against Bulgaria depending on other results if: a) they win the tie-breaker against Finland and Finland lose to France; b) Finland beat France and Czech Republic lose both of their games. Russia can also qualify with 2 losses as long as they win tie breaker against Finland (Russia won by +2pts), and Finland lose to France and Bulgaria lose to Bosnia and Herzegovina.Finland would secure a spot in the World Cup with two wins if they win the tie-breaker against Russia but a win against Russia alone could suffice, depending on other results. If Russia lose to Bulgaria, Finland would qualify with a win as long as they hold the tie-breaker over Russia. If Bulgaria win both of their games, Finland would qualify with any win against Russia.Can no longer qualify: Bulgaria, Bosnia and HerzegovinaGROUP LQualified: Greece, GermanyCan still qualify:Serbia would secure a spot in the World Cup with any win but could qualify with two defeats if Georgia and Israel suffer at least one loss each. Serbia must not lose by more than 21 points against Israel if they are to avoid elimination in a possible three-way tie scenario with Georgia and Israel at 6-6. As we approach the final window of the  FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers, 17 teams know they will join hosts China at the first-ever 32-team edition of basketball’s biggest competition.That means 14 spots are still on offer and will be filled in the sixth and final window of the Qualifiers, starting on February 21, 2019.last_img read more