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China denies India envoy mistreated in Yiwu court row

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 China has denied that an Indian diplomat was mistreated during an angry court hearing in the city of Yiwu.Delhi complained after S Balachandran was reportedly denied medication when trying to secure the release of two Indians held hostage by local traders for allegedly failing to pay debts.China said media reports were “not factually accurate”.Indian media report that the two Indians are now being moved from a hotel in Yiwu to Shanghai.The two Indians had earlier told Indian television they were being treated “like animals”.On Tuesday, India warned its businessmen they were not safe to trade in Yiwu.

‘Ruled by laws’

At a press briefing China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said: “Relevant media reports that the Indian consular official from Shanghai was forbidden from eating or taking his medication while in Yiwu and was surrounded and attacked do not accord with the facts.

“China is a country ruled by laws, which pays great attention to relations with India,” he said.

However, Mr Hong gave no specific account of what China believed had happened.

He said the two Indians had been put under police protection in a hotel and that five people had been arrested for “illegal detention”.

“China hopes that India treats this matter objectively and fairly,” he said.

China’s ambassador to India, Zhang Yan, met foreign affairs officials in Delhi on Wednesday and assured them that “serious attention” was being given to the plight of the two traders.

Later India’s NDTV channel quoted External Affairs Minister SM Krishna as saying the pair were being escorted by Indian consulate officials to Shanghai.

The businessmen, Deepak Raheja and Shyamsunder Agrawal, had pleaded for help in an earlier interview with NDTV.

Mr Agrawal said: “Please save us… get together and help us. They have stripped us, thrown things at us, beaten us, tortured us. We are being treated worse than animals.”

Their hotel had reportedly been surrounded by a large crowd of locals.

The pair had been held hostage by local traders for two weeks for non-payment of dues by their company, whose owner has allegedly fled the country.

On Tuesday, an advisory on India’s Beijing embassy website said businessmen could be “mistreated” in Yiwu and had “no guarantee of legal remedies”.

The strongly worded statement on the embassy website said that “Indian businessmen are cautioned to stay away from Yiwu”.

It added: “In case of disputes arising, experience suggests that there is inadequate protection for safety of persons.”

Delhi believes Mr Balachandran was denied medicine and collapsed in the courtroom in Yiwu on 31 December.

Mr Balachandran is a diabetic. He was taken to hospital in a semi-conscious state and later transferred to Shanghai, where he has improved.

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A subdued Beckham returns, hatchets buried

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A subdued Beckham returns, hatchets buried

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., July 17 – Maybe it was the heat, or the global commute or the rust from weeks without the intense effort of European soccer, but it turned out to be a quiet return for the marquee player of U.S. soccer, David Beckham.

The England international was booed by the crowd with every touch of the ball but said, after playing a minor role in the L.A. Galaxy’s convincing win over Major League Soccer’s worst team, he was pleased to be back with his team mates.

Beckham spent the off-season with AC Milan in Italy and his extended loan spell there led Landon Donovan, the Galaxy captain, to publicly question Beckham’s commitment to the LA team.

“It’s to be expected. Sometimes it’s nice to get the boos. It gives you inspiration, especially when we play like we did,” said Beckham.

Beckham and Donovan later buried the hatchet in a meeting brokered by their manager, former U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena.

In the aftermath of a thumping 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls, off-field differences were put aside.

“Given all the circumstances and issues, I think he had a great game,” said Arena.

Donovan said the chemistry between the two on the right side of midfield was “fantastic”.

‘GREAT ATTITUDE’

Donovan was by far the better player on the night, scoring one goal and setting up another in the Galaxy victory.

Beckham appeared a step behind and lacked his trademark deft passing. He was substituted in the 70th minute on a night the temperature read 86 degrees at kickoff.

Arena praised Beckham’s attitude and said he played longer than expected.

“At halftime, I said 60 minutes, and he told me: ’65, 70,'” Arena said.

“He’s got a great attitude and stepped right in … There was never a doubt in our mind that these guys would work together. We expect him to be like all the other guys, and that’s what he wants.”

The allure of the league’s highest-paid player may have worn off on the fans — only 23,238 attended Thursday’s match, half the number that took in the match last year and a third of the fans that showed up for Beckham’s debut the year before.

“I don’t know. The first year was impressive, but we are in a recession, maybe that’s part of it,” Beckham said.

Beckham has said he expected to find another loan deal when the current MLS season ends, with the goal of staying in England manager Fabio Capello’s plan for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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Lions beat Redskins 19-14 and end 19-game skid

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Lions beat Redskins 19-14 and end 19-game skid

DETROIT – Matthew Stafford held his head down on the bench for the final snap.

Dominic Raiola couldn’t watch, either, fearing a 20th loss in a row and 100th setback of his nine-season career.

When Detroit’s leaders looked up and saw Washington was out of time, they saw what they were hoping to see Sunday.

Lions 19, Redskins 14.

Believe it.

Finally.

“We not only got the monkey off our back, we got King Kong off our back,” said Lions owner William Clay Ford. “I’m hoping that this gets us over that hump and gives us a winning attitude.”

Detroit (1-2) hadn’t won since Dec. 23, 2007 and its 19-game skid matched the second longest in NFL history. The Lions no longer have to hear about Tampa Bay’s record 26-game losing streak.

Raiola blew kisses to the crowd of 40,896 that was the smallest at Ford Field and the fewest to watch a Lions home game in 20 years after time expired with Washington stalled at the Detroit 23.

“I’ve always watched, but I’ve never been in this situation before,” Raiola said. “No team has been in this situation before. No one has gone 0-16 and then had to try to win a game the next year.”

The one benefit of losing every game last season was it gave Detroit the No. 1 pick in the draft and it chose Stafford hoping he would be the franchise quarterback it has lacked for decades. The Lions have won one playoff game and had one Pro Bowl QB since winning the 1957 NFL title.

Stafford threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Bryant Johnson in the first quarter, drew a 47-yard pass interference penalty to set up a fourth-quarter score and didn’t turn the ball over after throwing two interceptions in his first two games.

Stafford smiled as often as any long-suffering Lions fan did on Sunday, playfully sticking out his tongue toward the Detroit sideline, and looked like a 21-year-old kid having a blast.

“I’m having fun,” he said. “It’s a great game we get to play.”

When Stafford isn’t playing, he is nervous. That’s why he was looking at the turf when the final play started.

“I figured I’d just let the crowd noise tell me what happened,” Stafford recalled. “When it got really quiet, I couldn’t take it, so I looked up, and saw them running, and then the tackle, and then I saw the clock was at zero.”

Following a brief meeting and prayer in the locker room, first-year coach Jim Schwartz sent his players back to the field to celebrate nine months after becoming the first NFL team to have an 0-16 season.

“We went a whole season without feeling like this, so you have to take it in and enjoy,” Raiola said.

Washington doesn’t have the burden of a long losing streak. It does, though, have plenty of problems.

“You either want it or you don’t. A lot of these guys don’t want it,” Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “They want the other stuff.”

The Redskins (1-2) pulled within five points on Jason Campbell‘s second TD pass with 2:36 left in the game, but couldn’t prevent the Lions from picking up a first down that ran time off the clock and cost them three timeouts.

Washington had its last of many chances to win from its 22 with 1:05 left and failed to do much more than scare the Lions by driving into their territory.

The Redskins wasted opportunities all afternoon to avoid the embarrassment of losing to the lowly Lions. Embattled coach Jim Zorn will likely be pressed for answers as he was a week ago after an unimpressive 9-7 win over St. Louis.

Zorn was burned by at least two decisions.

He went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1 on Washington’s first drive and Clinton Portis was stopped.

“I didn’t think we’d be denied getting in the end zone and we were,” Zorn said. “But there was no way a team could drive 99 yards on us was my thought.”

Detroit did.

The Lions drove 99 yards on 12 plays over nearly 6 minutes, capping the impressive drive with Johnson’s fantastic catch on a high throw in the end zone from Stafford.

On the possession, Zorn accepted a penalty instead of leaving the Lions with a 50-yard kick. Instead, Stafford ducked to avoid a sack and ran for 21 yards to convert a third-and-13 that set up his TD pass on the next play.

Jason Hanson was in field goal range,” Zorn said. “I just had to pull him back out of it and try to get off the field so they wouldn’t get another three points. That was my thinking.”

After a week of second-guessing and speculation about Zorn’s job security, Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is ready for more of the same.

“It don’t matter if Joe Gibbs was here or any All-Star coach, they’re still going to point fingers,” said Haynesworth, who hurt his right hip in the first half and returned to play in the third quarter.

Do the Redskins still support Zorn?

“I hope so, you only have one head coach,” Haynesworth said. “I can’t speak for everybody else, but I am.”

NOTES: A reporter attempted to approach Redskins owner Dan Snyder after the game, but security wouldn’t allow an interview. … Snyder’s friend, Tom Cruise, chatted with Zorn about an hour before kickoff and signed autographs. … Lions RB Kevin Smith ran for 101 yards before leaving the game with an injured right shoulder. … The game, which was blacked out on local TV, will be shown on NFL.com for 72 hours starting at midnight Sunday.

(This version CORRECTS Lions 19, Redskins 14; SUBS 9th graf to correct to 24, sted 23.)


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