Tributes by UN officials mark passing of Palestinian poet

The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), Robert Serry, sent his condolences to the Palestinian people following the death of the 67-year-old writer who died on Saturday. Mr. Darwish passionately voiced the aspirations of the Palestinian people for justice, freedom and statehood with eloquence and artistry, said Mr. Serry.The Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said that with Mr. Darwish’s passing, “the world has lost a uniquely compelling voice and a passionate advocate against dispossession and the pain it engenders.”Karen AbuZayd added that Mr. Darwish was the poet of exile, the refugees’ poet, whose universal language of dislocation and alienation will be heard for many years to come. 13 August 2008Senior United Nations officials in the Middle East have joined their voices to those paying tribute to the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who was laid to rest today. read more

Independence Bowl Matchup

Duke (7-5, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Temple (8-4, American Athletic Conference), Dec. 27, 1:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).LOCATION: Shreveport, Louisiana.TOP PLAYERSDuke: QB Daniel Jones has thrown for 2,251 yards and 17 TDs with seven interceptions and has rushed for 325 TDs and two more scores.Temple: QB Anthony Russo led the team to a 7-2 record after taking over as the starter as the Owls averaged 36 points and 435.7 yards per game with him under centre.NOTABLEDuke: The Blue Devils finished a dismal sixth behind ACC Coastal Division champion Pittsburgh but posted seven wins against teams that are playing in the post-season.Temple: This is the fourth straight season the Owls have qualified for a bowl game, but they’ve never won two straight in the post-season. Temple beat Florida International in the Gasparilla Bowl last year, so the chance for a breakthrough is there.LAST TIMEIt will be the first meeting between the teams.BOWL HISTORYDuke: Blue Devils are 5-8 in bowl games. This is their sixth post-season appearance in seven years and first in the Independence Bowl.Temple: The Owls are just 3-4 in bowl games and have never played in the Independence Bowl.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more