SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Activists in Macedonia are calling on the government to remove state-funded anti-abortion advertisements shown on television, arguing they unfairly stigmatize women who undergo the procedure.
Chris Coleman has extended his contract as manager of Wales until 2016, the Football Association of Wales said Friday. The 43-year-old's position as manager had been considered in major doubt but a win over Macedonia and draw with Belgium last month seems to have swayed opinion. Those results ensured Wales avoided finishing bottom of Group A, something which they had looked set to suffer following September defeats to Macedonia and Serbia. The FAW confirmed Coleman's deal at a press conference in Cardiff on Friday, where he was flanked by president Trefor Lloyd Hughes and chief executive Jonathan Ford.
Steven Naismith believes it is important Scotland continue their winning ways when they take on the United States in a friendly on Friday. Scotland have the chance to record three consecutive wins for the first time in six years when they host the Americans at Hampden Park. The fortunes of the national side have dramatically improved since Gordon Strachan was appointed manager, and they finished their unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign with wins over Macedonia and Croatia. But Naismith believes getting positive results in the two friendly matches is vital to keep the feel-good factor surrounding Scotland continuing into their next qualification campaign as they bid to make the finals of a major tournament for the first time since 1998.
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