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"I never saw that moment and I refuse to see it," Raghad, Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter, told CNN in her first interview since her father's death ten years ago.

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He called Chinese President Xi Jinping a "long-time friend" when Mr Xi visited Iowa before becoming Chinese leader.

After Bloomberg first reported the nomination, which requires Senate confirmation, Beijing responded by calling Mr Branstad an "old friend".

"We welcome him to play a greater role in advancing the development of China-US relations," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

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It is done! Korea DPR have achieved their goal in the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup.

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Japan takes out bronze at FIFA U20 WWC

They defeated the United States 1-0 in front of a crowd of 8098 supporters.

Japan's victory goal was scored by forward Mami Ueno three minutes to full-time.

After over 20 attempted goals through the 86 minutes of play, Ueno scored in the penalty box, sweeping a clear shot from the right and finding the top left corner of the net.

This was Ueno's fifth goal overall in the tournament.

Japan, in white and blue, dominated the game, having 63 percent ball possession.

FIFA U20 WWC finals underway

The bronze playoff kicked off at 4pm at the National Football Stadium under fine weather conditions in front of a sold out Port Moresby crowd.

Both teams remain scoreless at half-time.

Japan, in white and blue uniform, had more ball possession and made more attempts than their opponents.

The Asian side is led by top goal scorer and captain forward, Yuka Momiki.

USA, in black and blue, are led by captain Mallory Pugh.

Japan and USA set for bronze playoff

The match will kick off at 4pm today in front of an expected sellout crowd at the 15,000 seating National Football Stadium.

Japan and USA will come out strong, aiming to take home the bronze medal after missing out on qualifying for the final on Tuesday in the semis against France and Korea DPR respectively.

It will be a tough encounter between the Asian and North American sides after a hard-fought battle and going to extra time in the semis.

But it will be an exciting and entertaining match and fans will be out in numbers to support.

USA happy for opportunity to play for medals

However, they were happy to have another opportunity for the medals this Saturday in the third and fourth playoffs.

USA coach Michelle French commended Korea DPR for making it through to the finals saying it is a huge success for the Korea DPR team and for their country for making it through to the finals.

“I thought for the first 90 minutes we did well enough to be in the game but it’s just extremely disappointing right now for our players who have used excessive amount of energy and every piece of their heart to get us back in the game,” French said.

Korea DPR secures grand final spot

They defeated the United States 2-1 in the first semifinal at the Sir John Guise Stadium after 30 minutes extended time.

The Koreans, in red, scored through defender Jon Son Yon and midfielder Ri Hyang-sim.

USA, in white and blue, scored through defender Natalie Jacobs before extra time in the second half.

It was an intense match as both teams put up a good fight in the first half.

The Koreans displayed good ball control and clever techniques.

Semi-finals set for FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup

They’re Asian duo Japan and Korea DPR, European team France and the United States.

The first match will see Korea DPR take on USA. The last time they met back in 2012, USA won 2-1 after extra time.

After over two weeks of competition, former winners USA and Korea DPR are determined to lift the trophy once again by making it to the grand final.

USA is hoping to be crowned champions for the fourth time while Korea DPR is determined to take the title for the second time around.