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SAPPORO, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- The eighth Asian Winter Games will kick off on Feb. 19 and following are the five things to know about the Games:


Overview:


The 8th Asian Winter Games (AWG), which run from Feb. 19 to 26, are an international multi-sport event run by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to develop winter sports within its area of coverage. The OCA has 45 member countries and regions in Asia.


The 1st Asian Winter Games, held in Sapporo in 1986, were small in scale and attended only by representatives from East Asian regions where winter sports were already relatively well known. Today, the Games have developed into a large-scale sporting meet attended by athletes from countries and regions across Asia, and have produced significant results toward achieving the OCA's goal of developing winter sports in Asia.


Host cities:


Sapporo and Obihiro.


Hokkaido is located at the northern end of Japan at latitudes similar to those of major cities in the US and Europe.


With a population of over 1.9 million people, Sapporo is the capital and the political, economic and cultural centre of Hokkaido, which is known for its rich natural environment. The city hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972 and is a popular destination for tourists worldwide.


Obihiro is located in the central part of Tokachi (a major agricultural area of eastern Hokkaido), and is home to approximately 170,000 people.


Slogan:


Beyond your ambitions.


This slogan was created with the intent of inspiring athletes and locals alike to pursue their ambitions and make the Games a great success, to share winter aspirations and to move forward toward the achievement of further goals.


The slogan's use of the word ambition - something that Hokkaido residents readily embrace - expresses a public view of the Games as a stepping stone that will help to raise the international profile of the host cities of Sapporo and Obihiro as well as Hokkaido as a whole.


Mascot:


Ezomon. Wrapped up in a red scarf and blue cape, Ezomon is a very special flying squirrel that, in Japan, is only found in Hokkaido.


Games' official theme song:


DREAMS COME TRUE is a Japanese pop duo with close ties to Hokkaido because the band's vocal, Miwa Yoshida, is from the region. This song was chosen as a piece to convey the appeals of the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games and Hokkaido, where the Games will be held, to people at home and abroad.

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NYON, Switzerland - European champions Real Madrid will face Schalke 04, Barcelona will play Manchester City and Chelsea will play Paris St Germain in three ties repeated from last season following the draw for the Champions league last 16 made on Monday.


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Last week Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he would welcome being drawn against PSG "because it will be easy for our fans to travel to Paris" -- and he got his wish when Karl-Heinz Riedle drew the pair together.


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Last season's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid face Bayer Leverkusen in another Spain-Germany match-up.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will face his old club AS Monaco in a competitive match for the first time while five-time winners Bayern Munich take on Shakhtar Donetsk.


Swiss club FC Basel play Porto.


Real Madrid crushed Schalke in last season's Round of 16 and club director Emilio Butragueno told Spanish TV broadcaster Canal Plus: "Let's say that we are rather optimistic.


"We have the experience from last season, a very, very good experience when we essentially won the tie in the first leg."


Real beat Schalke 6-1 in the first leg and 3-1 in the second leg last season en route to their 10th European Cup success.


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"There is still a long way to go until February and let's see what shape each team is in when the tie comes around, but for sure it's going to be a great tie with two great matches."


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"We have improved our squad from last season and we have some real quality up front."


The first legs will be played on Feb.1718 and Feb. 2425 with the second legs being played on March 1011 and March 1718 next year. The final is in Berlin on June 6.




TOKYO, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Top negotiators from the 11 remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) members discussed freezing or amending clauses of the original trade pact to bring it into force without the United States during a meeting that wrapped up here on Friday.


During the two-day meeting Air Max Womens Sale , the negotiators discussed in three working groups over some 50 requests made by member countries to freeze or amend some clauses of the trade pact, especially those terms originally introduced at the request of the United States.


Remaining divided over the changes, the negotiators agreed to meet in Tokyo again next month to narrow the differences.


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