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华商报新闻记者 毛蜜娜 报道员 周博伦 杨佐华 郭寅虎。
Steve Bruce considers retirement after being sacked by Newcastle******
LONDON, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Newcastle United has sacked Steve Bruce from his position as manager following just over two seasons in charge of the club form the north-east of England.
Bruce had expected to be sacked almost immediately in the wake of the Saudi takeover of the club on October 7th, but clung on for a few days more and was in charge for Sunday's 3-2 defeat at home to Tottenham which leaves them second from bottom of the Premier League without a win in its first eight games of the season.
The 60-year-old's first two seasons in charge saw Newcastle finish 13th and 12th in the table without being drawn into a battle to avoid relegation.
The club has confirmed it has already begun to search for a replacement with former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca thought to be the early favorite, although Graeme Jones will be in temporary charge for Saturday's game away to Crystal Palace.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper after his leave had been confirmed, Bruce commented that he was considering retiring from management after a coaching career dating back to 1998.
"I think this might be my last job. It's not just about me; it's taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies (from Newcastle) and I can't ignore that."
Despite being a boyhood Newcastle fan, Bruce was never accepted by the club's fans, partly because he spent most of his playing days with Manchester United and also because he had a spell coaching bitter local rivals Sunderland.
"It has been very, very tough. To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail and saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a tactically inept cabbage head," he commented, adding that his family, his wife especially "have been worried about me."
"I'm 60 years old and I don't know if I want to put her through it again. We've got a good life so, yeah, this will probably be me done as a manager," added Bruce. Enditem
Kazakh president fails to quell protests, ex******
A burnt car outside the Almaty mayor's office. Protests are spreading across Kazakhstan over rising fuel prices. Protesters broke into the mayor's office and set it on fire.。
Troops and protesters clashed in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty yesterday, with police saying tens of rioters had been "eliminated" as they tried to storm their offices.。
Several armored personnel carriers and dozens of troops entered the main square of Almaty yesterday morning where hundreds of people were protesting against the government for the third day.。
Gunshots were heard as troops approached the crowd, but the situation in the square had calmed down since then.。
Around Kazakhstan, protests initially sparked by a fuel price rise killed eight police and national guard troops on Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to appeal for help from a Russia-led security alliance.。
State television reported yesterday that the National Bank of Kazakhstan had decided to suspend work of banks in the country for the safety of their workers.。
The Internet in the country is mostly down.。
A Russia-led military alliance said it would send peacekeeping forces to "stabilize" Kazakhstan, blaming mass protests that have plunged the ex-Soviet country into chaos on "outside interference."
Long seen as one the most stable of the ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia, energy-rich Kazakhstan was facing its biggest crisis in decades after protesters angry over rising fuel prices stormed government buildings.。
Tokayev said in an address to the nation early yesterday that he had appealed to the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization, which includes five other ex-Soviet states, to combat what he called "terrorist groups" that had "received extensive training abroad."
Troops in the main square of Kazakhstan's main city, Almaty, where hundreds of people protested against the government after authorities' decision to lift price caps on liquefied petroleum gas.。
The CSTO's chairman, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, then said on Facebook that the alliance would send "collective peacekeeping forces ... for a limited period of time in order to stabilize and normalize the situation in this country" that was caused by "outside interference."
Tokayev said that "terrorists" were seizing buildings, infrastructure and "premises where small arms are located."
He added that they had also commandeered five planes at the airport in the country's biggest city Almaty and said that Kazakhstan's air forces were engaged in a "stubborn battle" near the city.。
"I intend to act as tough as possible," he warned in an earlier address.。
"Together we will overcome this black period in the history of Kazakhstan."
In Almaty on Wednesday night, hundreds of protesters – some wearing helmets – gathered in the city center and paraded a police vehicle draped with Kazakh flags.。
Some videos on social media showed protesters seizing weapons.。
Others showed mostly empty streets with the sound of explosions and automatic weapons firing in the background, after local authorities announced the start of "anti-terrorist" operations.。
Protests spread across the nation of 19 million this week in outrage over a New Year increase in prices for liquid petroleum gas.。
LPG is widely used to fuel cars in the west of the country.。
Thousands took to the streets in Almaty and in the western province of Mangystau, saying the price rise was unfair given oil and gas exporter Kazakhstan's vast energy reserves.。
After a night of unrest that saw more than 200 people detained, several thousand protesters stormed the mayor's office in Almaty on Wednesday afternoon and appeared to have seized control of the building.。
TASS news agency quoted the health ministry as saying more than 1,000 people had been injured during the protests.。