The chief executive of the Qatari media group beIN is under investigation for corruption by the French authorities, who suspect he paid bribes in a bid to help Doha host the World Athletics Championships. The newspaper also says that Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of the IAAF, athletics’ governing body, is also facing “passive corruption” charges by the National Financial Office. New evidence of corruption over Qatar’s bid for 2017 world championships Read moreThe case centres around two payments totalling $3.5m which were sent in October and November 2011 at a time when Qatar was bidding to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships and 2020 Olympics. While those bids failed, Qatar later won the right to host this year’s World Athletics Championships. The contract stated that a first “non-refundable” payment of $3.5m is expected as soon as the contract is signed, a sum collected by Massata Diack’s company four days before voting for the 2017 world championships.
May 22, 2019 12:07 UTC
We celebrate with a rundown of the characters ‘whose impact on the world is permanent and forever’Get the rollers out! The drama about Gentleman Jack AKA Anne Lister, the 19th-century entrepreneur, landowner and proud lesbian with the Princess Leia hairstyle, is upon us. Since then, Corrie has featured other lesbian characters, such as Kate Connor, who, after various trysts (including with Sophie) had a mutual proposal moment with Rana Habeeb (Bhavna Limbachia). Arizona Robbins, Grey’s AnatomyA paediatric consultant introduced in season five – and serving as the longest onscreen lesbian character (10 seasons!) Bette Porter, The L WordAnd finally, it is impossible to choose a favourite lesbian character from The L Word.
May 22, 2019 11:52 UTC
And possibly also the funniest and craziest – one that will give me, as a comic, a lifetime of material. Banana v ceiling fanWe’ve got more than 11 million people working for the election, with 2.3m voting machines and 543 winnable seats. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Flower power … a supporter of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) wears its symbol, a lotus. Meanwhile, Vijayprakash Kondekar, a resident of Pune and a one-man party, remains undeterred by his 24 previous election losses. Amazing adventures … the Narendra Modi comic book.
May 22, 2019 11:10 UTC
One of Africa’s best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at the age of 48. The Kenyan author died on Tuesday night in Nairobi after a short illness, the BBC reported. His death was confirmed by Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust, which Wainaina founded. “He could have become a poster boy for liberal literary Africa, a ‘cultural personality’, but he resisted turning himself into anything other than what he was: a writer, and an editor,” Rausing said. The Kenyan laws, as in many other African countries that outlaw same-sex relations, are vestiges of British colonial rule.
May 22, 2019 10:52 UTC
Approximately three-quarters of those requests came from states with hostile abortion policies. US investigates alleged Assad chemical attack in SyriaFacebook Twitter Pinterest White Helmets rescue volunteers at the site of an airstrike on a market in the Idlib area. McGahn defies subpoena as Trump wages war on CongressFacebook Twitter Pinterest A seat was left empty for the former White House counsel at the House judiciary committee hearing on Tuesday. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Thousands of potentially harmful chemicals are in US products, from pizza to lipstick. That’s why the Guardian is launching Toxic America, a reader-funded project to investigate the health risks posed by modern life.
May 22, 2019 10:43 UTC
“Becoming a green, sustainable society will require a number of strategies – a shorter working week being just one of them,” he said. Accelerating automation has also led to increasing calls for a reduction in the working week. Emma Williams, a spokeswoman for the 4 Day Week campaign, said Wednesday’s report highlighted the link between automation, reduced working hours and the climate emergency. “In addition to improved wellbeing, enhanced gender equality and increased productivity, addressing climate change is another compelling reason we should all be working less.”Stronge said technological advances and the climate emergency meant a shorter working week was now not only viable but essential. “The rapid pace of labour-saving technology brings into focus the possibility of a shorter working week for all, if deployed properly,” he said.
May 22, 2019 10:38 UTC
Tottenham chief Levy wanted Bale to stay six years ago but, ultimately, was forced to give up. The Spurs supremo sold the Wales international to Real Madrid in a huge £86million transfer, making the winger the most-expensive player in the world at the time. However, Levy retorted by telling Bale that he was prepared to keep the winger for another year. Tottenham chief Daniel Levy threatened Gareth Bale when Real Madrid were pursuing a transferTottenham lost Gareth Bale to Real Madrid six years agoAnd, if necessary, he would have been happy to let the Wales international stay in the reserves. Tottenham saw Gareth Bale flourish before he joined Real Madrid
May 22, 2019 10:19 UTC
The Home Office has overturned its decision to deny a visit visa for the father of the chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council after the Guardian highlighted his plight, a public outcry and repeated questions in parliament. But the Home Office refused, saying it did not believe the 79-year-old would return home to Afghanistan after the ceremony. Home Office denies father visa to see son collect doctorate Read more“My mother died last year without seeing her three grandchildren because the Home Office repeatedly denied her the right to visit us in the UK,” said Zazai. The case of his father – who has been refused the right to visit three times over the past eight years – has been taken up by MPs and public figures. Only some – but not all – claims involving asylum, the revocation of refugee status or a human rights claim can be appealed.
May 22, 2019 09:51 UTC
Caleb Dokter, who plays for the Western Christian Boys Soccer team, scored the somewhat unconventional goal during his team's 10-0 victory over Missouri Valley in the top division of Iowa's High School Athletic Association. Journalist Travis Chinn, who filmed the effort, said that 'this might be the goal of the year' and added that the one-sided game was stopped with 36 minutes left 'because of the mercy rule'.
May 22, 2019 09:47 UTC
Police have arrested 22 suspects in an operation across five countries that dismantled one of Europe’s top criminal groups behind drug trafficking and assassinations, the EU’s police agency has said. The “highly professional and dangerous” gang was involved in “large-scale drug and cigarette trafficking, assassinations and money laundering”, netting an estimated €680m (£600m) over the past two years, it said. The group used specialised encrypted communication devices and counter-surveillance techniques to try to stay a step ahead of police, Europol said. The third man charged was Marius Stancikas, 40, from Broad Street in Coventry, who has pleaded not guilty to the same money-laundering charge. All three men have been remanded in custody and will next appear at Birmingham crown court in June.
May 22, 2019 09:41 UTC
“I was sobbing, and I remember my headteacher saying: ‘Stop crying – you got into Oxford!’ No one at social services believed me.” As a care leaver, the odds of Hall making it to university, let alone Oxford, were very slim. As of 31 March 2018, 75,420 children were living in the care system in England. This found that 12% of care leavers in England had entered higher education at that point. With so few care leavers going to university, what makes the difference for those who do attend? “Our first cohort of 30 pupils from the care system are thriving,” Kelly says.
May 22, 2019 09:01 UTC
Photograph: © Luchita Hurtado/courtesy the artist and Hauser & WirthHurtado’s self-portraits without a mirror, painted in tight spaces, have an introspective, surprising intimacy. At this period of her long and fascinating life, Hurtado had nowhere else to be alone to paint. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Luchita Hurtado in her Santa Monica home and studio. In a recent series, Hurtado looks across her supine body, a head emerging between her raised legs. • Luchita Hurtado: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn is at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, 23 May-20 October.
May 22, 2019 09:00 UTC
In 1534 an Ottoman delegation was in Paris to discuss a plan to unite France and Turkey against their shared enemy, the Habsburg empire. But as Noel Malcolm explains in Useful Enemies, the alliance was only the most overt of the accommodations that Europeans made after the Ottomans first exploded into the Balkans in 1362. Photograph: AlamyFar from being divided neatly between the Christian and Muslim worlds, southern and central Europe seethed with opportunism and expediency. Suleyman’s northward thrust was facilitated by the Reformation, religious authority leaching from the pope and any possibility of concerted European action foreclosed. It became common to draw attention to positive aspects of Ottoman rule in order to highlight deficiencies at home.
May 22, 2019 09:00 UTC
But Julian Smith, the chief whip, told the executive of the 1922 Committee that May was not going to quit this evening. If the government were to abandon the Wab, she would have no reason not to announce her resignation now. It has been reported that there is now a majority on the executive of the 1922 Committee in favour of changing the rules. May now looks likely to announce her resignation as some point in the fortnight between Friday 24 May and Friday 7 June. Or it could come very soon after the Wab second reading vote, which the government is widely expected to lose.
May 22, 2019 08:27 UTC
The Dutchman, 35, was at Arsenal for eight years between 2004 and 2012 before moving to Manchester United where he won the Premier League title in 2013. Van Persie said:”Of course they can, yes, because they’re close already, they’ve been close for so many years. I know how difficult it is.” Van Persie is the 12th highest goalscorer in Premier League history and a two-time golden boot winner. Robin Van Persie at the final match of his illustrious careerRobin Van Persie while at ArsenalHe also praised Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite winning just twice from their last 12 games of the season. Robin Van Persie won his only Premier League title at Manchester United in 2013
May 22, 2019 07:18 UTC