Investigators seek to boost Kabuga case in Rwanda visit: prosecutor

Kigali (AFP) The lead prosecutor in the trial of alleged genocide financier Felicien Kabuga said Thursday his team is on a fact-finding mission in Rwanda to seek fresh evidence to bolster their case in an international court. Serge Brammertz, the chief prosecutor for the international tribunal handling the 1994 genocide trials, is leading an on-the-ground … Continue reading Investigators seek to boost Kabuga case in Rwanda visit: prosecutor

Aston Villa sign Forest defender Matty Cash

London (AFP) Aston Villa have signed Nottingham Forest defender Matty Cash in a deal worth a reported £16 million ($21 million). Cash agreed a five-year contract with Villa, who narrowly escaped relegation from the Premier League last season. Nottingham Forest's Matty Cash (left) has signed for Aston Villa Paul ELLIS AFP/File Sheffield United and West Ham … Continue reading Aston Villa sign Forest defender Matty Cash

Arrest of Australia anti-lockdown activist sparks outcry

Melbourne (AFP) Australian police on Thursday defended arresting a pregnant woman in her home for a Facebook post promoting a rally against virus lockdowns, as footage of the incident went viral and triggered a civil liberties debate. The livestreamed video shows officers handcuffing the woman in front of her two children and has racked up … Continue reading Arrest of Australia anti-lockdown activist sparks outcry

Bale accuses Real Madrid of making it ‘difficult’ to leave

London (AFP) Gareth Bale has accused Real Madrid of making it "very difficult" to leave the Spanish club as the Wales forward looks to end his Bernabeu exile. Bale is out of favour with Real manager Zinedine Zidane and played just 48 minutes of Madrid's 12 games when the Spanish season resumed after the coronavirus … Continue reading Bale accuses Real Madrid of making it ‘difficult’ to leave

Goalkeeper Henderson aims to oust De Gea from Man Utd No.1 spot

London (AFP) Dean Henderson has set his sights on dislodging David de Gea as Manchester United's first-choice goalkeeper and becoming England's number one this season. Henderson has returned to Old Trafford after two impressive seasons on loan with Sheffield United. Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson PETER POWELL POOL/AFP/File The 23-year-old signed a new five-year contract … Continue reading Goalkeeper Henderson aims to oust De Gea from Man Utd No.1 spot

Closing the gap: Brazil announces equal pay for men, women footballers

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday that its men's and women's national soccer teams will receive equal pay and prize money. "There is no more gender difference, the CBF is treating men and women equally," the Brazilian Football Confederation chief Rogerio Caboclo said in statement. Brazil's women's football team at a championship match hosted in Calais, … Continue reading Closing the gap: Brazil announces equal pay for men, women footballers

Man Utd’s Van de Beek honours ex-Ajax teammate Nouri with shirt number

London (AFP) Manchester United's new signing Donny van de Beek has revealed he will wear shirt number 34 in honour of former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered brain damage after an on-pitch heart attack. United on Wednesday announced they had completed a deal for the Netherlands international worth a reported initial 39 million euros … Continue reading Man Utd’s Van de Beek honours ex-Ajax teammate Nouri with shirt number

Foden says Guardiola’s faith is ‘massive’ factor as he eyes England debut

London (AFP) Phil Foden says Pep Guardiola's faith in his ability has been a "massive" factor in his development after the 20-year-old Manchester City playmaker was called up to the England squad for the first time. City boss Guardiola has regularly lavished praise upon Foden, saying he would not sell the young star even for … Continue reading Foden says Guardiola’s faith is ‘massive’ factor as he eyes England debut

Chinese activist loses legal battle over homophobic textbooks

Beijing (AFP) A Chinese LGBT activist has lost her legal bid to get a university textbook corrected for describing gay people as suffering from a "common psychosexual disorder". China stopped classifying homosexuality as a mental illness in 2001, but its mostly closeted LGBT population still encounters discrimination and lacks legal safeguards. LGBT activist Xixi had … Continue reading Chinese activist loses legal battle over homophobic textbooks

Philippines delays release of US marine in transgender killing

Manila (AFP) A US marine convicted of killing a transgender woman will stay in detention in the Philippines while a court reviews its earlier ruling to free him halfway into his 10-year jail term, officials said Thursday. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton has been in prison since the October 2014 killing of Jennifer Laude, whom … Continue reading Philippines delays release of US marine in transgender killing

Record CO2 emissions for Arctic wildfires: EU

Paris (AFP) This year's Arctic Circle wildfires, still ablaze, have already surpassed the record set in 2019 for CO2 emissions, adding to the carbon pollution humanity needs to curtail, the European Union's Earth observation programme said Thursday. Uncontrolled forest fires across one of the planet's coldest regions has sent a quarter of a billion tonnes … Continue reading Record CO2 emissions for Arctic wildfires: EU

Hurricane Nana makes landfall in Belize

Guatemala City (AFP) Central American countries were preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Nana, which hit the coast of Belize during Thursday's early hours. Nana, recently upgraded from a tropical storm, had made landfall between Dangriga and Placencia, towards the middle of Belize's coastline, about 60 kilometers south of Belize City, the US National Hurricane … Continue reading Hurricane Nana makes landfall in Belize