UK’s Iraq war crimes probe dismisses all but one complaint

London (AFP) An independent British investigator looking into allegations that UK soldiers committed war crimes in Iraq between 2003 and 2009 said Tuesday that all but one of the thousands of complaints had been dropped. The Service Prosecuting Authority director Andrew Cayley told BBC radio that it was "quite possible" that none of the original … Continue reading UK’s Iraq war crimes probe dismisses all but one complaint

Rejuvenated Giroud ‘very nearly’ left Chelsea in January

London (AFP) Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed he "very nearly" left Stamford Bridge in January but says he now has his sights set on winning more trophies with the Premier League club. Giroud recently signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Chelsea until the end of next season. Olivier Giroud says … Continue reading Rejuvenated Giroud ‘very nearly’ left Chelsea in January

Holy smoke! Israelites used weed in ancient rituals

Jerusalem (AFP) It's highly likely that ancient Israelites got high on cannabis in religious rituals, say researchers who have found traces of the drug at a religious site in Israel. Archaeologists made the dope discovery at the eighth-century Tel Arad pilgrimage site in the Negev desert, south of the occupied West Bank. An Israeli Antiquities … Continue reading Holy smoke! Israelites used weed in ancient rituals

Palestinian family mourns autistic son killed by Israel police

Jerusalem (AFP) Iyad Hallak, a 32-year-old Palestinian man with autism, passed Israeli police every day to reach his special needs school in Jerusalem's Old City. Last week a police officer who believed Hallak was armed shot him dead, leaving his family searching for answers and igniting widespread grief and anger. The mother of Iyad Hallak, … Continue reading Palestinian family mourns autistic son killed by Israel police

FIFA calls for ‘common sense’ as German FA investigates Floyd protests

Paris (AFP) FIFA has called on leagues to use "common sense" when deciding whether to discipline footballers for displaying political messages after several players in the German Bundesliga called for justice for George Floyd during matches. "FIFA fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances … Continue reading FIFA calls for ‘common sense’ as German FA investigates Floyd protests

Formula One unveils eight-race schedule in Europe from July 5

Paris (AFP) The curtailed Formula One season will start with two races behind closed doors in Austria on July 5 and July 12 followed by six other grands prix in Europe, the organisers said on Tuesday. Formula One said it hoped to have between 15 and 18 races in total, with the season being completed … Continue reading Formula One unveils eight-race schedule in Europe from July 5

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg leaves racial justice leader frustrated after call

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - Facebook Inc chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg hosted a nearly hour-long video call with United States civil rights leaders to discuss ongoing issues around his company's policies as they relate to race, elections and other topics. But participants were left disappointed, according to Colour of Change president Rashad Robinson, who concluded … Continue reading Facebook CEO Zuckerberg leaves racial justice leader frustrated after call

New York under curfew as looters hit luxury stores

NEW YORK (AFP) - New York was under a curfew that would last until early Tuesday (June 2) morning, officials said, after looters raided stores in central Manhattan, targeting some of the city's top retailers. Upmarket fashion store Michael Kors on Fifth Avenue was among the luxury outlets hit, along with Nike, Lego and electronics … Continue reading New York under curfew as looters hit luxury stores

Britain records almost 62,000 excess deaths during pandemic: National statistics official

LONDON (REUTERS) - Some 62,000 more people than usual have died in the United Kingdom during this year's coronavirus pandemic according to the latest available data, an expert from the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday (June 2). Epidemiologists say excess mortality is the best way of gauging the number to have died from … Continue reading Britain records almost 62,000 excess deaths during pandemic: National statistics official

Klopp’s ‘passion’ restored as English football nears return

London (AFP) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cannot wait for English football's return after a three-month layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic and promised to celebrate the Premier League title in style when it is safe to do so. Liverpool are just two wins away from securing their first league title in 30 years. Jurgen Klopp … Continue reading Klopp’s ‘passion’ restored as English football nears return