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Team GB gymnastics coach Amanda Reddin quits before abuse review

Reddin mutually agreed to leave role, says British Gymnastics Coach cleared of some claims but historical complaints remain The top womens gymnastics coach Amanda Reddin, who helped steer Team GBs gymnasts to their greatest Olympic performance at the Rio Games in 2016, has quit just weeks before an independent review into abuse in the sport. The news was announced by British Gymnastics, who said that it had been mutually agreed that Reddin would move on from her role as head national coach with

26 May 2022 10:08 pm
Ray Liotta, star of Goodfellas and Field of Dreams, dies aged 67

The actor, whose films also include Something Wild, Marriage Story and Hannibal, died in his sleep while shooting his latest project in the Dominican Republic Ray Liotta, star of Goodfellas and Field of Dreams, has died at the age of 67. According to his representative who confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter , the actor died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic while shooting his latest film Dangerous Waters alongside Saffron Burrows. Continue reading...

26 May 2022 10:04 pm
The Met have made a big mistake in tying their reputation to Boris Johnsons | Gaby Hinsliff

Unless the police answer outstanding questions surrounding partygate fines, they risk losing the confidence of the public Everyone is equal before the law. There are few greater cornerstones of liberal democracy than the idea that anyone, from pauper to prime minister, can have their collar felt. When that crumbles, corruption swiftly follows. So while the excruciating details of Sue Grays report on Downing Streets lockdown party culture the flippant WhatsApp from the prime ministers principal

26 May 2022 10:00 pm
Giro dItalia: De Bondt leads breakaway home as sprinters denied on stage 18

Peleton miscalculation leaves Belgian to win four-man sprint Joo Almeida withdraws before stage after positive Covid test Dries De Bondt won stage 18 of the Giro dItalia as a four-man breakaway denied the final opportunity for Mark Cavendish and the rest of the sprinters. The predominantly flat 156km run from Borgo Valsugana to Treviso should have been one for the quick men, and the last bunch sprint of this Giro, but the sprint squads got their sums wrong as the break stayed clear, with De Bond

26 May 2022 9:45 pm
No humanity whatsoever: pleas for UK to grant visa to autistic Ukrainian boy

Timothy Tymoshenko was sent to Poland because of his distress but does not qualify for Homes for Ukraine scheme Ukraine-Russia war latest updates A British man who has turned his Polish castle into a makeshift hotel for Ukrainian refugees has accused the UK government of showing no humanity whatsoever for not allowing a severely autistic teenager to come to live with an approved foster carer in Lancashire. Pleas are mounting for compassion to be shown to Timothy Tymoshenko, 16, who fled the war

26 May 2022 9:35 pm
Trump and two of his children must testify, says New York attorney general

Court ruled ex-president, Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump must testify under oath, says Letitia James The attorney general of New York state said on Thursday Donald Trump and his children Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump had been ordered to testify under oath in her civil investigation of the former presidents business affairs . In a tweet, Letitia James said : A court has once again ruled in our favor and ordered Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump to appear before my office to test

26 May 2022 9:34 pm
Antony Blinken says US is not seeking cold war with China

US secretary of state vigorously defends existing global order but admits Washington sees Beijing a long-term challenge The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has called for a vigorous defence of the existing global order, but stressed that Joe Bidens administration did not seek a cold war with China . President Biden believes this decade will be decisive, Blinken said in a major China policy speech on Thursday. The actions we take at home and with countries worldwide will determine whether

26 May 2022 9:30 pm
Ibrahima Konat: The final in Paris, my home. I couldnt have dreamed it

Liverpool defender returns for Saturdays Champions League final to the city where he once played with a ball made of paper Ibrahima Konat left home in Paris at the age of 14 and vowed not to return without making it as a professional footballer. Eight years on, a Champions League final at Stade de France represents quite the homecoming. The ebullient Liverpool defender does not shy away from the magnitude of Saturdays farewell to a remarkable debut season with Jrgen Klopps team. I think it is de

26 May 2022 9:30 pm
Its all a bit of a mess: Jamie Murray laments Wimbledon ranking points row

Murray says UK governments guidance not helping anyone Player also accepts tour has to take stand over SW19 player ban Jamie Murray believes that the stand-off between Wimbledon and the professional tennis tours over the removal of ranking points for the tournament is a mess with the players caught in the middle. Speaking ahead of his French Open second-round mens doubles match alongside Bruno Soares on Friday, Murray said that he believes most players would prefer to play with ranking points an

26 May 2022 9:30 pm
Sue Gray revelations are a hammer blow to all those who sacrificed so much | Letters

Loved ones dying alone, care workers getting Covid, families sticking to the rules at all costs readers share the heartbreaking Covid experiences they went through as Downing Street partied Boris Johnson seeks to excuse the partying at Downing Street during the pandemic on the basis that staff were working extremely long hours ( Vomiting and partying until 4am: Sue Gray delivers damning verdict on Boris Johnsons No 10, 25 May ). I was working throughout the pandemic as a registered nurse in a n

26 May 2022 9:26 pm
BBC announces raft of closures with CBBC and BBC Four to be online only

Plans include merging BBC News and World as well as cuts to local TV and radio services in England CBBC, BBC Four and Radio 4 Extra will shut down and become online-only services, the corporation has said, as part of plans to close television and radio channels in order to focus on streaming services. The BBC director general, Tim Davie, made the announcement on Thursday, in response to the culture secretary Nadine Dorriess decision to freeze the licence fee at 159 for the next two years. Contin

26 May 2022 9:17 pm
Police investigated No 10 parties without fear or favour, says Met chief

Acting commissioner Stephen House says no evidence was found that PM breached Covid rules more than once Todays politics news live updates The Metropolitan police investigated parties inside Downing Street without fear or favour, and simply found no evidence that Boris Johnson had breached Covid regulations more than once, the forces interim head has insisted. The acting Met commissioner, Stephen House, also rejected that Johnson or other senior No 10 staff might have avoided sanction by not fi

26 May 2022 9:07 pm
Former head of Louvre charged in Egyptian artefacts trafficking case

Jean-Luc Martinez is accused of conspiring to hide origin of works taken out of Egypt during Arab spring The former president of the Louvre museum in Paris has been charged with conspiring to hide the origin of archaeological treasures that may have been taken out of Egypt during the Arab spring uprisings, in a case that has shocked the world of antiquities. Jean-Luc Martinez was charged this week after he was taken in by police for questioning, a French judicial source told Agence France-Presse

26 May 2022 8:47 pm
UK train operator FirstGroup considering 1.2bn takeover

Aberdeen-based firm considering approach by US private equity firm I Squared Capital Advisors FirstGroup, Britains biggest train operator, is evaluating a 1.2bn takeover offer from a US private equity firm, the latest UK transport group to become a takeover target. The Aberdeen-based bus and rail operator said it had received a series of unsolicited proposals from I Squared Capital, and rejected them unanimously, apart from the latest approach, received on Wednesday evening, which it is evaluati

26 May 2022 8:44 pm
The Fiver | Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield and the most lucrative fixture in football

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! Were going to have to preview Big Cup on Friday, arent we? That means we wont be able to talk about the other big game taking place this weekend. Yes, its the Oscar Wilde Final on Sunday afternoon, the match everyones seemingly contractually obliged to refer to as the most lucrative fixture in football, albeit only by people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Yes, approximately 170m blah future revenues for the winners d

26 May 2022 8:34 pm
People in US and UK face huge financial hit if fossil fuels lose value, study shows

Strong climate action could wipe $756bn from individuals pension funds and other investments in rich countries Individuals in rich countries face huge financial losses if climate action slashes the value of fossil fuel assets, a study shows, despite many oil and gas fields being in other countries. The researchers estimated that existing oil and gas projects worth $1.4tn (1.1tn) would lose their value if the world moved decisively to cut carbon emissions and limit global heating to 2C. By tracki

26 May 2022 8:30 pm
Losing my parents made me at ease with talking about love: Angel Olsen on coming out and being her true self

Written during an eventful time in her life, the notoriously evasive singer-songwriter is opening up on a new Americana record that is as rich with love as it is heavy with loss In a small record shop in London, on a humid Sunday afternoon, Angel Olsen sits on the counter, dressed in double denim, legs dangling, guitar across her lap, ready to play a handful of songs from her new album Big Time. Do you guys do this often? she says, to a crowd of about 30 people, most of them in a state of hushed

26 May 2022 8:30 pm
Top Gun for hire: why Hollywood is the US militarys best wingman

Film-makers get to borrow expensive bits of kit on the cheap, but the Pentagon uses movies as a propaganda machine Here comes Tom Cruises Maverick again, breaking the rules, pushing the limits, buzzing the control tower, then flashing his toothy grin and getting away with it like its still 1986. As with its smash-hit predecessor, though, there is one set of rules Top Gun: Maverick scrupulously obeys: those of the US navy without its fighter planes, bases, aircraft carriers and full-on cooperati

26 May 2022 8:30 pm
Pompeii victims genome successfully sequenced for first time

Scientists say man shares similarities with modern Italians and others who lived in region during Roman empire The genome of a victim of the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius over the ancient city of Pompeii has been sequenced for the first time, scientists have revealed, shedding new light on the health and diversity of those who lived in the Roman empire at the time of the disaster. In a study published in Scientific Reports on Thursday, a team led by Gabriele Scorrano, an assistant prof

26 May 2022 8:30 pm
Russia uses Orwellian propaganda news vans in Mariupol

Large TVs play Russian state news in support of invasion in war-torn city still lacking electricity and water Ukraine-Russia war latest updates Russia has deployed mobile propaganda vans with large-screen televisions to humanitarian aid points in the captured city of Mariupol as the Kremlin has pushed forward with efforts to integrate newly occupied territories across the south of Ukraine. Videos published by the Russian ministry of emergency situations showed the vans, which it called mobile i

26 May 2022 8:13 pm
Liam Gallagher: Would I give Noel a kidney? Without a doubt

The Oasis frontman turned solo star answers your queries on crisps, parkas, what hed say to God and why he always sings with his hands behind his back I am fascinated by your story of not feeling music until you were hit on the head with a hammer. What happened exactly? Segelov Growing up, I wasnt big into music. People say: I was into the Beatles when I was four or five. I was the opposite, always out playing football. Noel played the guitar, which I thought was a bit odd. I was 14, 15, having

26 May 2022 8:10 pm
UK government to allow councils to sever Russian contracts

Councils pushing to break ties had been prohibited from taking non-commercial considerations into account The UK government introduced legislation on Thursday to help councils, NHS trusts and other public bodies exit contracts with Gazprom and other Russian companies Councils have been keen to withdraw from contracts amid concerns they were helping to fund Vladimir Putins regime. They had been prohibited from taking non-commercial considerations into account when procuring or terminating contrac

26 May 2022 8:04 pm
Filtration and forced deportation: Mariupol survivors on the lasting terrors of Russias assault

Svitlana and Vitaly lost almost everything, including their unborn baby, during Russias siege, their experiences a snapshot of the horrors endured by Mariupols remaining residents On the final day of March, soldiers of the so-called Donetsk Peoples Republic entered the basement in Mariupol where Svitlana and Vitaly were sheltering. You have 15 minutes to get ready and then youre leaving, shouted one, waving an automatic rifle. Continue reading...

26 May 2022 8:02 pm
What are the cost of living payments and how much can you get?

Sunak has announced new measures to combat rising household bills. Heres what you can expect Cost of living payments key measures at a glance The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a 15bn package of measures to help UK households deal with inflation. These include discounts on energy bills and payments to low-income households to help them keep up with rising costs. Continue reading...

26 May 2022 8:00 pm
Kevin Spacey charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men

Crown Prosecution Service authorises criminal charges against the 62-year-old actor The actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men, the Crown Prosecution Service said. Rosemary Ainslie, the head of the CPS special crime division, said: The CPS has authorised criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men. Continue reading...

26 May 2022 8:00 pm
Justin Timberlake sells song catalogue in deal worth just over $100m

Singer follows other artists, selling to Blackstone-backed fund Hipgnosis Songs Capital Justin Timberlake has sold his song catalogue to Hipgnosis Song Management and a fund backed by the private equity firm Blackstone in a deal thought to be worth just over $100m (75.5m). Hipgnosis offers investors the chance to make money from the royalties of popular songs by artists from Barry Manilow to Beyonc . It teamed up with Blackstone last year to launch a private vehicle called Hipgnosis Songs Capita

26 May 2022 7:59 pm
Bobbi-Anne McLeod: hundreds line streets of Plymouth for funeral

Service held six months after her murder, as city leaders say more must be done to keep women and girls safe Hundreds of mourners lined the streets of Plymouth for the funeral of the murdered teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod as city leaders acknowledged more needed to be done to keep women and girls safe. McLeods favourite music alternative rock was played at the service in the city centre church of St Andrew and many mourners wore band T-shirts and black jeans in tribute to the 18-year-old. Continu

26 May 2022 7:59 pm
Mdecins Sans Frontires apologises for using images of child rape survivor

Medical charitys president calls publication of controversial photographs a mistake and says guidelines will be tightened The international president of Mdecins Sans Frontires has apologised for publishing photographs of a teenage rape survivor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on its website, following criticism that the images were unethical and racist. Dr Christos Christou also announced that the medical charity had tightened its guidelines on photographing vulnerable minors, such as

26 May 2022 7:48 pm
If Boris Johnsons Partygate shame leads to this U-turn and help for those in need, we need more parties | Polly Toynbee

Panicked, Rishi Sunak reverses course and unveils a windfall tax. He is right to panic: the tide is turning against the Tories Lets have barrel loads more outrageous behaviour inside No 10, if thats what it takes to panic the government into finally unlocking Treasury coffers for those in most need. Now the chancellor relents, but it was as recently as 26 April that Rishi Sunak called it silly to provide more help for families sinking under soaring inflation. He stripped people with the least of

26 May 2022 7:40 pm
Ex-Labour MP Claudia Webbe loses appeal against harassment conviction

Webbe targeted love rival Michelle Merritt, 59, between September 2018 and April 2020 The former Labour MP Claudia Webbe has lost her appeal against her conviction for harassing a love rival. Webbe, who represents her Leicester East constituency as an independent after being expelled from the party, was given a suspended prison sentence for harassing Michelle Merritt between September 2018 and April 2020. Continue reading...

26 May 2022 7:33 pm
Knepp estate: why the king and queen of rewilding are farming again after 20 years

Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree were pioneers of rewilding in the UK. Now they are setting their sights on regenerative agriculture, which will supply food to a new farm shop and cafe Its odd to hear the owners of the UKs pioneering rewilding project at Knepp estate in West Sussex gushing about farming. But Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree are returning to a sector they left 20 years ago. In 2000, they let their unprofitable dairy and arable farm go to seed. Now Knepp Wildland is a 1,400 hect

26 May 2022 7:30 pm
Evil Dead: The Game review gratifying guts and grue

PlayStation 4/5, Xbox, PC; Saber Interactive Gory asymmetrical horror is a demonically fun, well balanced power struggle with boomsticks and bonus Bruce Campbell Dead by Daylight, Friday the 13th, a forthcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre game official multiplayer horror-movie games are everywhere right now, and they understand not just our desire to become the ultimate final girl, but also to explore our gleefully masochistic side as an iconic villain. And Saber Interactives take on the guts and g

26 May 2022 7:30 pm
Stormont assembly recalled in new attempt to elect Speaker

Sinn Fin vice-president hails move after MLAs back petition but DUP dismisses recall as a stunt The Stormont assembly is to meet on Monday in a new attempt to nominate a Speaker after more than 30 members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) signed a recall petition. The Sinn Fin vice-president, Michelle ONeill, said it was important that the assembly meets to get down to business and starts delivering for the public. Continue reading...

26 May 2022 7:28 pm
Hong Kong judicial independence under systematic attack, legal figures warn

Signatories of legal opinion say territorys government is using continued presence of overseas judges as vote of confidence International judicial figures including the former UK attorney general Sir Robert Buckland have warned the remaining British, Australian and Canadian judges operating in Hong Kong that they are working in an environment where judicial independence has been wholly undermined and the Chinese Communist party can dictate the outcome of cases. The group has backed a legal opini

26 May 2022 7:26 pm
The cops arent doing anything: parents yelled at police to enter Texas school

The police officers hesitation gives the lie to the gun lobbys claim that good guys with guns are the answer to mass shootings Texas law enforcement agencies are coming under scrutiny over their response to the mass shooting at Robb elementary school in Uvalde , after it emerged that the gunman remained barricaded inside a classroom for up to an hour before his bloody rampage was brought to an end. Accounts given by local officials and media reports have confirmed that not only did the gunman ev

26 May 2022 7:22 pm
Pontins under investigation over treatment of Travellers

Equality watchdog accuses firm of failing to comply with deal to eradicate discrimination Britains equality watchdog has launched an investigation into Pontins over concerns that it has failed to eradicate discrimination against Gypsies and Travellers. Pontins owner, Britannia Jinky Jersey Limited, entered a 12-month agreement with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) last year after a whistleblower revealed that the holiday parks company had drawn up a list of surnames apparently des

26 May 2022 7:13 pm
Former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone arrested in Brazil for carrying gun

Police found firearm during x-ray screening at airport Ecclestone admitted ownership and released after paying bail Former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone was arrested in Brazil late on Wednesday for illegally carrying a gun while boarding a private plane to Switzerland, local police reported on Thursday. The Brazilian police found an undocumented LW Seecamp .32 gun in Ecclestones luggage during an X-ray screening, police said in a statement, adding that he was then arrested and taken to a

26 May 2022 7:09 pm
Eduardo Camavinga: the supersub ready to shape Real Madrids future | Jonathan Liew

With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric blocking his path, the 19-year-old has had to bide his time in Spain but there is no player of whom Liverpool will be more wary Eduardo Camavinga is not accustomed to waiting. This is a man for whom everything has happened in a tremendous hurry. The youngest player in Rennes history, at 16 years and four months. The youngest to be named player of the month in Ligue 1. The youngest male France international for more than 100 years. For Camavinga, the trajectory of

26 May 2022 6:54 pm
America will never get better if we refuse to diagnose and treat its problems | Maeve Higgins

As we endure shooting after shooting, the US starts to seem like a body being attacked from within by some strange and debilitating illness A nation is a body. For the whole body to function smoothly, each part must do its job. Youll know from your own body that each part does not need to be perfect to get you through the day. Youll know that a disabled body can be perfect once you understand what it needs and adjust accordingly. A nation, too, can have some body parts that break down and need h

26 May 2022 6:36 pm
Christopher Wheeldon: Most boys at ballet school were closeted, terrified our parents would disown us

As his version of Like Water for Chocolate opens at the Royal Opera House, the choreographer talks about how the ballet world is changing and why he took on the Michael Jackson musical One weekend in the early 1990s on Manhattans Upper West Side, 19-year-old dancer Christopher Wheeldon found himself at a loose end. He had recently moved from London to join New York City Ballet. I hadnt really made any friends yet and I remember a really lonely Sunday afternoon going to the cinema, says Wheeldon

26 May 2022 6:30 pm
Trump is no kingmaker in the Republican party. That is increasingly clear | Ben Davis

This weeks primaries showed that voters value delivering on priorities above endorsements The most eye-catching result of Tuesdays suite of midterm primaries is Georgias incumbent governor, Brian Kemp, demolishing former senator David Perdue in his re-election primary. Former president Donald Trump has spent the better part of the last two years publicly savaging Kemp for the latters refusal to unilaterally overturn President Joe Bidens Georgia win in the 2020 election. Despite Trumps public sup

26 May 2022 6:29 pm
Ukrainians burying civilians in mass graves as Russia advances

Russia has reportedly taken Lyman, which would make it easier for it to isolate key city of Sievierodonetsk Ukraine-Russia war latest updates Ukrainians in the eastern Donbas region are burying dead civilians in mass graves in the face of a concerted assault by Russia, which is reportedly holding about 8,000 prisoners of war in the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk. Amid reports that Lyman, the site of an important railway junction, had largely been taken by Russian forces, Ukraines general staf

26 May 2022 6:18 pm
Grenoble takes on French state as burkini legal row reaches highest court

Dispute due to go before Conseil dEtat in municipal bid to allow people to wear any kind of swimwear The legal row over whether burkinis, or full-body swimsuits, should be allowed in French municipal swimming pools is to go before Frances highest administrative court as the city of Grenoble battles the state. The city, at the foot of the French Alps, has been a the centre of a bitter political row since its Green mayor, ric Piolle, who leads a broad left-wing coalition, proposed loosening rules

26 May 2022 6:13 pm
Sunaks package fails to tackle the true cause of UK inflation: shameless profiteering | James Meadway

The fact is, the price cap on energy bills is still going up and this is a political choice The 830 increase in the energy price cap in October announced by Ofgem is being treated by Rishi Sunak as if it is some natural disaster set to befall us and for which as chancellor he can only offer inadequate assistance. It is not. Ofgem made a political decision to protect the privatised energy system and its excess profits at the expense of households in Britain. Sunaks package announced today will n

26 May 2022 6:13 pm
Farewell, This Is Us: the sensational schmaltzfest we all needed

The Pearson family saga has been comfort TV at its cosiest, full of twists, cheesy lines and fabulous characters and it even bowed out with its own Sopranos fade to black moment Warning: this article contains spoilers. Its over. After 106 episodes of emotional evisceration, This Is Us (Amazon Prime) has called time. And like Randall at his mothers funeral, I want to find the right thing to say. Every week without fail, this heartstring-yanking family saga about the big three the triplets Kate,

26 May 2022 6:10 pm
UK finance watchdog looks to relax rules to boost London listings

Changes are aimed to attract high quality, growth firms such as biotech companies The City watchdog is proposing to relax Londons stock market rules in an attempt to attract more fast-growing startups instead of losing out to other financial centres such as New York, Paris and Frankfurt. The Financial Conduct Authoritys (FCA) proposals would mean scrapping the current two-tier system, where firms decide whether to follow looser rules of a so-called standard listing, or the more rigorous standard

26 May 2022 6:00 pm
Maro Itoje will no longer sing England anthem Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

I sang it before when I was naive and didnt know its origins RFU had already withdrawn from marketing and merchandising Englands Maro Itoje has revealed that he will no longer sing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot because of the songs origins in American slavery. The anthem has been performed by fans at England matches since 1987 but in 2020 it was the subject of a review by the Rugby Football Union in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Continue reading...

26 May 2022 5:59 pm
Europe silent on plight of refugees in Libya, says IOM mission chief

Federico Soda said there needed to be more condemnation of the conditions in state-run detention centres in Libya Europe has been accused by a senior international official of acquiescence in the plight of thousands of migrants in Libya held in arbitrary detention in deplorable conditions. Federico Soda, chief of mission at the International Organisation for Migrations mission in Libya, said not enough was being done by outside actors to try to change the war-torn countrys environment of arbitra

26 May 2022 5:47 pm
Overload risks footballers health, study finds, as Salah and Man face game 70

Fifpro survey raises concerns over volume of games and rest Salah and Man have travelled almost 200,000km this season A culture of overload in elite mens football is putting players health at risk, a new study has found, days before Mohammed Salah and Sadio Man each play their 70th match of the season in the Champions League final. The international players union Fifpro has released results of a survey on workload of more than 1,000 professional players and high-performance coaches. More telling

26 May 2022 5:37 pm
Girl on an Altar review cool and deadly vision of the impact of male power

Kiln theatre, London Family dynamics and toxic masculinity are explored in Marina Carrs riveting version of the story of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra The story of Clytemnestra is not quite as we know it from the blood-drenched texts of ancient Greek tragedy here. In those, she is a powerful figure, plotting a murderous revenge on her husband, Agamemnon, for sacrificing their daughter. In Marina Carrs audacious version, the power lies squarely with Agamemnon, who consents to the ritual killing of t

26 May 2022 5:29 pm