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World Cup 2022: Argentina's Emiliano Martinez's 'wonderful' shootout performance against Dutch

BBC pundits Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Pablo Zabaleta praise Emiliano Martinez for his wonderful shootout performance as Argentina advance to semi-finals after 4-3 victory over the Netherlands on penalties.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 4:11 am

Lord Young, Conservative minister and businessman, dies aged 90

Minister exalted by Thatcher also advised David Cameron and ran businesses including Cable and Wireless Lord Young of Graffham, a cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher and a successful businessman, has died aged 90. A Conservative party spokesperson confirmed the death of the peer, who became secretary of state for employment in 1985 and was appointed secretary of state for trade and industry after the 1987 election. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 4:05 am

Sam Ryder: A surfing accident changed my life

After he almost drowned, the star refocused on his music career and ended up singing at Eurovision.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 4:03 am

World Cup 2022: Argentina advance after dramatic quarter-final

Lionel Messi's World Cup dream lives on after Argentina edge out the Netherlands 4-3 on penalties after a hugely dramatic quarter-final finished 2-2 after extra-time at Lusail Stadium.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 4:03 am

World Cup 2022: Argentina beat the Netherlands in penalty shoot-out to reach semi-finals

Argentina will face Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals after beating the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out as Lionel Messi scores and Emiliano Martinez saves two spot-kicks.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 4:02 am

Eric Allison, Prison Reporter Who Knew the Beat All Too Well, Dies at 79

A career criminal in England for nearly a half-century, he was hired by The Guardian to report on injustices in prisons work that led to exposs and honors.

The New York Times 10 Dec 2022 3:53 am

Argentina edge Netherlands in shootout to win World Cup quarter-final thriller

It was fiery, it was fractious, it descended into utter bedlam, simply a World Cup knockout tie for the ages. Argentina went to hell and back, collapsing deep into second-half stoppage time to squander a two-goal lead after Louis van Gaals substitutions combined to wreak havoc. But after a fraught period of extra time Argentina came out on top of a ludicrous bout, with Lautaro Martnez scoring the decisive spot-kick in a penalty shootout victory. Lionel Messis magical assist and penalty for his 10th World Cup goal, to equal Gabriel Batistutas record, finished as footnotes. Argentina had to suffer and then some but Martnez kept his cool. Argentina had appeared in control but the arrival of Weghorst, a 6ft 6in striker who joined Besiktas on loan from Burnley in the summer, with 78 minutes on the clock undeniably changed the game. With seconds of 10 minutes of second-half stoppage time to play, two of Argentinas substitutes, German Pezzella and Leandro Paredes, whose poor challenge on Nathan Ak brought a first melee approaching the end of normal time, were lured into sandwiching Weghorst on the edge of the box as the trio contested an aerial ball. And then the Dutch got inventive. Teun Koopmeiners, also a late substitute, shaped to shoot from the subsequent free-kick but instead cannoned the ball into the feet of Weghorst, who rolled his marker and promptly prodded the ball into the far corner. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 3:39 am

Six PCs banned from policing for grossly offensive messages

Two officers are sacked and four more told they would have been if they had not already left.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 3:28 am

Netanyahu Cabinet Choice Has Criminal Convictions, Delaying a Government

Benjamin Netanyahus right-wing bloc won Israels general election last month. But several issues, including his cabinet choices, have complicated the forming of his government.

The New York Times 10 Dec 2022 3:18 am

World Cup 2022: Croatia keeper Dominik Livakovic is unlikely hero - again

The World Cup loves an unlikely hero - and Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic has now played that role twice in five days.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 3:03 am

World Cup 2022: Wout Weghorst scores dramatic late equaliser for Netherlands against Argentina

Wout Weghorst scores a dramatic late equaliser as Netherlands force extra time against Argentina having earlier been 2-0 down with seven minutes to go.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 2:51 am

World Cup 2022: Wout Weghorst pulls a goal back for the Netherlands

Watch as Wout Weghorst pulls a goal back for the Netherlands against Argentina.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 2:49 am

World Cup 2022: Brazil in 'mourning' after exit on penalties against Croatia

Brazil had danced into the quarter-finals of the World Cup but their dreams of a showpiece jig in the final ended in tears at Education City Stadium.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 2:41 am

Cristiano Ronaldo never told me he wanted to leave Man Utd, says Erik ten Hag

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says Cristiano Ronaldo never told him he wanted to leave before doing the Piers Morgan interview.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 2:31 am

England v France: a heavyweight contest to define the Southgate era

World Cup knockout games are devastatingly brutal in their finality but at least this showdown looks intriguingly poised Darkness falls quickly in Qatar. The night steals in like a kidnapper, wrapping its shroud around the desert like a bag over the head. Sunsets barely last long enough to choose an Instagram filter. On Saturday evening, either England or France will also discover that in these parts, oblivion descends with a devastating brutality. Come 10pm local time, what has gone before will cease to matter. To the loser, the ruthless and often scintillating football that brought them to this quarter-final will be of no consolation at all. One of Harry Kane or Kylian Mbapp is a fraud. One of Didier Deschamps or Gareth Southgate is a moron. One of Declan Rice or Aurlien Tchouamni is about to be painfully exposed at this level. Either the Football Association needs to take a long hard look at its French counterpart , or vice versa. Two hours of football decides the lot. Sorry, thats just the way it goes. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 2:30 am

When a Prisoner Swap is a Rorschach-Test

The scene on the tarmac with Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout didnt just show a prisoner trade. It told the story of where two rival countries had landed decades after the Cold War.

The New York Times 10 Dec 2022 2:29 am

George Floyd: Ex-officer J Alexander Kueng sentenced for manslaughter

J Alexander Kueng is already serving time for a federal sentence for violating Mr Floyd's civil rights.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 2:23 am

Blue day for Brazils yellow-shirted fans after shock World Cup exit

Supporters back home left stunned as Seleaos bid for a sixth world title ends in penalty shootout defeat to Croatia Its not been a good few weeks for Brazilians in yellow football shirts. Six weeks ago, nationalist supporters of the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro had to swallow a painful defeat as his leftist rival Luiz Incio Lula da Silva won a bitter presidential election. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 2:15 am

France to Make Condoms Free for Young People

The new policy, which will take effect in January, is part of an effort to counter an increase in sexually transmitted diseases in recent years.

The New York Times 10 Dec 2022 2:07 am

Russia Cheers Viktor Bouts Release as a Kremlin Victory

To the West, he is a criminal with blood on his hands, a global weapons merchant but Russia portrays Mr. Bout as a victim of American injustice.

The New York Times 10 Dec 2022 1:59 am

Nimco Ali: Adviser to step down to avoid serving under Braverman

Nimco Ali says she's on a completely different planet from the home secretary during a broadcast interview.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 1:45 am

World Cup 2022: Nahuel Molina gives Argentina the lead after brilliant Lionel Messi assist

Argentina strike first! The goal is made by Lionel Messi, who drives forward and then strokes a pinpoint pass through the Dutch defence for Nahuel Molina to poke a low shot past Andries Noppert.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 1:33 am

Its absurd: Indonesians react to new law outlawing sex outside marriage

Six people in Indonesia share their views on the controversial legislation and what it means for them The news that Indonesias parliament has passed new legislation outlawing sex outside marriage as part of a wider overhaul of the countrys criminal code has triggered concern from human rights activists and prompted protests in the capital Jakarta. Here, six people in Indonesia share their views on the controversial legislation, and what it may mean for their personal lives and those of fellow citizens when it comes into effect. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 1:30 am

Force Trump to nominate records custodian, prosecutors to urge judge

DoJ also expected to seek that Trumps political office be found in contempt of court for failing to comply with May subpoena Prosecutors are expected to urge a top federal judge to force Donald Trumps legal team to designate a custodian of records to certify that all documents bearing classification markings that were found in his possession had been returned to the government, according to sources familiar with the matter. The justice department is also expected to seek that Trumps political office be found in contempt of court for failing to fully comply with a grand jury subpoena issued in May demanding the return of all documents marked classified. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 1:29 am

World Cup 2022: Brazil head coach Tite confirms he will leave after quarter-final exit

Brazil head coach Tite confirms he will step down after their quarter-final exit at the World Cup.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 1:25 am

The week around the world in 20 pictures

Wounded Ukrainian soldiers in Bakhmut, Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, the Mauna Loa volcano eruption in Hawaii, and Morocco celebrate at the World Cup in Qatar the most striking images this week Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 1:20 am

Greece passes intelligence bill banning the sale of spyware

Vote comes as government tries to mitigate impact of a phone-tapping scandal involving Pasok party leader Greece s parliament has passed a bill overhauling the countrys intelligence service (EYP) and banning the sale of spyware, as the government tries to mitigate the impact of a phone-tapping scandal still under investigation. The case has turned up the heat on the conservative government, which faces elections in 2023. It emerged in August when Nikos Androulakis, the leader of the socialist Pasok party, Greeces third-largest, claimed the EYP listened to his conversations in 2021. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 1:08 am

Ricky Gervais: There's no way James Corden stole my joke

In October, James Corden was accused of stealing a Ricky Gervais joke on The Late Late Show.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 1:05 am

Home Office adviser Nimco Ali appears to quit by criticising Suella Braverman

Adviser on violence against women says on live radio she is on a completely different planet to home secretary A government adviser on violence against women appears to have effectively resigned from her role on live radio after saying she is on a completely different planet to the home secretary, Suella Braverman. Nimco Ali, a social activist who was appointed to the independent role by the then home secretary, Priti Patel, in 2020, used an interview to criticise Bravermans stance on the issue and announce her intention to relinquish her role. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 1:05 am

Martin Rowson on chancellors gift to fat cats cartoon

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The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 1:00 am

Watch: King meets Hollywood stars in Wrexham

King Charles III and the Queen Consort visited Wrexham to mark its new city status.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 12:50 am

Zef Eisenberg: Racer's high-speed crash 'not survivable' inquest told

Maximuscle founder Zef Eisenberg was killed attempting a land speed record at Elvington in 2020.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 12:43 am

Judge dismisses Flint water crisis criminal charges against ex-governor

Rick Snyder, a Michigan Republican who left office in 2019, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of misconduct A judge has dismissed criminal charges against the ex-Michigan governor Rick Snyder in connection with the Flint water crisis , months after the state supreme court said indictments returned by a one-person grand jury were invalid. Snyder, a Republican who left office in 2019, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of misconduct in office. He was the first person in state history to be charged for alleged crimes related to service as governor. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 12:34 am

Were here and hungry: Morocco close in on history at home and away

Coach Walid Regragui has big aspirations on and off the pitch as uncharted territory of World Cup quarter-final beckons Walid Regragui walked into the room hidden beneath his hood. Slowly, he peeled it back, the reveal met by applause. Then he sat down and, with his first words, said: Well, its a World Cup quarter-final. Which of course it is, but the Morocco coach knows it is also more than that, seeing in their bid for a place in the semi-finals a means of bringing people together beyond their borders, a motor for African football and an opportunity for the continents coaches. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 12:30 am

World Cup 2022: Neymar should have taken first penalty, says Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann, Alex Scott and Micah Richards discuss Brazil's 4-2 penalty shootout defeat by Croatia in the World Cup quarter-finals.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 12:29 am

Oil companies were running greenwashing campaign House panel says

Documents show the fossil fuel industry has no real plans to clean up its act and took steps to continue business as usual Some of the worlds largest oil and gas companies have internally dismissed the need to swiftly move to renewable energy and cut planet-heating emissions, despite publicly portraying themselves as concerned about the climate crisis, a US House of Representatives committee has found. Documents obtained from companies including Exxon, Shell, BP and Chevron show that the fossil fuel industry has no real plans to clean up its act and is barreling ahead with plans to pump more dirty fuels for decades to come, said Carolyn Maloney, the chair of the House oversight committee, which has investigated the sector for the past year. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 12:28 am

World Cup 2022: Brazil out after penalty shootout defeat by Croatia

Tournament favourites Brazil are knocked out of the World Cup on penalties as Croatia keep their nerve to edge through to the semi-finals.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 12:18 am

Viktor Bout Tells Maria Butina the US Is Trying to Destroy Russia

He gave an interview to Maria Butina, the Russian member of Parliament who herself once served a little over a year in U.S. prisons.

The New York Times 10 Dec 2022 12:17 am

Slaves: British punk band change name to Soft Play after criticism

The UK duo admit they responded to previous controversy from a place of fear and defensiveness.

BBC 10 Dec 2022 12:17 am

Kremlin critic Ilya Yashin sentenced to 8 years in prison for spreading 'fake' information about Russia-Ukraine war, claim reports

Ilya Yashin was arrested in the Ukrainian town of Bucha after he made public accusations of war crimes committed by the Russian government.

The Economic Times 10 Dec 2022 12:12 am

FIFA World Cup 2022: Who made it, what it is made of and everything you need to know

The current FIFA World Cup Trophy was commissioned in 1974.

The Economic Times 10 Dec 2022 12:09 am

Met police apologise to brothers stopped and searched after fist bump

Force agrees to pay damages and costs in settlement with Dijon and Liam Joseph over 2018 incident The Metropolitan police have apologised and paid tens of thousands of pounds in damages and costs to two young black men who were stopped and searched after officers saw them bump fists in the street and wrongly suspected them of dealing drugs. As part of a legal settlement, the Met declared that brothers Dijon and Liam Joseph, 33 and 31, were blameless for their ordeal four years ago, which involved Dijon being handcuffed and left them traumatised and humiliated. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 12:09 am

For French Firebrand, Ecology and Feminism Are Next Battlegrounds in Culture Wars

Sandrine Rousseau is using her talent for grabbing headlines with provocative ideas to shift the focus of the national debate from the themes favored by the far-right to climate change and #MeToo.

The New York Times 10 Dec 2022 12:06 am

Two PCs sacked for sharing offensive messages with Wayne Couzens

Four former officers also told they would have been dismissed for racist and misogynist WhatsApp content Two serving police officers have been sacked, and four former officers have been told they would have been sacked, for sharing racist, homophobic and misogynist messages in a WhatsApp group with Wayne Couzens. A disciplinary panel made dismissals orders against PC Gary Bailey, from the Metropolitan police and PC Matthew Forster from the Civil Nuclear constabulary. Dismissal orders were also made against the former Met PCs Joel Borders, Jonathon Cobban, and William Neville; and a former Norfolk constabulary PC Daniel Comfort. Continue reading...

The Guardian 10 Dec 2022 12:00 am

Six-year-old stuck in borewell in MP, 70 hours passed; no word on boy's status as rescue efforts continue

The rescue operation to save a six-year-old, who fell into a borewell in Madhya Pradesh's Betul district and is stuck at a depth of 40-feet, has crossed 70 hours.

IBTimes 10 Dec 2022 12:00 am

Notre Dames uncovered tombs start to reveal their secrets

Two sarcophaguses unearthed in reconstruction work after 2019 fire identified as elite canon of cathedral and young cavalier Two lead sarcophaguses discovered buried under the nave at Notre Dame Cathedral in what was described as an extraordinary and emotional find have begun giving up their secrets, French scientists announced on Friday. The first contains the remains of a high priest who died in 1710 after what experts say appeared to be a sedentary life. The occupant of the second has not yet been identified and may never be but is believed to be a young, wealthy and privileged noble who could have lived as far back as the 14th century. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:55 pm

Nurses union leader accuses Steve Barclay of bullyboy tactics

Exclusive: Pat Cullen says health secretary is unwilling to negotiate with a woman acting for a largely female workforce The leader of Britains nurses union has accused the health secretary, Steve Barclay, of being a bullyboy who is unwilling to negotiate with her because she is a woman representing a largely female workforce. Pat Cullen also claimed the government was displaying particularly macho behaviour towards the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) because she believes it sees nursing as female work that it does not value properly. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:52 pm

World Cup 2022: Croatia 1-1 Brazil (4-2 pens): Tite's men knocked out

Tournament favourites Brazil are knocked out of the World Cup on penalties as Croatia keep their nerve to edge through to the semi-finals.

BBC 9 Dec 2022 11:52 pm

Watch every penalty as Croatia beat Brazil

Watch the full penalty shootout as Croatia beat Brazil to progress to the World Cup semi-finals.

BBC 9 Dec 2022 11:52 pm

US Sanctions 2 Chinese Officials Over Tibet Human Rights Violations

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on two senior Chinese officials over serious human rights abuse in Tibet, including alleged torture and killings of prisoners and forced sterilization.

NDTV 9 Dec 2022 11:52 pm

Excitement and apprehension as China loosens zero-Covid measures

Some people are keen to enjoy their new freedoms, but others are fearful of a major wave of infections Chinas scaling back of its zero-Covid regime has left its population reeling. Some are embracing their new freedoms, while others are struggling to overcome their fears of being infected after three years of tough restrictions. Frustration at protracted lockdowns and mass testing boiled over in late November into widespread protests , the biggest show of public discontent in decades. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:48 pm

Rashmika reacts after 'Kantara' director's fans want her banned from Kannada films

Actress Rashmika Mandanna has reacted to demands of banning her from Kannada film industry for looking down on the production house which launched her.

IBTimes 9 Dec 2022 11:47 pm

World Cup 2022: Marquinhos misses decisive penalty as Brazil go out of World Cup

Watch the decisive moment as Marquinhos misses the crucial penalty and Croatia knock Brazil out of the World Cup, winning 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

BBC 9 Dec 2022 11:45 pm

Germany To Get Its First Floating Gas Terminal

Germany is set to receive its first floating gas terminal, officials said Friday, as the country looks to replace Russian supplies it previously received via pipeline.

NDTV 9 Dec 2022 11:45 pm

Small wonders: stunning exhibition celebrates artistry of model buildings

Supermodels, an extraordinary immersive show in London, uses animatronics and meticulous construction to create a hybrid digital-analogue beauty When the eerily accurate AI image generator Dall-E 2 was released for public experimentation by OpenAI this summer, most people immediately used it to create whimsical scenes such as samurai dolphin painted in the style of Rembrandt or Bruce Willis angrily devouring a cheeseburger on the moon. True, if you looked too closely at Bruces left ear you might have noticed it wasnt there but the freaky glitches were, though somewhat unsettling, part of the fun, not to mention a calming reminder that AI cannot entirely trick us that its images are real yet. But more than one panicked architect also typed in, Four-storey family home in forest in the style of Mies van der Rohe or Japanese-Scandi lounge area in office building lobby, and let out a tiny scream when the results resembled the renders of projects that architects otherwise spend long hours churning out. If an AI could knock out a decent interior in seconds, did it promise to be a fabulous time-saver or would it put everyone out of a job? Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:42 pm

The Guardian view on proportional representation: Labour should back it | Editorial

House of Lords reform is necessary, but not a sufficient constitutional change to mend Britains broken politics Monday marks the third anniversary of the general election that delivered the largest Conservative parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatchers . Labour, meanwhile, dropped to its worst result since the 1930s. Governments are thrown out when voters want a fresh start. What was unusual in 2019 was that voters gave the Tories the task of reversing Tory policies. That perhaps explains why Rishi Sunak heads a government that resembles an opposition in office, pitting itself against actions of its predecessors . This paradox highlights how close the two-party political system is to breaking point. People who voted Conservative at the last election know they have been had. Instead of getting a government that will fix the economy and the NHS, these voters have found themselves with ministers who are wrecking them. This has led to a widespread feeling of cynicism. Polling for the Compass thinktank shows that even if Labour replaces the Conservatives at the next election, the majority of voters think the political system is incapable of meeting the big challenges of our time such as climate, wealth inequality and housing. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:42 pm

EU Freezes Russian Assets Worth 19 Billion Euros Amid Ukraine War

EU countries, led by Belgium and Luxembourg, have frozen 18.9 billion euros of assets belonging to Russian oligarchs and entities hit by sanctions over the war on Ukraine, Brussels has said.

NDTV 9 Dec 2022 11:42 pm

Beth Mooneys brilliant blitz guides Australia to T20 win over India

1st T20: Australia, 173-1, beat India, 172-5, by nine wickets Opener scores 89 from 57 balls to take tourists to victory Beth Mooney demonstrated once again why she is perhaps the best T20 batter in womens cricket, elegantly guiding Australia to a nine-wicket triumph over India in the first of their five-match international series. The left-hander stroked her way to an unbeaten 89, and with some substantial help from both the new captain, Alyssa Healy, and the allrounder Tahlia McGrath, making a potentially difficult target in Mumbai look a piece of cake as the world champions maintained their proud unbeaten record in all formats in 2022. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:42 pm

How India Can Broaden its Relationships With Central Asia

From the January 2022 summit to the recent NSA meeting, India has ramped up its outreach to Central Asia this year.

The Diplomat 9 Dec 2022 11:42 pm

US Sanctions China-based Fishing Firms Over Human Rights Abuses

This marks the first time the Treasury Department has designated an entity listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, Pingtan Marine

News18 9 Dec 2022 11:41 pm

The Guardian view on cuts in theatre funding: a threat to playwriting | Editorial

In an industry drained of state support, who will dare to take a risk on new plays? The loss will be felt not only in London, but across the country The storm over arts funding in England moved from opera to theatre this week, when the artistic director of one of Londons leading new writing houses resigned in response to the withdrawal of its Arts Council England grant. Its outgoing director, Roxana Silbert, said that the loss of its state subsidy of 766,455 a year meant it could no longer continue to function as a hub for new writing. Seventy-five playwrights turned out for a crisis meeting following the announcement, many of whom credit Hampstead theatre with giving them career-making breaks, and all of them worried about the effect on the fragile playwriting ecology of the country if a seedbed like Hampstead can only afford to stage guaranteed crowd-pleasers. The 60-year-old north London venue is among 141 organisations cut adrift under Arts Council Englands radical three-year plan to reshape the creative economy of England. Called to account by the digital, culture, media and sport committee on Friday, the chief executive of the grant-giving government agency could only bat away a succession of local-interest criticisms from MPs with the statement that, of course, everything would be much better all round if only there was more money, but sadly there wasnt particularly in London, where it had been ordered to siphon 24m off to more needy areas over the next three years. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:41 pm

Biden Authorises New $275 Million In Military Aid For Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday authorized fresh $275 million in military aid for Ukraine offering new capabilities to defeat drones and strengthen air defenses, according to a memo released by the...

NDTV 9 Dec 2022 11:39 pm

What to Know About the Two Americans Still Detained in Russia

The State Department has urged U.S. citizens not to travel to Russia and, if they are in the country, to leave immediately.

The New York Times 9 Dec 2022 11:37 pm

Talking Horses: whip splits sport again as riders call rules ridiculous

Leading jockeys fear the run-up to the Cheltenham Festival will be littered with bans over new riding restrictions As a collective of jockeys, were all together, Nico de Boinville said after winning the first race on Friday, a clear sign that, despite general delight that the card had beaten the frost, there is a storm brewing ahead of the introduction of new whip rules by the British Horseracing Authority in the run-up to Cheltenhams Festival meeting in March. De Boinville was echoing the view of Harry Cobden, the No 1 jockey to Paul Nicholls, the champion trainer, who described the new rules as bloody ridiculous after riding a winner at Taunton on Thursday. Under the new regime, riders will be banned from using their whips in the forehand position the most natural way for a majority of riders to use their stick and while there will be a four-week bedding-in period before penalties are enforced, a single use in the forehand position after 6 February could lead to a seven-day ban, or two weeks if it occurs in a Class 1 or Class 2 event. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:35 pm

The psychic alpaca has spoken: World Cup madness has arrived for England | Marina Hyde

Alongside the various animal attempts to people-please before the quarter-final against France are an increasingly deranged series of stunts from the tabloids England face France in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday and the dwindling band of psychic animals has spoken. In the early stages of any World Cup, of course, you cannot move for obliging creatures predicting match results. However, as the tournament progresses, several of this global menagerie will have a shocker, effectively knocking them out of further opportunities to have their random movements anthropomorphised by pushy human keepers/people who reckon there might be two hundred quid in it from a tabloid. As we near the business end of Qatar 2022, though, a psychic alpaca from Chipping Norton is still in it, along with a lion in Thailand. Inauspiciously, both have wandered vaguely in one direction in their enclosure/predicted a France win on Saturday night, which I assume has led to accusations of talking England down, and a slew of credible death threats. Not that a perfect record insulates any creature from meeting a sticky end themselves. Rabio the octopus was the Japan-based mollusc oracle who accurately forecast every Japan result in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup, yet he was reported by a local news outlet to have been chopped up and eaten before the round of 16 . (Which certainly puts the BBC not renewing Mark Lawrensons contract into perspective. Though not, perhaps, for Mark.) Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:33 pm

Croatia reach World Cup semi-final as Brazil miss twice in penalty shootout

Brazil have had their last dance. They appeared to have edged a tense, enervating quarter-final with a superbly constructed Neymar goal in the 105th minute and it felt, at the time, as if their talismans moment of genuine arrival at this tournament could be a crucial event in its narrative. But they reckoned without a remarkable, tough and accomplished Croatia team who have no idea when they are beaten. Bruno Petkovics equaliser, as the clock ticked down, had not seemed likely but you can never write them off; penalties ensued and Dominik Livakovic, the hero against Japan, saved the first from Rodrygo. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:33 pm

Sunak condemned for repeating figure about cost of public sector pay demands

Claim that it would end up costing each household an extra 1,000 a year described as disingenuous Rishi Sunak has been condemned for using disingenuous figures after he repeated a claim that meeting union demands for public sector pay awards would cost every household 1,000 extra a year. Speaking at an RAF base in Lincolnshire, where he was meeting service personnel who miay be deployed to replace striking staff, including ambulance crews and border staff, the prime minister said he would not give way despite a slew of planned stoppages. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:32 pm

Project Mbapp: the making of Frances football superstar

The plan was always to make Kylian Mbapp the worlds best player but it was done with warmth and good advice instead of pressure There have been points this week when it has seemed that England were not about to face a team in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday, but a single player. Kylian Mbapp has dominated the plotline like Diego Maradona did in the past and Cristiano Ronaldo wished he could do in the present. The France forward already has five goals to his credit in this World Cup, to add to the four he scored in Russia four years ago. Nine in total thats one more than Maradona and the same as Ballon dOr winners Eusbio and Paolo Rossi. He could still be on his way to becoming a double world champion before reaching his 24th birthday. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:30 pm

We have to build Bangladesh together

Noting the advancement of women in Bangladesh, Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina yesterday said the nation must be built as a prosperous one with the participation of all.

The Daily Star 9 Dec 2022 11:30 pm

First look at yourselves, then at others

Obaidul Quader, general secretary of the ruling Awami League, yesterday urged foreign diplomats not to ruin the friendship by intervening in the countrys internal affairs.

The Daily Star 9 Dec 2022 11:30 pm

Rozina Islam honoured by US for anti-graft fight

Rozina Islam, special correspondent at the daily Prothom Alo, has been awarded a special honour by the US for playing a significant role in the anti-corruption fight through journalism.

The Daily Star 9 Dec 2022 11:30 pm

Arab rivalries set aside for Moroccos run

The T-shirt on sale at Dohas main market declares Our blood is Arab, and that is the mood buoying Morocco as it prepares to become on Saturday the first Arab nation to play a World Cup quarter-final.

The Daily Star 9 Dec 2022 11:30 pm

Desert Fest: With Ronaldo or without him?

Despite leading Portugal to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since 2006, Fernando Santos finds himself in a difficult situation with his team up against Morocco tomorrow.

The Daily Star 9 Dec 2022 11:30 pm

White House Announces New Air Defense Aid for Ukraine

White House national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters the aid will soon be on its way to provide Ukraine with new capabilities to boost its air defenses

News18 9 Dec 2022 11:19 pm

27,000 Vivo phones held by DRI over suspected violations released

The shipment, worth nearly $15 million, is unlikely to be exported as the packaging of many of the phones was damaged and the devices were switched on to check unique ID numbers, the people said

Business Standard 9 Dec 2022 11:15 pm

Hate landlords: slogan baseball caps turn heads on social media

Socially conscious young people are snapping up political merchandise that sums up mood of frustration A spectre is haunting social media: the spectre of socially conscious young people wearing slogan baseball caps whose messages are tailored to the moment. Leading the charge is a 20 black cap emblazoned with hate landlords, stitched in white, sold through the leftwing media organisation Novara. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:13 pm

World Cup 2022: Bruno Petkovic scores late extra-time equaliser for Croatia

Croatia equalise deep into extra time with their first shot on target of the match when Bruno Petkovic sweeps home with the help of a slight deflection.

BBC 9 Dec 2022 11:11 pm

Netherlands v Argentina: World Cup 2022 quarter-final live

World Cup updates: 7pm GMT, 2pm ET kick-off And you can contact Rob here with your thoughts Croatia v Brazil has gone the distance . Join Scott Murray this instant. Argentina: the story so far Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico 2-0 Poland 2-0 Australia 2-1 Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:09 pm

At least 10 miners killed in Indonesia coal mine explosion; 4 rescued

Nine miners have died in a coal mine explosion in Indonesias West Sumatra province and rescue workers are still searching for one missing miner after rescuing two others

The Hindu 9 Dec 2022 11:07 pm

Silencing Russian music plays into Putins hands | Letters

Readers on the Ukrainian culture ministers call for a boycott of Russian culture, in protest at the invasion of Ukraine I am appalled by what is happening in Ukraine, but I was sad to read the suggestion of Oleksandr Tkachenko, Ukraines minister of culture, that we should refuse to perform Tchaikovsky ( As Ukraines culture minister, Im asking you to boycott Tchaikovsky until this war is over, 7 December ). During the second world war, the day after Germany invaded Holland, the German mezzo-soprano Elena Gerhardt, exiled in London, sang a programme of German song with the pianist Myra Hess at the National Gallery. Gerhardt had said to Hess that nobody will want to hear the German language, but Hess persuaded her to sing nevertheless. As she stepped on to the platform, she received such an overwhelming ovation that it took her some time before she was able to sing. The audience understood that the great works of German music represented the best of German civilisation at a time when the Nazis were destroying it. Likewise, Tchaikovsky represents the best of Russian civilisation. Tchaikovsky himself wrote to a fellow composer though born Russians, we are at the same time even more Europeans. He too would have been appalled at what Putin is doing to Ukraine. Robert Philip Edinburgh Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:04 pm

The tiny treasures that weve found during house clearances | Letters

Readers share their discoveries on clearing out the belongings of hoarding relatives Re hoarding ( You be the judge, 2 December ), going through my late fathers many, many boxes with several necessary bin liners at my side, I found a small envelope, sealed, slit open and carefully resealed with Sellotape. I could feel two tiny hard lumps inside it. Across the envelope flap hed pencilled Contains small screw for fixing (possibly) sunglasses. At some point hed added a 2 and an S in black biro 2 small screws. There was also an asterisk in blue biro referring to a note at the side, *Proves to be too small! How could I possibly throw this away? Cat Bracey Bristol Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 11:03 pm

AL factional clash: Another succumbs to injuries in Narsingdi

An Awami League activist, injured in a factional clash in Narsingdis Raipur upazila three weeks ago, succumbed to his injuries this morning.

The Daily Star 9 Dec 2022 11:02 pm

Hospital apologises after hiding surgeon's error for seven years

The trust has apologised to a woman for failing to admit a surgeon was responsible for a massive haemorrhage.

BBC 9 Dec 2022 11:01 pm

Young Sports Personality 2022: Brown, Gadirova & Spendolini-Sirieix on shortlist

Sky Brown, Jessica Gadirova and Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix are shortlisted for the BBC's Young Sports Personality 2022 award.

BBC 9 Dec 2022 11:00 pm

Royal Mail: Views from both sides of the picket line

The BBC speaks to a striking worker on the picket line and someone choosing to work on strike day.

BBC 9 Dec 2022 10:57 pm

Curse of the eighth penalty: World Cup shootouts by numbers

Statistics show the effects of building pressure as the shootout goes on and pinpoint the one most likely to be missed According to Maxime Bossis, it was an error that would never have been made these days. No one told me he always dived on the same side. It was another world, said the former France defender in an interview in July. Today a coach or a player would have come to tell me: Watch out, he always dives to his right! It is more than 40 years since Bossis entered the history books as the first player whose miss in a World Cup penalty shootout led via an opponents successful spot-kick to his countrys elimination. Introduced by Fifa for the 1982 tournament in Spain to replace the policy of replaying a drawn game, the first took place in Seville and saw you guessed it West Germany emerge victorious against France. Continue reading...

The Guardian 9 Dec 2022 10:57 pm

World Cup 2022: Neymar equals Pele's 'official' Brazil scoring record

Neymar equals Brazil legend Pele's 'official' all-time goalscoring record for the men's national team.

BBC 9 Dec 2022 10:56 pm