Fifa looking into Russia football doping claims from McLaren report

Fifa says no Russia player from the 2014 World Cup returned a positive drugs test Fifa says “it is still investigating allegations” that footballers were involved in a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia. At least 30 sports, including football, covered up samples involving more than 1,000 athletes between 2011 and 2015, according to the McLaren […]

Roger Federer beats Alexander Zverev to win Gerry Weber Open in Halle

Roger Federer beats Alexander Zverev to win Gerry Weber Open in Halle

Federer won his first Halle Open title in 2003 Roger Federer warmed up for Wimbledon by winning a record ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. The 35-year-old Swiss, who is aiming for a record eighth Wimbledon crown and 19th Grand Slam title, beat Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 in 53 minutes. German […]

Turkey LGBT: Istanbul’s Gay Pride organisers vow to defy ban

Image copyright EPA Image caption Activists have been painting city walls in rainbow colours ahead of the annual march Organisers of Istanbul’s annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by the authorities of Turkey’s largest city. The event has been called for Sunday evening in the city’s Taksim Square. Authorities […]

Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro returns to work

Image copyright Gessica Notaro Image caption Ms Notaro said on Facebook that sea lions had given her strength in the aftermath of her trauma A former Miss Italy finalist has returned to work as a sea lion trainer, five months after being severely disfigured by acid thrown in her face. Gessica Notaro, 28, said that […]

Alexei Navalny barred from Russia presidential poll

Alexei Navalny barred from Russia presidential poll

Media captionAlexei Navalny told the BBC’s Hardtalk programme in January that he would fight on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been formally barred from standing in next year’s presidential election. The Central Electoral Commission has ruled he may not stand because he was found guilty of embezzlement and given a suspended sentence. Mr Navalny […]

Turkish water park: Children and adults electrocuted

Image copyright DHA Image caption Those affected were treated at the scene but could not be saved Three children and two adults who tried to rescue them have been electrocuted in a water park in north-western Turkey, local media say. The incident happened in the town of Akyazi, in Sakarya province, 100km (62 miles) east […]

UAE princesses guilty of servant abuse in Belgium

Image copyright AFP Image caption The case dates back to 2008 but only came to court this year, after the defence’s many procedural challenges Eight princesses from the UAE have been convicted of human trafficking and degrading treatment of their servants by a Brussels court. They were given 15-month suspended jail terms and ordered to […]

Germany quashes gay men’s convictions and offers compensation

Image copyright dpa Image caption Surviving victims of the anti-gay bill will be compensated for their “unimaginable suffering” Germany’s parliament has voted to quash the convictions of tens of thousands of gay men criminalised under notorious historical anti-homosexual laws. The law, only fully repealed in West Germany in 1994, dates to 1871 but was rarely […]

Brexit: UK offer on EU citizens a good start, says Merkel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Angela Merkel says Brexit is not the focus of the two-day EU summit on Brussels German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described UK plans to ensure the rights of EU citizens in Britain after Brexit as “a good start”. However, she said there were “many, many other questions” about Brexit and […]

Brexit: EU citizens offered ‘UK settled status’ by PM May

Image copyright AFP Image caption European Council President Donald Tusk and Theresa May held bilateral talks at the Brussels summit EU citizens legally resident in the UK will be entitled to the same rights as British citizens after Brexit, the UK prime minister has told EU leaders. “No-one will face a cliff edge,” Theresa May […]