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Day: March 19, 2019

Tokyo 2020 olympics in crisis
Asia, Featured

Tokyo 2020 olympics in crisis

    The embattled head of Japan’s Olympic Committee resigned on Tuesday amid a widening corruption investigation linked to Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. With a little over a year to go until the opening ceremony for the Games, Tsunekazu Takeda announced during a meeting of the national Olympic committee in Tokyo that he would step down when his 10th term ends in June. Mr Takeda, 71, has denied any wrongdoing in the process of bidding for the 2020 Games and said he is cooperating with an investigation led by French authorities. Mr Takeda was placed under formal investigation by France’s financial crimes office on suspicion of “active corruption” on December 10, Le Monde reported. Prosecutors suspect that the IOC vote in 2013 was swayed by secret...
May to force on third vote on Brexit deal
Featured, United Kingdom

May to force on third vote on Brexit deal

    Theresa May will defy John Bercow and find a way through to stage a third vote on her twice-defeated Brexit deal next week, a Cabinet minister has insisted. Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, revealed the prime minister would attempt to get around the Speaker’s shock ruling that identical votes cannot be restaged after defeats by arguing she had secured changes. One option was to insist the EU agreeing an extension to Article 50 to delay Brexit day constituted a different motion, or to agree changes that satisfied the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). However, he ducked whether MPs would still retain a veto over an Article 50 extension, even if agreed by the prime minister with the EU on Thursday. International agreements are reached at council level, but obvio...
NZ PM vows to never name the accused mosque shooter
Australia, Featured

NZ PM vows to never name the accused mosque shooter

    Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, plans to represent himself when he stands trial for the shootings that killed 50 on Friday. There are fears the self-confessed white supremacist, who referenced Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik in his 'manifesto', could use the legal process to espouse extremist views. Ms Ardern, who opened parliament on Tuesday with a Muslim prayer, said efforts should be made to prevent giving the gunman the attention he wanted. He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless, she said. He obviously had a range or reasons for committing this atrocious terrorist attacks. Lifting his profile was one them and that's something we can absolutely deny him, she said. One thing I can assure you, ...