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Fifa’s well-remunerated secretary general Jérôme Valcke, very much at home in the expensive lobby of a five-star hotel in Buenos Aires during a key date in the IOC calendar, laid out in simple terms for a small gaggle of hacks just how things were going to be.
Above the babble of disingenuous, faux polite chatter that floats between the captains of sporting blazerdom on these occasions, he explained the Qatar World Cup would inevitably be moved to winter, most likely late November.
The revelation that in 2012 Israel’s intelligence agency took a different view from its prime minister about Iran’s intentions is little surprise. It merely confirms that Binyamin Netanyahu is an unreliable witness in the global debate over what to do about Iran’s nuclear programme.
For years he has exaggerated its nature and extent, cried wolf about the imminence of a nuclear weapon, promoted hyperbole about Iran dominating the Middle East, overplayed what sanctions or war could achieve for Israel, and decried the international rules in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
For 10 years the international community asked for more than any Iranian government could agree to
Black Death was imported from Asia over 400 years of the pandemic via native rodents such as great gerbils and marmots which harboured the plague bacteria
The gruesome waves of bubonic plague that began with the Black Death in medieval Europe and ended with the Great Plague of London may have been driven more by great gerbils than black rats, researchers claim.
In a study that threatens to overturn the popular history of one of the world’s greatest health disasters, scientists suggest that the disease had little to do with pest-ridden rats lurking in European cities, but was instead imported from Asia time and again over the four hundred years the pandemic lasted.
US attorney general Eric Holder says a federal investigation into the 2012 killing did not meet the standard for a hate crime prosecution
Nearly three years to the day after Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in Florida, the US Justice Department has announced that there is not enough evidence to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
Martin, who would have turned 20 on 5 February, was shot and killed by Zimmerman on 26 February 2012. Zimmerman, who has said he shot Martin in self-defense, was acquitted of second-degree murder charges in July 2013.
On the campaign trail, Labour candidates congratulate people in marginal seats as the lucky holders of a “golden vote”. It is a way to express the importance of those races where the ballots of a select few can swing the national outcome for the many.
The big parties’ morale is sustained by the hope of power secured with a well-targeted mailshot, nudging the right household to the polling booth. A great fuss is made of electors in Telford or Pudsey, as if they have found a Willy Wonka golden ticket, but instead of a lifetime supply of Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight they get to choose between five years of Ed Miliband or David Cameron as prime minister.
Westminster and obvious have a troubled relationship. It was obvious in 2010 that money from lobbyists smelled fishy
Well basically the top five trends everyone is talking about at LFW are (1) penises being a thing? God they are still having the biggest moment since Michelangelo’s Dave, eg Christopher Kane literally went to life drawing classes so he could get all the eroticalia on his dresses totes anatomically correct #srslyromantic&sensual (2) totes must-have things of adorbs fluffiness eg like Naomi Campbell’s fur jacket are genius since it is literally freezing ATM (3) uber-femininity, OMG the blissful chiffon & dusty pink leather at Holly Fulton #WANT (4) the new palest pink accessories eg non-swank my divine rose lambskin tote #classic (4 and a half, that moment when you wish you had consulted an expert listicationalist like at Buzzfeed who knows in advance whether to make it five things or six things you ought to know about something, or seven #edgy, or even 10 things except who has the time?) the cutest retro lollies at Anya’s show #guiltypleasure (4 and three quarters) Anna Wintour owning the Oscars in gorge blush pink & matching fur capelet #fashgenius #pinkisthenewblack :)))) (5) the unbelievably disgusting & hideous Labour “pink” women’s bus #patronising #wrong #downwithpinkification :((((
I mean Emily’s tweet was so right, it is literally EXACTLY like a great big tampon shop on wheels, everyone is like, eeeuw, how gross & vom-making is that, how dare they treat women like idiots, they have totes broken pink for everyone #thanksHarriet. Literally if Vogue is anything to go by most normal women are srsly LIVID #owngoal, & nobody even dares to tell Anna Wintour she wore full Labour bus to an award ceremony? I said to Dave, promise me if you do a conservative women’s van you will pick a colour of autumn like eg aubergine or ochre, plus mustard was *quite* the fetch hue at Burberry, he’s like, trust me babes, I will never do a women’s bus, end of. I’m like, excellent, he’s like, actually babes I will not be talking to women at all, Lynton says the two things you need to know about women are (1) they are either shopping or (2) moaning or (3) on maternity leave, so it is just not worth it, I’m like, I am sure you said it was two things, he’s like, my POINT?
Dimitar Berbatov will use all his insider knowledge to help his Monaco team-mates “do their homework” on Arsenal and help his unfancied team reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Monaco, who visit the Emirates Stadium for the last-16 first leg on Wednesday, were viewed as one of the weaker seeds, having scored only four goals during the group stages as they edged through ahead of Bayer Leverkusen.
Anyone obsessed with the disappearance of Flight MH370 knows the name of Jeff Wise, a private pilot and science writer who has frequently appeared on CNN to track new developments in the search for the missing plane. Today he’s here to chat with Gawker readers about his personal theory—detailed in a 95-page Kindle Single and excerpted in New York magazine—for how the passenger jet vanished without a trace on March 8, 2014. It involves bogus flight data, Russian hijackers, and a remote facility in Kazakhstan (among others things).
Maros Sefcovic to announce plan on Wednesday for single energy market – including an alternative pipeline – expected to meet scepticism from members
The EU executive is to unveil radical and ambitious plans on Wednesday aimed at establishing a single European market in energy supplies, purchases and consumption, in an attempt to loosen the Kremlin’s stranglehold on Europe’s gas supplies.
The far-reaching scheme would also strengthen the power of Brussels against national energy regulators; boost consumer choice transnationally when buying electricity services; generate a bonanza in energy infrastructure investment; and integrate supply systems regionally and on an EU-wide scale.
The EU has energy rules set at the European level, but it has 28 national regulatory frameworks. This cannot continue
Consumers in one member state should be able to buy their energy freely and simply from a company in another
Banking group’s chief executive to appear before Treasury select committee after it emerges he had an account in Switzerland routed through Panama
MPs have turned up the heat on HSBC by summoning its boss, Stuart Gulliver, at the last minute to give evidence alongside the group’s chairman.
Revelations that Gulliver, brought in as a reforming chief executive of Britain’s biggest bank, had a bank account in Switzerland that was routed through Panama prompted the Treasury select committee to call him in to give evidence.
I first visited Shimla when I was seven years old and there was something immediately familiar and strangely comforting about the place. On the face of it, this modest little “hill station” acting as a prelude to the Himalayas was still in bustling, tropical India but its slanted roofs and alpine vistas were more reminiscent of a European town. Perhaps it was the names of local landmarks: Mall Road, the Gaiety Theatre, Cart Road, the iconic cream-coloured Christ Church and the deliciously named Scandal Point. Or maybe it was just because it was the first place in India that I had to wear a woolly hat and scarf.
In the late 19th century, the British developed this small town into first a sanatorium for heat-malaised men of the Raj and then the summer capital, from where the “Jewel in the Crown” was marshalled and then, in the 20th century, dismantled. It was also where my teenage father arrived, having survived the horrors of partition in 1947. While waiting for his first job, he volunteered as a dispatch clerk for Bennett and Colman, still, today, the publishers of the Times of India.