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Paris 2024: Could squash take legal action over Olympic omission, asks Nick Matthew

Nick Matthew is a three-time world and Commonwealth champion Britain’s former world number one Nick Matthew has suggested there could be a legal challenge against squash’s omission from the Olympics. On Thursday, Paris organisers announced breakdancing was one of four sports to be proposed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for 2024. Squash unsuccessfully campaigned for inclusion, having been rejected for London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. Matthew, 38, asked: “Can the sport take the IOC to court over past bids?” Speaking to the Telegraph, the three-time world and…

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Government faces High Court action over children’s rights

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidance also covers support for runaways A children’s charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are “myths”. The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children. The “myth-busting guide” suggests some duties around social worker visits, protections for missing children and care leavers’ support can be cut back. DfE lawyers approved the guide. The guide, which was published last…

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Sports betting media startup The Action Network raises $17.5 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sports betting media startup The Action Network said on Thursday it has raised $17.5 million of funding from private equity, team owners and media and esports investors. The investments come as the sports and media industries try to figure out how to capitalize on the nascent American sports betting market. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May allowed states to legalize, regulate and tax the activity. The decision instantly created a new national market, sparking a rush of activity by states, companies, leagues and others seeking…

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Shamima Begum: IS teenager’s family consider legal action

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShamima Begum: ‘The poster girl thing was not my choice’ The family of Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria aged 15, say they plan to challenge the move to strip her of UK citizenship. Her family’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said they were considering “all legal avenues” to contest the decision. Government sources said it was possible to strip the 19-year-old of British nationality as she was eligible for citizenship of another country. Ms Begum, who left east London…

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Pulwama attack: Pakistan warns India against military action

Image copyright AFP Image caption In a televised address, Mr Khan called on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved Pakistan PM Imran Khan says his country will retaliate if India takes military action against it in the aftermath of last week’s suicide attack on Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir. In a televised address, he also called on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved. More than 40 members of India’s security forces died in Thursday’s suicide bombing. A Pakistan-based…

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Birmingham bin row: Workers start latest strike action

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Unite workers initially went on strike in June 2017 in a dispute over job losses More than 300 Birmingham bin workers are starting the first of a series of strikes in a dispute with the council. It stems from claims some staff have been “blacklisted” for taking part in industrial action in 2017, when piles of rubbish were left on the streets. The Unite members have been working to rule since 29 December over a payment given to GMB members who did not take…

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NBA, U.S. Tennis, Sky, urge U.S. action on alleged Saudi TV piracy

DOHA (Reuters) – A group of sports bodies and broadcasters including the U.S. National Basketball Association, U.S. Tennis Association and Sky has called for the United States to add Saudi Arabia to its “priority watch list” over alleged TV piracy, filings show. FILE PHOTO: World Cup 2018 final match, being pirated by beoutQ as seen at beIN Media Group’s anti-piracy lab in Doha, Qatar, in this undated handout image, obtained by Reuters on December 18, 2018. beIN Media Group/Handout via REUTERS The filings, made this week with the office of…

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‘I skip school to demand climate change action’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I’m standing up for our planet’ A planned protest on Friday will see schoolchildren across the UK walk out of their lessons to demand action over climate change. We have been to meet some of the teenagers looking to take control of their futures. Every Friday morning, 13-year-old Holly Gillibrand, from Fort William, skips school for an hour. Her head teacher disapproves, she says, as does the Highland Council – but it doesn’t stop her. “It’s a small price to pay for…

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Bahrain reaffirms right to pursue legal action against refugee footballer

Jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi leaves Thailand’s Criminal Court, in Bangkok, Thailand February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain said it has taken note of a “halt of legal proceedings” against refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was released from a Thai jail on Monday after Bahraini authorities abandoned their bid to seek his extradition. Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a 10-year jail sentence imposed on Araibi in absentia by a Bahraini court remained in place and reaffirmed its right to “pursue all necessary legal…

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White House expects to take action on 5G, artificial intelligence soon

FILE PHOTO: A 5G sign is seen during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House will take “executive action” in the coming weeks to make sure the United States keeps its research and development advantage in artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, quantum computing and next generation wireless networks, known as 5G, a White House official said on Wednesday. President Donald Trump discussed investing in what he called “industries of the future” as part of expanded infrastructure investment in his…

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