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Britain’s FT says allegations over Wirecard reporting are false

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Financial Times rejected as “baseless and false” any allegations accusing the newspaper or its reporters of market manipulation or unethical reporting in relation to German payments company Wirecard. On Monday Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said that German authorities have opened an investigation into an FT journalist over reports about Wirecard. The FT has published a series of reports alleging fraud and creative accounting at Wirecard, which the Germany company has rejected as defamatory, saying it would sue the newspaper. Reporting by Rachel Armstrong; Editing by David Goodman…

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US former cardinal McCarrick defrocked over abuse allegations

Image copyright EPA Image caption Multiple allegations against Theodore McCarrick have emerged A former Roman Catholic cardinal has been defrocked after historic sexual abuse allegations. Theodore McCarrick is the most high-profile Catholic figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times. US Church officials said allegations he had sexually assaulted a teenager five decades ago were credible. Mr McCarrick, 88, had previously resigned but said he had “no recollection” of the alleged abuse. Mr McCarrick was the archbishop of Washington DC from 2001 to 2006. Since his resignation last…

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Wirecard says allegations may have come from dispute between employees

FRANKFURT/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Wirecard said that a law firm it appointed has made no conclusive findings of criminal misconduct by any employee of the German payments firm and that there are indications the allegations stemmed from a quarrel between employees. FILE PHOTO: People walk past the Wirecard booth at the computer games fair Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay Shares in the German member of the blue-chip DAX index were indicated to jump 15 percent on Monday. The Financial Times last week published two reports about alleged…

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Jermaine Jackson: ‘No truth’ to allegations in Michael documentary

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jermaine Jackson: “We’re living in a time where people can say anything and it’s taken as truth.” Jermaine Jackson has said there is “no truth” to allegations in a controversial new documentary about his brother Michael. In Leaving Neverland, James Safechuck and Wade Robson claim they were abused by the singer as children. Mr Robson acted as a main witness for Michael Jackson at his 2005 trial, but has now changed his story. Jermaine told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “Michael was tried by a…

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Alphabet board sued on allegations of sexual misconduct cover-up

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Two shareholder lawsuits filed this week accused the board of Google parent Alphabet Inc of playing a direct role in covering up sexual misconduct claims against two former executives over the last five years. Google signage is seen at the Google headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., December 19, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton The company declined to comment. Both of the lawsuits seek to force Google to change its governance and oversight to stop future workplace conduct issues. They also call…

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Alphabet board faces lawsuit on allegations of sexual misconduct cover-up

Google signage is seen at the Google headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., December 19, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A shareholder’s lawsuit filed on Thursday said the board of Google parent Alphabet Inc played a direct role in covering up sexual misconduct claims against two top executives in 2014 and 2016. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The lawsuit in San Mateo County Superior Court in California by shareholder James Martin cites minutes from Alphabet board…

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Las Vegas police request DNA sample following rape allegations

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid in July 2018 Police in Las Vegas have issued a warrant for a DNA sample from Cristiano Ronaldo as part of their investigation into the rape allegations made against the Juventus forward. The 33-year-old’s lawyer, Peter S. Christiansen, told BBC Sport it was a “very standard request”. The Wall Street Journal says the warrant was recently sent to the court system in Italy. Ronaldo denies assaulting Kathryn Mayorga at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. “Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does…

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Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck greets fans after allegations of racist chanting

Chelsea launched a campaign in January to raise awareness and educate fans about anti-Semitism in football Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck greeted Blues fans at the turnstiles before the Premier League win at Brighton, following allegations of racism levelled against the club’s supporters. Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police are investigating claims Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was subject to racist abuse earlier this month. Chelsea say Buck was a visible presence at Brighton’s Amex stadium on Sunday. A spokesman said some fans stopped to shake the chairman’s hand. Chelsea officials, who…

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Arsenal to talk to players over nitrous oxide inhalation allegations

Arsenal players will be “spoken to” by club chiefs after images emerged allegedly showing four members of the first team inhaling nitrous oxide. In CCTV footage obtained by the Sun, the players, at a party in London in August, appear to be inhaling the substance from balloons. Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas or ‘hippy crack’. An Arsenal spokesperson told the BBC players would be “spoken to and reminded of their responsibilities.” Nitrous oxide slows down the brain and the body’s responses, giving users a feeling of euphoria…

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Doping: WADA to conduct further investigations into bullying allegations

(Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will conduct further enquiries into accusations of bullying by executive committee members after an initial probe was unable to prove any improper behavior, it said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A woman walks into the head office of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo Athletes’ committee chair Beckie Scott told the BBC last month that she was “treated with disrespect” and faced “inappropriate” comments and gestures for opposing the reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping organization at…

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