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Japan’s Yoshitaka Sakurada apologises for being three minutes late

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Sakurada, who was appointed to his post last year, has had to repeatedly apologise over a series of gaffes Japan’s Olympics Minister, Yoshitaka Sakurada, has publicly apologised after arriving three minutes late to a parliamentary meeting on Thursday. Opposition MPs said his tardiness showed disrespect for his office and boycotted a meeting of the budget committee for five hours in protest. They have been highly critical of Mr Sakurada after a series of gaffes. Last week, he said he felt let down after Olympic…

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High Court judge apologises after falling asleep

Image copyright UPPA/TopFoto Image caption Mrs Justice Parker is the second longest-serving judge serving in the Family Division A High Court judge has been given “formal advice” after “momentarily” falling asleep during a hearing. The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) said the conduct of Mrs Justice Parker was found to have the potential to undermine public confidence in the judiciary. The judge, 68, who serves on the Family Division of the High Court in London, was investigated following a complaint. The JCIO said she “expressed remorse” for the incident. Judges…

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Ikea apologises after leaving New Zealand off a map

Ikea apologises after leaving New Zealand off a map By Patrick Evans BBC News Image copyright Jibbles666 Image caption Reddit user Jibbles666 spotted the offending map at an Ikea outlet in Washington DC The furniture chain Ikea has apologised after becoming the latest offender to leave New Zealand off a map. An eagle-eyed Reddit user spotted that the shop is currently selling the map with a blank space where the country should be. User Jibbles666 spotted the mistake while shopping at an an Ikea outlet in Washington DC, USA. He…

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BBC director general Tony Hall apologises to stars over tax

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lord Hall said he wanted to “repair that relationship” with presenters The BBC director general has said sorry to presenters who are facing big tax bills after being given no choice about changes to the way they were employed. Tony Hall admitted some stars had been told they would only have a career in the BBC if they were paid through their own personal service companies (PSCs). That led to around 100 presenters being investigated by tax authorities. A committee of MPs has been…

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Melania Trump: Telegraph apologises and pays damages

Image copyright Getty Images The Daily Telegraph has apologised “unreservedly” to Melania Trump and agreed to pay her “substantial damages” for an article it published last week. The paper said its Saturday Magazine cover story “The Mystery of Melania” contained a number of false statements. These included claims the US First Lady was struggling in her modelling career before she met her husband and that she cried on election night, it said. The paper accepted the statements should not have been published. It said it would also pay Mrs Trump’s…

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Naomi Osaka: Noodle company apologises for ‘white-washing’

Image copyright Nissin Image caption A manga version of Naomi Osaka (right) appeared alongside fellow player Kei Nishikori The headlines should all have been all about Naomi Osaka’s victories on the tennis courts in Melbourne, Australia. Instead, the Haitian-Japanese sports star has once again found the coverage diverted by a row over a cartoon. This time, it is Japanese noodle company Nissin which has been accused of “whitewashing” the mixed-race Osaka in a manga drawing. Many people have been left questioning how exactly this could happen a second time. When…

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New Year 2019: US military apologises for bomb tweet

Image copyright US Strategic Command Image caption The video which accompanied the tweet was viewed more than 170,000 times before being deleted US Strategic Command, which oversees America’s nuclear arsenal, has apologised for a tweet that said it was ready to “drop something much, much bigger” than New York’s Times Square ball. The message, posted on New Year’s Eve, was accompanied by a video showing a B-2 bomber dropping weapons. Strategic Command later deleted the tweet, saying it was “in poor taste”, and replaced it with an apology. The incident…

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Unai Emery: Arsenal boss apologises for kicking water bottle towards fans

Unai Emery seemed to explain his actions, pointing out the water bottle to the fourth official at the Amex Stadium Arsenal manager Unai Emery has apologised for kicking a bottle which hit a Brighton fan towards the end of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw. The Spaniard went to speak to the home supporter immediately after the incident and again at full-time. “I said to them I’m sorry,” Emery said. “It wasn’t hard but it touched one supporter. “I said to them apologies because I kicked the bottle after a disappointing action for…

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LeBron James apologises for ‘Jewish money’ Instagram post

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption LeBron James posted the lyric in an Instagram story Basketball star LeBron James has apologised after sharing a lyric about “Jewish money” on social media – saying he thought it was a compliment. James was called out over the lyric – which comes from a song by US rapper 21 Savage – after he shared it with his 45.8m followers on Instagram. US journalist Darren Rovell was among those drawing attention to the post, saying it was “offensive”. But James said it was not…

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PDC World Darts Championship: James Wade apologises for behaviour

James Wade has apologised for his behaviour during and after his victory against Seigo Asada at the PDC Darts World Championships, saying he was “fighting a battle” with himself. Wade, who won 3-2 in the second round, celebrated in his Japanese opponent’s face after clinching the second set. After Wednesday’s win, Wade said he “wanted to hurt him in his face”. On Thursday, Wade explained he had a “hypomania episode” before the game but how “upset” he was with his actions. “I hope people can understand how remorseful I am,”…

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