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R Kelly faces fresh claims of sexual abuse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rochelle Washington (l), and Latresa Scaff (r) are being represented by lawyer Gloria Allred Two more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the R&B singer R Kelly. Rochelle Washington and Latresa Scaff told a news conference they were given drink and drugs at an after-concert party in Baltimore in the 1990s. They said the singer then cornered them in a hotel room and demanded sex. Kelly, 52, has been accused of decades of sexual abuse against women. He has never…

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US shutdown: Parties in fresh talks as next deadline looms

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNick Kwek toured the border dividing the US state of Arizona and Mexico’s Sonora Democratic and Republican negotiators are due to meet on Monday to try to reach a deal on border security and avoid another government shutdown. They remain divided on the detention of undocumented immigrants and on funding for President Donald Trump’s promised border wall with Mexico. Mr Trump accused Democrats of a making a “brand new demand” that was “crazy”. Congress has until Friday to pass legislation before the…

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French Gilets Jaunes: Ministry broken into amid fresh protests

Image copyright EPA Image caption Barricades, bins and motorcycles were burned during the protests A French government spokesman was evacuated from his office as violence broke out during “yellow vests” protests in Paris and other cities. Benjamin Griveaux said he and his team had had to escape through a back door after a construction vehicle was used to ram the building’s entrance. There were clashes between police and protesters on what was the first protest of the new year. President Emmanuel Macron condemned the violence, urging “debate and dialogue”. What…

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Doping – IOC Athletes’ body indicates support for fresh action against Russia

LONDON (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee’s athlete commission indicated on Friday it would support fresh sanctions on Russia by world anti-doping agency WADA after a missed doping data deadline. A WADA Compliance Review Committee (CRC) will meet in Montreal on Jan. 14-15 to hear from an inspection team whose five members were not allowed to retrieve data from a Moscow laboratory by a Dec. 31 deadline. The CRC will then submit a report to the WADA executive committee and could recommend that Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) once again be…

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Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribeiro sues Fortnite over Carlton dance

Image copyright Getty Images The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro is suing Fortnite’s creators Epic Games, accusing them of copying his character’s dance moves. Ribeiro is also suing NBA 2K series creators Take-Two Interactive for using the “Carlton Dance”. The actor claims the companies unfairly profited from his “creative expression, likeness and celebrity”. The dance was made famous by his character Carlton Banks in the hit 1990s sitcom starring Will Smith. Ribeiro famously performed the moves to Tom Jones’ It’s Not Unusual, and continues to performs it for…

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Sheku Bayoh: Fresh questions over death in police custody

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC Disclosure programme features previously unseen footage New evidence uncovered by BBC Scotland has raised fresh questions about the way police officers treated a man who died in their custody. Fife father-of-two Sheku Bayoh, 31, died in 2015 after being restrained by police in Kirkcaldy. CCTV, other footage and documents obtained by the BBC casts doubt on some of the officers’ accounts of the events that led to the death. Police Scotland said they could not comment while the case was…

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Fresh blow for Bulgaria as youth champion banned for life over doping

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian weightlifting suffered another blow on Friday when European youth champion Dayana Dimitrova was banned for life after a second doping offense since April 2017, the Balkan country’s federation said on Friday. The life ban for the 18-year-old, who won the European women’s title in the 48-kg category in Poland last month, comes as Bulgaria struggles to restore its reputation in a sport already under fire over widespread doping offences. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has threatened to remove weightlifting from the Paris 2024 Games if it…

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Brexit legal advice: Theresa May faces fresh battle

Image copyright PA Opposition parties plan to join forces in a bid to force the government to publish the full legal advice it received ahead of the Brexit agreement. “All parties” would press for contempt of Parliament proceedings if MPs are not shown the advice, Labour’s Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer has said. Theresa May has promised MPs only a “reasoned statement” on the legalities. Many Brexiteers believe the Northern Ireland “backstop” provision offers the EU an effective veto on the UK leaving. Mrs May insists the agreement’s legal text…

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News Daily: Fresh hope in UAE case and Brexit latest

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here ‘Olive branch’ Image copyright EPA/DANIELA TEJADA There are signs of hope this morning for Matthew Hedges, the British PhD student jailed for life earlier this week for spying in the United Arab Emirates. His sentencing prompted widespread shock and anger, and calls for a tough diplomatic response from the UK. The 31-year-old was researching the UAE’s security and has always denied spying. The UAE’s ambassador in London is due to issue a statement at 10:00 GMT on Friday,…

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Facebook in fresh video metrics row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Video metrics were inaccurate, Facebook admitted in 2016 Facebook was aware of inaccuracies in the way it measured how many people viewed video on its site for a year longer than it has previously admitted, court documents have claimed. Newly released papers that are part of a US legal action against the social network, claim that it knew about the problems in 2015. Facebook described the case against it as “without merit”. It said suggestions it had tried to hide the issue were “false”.…

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