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Afghanistan suspends officials after women’s soccer team abuse investigation

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Attorney General has suspended the head of the Afghan Football Federation after a probe into allegations of sexual abuse of members of the national women’s soccer team, a spokesman for the attorney general said on Sunday. President Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation after Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported last week that senior figures linked to the Afghan women’s team alleged that some players had been molested by officials from the soccer federation. Jamshid Rasouli, a spokesman for the attorney general, said the officials had been suspended following…

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Technology 

YouTube deletes cheating videos after BBC investigation

Image copyright YouTube/Dan osi Image caption YouTube has a ban on all essay-writing adverts YouTube has deleted thousands of videos promoting academic cheating in the last week after a BBC Trending investigation. The videos all advertised essay-writing services, which can lead to serious penalties for students. Facebook and Google have been asked by a regulator to stop making money from adverts for these companies. All the social media companies say they are taking steps to discourage dishonest behaviour. Seven months after the BBC first exposed YouTube stars selling cheating on…

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Mueller investigation: No jail time sought for Trump ex-adviser Michael Flynn

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michael Flynn has admitted one count of lying to the FBI The office investigating Russian collusion in the US election has recommended that ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn should not have to serve a jail sentence. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Mr Flynn had provided “substantial assistance” in its investigation. Mr Flynn has admitted one count of lying to the FBI. He is the only member of the Trump administration so far to plead guilty as a result of the investigation. Five big things…

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Sports 

FIFA ethics committee member suspended over corruption investigation

FILE PHOTO: The FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann ZURICH (Reuters) – A member of FIFA’s ethics committee has been suspended after being placed under investigation by an anti-corruption unit in his native Malaysia, the global soccer body said on Wednesday. FIFA said in a statement that the investigation had been launched by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission against Sundra Rajoo. It said that “Mr Rajoo will not be involved in any further activities” while the investigation was being carried out. It did not give further details…

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Madeleine McCann investigation receives more funding

Image caption Madeleine McCann was three when she went missing in 2007 Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have received a further £150,000 in government funding. Madeleine was three when she was last seen while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007. The Metropolitan Police launched its inquiry in 2011 after a Portuguese investigation failed to make headway. A total of £11.75m has been spent on Operation Grange to date. The new funding is for the six-month period until 31 March next year.…

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UFOs spotted off Irish coast under investigation

Image copyright GeorgeRudy/Getty Images Image caption The pilots spotted fast flying objects and bright lights in the sky The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating reports of bright lights and UFOs off the south-west coast of Ireland. It began at 06:47 local time on Friday 9 November when a British Airways pilot contacted Shannon air traffic control. She wanted to know if there were military exercises in the area because there was something “moving so fast”. The air traffic controller said there were no such exercises. The pilot, flying from the…

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Edinburgh Airport ‘assisting Salmond investigation’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Salmond told BBC Scotland in an interview in the summer that he had never sexually harassed anyone Police have spoken to staff at Edinburgh Airport as part of their inquiry into the conduct of former First Minister Alex Salmond. It emerged in August that two women had made complaints to the Scottish government about Mr Salmond. Airport bosses confirmed that they were “assisting police with inquiries” into a separate alleged incident understood to date from 2008. The former first minister denies “all suggestions…

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Science 

Russian Soyuz rocket failure caused by damaged sensor: investigation

People stay in front of a screen showing a picture of the International Space Station (ISS) before a news conference on results of investigation on failed Soyuz rocket launch on October 11, in the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside Moscow, Russia November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin MOSCOW (Reuters) – The launch failure last month of a manned mission to space was caused by a faulty sensor that was damaged during the Soyuz rocket’s assembly at the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the head of a Russian commission investigating the incident…

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B&M store blaze in York: Investigation due to start

Image caption Images shared online show large plumes of smoke emanating from the scene An investigation into the cause of a large fire at a branch of discount chain B&M is due to get under way. Shoppers fled as the blaze, at the retailer’s store in Clifton Moor retail park, in York, broke out on Saturday. It created “hazardous conditions”, North Yorkshire Police said, with large plumes of smoke visible for miles. A fire investigations officer is due to attend the scene of the blaze, which is now under control,…

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Investigation starts into dramatic Soyuz rocket breakdown

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe malfunction became apparent about 90 seconds into the flight Russian officials are investigating the cause of a booster problem that forced a Soyuz rocket capsule to make an emergency landing just after launch. The two crew members, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague, are in good health, officials say. They were heading for a six-month mission on the International Space Station when their flight was aborted. Their capsule separated and landed 400km (250 miles) from the launch site.…

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