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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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Shamima Begum: What is her legal status?

Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Begum was 15 and living in Bethnal Green, London, when she left the UK in 2015 Shamima Begum – the schoolgirl who fled London to join the Islamic State group in Syria – has been stripped of her UK citizenship after expressing a desire to return. It is only possible to strip someone of their UK nationality if they are eligible for citizenship elsewhere – and it is thought Ms Begum could be a Bangladeshi citizen because she was born to a mother believed…

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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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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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Alleged hacker Lauri Love in legal bid over seized computers

Image copyright PA Image caption Lauri Love was first arrested in October 2013 An alleged hacker whose computers were seized by police more than five years ago is using legislation from 1897 to seek their return. The High Court blocked the extradition of Lauri Love, from Suffolk, to the United States last year. Mr Love, 34, is alleged to have stolen data from US agencies. He was arrested and items were seized by British police. Although he was charged in the US, he faces no charges in the UK. On…

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Legal advice ‘to be given in GP surgeries’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Legal professionals have warned cuts “threaten the quality of justice” Legal advice could be given in GP surgeries to address issues which could exacerbate mental health problems, the Ministry of Justice has said. The move was announced as part of the government’s review of legal aid reforms – introduced in 2013 to cut the £2bn annual spend by £350m. The MoJ said legal aid would receive up to £8m extra to support its services. The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, said…

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Joy and grimaces in New Jersey with first-ever legal Super Bowl bets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Reuters) – A roar went up inside the FanDuel Sportsbook in New Jersey on Sunday, but play in the Super Bowl had not even started yet. Silquia Patel, (R), 29, celebrates after making her bets at the FANDUEL sportsbook during the Super Bowl LIII in East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S., February 3, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz It was just the coin toss to determine which team receives the ball first – the Los Angeles Rams won when the coin landed “tails” up – and those in the crowd…

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Facebook: Dissident republicans Saoradh take legal action

A political party representing dissident republicans is taking legal action against Facebook. Saoradh claims the social media giant removed pages from its platform. The group, which the police say is closely aligned to the group referred to as the New IRA, has accused Facebook of political discrimination. Facebook says it cannot comment “as this is a legal matter” but confirmed it had received a letter of complaint from lawyers acting for the party. Saoradh also claims the security service MI5 and the PSNI have exerted pressure on the company to…

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Sir Philip Green drops ‘gagging’ legal action

Image copyright PA Sir Philip Green has dropped legal action against the Daily Telegraph, which prevented the newspaper publishing details of allegations of sexual harassment and racist behaviour. Last October, the Telegraph published a story saying a prominent businessman had been accused of harassment. The Top Shop boss was later named as the businessman in the House of Lords. In a statement, Sir Philip said he had been the subject of “vicious” and “untrue” personal attacks in the media. The statement also said that Sir Philip is “not guilty of…

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Martin Lewis drops Facebook legal action

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Lewis announced his intention to sue Facebook in April 2018 Consumer campaigner Martin Lewis has dropped his legal action against Facebook over a series of ads that ran on its platform, falsely claiming he backed several investment schemes. The MoneySavingExpert website founder had claimed the fake endorsements had caused him reputational damage. He said he had dropped the case because Facebook had agreed to introduce a scam ads reporting button. As part of the deal, Facebook will also give £3m to Citizens Advice. The…

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