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Chelsea set for transfer window appeal but will be kept waiting for ruling

Chelsea are unlikely to hear until December whether their two-window transfer ban will be overturned by the court of arbitration for sport, which is set to hear the case on Wednesday. The club are unable to make signings until February 2020 after they were found guilty by Fifa of breaking transfer regulations relating to minors. They were also fined £460,000 ... Read More »

Luis Enrique makes Spain return as Roberto Moreno walks away in tears

Luis Enrique has returned as Spain’s manager on Tuesday, five months after giving up the post. He left because his nine-year-old daughter, who subsequently died, was seriously ill with bone cancer. His former assistant, Robert Moreno, who took over as head coach in June and had previously run the side in Luis Enrique’s name, will leave immediately. Moreno walked out ... Read More »

Misbah-ul-Haq wants pacers to hit Steven Smith’s ‘blind spot’ consistently

Misbah-ul-Haq knows the secret to getting Steven Smith out, and calls it the batsman’s “blind spot”. It isn’t much of a secret at all: simply hit the same spot, hitting at or near the top of the off stump, that troubles every batsman in international cricket. The first trick, of course, is to get the ball to move off the ... Read More »

Dozens of people may have been killed in Iran since Friday during protests against a sharp rise in petrol prices, the UN says.

A spokesman for the UN human rights office urged security personnel not to use excessive force, including firing live ammunition, against demonstrators. He also called on Iran’s government to restore access to the internet. The government has blamed the turmoil on foreign enemies and denounced those on the streets as “rioters”. The current situation is unclear because of the near-total ... Read More »

Sri Lankan bombings: British victims ‘unlawfully killed’ says coroner

A mother and her two children were among six British nationals killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, an inquest heard. Anita Nicholson, 42, and her children, Alexander, 14 and Annabel, 11, died instantly in an explosion at the Shangri-la Hotel in Colombo. Lorraine Campbell, Bill Harrop and Sally Bradley also died in the blast at the Cinnamon ... Read More »

Brazil beats Mexico to win U-17 World Cup at home

Brazil rallied to beat Mexico 2-1 on Sunday to win its fourth under-17 World Cup title. Bryan Gonzalez opened the scoring for Mexico in the 66th minute at the Bezerrao stadium in Brasilia, but the hosts turned their fortunes with Kaio Jorge converting from the spot in the 84th and substitute Lazaro scoring in added time. Brazil reached the final ... Read More »

French surgeon accused of sexually abusing up to 250 children

Of the potential victims, 184 have filed an initial complaint and 181 were underage at the time of the alleged offenses. Investigators have found evidence in the French medic’s home linking him to the crimes. A French surgeon may have sexually abused up to 250 children, investigators announced on Monday. The retired surgeon has been accused of rape and sexual ... Read More »

Hong Kong protests: hundreds trapped as police lay siege to university

Hong Kong police have fought running battles with protesters trying to break a security cordon around a university in the city, firing teargas both at activists trying to escape the besieged campus and at crowds trying to reach it from outside. Police have said the demonstrators inside Polytechnic University had no option but to come out and surrender. The sprawling ... Read More »

Sinterklaas: Dutch protests over Black Pete festival-goers

Anti-racism campaigners have held protests in cities across the Netherlands during Sinterklaas – a festival celebrating the arrival of Saint Nicholas, traditionally accompanied by his helper Black Pete. In the town of Apeldoorn, police separated crowds of onlookers from groups of demonstrators who want authorities to ban the use of black face paint to portray the character of Black Pete. ... Read More »

Venice floods: St Mark’s Square reopens but city on ‘red alert’

Tourists and residents were allowed back into the flooded St Mark’s Square on Saturday. Water levels have not subsided and the highest possible weather warning has been issued for Sunday. After closing the iconic central square on Friday amid safety concerns, authorities reopened St Mark’s Square on Saturday. However, water levels were still high, peaking at 1.1 meters (3 feet ... Read More »

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