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Australian Open 2018 LIVE: Djokovic vs Ramos, Sharapova vs Kerber, Federer to follow

Federer is due to take on one of his “bunnies” on the tour – he has beaten Richard Gasquet 16 out of 18 times and has never lost on the hard court to the Frenchman. Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics awaits the winner in the fourth round. But they will have to wait for their moment on Rod Laver Arena, with the organisers scheduling a mouth-watering women’s match first with Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova running into each other. Sharapova is a “dangerous floater” in the draw thanks to her lowly ranking after…

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Gymnastics doctor complains it’s too hard to listen to victim stories

Former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, accused of sexually abusing more than 140 girls and women, picked a fight with the judge overseeing his marathon sentencing hearing. He lost. In a six-page single-spaced letter, Nassar complained it was too hard for him to listen to dozens of accusers describe how he abused them under the guise of medical treatments and how it wrecked their lives. He said the judge had turned the proceeding into a “media circus” and put herself in the spotlight. “Now this is entertaining to me,” County Court…

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Gymnastics doctor shakes as sex-abuse victims bare their pain

“Little girls don’t stay little forever.” Kyle Stephens stood in a Michigan courtroom on Tuesday and practically spat those words at Larry Nassar, the former gymnastics doctor who began molesting her when she was just six years old and who now faces a life in prison for his serial sexual assaults. “They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world,” Stephens said as Nassar, wearing blue jailhouse clothes, buried his forehead in his hand. Weeping at times, she recounted how her accusation against Nassar, a family friend, tore…

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New report says most U.S. terrorists foreign born, but look more closely

WASHINGTON — A report released Tuesday by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security found that the majority of convictions for international terrorism brought by U.S. courts since 2001 have been against people born outside of the U.S., bolstering the Trump administration’s argument for tougher immigration standards. The report found that out of 549 convictions for international terrorism-related charges since Sept. 11, 2001, 254 were not U.S. citizens, 148 received U.S. citizenship through naturalization and 147 were U.S. citizens by birth. But testimony from DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen paints a…

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‘I still get sick’: Sex-abuse victims face gymnastics doctor

A marathon sentencing hearing for gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar got off to a searing start Tuesday when a young woman who was molested by him as a child described how it tore her family apart and helped drive her father to suicide. Kyle Stephens was the first of nearly 100 girls and women who are expected to give statements against Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a physician at Michigan State University. In recent months, Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla…

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Greece earthquake MAP: Where have magnitude 4.3 Athens tremors struck in Greece?

The first earthquake to rattle Greece hit 25km (15 miles) northeast of Athens at 8.24pm GMT on Monday, with tremors being felt “widely across” the capital. A data map from the US Geological Survey (USGS) pinpointed the location as 4km west-northwest of Marathon, Greece – the site of the ancient battle of Marathon in East Attica. Residents in Athens, home to a population of 3.75 million people in the metropolitan area, reported the quake as “strong” but quick with car alarms being set off. Journalist Patrick Osgood tweeted: “Just had…

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Simone Biles says she was molested by gymnastics doctor

Simone Biles, the golden girl of the 2016 Olympics, added her name Monday to the list of gymnasts who say they were molested by team doctor Larry Nassar. The revelation came on her social media accounts — one day before a weeklong sentencing hearing where Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims. “Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. But lately…I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams,” Biles wrote in…

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Germany’s NIGHTMARE COALITION: Merkel forced to hand over MORE cash to fund EU superstate

She has reportedly forged an alliance between her conservative CDU party and the centre left SPD – ending months of political limbo and staving off the prospect of a new general election. But the coalition will still have to be approved by the titans of both parties.   And, as part of the deal, Mrs Merkel has been forced to give in to europhile SPD leader Martin Schulz’s demands for a huge cash windfall to the European Union to help prop up the Eurozone. According to Reuters, the agreement will see…

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‘You’re WRONG!’ MEP furious at claim German car industry will break EU’s unity on Brexit

Wolf Klinz, who is a member of the liberal group in the European Parliament, mocked the idea that the German car industry’s reliance on the UK would see EU unity crack. Quizzed about the prospect of a EU-UK trade deal this year, Mr Klinz revealed he was cautiously optimistic but said that while the EU will remain united, the UK will find it hard. The MEP told reporters in Strasbourg that the British Government will have “to face difficulties” in the coming months. Mr Klinz said: “As a German, I…

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Richard Drummie: My six best books – Poems by Joni Mitchell and cookery by Nigel Slater

THE COMPLETE POEMS AND LYRICS by Joni Mitchell Out of print Almost all of Joni’s songs are stories, mostly true. She can say more in one line than others manage in an entire song. The last line of Off Night Backstreet is “Who left her long black hair in our bathtub drain?” Joni is blonde. APPETITE by Nigel slater Out of print I love to cook and Slater is my principal spirit guide. He keeps it simple yet adds a narrative. There are other chefs whose recipes involve taking two…

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