Rio 2016: Russian weightlifters banned from Olympic Games

Russia’s weightlifting team has been banned from competing at the Rio Olympics because of doping offences. Individual sport federations must rule on whether Russians can compete in Rio following the country’s doping scandal. Two of the eight-strong weightlifting team had already been banned for doping violations, and another four were named in the McLaren report…

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Tim Goodman's TCA Journal No. 3: A Love Letter to PBS

The public broadcaster, boosted by the success of ‘Downton Abbey,’ deserves kudos for its impressively diverse bounty of programming riches. There’s a lot of love that should be dealt toward PBS and, on its second day before cable and digital and the broadcast networks roll into TCA, this is that love. But first, that awkward…

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Hinkley Point delay 'frustrates' China

The government’s surprise announcement to delay a final decision on Hinkley Point has left the Chinese company investing in it ‘bemused’ and “frustrated” according to a source. French firm EDF, which is financing most of the £18bn project in Somerset, approved its funding at a board meeting on Thursday. China General Nuclear Power Corporation is…

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How Trevor Noah, James Corden Shows Have Gotten More International Distribution

The shows of James Corden and Trevor Noah have seen expanding global distribution. ‘The Late Late Show’ and ‘The Daily Show’ air in a growing number of countries, with Noah far exceeding predecessor Jon Stewart’s reach, with observers citing the hosts’ appeal across continents. CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden, which launched in…

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Kyle Lafferty: Norwich City striker charged by FA with misconduct in relation to betting

Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association after allegedly breaching betting rules. The Northern Ireland international, 28, is accused of breaking FA rule E8, which bars professional players from betting on football-related matters. In a statement, the FA said that Lafferty is alleged to have committed the offence…

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Online child sex abuse investigation identifies 523 potential victims

More than 500 children have been identified as potential victims of online sexual abuse during a major investigation by Police Scotland. The force said 30 million indecent images were seized and 77 people had been charged during Operation Lattise. The charges include rape, sharing indecent images of children and grooming for sexual purposes. Of the…

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Box Office: 'Jason Bourne' Takes $4.2 Million; 'Bad Moms' Nabs $2 Million Thursday

7:12 AM PDT 7/29/2016 by Rebecca Ford Lionsgate’s techo-thriller ‘Nerve’ has earned $ 6 million after opening wide Wednesday. Bourne is back. After his nine-year hiatus, Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne landed back on the big screen Thursday night, earning $ 4.2 million in previews. Also opening this weekend, STX’s comedy Bad Moms earned $ 2…

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RAF Marham kidnap suspects 'spotted near garrison'

A possible sighting at a second barracks of two men wanted over an attempted abduction close to RAF Marham is being investigated. It follows a reported sighting near Colchester Garrison in Essex. Last week, a serviceman was threatened with a knife by two men near RAF Marham in Norfolk, who attempted to force him into…

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Schweinsteiger faces Man Utd exit & quits Germany duty

German World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger’s future at Manchester United is in doubt following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager. Mourinho has already made three big summer signings and is closing in on Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. Schweinsteiger, 31, looks like being one of nine players who may leave. The midfielder, who has announced his international…

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UK's first maternity clinic for rape victims opens

The UK’s first maternity clinic for women who have been victims of rape and sexual assault has opened. It will provide extra antenatal support with specially-trained midwives, psychologists and paediatricians. Co-run by Barts Health NHS Trust in London, the scheme could be introduced in other UK hospitals if successful. Consultant midwife Inderjeet Kaur said the…

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