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Richarlison furious at ‘blah, blah, blah’ response after being racially abused with banana

Richarlison has hit out at the ‘blah, blah, blah’ response to racist incidents in football after a banana was thrown at the Brazil forward during a friendly with Tunisia. A banana was hurled at the Tottenham striker in the 19th minute at the Parc des Princes in Paris, as Richarlison, 25, ran to the corner flag to celebrate scoring his side’s second goal in a 5-1 win on Tuesday (27 September). Footage showed Richarlison’s Brazil teammate Fred kicking the banana away. Richarlison took to Twitter to respond to the incident after the match, writing: “As long as they keep saying ‘blah blah blah’ and don’t punish, it will continue like this, happening every day and everywhere. No time [for this], bro! #notoracism.” Before the match, the Brazil team had posed for photographs with an anti-racism banner, which read, ‘Without our black players, we wouldn’t have stars on our shirts,’ in reference to the nation’s five World Cup triumphs. The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) later issued a statement on the Richarlison incident via Twitter. “Unfortunately a banana was thrown on the pitch towards Richarlison, scorer of the second Brazilian goal,” the statement read. “The CBF reinforces its position to combat racism and repudiates any manifestation of prejudice.” Richarlison’s goal restored Brazil’s lead after Montassar Talbi had cancelled out Raphinha’s opener. Neymar then scored from the penalty spot before Raphinha added his second goal of the night, and Pedro rounded out the scoring after Dylan Bronn was sent off for Tunisia. Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend questioned the reaction of FIFA following the incident. He said at the ‘Is Sport Safe? Stamping out abuse in sport’ webinar: “The fact that the governing body of the game has yet to speak out about the incident that happened, tells me they think it’s acceptable, that it’s acceptable to abuse players without fear of consequence.” Meanwhile, SpursREACH, a fan group who champion diversity and inclusivity, described the incident as “appalling”. A statement from the Tottenham supporters’ organisation read: “The question is, what are FIFA, UEFA and CAF (Confederation of Africa Football), etc going to do?” Additional reporting by PA Read More Richarlison racially abused with banana during Brazil win over Tunisia in Paris Lionel Messi nearly knocked over as security guards tackle pitch invader during Argentina match Gareth Southgate pinning England World Cup hopes on his Harry Maguire rebuilding job

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Maharashtra ATS to enforce further crackdown on PFI after Centre’s ban

The agency has so far conducted raids in 12 districts in Maharashtra, arresting and detaining scores of people linked to the Islamist organisation

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PM Modi recalls memories of Lata Mangeshkar: ‘I got a call, she was elated’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was speaking at the inauguration of Lata Mangeshkar Chowk, a prominent crossing in Ayodhya.

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Bank of England statement on purchase of long-dated bonds

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‘Highly suspicious’: Europe warns of retaliation for ‘sabotage’ of Nord Stream gas pipeline

The EU has urgently cranked up security and warned of retaliation following the “highly suspicious” damage to the Nord Stream underwater pipelines. A Western official said the leaks in the gas pipeline were a very serious development, but a full investigation is needed to establish what happened. “On the pipelines, clearly, this looks very serious. The multiple explosions at the same time - it’s very serious, and is going to have to be investigated,” the Western official said, on condition of anonymity. “It definitely looks highly suspicious, but I think we need to establish the facts and then attribute.” EU officials have meanwhile warned of retaliation in the form of a “robust and united response” for any further attack on Europe’s energy networks. “All available information indicates those leaks are the result of a deliberate act,” Josep Borrell, the EU foreign policy chief, said on behalf on all 27 member states. He continued: “Any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure is utterly unacceptable and will be met with a robust and united response.” The caution is given at a time when the continent is battling crippling energy and cost of living crises that have already seen huge cutbacks in gas and electricity usage by both the state and individual households, as the EU countries attempt to build energy independence from Russia. Explosions were discovered the Baltic Sea on Tuesday before unusual leaks were discovered on two underwater natural gas pipelines running 230 kilometres (764 miles) from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The three leaks were reported on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, which are filled with natural gas but are not delivering the fuel to Europe. The damage means that the pipelines are unlikely to be able to carry any gas to Europe this winter even if the political will to bring them online emerged, according to analysts. The first explosion was recorded early on Monday southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm. A second, stronger blast northeast of the island that night was equivalent to a magnitude 2.3 earthquake. Seismic stations in Denmark, Norway, and Finland also registered the explosions. Mr Borrell said the EU will support any investigation into the damage, and “will take further steps to increase our resilience in energy security”. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also attributed the leaks on the Nord Stream pipelines to acts of sabotage and said he had discussed the protection of critical infrastructure in NATO countries with the Danish defence minister. “Discussed the sabotage on the NorthStream pipelines with Defence Minister Morten Badskov,” he said on Twitter. “We addressed the protection of critical infrastructure in NATO countries.” Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen has said that “it is the authorities’ clear assessment that these are deliberate actions - not accidents”. But she said “there is no information indicating who could be behind it”. Ms Frederiksen rejected the suggestion that the incident was an attack on Denmark, saying the leaks occurred in international waters. Read More Putin not bluffing about nuke threats, says Zelensky - follow live Why did Putin invade Ukraine? The conflict explained ‘No way back to business as usual’: The Baltics seek to counter Russia Freed prisoner Aiden Aslin says there are ‘no words’ to describe Russian captivity Father jailed for five years in Iran urges UK Government to act after protests Russians recruited to fight in Ukraine told to use tampons to treat bullet wounds

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Marketmind: Gimme Shelter

A look at the day ahead in U.S. and global markets from Mike Dolan. As the final quarter of an

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Shania Twain recalls ‘sour’ argument with Oprah Winfrey about religion: ‘There was no room for debate’

Shania Twain has admitted that she once got into an uncomfortable argument with Oprah Winfrey about religion. Appearing on the Table Manners podcast on Wednesday (28 September), Twain was asked by host Jessie Ware about her most memorable dinner ever. “I think one of my most memorable dinners was with Oprah Winfrey,” Twain said. “I mean, she’s such a smart lady. And, you know, it was just great to just sit and have real talks, you know. But as soon as we started talking about religion, it all went sour. So I was like, ‘Oh, let’s stop talking about religion.’” Twain continued: “She is quite religious. I’m not religious in the sense that I’m dedicated to a religion. I’m much more of a spiritual person. I’m much more of an inner– I’m a seeker. I would say I’m a seeker. “That was like, ‘OK, yes. I’ve entered into –’ You know how everyone always says never talk about politics or religion? It just wasn’t debatable. There was no room for debate. And I like to debate, Canadians like to debate about it, you know, debate everything. So I’m like, ‘Oh OK, Sorry. Change subject.’” Last week, Twain released her new single “Waking Up Dreaming” following a resurgence of interest in her music after “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” went viral on TikTok. The 57-year-old also recently opened up about her experience with Lyme disease, explaining that the illness would make her black out while performing live. Read More Robert Cormier death: Heartland star dies aged 33 after fall Britney Spears compares herself to Jennifer Lopez in Instagram post about being ‘drugged with lithium’ Ryan Reynolds officially announces Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine in Deadpool 3

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Cristiano Ronaldo's Saudi Arabia move broke down due to registration ban

The president of Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal has claimed that a summer move for Cristiano Ronaldo fell through due to registration issues rather than his desire to stay in Europe.

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Opioid crisis cost U.S. nearly $1.5 trillion in 2020 -Congressional report

By Ahmed Aboulenein WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic toll of the opioid addiction and overdose

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India extends free food programme by three months amid fiscal woes

By Aftab Ahmed NEW DELHI (Reuters) -India has extended by three months its free food programme for the poor, a

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Kremlin dismisses 'stupid' claims Russia attacked Nord Stream

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Wednesday said claims that Russia was somehow behind a possible attack on the Nord

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Myanmar OnlyFans model sentenced to six years jail

The model and former doctor had previously posted pictures of herself at anti-junta protests online.

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Death toll in Iran protests rises to at least 76 as daughter of former president is arrested

More than 70 people have been arrested amid protests in Iran on Tuesday after the death of young Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, who was assaulted by the morality police for not wearing her hijab properly, officials said. “At least 76 protesters are confirmed to have been killed by security forces. Most families have been forced to quietly bury their loved ones at night and pressured against holding public funerals,” said Iran Human Rights in a statement. Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iranian women’s rights activist and the daughter of the country’s former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was also arrested on Tuesday on charges of “inciting riots”, the state media reported. The death toll included at least six women and four children, it said, adding that these deaths have been recorded in 14 provinces of the country. The country’s riot police and security forces clashed with the demonstrators across the country as protests engulfed dozens of cities this week condemning the death of the 22-year-old woman who was arrested in Tehran on 13 September by the morality police and brutally assaulted for violating the country’s strict dress code. Ms Hashemi was arrested by the Islamic country’s security agency for "instigating riots in east Tehran", which claimed that the "provocations" by the activist failed to bring people to the streets, reported Turkish state news website Anadolu Agency. Iran has been rocked by protests by women in the country, calling for the collapse of the clerical administration amid rising death toll of protestors and a severe crackdown by security forces which have used excessive force on demonstrators, such as tear gas, live ammunition, birdshot and metal pellets. Protests also turned violent in Iranian cities like Tehran, Tabriz, Karaj, Qom and Yazd, among many others. A total of 41 people, including civilians, police officials and pro-government militia, have died during the protests, officials said. However, human rights groups in the country have reported a higher toll. Around 898 are injured and over 1,000 Kurdish protesters have been arrested in the last 10 days, according to the Iranian human rights group Hengaw who added that the actual toll could be higher. "Between Monday and Friday, more than 70 women have been arrested in Iran’s Kurdistan... At least four of them are under age 18," Hengaw said on Tuesday. Amnesty International has accused Iran’s security forces of responding to the protests with “unlawful force, including by using live ammunition, birdshot and other metal pellets, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds of others". Videos emerging from the middle-eastern country showed protesters chanting “woman, life, liberty” and women burning their veils in a symbolic show of dissent. Slogans of "death to the dictator" — a reference to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — were also heard in the demonstrations. In the Kurdish cities of Sanandaj and Sardasht, riot police fired at protesters, Twitter videos showed. Authorities have also clamped down on the internet access in several provinces of the country in a bid to restrict sharing of photos and videos on social media, said Internet blockage observatory NetBlocks on Twitter. The UN high commissioner for human rights called on Iran’s clerical heads on Tuesday to "fully respect the rights to freedom of opinion, expression, peaceful assembly and association". “Hundreds have also been arrested, including human rights defenders, lawyers, civil society activists and at least 18 journalists,” said UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani, citing reports. Amini was arrested for donning “improper hijab”, following which the UN said she was severely beaten by “members of the morality police” during her arrest and transfer to the Vozara detention centre. “Amini fell into a coma at the detention centre and died in hospital on 16 September. Iranian authorities said she died of a heart attack, and claimed her death was from natural causes,” the office of the UN high commissioner of human rights said. Her death was a result of alleged torture and ill-treatment, it added, citing experts. Read More ‘Distorting the truth’: Number of protesters killed in Iran higher than state TV figures, Amnesty warns The death of Mahsa Amini and the truth about the hijab Iran: Protests continue for 10th night after death of Mahsa Amini A woman’s death fuels a nation’s rage: Iran erupts over 22-year-old who died after hijab arrest In Tehran, I was stopped by police – wearing the hijab should be a free choice

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Hilaree Nelson had revealed she wasn't 'sure-footed' on Himalayan mountain days before fatal 2000ft fall

'These past weeks have tested my resilience in new ways,' Nelson wrote days before she went missing

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Protests shadow Iran's World Cup push

The protests that have erupted in Iran are shadowing the national football team's bid for a breakthrough to the World Cup, with rumours of a split in the squad, social media posts that mysteriously disappear and...

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UP CM inaugurates Lata Mangeshkar Chowk in Ayodhya in honour of legendary singer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the inauguration of the Lata Mangeshkar Chowk in Ayodhya is a ‘fitting tribute to one of the greatest Indian icons’

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After sharp right turn, U.S. Supreme Court conservatives step on the gas

By Andrew Chung (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court last March rebuffed an emergency request by North Carolina Republicans to

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London Stock Exchange tells members to check for Russia sanctions compliance

LONDON (Reuters) - London Stock Exchange Group told market participants on Wednesday not to use its systems for transactions that

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UK Bonds Surge as BOE Says It Will Purchase Gilts, Delay Sales

(Bloomberg) -- UK bonds surged after the Bank of England said it would carry out temporary purchases of long-dated UK

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EU sees sabotage in gas pipe leaks, Norway hikes security

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IPs slam non-payment of royalty fees for sand extracted for Iloilo mega dam

ILOILO CITY – A South Korean firm is under fire for alleged non-payment of royalty fees in the extraction of sand and gravel in the ancestral domain of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) for the construction of the mega dam in Calinog, Iloilo. The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is also being questioned for alleged inaction over the foreign contractor’s violations in the construction of the mega dam. Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. has been accused of not paying royalty fees for extracting sand and gravel from the ancestral domain of the Panay Bukidnon IPs while building the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project-Stage II (JRMP-II). Sub-contractor Trimluv Builders and Supply of Negros Occidental accused Daewoo of illegally sub-contracting work for the JRMP-II’s high-line canal project. Trimluv is set to collect a maximum of P15 million for work on behalf of Daewoo but legal counsel Aimee Quevenco disclosed that Daewoo challenged them to file a suit in Singapore if Trimluv really wants to be paid. The JRMP-II is the flagship program of NIA in the Visayas and is touted to be the biggest dam outside of Luzon when finished by next year. A pet project of former Sen. Franklin Drilon, the JRMP-II aims to irrigate 31, 840 hectares of farmlands and improve rice production in Iloilo as well as build a hydropower plant and provide potable drinking water. The project has an P11.2-billion allotment and the JRMP-II took an P8.9-billion loan from Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) of South Korea to fund construction. “We call on President Marcos as the Secretary of Agriculture, the South Korean government, former Sen. Drilon, the officials of NIA to know what Daewoo is doing here,” pleaded Renato Casinao, former Calinog vice mayor and an IP. The IPs and Trimluv lamented that Daewoo is abusing its discretion when the Philippine government borrowed P8.9 billion from South Korea to build the three separate dams and reservoirs. The IPs and Trimluv lamented the inaction from NIA as the governing agency that is supposed to oversee contractor Daewoo. The JRMP-II Project Management Office (PMO) said in a statement that the issue of loyalty fees is being discussed. “We are talking to the IP leaders regarding the fixing of the amount of royalty fee (for the extraction of sand and gravel). We’ve requested them already to fast-track their counterproposal,” the JRMP-II PMO in a statement on Wednesday, Sept. 28. “As for Trimluv, a communication was already sent to them and our office will wait for their response,” the JRMP-II PMO added.

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Woman handcuffed on American Airlines flight after shouting ‘We’re all going to die’

An American Airlines plane was forced to divert so that a woman could be arrested after allegedly yelling “We’re all going to die!” and trying to “rush” toward other passengers. The AA flight had left Miami for Los Angeles but had to divert to El Paso International Airport in Texas – where the woman was taken into police custody – on Tuesday (27 September). Witnesses said the woman stood at the front of the plane’s aisle shouting at passengers that they were “all going to die” and that they should “repent” as “redemption is coming”. Daniel Leon-Davis was a passenger on the plane. In tweets about the incident, he said that the woman tried to “rush” at the other travellers before flight attendants handcuffed her and alerted police. He tweeted: “In today’s WTH (what the hell) is going on in America... I am on a flight to Los Angeles in which a passenger approached the front and told us “We’re all going to die” and then started yelling “REPENT! Redemption is coming!” Mr Leon-Davis added: “When she went to go rush the passengers, the flight attendants did an amazing job at restraining her and handcuffing her. But of course... we ended up having to divert to El Paso. “Didn’t realize the fire fighters would then have to check the plane for any danger. “But I just need to say... this is one of the wildest experiences I’ve ever had on a plane. Grateful for the flight attendants on @AmericanAir Flight AA1125.” Police and firefighters arrived at El Paso airport to inspect the aircraft before allowing it to continue its journey to LA. The Independent has contacted American Airlines for comment. Earlier this week, a released video clip shows a man punching an AA flight attendant in the back of his head in an “unprovoked” attack. The man has been arrested and banned from flying with the airline. Last month, a man was jailed for 40 days and made to pay $8,000 to American after he racially abused a flight attendant – in a row over the wearing of face masks – on board a flight that had to be diverted. In July, a man had admitted to leaping onto a drinks trolley during a flight, before stripping off his clothes in the aisle of the plane – in an incident that saw the plane diverted so that he could be arrested. Read More Journalist Erin Baker recalls the adventurous childhood road trips that led to a lifelong love of cars American Airlines denies it was hacked when plane intercom played grunting and moans Unexplained ‘moans’ heard over flight intercom Shocking video shows passenger punching flight attendant in the head over coffee delay American Airlines denies it was hacked when plane intercom played non-stop grunting and moaning First class passengers convicted for ‘unruly’ American Airlines attack on flight diverted from LA to Phoenix

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Plunging Markets Spur New Intervention Warnings Across Asia

(Bloomberg) -- After some of the most dramatic declines in global financial markets since the Federal Reserve began lifting borrowing

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Labour senses power amid UK financial turmoil, but work to be done

By Andrew MacAskill and Elizabeth Piper LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - British opposition leader Keir Starmer used his party's annual conference

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Dhami announces ₹25 lakh assistance for murdered receptionist’s family

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami promised to help the family in every possible way and the strictest punishment to the accused

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