FA inquiry leader receives counselling after hearing victims’ accounts of abuse

FA inquiry leader receives counselling after hearing victims’ accounts of abuse

The details relayed by child sex abuse victims to the Football Association’s independent inquiry are so harrowing that the barrister leading the investigation has begun seeing a counsellor to look after his own mental health. Clive Sheldon QC and some members of his team have taken up the offer of psychological help, paid for by the FA, as part of the inquiry into abuse suffered by players from the 1970s to 2005. The inquiry, which began last December following allegations first made by Andy Woodward to the Guardian, has now…

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Trump heralds $2.4bn sale of F16 fighter jets to debt-laden Greece

Trump heralds $2.4bn sale of F16 fighter jets to debt-laden Greece

President says potential deal will generate thousands of US jobs as he praises Greece’s economic recovery during visit by Alexis Tsipras to White House. President Donald Trump reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Greece’s economic recovery at the White House on Tuesday, a meeting that allowed the country’s prime minister to brush aside rough comments he made about Trump during the 2016 campaign. Trump, with prime minister Alexis Tsipras, said Greece had “gone through a lot” during its extended period of economic hardships but vowed that the US would remain…

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Energy firms warned to drop worst-value tariffs or face action

Energy firms warned to drop worst-value tariffs or face action

Ofgem says besides price caps it can force companies to offer cheaper deals to customers on standard variable rates. Big energy companies face a regulatory crackdown after the industry watchdog threatened to impose targets forcing suppliers to shift millions of customers off the market’s worst-value tariffs. Dermot Nolan, the Ofgem chief executive, said companies had failed to act quickly enough and should move faster to take customers off the standard variable tariffs which about two-thirds of households are on. British Gas and SSE, the two companies that have the highest…

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EU response to fight wildfires in Portugal arrived too late

EU response to fight wildfires in Portugal arrived too late

Fire-fighting planes requested by Portugal on Sunday evening from EU’s civil protection mechanism arrived on Tuesday when all active fires already had been extinguished. At least 39 people have been killed in the wildfires in Portugal and Spain according to officials from both countries. At a technical briefing in Brussels on Tuesday (17 October) a senior EU official confirmed that Portugal had activated the protection mechanism at around 20.45 pm on Sunday evening and requested four fire-fighting planes. Only Italy responded to the request and sent two planes which arrived…

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Europeans ask President Trump to respect the agreement on Iranian nuclear program

Europeans ask President Trump to respect the agreement on Iranian nuclear program

European Foreign Affairs Ministers at Council on Monday asked the US to honor their commitments within the framework of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. Head of EU Diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, will travel to Washington early November to attempt to convince the American President Donald Trump not to call into question the agreement. On Friday, the White House resident requested his Congress to toughen the International Plan aiming to prevent Iran from developing the atomic bomb — without going as far as “tearing it up” — as he had…

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