Russia’s Olympic membership restored by IOC after doping ban

Russia’s Olympic membership restored by IOC after doping ban

Russia has been welcomed back into the Olympic family just days after the end of the Winter Games and despite two of the country’s athletes failing drug tests. The country was banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics after widespread doping was uncovered yet the International Olympic Committee approved a team of 168 athletes competing as “neutrals”. Two of that number failed drug tests but the IOC has still chosen to reinstate Russia’s Olympic membership, provoking anger among the international sporting community. “The final notification of all remaining test results from the…

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Struggling credit card holders could save £1.3bn under new rules

Struggling credit card holders could save £1.3bn under new rules

More than 3 million people could see debts moved to cheaper loans or written off, says FCA Struggling credit card holders could save up to £1.3bn a year under new rules that could see some switched over to cheaper personal loans and others having their interest and charges written off. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said the new regime being introduced on Thursday 1 March would significantly cut the numbers of people with problem card debt. The regulator said more than 3 million UK credit card holders were in “persistent…

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Azerbaijan commemorates the victims of the Khojaly massacre

Azerbaijan commemorates the victims of the Khojaly massacre

Twenty-six years have passed since the bloodiest and most tragical incident in Azerbaijan’s recent history. Hundreds of civilians, including women and children, were massacred when Armenian troops assaulted the town of Khojaly on 26 February 1992. According to Azerbaijan’s government, 613 Azeri civilians died, including 169 women and children. They were either shot dead by Armenian soldiers or froze to death as they tried to flee a small Azerbaijani town of Khojaly in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, presently occupied by Armenia. Each year ever since, to…

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