U.K. Sports Minister says rugby union outside the elite may have to move away from machinations

U.K. Sports Minister says rugby union outside the elite may have to move away from machinations

The sports minister Nigel Huddleston has indicated that there will have to be changes to the way recreational rugby union is played before it is allowed to return, including potentially no scrummages until after Christmas. Community rugby remains on the second stage of a six-part roadmap for a phased return, with players allowed to exercise within a small group of six players provided they maintain social distancing. However, no face-to-face contact is permitted and equipment sharing must be kept to a minimum. The RFU, which has submitted detailed proposals for…

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Ten Turkish members of the banned communist party sentenced to several years in prison

Ten Turkish members of the banned communist party sentenced to several years in prison

Ten members of a banned Turkish communist party were sentenced to several years in jail by a court in Munich Tuesday (28 July) after a four-year trial over their role in what Ankara considers to be a terrorist organisation. The nine men and one woman were convicted of recruiting members, organising events and raising money for the Turkish Communist Party/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML). But the defence team and their supporters have called their prosecution a “political trial” that simply pandered to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The judgement said the defendants had…

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EU will restrict its exports to Hong Kong due to security law

EU will restrict its exports to Hong Kong due to security law

The European Union on Tuesday (28 July) agreed to limit exports to Hong Kong of equipment that could be used for surveillance and repression after Beijing imposed a controversial new security law. The bloc voiced “grave concern” over the new law, saying it would severely erode freedoms in Hong Kong that were supposed to be protected under the terms of its handover from Britain to China. The EU has struggled to agree a united response to China. Member states deeply divided over whether to stand up to Beijing – a…

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